Wizard World, the comic book convention organizers that previously published Wizard Magazine, are starting their own hall of fame! According to a press release, the company will be “honoring and respecting the legacy of the comic arts through the Wizard World Hall of Legends, a new initiative to celebrate the artists, writers and insiders who have built the industry and those continue the traditions.” Launching Friday, June 2 at Wizard World Philly, we can think of no better inaugural inductee than the one Wizard World has chosen: esteemed comics luminary and Deadpool creator Sir Robert Liefeld.
“I’m honored to be inducted into the Wizard World Hall of Legends and have my 30 years of contributions to the industry recognized,” said a remarkably humble Liefeld in a press release. “I have tremendous love and affection for this art form, its community, and the business of creating and selling comic books and graphic novels. It was a passion of mine long before it was my vocation.”
The only potential problem with having Liefeld as the first member of the Hall of Legends is that it will be difficult to find anyone more EXTREME to top him with future inductions, which Wizard World plans to hold at every one of their conventions going forward, billed as “one in a series of enhancements that Wizard World is making in the comics area.” One or more inductees will be honored at each convention.
Here’s some info from the press release to tell you when to show up:
Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, June 1, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, June 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.