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COMICSPRO COMIC INDUSTRY
 
CONFERENCE 2018


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

DINESH SHAMDASANI

Dinesh Shamdasani is the former CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Valiant Entertainment. He co-founded Valiant Entertainment, Inc. with his friend and fellow student Jason Kothari in 2005. 

Valiant launched its publishing division in 2012 as part of an initiative dubbed the "Summer of Valiant" winning Publisher of the Year and being nominated for Book of the Year at the Diamond Gem Awards. In 2015, Valiant announced that they had partnered with Sony Pictures to produce five films based on both the Bloodshot and Harbinger comic books.

During his tenure, Valiant devoted a lot of manpower and resources towards retailer interaction and comic promotion.    

In early 2018, Dinesh left Valiant when DMG Entertainment took full ownership of Valiant Entertainment.   He is currently consulting.




 




CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20th

8:00pm – 10:00pm

Cocktail Reception

Broadway 1, 2, 3

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st

9:00am – 5:00pm

ImageExpo

(not associated with the ComicsPRO Conference)

Left Bank Annex

101 N Weidler Street

6:00pm – 7:30pm

ComicsPRO Registration

Forum Room, 3rd floor

7:00pm – 10:00pm

ImageExpo After Party

(not associated with the ComicsPRO Conference)
Image is hosting drinks for C-PRO conference attending retailers.   There will be a list at the door.

 

Jackknife

614 SW 11th Ave.

 

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd

Retailers, DC, and Marvel ONLY

Hangout Room (with snacks!) – Parlor Room C

VOTING FOR BOARD MEMBERS OPEN ALL DAY

8:30am – 9:30am

ComicsPRO Registration

Ballroom Foyer

9:30am – 9:50am

Welcome

Grand Ballroom I

10:00am – 10:55am

How-to Workshops A

Galleria I, II, III

11:00am – 11:55am

Marvel Presentation

(Retailers Only)

Grand Ballroom I

12:15pm – 1:25pm

Retailer Lunch (Retailers Only)

 

 

Themed Tables – More may be added.

Curating graphic novels and Comics –Ralph Mathieu

Ordering Kids/All Ages Comics –Jenn Haines

Carrying Manga – Morgana Rhalina Hartman

Running a Kid’s Club -Christina Blanch

Carrying Games at your store –Tim Stoltzfus

Selling Back Issues -Bruce Treat

What's next after closing your store -Perry Plush

Guerilla selling. Crazy non-traditional outside the store selling -Jen King

 

 

Grand Ballroom I

 

Plated Lunch:

Slow-Cooked Turkey, Mixed Green Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Sliced Almonds, and Citrus Vinaigrette, Cornbread Stuffing, Candied Yams, Roasted Cajun Corn.

 

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, Coffee Hot Tea

 

Vegans/Vegetarians: Please ask your servers for the Vegetarian option.

 

1:30pm – 2:00pm

State of the Industry Discussion

(Retailers Only)

Grand Ballroom I

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Break-out Rooms – Solutions!

(Retailers Only)

Galleria I, II, III

4:00pm – 5:15pm

Retailer/Creator Meet-up

Grand Ballroom II

5:15pm – 6:00pm

Closed Membership Meeting

(Members Only)

Grand Ballroom I

6:00pm – 7:15pm

DC Presentation

(Retailers Only)

Grand Ballroom I

7:30pm – 9:00pm

DC Dinner

(Retailers Only)

 

Skyline Room

 

Buffet Dinner:

Chipotle BBQ Chicken, Roasted Sirloin of Beef, Grilled Vegetable Brochettes, Baby Carrots, Roasted Vegetables, Butternut Squash Soup,

Pasta Salad, Fingerling Potato Salad, Roasted Yukon Potatoes, 5 Cheese Mac N’ Cheese

 

Various Deserts, Coffee, Hot Tea

 

Cash Bar

 

9:00pm – 10:00pm

Dark Horse Welcome Reception

Atrium

 

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd

Hangout Room (with snacks!) – Parlor Room C

VOTING FOR BOARD MEMBERS OPEN UNTIL NOON

7:30am – 8:10am

Vendor Registration

Ballroom Foyer

8:15am – 9:30am

Breakfast

 

8:30 Aftershock
8:50 Titan

9:00 Devil's Due/1First Comics

9:10 Hero Initiative
9:20 Showcase Vendors

 

Grand Ballroom

 

Breakfast Buffet:

Croissant Sandwich with Ham, Egg & Tilamook Swiss Cheese, Bagels and Cream Cheese, Cereal Bar, Fruits, Greek Yogurts, Fruit Juices, Coffee, Hot Tea.

 

9:30am – 10:25am

How-to Workshops B

Galleria I, II, III

10:30am – 11:00am

Keynote Speaker – Dinesh Shamdasani

ComicsPRO Industry Award

ComicsPRO Memorial Award

ComicsPRO Unsung Hero Award

 

Grand Ballroom I

11:00am – 12:00pm

Industry Discussion

Grand Ballroom I

NOON

VOTING FOR BOARD MEMBERS ENDS

Registration Desk – Ballroom Foyer

12:15pm – 2:00pm

Lunch

 

12:30 Dark Horse

12:50 Art Brand

1:00 Lion Forge

1:20 IDW

1:40 Valiant

 

Grand Ballroom I

 

Buffet:

Taco and Salsa Bar, Tortilla Soup, Black Bean and Roated Corn Salad,

Beef Barbacoa, Pork Carnitas, Fajita Vegetables, Corn and Flour tortillas, Salsas, Queso Fresco, Tortilla Chips, Cilantro Lime Rice, Refried Beans, Deserts.

Coffee, Iced Tea.

2:10pm – 3:40pm

Roundtables

See Roundtable Assignment Page

Grand Ballroom II

Galleria North

Galleria South

3:40pm – 3:55pm

Break with Snacks!

Ballroom Foyer

4:00pm – 4:55pm

Sponsor Presentations

 

4:00 Image

4:20 Eaglemoss

4:30 Boom!

 

Grand Ballroom I

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Roundtables

See Roundtable Assignment pages

Grand Ballroom II

Galleria North

Galleria South

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Break for Dinner on your own

 

8:30pm – 9:00pm

CBLDF Cocktails

Grand Ballroom I

9:00pm – 11:45pm

Auction to Support CBLDF

Grand Ballroom I

                              

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th

Hangout Room (with snacks!) – Parlor Room C

8:00am – 9:30am

Breakfast

 

8:45 Diamond Comic Distributors

Grand Ballroom I

 

Plated:

Country Scrambled Eggs, Applewood Smoked

Bacon Strips, Breakfast Potatoes, Pastries, Orange Juice,

Coffee, Hot Tea.

Vegans/Vegetarians: Please ask your server for the Vegetarian Option.

 

9:30am – 10:30am

 

Roundtable Shuffle

 

Vendors stay at their tables.

Retailers can go to any table they want.

We recommend appointments.

 

Grand Ballroom II

Galleria North

Galleria South

10:30am – 10:40am

Break

Ballroom Foyer

10:40am – 12:10pm

Roundtables

See Roundtable Assignments Page

Grand Ballroom II

Galleria North

Galleria South

12:10pm – 12:30pm

Break with Snacks!

Ballroom Foyer

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Roundtables

See Roundtable Assignment Page

Grand Ballroom II

Galleria North

Galleria South

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Closed Membership Meeting

(Members Only)

Grand Ballroom

2:30pm

End of Meeting

 

4:30pm – 7:30pm

Bus Tour of Local Stores

 

(post-conference activity)

Pickup at

CBLDF Offices

811 SW Naito Pkwy

Suite 100

                                                                                                                                                              

 

 



                                 

 

 

 

 

UNOFFICIAL EVENTS (NOT AT COMICSPRO)
If you'd like info re: unofficial events, please contact Publisher or Vendor Directly.

2/21 Wednesday

10:00 AM - 5 PM        IMAGEEXPO  

7PM - 10PM               ImageExpo After-Party      


2/22 Friday
7PM - 8:45PM      Discover your BOOM Studios DRINK UP!                                                                                   Shift Drinks, 1200 SW Morrison St. https://www.yelp.com/biz/shift-drinks-portland
Open invitation / No RSVP needed / No tickets required
If you go to this, please be back at the hotel at 9PM for the CBLDF Auction!


                                   



WORKSHOPS

Thursday 10:00am - 10:55am

 

Diversifying into Gaming with a minimal investment

(Galleria I)

Are you interested in diversifying your product mix into gaming but don't know where to start? Are you worried about the vast array of choices? Worry no longer!  Tim Stoltzfus of More Fun Comics and Games and Steve Unverferth of Star Clipper will show you why you should bring in games, what games to start with, and give you strategies for growing the category. Focus will be on how to start selling games with a minimal investment.

Marketing and Social Media Roundup

(Galleria II)

This year's marketing and social media roundup will focus on getting people into your shop, finding ways to fill the financial gap when new comic sales are low, places to acquire new customers, and the importance of keeping your current customer base engaged. Please bring your success stories to share! Presented by John Dudas owner of Carol and Johns (Ohio). In 2015, Yelp selected CNJ’s as one of the top 100 businesses of any kind, even though they have never paid them for any advertising. In 2016 CNJComics was selected by Facebook for their Small Business Council, an honor only 40 business out of 70 million on FB have been selected for.

Sales Diversification: Profitable and Necessary

(Galleria III)

Are you looking to add items to your store that will complement your comics and graphic novels? Are you having a hard time figuring out where to start? Back by popular demand is Jenn Haines (M.A., B.Ed., OCT), The Dragon, Canada. - a trained teacher as well as an Eisner award-winning comic retailer. Known for carrying a diverse selection of products, The Dragon is equal parts comics and games, with a healthy mix of merchandise for the whole family. Jenn will give you constructive steps to develop complementary product lines to help offset a soft comic market.

 

 

 

Friday 9:30am - 10:25am

 

CBLDF: Retailer Rights Workshop Preview & Feedback Session

(Galleria I)

Get a first look behind the scenes of CBLDF's Retailer Rights Workshop, a touring presentation for comic stores and their staff prepared by the Fund's expert legal team! CBLDF's Retailer Rights Workshop covers legal principles related to selling comics and offers practical training for common risk scenarios like police visits, adversarial media visits, protests, and more. This workshop will tour at least ten cities this summer. Preview this valuable workshop, provide your feedback, and share how we can work together to protect the First Amendment rights that make the comics medium thrive!

 

 

21st Century Marketing: Marrying Brick & Mortar with Digital 

(Galleria II)

Learn how to drive traffic, buzz, and sales by using digital / social channels to amplify your in-store efforts. Presented by marketing consultant Scott Perry. Perry has spent years building national marketing campaigns for TV networks, film studios, and record labels at indie retail, from his early days at the Coalition of Independent Music Stores to promoting shows like Rick & Morty, Robot Chicken, My Little Pony, X-Files, and Supergirl at many of your shops.

 

 

Trend or Perennial? Turning This Week’s Hit Into A Perennial Bestseller

(Galleria III)

There's always excitement about new comics! But what are some ways that stores can work with publishers to turn this week’s hit a bestselling perennial backlist title? Gina Gagliano (First Second) and Tucker Stone (Consortium/Ingram) talk about displays, features, events, social promotion, and more for your favorite comics that you want all of your customers to read. 

                                                                    

 

VENDORS ATTENDING

Ace Universe
Action Lab
AfterShock Comics
American Retail Supply
Archie
Art Brand Studios
Ata-Boy
BCW Supplies
Black Bird (Sam Humphries/Jen Bartel)
Black Mask
BOOM! Studios
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
CGC
Collection Drawer
ComicHub
Consortium/Ingram
Dark Horse
DC Comics
Devil's Due/ 1First Comics, LLC
Diamond Comic Distributors
Eaglemoss
Fansets
First Second Books
GTS Distribution
Hero Initiative
Humanoids
IDW Publishing
Image Comics
Lion Forge
Marvel
Max Protection
Microcosm
Oni Press
Papercutz NBM
Pop Up Shops
Ram V.
ReedPOP
Renegade Comics
SitComics
Skybound
Titan Comics
Valiant Entertainment
VIZ Media