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ICv2 Comics & Digital Conference

The Future of the Medium

Published: 08/26/2010, Last Updated: 10/01/2010 12:00am

An ICv2 Release.  The ICv2 Comics & Digital Conference will be held in association with New York Comic Con on Thursday afternoon, October 7th at the Javits Center, on the eve of New York Comic Con.  Plan to join us!

The Conference
Both the process of selling comics and graphic novels and how they're created are being fundamentally transformed.
To navigate this transformation, ICv2 is bringing together the best minds in the industry to discuss the lessons learned so far, where the business is going, and how to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities presented by digital distribution.

Time and Place
The ICv2 Comics & Digital Conference will take place at the Javits Center on the eve of New York Comic Con, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, October 7th.  Following the afternoon sessions, at 5 p.m.,  Conference Sponsor Transcontinental Printing will host a cocktail party for attendees.

Who Should Attend
    -   Publishers, traditional and digital
    -   Creators
    -   Agents
    -   Retailers
    -   Librarians and educators

Conference Sessions
Confirmed sessions at the ICv2 Comics and Digital Conference include:

The ICv2 2010 White Paper Preview
This year's presentation will be a preview of the 2010 market overview planned for early next year, looking at first-half 2010 trends in sales of graphic novels and comics, along with info on digital trends.

Presented by Milton Griepp, ICv2.

Digital Comics and Graphic Novels--Where We Are and Where We're Going
Digital Publishers on the present and future of digital comics and graphic novels.
- Dario Di Zanni, Sr. Manager, Marketing and Business Development--New Media, Disney Publishing Worldwide
- Lindsey Levinsohn MLIS, Digital Book Specialist for Libraries, Overdrive
- Michael Murphey, CEO of iVerse
- Ron Richards, head of iFanboy division of Graphic.ly
- Masaaki Shimizu, General Manager of International Business Strategy Division at Bitway
- David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology

The Medium and the Message--Digital and Creativity
How will the digital medium affect how comics are created?
- Mark Waid, Chief Creative Officer, BOOM! Studios
- Dave Baxter, Deputy Director of Robot Comics and Senior Agent at Killing the Grizzly
- Alex de Campi, Writer, Director
- Douglas Wolk, Author
- Rantz Hoseley, CEO, Longbox
- Mark Siegel, Editorial Director, First Second Books
- Moderated by Heidi MacDonald, The Beat

Print vs. Digital--War, Co-existence, or Collaboration
Publishers, retailers, and others on how the digital revolution will impact on print sales.
- Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Publishing
- Eric Beaulieu, Vice President Premedia, Transcontinental Transmedia
- Dave Bowen, Director of Digital Distribution, Diamond Comic Distributors
- David Gabriel, Senior Vice President of Marvel Comics
- Alison Hendon, Youth Selection Team Leader, Brooklyn Public Library
- John Riley, owner of Grasshopper Comics
- Moderated by Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor, Publishers Weekly

Transcontinental Printing Cocktail Party
At 5 p.m., event sponsor Transcontinental Printing will host a cocktail reception, a time when attendees, speakers, and panelists can meet, mingle, network, and talk about the events of the day.

Conference Speakers
Representatives of all of the major digital comic publishers have agreed to participate.  We'll also have graphic novel and comic publishers, retailers, creators, and others bringing unique perspectives on this emerging space.  For more info, click here.

Register Today!
For only $99 to $199, depending on your category, you can take part in this important gathering of the industry at New York Comic Con.

Creators, Retailers, Librarians, and Educators = $99
Publishers, Agents, Licensing, Distributors, all others = $199

NOTE: This conference is open only to those who hold a Professional or Exhibitor Pass to New York Comic Con!Register now for the ICv2 Comics & Digital Conference!  Click here to register.

Press
The ICv2 Digital Comics Conference will honor New York Comic Con press credentials.  Please e-mail Mgriepp@ICv2.com  to let us know you're coming, or with any questions.

For More Information

To contact us to inquire about speaking or sponsorship opportunities, e-mail: Mgriepp@ICv2.com.

ICv2
ICv2 is the industry's source on the business of comics and graphic novels, also covering manga and anime, movie/TV products, including cool DVDs, figures, and more, and hobby games (collectible, cool board, minis, RPGs) daily on its Website, ICv2.com, and in its magazine, Internal Correspondence.  For the people on the front lines of the pop culture business, staying ahead of the trends isn't something that can be left to chance-it's a basic necessity for being successful.  That's why ICv2 is the #1 source of news and information for the buyers, gatekeepers, and tastemakers on the front lines. ICv2 is where trend-watching has become a science.

Conference Sponsor:  Transcontinental Printing
Transcontinental provides printing, publishing and marketing services that deliver exceptional value to its clients and provide a unique, integrated platform for them to reach and retain their target audiences.  Transcontinental is the largest printer in Canada and in Mexico, and fourth-largest in North America.  Its Marketing Communications Sector provides advertising services and marketing products using new communications platforms supported by database analytics, premedia, e-flyers, email marketing, and custom communications. Transcontinental is a company that seeks growth with a culture of continuous improvement and financial discipline, whose values, including respect, innovation and integrity, are central to its operation.  For more information about the Corporation, please visit www.transcontinental.com.

Conference Sponsor:  Publisher's Weekly
Publishers Weekly is the leading publication serving all segments involved in the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and electronic formats.  It is the prime source of comprehensive news and provides unique industry data including an annotated bestseller list, hot deals and retail news.  A 134-year old magazine--with over 100,000 dedicated readers--PW is recognized as the leading publication for international and U.S. book publishing needs.  PW's Website, PublishersWeekly.com is packed with great information from the hottest industry news to book reviews to the popular e-newsletters and much more.

Conference Sponsor:  Heidi MacDonald's The Beat
The Beat, now in its sixth year, is dedicated to providing the timeliest and most pertinent news and information about comics, the people who make them, the readers who love them and the world that shapes them.  Heidi MacDonald is an award-winning writer and editor and a veteran entertainment industry journalist.  As an editor she has worked for Disney, Warner Bros., and Fox, among many others.

New York Comic Con
New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting pop culture convention!  With over 77,000 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors, our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.  Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite stars and creators.  Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at the newest films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens.  And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry.

 
 
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