FREE registration for Retailers. Kazu Kibuishi to be Keynote Speaker.
ComicsPRO, the comics specialty retailer trade association, announces FREE retailer registration is now open for the Inaugural Online Comic Industry Conference. More than 30 publishers and other vendors are sponsoring this conference. Happening online February 18-19, 2021, this conference will feature a series of publisher presentations and networking opportunities to help retailers improve their businesses. Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the New York Times bestselling Amulet series published by Scholastic, will be Keynote Speaker.
“We are extremely excited about Kazu being our Keynote Speaker” said Peter Dolan, President of ComicsPRO. “Graphic novels for readers of all ages are increasingly popular, and smart comics retailers are taking advantage of this growing trend. Kazu will give an especially interesting insight into the kids’ market.”
Retailer Registration for the conference is FREE. As a bonus, the first 300 comic retail storefronts registering and attending the meeting will also get a signed copy of Amulet Volume One, courtesy of Scholastic. Starting the week of February 1st, retailers have the opportunity to upgrade their registration to attend Roundtable Sessions, allowing them to get gifts of variant comics from Publishers.
Retailers can register here:www.comicspro.org/retailer21reg
Publishers and Vendors attending the meeting include: A Wave Blue World, Aftershock Comics, ALA-Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable, Anomaly Productions, Artists, Writers, & Artisans, Ata-Boy, Bad Idea, BCW Supplies, Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC), BOOM! Studios, Comics Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, Diamond Comic Distribution, Die Hard Dice, Fantagraphics Books, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/First Second, Mad Cave Studios, Marvel Comics, Oni Press, Scholastic, Scout Comics and Entertainment, The NPD Group, TKO Studios, Valiant Entertainment, Vault Comics, and Viz Media.
ComicsPRO officials expect strong attendance for this online meeting. “With the meeting online and with free participation for retailers, there’s sure to be increased virtual attendance from retailers,” said Marco Davanzo, Executive Director of ComicsPRO. “Although we’d love to have the meeting in-person, as is our tradition, we believe retailers are going to like the advantages of having the 2021 meeting online: Saving travel expenses, keeping it safe during this pandemic, plus retailers will be able to re-watch recorded sessions on their own schedule.