Hot on the heels of former Wizard World CEO John Macaluso's attempt to carve out his own comic con territory with Fandemic (as well the recent legal drama between Wizard World and the Shamuses), Stephen and Gareb Shamus have announced the launch of Ace Universe, a new comic con company that promises a "Ground-Breaking Approach That Will Shake Up The Industry."
The brothers Shamus came out guns blazing in the opening paragraph of their press release, which says that the Shamus brothers created the old (read: Wizard World) model, and now they're going to destroy it:
"Brothers Stephen and Gareb Shamus, the world's most experienced producers of the wildly popular Comic Con conventions, today announced the launch of their new groundbreaking experiential company – ACE Universe. With 20 years of experience and 175 Comic Con shows to their name, the Shamus brothers have smashed the old model, which they pioneered, and developed a new immersive approach that will redefine the industry going forward."
So how radically different will Ace Universe's cons be? For one thing, they will take place in "world class arenas" and broadcast panels on the jumbotron so everyone in attendance can take part in every panel. Additionally, the whole thing will be livestreamed on the internet, offering "wall-to-wall coverage of the entire Comic Con."
Gareb Shamus, ACE Universe's Chairman & CEO, said in the press release:
"We revolutionized the Comic Con industry in the 90's, and we're thrilled to do it all over again in 2017. "We believe this is the optimal time to shake up the industry and recalibrate with a complete and total emphasis on the fan experience. Our new platform is centered on creating an unforgettable experience for fans by featuring meet-and-greets with stars from the latest hit superhero movies, quality vendors, professional creators, superior venues and immersive programming."
And Stephen Shamus, President of ACE Universe, said:
"We can't wait for seasoned Comic Con fans to experience our events, and we're excited to introduce all new types of fans into this incredible world, many of whom have never enjoyed a Comic Con before. Families can now enjoy a curated experience with access to top name Film and TV talent, artists, writers and other creative professionals."
To that end, Justice League cast members Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ezra Millar, and Ciarán Hinds will be guests at Ace Universe's inaugural event, which will take place in Long Island's Nassau Coliseum on December 9th-10th. A second show will take place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on January 13th-15th. More guests and more shows will be announced soon.
Hell, and probably more competing Wizard World splinter groups too. We'll keep you posted.