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Comic-Con International: San Diego Retailer Programming

Join us on Friday, July 13 at Comic-Con International: San Diego for the ComicsPRO / Comic-Con retailer programming!

9:30–10:20 Room 19
ComicsPRO "Fresh Start"—Your day at Comic-Con gets off to a friendly and professional start with ComicsPRO, the retailer trade association. Retailers, publishers and distributors are welcome to kick off their convention day with colleagues, coffee, bagels and conversation. Bring your business card!

10:30 - 11:20  Room 18
Retail Optimism -- How are retailers responding to the growing market in 2012, and how can we use the momentum to carry our stores into the next year? Join ComicsPRO president Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics, CA) , executive director Amanda Emmert (Muse Comics + Games, CO), and directors Carr D'Angelo (Earth-2 Comics, CA), Thomas Gaul (Corner Store Comics, CA) and Calum Johnston (Strange Adventures Bookshop, Canada) as they discuss ideas for capitalizing on the current market upswing.

11:30 - 12:15 Room 18
Experiments in Distribution -- Retailers, be here for the opportunity to shape Top Cow publishing plans while getting more information on an idea which publisher Filip Sablik calls "the most innovative push we've ever attempted for a Top Cow series launch."

2:30–4:00 Room 18
Eisner Spirit Award Video Viewing — The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award is the industry's "Hall of Fame" for progressive retailers. Spirit Award facilitator and award recipient Joe Ferrara (Atlantis Fantasyworld, CA) presents the videos for this year's award finalists, with discussion about each nominated retailer, the store's display techniques, and other unique features every attending retailer can learn from. Hey, retailers! This is a great place for getting new ideas!

4:00–5:30 Room 32AB
So You Want To Be A Comics Retailer? ComicsPRO presents an opportunity for those exploring opening their very own comic book specialty store. Our panel of veteran retailers know you have questions and they can give you the answers! Join ComicsPRO President Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff (Concord CA), ComicsPRO Exectutive Director Amanda Emmert (Muse Comics + Games, Colorado Springs CO), Brian Peets (A-1 Comics, Sacramento & Roseville CA) and Calum Johnston (Strange Adventures Bookshop, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) as well as Chris Powell (Diamond Comic Distributors, Executive Director Business Development) for a fun and informative peek behind the curtain of the magic of comic book retailing!

See you in San Diego!