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COMICSPRO COMIC INDUSTRY
 
CONFERENCE 2019

Crowne Plaza: Charlotte Executive Park Hotel.  $129.00 per night.
Reserve Hotel Rooms Here

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CONFERENCE REGISTRATION LINK FOR RETAILERS

If you are a vendor and would like to attend, email
marco@comicspro.org for sponsorship opportunities.

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RETAILER ROUNDTABLE 
ASSIGNMENT
RETAILER ROUNDTABLES

VENDOR ROUNDTABLE
ASSIGNMENT
 

SALON A

A1 - ANOMALY
A2 - VALIANT
A3 - COMICHUB
A4 - SCOUT
A5 - IMPACT THEORY
A6 - VIZ
A7 - MARVEL (FRI), GTS (SAT)
A8 - ATABOY
A9 - BOOM

SALON B

B1 - SONS OF CHAOS
B2 - FIRST SECOND
B3 - COMIC BOOKS FOR KIDS
B4 - CGC

B5 - INGRAM
B6 - BCW
B7 - DC
B8 - PENGUIN
B9 - IDW

SALON CDE


CDE1 - SOURCE POINT
CDE2 - VAULT
CDE3 - IMAGE
CDE4 - LION FORGE
CDE5 - DIAMOND
CDE6 - GRAPHITTI
CDE7 - BEDSIDE PRESS
CDE8 - POP UP
CDE9 - ONI

SALON PIEDMONT


P1 - TITAN
P2 - ARCHIE
P3 - DARK HORSE
P4 - NPD GROUP
P5 - AFTERSHOCK
P6 - CBLDF
P7 - PAPERCUTZ
P8 - SATURDAY AM
P9 - CAVE PICTURES



KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Bob Wayne

 


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Besides his role as Senior Vice-President of Sales at DC Entertainment for many years, Bob is a life-long fan of comics, a published author, a business consultant specializing in the publishing industry, an advisor to the CBLDF, and a great friend to comic retailers. He’s also been a comics and science fiction convention dealer and a retail store owner. 


In 2012 Bob Wayne received the ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award. Founding ComicsPRO President Joe Field noted at the time: “I would venture to say that no one in this room knows more about comics or the comics industry than Bob Wayne.”



CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 


  

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH

4:00 pm– 8:00 pm

Brewery Meet-up 
Bus Sponsored by ComicsPRO
Organized by Todd McDevitt.
For Details See Below (Offsite Events)

TBA

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

ComicsPRO Retailer Registration

MAGNOLIA/DAGWOOD
 8:30 pm  Annual Meeting 101
Todd Merrick, Administrative Director
If you've never been to a ComicsPRO annual meeting, Todd will let you know what to expect.
SALON CDE ??

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm


ComicsPRO Cocktail Reception (Retailers Only)
Host Beer and Wine 9:00 - 10:00
Cash Bar 9:00 - 11:00

 

CAROLINA BALLROOM

 

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST

Retailers and PLATINUM SPONSORS ONLY

VOTING FOR BOARD MEMBERS OPEN ALL DAY
Snack/Hangout Room is Cardinal Room

8:20am – 9:20am

ComicsPRO Registration + Morning Snacks

FOYER

8:45 am

Annual Meeting 101
Todd Merrick
If you've never been to a ComicsPRO annual meeting, Todd will let you know what to expect.

SALON AB

9:20 am - 9:35 am Welcome 
Marco Davanzo, Executive Director
ComicsPRO Board of Directors
 SALON AB

9:35 am  – 10:35 am

DC Entertainment + Q&A
Introduction by Peter Dolan, President of the Board

SALON AB

10:35 am – 11:10 am



Membership Meeting
Introduction by Ralph Mathieu, Treasurer of the Board

Marco Davanzo, Executive Director
Committee reports
Director Candidates
Open Mic - Any member

 

 

SALON AB

 

11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Marvel Comics + Q&A
Introduction by Peter Dolan, President of the Board


SALON AB

 

12:10 pm – 1:20 pm


Retailer Lunch (Retailers Only)

Themed Tables
1. DC Table

2. Marvel Table, David Gabriel
3. Event Planning, Calum Johnston 
4.  Facebook Stream Sales - Keith Boyle 
5.  Partnering - Local Destinations - Daniel McAbee
6.  Going on Buying Trips to Gift/Toy/Apparel Shows - Michael Steenbergen
7.  Hand Selling Comics - Jermaine Exum
8. Behind the Counter Efficiency - Django Bohren
9.  Retail Therapy: Coping with Stress during a Downturn - Joe Murray
10. Running Multiple Locations - Jeremy Tarney
11. Change Your Subscription Service Immediately - Richard Early
12.  Selling Games at a Comic Shop - Tim Stolzfus

 

CAROLINA BALLROOM

Boneless Chicken Breast
(Vegetarians/Vegans:  Please ask for substitute meal)
Little Gems Salad, Citrus Segments, Shaved Marchego, Marcona Almonds, Ginger Cilantro Vinaigrette
Fresh Season Vegetables
Bourbon Pecan Pie
Coffee, Iced Tea

1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

3 BREAKOUT ROOM SEMINARS

1. ComicHub  Stu Colson, Atom Frreeman -  Salon C

ComicHub is so much more than a Point Of Sale system. It is the only POS in the comics industry that integrates Subscriptions, Customer Portal, modern Email Marketing tools, Integrated Web Store, Multi-Store Tools, International Store integration, Rewards, Gift Certificates, Layaway and Bounce Back programs.  Not to mention the features in the Publisher Portal and Creator Portal. All seamlessly integrate to ensure the print comic industry continues to thrive in the digital era.


2. Book Club – Brian Hibbs, Comix Experience - Salon D 
Brian has one of the most talked about Book Clubs in the industry.   Come listen to to his experiences and the pitfalls to avoid when creating your own book club.   


3. Pop-UP Comic Shop - Brian Polizzi - Salon E  
Pop-Up Comic Shops is a web service that provides a fully operational, content-filled, e-commerce website made just for comic book retailers. Features include subscription management, embeddable cover galleries, marketing connectivity, a store calendar, an event ticketing system, a news blog, a stocked item database (entire Previews catalog offering), a monthly newsletter, and integration/sync with RMS/RMH/Comicsuite. Future plans include opening sales channels with TCGplayer, Ebay, and Amazon, adding additional product catalogs, and wish list functionality.
  

SALON C
SALON D
SALON E

          2:25 pm – 3:10 pm    
Specialty Retail in 2019:  Cutting Costs, Ordering for Profit, and Energizing Your People
Phil Boyle, Colisseum of Comics 
Introduction by Board Member John Dudas

Based on his experience running the multi-store chain, Coliseum of Comics, Phil Boyle will discuss how to increase profits by cutting costs and ordering efficiently.  He will also explain how to motivate staff to sell more in an Amazon World.


 SALON AB
  3:10 pm – 3:55 pm   How Layouts and Displays can Increase Sales
Jenn Haines, the Dragon 
Introduction by Board Member John Dudas

Jenn Haines will lead you through the principals and theory of store design, discussing the sights, sounds, and smells that will attract customers and keep them coming back. She'll discuss overall layout, colour theory, shelf-talkers, your counter area, and how to arrange individual displays. Based off Paco Underhill's exceptional book "Why We Buy", plus 20 years of retail experimentation, this presentation will help you understand how layout can be crucial in generating sales.

 

SALON AB 
  3:55 pm – 4:15 pm Break (Snacks)   FOYER
  4:15 pm – 4:55 pm   Social Media and Your Small Business Story
John Dudas, Carol and John's 
Introduction by Board Member Tim Stoltzfus

John Dudas of Carol and John's Comic Book Shop will discuss how to engage your customers on social media by consistently telling your small business story. Tips on promoting events, maintaining your ongoing narrative, and how to create engaging posts will be included. John is a member of Facebook's Small Business Council, and regularly consults for Facebook on business page matters. He was also invited to attend Facebook's Community Leaders Summit early this month. 

SALON AB
  4:55 pm  – 5:15 pm Social Big Foot
Jo Minieri, Tate's Comics 
Anthony Ruiz, Tate's Comics 
Introduction by Board Member Tim Stoltzfus

JoAnn and Anthon will explain how to navigate in today's social media driven world with professionalism and kindness.  This panel is about social media growth and the pitfalls to try to avoid. 


 

SALON AB 
 

5:15 pm – 5:35 pm

  Cross Promoting With Care
Jo Minieri, Tate's Comics 
Anthony Ruiz, Tate's Comics  
Introduction by Board Member Tim Stoltzfus

JoAnn and Anthony will give helpful hints, tips, and tricks to engaging your customers in conversation to help them find other products they may enjoy.  There is an art to successful cross promotion.


SALON AB
5:35 pm - 6:00 pm

  

Protecting Yourself When Buying Collections
Chuck Ivey, Local Attorney 
Introduction by Board Member Colin McMahon

Are you doing everything you can to protect yourself when buying collections?   Possession is not always 9/10th of the law!   Chuck Ivey, a local attorney, will help you understand the issues that surround getting clear ownership of comics

SALON AB
6:00 - 6:10  Multitasking:  Retailer to Publisher
Ryan Liebowitz, Golden Apple Books
Introduction by Board Member Colin McMahon

Ryan will explain how he got into publishing, after many years of being a successful retailer.
SALON AB
 

6:10 PM – 6:40 pm

 
Diversify! Build a Successful Hybrid Business
Stephen Smith, Big Easy Comics 
Introduction by Board Member Colin McMahon

Stephen will discuss how to grow and protect your business by diversifying with adjacent product categories. Diversifying can help increase sales and mitigate risk, but you can’t introduce new product verticals in your store and expect them to succeed on their own. Stephen will give firsthand examples and provide essential concepts to help you make the best decision for your business.

SALON AB
  6:40 Break for Dinner   On Your Own
8:30pm - 9:00pm  Vendor and Creator Registration   FOYER
9:00
 Creator Signing/Meet-Up
Get Books Signed by Visiting Creators
Rico Renzi
Brockton McKinney
Bridgit Connell
Andy Smith

SALON CDE
9:15 - 10:15 DARK HORSE Reception
Host Bar 9:15 - 10:15
Cash Bar 10:15 - 11:15
 SALON CDE

 

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND

 

VOTING FOR BOARD MEMBERS OPEN UNTIL NOON
Snack/Hangout Room is Cardinal Room
Note:  Vendor Roundtable Assignments will be up by Thursday, 2/21

7:15am – 8:00am

Vendor and Creator Registration

FOYER

8:00am – 9:05am

Breakfast

Vendor Presentations
Introduction by Board Member Tim Stoltzfus


8:20 – 8:28 Impact Theory
8:30 – 8:38 Cave Pictures

8:40 – 8:48 Chris Jaymes

8:50 – 8:58 Titan Comics
9:00   Showcase Shout-out


 

CAROLINA BALLROOM

Grand Morning Buffet
Assorted Juices
Assortment of Bagels/Breakfast Bakeries
Assorted Yogurts
Sliced Fesh Seasonal Fruit
Fully Scrambled Eggs
Herbed Red Bliss Potatoes
Bacon And Sausage
French Toast, Gits
Biscuits, Granola, Cereal
Coffe, Assorted Teas

 

9:10am – 9:55 am

3 BREAKOUT ROOM SEMINARS

1.  Direct and Alternative Distribution  - SALON C
Last year, Retailers asked us to prrovide information on alternative sources of Distribution for graphic novels.  Learn what to keep in mind when ordering from Book Distributors or directly from publishers.   It's rewarding, but there are potential landmines to look out for!
Tony Shenton (Ingram)
Tyne Hunter (Penguin Random House)
Michael Steenbergen (Bedrock City - Retailer)

2. Managing Your Metrics  - SALON D
Atom! Freeman, Prana Direct Marketing Solutions
Drowning in inventory? Floating in cash? Baffled by advertising? Learn to measure what matters and how to respond to the feedback. Join Atom! Freeman of Prana: Direct Market Solutions and the lessons learned from some of the Direct Market's brightest about which numbers you should be watching and how to respond.  

3 KIds Comics and Graphic Novels - SALON E
Our all-star panel of experts will point out things to keep in mind in stocking kids comics and graphic novels. Learn what it takes to make your store an exciting destination for kids of all ages!
Jennifer Haines (Dragon)
Filip Sablik (BOOM! Studios)
Adrian and Damian Wassel (Vault Comics)
Devin Funches (Lion Forge)

SALON C
SALON D
SALON E

10:00am –  10:30 am


Keynote Speaker – Bob Wayne
Introduction by Peter Dolan, President of the Board

ComicsPRO Industry Award - Presented by Jenn Haines, Vice-President of the Board

ComicsPRO Memorial Award - Presented by Joe Field, former President of the Board

 

 

CAROLINA BALLROOM

10:30am – 11:50 am

Industry Discussion
Introduction by Marco Davanzo, Executive Director
and John Dudas, Board Member
Headline Speakers:  Phil Boyle, Brian Hibbs, Joe Field
Then Open Mic
Everybody Welcome to Speak

CAROLINA BALLROOM

NOON

VOTING FOR 2019 BOARD MEMBERS ENDS

FOYER

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch

Vendor Presentations
Introduction by Jenn Haines, VP of the Board

 

12:15 – 12:23  Anomaly

12:25 – 12:37 Dark Horse

12:40 – 12:56 NPD Group
1:00 - 1:07 Penguin Random House
1:10 - 1:15  ComicBooks For Kids!
1:20 – 1:36  IDW

1:40  -  1:56 BOOM

 

CAROLINA BALLROOM

2:10pm – 3:40pm

Roundtables


SALON A
SALON B
SALON CDE
PIEDMONT BALLROOM

3:40pm – 3:55pm

Break with Snacks!

FOYER

4:00pm – 4:55pm

Sponsor Presentations
Introduction by Colin McMahon, Board Member

 

4:00 – 4:16 Image

4:20 – 4:36 Aftershock

4:40 – 4:52  - Valiant

 

CAROLINA BALLROOM

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Roundtables

 

SALON A
SALON B
SALON CDE
PIEDMONT BALLROOM

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Break for Dinner on your own
Check Offsite and Unofficial Events for Ideas.

 

 8:30 pm Creator Signing/Meet-Up
Get Books Signed by Visiting Creators
Sanford Greene
 CAROLINA BALLROOM

8:30pm – 9:30pm

CBLDF Cocktails
Sponsored by BOOM! Studios and Sons of Chaos

CAROLINA BALLROOM

9:30pm – 11:45pm

Auction to Support CBLDF
Sponsored by BOOM! Studios and Sons of Chaos

CARONLINA BALLROOM

                              

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD
Snack/Hangout Room is Cardinal Room

 

8:00am – 9:30am

Breakfast
Vendor Presentations
Introduction by Ralph Mathieu, Treasurer

8:20 - 8:36 Lion Forge
8:40 - 9:30 Diamond + Q&A
 

CAROLINA BALLROOM

 

9:30am – 11:00am

 

Roundtables 

SALON A
SALON B
SALON CDE
PIEDMONT BALLROOM

11:00am – 11:20am

Break

FOYER

11:20am – 12:50 pm

Roundtables

SALON CDE
PIEDMONT BALLROOM

12:50pm – 1:10pm

Break (snacks)

FOYER

1:10pm – 2:10pm

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

SALON A
SALON B
SALON CDE
PIEDMONT BALLROOM

2:10pm – 2:30pm

Closed Membership Meeting

(Members Only)

CAROLINA BALLROOM

2:30pm

End of Meeting


4:30pm – 7:30pm

Bus Tour of Local Stores
(For more details, see Offsite Events)

TBA

                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

OFFSITE AND UNOFFICIAL EVENTS

 NOTE:  Some of these events are organized by ComicsPRO.  Some of the events are organized by Partner Organizations.    Please check with organizer of each event, if you have any questions.

WEDNESDAY  FEB. 20
3:30pm - 8:00 pm

BREWERY TOUR
BUS SPONSORED BY COMICSPRO
TOUR ORGANIZED BY TODD MCDEVITT 
todd@ndcomics.com
  
Seats on the 28 seat bus, will be first come, first serve. If we have too many people that want to go, we might have the bus circle back and make 2 trips.  If you are using your own transportation, please meet us anywhere along the route.

Pick up 3:30 at the Crowne Plaza Charlotte

1st stop
4:00 NoDa Brewing Co.
2921 N Tyron St.   

Leave at 5:15 to go to Wooden Robot Brewery

2nd stop
5:30 Wooden Robot Brewery  1440 S Tyron St,  

Then we will walk the 7 minute walk to Unknown Brewing.   

3rd stop
Unknown Brewing. 
1327 S Mint St.  


Bus will make 3 runs back to the hotel.  6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm

 FRIDAY, FEB 22
6:30pm - 9:30 pm
 BOOM! STUDIOS
Organized by Morgan Perry
mperry@boom-studios.com

 

Come to The Broken Spoke At Great Wagon Road Distillery for free food and drinks. Transportation will be provided to and from the Crowne Plaza
 
  FRIDAY, FEB. 22
7:30pm - 8:30 pm
VALIANT
Organized by Julia Walchuk
juliaw@valiantentertainment.com 

Valiant will host an hourlong reception for ComicsPRO attendees to celebrate the life of Toyo Harada. Guests will receive a Valiant tie and in memoriam cards and have a chance to sign the late Mr. Harada’s guest book. Funeral attire is encouraged but not required.  
 
 SAT, FEB. 23
4:30pm - 8:30 pm

COMIC STORE TOUR
BUS SPONSORED BY COMICSPRO
TOUR ORGANIZED BY MARCO DAVANZO
marco@comicspro.org

 Tickets for Bus will be available at registration.   
If you are using your own transportation, please meet us anywhere along the route.

 

Pick up 4:30 at Crowne Plaza Charlotte

1st stop   
4:40 2nd & Charles 
5331 South Blvd 

Leave at 5:15 to go to Rebel Base Comics

2nd stop 
5:30  Rebel Base Comics 
701 S Sharon Amity Rd Suite C 

Leave at 6:20 to go to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

3rd stop 
6:40  Heroes Aren't Hard To Find
417 Pecan Ave 


2 runs back to the Hotel. 
7:30 pm.  8:30 pm.

 

  

   

   



                              

  

 

VENDORS ATTENDING
(List as of 2.6.19)
We expect between 32 and 40 vendors


AfterShock Comics
All Media Supply
Anomaly Productions
Archie Comics Publications
Artists, Writers and Artisans
Ataboy 
BCW Supplies
BOOM! Studios
Cave Pictures Publishing
CBLDF
CGC Comics
Chris Jaymes Company/Levendis Ent
ComicHub
ComicBooks for Kids! 
Dark Horse Comics
DC Entertainment
Diamond Comic Distributors
First Second Books
Golden Apple Books
Graphitti Designs
GTS
IDW Publishing
Image Comics
Impact Theory
Ingram 
Lion Forge
Marvel 
Nested Egg Gaming
NPD Group
Oni Press
Papercutz
Penguin Random House
Pop-Up Comic Shop
Saturday AM
Scout Comics
Source Point Press
Titan Comics
Valiant Entertainment
Vault Comics
VIZ Media


EXCLUSIVES!
ComicsPRO Variants usually have a print run from 200 to 500 units.   

       
Hellboy Seed of Destruction #1
25th anniversary cover
 
Dark Horse
  Fight Club 3 ComicsPRO
variant cover
Dark Horse
 

G.I. Joe Sierra Muerta #1 
ComicsPRO Variant
IDW

         
         
 Savage Sword of Conan #1
ComicsPRO Variant
Marvel
  Daredevil #1 ComicsPRO Variant
Marvel 
  Will be revealed 1:15 on 2/22
IDW 
         
       
 Flash 64
ComicsPRO Variant
DC
  Batman 64
ComicsPRO Variant
DC 
   
         
         
Retailer Thank You version of
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1
1st Print
Titan Comics   
  Funeral for  
Toyo Harada 
Valiant