Wizard World has announced the addition of seven cities to its 2014 convention schedule, bringing the total to 15. The company, which trumpets the lineup as "the largest Comic Con Tour ever," suggests there also may be "room for additional expansion."
The new cities are: Atlanta; Louisville, Kentucky; Minneapolis; Richmond, Virginia; Sacramento, California; San Antonio, Texas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. They'll join returning shows in Portland, Oregon, New Orleans, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Chicago, Nashville, Austin, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio.
Noticeably absent from that list is New York City, which played host in June to the newly rebranded Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience.
“Our mantra has been, ‘Give the fans a great experience, give the celebrities and creators a great experience, take care of our exhibitors, and eveyone will want to come back,'" Wizard World Chairman and CEO John Macaluso said in a statement. “We've 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!’”
In 2011, following the closing of Wizard and ToyFare magazines and its emergence as a publicly traded company, Wizard World briefly boasted as many as 12 conventions, a number that was quickly whittled down to six.
Here's the upcoming Wizard World lineup:
Wizard World 2013 Schedule• Sept. 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con• Oct. 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con• Nov. 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
Wizard World 2014 Schedule• Jan. 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con• Feb. 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con• March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con• March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con• April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con• May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con• May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con• June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con• Aug. 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con• Aug. 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con• Sept. 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con• Sept. 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con• Oct. 11-12 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con• Oct. 31-Nov. 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con• Nov. 7-9 - Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con