Wizard World, Inc. today announced that they will be adding seven new major conventions around the United States in 2014, which will nearly double their offerings, bringing their total lineup to 15. The announcement lists the new calendar as:
Eight cities from the 2013 schedule return next year: Portland, Ore. (Jan. 24-26, Oregon Convention Center); New Orleans (Feb. 7-9, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center); St. Louis (April 4-6, America’s Center); Philadelphia (June 19-22, Pennsylvania Convention Center); Chicago (Aug. 21-24, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center); Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 26-28, Music City Center); Austin, Texas (Oct. 11-12, Austin Convention Center); and Columbus, Ohio (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Greater Columbus Convention Center).
The tour has expanded to include the following new shows: Sacramento, Calif. (March 7-9, Sacramento Convention Center); Louisville, Ky. (March 28-30, Kentucky International Convention Center); Minneapolis (May 2-4, Minneapolis Convention Center); Atlanta (May 30-June 1, Georgia World Congress Center); San Antonio (Aug. 1-3, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center); Richmond, Va. (Sept. 12-14, Greater Richmond Convention Center) and Tulsa, Okla. (Nov., 7-9, Cox Business Center).
“Our mantra has been, ‘Give the fans a great experience, give the celebrities and creators a great experience, take care of our exhibitors and everyone will want to come back,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO and Chairman. “We have had such an overwhelmingly positive reaction to all our 2013 events, both first-year and existing shows, that it was obvious what the fans were telling us – ‘We want more!’”
California has been too long waiting for a Wizard World convention, and it looks like it is finally going to happen. With the departure of Comic-Con International’s WonderCon from San Francisco to Anaheim in 2011, there’s been a lack of large-scale popular culture events in Northern California. There are more focused offerings, such as Fanime (anime), Big Wow (comics), and BayCon (literary), there aren’t any that have the kind of cross-fandom events that Wizard has become famous for more than a decade.
So far the particulars of the Sacramento lineup are still sparse, but given that they’ve only now made the announcements, it’s sure that they will rapidly start filling out the slates of guests and events.