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COMICSPRO COMIC 
INDUSTRY
 CONFERENCE 
2020
 

The COMICSPRO COMIC INDUSTRY CONFERENCE generally takes place in the first quarter of each year.     It is a chance for ALL store-front comic retailers (members and non-members) to meet with comic publishers and distributors and other pop culture wholesalers.  ComicsPRO members will also meet during this conference (ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meeting) to discuss the business of the organization and plan the goals and objectives for the upcoming year.  


RETAILER ROUNDTABLE ASSIGNMENT






KEYNOTE SPEAKER
NICK BARRUCCI, CEO OF DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT




Raised on the streets of South Philadelphia, Nicola (Nick)  Barrucci has long been a fan of the comic book art form and credits them for helping develop his English. After buying packs of comics with ripped covers and being given Marvel’s Pope John Paul II promotional comic, he finally found a store to buy as many comics as he could afford. Starting off as a weekend warrior traveling around the country from convention to convention as a reseller, Barrucci soon started up Dynamic Forces. Working with some of the top creators in the burgeoning independent boom, as well as established publishers big and small, DF to this day continues to be the leading force in signed books and collectibles. Out of that came an opportunity to publish a comic book, and with the first issue of Army of Darkness, Dynamite Entertainment became a major force in the business. The library, attention and acclaim continued to build with owned and licensed properties like Red Sonja, The Boys, Vampirella, Chaos!, Game of Thrones, John Wick and more. 2019 marked the 15th anniversary of Dynamite, 37 years overall in the business for Nick, and he looks forward to many more.

VENDOR ROUNDTABLES

GALLERIA NORTH (10 ROUNDTABLES)
(Set-up starts at 11:15 AM on Friday, 2/21)

Boom! Studios

ComicHub

Emerald Comics Distro

First Second Books

Humanoids

Mad Cave Studios

Marvel

The NPD Group

Rebellion Publishing

Valiant Entertainment

GALLERIA SOUTH (10 ROUNDTABLES)
(Set-up starts at 11:15 AM on Friday, 2/21)

AfterShock Comics

Ata-boy

Bad Idea

DC Entertainment

Diamond Comic Distributors

Oni Press

Scholastic

Scout Comics and Entertainment

VIZ
Yen Press


GRAND BALLROOM II NORTH (FAR SIDE) (10 ROUNDTABLES)

(Set-up starts at 9:30 AM on Friday, 2/21)

1First Comics

Clover Press

Creator Roundtable

Dark Horse

Drawn and Quarterly Books

Dynamite Entertainment

Max Protection

Penguin Random House

Source Point Press

Vault Comics


GRAND BALLROOM II SOUTH (NEAR SIDE) (10 ROUNDTABLES)
(Set-up starts at 9:30 AM on Friday, 2/21)


Anomaly Productions

Artists, Writers, & Artisans (AWA)

BCW Supplies

GTS Distribution

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Impact Theory

Magnetic Press

Skybound

White Noise Studios


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th


 


1:30 PM – 5:30 PM


Brewery Tour: Organized by Jenn Haines
and Marco Davanzo

1:30 Pick up from Hilton 

1:45 PM Breakside Brewery
1570 NW 22nd Ave.
2:45 Leave.

3:00 Great Notion Brewery
2444 NW 28th Ave
4:00 Leave.

4:15 Gigantic Brewery
5224 SE 26th Ave
5:15 Leave. 

5:30 Back to Hilton


Offsite


6:30 PM – 8:00 PM



Retailer Registration


Forum Suite



8:00 PM – 8:15 PM


Introduction: John Dudas
Welcome to Portland, Greg Rucka


 

Galleria South

 
8:15 PM - 10:15 PM

Wine and Beer Reception

Sponsored by Oni Press

 
Grand Ballroom II
 
8:15 PM  - 10:15 PM

Gaming with Renegade Games


 
Grand Ballroom II

 



 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20th

Parlor C is snack room and sitting area

 


8:00 am – 9:00 am



Registration + Morning Snacks



Grand Ballroom Foyer



8:30 am



Annual Meeting 101

Administrative Director, Todd Merrick

If you’ve never been to a ComicsPRO annual meeting, Todd will let you know what to expect.



Grand Ballroom II



9:00 am – 9:10 am



Welcome
: Peter Dolan, President of the Board

+ ComicsPRO Board of Directors



Grand Ballroom II



9:10 am – 9:25 am



Staying Healthy While Selling Comics
Atom! Freeman!

  • Learn the basics of staying healthy while running a business and a family
  • Hear the solutions of many other retailers who have turned their health around
  • Discover your personal path to feeling more focused and energetic



Grand Ballroom II



9:25 am – 9:45 am



Get a Life!
Phil Boyle
Free yourself from the daily grind.
Be more effective at your job.



Grand Ballroom II



9:45 am – 10:10



ComicHub Retailer Presentation

Stu Colson
Case Studies + New Features Coming Up + Industry Data



Grand Ballroom II



10:15 – 10:27



Image Comics



Grand Ballroom II



10:30 – 10:46



Boom! Studios



Grand Ballroom II



10:50 – 11:10



Break



Grand Ballroom Foyer



11:10 am – 11:35




Membership Meeting
(ComicsPRO Members Only)
Introduction by Tim Stoltzfus, Director


Marco Davanzo, Executive Director Report

Director Candidates

Open Mic – Any Member



Grand Ballroom II



11:35 - 12:20



Marvel Comics 
Introduction: Jenn Haines
David Gabriel
(Retailers Only)



Grand Ballroom II


 
12:20pm – 1:25pm


Retailer Lunch (Retailers Only)

Themed Tables discussing various topics

Long Term Retailers answer questions to stores open less than 5 years:
Joe Field, Calum Johnston

Social Media on Facebook and Instagram
Timmy Heague

Graphic Novel Fairs (eg Scholastic):
Jonathan Cohen

Selling to Schools/Selling Kids Comics
Andrew Woodrow-Butcher

How a Blind Guy keeps a comic shop open for 27 years plus other Accessability topics
Richard John Early

Selling Old Comics
Bruce Treat, Carr D’Angelo

Creator, Small Publisher Spotlight
Matt Pizzolo

Facebook Live Selling
Jen King

Selling Manga
Christopher Butcher, Morgan Perry

Creator Spotlight
Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss

Marvel
David Gabriel

Dark Horse
Matt Parkinson, Dave Marshall (EIC)

Ask Us Anything!  with Image Comics
Jeff Stang, Kat Salazar 



Grand Ballroom I



Mambo Italiano Lunch
(Buffet)

Cabbage White Bean Soup
Romaine Salad with Garlic Croutons and Grated Parmesan
Basil Pesto Penne Pasta Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Rosemary Potato Bread with Olive Tapenade
Vegetable Lasagna with Eggplant, Wild Mushroom and Spinach
Braised Chicken Cacciatore with Wild Mushrooms, Onions, and Tomato Sauce
Creamy Soft Polenta and Braising Greens
Sweet Italian Sausage with Roasted Peppers and Fennel
Espresso Panna Cotta
Coffee/Iced Tea

Vegans please ask for Vegan Option

 

 

 

 


RETAILER

TRACK

(GRAND BALLROOM II)
MC JOE MURRAY

PUBLISHER

TRACK

(GALLERIA SOUTH)
MC ATOM! FREEMAN



1:30 PM – 2:10 PM


Social Media Success Stories:
John Dudas, Eitan Manhoff, Colin McMahon, Marc Bowker, Chris Proulx, Jen King




The State of the Union For Publishers:

Kristen McLean, NPD Group

Join NPD Executive Director of Business Development at the NPD Books practice Kristen McLean as she gives Publishers the 411 on Comic Industry performance, including recent examples of the interaction between books and streaming vldeo, and what these case studies have to say about publishing success in our rapidly evolving cross-platform future






2:15 PM – 2:40 PM


The State of the Union For Retailers:
Kristen McLean, NPD Bookscan

In this session NPD BookScan’s Kristen McLean will give us a retailer-centric recap of what happened in the comic market in 2019—what’s up, what’s down, and what’s coming—as well as key trends in the broader worlds of toys books and games you should be thinking about to build your business smarter in 2020.



Board of ComicsPRO Dialogue
ComicsPRO Board of Directors

We will go over the status of various programs that ComicsPRO runs including Local Comic Shop Day and 24-Hour Comics Day. The Board will also be soliciting feedback for a substantial retailer survey that ComicsPRO is launching. Finally, we will be discussing retailer concerns and preparing vendors for Friday and Saturday Programming.








2:45 PM – 3:25 PM


Graphic Novels, Perennials, and Curation
Moderated by Marco Davanzo

Peggy Burns (Drawn Quarterly), Filip Sablik (BOOM!), + Eric Stephenson (Image Comics), Dave Marshall (Dark Horse)

What makes a graphic novel a perennial seller? What do publishers look for in choosing projects? Can comics be perennial sellers? What type of graphic novels sell differently in the book market … in the Direct Market …. online? These and other questions will be answered.



Marketing to Comics Shops: The Basics
Atom! Freeman, Prana: Direct Market Solutions

Atom! Freeman will discuss the basics of building a complete campaign to sell your product into Comics Shops. We'll cover the entire life of a campaign from Announcement to Sell-Thru. We'll review the challenges, current best practices and workshop new solutions.



3:25 PM – 3:45 PM


BREAK (WITH SNACKS)


BREAK (WITH SNACKS)







3:45 PM – 4:40


Kids and Young Adult Graphic Novel Symposium

Moderated by Retailers: Brian Hibbs and Jenn Haines

Panelists: Gina Gagliano (RH Graphic), David Saylor (Scholastic), Mark Von Bergen (First Second) 
This symposium will touch on various topics of Kids and YA publishing. Panelists will discuss best practices, successes, failures, what can be learned from other markets, and how the Direct Market and Kids Graphic Novel Publishers can work together to grow Direct Market Sales of Kids graphic novels.






How Can ComicHUB help Publishers?

Stu Colson

Stu will be sharing some sell-through data and discussing ways that Publishers can use ComicHub's platform to interact with retailers and consumers.




4:45 PM – 5:45 PM


Penguin Random House 

A look at upcoming releases and key marketing information.  Plus PRH creators will be there!

Gina Gagliano,  previewing upcoming RH Graphic projects
Nicole Valdez - Discussing Marketing to both consumers and Direct Market
Tyne Hunter - Penguin Young Reader releases and other PRH releases

Creators:  Laura Knetzger (author of Bad Boys) and Jose Pimienta (author of Suncatcher).


PubWest

Kent Watson is Executive Director of Pubwest - an association of book publishers.
He will come and tell publishers a little bit about his organization and the benefits of joining.
(Conincidentally, PubWest is having their annual conference in the same hotel, at the same time, that we are).

  

www.pubwest.org




5:45 pm – 7:00 pm


Creator Retailer Meet-up. 
Sponsored by Dynamite Entertainment


Grand Ballroom I


7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Dinner on Your Own



9:30pm – 10:30pm


Dark Horse Reception


Skyline



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21st
Parlor C is snack room and sitting area


7:15am – 8:00am


Vendor Registration


Grand Ballroom Foyer


8:00 am – 9:15 am



BREAKFAST

Introduction:  Colin McMahon

Vendor Presentations

8:15 – 8:23 1First Comics
8:25 – 8:33 Drawn and Quarterly
8:35 – 8:43 Mad Cave

8:45 – 8:53 AWA Studios

8:55 – 9:05 Matthew Rosenberg




Grand Ballroom I

Egg, Cheese Blend, Winter Squash, and Herb Frittata
Italian Sausage
Breakfast Potatoes
Coffee, Hot Tea, OJ, Season Pastries

Vegans please ask for Vegan Option


9:20 am – 10:00 am


3 Workshops


1.Diversification:Tim Stoltzfus
Galleria I

Having a wide variety of products isn't just a good idea, it is critical to survival. When done well, it will also make your business even more profitable! Join us to learn ways to make your business healthier and more resilient by broadening your product mix!"

2. The Philosophies of Running a Comic Book Shop:John Dudas
Galleria II

Start your morning with John Dudas and go over some core concepts to keep the money coming in while keeping your brain in a comfortable place.

3. Human Resources: Jenn Haines
Galleria III
Hiring, training, and retaining staff are some of the biggest challenges faced by any retail business. Learn tips and tricks on how to minimize staff turnover and build a happier, healthier team, which will help free up your time to work on your business instead of in it.



Gallerias I, II, III


10:05am –10:35 am


Introduction:  Peter Dolan
Keynote Speaker
Nick Barrucci, Dynamite

ComicsPRO Industry Award

ComicsPRO Memorial Award



Grand Ballroom I

 
10:35 - 10:40

Introduction:  Marco Davanzo
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund


 Grand Ballroom I


10:40– 11:15 am


Industry Discussion
What are our successes in the stores?
Introduction:  John Dudas



Grand Ballroom I


11:15 AM


VOTING FOR
BOARD MEMBERS ENDS


11:20pm – 1:25pm


Lunch

Vendor Presentations
Introduction Steven Olsen

11:35 – 11:47 Rebellion
11:50 - 12:02 Dynamite

12:05 – 12:17 Valiant

12:20– 12:32 Vault
2:35– 12:47 Bad Idea

12:50 - 1:06 Dark Horse



Grand Ballroom I

it's a Fiesta Buffet

Tortilla Soup
Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salad
Beef Barbacoa Braised with Chipotle, Chiles, Garlic, Oregano, Cumin, and Cloves
Tequila Lime Cilantro Chicken
Fajita Vegetables - Bell Peppers - Onions sauteed in Oregano
Flour Tortillas & Tortilla Chips

Assorted Toppings:  Sour Cream, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Tomatillo Salsa (Medium), Red Chili Salsa (Hot), Queso Fresco

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice and Refried Beans
Sopaipilla dusted with Cinnammon
Coffee and Iced Tea

Vegans please ask for Vegan Option


1:30pm – 3:00 pm


Roundtables

See Roundtable Assignment Page


Grand Ballroom II – 20 roundtables
Galleria North – 10 roundtables

Galleria South – 10 roundtables


3:00pm – 3:20 pm


Break with Snacks!


Grand Ballroom Foyer


3:25pm – 4:45pm


Vendor Presentations

Introduction:  Joe Murray
3:25 – 3:41 DC Comics
3:45 – 3:57 ONI

4:00 - 4:16 AFTERSHOCK
4:20 - 4:36 IDW



Grand Ballroom I


4:50 pm – 6:20pm


Roundtables


Grand Ballroom II – 20 roundtables
Galleria North – 10 roundtables

Galleria South – 10 roundtables


6:20pm – 9:00pm


Break for Dinner on your own



9:00 – 9:30


CBLDF Cocktails


Grand Ballroom Foyer


9:30pm – 11:45pm


CBLDF Charity Auction


Grand Ballroom I

  

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd
Parlor C is snack room and sitting area

                                                                                                            

 


8:00am – 9:30am


Breakfast

Introduction:  Tim Stoltzfus

Vendor Presentations

8:15 – 8:27 First Second

8:30 – 8:42 Viz
8:45 - 9:25 Diamond + QA


Grand Ballroom I

Country Scrambled Eggs served with Applewood Smoked Bacon Strips
Breakfast Potatoes and Grilled Walla Walla Onions
Coffee, Hot Tea, OJ and seasonal pastries.

Vegans please ask for Vegan Option


9:30 am – 11:00am


Roundtables

See Roundtable Assignments Page


Grand Ballroom II – 20 roundtables
Galleria North – 10 roundtables

Galleria South – 10 roundtables


11:00 am – 11:20am


Break


Grand Ballroom Foyer


11:20am – 12:50 pm


Roundtables

See Roundtable Assignments Page


Grand Ballroom II – 20 roundtables
Galleria North – 10 roundtables

Galleria South – 10 roundtables


12:50pm – 1:10pm


Break (With Snacks)


Grand Ballroom Foyer


1:10pm – 1:35pm


Roundtable Shuffle

Vendors Stay at their table.
Retailers go to any of the tables for extra conversation.


Grand Ballroom II – 20 roundtables
Galleria North – 10 roundtables

Galleria South – 10 roundtables


1:35pm – 2:00pm


Closed Membership Meeting

(Members Only)

Grand Ballroom I


3:30pm – 7:30pm


Comic Store Bus Tour

3:30 Pick up at Hilton Portland 

3:40  Excalibur Comics, 2
444 SE Hawthorne Blvd 
Leave 4:20

4:30 Books with Pictures 
1401 SE Division St 
Leave 5:10

5:20. Cloud 9 Comics
2621 SE Clinton St 
Leave 6:00

6:20. Comics Adventure
15705 SE McLoughlin Blvd 

7:00 Leave

7:30 Back at Hilton 



Outside Hotel


                                        


Unofficial Events
ComicsPRO does not run these events.  We are listing them as a service to our publishers. 
Please contact the Publishers directly for information.


Sponsored by Boom! 

Shift Drinks PDX,

Friday, 2/21

7pm -9pm

1200 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205
https://shiftdrinkspdx.com/
For more information, contact Morgan Perry at mperry@boom-studios.com.

Sponsored by Valiant

Valiant Entertainment at Punch Bowl Social

Friday, Feb 21st
7pm-9pm

Contact Kat for more info kato@valiantentertainment.com


Vendors Attending


1First Comics
AfterShock Comics
Anomaly Productions
Ata-boy 
Artists, Writers, and Artisans (AWA)
Bad Idea
BCW Supplies
Binc Foundation
Boom! Studios
CBLDF
Clover Press
ComicHub
Creator Roundtable
Dark Horse
DC Entertainment
Devil's Due
Diamond Comic Distributors
Drawn and Quarterly Books
Dynamite Entertainment
Emerald Comics Distro
First Second Books
GTS Distribution
Humanoids
IDW Publishing
Image Comics
Impact Theory
Mad Cave Studios
Magnetic Press
Marvel 
Max Protection
Nine Panel
The NPD Group
Oni Press
Penguin Random House
Rebellion Publishing
Reedpop
Saturday-AM.com
Scholastic
Scout Comics and Entertainment
Skybound
Source Point Press
Valiant Entertainment
Vault Comics
VIZ
White Noise Studios
Yen Press
Zen Monkey Studios