Both Reed Exhibitions (organizers of the New York Comic Con and C2E2), and Wizard (which runs shows in
Reed struck first, announcing on the show blog on Wednesday that it was hosting the Comic Studies Conference, a new conference to be held in conjunction with C2E2, its new
Then on Friday, new company GeekChicDaily (see “Shamus, Partners Launch GeekChicDaily”) announced that it would host a new event, Geek Chic University, in conjunction with Anaheim Comic-Con, Wizard’s new show in southern California (see “Wizard Returns to SoCal”). That show, of course, was scheduled head to head with Reed’s new
The dueling conferences add another front to the competition between Wizard and Reed, which up to this point has been confined to consumer shows.