This week, chat-as-a-service company Frankly Inc. and Wizard World Inc., a top producer of pop culture conventions across North America, announced that they will develop an app for avid comic con fans to stay connected year-round. Wizard World reaches millions of fans as a nexus of con life culture, celebrating comic books, graphic novels, films, TV shows, and more, and hosts comic con events in over 25 U.S. cities.
The app will allow the worldwide community of comic book and entertainment lovers to message each other in group chat rooms based on their joint interests, including video gaming, fantasy, science fiction, comics, and trending pop culture topics. Users will eventually be able to find new friends through a simple swipe feature, where they can discover other fans’ profiles and strike up a chat conversation. Wizard World will have the ability to spark conversations around hot topics like recent movie releases, promote products like the new ComicConBox subscription offering, publicize initiatives like CONtv, the new OTT video network, or announce vital information about upcoming Wizard World Comic Con events.
This is not the first time Frankly and Wizard World have partnered to bring chat to comic lovers. For a 10-show series over a six-month period in 2014, Frankly’s proprietary messaging app, Frankly Chat, was the official chat app for Wizard World Comic Con on iOS and Android. Fans used Frankly Chat to meet other attendees, receive show details, and speak directly with Wizard World organizers and celebrity guests.
The Comic Con community is passionate about similar interests and they love to meet each other both online and offline. Our 2014 partnership with Wizard World turned into a powerful proof-of-concept that messaging is an effective tool to bring fans closer together. We look forward to bringing our most popular chat features—and a few surprises—to a new app that’s focused on the comic fan community at large,” said Frankly founder and CEO Steve Chung.
We’re excited to create a digital experience that enables fans to hang out and connect with each other, around the world,” said Patrick Bradley, executive vice president at Wizard World Comic Con. “We saw firsthand how messaging technology can enhance our live events, and this app will give passionate fans a way to engage each other on a daily basis. We can’t wait to see how app users foster relationships and chat about their con life.”
In late April, Wizard World announced its new OTT video network, CONtv, at Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas. The channel will feature original programming, curated TV shows and movies, and coverage of comic con events around the country.
About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD): Wizard World, Inc. (http://www.wizardworld.com) produces comic cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™, a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.
The 2015 Wizard World Comic Con schedule is available at: www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html.
About Frankly: Frankly is a next-generation chat-as-a-service platform that lets consumer brands build fan communities, engage their users directly, and join the conversation—right in their mobile app experiences. With Frankly’s Chat SDK, brands can quickly plug in powerful, customizable technology to unlock the power of mobile messaging on their own platform and access conversations that matter to their business and their users. Based in San Francisco, California, Frankly was founded in 2013 and is publicly traded under ticker TLK on Canada’s TSX Venture Exchange. To learn more, please visit www.franklyinc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.