Via Twitter, C.B. Cebulski posted an FYI for artists on the upcoming con season:
As there seems to be confusion among creators, this October’s Big Apple Con and April’s Anaheim Con are Gareb Shamus/Wizard shows… Marvel will NOT be at these two shows. Marvel is attending & supporting Reed Expo’s C2E2 in Chicago in April 2010 & NYCC in October 2010.
So what does this mean? Has Marvel chosen a side in the great Con War between Reed Exhibitions and Wizard Entertainment?
Well, I don’t know from a philosophical perspective (although with Disney now at the helm, there could be some modifications), but from a scheduling perspective, sure. And before anyone gets up in arms — it makes sense. The July-based San Diego Comic-Con has been the biggest market in the comic convention constellation for years, and all the comic book companies have to work around that. New York, a Reed event, is easily the second-biggest, and it’s been only recently that Gareb Shamus and Wizard have tried to get their own piece of the NYC turf with Big Apple Con.
Chicago, meanwhile, is the big turf war — and in my mind, I think Reed is going to win it. The major difference between the two conventions is location and time. While Wizard’s convention is known as Wizard World Chicago, it’s actually located in the area of Rosemont, whereas the CC&EE will be located directly at South Lake Shore Drive, in the heart of downtown, near the basin of Lake Michigan.
The more important item is timing: Reed, having shifted next year’s New York Comic Con to October 2010, will start the initial convention salvo by placing their Chicago Convention on April 16-18. Wizard, meanwhile, has their Chicago convention in August — just a few weeks after SDCC. And keep in mind that these conventions cost publishers, both in terms of time, stress, and resources. In other words, Reed allows publishers to have a naturally building schedule — starting strong in Chicago in April, nailing San Diego in July, and then capping a few months later in New York — whereas I feel Wizard is flat-tiring its Chicago event by placing it shortly after SDCC.
What do you guys think?