I was going to talk about Judge Alex this week, but this bit of information came along this past week. A while ago, I mentioned the state of the compared to the NYCC. Also, as you may know, Wizard has been pulling back by cancelling 2 of their conventions. I had know the state of Wizard for a while but this news too me by surprise. Seems that Wizard decided to buy up the Big Apple Con, and (finally) have their own NY con.
I say finally because for years people had been saying that NY was a bad place to have a con. This is despite that Michael Carbanaro (head of the Big Apple Cons) had been running cons in NY for many many years. Yes they werent big cons, but they were cons nevertheless. It took Reed publications (the NYCC and now C2E2 guys) to give Wizard a wake up call. So instead of going in there cold, they decided to buy out the Big Apple con and use that foundation to take on the NYCC.
The question is this: Is NY big enough for 2 Major cons in the same year? Maybe Is NY big enough for 2 big cons in the same MONTH? Yep, while it's not "official" Wizard has announced that their NY con will be October 16-18, 2009. Of course one would think that it would be around the same time every following year (like all thier other conventions). The NYCC had already announced that in 2010 their con will be on October 8-10. So what's going to happen in 2010? We'll just have to wait and see.