Within the past week, both Reed and Wizard World have announced acquisitions of long-running East and West Coast shows. Reed Exhibitions, through its ReedPOP subsidiary, has purchased Emerald City Comicon (ECCC). ECCC began in 2003 with 2,500 attendees and has grown to 70,000 fans in 2014. Show organizers expect 80,000 fans this year when the show takes place on the weekend of March 27-29 in downtown Seattle.
ReedPOP will add ECCC to its portfolio which also includes New York Comic Con, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (CEC2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East, South, and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, and many others.
ECCC Convention Director Jim Demonakos had this to say about the merger: “We are huge fans of what ReedPOP is doing across the globe in this pop culture space that ECCC also occupies and are excited to have them help us continue to deliver an amazing fan experience to our attendees. Moreso, we’re very much looking forward to bringing the ECCC brand of fan-focused attention to help amplify their events even further as well.”
This year’s ECCC boasts a tremendous slate of celebrity, artist, writer, and cosplay guests including John Barrowman, Karen Allen, Morena Baccarin, LeVar Burton, Stan Lee, Katie Cook, Kevin Eastman, and many others. More information about ECCC can be found at the show’s website emeraldcitycomicon.com.
Just days after the Reed announcement, Wizard World announced it had purchased Pittsburgh Comicon from founder and longtime owner Renee George. Pittsburgh Comicon increases Wizard World’s number of shows for 2015 to 25.
Pittsburgh Comicon started in 1994. Wizard World CEO John Macaluso has said “We are excited to inject the Wizard World flavor in the Pittsburgh market, a city we’ve been wanting to expand to for many years. We are looking forward to seeing all our fans in September!” And founder Renee George said “I am pleased that Wizard World will be able to continue the two-decade tradition of our show. It’s a great opportunity for all of our loyal attendees in the area to take part in an even bigger event with more of what they have enjoyed for many years.”
The 2015 edition of Wizard Wold Comic Con Pittsburgh will take place September 11-13 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Guests for the show have not yet been announced. More information about Pittsburgh Comicon can be found at Wizard World’s Pittsburgh page.