ICv2 Announces Conference on Comics & Digital II at NYCC 2012

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ICv2 Announces Conference on Comics & Digital II At New York Comic Con

ICv2 Conf LogoAugust 30, 2012:  ICv2 has announced that it will host the ICv2 Conference on Comics & Digital II at New York Comic Con, a special half day event where executives and thought leaders from the comics and digital realms will discuss the accelerating changes that are impacting the customers, the medium, and the business of comics and graphic novels.

“Digital comics is one of the destabilizing forces that are transforming comics and graphic novels, but it’s certainly not the only one,” ICv2 President Milton Griepp said.  “Whether it’s the rapid changes in retail and libraries, in who the customer is, in how the business works, or in the art form of comics, it’s tough to find an aspect of the comics and graphic novel world that isn’t evolving rapidly.  We thought it was important to offer an event that helps the industry adapt to those destabilizing forces at this critical juncture.”

The Conference, which will be held at the Javits Center on Wednesday, October 10th on the eve of New York Comic Con, will kick off with the ICv2 White Paper, which will focus on the industry’s changes in the last 18 months as these new forces have taken hold.

In “Kids—The Future of Everything,” panelists from the publishing, retail and library worlds will look at the fastest growing segment of graphic novel publishing, and how you can take advantage of this huge change in the audience for comics.

“Comics—The New Medium” brings together creators and entrepreneurs to discuss the forces changing the comics art form, and how the essence of sequential storytelling using words and pictures will change in the process.

And the panelists in “Comics—The Transforming Business Model” will talk about their visions of the future for the business of comics in a world in which digital is exploding, crowdfunding is producing a new source of financing, the retail and library channels are changing rapidly, and media exploitation of comics is now an important part of the business.

Speakers announced to date include Toon Books Publisher Françoise Mouly, Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, comiXology CEO David Steinberger, Thrillbent’s Mark Waid, and Scholastic Book Fairs’ Ed Masessa, among others.

Moderators include Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), and Scott Robins (A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids Comics).

The initial sponsor roster includes New York Comic Con, Publishers Weekly and Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat.

For more information:  http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/23604.html

Registration for the event is available here:  http://www.bit.ly/SJr1pd

For press registration, sponsorship, or speaking opportunities, contact MGriepp@ICv2.com.

 

ICv2

ICv2 is the #1 industry source on the business of geek culture, including comics and graphic novels, manga and anime, movie/TV products, and hobby games daily on its Website, ICv2.com, and in its magazine, Internal Correspondence.  For the people on the front lines of the geek culture business, staying ahead of the trends isn’t something that can be left to chance-it’s a basic necessity for being successful.  That’s why ICv2 is the #1 source of news and information for the buyers, gatekeepers, and tastemakers on the front lines.  ICv2 is where trend-watching has become a science.

 

Conference Sponsor: Publisher’s Weekly

Publishers Weekly is the leading publication serving all segments involved in the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and electronic formats.  It is the prime source of comprehensive news and provides unique industry data including an annotated bestseller list, hot deals and retail news.  PW is recognized as the leading publication for international and U.S. book publishing industry.  PW’s Website, PublishersWeekly.com is packed with great information from the hottest industry news to book reviews to the popular e-newsletters, which includes PW ComicsWorld.

 

Conference Sponsor: Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat

The Beat, now in its eighth year, is dedicated to providing the timeliest and most pertinent news and information about comics, the people who make them, the readers who love them and the world that shapes them.  Heidi MacDonald is an Eisner Award-nominated writer and editor and a veteran entertainment industry journalist. As an editor she has worked for Disney, Warner Bros., and Fox, among many others.

 

Conference Sponsor: New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.  Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators.  Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens.  And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry.  New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America with over 105,000 attendees in 2011, and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world–Gotham City.

ICv2 Announces Special Conference in Conjunction with SDCC 2011

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ICv2 Announces Special Conference on the Future of Comics

Conference Held in Conjunction With San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC)

San Diego – The ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference, held in conjunction with SDCC, will bring together thought leaders from the comics, media, and digital worlds to discuss how the two most powerful trends in comics are shaping the future.  Speakers and panelists at the Conference will look at the state of comics now; how comics are being used in other media; how digital comics are interacting with the transmedia uses of comic properties; and a panel discussion on “Comics at Comic-Con 2013,” in which digital, retailing, distribution, and creator panelists will look ahead two years to answer key questions about the future of comics.

SDCC 2011 - ICv2 Conference“Comics are changing more rapidly and in more profound ways than at any time since the mid-80s,” ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp said. “This Conference can help us understand and profit from the powerful forces that are transforming the industry.”

The ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference is sponsored by Publisher’s Weekly, Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat, and Media and Entertainment Technologies.

The Conference will be held at the Marriott next to the San Diego Convention Center on Wednesday afternoon, July 20th.  All four sessions of the Conference have now been announced, along with the initial slate of speakers:

 

The ICv2 White Paper

This ICv2 White Paper will present a comprehensive look at the comics market and the trends in comics, their media uses, and digital distribution.

Presented by Milton Griepp, ICv2.

 

Selling Comics in Hollywood—State of the Market

Panelists including Hollywood agents and managers discuss the market for comic properties in film, TV, and videogames—what types of projects are getting made, and why.

– Scott Agostoni, Agent

– Rick Jacobs, Producer and Manager, Circle of Confusion

– Nick Harris, Co-head of Media Rights, International Creative Management


Digital Comics and Transmedia Properties

Panelists from the comic and digital worlds discuss how awareness from other media is creating unique opportunities to sell digital comics to new customers, and how digital comics are being used to enhance interest and revenues in other media.

– Ted Adams, CEO, IDW Publishing

– Alvin Lu, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Viz Media

– Michael Murphey, CEO, iVerse

– Mike Richardson, CEO, Dark Horse Productions

 

Comics, Paper and Digital, at Comic-Con 2013

Our panelists look ahead two years to answer key questions about the future of comics. At Comic-Con 2013, what is a comic?  How do consumers buy them?  How are comics tied to other media? And who were the winners and losers in the previous 24 months?

– Joe Field, President, ComicsPro; and CEO, Flying Colors

– Bill Schanes, Vice President, Diamond Comic Distributors

– David Steinberger, CEO, comiXology

– Mark Waid, Writer and Editor


Additional Information:

For more information on the speakers and panelists at the ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference, click here.

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For more information on the ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference, including information for press interested attending, click here.

http://bit.ly/ekmumX

For registration information, click here.

http://bit.ly/lUVLe1

 

ICv2’s Digital Conference Goes Global for NYCC 2010

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ICv2’s Digital Conference Goes Global

Plus More for Publishers, Retailers, Librarians, Creators,

Norwalk, CT, October 4, 2010: With the addition of Dario Di Zanni, an executive from Disney Publishing Worldwide New Media who was instrumental in the creation of Disney Digicomics (based in Italy), the ICv2 Comics & Digital Conference at New York Comic Con has taken on a global flavor. Di Zanni joins Masaaki Shimizu of Bitway, which has a 70% share of the wholesale business in the amazing $650 million digital manga market in Japan, as panelists along with four American speakers on the “Digital Comics and Graphic Novels–Where We Are and Where We’re Going” panel at the Conference on Thursday afternoon at the Javits Center.

With an international perspective that includes Europe and Asia, the panelists at this Conference will provide a great idea of what’s working and the direction of the market for digital comics and graphic novels worldwide.

Panelists recently added include:

· Dario Di Zanni, senior manager, marketing and business development, new media at Disney Publishing Worldwide, who was instrumental in the creation of Disney Digicomics

· Alison Hendon, Youth Selection Team Leader, Brooklyn Public Library, where the YA circulation passed one million last year!

· Rantz Hoseley, Eisner and Harvey Award winner and CEO of LongBox Digital.

· Ron Richards, who heads up the iFanboy division of Graphic.ly.

· Mark Siegel, Editorial Director of First Second Books, MacMillan’s graphic novel imprint, which also publishes TBC, a free Web magazine that serializes graphic novel content.

· Douglas Wolk, author of Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, who writes regularly about comics and graphic novels for Techland.com, the New York Times Book Review, and Publishers Weekly.

These new panelists join Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Publishing ; Dave Baxter, Deputy Director of Robot Comics and Senior Agent at Killing the Grizzly; Eric Beaulieu , Vice President, Transcontinental Premedia; Alex de Campi, Writer, Director; David Gabriel, Senior Vice President of Marvel Comics; Milton Griepp, CEO, ICv2; Lindsey Levinsohn MLIS, Collection Development Specialist at OverDrive; Heidi MacDonald, The Beat; Michael Murphey, CEO of iVerse; Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor, Publisher’s Weekly; John Riley, owner of Grasshopper Comics; Masaaki Shimizu, General Manager of International Business Strategy Division at Bitway; David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology; and Mark Waid, Chief Creative Officer, Boom! Studios.

Sessions at the ICv2 Comics & Digital Conference include:

The ICv2 2010 White Paper Preview

This year’s presentation will be a preview of the 2010 market overview planned for early next year, looking at first-half 2010 trends in sales of graphic novels and comics, along with info on digital trends.

Digital Comics and Graphic Novels–Where We Are and Where We’re Going

Digital Publishers on the present and future of digital comics and graphic novels.

The Medium and the Message–Digital and Creativity

How will the digital medium affect how comics are created?

Print vs. Digital–War, Co-existence, or Collaboration

How the digital revolution will impact on print sales—from the publishing, retailer, and librarian perspectives.

Transcontinental Printing Cocktail Party

At 5 p.m., event sponsor Transcontinental Printing will host a cocktail reception, a time when attendees, speakers, and panelists can meet, mingle, network, and talk about the events of the day.

For More Information

For more information, or to contact us to inquire about speaking or sponsorship opportunities, click here, or e-mail Mgriepp@ICv2.com.

For general information about New York Comic Con, please contact Roger Bilheimer at bilheim@aol.com.

For more information on registration, go to the New York Comic Con Website by clicking here.

ICv2

ICv2 is the industry’s source on the business of comics and graphic novels, also covering manga and anime, movie/TV products (including cool DVDs, figures, and more), and hobby games (collectible, cool board, minis, RPGs) daily on its Website, ICv2.com, and in its magazine, Internal Correspondence. For the people on the front lines of the pop culture business, staying ahead of the trends isn’t something that can be left to chance—it’s a basic necessity for being successful. That’s why ICv2 is the #1 source of news and information for the buyers, gatekeepers, and tastemakers on the front lines. ICv2 is where trend-watching has become a science.

Conference Sponsor: Transcontinental Printing

Transcontinental provides printing, publishing and marketing services that deliver exceptional value to its clients and provide a unique, integrated platform for them to reach and retain their target audiences. Transcontinental is the largest printer in Canada and in Mexico, and fourth-largest in North America. Its Marketing Communications Sector provides advertising services and marketing products using new communications platforms supported by database analytics, premedia, e-flyers, email marketing, and custom communications. Transcontinental is a company that seeks growth with a culture of continuous improvement and financial discipline, whose values, including respect, innovation and integrity, are central to its operation. For more information about the Corporation, please visit www.transcontinental.com.

Conference Sponsor: Publisher’s Weekly

Publishers Weekly is the leading publication serving all segments involved in the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and electronic formats. It is the prime source of comprehensive news and provides unique industry data including an annotated bestseller list, hot deals and retail news. A 134-year old magazine — with over 100,000 dedicated readers –PW is recognized as the leading publication for international and U.S. book publishing needs. PW’s Website, PublishersWeekly.com is packed with great information from the hottest industry news to book reviews to the popular e-newsletters and much more.

Conference Sponsor: Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat

The Beat, now in its sixth year, is dedicated to providing the timeliest and most pertinent news and information about comics, the people who make them, the readers who love them and the world that shapes them. Heidi MacDonald is an award-winning writer and editor and a veteran entertainment industry journalist. As an editor she has worked for Disney, Warner Bros., and Fox, among many others.

New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting pop culture convention! With over 77,000 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors, our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite stars and creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at the newest films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry.

C2E2 2010 Hosts ICv2 White Paper

April 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

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C2E2 Hosts ICv2 White Paper

Annual Comic Market Overview

April 13, 2010. ICv2 publisher Milton Griepp will present the company’s Comic Industry White Paper at C2E2 on Friday at C2E2 at McCormick Place in Chicago, the company announced today. The annual ICv2 White Paper, which has been presented for the last four years at New York Comic Con, is the definitive source of information each year on the comics business. Highlights include:

Comic market size estimate

Graphic novel market size estimate

Manga market size estimate

Underlying trends and dynamics

Outlook for 2010

“We’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to present our White Papers at New York Comic Con for the last four years,” Griepp said. “C2E2′s launch this spring made it the perfect venue to release this year’s report.”

ICv2′s Comic Industry White Paper is sponsored this year by Reed Exhibitions. “In the past, we’ve been able to support our work on the White Paper through our Conference at New York Comic Con,” Griepp explained. “With C2E2 taking over that slot in the calendar, we needed a new way to support our annual report on the industry. Reed stepped up to the plate with their sponsorship.”

“I want to thank Reed for sponsoring the Comic Industry White Paper,” Griepp said, “Presenting the White Paper at C2E2 will be a great way to kick off this new show in Chicago, and we’re happy to be a part of it.”

The ICv2 Comic Industry White paper will be presented at 12:15 p.m. Friday, April 16 at C2E2 at McCormick Place in Chicago, in Room E350.

About ICv2

ICv2 is the #1 source of news and information for the buyers, gatekeepers, and tastemakers on the front lines of the pop culture business, covering the hottest categories–comics and graphic novels; movie/TV products; manga and anime; and hobby games (collectible, cool board, minis, RPGs).

ICv2 publishes daily news and info on ICv2.com, and in-depth analysis and features four times a year in its magazine Internal Correspondence. ICv2 also hosts conferences at New York Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con International.

Jeff Smith, Robert Venditti Added to ICv2 Conference

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Jeff Smith, Robert Venditti Added to ICv2 Comics and Media Conference Roster
Conference Tickets Still Available

SAN DIEGO- Pop culture publishing and consulting company ICv2 has announced that Bone creator Jeff Smith and The Surrogates writer Robert Venditti have been added as speakers for the ICv2 Comics and Media Conference. The Conference will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd, in conjunction with San Diego Comic-Con International.

In “The Surrogates: A Writer’s Debut that Went Hollywood,” The Surrogates writer Robert Venditti and Top Shelf Publisher Chris Staros will reveal how a debut Top Shelf miniseries turned into a major film starring Bruce Willis (out in September).

And in “When to Say No: The True Adventures of Bone in Hollywood,” Bone creator Jeff Smith talks about his experiences with the Bone property (over three million graphic novels sold) in Hollywood.

“These are two very different stories, and they’re only part of the range of experience we’re bringing to the Conference,” ICv2 President Milton Griepp said. “With voices from production and management, creators, publishers, retail, and libraries, we’re going to be able to explore the relationship between comics and film, TV, and videogames from all directions.”

The panelists and speakers at the Comics and Media Conference have created, published, produced, or worked on some of the hottest transmedia properties in the business, including:

* Avatar
* Battlestar Galactica
* Buck Rogers
* The Darkness
* Halo
* Hellboy
* Heroes
* Scott Pilgrim
* Smallville
* Star Trek
* Transformers
* Wanted
* Witchblade
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine

For more information (including press info), click here http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/14929.html .

For full panelist info, click here http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/15222.html .

To register, click here http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=736158 .

PW Comicsweek and The Beat by Heidi MacDonald, two publications of Publisher’s Weekly, and Comic Book Resources are sponsors of the conference.

The Beat

The Beat by Heidi MacDonald is a news blog of comics culture in which MacDonald delivers her own brand of coverage on the world of comics.

PW Comics Week

Every week PW Comics Week reports on comics & graphic novel publishing bringing our readers business trends, artist, publisher profiles & retail information. It also delves into top stories and a release schedule of not-to-be missed titles.

Comic Book Resources

Comic Book Resources is the premier lifestyle and entertainment resource for comic entertainment news, appealing to collectors, publishers, retailers and film makers, covering comics, film, television, video games and more. CBR was nominated for an Eisner Award in the category of Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism. The winner will be announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 2009.

ICv2

ICv2 covers the business world of comics and graphic novels, specialty DVDs, tabletop games, and movie and TV licensed products on its Website, ICv2.com http://www.icv2.com , and in its magazine, the ICv2 Insider’s Guide.

ICv2 to Host Comics and Media Conference Before SDCC

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June 26, 2009

ICv2 to Host Comics and Media Conference in Association with San Diego Comic-Con International
Jeph Loeb to Deliver Keynote, Mike Mignola in “Comics after Hollywood”

SAN DIEGO- June 15, 2009. Pop culture publishing and consulting company ICv2 has announced that it will host the ICv2 Comics and Media Conference: Building Connections on Wednesday, July 22nd, in conjunction with San Diego Comic-Con International.

“Comics are increasingly the raw material for films, TV shows, and videogames and vice versa, and San Diego is where that all comes together,” ICv2 President Milton Griepp said. “We wanted to create a conference where writers and artists; publishers; producers of films, TV shows, and videogames; agents and managers; licensing pros; retailers; and librarians and educators can all come together to talk about what’s happening and about how to expand this incredibly productive cross-fertilization.”

The ICv2 Comics and Media Conference, a ticketed half-day event, will be held at the San Diego Marriott, next to the San Diego Convention Center, on Wednesday afternoon, July 22nd, from 1 to 5 p.m., just before Preview Night at Comic-Con. Comic-Con is assisting with promotion and logistics for the event.

Confirmed speakers and panelists include film, TV, and comics writer Jeph Loeb, who will deliver the keynote address for the event; Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, who will participate in the discussion of Comics after Hollywood; and businesspeople from the worlds of comics, film, TV, and videogames, with more speakers still being added.

Confirmed Sessions:

Keynote Address

Comics and Media Case Studies

Comics and the IP Life Cycle

Comics after Hollywood

Confirmed Speakers, Panelists, Moderators:

Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Entertainment

Robin Brenner, author, librarian

Milton Griepp, ICv2

Matt Hawkins, Top Cow

Rick Jacobs, Circle of Confusion

Jeff Katz, American Original

Jeph Loeb, writer for film, TV, and comics

Tom Mclean, writer for Variety, Animation

Mike Mignola, writer, artist, creator of Hellboy

Joe Nozemack, Oni Press

PW Comicsweek and The Beat by Heidi MacDonald, two publications of Publisher’s Weekly, have signed on to sponsor the conference.

The Beat

The Beat by Heidi MacDonald is a news blog of comics culture in which MacDonald delivers her own brand of coverage on the world of comics.

PW Comics Week

Every week PW Comics Week reports on comics & graphic novel publishing bringing our readers business trends, artist, publisher profiles & retail information. It also delves into top stories and a release schedule of not-to-be missed titles.

ICv2

ICv2 covers the business world of comics and graphic novels, specialty DVDs, tabletop games, and movie and TV licensed products on its Website, ICv2.com, and in its magazine, the ICv2 Insider’s Guide.
For more information, click here. To register, click here.

Contact: Milton Griepp at MGriepp@icv2.com or 608-284-9400, x1