Wizard World Inc. it has acquired the 20-year-old Pittsburgh Comicon from co-founder and owner Renee George, although there apparently is some question as to what that means. A message tweeted Sunday from the Pittsburgh Comicon account stated, "the show did not sell out to Wizard. A statement will be coming from Renee regarding the situation soon."
However, while there's still no statement on the convention's website or Facebook page, George is quoted extensively in the press release trumpeting the renamed Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh, scheduled for Sept. 11-13.
The addition of Pittsburgh brings the number of Wizard World events in 2015 to 25.
“I am pleased that Wizard World will be able to continue the two-decade tradition of our show,” George said in the release. “It’s a great opportunity for all of our loyal attendees in the area to take part in an even bigger event with more of what they have enjoyed for many years.”
Founded in 1994 by Comics World owners Michael George and Renee George, Pittsburgh Comicon was held at the Radisson Hotel Pittsburgh ExpoMart in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, until 2009, when it moved to the Monroeville Convention Center. It will move this year to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.
Michael George is serving life in prison after being tried twice and convicted twice -- first in 2008 and then in 2011 — in the 1990 murder of his first wife Barbara George.