Gareb Shamus

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Gareb Shamus
Born (1968-12-23) December 23, 1968 (age 48)
Tenafly, New Jersey
Nationality American
Area(s) Painter, entrepreneur
Notable works
Wizard Entertainment

Gareb Shamus (born December 23, 1968) is an American connectivist artist who works primarily as a painter.[1][2][3]

He is the founder of and former Chairman and CEO of Wizard World, which currently owns and operates 21 Wizard World comic conventions and pop-culture conventions in the United States.[4][5][6][7][8] For twenty years, Gareb was the publisher of Wizard: The Comics Magazine, InQuest Gamer: The Gaming Magazine,[9] ToyFare: The Toy Magazine, Anime Insider and FunFare; "In" Power, a kids entertainment magazine, Wizard Specials and Toy Wishes, a holiday toy shopping guide; Bean Power, a Beanie Babies magazine, and Sportslook, a sports card magazine.[10][11][12][13] Shamus also created, operated and sold the IFLI (International Fight League Inc) which he co-founded and served as the CEO.[14][15][16] He produced several televised MMA fights with partner Fox Sports Networks and MyNetworkTV.[17] He is currently the owner of The Pivot Gallery in New York City and a galleried artist in America and Europe[18][19]

Early life and education[edit]

Gareb is the second oldest of three brothers, Ilan, Kenny and Stephen Shamus.[20] As a child, Gareb Shamus collected comic books and sports cards. His early loves were Spider-Man, Batman, and Mad magazine;[21] as a teenager he gravitated to more into mature comic books created by artists like Todd McFarlane and Frank Miller (who began working on The Dark Knight Returns and Daredevil when Shamus was a teenager in the 1980s).[22] Shamus studied economics at the University at Albany, SUNY and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a minor in art in 1990.[20]

Wizard Entertainment[edit]

Main article: Wizard Entertainment

In the 1980s, Shamus' mother opened a sports card and comic book store in Nanuet, New York, where Shamus worked.[23][24] When he graduated from college, Shamus started a newsletter about comic books, called Wizard: The Guide to Comics, for his mother's store’s customers. It became so popular that in 1991 he turned it into a monthly magazine. After only one year, Wizard went worldwide, published in over fifty countries and in multiple languages.[25] He became a celebrity in the comic book arena.[26] Within a few years, he launched more magazines covering toys, games, animation and everything “superhero” (movies, TV shows, video games and toys).

Operating as Wizard Entertainment, in 1997 Shamus bought the Chicago Comicon, expanding the scope and boosting attendance from a few thousand to 25,000 the following year (the Chicago Comic Con continues to be one of the most popular of its size in the country)[27]


Shamus is an emerging contemporary artist born and raised in/around New York City and currently resides in the West Village.[28]

Selected Exhibitions[edit]

  • “Rungs of Life," Art Exchange London, September 23, 2016
  • “Early Days," Art Helix, Brooklyn, September 16, 2016
  • “The Pivot Collection,” MRG Fine Art, Sherman Oaks, California, July 16, 2016
  • “All Art Everything,” Guy Hepner Gallery, New York, April 8, 2016


  1. ^ "A Entrepreneurial Journey: From Comic Book Mogul To Breakout Painter". 
  2. ^ "Gareb Shamus American Comic Con mogul Gareb Shamus' transformation into burgeoning abstract painter". 
  3. ^ "Gareb Shamus How To Connect People With Art". 
  4. ^ "Wizard World Inc (WIZD: OTC BB)". Bloomberg. 
  5. ^ "Crash! Pow! Profit$". New York Post. 
  6. ^ "How Do You Get Away With Calling That A Job". 
  7. ^ "Tenafly Resident Brings Comic-Con Phenomenon to New York". 
  8. ^ "Do Changes at Wizard World Signal Trouble for The Convention Business?". 
  9. ^ "A Market Worth Fighting For". 
  10. ^ "Publisher Profits from Pop Culture". 
  11. ^ "Wizard Press and the Trapeze of '90s Fan Culture". 
  12. ^ "11th Annual Holiday Hot Dozen Toy List Released Today". 
  13. ^ "MTV Geek Exclusive: A Talk With Wizard World Inc.'s Gareb Shamus". 
  14. ^ "Fight Club: Catching Up With IFL CEO Gareb Shamus". 
  15. ^ "Sherdog Exclusive: IFL CEO Gareb Shamus". 
  16. ^ "Gareb Shamus Resigns From IFL; More Changes". 
  17. ^ "IFL INKS Broadcast Deal With Fox Sports Net". 
  18. ^ "The Pivot Gallery". 
  19. ^ "Chelsea Art Galleries New York Gallery Directory". 
  20. ^ a b "Tenafly Resident Brings Comic-Con Phenomenon to New York". 
  21. ^ "Wizard Entertainment Founder Gareb Shamus Talks About Childhood, Pop Stars and Wizard World Chicago Comic Con" (PDF). 
  22. ^ "Gareb Shamus Interview". 
  23. ^ "Crash! pow! profit$". New York Post. October 11, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Wizard: The Comics Magazine". 
  25. ^ "Gareb Shamus Interview". Comic Book Resources. 
  26. ^ "Wizard: Publisher Profits from Pop Culture". Crains New York. 
  27. ^ "Wizard World Inc.: A roving comic con looks to corner the geek market". River Front Times. 
  28. ^ "Gareb Shamus American Dream". 

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