- Posted by Johanna on August 16, 2007 at 10:26 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
At the TwoMorrows blog, some thoughts on Wizard World Chicago.
it was definitely one of the slower Chicago shows of recent years.
Why they feel the need to go up against other cons is beyond me; it just ends up hurting their own show.
The New York Comicon is rapidly becoming the new “must-see” con… I won’t be surprised to see NY blow right past any of Wizard’s shows in popularity, to become the new #2 show.
We’ll be in New York in April ’08, and we’ll be in Charlotte for Heroes Con in June. But at this point, I can’t say for sure we’ll be in Chicago the following week.
I’m in agreement with all of this. Heroes and Baltimore are local-ish shows for me, so I definitely attend those (and I also like the comfortable, friendly atmospheres both have). New York is overwhelming, but worth going to, because so many major exhibitors attend, and it’s still clearly about the BOOKS. (Unsurprising, given the location, since New York is publisher central.)
(San Diego frightens me. I’d love to work the show for someone, but just going? Too overwhelming without a home base.)
Wizard likes to pick fights, feeling that they can easily take out competitors and consolidate their power, but more and more, it looks like they’ve passed their peak and are on a downhill slope. They’re preaching to the ever-shrinking core superhero audience. And they’re cannibalizing themselves, with the same guests at their various shows making all of them seem less special.
Update: Heidi has links to additional reactions, including the interesting observation that fans reacted badly to Joe Quesada plugging the idea of breaking up Spider-Man and Mary Jane, and convention coverage didn’t capture the extent of that rejection.
Todd Allen calls it a “liquidation show”, based on the number of deep discounts available all weekend, and observes that “nobody who didn’t have a free pass or a booth attended more than one day.”