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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.



2/20 Tuesday  

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM        Cocktail Reception                                                          


2/21 Wednesday


10:00 AM - 5 PM         IMAGEEXPO This event is Offsite and not associated with the                                                                                 ComicsPRO conference.

5:30 PM – 7PM           ComicsPRO Registration    Portland Hilton, Forum Room
3rd Floor


7PM - 11PM              ImageExpo Party  (Offsite)         



2/22 Thursday (Retailers, DC, Marvel only)


8:30 - 9:30 ComicsPRO Registration

9:30 – 9:55                      Welcome                                                           



10:00 -  10:55                 How-To-Workshops   

Diversifying into Gaming with a minimal investment

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

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 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 business 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

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.



11:00 – 11:55                  Marvel Presentation (Retailers Only)                    


12:15  – 1:25                   Retailer Lunch (Retailers Only).                           

                                                 Themed Tables



1:30 – 2:00                      Discussion (Retailers only)  State of the Industry.  


2:00 – 4:00                      Break-out-Rooms – Solutions (Retailers Only)                                                             


4:00 -  5:15                     Retailer/Creator Meet-up                                          


5:15 – 6:00                     Closed Membership Meeting (Members Only)         


6:00 – 7:15                      DC Presentation (Retailers Only)                                     


7:30 - 9:00                       DC Dinner (Retailers Only)                                             


9:00 – 10:00                    Dark Horse Welcome Reception                                      




2/23 Friday




7:30 AM                          Vendor Registration                                                         



8:15 - 9:30                      Breakfast                                                                      

                                      8:30 Aftershock (16 min)
8:50 Titan (8 min)

                                    9:00 Devil's Due/1First Comics (8 min)   

    9:10 Hero Initiative (8 min) 
9:20 Showcase Vendors (5 min)    


9:30 - 10:25                     Workshops                                          


10:30 – 11:00                  Keynote Speaker - Dinesh Shamdasani
ComicsPRO Memorial Award
ComicsPRO Industry Award
ComicsPRO Unsung Hero Award - Dave Hawksworth                             


11:00 – 12:00                  Industry Discussion                                                                                                     

12:15 – 2:00                    Lunch                                                                            

12:30 Dark Horse (16 Min)

12:50 Art Brand (8 min)

1:00 Lion Forge (16 min)

1:20 IDW (16 min)

1:40 Valiant (12 min)


2:10 – 3:40                      Roundtables 




3:40 – 3:55                     Break – Snacks                                                             



4:00– 4:55                      Sponsor Presentations                                                     

                                        4:00 Image (16 min)

                                        4:20 Eaglemoss  (8 min)

                                        4:30 Boom (16 Min)


5:00 – 6:30                      Roundtables 



6:30 - 8:30                     Break for Dinner (On your own)



8:30                               CBLDF Cocktails                                                                        



9:00                               Auction to Support CDLDF                                             





2/24 Saturday


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM               Breakfast                                                                                                         

8:45 Diamond Comics International



9:30 – 10:30                             Roundtable Shuffle  
Vendors sit at their tables and retailers can go to any table they want.   Vendors can also set 
up appointments with retailers.  This also allows vendors and retailers to have longer



10:30 – 10:40                           Break  - Snacks                                                                                              



10:40 – 12:10                           Roundtables (see Roundtable Assignment pages)




12:10 – 12:30                           Break                                                                                                               


12:30 – 2:00                             Roundtables (see Roundtable Assignment pages)




2:00 – 2:30                                Closed Membership Meeting (Members Only)                                     



2:30                                             End of Meeting                       


After Conference Activities


For those staying after the conference:



4:00 - 6:30                                 Bus Tour of Local Stores                                                          

                                                      Meet at CBLDF for bus



Action Lab
AfterShock Comics
Art Brand Studios
BCW Supplies
Black Bird (Sam Humphries/Jen Bartel)
Black Mask
BOOM! Studios
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Collection Drawer
Dark Horse
DC Comics
Devil's Due/ 1First Comics, LLC
Diamond Comic Distributors
First Second Books
GTS Distribution
Hero Initiative
IDW Publishing
Image Comics
Lion Forge
Max Protection
Oni Press
Papercutz NBM
Ram V.
Renegade Comics
Titan Comics
Valiant Entertainment
VIZ Media