The ICv2 Conference: The New Comics Customer
AT New York Comic Con
Published: 08/27/2014, Last Updated: 09/16/2014 11:33pm
"The audience for comics is changing rapidly, in ways that present the greatest opportunities for the medium since the 50s," ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp said of the topic. "New channels, formats, and content are reaching new customers, and the phenomenon appears to be growing by the day. This year’s conference will look at these trends and where they’re taking the business, with speakers from the forefront of the change.”
The ICv2 Conference: The New Comics Customer will be held on the eve of New York Comic Con, Wednesday afternoon, October 8th, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.
To fit this unique time in the comics business, the topics discussed will also be unique, including the success stories of companies and people that have found ways to capitalize on the changing comics audience; the roles that new ways of getting comics to customers, including digital, are playing in this phenomenon; how the explosion in comic-related events plays into the trend; and what the people on the front lines of customer interaction are seeing.
The ICv2 Conference gives you the opportunity to meet, learn from, and interact with the leaders of the business.
Time and Place
The ICv2 Conference: The New Comics Customer will take place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, October 8.
Who Should Attend
•Comics and graphic novel publishers
•Writers and artists
•Retailers and wholesalers
•Librarians and educators
•Producers, agents, and managers
•Licensees, licensors, and marketers
•Con directors and other fandom event organizers
Here are the sessions at the ICv2 Conference: The New Comics Customer. Speakers are being added frequently; bookmark this page.
ICv2 White Paper
A highlight of the Conference each year, the 2014 ICv2 White Paper will concentrate on the New Comics Customer, and break down the data available from all sources on this growing segment of the market.
The Con Explosion
The rapidly expanding con scene is an important part of the changing audience for comics, a place where potential new customers are mingling with more committed fans, and the opportunities are great. Who are these new attendees, and what does it mean for the medium? Our speakers have data and personal experience to help us find the answers to these questions.
The New Customer Connection
From the front lines of contact with the new comics customers, our panelists talk about who these new readers are, what kinds of books they like, and where they’re coming from.
The New Comics and Graphic Novels
The new comics customer wants a different kind of comic, and the creators and publishers that can give it to them are being rewarded. Our panelists share their stories.
For only $99 to $199, depending on your category, you can take part in this important gathering of the industry, held in association with New York Comic Con.
• Creator, Retailer, Librarian, or Educators pay only $99.
• Publisher, Producer, Agent, Manager, Marketer, Licensing, Distributor, all others pay only $199.
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The ICv2 Conference is open to all press accredited by New York Comic Con, but we need your RSVP. Please click here to let us know you're coming.
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