Bob Wayne, former SVP of DC, to be Keynote speaker at ComicsPRO Comic Industry Conference

Early Bird Registration deadline extended to January 4, 2019

The 13th Annual Comic Industry Conference – sponsored by ComicsPRO, the comics specialty retailer trade association – will be in Charlotte, North Carolina February 21 – 23, 2019. Early Bird Registration is open through January 4, 2019 at  All storefront comics specialty retailers are welcome and encouraged to attend.
“We’re extremely excited that Bob Wayne is going to be our keynote speaker!” said Peter Dolan, ComicsPRO’s President of the Board of Directors. “Besides his role as Senior Vice-President of Sales at DC Entertainment for many years, Bob is a life-long fan of comics, a published author, a business consultant specializing in the publishing industry, an advisor to the CBLDF, and a great friend to comic retailers. He’s also been a comics and science fiction convention dealer and a retail store owner. He’s done it all.”
In 2012 Bob Wayne received the ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award. Founding ComicsPRO President Joe Field noted at the time: “I would venture to say that no one in this room knows more about comics or the comics industry than Bob Wayne.”
The ComicsPRO Comic Industry Conference brings together comic book retailers and suppliers to discuss major industry issues and to develop improvements and directions for the comic book specialty market. All comic book retailers with storefront locations are encouraged to attend. Every attending retailer will receive a gift bag including graphic novels, toys, promotional items and comics. Publishers create exclusive comics for ComicsPRO, many with very low print runs.
“This conference will have lots of ‘nuts-and-bolts’ workshops,” said Marco Davanzo, Executive Director of ComicsPRO. “Retailers want to learn how to save money, increase sales and profit, and make our stores more vital. Retailers also want more networking, educational and interactive experiences. So we’ve tinkered with the conference and are going to provide all that … and more!”
The ComicsPRO Annual Industry Conference is the only annual retailer-driven event in the industry and is often cited as the most productive business-focused event of the year. ComicsPRO’s current projects and plans will also be discussed.
For more information on attending the conference as a retailer or sponsoring the conference as a publisher or vendor, contact Marco Davanzo, Executive Director of ComicsPRO at
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ComicsPRO is a non-profit trade association dedicated to the health and progress of comic book specialty retailers. ComicsPRO allows retailers to speak with a unified voice on important industry issues, provides educational and mentoring opportunities to current and future retailers, and provides ways for members to reduce fixed costs.
Why is the ComicsPRO Comic Industry Conference often cited as the most important business-focused event of the year?
4 reasons
1. It’s run by retailers and not by a single Publisher or Distributor! As a result, we have the widest variety of vendors than any other conference. We help showcase alternative sources of distribution. We discuss things at our conference that won’t be discussed at any other conference or gathering.
2. Lots of seminars! We have the most classes and seminars than any other conference. Sure, like other conferences, retailers will hear what vendors, Diamond, and other distributors are doing. But at our annual meeting, we have a whole day set aside for retailer-led, “nuts-and-bolts” seminars on how to improve stores. Here’s an example of  a recent “Nuts-and-Bolts” conference that we had in Baltimore.
3. It’s early in the year! Our conference is always in the last few weeks of February or the first week of March. We find that this is when Publishers and Distributors tend to make announcements of what they are going to be doing for the rest of the year. In the past, these announcements have ranged from DC announcing Rebirth ….. Dark House unveiling Berger Books … BOOM telling us about their guarantee program.
4. Very intimate! Usually we have between 150 to 200 retailers. This means more one-on-one time with vendors, distributors, and other retailers.

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