ICv2 Conference At New York Comic Con

ICv2 Announces Conference on Comics & Digital II At New York Comic Con

August 30, 2012: ICv2 has announced that it will host the ICv2 Conference on Comics & Digital II at New York Comic Con, a special half day event where executives and thought leaders from the comics and digital realms will discuss the accelerating changes that are impacting the customers, the medium, and the business of comics and graphic novels.

"Digital comics is one of the destabilizing forces that are transforming comics and graphic novels, but it's certainly not the only one," ICv2 President Milton Griepp said. "Whether it's the rapid changes in retail and libraries, in who the customer is, in how the business works, or in the art form of comics, it's tough to find an aspect of the comics and graphic novel world that isn't evolving rapidly. We thought it was important to offer an event that helps the industry adapt to those destabilizing forces at this critical juncture."

The Conference, which will be held at the Javits Center on Wednesday, October 10th on the eve of New York Comic Con, will kick off with the ICv2 White Paper, which will focus on the industry's changes in the last 18 months as these new forces have taken hold.

In "Kids - The Future of Everything," panelists from the publishing, retail and library worlds will look at the fastest growing segment of graphic novel publishing, and how you can take advantage of this huge change in the audience for comics.

"Comics - The New Medium" brings together creators and entrepreneurs to discuss the forces changing the comics art form, and how the essence of sequential storytelling using words and pictures will change in the process.

And the panelists in "Comics - The Transforming Business Model" will talk about their visions of the future for the business of comics in a world in which digital is exploding, crowdfunding is producing a new source of financing, the retail and library channels are changing rapidly, and media exploitation of comics is now an important part of the business.

Speakers announced to date include Toon Books Publisher Françoise Mouly, Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, comiXology CEO David Steinberger, Thrillbent's Mark Waid, and Scholastic Book Fairs' Ed Masessa, among others.

Moderators include Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), and Scott Robins (A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids Comics).

The initial sponsor roster includes New York Comic Con, Publishers Weekly and Heidi MacDonald's The Beat.

For more information: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/23604.html

Registration for the event is available here: http://www.bit.ly/SJr1pd


ICv2 is the #1 industry source on the business of geek culture, including comics and graphic novels, manga and anime, movie/TV products, and hobby games daily on its Website, http://ICv2.com, and in its magazine, Internal Correspondence. For the people on the front lines of the geek 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: 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. PW is recognized as the leading publication for international and U.S. book publishing industry. PW's Website, http://PublishersWeekly.com is packed with great information from the hottest industry news to book reviews to the popular e-newsletters, which includes PW ComicsWorld.

Conference Sponsor: Heidi MacDonald's The Beat

The Beat, now in its eighth 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 Eisner Award-nominated writer and editor and a veteran entertainment industry journalist. As an editor she has worked for Disney, Warner Bros., and Fox, among many others.

Conference Sponsor: New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. 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 creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at 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. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America with over 105,000 attendees in 2011, and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world -- Gotham City.