Wizard World was struggling to make money before the lockdowns, and since they’re in the convention business, you can see why the writing might be on the wall.
The company has sold its six most significant events to Fan Expo, a major competitor.
Wizard World’s Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Portland, St. Louis, and Cleveland are now part of Fan Expo HQ. The Chicago event, due in October, will run as usual.
Fan Expo HQ say they’re now the world’s largest geeky convention organiser. They’ve 17 significant events in their calendar of expos.
Owned by Informa, a true giant of events, Fan Expo HQ has been on the hunt during the COVID-19 crisis. Previously, they bought Denver Pop Culture Con while also setting up a 2022 event for San Francisco.
ReedPop is now Fan Expo’s main competitor, and they have the likes of C2E2, Comic Con Paris, Crunchyroll Expo, MCM Comic COn, New York Comic Con and the PAX series.
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