I think it’s fair to say that through a series of events, some public, some not, Gareb Shamus has become tainted in the eyes of some of the comics industry. I’ve always found him a personable individual, and while I’m had no problems with he man, but I know many who have. So there are some suspicions of a new Wizard World that, even without his direct involvement, will only line his pockets.
So I asked.
I understand that while Gareb Shamus does not own a majority share of the Wizard World now, he does own a significant portion – but that he will be divesting himself of most of it, selling his shares to the newly appointed CEO taking over in January. I couldn’t get the figures – the company is currently in the process of filing their SEC – but I understand this will leave Shamus with minimal interest in the company.
Wizard World will also be expanding their digital offerings – upgrading the website, launching a new social network in the spring of 2012, their first Flash game Fly Like A Hero and will see ToyWiz and the Def Jam music production joining their network and launching a new advertising network to fund it all.
They will however not be returning to the print magazine market.