- Posted by Johanna on November 8, 2010 at 7:11 am
- Category: Comic News
KC went to the Mid-Ohio-Con comic convention this past weekend, and while we were catching up, he mentioned that the gossip of the show — there are always rumors floating around when that many people in the same business get together — was that the show was going to be one of the very many Wizard-branded conventions next year.
I’ve lost track of just how many conventions carry the Wizard name these days. Their web page lists 17. Many are local shows that, once “acquired”, end up still run by the same people, just with a group brand (that means a lot less than it used to) attached and more media guests (who appeared in geek-friendly stuff 20 years ago) invited. Mid-Ohio was run for years by Roger Price, until he sold it in 2008. At that point, it moved from its traditional Thanksgiving weekend timeslot to earlier in October.
Anyway, when KC told me about this rumor, I googled and quickly found a page with the straight-forward URL of www.wizardworld.com/midohio.html. It’s since been taken down, but Heidi posted a copy. It included the logo shown here and the dates of October 22-23, 2011.
I Twittered the link, which spurred Heidi’s article, which apparently drove the removal of the page, since Wizard hasn’t made an official announcement yet. Comments at Heidi’s post show that attendees aren’t particularly excited about the change. On Twitter, Gus Dahlberg pointed out that the listed prices meant that the cost for a one-day pass would be doubled.
It appears that the comic con scene is shaking out in two ways. Established conventions either grow larger (perhaps too large, as with the New York Con) or become part of Wizard’s less-comic-focused pop culture shows. If you have the opportunity to visit one of the major shows that are still about comics — Heroes Con, Baltimore, Emerald City — I encourage you to do so. It’s not necessary to feature movies and video games to have a great comic show!