November 2, 2006

Pop Culture Event Tour Prepares for Continued Success with Altered Schedule 2008 Schedule 

Congers, NY (November 1, 2006) – Wizard Conventions today announced its schedule for the 2007
and 2008 Wizard World conventions, the country’s foremost touring events for pop culture and comic books. The 2007 Wizard World schedule will mirror that of 2006, which is on pace to become Wizard’s most successful convention year yet, with record attendance in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago.


To better serve the needs of exhibitors and fans, Wizard is altering the 2008 Wizard World tour to reflect a more condensed focus on Spring and Summer months. This new condensed schedule will allow Wizard World fans, exhibitors and retailers to visit all of the year’s important pop culture events, and will position Wizard World to deliver more exclusives, special guests and surprises to its fans.


“The Wizard World 2008 schedule will create a rapid-fire succession of the industry’s best events from coast to coast, right in the middle of the year,” said Rob Felton, Vice President and Associate Publisher. “Our exhibitors told us that they want to give Wizard World their full and undivided attention to create the best experience for our fans, and this schedule will allow for just that.”


The full 2007 and 2008 schedules are as follows:



Wizard World Los Angeles: March 16-18, 2007

Wizard World Philadelphia: June 15-17, 2007

Wizard World Chicago: August 9-12, 2007

Wizard World Texas: Nov 2-4, 2007


Wizard World Los Angeles: April 12-14, 2008

Wizard World Philadelphia: May 29-June 1, 2008

Wizard World Chicago: June 26-29, 2008

Wizard World Texas: November 7-9, 2008


Wizard Conventions recently attracted 58,000 attendees to its tenth-annual Wizard World Chicago event at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Wizard World Texas is the next show on the 2006 tour, slated for November 10-12 in Arlington.


For more information about Wizard, visit the company online at its recently re-launched website www.wizarduniverse.com.


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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