This weekend held the ComicsPRO annual meetup of comic store retailers, to discuss opportunities and challenges. With plenty of publishers and creators on hand.
And thanks to some friendly retailers giving us live reports, Bleeding Cool was able to cover the event more thoroughly than any other site (though we are sure we missed stuff). Here are the results… firstly there were the preambles…
The show also saw the election and appointment of new officers. Thomas Gaul of Corner Store Comics and Beach Ball Comics stepped down as Pete Dolan of Main Street Comics was elected President, after previously holding an open position on the board.
The resignation of Gary Dills Jr of Laughing Ogre after allegations of embezzlement, saw Ralph Mathieu of Alternate Reality Comics replace him as treasurer. Carr D'Angelo of Earth 2 Comics remained Vice President, and recording secretary Calum Johnston of Strange Adventures stepped down and was replaced by Chris Brady of Four Color Fantasies.
Jamye Foster of Southern Fried Comics and Chris Brady of Four Color Fantasies were also elected to the board. Aside from those mentioned, the board also includes which also includes Joe Field of Flying Colors, and Eric Kirsammer of Chicago Comics.
Bill Schanes, one of the early pioneers of the comic book direct market, founder of Pacific Comics, ex- VP at Diamond Comic Distributors and now an executive at IDW, was given the ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award.
The late Joe Kubert, legendary comics artist and founder of The Kubert School, was honoured with the ComcisPRO Memorial Award.
We hope the coverage helped extend the excitement and valuable information to those unable to attend. And we hope to do similar next year.
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