The comic book retailer activist organisation, ComicsPRO are launching their first online retailer meeting on the 18th and 19th of February this year.
Over thirty vendors are lined up to participate and the ComicsPRO Keynote Speaker will be Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the graphic novel Amulet, And the first three hundred comic book retailers who sign up to attend (it's free) will get a signed copy of Amulet volume 1. The ComicsPRO conference will feature a series of publisher presentations and networking opportunities to help retailers improve their businesses.
"We are extremely excited about Kazu being our Keynote Speaker" said Peter Dolan, President of ComicsPRO. "Graphic novels for readers of all ages are increasingly popular, and smart comics retailers are taking advantage of this growing trend. Kazu will give an especially interesting insight into the kids' market."
Retailer Registration for the conference is FREE. As a bonus, the first 300 comic retail storefronts registering and attending the meeting will also get a signed copy of Amulet Volume One, courtesy of Scholastic. Starting the week of February 1st, retailers have the opportunity to upgrade their registration to attend Roundtable Sessions, allowing them to get gifts of variant comics from publishers. Publishers and vendors attending the meeting include:
- A Wave Blue World
- Aftershock Comics
- ALA-Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable
- Anomaly Productions
- Artists, Writers, & Artisans, Ata-Boy,
- Bad Idea
- BCW Supplies
- Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC)
- BOOM! Studios
- Comics Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF)
- Dark Horse Comics
- DC Entertainment
- Diamond Comic Distribution
- Die Hard Dice
- Fantagraphics Books
- IDW Publishing
- Image Comics
- Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/First Second
- Mad Cave Studios
- Marvel Comics
- Oni Press
- Scout Comics and Entertainment
- The NPD Group
- TKO Studios
- Valiant Entertainment
- Vault Comics
- Viz Media
"With the meeting online and with free participation for retailers, there's sure to be increased virtual attendance from retailers," said Marco Davanzo, Executive Director of ComicsPRO. "Although we'd love to have the meeting in-person, as is our tradition, we believe retailers are going to like the advantages of having the 2021 meeting online: Saving travel expenses, keeping it safe during this pandemic, plus retailers will be able to re-watch recorded sessions on their own schedule."