I have known Wizard World PR Manager Jerry Milani for several years. Pretty much everything I have done at Wizard World conventions I owe to Jerry.
I dubbed him "The Pride of Fordham" (pretty creative of me), but he could also be the Wiz World Wiz. It is no easy task handling the celebrities, attendees and press at any comic con and Wizard World is the biggest and best. Jerry will eschew credit, but he is a big part of the reason Wizard World has continued to be the standard for conventions.
This year was a big challenge for all conventions, but Wizard World once again led the pack. They were the first to do virtual conventions and have done many in the last few months, with many more scheduled.
The next scheduled virtual experiences feature Spaceballs on December 5 and Stars from Hallmark Movies on December 6. These are a chance to experience a free panel led by Jerry with the stars. There are a few add-on possibilities for small fees, including one-on-one chats and video messages. I recently wrote about a Brady Bunch panel for Global Traveler at A Very Brady Saturday.
I applaud Jerry and the fine folks at Wizard World. Of course, they are trying to continue business, but they are doing it smartly and with the fans in mind. Giving the free panel is brilliant. It's the best marketing they could do and it gives fun to fans who wouldn't ordinarily see these panels. Plus, Wizard World is getting celebrities together who might not have ben able to coordinate such live appearances otherwise. It is a complete win for all.
I hope and believe Wizard World will return to live conventions at some point in 2021, but I also believe these virtual experiences will continue. It's the best of both worlds and it is all brought to you by Wizard World.
Go to WizardWorld.com for all info and to check out the virtual experiences past and future. Also follow Wizard World on Facebook for more frequent news and updates. If you attend the virtual experience, look out for the Pride of Fordham.
Jerry Milani and me in St. Louis, MO-April 2017