Think of this as a Force Push of a different kind!
Gareb Shamus announced today that due to the Star Wars Celebration being held in Orlando in August, the Chicago Comic Con will be pushed back a week to August 19-22, 2010.
“We respect our 20 year relationship with LucasFilms and everything Star Wars has meant to the fan community. In deference to our attendees, guests and friends at Lucas, we are changing dates. We are all fans of the Star Wars films, and this slight change enables us to bring the type of presence the fans would expect at our annual Comic Con,” Shamus said in a release.
Now, this is interesting in a couple of ways, namely due to the Great Con Wars. A lot of people are certainly going to scoff at Wizard taking a step back for a competitor, especially given all the controversy of their pitting their Big Apple Con against Reed Exhibitions’ New York Comic Con. There may be a lot of people who feel slighted that Shamus would “respect” George Lucas, but seemingly not them.
Yet if you read between the lines, there’s another interesting tidbit: This Star Wars Celebration is also run by Reed. Could this be the first thawing of the Comics Cold War? Are there any benefits from Lucas and company that Wizard could get out of this gesture? Could Wizard get flat-tired by the Star Wars Empire, even as they are half a country away? As we asked earlier this week, is this industry big enough for two conventions? Let us know what you think, and sound off!