Welcome to the ICv2 Press Room!

Here's where you'll find info for the press about ICv2, including our press releases and contact information.

Welcome to the ICv2 Press Room!

Here's where you'll find info for the press about ICv2, including our press releases and contact information.
ICv2 Press Releases

"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #86" (October 22, 2014)
"Comics, Graphic Novel, and Digital Thought Leaders Gather at ICv2 Conference" (October 6, 2014)
"How Are Retailers Driving Comics Market Growth?" (October 3, 2014)
"Who's Publishing for the New Comics Customer?" (October 1, 2014)
"What Do We Know About the New Comics Customer?" (September 29, 2014)
"Why Is the Con Scene Exploding?" (September 25, 2014)
"Top Execs, Experts Gather at ICv2 Conference" (September 23, 2014)
"Conference Speakers" (September 23, 2014)
"The ICv2 Conference: The New Comics Customer" (August 28, 2014)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #85" (August 6, 2014)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #84" (March 12, 2014)
"ICv2 Launches Survey" (January 14, 2014)

"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #83" (October 29, 2013)
"ICv2 Announces Final Speaker List for Conference" (October 2, 2013)
"Can Graphic Novels Lead Comics into the Digital Future?" (September 29, 2013)
"Who's Getting Disintermediated?" (September 27, 2013)
"When Geek is Prime Time, What’s Next?" (September 25, 2013)
"Industry Leaders at ICv2 Conference" (September 23, 2013)
"Conference Speakers" (September 23, 2013)
"ICv2 Conference: First Sessions Announced" (August 27, 2013)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #82" (July 14, 2013)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #81" (March 27, 2013)

"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #80" (October 23, 2012)
"Top Execs, Producers, Creators, Celebs, Pundits Gather" (October 2, 2012)
"The Future of Comics!" (September 25, 2012)
"comiXology Signs On" (September 12, 2012)
"Conference Speakers" (August 30, 2012)
"ICv2 Conference on Comics and Digital II" (August 6, 2012)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #79" (July 25, 2012)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #78" (February 20, 2012)

"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #77" (November 2, 2011)
"ICv2 Conference at NYCC Takes Hiatus" (September 21, 2011)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #76" (August 3, 2011)
"ICv2 Adds Speakers" (July 14, 2011)
"Conference Panelists" (June 16, 2011)
"The Future of Comics" (June 16, 2011)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #75" (May 25, 2011)
"ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference 2011" (April 25, 2011)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #74" (March 28, 2011)
"ICv2’s Comics, Media, and Digital Conference" (March 9, 2011)
"ICv2—Now on Facebook" (February 1, 2011)
"ICv2 Celebrates 10th Anniversary" (January 31, 2011)
"comiXology Teams with ICv2" (January 20, 2011)
"Follow ICv2 on Twitter!" (January 9, 2011)

"ICv2 Surveys Magazine Readers" (October 20, 2010)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #73" (October 5, 2010)
"ICv2’s Digital Conference Goes Global" (September 29, 2010)
"ICv2 Expands Digital Conference Roster at New York Comic Con" (September 9, 2010)
"ICv2 Announces Comics & Digital Conference" (August 29, 2010)
"Conference Panelists" (August 25, 2010)
"ICv2 Comics & Digital Conference" (August 8, 2010)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #72" (July 29, 2010)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #71" (May 25, 2010)
"ICv2 Presents Comic Industry White Paper" (April 11, 2010)
"ICv2 Releases 'Internal Correspondence' #70" (March 17, 2010)
"ICv2 Announces Comic and Media Conference" (March 17, 2010)

"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Insider's Guide' #69" (November 4, 2009)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Insider's Guide' #68" (August 26, 2009)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Insider's Guide' #67" (July 29, 2009)
"Jeff Smith, Robert Venditti Added to ICv2 Comics and Media Conference' (July 6, 2009)
"Conference Speakers" (July 6, 2009)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Insider's Guide' #66" (June 25, 2009)
"ICv2 to Host Comics and Media Conference" (June 21, 2009)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Insider's Guide' #65" (June 9, 2009)
"ICv2 Releases ‘ICv2 Insider’s Guide' #64" (April 9, 2009)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Insider's Guide' #63" (February 5, 2009)
"ICv2 Announces Graphic Novel Industry Summit at Conference" (January 20, 2009)
"Conference Panelists" (January 19, 2009)

"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #62: Manga/Anime'" (December 29, 2008)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #61: Games'" (December 1, 2008)
"ICv2 Releases ' ICv2 Guide #60: Graphic Novels & DVDs" (November 11, 2008)
"Art Spiegelman to Headline ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference" (November 1, 2008)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #59: Anime/Manga'" (September 7, 2008)
"ICv2 Launches Online Previews" (September 2, 2008)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #58: Games'" (August 27, 2008)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #57: Anime/Manga'" (July 12, 2008)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #56: Games'" (June 19, 2008)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #55: Graphic Novels" (May 29, 2008)
"ICv2 Launches RSS Feed" (May 15, 2008)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #54: Anime/Manga'" (April 28, 2008)
"ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference Adds Renowned Panelists" (April 08, 2008)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide to Games #53'" (March 26, 2008)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #52: Graphic Novels'" (March 06, 2008)
"ICv2 Announces 2008 Graphic Novel Conference" (March 03, 2008)
"Conference Panelists"  (February 26, 2008)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #51: Anime/Manga'" (February 13, 2008)
"ICv2 Announces 2008 Graphic Novel Conference" (January 28, 2008)

"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #50: Anime/Manga'" (December 17, 2007)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide to Games' #49" (November 27, 2007)
"ICv2 Conference Adds Top Execs" (November 18, 2007)
"ICv2 Announces ICv2 Conference on Anime and Manga at New York Anime Festival" (October 22, 2007)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #48: Anime/Manga" (October 17, 2007)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #47: Graphic Novels'" (September 27, 2007)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide to Games' #46" (August 23, 2007)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #45: Anime/Manga'" (July 06, 2007)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide to Games' #44" (June 15, 2007)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #43: Graphic Novels'" (June 01, 2007)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #42: Anime/Manga'" (April 25, 2007)
"ICv2 Launches Online Survey" (April 19, 2007)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #41: Games'" (March 27, 2007)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #40: Graphic Novels'" (February 23, 2007)
"Graphic Novels Outsell Comics" (February 23, 2007)
"ICv2 Releases 'ICv2 Guide #39: Anime/Manga'" (February 7, 2007)
"ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference Adds Prominent Panelists" (January 22, 2007)

"ICv2--Press Room Archives" -- featuring 2001 to 2006 ICv2 Press Releases.

For Immediate Release
ICv2.com Launches

"Inside the World of Pop Culture Products"

(Madison, Wisconsin. January 31, 2001)  ICv2.com--the first trade site for the pop culture products industry--launched today. The site features daily news, analysis, and the latest product trends in five pop culture categories: anime (anime, manga, and Japanese imports), games (ccgs, rpgs, and miniature games), comics (comics, graphic novels, and comic-licensed merchandise), and movie/TV licensed merchandise. The primary audience for the site is retailers, but other members of the trade are also expected to make up some of the traffic.

ICv2 stands for Internal Correspondence version 2. Internal Correspondence was a newsletter and then a magazine published from the early 80s through the mid-90s by Capital City Distribution, Inc., one of the largest distributors of pop culture products during that period. It's being revived by Milton Griepp, cofounder and CEO of Capital, and more recently CEO of Next Planet Over, an e-commerce pop culture retailer. Tom Flinn, a 20-year merchandising veteran with Capital and Diamond Comic Distributors is VP-Content of ICv2.

Griepp explained why they're launching the site. "More than in any other industry, pop culture retailers rely on fast, accurate information. The media and product trends that affect their businesses change rapidly, and until ICv2 there was no way to get trade information on a daily basis. Both Tom and I have a long history of working to make retailers and the industry as a whole more successful, and this site is what we see as the most effective way to do that now."

Initial features on the site include coverage of up-and-coming anime properties, an analysis of the best movie licenses in 2001, some insight into the Ultimate Marvel Magazine controversy, and extensive interviews with officers of Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest U.S. distributor of pop culture products.

The site also features best-seller lists in each of the five market categories. The "Top 10 Cool" section of the site will initially feature the ten top sellers from the previous month.

According to Griepp, these lists will differ substantially from other best-seller lists of pop culture products. "Unlike other best-seller lists," said Griepp, "the ICv2 Top 10 Cool will be based on actual sales by retailers in the period being covered. Bestseller lists based on distributor sell-in (which Internal Correspondence pioneered in the 80s) only give half the picture. Now retailers and others can find out what consumers are really buying."

The site can be accessed at http://www.icv2.com. ICv2 is part of GCO, LLC, a Wisconsin limited liability company.

Press Contacts:


Milton Griepp
448 W. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
608-284-9404 (fax)

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