Gareb Shamus

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Gareb Shamus
Gareb Shamus
Born (1968-12-23) December 23, 1968 (age 50)
New York, New York
Area(s)Painter, entrepreneur
Notable works
Wizard Entertainment, Toyfare

Gareb Shamus (born December 23, 1968) is the founder and former chairman and CEO of Wizard Entertainment and the co-founder and CEO of ACE Comic Con.[1][2][3] He was the publisher of Wizard: The Comics Magazine; InQuest Gamer: The Gaming Magazine;[4] ToyFare: The Toy Magazine; Anime Insider; FunFare; "In" Power, a kids entertainment magazine; Wizard Specials; Toy Wishes, a holiday toy shopping guide; Bean Power, a Beanie Babies magazine; and Sportslook, a sports card magazine.[5][6][7][8] He also co-founded and served as CEO of International Fight League Inc (IFLI).[9][10][11]. He produced several televised MMA fights with partners Fox Sports Networks and MyNetworkTV.[12] He is the owner of The Pivot Gallery in New York City and an exhibited artist in America and Europe.[13][14]

Early life and education[edit]

Gareb is the second oldest of three brothers, Ilan, Kenny and Stephen Shamus.[15] As a child, he collected comic books and sports cards. His early loves were Spider-Man, Batman, and Mad magazine.[16] As a teenager, he gravitated to more mature comics 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).[17] 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.[15]

Wizard Entertainment[edit]

In the 1980s, Shamus' parents opened a sports card and comic book store in Nanuet, New York, where Shamus worked.[18] When he graduated from college, he started comic book newsletter, Wizard: The Guide to Comics, for the 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,[17] and Shamus became a celebrity in the comic book world.[5] Over the next few years he launched more magazines covering toys, games, animation and everything “superhero” (movies, TV shows, video games and toys).

As Wizard Entertainment, Shamus bought the Chicago Comicon in 1997, and expanded its scope and boosted attendance from a few thousand to 25,000 the following year[19]. There are 21 Wizard World comic conventions and pop-culture conventions in the United States.[20][18][21][15][22]


Shamus is an emerging contemporary painter.[23][24][25] He resides in the West Village.[26]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • "Squeezed," Coldstream Fine Art, Toronto, July 8 - August 2, 2017
  • “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,[27]” Guy Hepner Gallery, New York, April 8, 2016


  1. ^ "GAREB SHAMUS On His New Comic Con Business, ACE UNIVERSE".
  2. ^ "Everything You Need to Know About Ace Comic Con 2018".
  3. ^ "ACE Comic Con Descends on Nassau Coliseum".
  4. ^ "A Market Worth Fighting For".
  5. ^ a b Bindrim, Kira. "Publisher profits from pop culture". Crain's New York Business. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  6. ^ "Pressing Issues: Wizard Press and the Trapeze of '90s Fan Culture". PopMatters. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  7. ^ "11th Annual Holiday HOT DOZEN Toy List Released Today". Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  8. ^ "MTV Geek Exclusive: A Talk With Wizard World Inc.'s Gareb Shamus". MTV News. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  9. ^ "Fight Club: Catching Up With IFL CEO Gareb Shamus". Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  10. ^ "Sherdog Exclusive: IFL CEO Gareb Shamus". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  11. ^ "– GAREB SHAMUS RESIGNS FROM IFL; MORE CHANGES |". Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  12. ^ "IFL Inks Broadcast Deal with Fox Sports Net". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  13. ^ "The Pivot Gallery".
  14. ^ "Chelsea Art Galleries / Chelsea New York Gallery Guide". Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  15. ^ a b c "Tenafly Resident Brings Comic-Con Phenomenon to New York".
  16. ^ "Wizard Entertainment Founder Gareb Shamus Talks About Childhood, Pop Stars and Wizard World Chicago Comic Con" (PDF).
  17. ^ a b "Gareb Shamus Interview". CBR. 2001-05-24. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  18. ^ a b "Crash! pow! profit$". New York Post. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  19. ^ Babka, Allison. "Wizard World Inc.: A roving comic con looks to corner the geek market". Riverfront Times. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  20. ^ "Stocks". Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  21. ^ "Millionaire Playboy ™ : Comics: Gareb Shamus". Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  22. ^ Salkowitz, Rob. "Do Changes At Wizard World Signal Trouble For The Fan Convention Business?". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  23. ^ Taub, Alexander. "An Entrepreneurial Journey: From Comic Book Mogul To Breakout Painter". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  24. ^ "Gareb Shamus | | art and signature". Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  25. ^ "Gareb Shamus: Creating Connectivism with Art : Nick Onken". Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  26. ^ "Gareb Shamus - American Dream |". Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  27. ^ "Exhibition "All Art Everything" - Guy Hepner Gallery".

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