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TODAY, ONE CAN WEAR a Batman or Clickkeyword[Star+Wars]" >Star Wars shirt without taking flack for it, but that's a relatively new phenomenon. Comic books and related nerdy pursuits video games, anime, strategy board games used to be underground interests, something to be brought out of the closet only among trusted friends.
Macaluso argues otherwise. Broad appeal is the core of Wizard World's new strategy, and to Macaluso, there's more than enough room under his big top for all fans no matter how general or obscure their interests. Besides, there is strength and dollars in numbers.
And their prices are ridiculous. I just went to Indiana Comic Con in March and you can't compare their price. 3 day show $45.00.
running this company," says the 57 year old Macaluso. For some of those fans, the company has veered off course by chasing celebrities and attempting to be all things to a disparate number of pop culture junkies. Just because someone is really into zombie films and Clickkeyword[World+Wrestling+Entertainment+Inc.]" >WWE wrestling doesn't mean that they're also going to have an appreciation for early issue Clickkeyword[Marvel+Entertainment+Inc.]" >Marvel Comics.
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They march to other cities with established comic con and they want to buy the event and if you don't sell it to Wizard World they will destroy you by booking their date 2 weeks prior to the other comic con.
"And that's why pop culture began to emerge because it wasn't just high and low culture anymore, it was popular," Housel continues. "It didn't matter if you were rich or poor; everybody that liked something should have access to it and would. By the time we got to the '90s, we began to see the social attitude begin to change where it didn't matter if you were a geek or a dude who likes to wear lipstick. We didn't care anymore. You're an individual. You have value."
flicks playing cards at passersby, while a woman with flowing auburn hair save for a shock of white near her bangs contentedly rests her head on his shoulder. As the CEO of Wizard World, a company focused on bringing comic book pop culture to the masses, Macaluso is Clickkeyword[Santa+Claus]" >Santa Claus for today's crop of fanboys and fangirls, giving everyday devotees opportunities to meet and sometimes to be their favorite characters. It's a very different life from the one he led for two decades as an apparel entrepreneur.
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"'Nerd' is a good word today," Macaluso notes. "If you're not a nerd or a geek, you're on the outside now. It's the truth."
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