Wizard World Heads to New York, Leaves the Comics Behind

Wizard World hasn't been in New York for a while, but the convention organizers are headed back to the Big Apple with a new show scheduled for late June, just a few weeks before Comic Con International in San Diego.

This time, though, comic books won't be a major focus of the show, with only Stan Lee being named in the initial announcement and most of the focus being set squarely on Wizard World staples Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Rooker, Norman Reedus and Jon Bernthal.

Comic book artists Humberto Ramos and Arthur Suydam, though, are schedule to appear, according to the event website.

Check out the full statement below:

Experience New York City, differently, as Wizard World brings together celebrities, creators, sports stars, music, exhibitors, parties and other attractions at the 2013 Wizard World New York City Experience, June 28-30.

Comics legend Stan Lee, Star Trek: The Next Generation icon Patrick Stewart and The Walking Dead trio of Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal are the first stars scheduled to attend the extravaganza at Basketball City (Pier 36) in lower Manhattan, overlooking the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty and steps away from vibrant South Street Seaport.

“Fans will want to keep the last weekend of June open,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “We have a star-studded affair planned and we are excited to launch with an early guest list, with more to follow. This show will have an all new look and feel that encompasses talented artists, unique shopping opportunities, specialty programming, sports heroes and much more. It will be a true experience unlike any other for New York fans.”

Tickets go on sale for this exclusive event, with limited tickets available, on March 1 at www.wizardworld.com. Additional guests, special receptions and events, start and end times and ticket prices will be announced shortly.