Wizard Entertainment founder Gareb Shamus is returning to the comic industry with a new convention company he hopes will "shake up the industry." Working in partnership with his brother (and fellow Wizard alum) Stephen, Shamus' ACE Universe will debut their new concept with an inaugural Ace Comic Con December 8 through 10 at Long Island's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, bringing five stars of November's Justice League, including Gal Gadot, along for the rider.
“We revolutionized the Comic Con industry in the 90’s, and we’re thrilled to do it all over again in 2017,” said Gareb Shamus, ACE's Chairman/CEO. "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.”
The ACE Universe conventions plan free global live streaming of its entire convention to those not in attendance, as well as panels broadcast on a convention floor Jumbo Tron.
“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,” said ACE Universe President Stephen Shamus. “Families can now enjoy a curated experience with access to top name Film and TV talent, artists, writers and other creative professionals.”
ACE Universe's inaugural Ace Comic Con in Long Island has already confirmed guests including Justice League actors Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ciarán Hinds.
The Shamus brothers' origins in the comic book industry date back to the 1980s when Gareb and Stephen's parents opened the comic shop Wizard of Cards and Comics in Nanuet, New York (now operating as Toy Wiz). Gareb branched out with his own newsletter, which quickly evolved into Wizard: The Comics Magazine in 1991 with Stephen. Together, the brothers oversaw the company through its meteoric rise and eventual expansion into conventions in 1996. Gareb Shamus left the company in 2011, while Stephen left the company in 2016.
ACE Universe plans to announce several 2018 Ace Comic Cons at a later date.