The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is pleased to announce its partnership with Wizard World, Inc., producer of North America’s largest pop-culture tour. GAMA is supporting the two shows to include a trade day and gaming events at Wizard World Shows. The first, Chicago Comic Con, will take place at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., August 11-14, and the second, Mid-Ohio Comic Con at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on October 22-23.
“GAMA is thrilled to be partnering with Wizard World,” said John Ward, Executive Director. “GAMA and Wizard World are totally dedicated to making this a success. I think this program provides a great crossover between the two entities.”
“We are excited about teaming with GAMA to highlight tabletop gaming, which has been an important part of Wizard World events,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO. “We are also pleased that Chicago Comic Con will serve as a venue to showcase the prestigious Origin Awards.”
The Trade Day will be a one day event on August 11 which will be free to all retailers. This will include professional seminars by the GAMA staff and products demonstrated by Wiz Kids.
GAMA is also pleased to announce demonstrations in its gaming area in the exhibit hall. The demonstrations will include its 2011 Origins Awards winners as well as the 2012 submissions. The Origins Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Gaming Arts and Designs to recognize outstanding achievement in design and production of games and game related products.
Elliott will be providing coverage of the Chicago Comic Con beginning next weekend!