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Virtual Talk: Stephen Shamus. Take a Break with the King of Comic Con.
19 April @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Stephen Shamus is President and Co-founder of ACE Universe. ACE Universe produces the most immersive and experiential events by bringing together top names in films, TV, professional Illustrators & Writers, Award-Winning Designers, Gaming, Cosplay, Comic Books and top-notch daytime & evening Q&A and instructional Programming together.
As an industry veteran, Stephen has a proven track record with producing conferences for comic fans around the world and the pandemic did not discriminate. It has forced a huge pause on conferences and festivals alike. Fortunately enough, Stephen’s lifelong passion in addition to comic books has always been with collectibles.
Stephen recently created a talk-show style podcast called “Take a Break with Stephen” featuring collectibles, which airs on the ACE Universe podcast network.
Hear Stephen’s journey in the world of comics, celebrities and collectibles; the past, present and what we can look forward to in the near future.
Stephen is also the co-creator of several ingenious and ubiquitous collectible products, including those related to Autographed Comic Books, Lithographs and Photographs. These products are used on most occasions where special handling is required when comic books are being signed by the illustrators, writers, or celebrities.
Stephen works with all the major talent agencies and managers, including WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, APA, Innovative Artists, and Gersh. He is the premiere talent booker of the biggest and most significant celebrities in the industry, including what is considered the greatest Comic Con lineup ever, which saw nine of Marvels’ The Avengers. His most recent celebrity bookings include Gal Gadot, Brie Larson, Henry Cavill, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Kit Harington, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Michael Fassbender, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Zazie Beetz, Tye Sheridan, Tom Ellis, Lee Pace and more!!
Collecting is in Stephen’s blood. From a young age, he would store and treasure anything he could get his hands on – comic books, sports cards, comic art, and memorabilia. His passion is infectious, and his expertise and understanding of the material is widely respected.
In the early 1990’s, Stephen was CMO of Wizard, co-founded the world’s leading magazines covering comic books, toys, games and animation, along with many specialty books. By the mid-90’s Wizard then acquired and launched its first of many live events including the Chicago Comic Con. This began Stephen’s 20+ year career of producing over 175 Comic Con festivals across North America. Stephen has booked over 3,000 celebrities, tens of thousands of artists, and played host to millions of happy fans.
Follow him on Instagram @stephenshamus12.