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ICv2 Announces ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference at New York Comic-Con

Panelists Include Buyers, CEOs, Experts, and Publishers

Published: 12/06/2005 12:00am

An ICv2 Release.  Pop culture publishing and consulting company ICv2 has announced that it will host the ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference at New York Comic-Con next February.  'The ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference:  Manga and Anime, Movie Superheroes and Anti-Heroes, and the New Literature' will be held on Thursday afternoon, February 23, 2006 at the Javits Center in New York City. 

 

'Graphic novels are at the nexus of a revolution in pop culture,' said ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp about the Conference.  'It's the place where comics, movies, TV, and videogames intersect; where the Japanese influence is strongest; and where a new form of literature is taking shape.  At this Conference, we're going to bring together the people and companies from this exploding category to talk about ways to make this exciting growth continue.' 

 

Confirmed panelists include graphic novel buyers from specialty retail chains and comic stores; top executives from anime and manga companies; graphic novel publishers; experts in the field, and more.  Among the many notable panelists and moderators are Liza Coppola, Vice President of Viz Media, LLC; Alfred R. Kahn, Chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.; Pat Kearney, Graphic Novel Site Merchandiser for Amazon.com; Mike Kiley, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Tokyopop, Inc.; James Killen, Graphic Novel Buyer at Barnes & Noble; Calvin Reid of Publishers Weekly; and David Webster, Graphic Novel Buyer at Midtown Comics. 

 

Publishers, creators, retailers, librarians, literary agents, and licensors and licensees will all find plenty at this Conference to inform and inspire their planning for the future.  

 

Tickets for the new event are now on sale on the New York Comic-Con Website at:

http://www.nycomiccon.com

 

Click here to be taken directly to the registration page.

 

The final schedule has also been announced, and it's a jam-packed afternoon:

 

1 p.m:  ICv2 White Paper -- Graphic Novel Growth and Diversification

ICv2 will present the results of its annual graphic novel industry survey, along with special conference-only info that will not be published in its magazines or on the Web.

Presented by Milton Griepp, President, ICv2

 

1:45 p.m.:  Graphic Novels--the New Literature?

Some have called the growing popularity of graphic novels a shift from novels to a new form of literature as the dominant form.  How will graphic novels build on their new acceptance by the literati to break into mass acceptance?  Editors, a top agent, and a top expert on graphic novels in libraries discuss. 

Karen Berger -- Vice President/Executive Editor of Vertigo -- DC Comics

Daniel Frank -- Editorial Director -- Pantheon Books

Kat Kan -- Librarian, Writer, Columnist, Workshop Leader, Consultant to Brodart

Denis Kitchen -- Agent, Editor, Publisher -- Kitchen & Hansen, Denis Kitchen Pub.

Terry Nantier -- Publisher, NBM Publishing, Inc.

Moderator:  Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly

           

2:45 p.m.:  Anime and Manga -- Looking forward

Manga is the fastest-growing category in graphic novels, but that's been only one facet of the increasing popularity of Japanese and Japanese-inspired pop culture in America -- anime is dominating the 18-34 demographic on television as well.  Learn from the top players in anime and manga where they think the market here is headed.

Mike Bailiff -- Senior Vice President, ADV Films

Liza Coppola -- Vice President, Viz Media

Al Kahn -- CEO, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.

Mike Kiley -- Publisher, Tokyopop

Dallas Middaugh -- Director of Manga, Del Rey Books

John O'Donnell -- CEO, Central Park Media

Tomoko Suga--Senior Manager, Foreign Rights Department. Kodansha

Moderator:  Milton Griepp, ICv2

 

4:00 p.m.:  Buyers Panel -- Graphic Novels, the Next Three Years

A panel of key graphic novel buyers from multiple channels will discuss what's selling and why, how the market's changing, and what kinds of products will grow the market in the next three years.

Pat Kearney -- Graphic Novel Editor/Manager -- Amazon.com

James Killen -- Graphic Novel Buyer, Barnes & Noble

Jim Mortenson -- Owner, Comix Revolution

Bill Schanes -- Vice President Purchasing, Diamond Comic Distributors

David Webster -- Graphic Novel Buyer, Midtown Comics

Jeannine Wiese -- Graphic Novel Specialist -- Ingram Book Company

Moderator:  Milton Griepp, ICv2

 

5:00 p.m.:   Transcontinental Printing Cocktail Event!

A chance to meet, mingle, and have a refreshing beverage, courtesy of event sponsor and major graphic novel printer Transcontinental Printing. 

 

The ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference is a half-day event planned for 1 to 6 p.m., on the afternoon of Thursday, February 23rd, at the Javits Center in New York City.  The event is being held in conjunction with the New York Comic-Con, which starts on Friday, February 24th at the Javits. 

 

Tickets for the new event are now on sale on the New York Comic-Con Website at:

http://www.nycomiccon.com

Click here to be taken directly to the registration page.

 

ICv2 is the leading expert in the graphic novel field and publishes news and information on pop culture products in the anime, comics, games, toys, and movie and TV merchandise categories daily on its Website, ICv2.com, and in its magazines, the ICv2 Retailers Guide to Anime/Manga, the ICv2 Retailers Guide to Graphic Novels, and the ICv2 Retailers Guide to Games.  ICv2 also provides marketing, distribution, and general business consulting services to companies involved in the pop culture products industries. 

 

New York Comic-Con is a new three-day trade and consumer event planned for the Javits Center in New York City on Friday, February 24th through Sunday, February 26th.  New York Comic-Con is managed by Reed Exhibitions (RX), the world's largest organizer of business-to-business events, a division of Reed Elsevier plc.  Each year Reed events assemble over 90,000 suppliers and over 5 million buyers from around the world.  BEA is one of many Reed Elsevier properties within the Reed Global Book Publishing Network, whose trade events include the Asia International Book Fair, London International Book Fair, Salon du Livre:  Paris Book Fair, Tokyo International Book Fair and BookExpo Canada, and whose Reed Business Information (RBI) properties include Publishers Weekly, Variety Magazine, Playthings, Video Business, Library Journal, and School Library Journal. 

ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference Contact:

Milton Griepp

608-284-9400

Mgriepp@ICv2.com

 

ICv2 is the undisputed expert in the graphic novel field and publishes news and information on pop culture products in the anime, comics, games, toys, and movie and TV merchandise categories daily on its Website, ICv2.com, and in its magazines, the ICv2 Retailers Guide to Anime/Manga, the ICv2 Retailers Guide to Graphic Novels, and the ICv2 Retailers Guide to Games.  ICv2 also provides marketing, distribution, and general business consulting services to companies involved in the pop culture products industries. 

 

For more information on the panelists at the ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference, go to:

http://www.ICv2.com/articles/news/7878.html

 

New York Comic-Con is a new three-day trade and consumer event planned for the Javits Center in New York City on Friday, February 24th through Sunday, February 26th.  New York Comic-Con is managed by Reed Exhibitions (RX), the world's largest organizer of business-to-business events, a division of Reed Elsevier plc.  Each year Reed events assemble over 90,000 suppliers and over 5 million buyers from around the world.  BEA is one of many Reed Elsevier properties within the Reed Global Book Publishing Network, whose trade events include the Asia International Book Fair, London International Book Fair, Salon du Livre:  Paris Book Fair, Tokyo International Book Fair and BookExpo Canada, and whose Reed Business Information (RBI) properties include Publishers Weekly, Variety Magazine, Playthings, Video Business, Library Journal, and School Library Journal. 

 

ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference Contact:

Milton Griepp

608-284-9400

Mgriepp@ICv2.com
 
 
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