Friday, October 16, 2009

A Difference In Styles......NYCC Booted From Big Apple

Just got a call from the NYCC crew (Larry, Mark and Tonya) that the Wizard people kicked them out of Big Apple Con! Too funny. They had a whole bevy of security guards escort them out. Wow. Little different than the last few years when Joe Yanarella, Adam Tracey and the Wizard crew would come to NYCC and we'd have a nice chat, catch up, be professional and then they'd hang out and see customers.....

To be fair, Peter Katz of Wizard did hand them cash to refund the ticket cost. Classy.

So why were they so afraid of having some NYCC staffers there?

-L

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

exactly. a difference in style ... which is why i chose not to attend the other con this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Real class act!!!!

You know what was is even more insane is that they announced next years Big Apple as the same dates as NYCC!!?!?!?!!? Are they out of their minds?!?!?! They can't believe that fans would rather go to Big Apple instead for reasons too numerous to list but just one easy one.....Marvel and DC will have booths at NYCC! 'Nuff Said!!!

Mark Waid said...

Lance: start writing your press release now on how all Wizard Staffers who show I.D. and proof of employment will be allowed into your show for free.

Aman Gupta said...

Doesn't surprise me...

This is the main reason why we didn't send a Fan Expo Canada crew down to their event...

Ed Catto said...

Can't believe it! Is that even legal?
Seems kinda anti-superhero-ish to me..

David D. said...

Re: Mark Waid's: "Lance: start writing your press release now on how all Wizard Staffers who show I.D. and proof of employment will be allowed into your show for free."

I think there is a joke to be had in just how few comp tickets that would constitute these days...

Stinger said...

F' Wizard I say.

http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/news/sosb

Sage said...

Did they give you guys a reason as to why you were ejected from the con?

katzinoire said...

So, does this mean I should go on over and attend for you guys? :)

Anonymous said...

As professional as CGC, Comiclink, Heritage Auctions, Choice, etc . . . are it looked embarrassing.

NYCC help them.

Lance Fensterman said...

Ed - Where is Cap. Action when you need him????

Mark - We've ALWAYS let Wizard staffers in for free, just like all otehr pro's. That's the professional thing to do!

Sage - They said we were "soliciting", which is BS.

Mario said...

They did the same thing at Philly to someone who was working on the Long Beach Comic Con.

Mark/Lance - Would that offer extend to the next wave of people working at Wizard who will possibly be let go in the near future?

NerdGasm said...

Lance, That is very sad to hear. We will be attending NYCC next year and not even bothering with BAC. As have many artist we have talked to so far at BAC this year.

I do not understand why they can't be professional about it. They even "paid" a comic book shop to set up and sell tickets to BAC at Baltimore last week. And then they accuse you of soliciting?

Josh Bryan
http://www.haveanerdgasm.com

Anonymous said...

Probably were soliciting. Now you know how it feels to be treated badly. Doesn't feel good does it? You get what you give.

Jenny Ng said...

Hey Anon, you seem to talk as though NYCC has earned Wizard's ire. How so?

Wizard pays for their con coordinator to visit other cons and talk to the guests there in an attempt to promote themselves, would you call that soliciting?

I doubt NYCC was soliciting at BACC, but even if they were, it's standard procedure to promote cons at other cons. So Wizard's behavior was completely uncalled for.

Sage said...

@Lance - Ugh, I saw the article on Comic Book Resource. It sounds like they're making an effort to put distance between BAC and NYCC, but it looks like they just made themselves look back.

Contro1freak said...

They don't want it. And to think that they are hoping for Comic fans to come to their convention because the crazy Anime Fans will be going wild at NYAF...let's see if it works. XD

Anonymous said...

Wizard was once a great magazine but it has lost its way a bit in recent years. It forgot its base audience and distributes a comic book price guide/entertainment magazine with practically no comic prices in it? While standing in the Marvel line at Wizard's Philly show a couple of years ago at least 10 people complained about how the price guide portion of the Wizard mag has shrunk with every issue. People find it fun to see which comic is hot and which is not, even if that information isn't always totally accurate. Nowadays they don't even list the price for every volume one Amazing Spider-Man comic in most of their issues!! This is the same magazine which used to list every single horrible Valiant comic ever produced. Moreover the Graded Comics Guide in the back of the magazine is no more than an ad for the CGC. A lot of very, very affable people work for Wizard but something weird is happening there. They should have just laughed when they saw the NYCC guys at their show. It's funny. It's like when Ali used to show up at Frazier's training camp. It only means something if you make it mean something.
For every great article written for Wizard (the Steve Ditko and George Reeves articles a few years ago) there are several outdated and self-indulgent articles ("The Great Debate(2005)" and many of the recent Captain America and Spider-Man articles)in Wizard. Even so those problems are all easily correctable with better editorial decisions. As for the shows, Wizard should try to work with the NYCC. There's no reason that both organizations can't put on great shows on separate weekends. Wizard can do more of a Hollywood-oriented, comic movie driven show designed to attract casual comic fans and movie-goers while the NYCC can cater more to Sci-Fi and serious comic book fans.
In the past when the NYCC ran into a problem it would later address that problem head on (the space issue at the church). Wizard shouldn't get angry and vindictive when there's a problem they should just fix it. I often go to both shows and I have no affiliation with either company. Comic fans generally like to keep "trouble and controversy" in their comics and not in their real lives. Wizard and NYCC should do the same. Straighten this out and both of your companies will win in the end. You both can be great.

Anonymous said...

Funny, I was at the Baltimore Comic con and there was clearly solictation for Wizard's con the following weekend. No one kicked them out.

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