FAN EXPO HQ, a global comic con producer and division of Informa, announced, 10 August, that six of global proprietary content and collectibles organisation, Wizard World's, largest US shows will join its portfolio.
Wizard World's events in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Portland, St. Louis, and Cleveland will be rebranded as FAN EXPO events in 2022. The FAN EXPO portfolio will run 17 shows in North America, which the organiser claims makes it the largest producer of fan conventions in the world.
Aman Gupta, FAN EXPO HQ president, said: "FAN EXPO HQ is devoted to creating unmissable, exceptional fan experiences. We're beyond thrilled to be able to offer that to fans in six new locations, and pleased that Wizard World recognised our ability to elevate guest experience to the next level.”
FAN EXPO HQ's existing roster includes events such FAN EXPO Canada, MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Dallas, FAN EXPO Boston, and Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, among others. It also includes FAN EXPO San Francisco, a new event launching in autumn 2022, and FAN EXPO Denver, previously Denver Pop Culture Con, which will return with an introductory show later this year before fully returning in 2022. FAN EXPO HQ events are expected to attract nearly a million fans in 2022 and will cover more than 929,030sqm of exhibition space.
FAN EXPO HQ will be collaborating with Wizard World during the transition and will honour all prior commitments with fans, exhibitors, and artisans. Wizard World will continue to operate the Wizard World Vault and will be participating at all FAN EXPO events.
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