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‘The Situation’ Gets His Own Comic with Greg Horn Cover, End of Days Possibly At Hand


A while back, we brought you the news that Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was teaming up with Wizard World to create a comic book about himself, which was somehow both mystifying and, given Wizard's slow transition from taste-making comics mag to traveling celebrity sideshow, perfectly logical...

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Wizard Teams With ‘The Situation’ for a Superhero Comic and Convention Appearances


In the words of Michael Sorrentino himself, "Super hero Sitch coming soon!!" Thanks to a new deal with Wizard World Inc., "The Situation" is going to star in his own superhero comic. The deal not only taps the fist-pumping, GTL-ing, star dancing TV personality of Jersey Shore fame, but also his brothers Marc and Frank, sister Melissa and mother Linda...

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Gareb Shamus Resigns as Wizard World President and CEO


Gareb Shamus is no longer the President, CEO and Director of Wizard World, Inc. after resigning from his duties in a letter dated December 1. The news was made public in the company's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the move was made within a week of Shamus' much hyped but decidedly unsuccessful digital magazine, also called Wizard World, disappearing from the Internet...

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Wizard’s Gareb Shamus Launches Blog, Joins Twitter as Digital Magazine Disappears


What Wizard overlord Gareb Shamus once called "the smartest business decision" of his life seems not to have panned out, as the Wizard World digital magazine he launched earlier this year appears to have been, well, deleted...

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Link Ink: Aaron McGruder’s ‘Red Tails’ Writing, Super Socks and Batman Beyond in ‘Arkham City’


Movies: You may have known all about how George Lucas financed Red Tails, a movie out in January about WWII's Tuskegee Airmen, but did you know Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder co-wrote it? Nice.

Industry: Wizard has hired Kevin Kelly as managing editor of Wizard World's digital initiatives...

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10 of ‘Wizard’ Magazine’s Most Dubious Moments


Back in January, Wizard Entertainment announced the cancelation of Wizard Magazine, which had reigned for almost 20 years as one of the most prominent voice of mainstream comics, presumably so that CEO and self-help enthusiast Gareb Shamus could devote more time to his responsibilities running the International Fight League Black Bull Comics the Wizard World family of comic book and entertainment conventions.

It was a pretty surprising move, and I'll admit that as much as I feel I eventually moved away from Wizard, there was a time when I was a devoted reader, and I've got a stack of back issues from 1996 to 2000 to prove it. With the news of the magazine's cancellation, I decided to go through them and enjoy a little nostalgia, and I've got to admit, there's a lot of really good stuff in there. They didn't just pioneer the irreverent, humorous style that would later be completely embraced by the Comics Internet, but the issues I went through featured original work from creators like Stan Sakai and Evan Dorkin, spotlights on offbeat comics like Rick Remender's Black Heart Billy, and recommendations on back issues that were well worth digging through quarter bins for.

And then there was the rest of it.

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Wizard World Sends Out Hilarious Press Release in Comic Sans That Will Change Your Life


Here at ComicsAlliance, we try to do our best to not be the kind of news outlet that just runs press releases, but occasionally, we come across something we feel our readers need to know about.

Such is the case with a press releas that arrived in my inbox last night, courtesy of Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus...

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‘Wizard’ and ‘ToyFare’ Magazines Canceled — R.I.P.



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ComicsAlliance has received confirmation that Wizard Magazine is to close its doors immediately after twenty years...

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Wizard Magazine Drops Message Board, Price Guide


Wizard Magazine continues to die the death by a thousand cuts, and this month they're dropping their long-running price guide section, which detailed the rise and fall of back issue prices. As I am no longer 12 and waiting with bated breath to see whether my NM issue of "Shi" #1 has gone red or blue this month, it is very hard to care about this, and if it means that fewer people regard comics as a speculator market where they can make bank by buying all the variant covers their arms can carry and carefully sealing then into plastic sarcophagi, then I applaud it...

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The Comic Book Party Art of Ryan Dunlavey


Artist Ryan Dunlavey ("Comic Book Comics," "M.O.D.O.K.: Dark Reign") has posted a whole series of "just draw everything" commissions for Wizard magazine, most of which involve dozens of comics characters throwing parties and hanging out...

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