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National comic con cancels Boise show. Will Idaho’s vaporized local event be reborn?

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Jason David Frank, the Green Ranger in "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers," gives Wizard World Comic Con guests a lesson in karate on Sunday, June 21. Video by Ashiah Scharaga.
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Jason David Frank, the Green Ranger in "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers," gives Wizard World Comic Con guests a lesson in karate on Sunday, June 21. Video by Ashiah Scharaga.

Stardate: Maybe next year.

A touring comic con that brought William Shatner and other sci-fi celebrities to the Boise Centre last year won’t return this summer as planned.

After a successful Idaho debut in 2018, Wizard World has canceled its scheduled 2019 show. The three-day pop-culture convention is beaming out of Boise because of unfortunate timing.

When Wizard World ended last year in Boise, organizers announced that it would return July 19-21, 2019. However, Comic-Con International: San Diego — the granddaddy of North American comic cons — subsequently announced that it would be July 18-21.

A galaxy’s worth of sci-fi actors, vendors and artists will be yanked to Southern California with tractor-beam force. Although Boise dates remained listed at Wizard World’s website until earlier this month, they were recently removed.

“We thought maybe we could still make it work,” Wizard World PR manager Jerry Milani said, “but it doesn’t make sense for us to do it. And then we tried to find different dates, and it just doesn’t fit.”

“But we would love to come back in 2020,” he added. “We’re working on that.”

So are Boise comic con fans out of luck this summer, period?

Treasure Valley Comic Con was a force in Canyon County until Wizard World’s appearance zapped it out of existence in 2018.

Could it return?

Not this year. Roseanna Marcum, sales and marketing manager at the Nampa Civic Center, said she had just heard about Wizard World pulling the plug.

“Honestly, we have no current plans for a 2019 comic con event,” Marcum said via email. “We have a lot of other great in-house events right now like our Interactive Movie Series, Oktoberfest, Senior Faire and Craft & Chocolate Affaire.

“We are always looking for other opportunities to put together a great in-house event, and you never know what we may do in the future.”

Cue that crying Chewbacca howl, comic con fans.

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