On this episode of the Artmatcher podcast, Gareb Shamus speaks with Michael Goodman about connective art, the business of art, trade shows, nerds, and Comic Con.

About Gareb Shamus

Gareb Shamus is a contemporary painter who has exhibited in the United States and Europe. He is the owner of The Pivot Gallery in New York City.

He is also the founder and former chairman and CEO of Wizard Entertainment and the co-founder and Chairman of ACE Comic Con.

Previously he was the publisher of Wizard: The Comics Magazine; InQuest Gamer: The Gaming Magazine; 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.

He also co-founded and served as CEO of International Fight League Inc (IFLI). He produced several televised MMA fights with partners Fox Sports Networks and MyNetworkTV.

Connectivism and the Pivot Gallery

There is a new emerging art movement called Connectivism. The epicenter of the movement is the Pivot Gallery in New York City, which hosts regular events and shows. It’s interesting to see what artists are creating; the exhibitions are always changing, and there are even lectures about the art.

About Ace Comic Con

ACE Comic Con is the ultimate fan experience! A premier comic convention, ACE boasts world-renowned talent, access to full panels and digital streaming, and much more. Attendees will meet their favorite artists, creators, and actors.

About Wizard Entertainment

Wizard Entertainment Inc, formerly known as GoEnergy and Wizard World, is a producer of North American conventions that cover a variety of fan genres. The Wizard Entertainment brand comes from Gareb’s early ventures in publishing. Wizard (1991), produced a monthly magazine. That company evolved into a multi-title publishing company, though discontinued its print division to focus on its convention business, which has expanded over the years to produce an annual 13 conventions.

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Key Moments in the Video

0:34 Getting to know Gareb and the origins of Comic Con
8:30 Expressing creativity in art vs. business
14:25 What inspired Gareb’s artistic journey
19:35 Successful people help people
24:43 How the art world delegates value
30:22 Receiving external validation
35:35 Reaching your highest value as an artist