Despite what that full-page ad suggests in Wizard’s ToyFare magazine, Warren Ellis won’t be a guest at next year’s Toronto Comic Con.
“First I’ve fucking heard of it,” Ellis writes this morning on his blog. “I’m presuming this is some kind of impossibly convoluted but innocent mistake, as opposed to ‘well, if we just SAY Warren Ellis is showing up, then he’ll HAVE to.’ But I’ve had no contact from Wizard World about this or any other show, so, god knows what actually happened for this to have somehow gotten printed …”
However, Tom Spurgeon notes that Ellis may be a bit generous in his assessment: “While I can’t speak to this specific incident, given the potential dissonance created by their appropriation of the term ‘Comic-Con’ and the direction of their PR regarding same, I wouldn’t be surprised if dubious strategies aren’t going to be par for the course in getting this new generation of Shamus-owned shows on their feet.”
Wizard CEO Gareb Shamus purchased the Toronto Comicon from Paradise Conventions in June, tweaking the name and adding it to a stable that now includes events in five cities. The shows no longer sport the WizardWorld brand.
Toronto Comic Con is scheduled for March 26-28, 2010.