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batman-16It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! We’ll have our picks in a few hours. Until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – A year of free comics: Andy Warner and Sophie Goldstein show us that it’s “500 Days to Mars” – Free comic, go read it!

Kotaku – Marvel vs. Capcom Tournament Player Checks His Phone During Infinite Combo – Well played!

The Beat – Wizard and Stephen Shamus reach a settlement in lawsuit – but not before a laptop was destroyed – Interesting…


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Talking Comics – Batman #16

Talking Comics – Karnak #6

Atomic Junk Shop – Soviet Daughter

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wizard worldTomorrow is new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What are you getting? Sound off in the comments below. We’ll have our picks in a few hours. Until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Chicago Tribune – Local comic book shops say hit movies, diversified storylines attracting new fans – Good to hear!

ICv2 – Wizard World Secures Financing — At a Cost – Hrmm…


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The Beat – Everything is Teeth

Wizard Word, Michael J. Fox Foundation Team For Charity Auction in Chicago

bttf pinballWizard World, Inc is partnering with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) to auction off a custom-made and autographed Back to the Future 2-in-1 digital pinball and arcade machine, created by VPcabs. The machine will be donated by VPcabs and autographed by cast members Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson. VPcabs will be debuting the 2-in-1 digital pinball and arcade machine, along with its digital pinball machine, at Wizard World Chicago, August 18 – 21.

eBay for Charity will begin the auction for the custom-made and autographed 2-in-1 digital pinball and arcade machine on Saturday, August 20 with 100% of proceeds going to the MJFF. Both the Back to the Future digital pinball machine and the 2-in-1 digital pinball and arcade machine were developed by VPcabs via a licensing agreement with the NBCUniversal Brand Development Group.

The custom-made and autographed Back to the Future 2-in-1 digital pinball and arcade machine features:

  • Original Back to the Future artwork, custom designed to make this machine one-of-a-kind
  • Laser engraved plate autographed by the 3 cast members
  • Limited edition 1 of 1
  • LED buttons, Joystick and trackball
  • Orange Electroluminescent molding
  • Wizard World Logo on the front of the machine

The auction will begin at 11am PST on Saturday, August 20.

More Shake Ups with Wizard World?

wizard worldLooks like there are more changes and shake ups at Wizard World. In April it was announced that John D. Maata would be taking over as President and CEO for the company in May. Now, it looks like there are more changes going on.

The change in leadership came after the company reported a $4.3 million loss in 2015.

Wizard World is one of the numerous affiliate programs we’ve signed up for (though not often used). Last night we received the following email:

Wizard World Comic Con (MID: 6508) has to pause its affiliate program for the time being due to the merchant’s change in management.

Please pause your campaigns until further notice. Thank you for your efforts in promoting this merchant.

We apologize for the lack of notice regarding this down time, but this is only ever done in extenuating circumstances. Please be on the look out for updates on the program’s re-launch.

In August of 2015 a similar email went out. That turned out to be just a change in the management system for the program. This is different though.

Notice it says “due to the merchant’s change in management.” That’s pretty charged wording.

We’ve reached out to our contacts to find out more details and have confirmed the COO is also changing for the company as well as “some other changes.”

Sounds like things are settled with Wizard World, and we’ll be keeping abreast of the situation.

Wizard World and Crypt TV Launch Eight-City Horror Series

wizard worldWizard World, Inc. and Crypt TV have announced a new eight-city video showcase series that will treat Wizard World Comic Con attendees to some of the scariest video content available today.

Crypt TV, co-founded by famed horror director Eli Roth, will curate the exclusive showcase for select Wizard World Comic Con dates. The series will debut in Philadelphia on June 2nd-6th, followed by showcases at Wizard World events in Sacramento, Columbus, Chicago, Richmond, Austin, Tulsa and Pittsburgh (dates below).

Crypt TV, which has over one million fans and averages over 15 million video views a month, prides itself on bringing new scary stories from talented filmmakers into the world.

Crypt TV Screening Events will be held at the following Wizard World Comic Cons:

Philadelphia, PA June 2 – 6
Sacramento, CA June 17 – 19
Columbus, OH July 29 – 31
Chicago, IL Aug 18 – 21
Richmond, VA Sept 9 – 11
Austin, TX Sept 22 – 25
Tulsa, OK Oct 21 – 23
Pittsburgh, PA Nov 5 – 6

JSA, Wizard World Announce Autograph Authentication Partnership

Wizard World JSAWizard World, Inc. and James Spence Authentication (JSA) have announced a partnership by which Wizard World Comic Con attendees can utilize the services of the leader in autograph authentication on line or at the autograph kiosk at Wizard World events beginning this weekend in Des Moines and June 2-5 in Philadelphia.

JSA will offer a variety of authentication services through the agreement. The Wizard World / JSA Autograph Authentication Service COA, for $20.00 flat fee per signer for a Basic Certificate of Authenticity (includes 8x10s / memorabilia); and Wizard World / JSA Autograph Authentication Service LOA for $40.00 flat fee per signer for Letter of Authenticity (high-end items valued at Over $200 (i.e. Original Artwork, etc).

Chloe Bennet, Casper Crump, WWE Superstars Dean Ambrose and Sasha Banks, Billy Boyd and Rebecca Mader headline the roster of celebrities attending Wizard World Comic Con Des Moines, Friday through Sunday at the Iowa Events Center.

Marvel franchise headliners Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie and others plus Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson, David Duchovny, Norman Reedus and WWE Superstar John Cena are among the stars attending Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, June 2-5, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Wizard World, Inc. Appoints John D. Maatta President and CEO

John D. MaattaBeginning May 3, 2016, Wizard World, Inc. will have a new President and Chief Executive Officer, John D. Maatta. Wizard World is the company behind numerous events and comic conventions that celebrate the very best of pop culture, celebrity, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology and live music.

Maatta has enjoyed a particularly successful career as an entertainment executive, having served as the first employee of the WB Television Network, as well as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of both the WB and the CW Television Network—where he was the co-head of the network for more than six years. Maatta served in various capacities as an executive at Warner Bros and Lorimar-Telepictures Corporation for almost 28 years.

Mr. Maatta currently serves as the President of UNICEF in Southern California, and as Chairman of the UNICEF Chinese Children’s Initiative.  Additionally, Mr. Maatta serves on the Board of Trader Vic’s Corporation, and is a member of the advisory Board of the Asia Society.

The change came after Wizard World Inc. reported a $4.3 million loss in 2015, due mainly to a decline in convention revenue and its losses from ConTV. Expect some more changes with Maatta at the helm and his background in television entertainment.

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Joyride_001_A_MainIt’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks looking forward to? What has you excited? Sound off in the comments! We’ll have our picks in a little bit.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – Andre the Giant and Concrete Park lead 2016 Glyph Award nominees – Congrats to everyone nominated!

Newsarama – Report: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Adds Nathan Fillion As An Avenger – Sort Of…? – So, a cameo… just like the first film…

ICv2 – Wizard World Brings in New CEO – With a loss like that, not too shocking.

The Beat – Report: Jailed Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani to be freed next month – Very good news.

ICv2 – Mattel “Very Encouraged” With DC Super Hero Girls – Good to hear this. Hopefully we’ll see more!


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The Beat – The Ark

CBR – The Astonishing Ant-Man #7

The Outhousers – Joyride #1

CBR – Superman: American Alien #6

Newsarama – Best Shots Reviews: Power Man & Iron Fist #3, Superman: Lois & Clark #7

ComicConBox To Include Exclusive All New X-Men #9 Variant Cover by Michael Gaydos In June

All New X-Men #9 VariantWizard World, Inc. and Marvel have announced that the All-New X-Men #9 (Apocalypse Wars Part 1) with variant cover by Michael Gaydos will be included in the June ComicConBox. Monthly subscribers will receive the color variant cover available only through ComicConBox.

The All-New X-Men are on a mission to step out of the shadows of their predecessors and write their own futures. And none are more determined to forge their own way than Evan Sabahnur, who is allegedly destined to one day become the genocidal villain Apocalypse. But now, by way of an unintentional intervention by his teammate Beast, Evan is brought face-to-face with Apocalypse himself and also brought face-to-face with the question he’s been running from: Can you escape your destiny?

Gaydos has established himself in various artistic channels. For the past twenty plus years he has worked in the world of the illustrated word and the graphic novel. His list of credits include work for Marvel, DC, Archie, Dark Circle, Boom, Virgin, Dark Horse, Fox Atomic, Image, IDW, NBC, Tundra, NBM, Caliber, and White Wolf among others.

He has received two Eisner Award Nominations for his work on Alias with Brian Michael Bendis for Marvel and is co-creator of Marvel’s Jessica Jones who has her own Netflix series.

ComicConBox™ packages will be sent to U.S. members on or around the first week of each month.

Norman Reedus On Board First Wizard World Cruise, Dec. 2-5

Norman ReedusWizard World, Inc. and Rose Tours have announced its first Wizard World Cruise, a pop-culture, comic con themed, three-night journey on the Norwegian Sky, December 2-5, from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. The event will feature celebrities including Norman Reedus as well as an Artist Alley with noted comics creators, cosplay contests, exhibitors, parties, video game tournaments and more.

This will be the only cruise appearance for Reedus. Others scheduled to appear include Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Spin City”), Sara Underwood (“Attack of the Show”), Billy Martin (lead guitarist/keyboardist, Good Charlotte; artist, “TMNT”), Phil Ortiz (animator, “The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), cosplayers Jackie Craft, Abby Dark Star and Zen Dragon. Additional celebrities and creators to appear aboard Wizard World Cruise will be announced in the coming weeks.

A variety of packages will be available, starting at $749.00 per person. The Wizard World Cruise base package includes photos with the celebrities, all meals onboard as well as open bar, a special cruise-only gift item and access to all Wizard World events on the ship. The Norwegian Sky also features a casino, spa, full gym, basketball/volleyball court, arcade, 10 bars (all included), four restaurants (included) and three of Norwegian’s famed specialty restaurants.

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