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Make the Stage at Internet Week New York

Internet Week is being held on June 6 - 13, 2011 at the Metropolitan Pavilion plus other IWNY-logo2venues around New York City.

Noting that Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently called for New York City to be "the #1 digital city in the world," Internet Week New York chair David-Michel Davies said "the festival’s line-up reflects how the city is well-positioned to make that goal come true."

"There has been a groundswell of energy and activity in the New York technology industry over the past few years," said Davies. "The festival has become a draw for people looking to exchange ideas and explore and experience where the Internet might be taking us next."

Senators Chuck Schumer, keynote speaker, and Kirstin Gillibrand will be in attendance. iwn-SchumerSome of the other thought leaders and innovators include:

  • Rachel Ray
  • Jane Pratt
  • Kevin Jonas
  • Tyra Banks
  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Craig Newmark, Craigslist founder
  • Rachel Sterne, New York City’s Chief Digital Officer
  • Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures
  • David Karp, Tumblr founder
  • Tim Westergren, Pandora founder
  • Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist 

Read more: Make the Stage at Internet Week...

Visual Character Re-defined Through This Weekend and Beyond

Sometimes the visual dynamic of New York, and Manhattan in particular, can be too much --icf-logo2 too much a jumble, or a clash of priorities and styles, a cavalcade of dissonance. But sometimes, something comes into view that re-orders the environment so much that it both jars the visual ecology and redefines it.

That happened yesterday when I saw three large brightly colored metal shipping containers stamped CHARACTER PROJECT on the front and back sitting in various public spaces in Manhattan.

Plopped down into high-traffic public pavilions, these boxes captured the attention and altered the impact of the space they occupied. But because they were there as pop-up movie theaters, meant to feature eight shorts commissioned by the USA Network and RSA Films (Ridley and Tony Scott's company), they did more than visually affect the street dynamic -- they became site-specific gallery spaces as well.

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Los Angeles Comic Con

Wizard World Inc. announces the Los Angeles Comic Con held between September 24 - 25, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The famed Brazilian Artist Mike Deodato Jr. is featured as the premier Guest of Honor.  The Brazilian artist, well known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, The Mighty Thor, Wolverine, X-Men, The Avengers, and Batman, will be making a rare U.S. appearance.

Gareb Shamus, the President and CEO of Wizard World, Inc., shows his excitement: "We are ecstatic to come to the rejuvenated downtown area of Los Angeles to celebrate the best of pop culture - graphic novels, TV, movies, toys, games, genre properties and of course, comic books. You can always trust Wizard World to bring the most diverse and robust collection of artists, writers, creators and celebrities anywhere.”

Clare Kramer, of Buffy: The Vampire fame, will also be in attendance. A popular guest at several of the Wizard World Tour stops, Kramer will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take photos. "When I found out that Wizard World was coming to Los Angeles, I was so excited. They are one of the most professionally run organizations out there, and I just love every minute of it," said Clare Kramer. "The fans, Wizard World, guests and vendors always have a blast at these shows, which is why I keep coming back for more!"

This event brings more of what the fans love about the Wizard World Tour. "There is a real need for a Fall event that encompasses all the best that pop culture has to offer," said Mike Mathews, Chairman of Wizard World Inc. "We’re listening to our customers and giving them the show they’re asking for located in the entertainment mecca."

The Big Apple Comic Con, which had been previously scheduled on those dates, will be permanently moved to the Spring.  The 2011 Big Apple Comic Con Spring Edition remains set for May 21-22 at Penn Plaza Pavilion. As part of the realignment, Wizard World is also rescheduling the planned 2011 Atlanta Comic Con, with dates to be announced. The full event schedule can be found at

About Wizard World:
Wizard World, Inc. produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers and events such as premiers, gaming tournaments, exhibitors, retailers, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World, Inc. also produces Wizard World Digital an influential online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

Contact: Public Relations:
Jerry Milani, 646-380-2479, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con 2011

Atlanta Comic Con logoWizard World Atlanta Comic Con today announced its rich, diverse programming schedule, featuring exclusive TV and movie previews and screenings, unique celebrity Q&A's, movie screenings, game shows, artist schools and more for the event, set for Saturday December 3rd and Sunday December 4th at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Preview of the hot new AMC series The Walking Dead, including a Q&A with several of the stars featured in this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly (Sunday, 2 p.m.)
  • Exclusive extended nine-minute preview of It's A Trap, the third installment of the Family Guy Star Wars Saga video, introduced by Billy Dee Williams, who will also conduct a Q&A panel (Saturday, noon)
  • Rare Q&A panels with Henry WinklerPam Grier and Mimi Rogers, as well as popular Comic Con guests Ernie Hudson, Adam West and Burt Ward
  • New Trivia Game Show hosted by Coolwaters Productions' Derek Maki and starring Tom Woodruff Jr., Robert Maillet and Mike Grell (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.)
  • Screenings of three full feature films: Hysterical Psycho, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and The Last Lovecraft: Relic Of Cthulhu
  • Wizard Art School and Q&A's featuring leading artists like Greg Horn, Bill Sinkiewicz, Ethan Van Sciver, Cully Hamner, Michael Golden and others
  • The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Atlanta Comic Con programming will take place in Room 103 and Room 104 of the Cobb Galleria Centre, and is included with admission to the event.  Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. 

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour.  Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
December 3 & 4, 2011
Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339

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