Wizard Hosts Separately Ticketed Social Media Con With Wizard World Chicago

In conjunction with Wizard World Chicago, held this year from August 21-24, Wizard World has announced a separate show, socialcon CHICAGO, that “highlights stars of social media”. Which means I have no idea who any of them are, although they’re “some of the most-followed social media stars”, whose “combined followers base exceeds 100 million users.” (They all look like teenagers to me.) It will be interesting to see if those followers are willing to actually shell out dollars for “meet-and-greets, concerts, live performances, Q&A panels, autographs, photo ops, and more.”

socialcon will be held August 23-24 alongside Wizard World Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, but it’s a separately ticketed event. I can’t say for how much, since the show is announcing itself before setting up the ticket purchase system. No prices are listed anywhere I could find. This event does not appear to have been thought through thoroughly, as the homepage for the event gives instructions for users to go to a different URL, socialcon.com, which isn’t operating and is not owned by Wizard.

4 Responses to “Wizard Hosts Separately Ticketed Social Media Con With Wizard World Chicago”

  1. Augie De Blieck Jr. Says:

    This is a growing thing, believe it or not. Ryan Seacrest’s company produces a series of these events — like festivals filled with Vine and YouTube starts who do meet-and-greets and live “performances” of whatever it is they do. (It’s easy to see what the bedroom musicians and dance groups do, but I’m not sure what someone who specializes in funny 6 second videos does on stage for more than a minute… ;-)

    Then again, I’m just an old fuddy ruddy…

  2. Anthony Says:

    Guess Wizard didn’t think it through past “Money!” stage… yeesh. And people wonder why C2E2 was so gladly welcomed by midwesterners…

  3. ShadZ Says:

    socialcon (with no caps) is a terrible name. My brain had trouble parsing it. I was saying soak-li-com in my head until I figured it out.

  4. Walt Says:

    This is the best article I’ve read on the subject.

    Should they choose to rename it following ShadZ’s advice, I suggest “The Screaming Teenage Girl Con”.

    As someone attending Chicago Comic Con, I do not look forward to sharing the convention center or official convention hotel with the target audience of this “convention”.

    To those wondering, like Augie De Blieck Jr., what Vine celebrities will do on stage for more than 6 seconds (I think a minute was a bit too liberal), they need not do anything–watch the teaser on The Screaming Teenage Girl Convention’s website. All they need to do is stand there and they get a bigger reaction than the Beatles did performing in the mid-60s.

    And THAT is what disappoints me the most here. Well, that, and having to put up with a convention center and hotel full of hyper, screaming, spoiled teenage girls.




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