Kick-Ass Cast Members Confirmed for Friday at C2E2 2010

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CAST MEMBERS OF KICK-ASS TO APPEAR AT C2E2 ON FRIDAY, APRIL 16!!

Norwalk, CT, April 12, 2010: C2E2, Lionsgate, and IGN will jointly present the Chicago premiere of Kick-Ass on Thursday, April 15. This red carpet event will feature appearances by and a Q&A with Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl), and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist).

Tickets to the Chicago Kick-Ass premiere are no longer available, but the three cast members are then all coming to C2E2 on Friday to meet fans and sign autographs!

C2E2, Lionsgate and IGN are proud to announce a special Kick-Ass autograph signing at C2E2 on Friday, April 16!

Aaron, Chloe, and Christopher will be signing Friday, April 16th at 2 PM in Room E252 in Lakeside Center in McCormick Place. Free tickets to the autographing will be handed out to the first 100 C2E2 badge holders in line outside of E252 starting at 1 PM.

While we have no doubt fans will want Aaron, Chloe, and Christopher to sign every issue of Kick-Ass, fans should bring one item to be autographed.

For information on C2E2′s other autographings, visit www.c2e2.com/en/autographs.

C2E2 2010 Hosts ICv2 White Paper

April 15, 2010 by  
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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.

Reed Begins International Expansion, Acquires Singapore Convention

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REED EXHIBITIONS ACQUIRES SINGAPORE TOY, GAMES & COMIC CONVENTION

Leading Event Organizer Extends Pop Culture Influence; Seeks Fans in World Communities

Norwalk, CT, April 13, 2010: Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading organizer of trade and consumer events, has today announced that it has acquired the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC). Launched in 2008 and owned and operated by local event planner PI Events, STGCC is a strategic fit for Reed Exhibitions, which has an existing office in Singapore, and which has consolidated a team of professionals in its North American office to work exclusively on pop culture events. The new pop culture team will work closely with the Reed Exhibitions Singapore staff as well as maintain a strategic partnership with PI Events to stage a preeminent event in the Asian market which fits with other events in the Reed pop culture portfolio, including New York Comic Con (NYCC) and the soon to be launched Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The last STGCC took place in August, 2009. The next STGCC will take place from December 10-12, 2010 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (www.suntecsingapore.com).

“This acquisition is the first step in our far reaching commitment to service pop culture fans all over the world by building quality events which bring enormous attention to the pop culture community, and open new markets for our exhibitors” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for the Reed Pop Culture Group. “We want to spread the currency of cool to regions all over the planet. We have a team in place that is wholly devoted to pop culture and which shares in the passion of the community, and we have the support of a company that is not only committed to the growth of our business, but which has offices, staff and resources around the world. We are eager to work with our colleagues in Singapore to make the next Singapore Toys, Games & Comic Convention a massive success and a dominant show in Southeast Asia for years to come.”

Underscoring the significance of this development for the pop culture community, Kuo-Yu Liang, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Diamond Book Distributors, the world’s biggest distributor of English-language comics and pop culture products, states: “Singapore is one of our biggest export territories and it is also the gateway into the fast growing Southeast Asia and UAE markets, home to hundreds of millions of young fans who love pop culture. The fact that Reed is making this market more accessible is fantastic. It significantly enhances our opportunity to know our customers and to grow our business in this important part of the world.”

STGCC doubled in size at its second showing in 2009 and went from a 2 day event to a 3 day event, including a full day of conference sessions. “While it’s early to announce details of our plans for 2010 our intention is to build on what has already been successful at STGCC, while bringing in some new ideas that have worked for us on some of our other shows,” Fensterman continues. “Notably, we want to take advantage of the unique location of Singapore, being at the crossroads of Asia, and build a show with broad appeal and which combines the best of the East and the West.”

Michelle Lim, Managing Director Reed Exhibitions Singapore, says: “We are thrilled to be staging a Con in Singapore and we look forward to welcoming customers from the US. We are confident that Asian fans will be attending STGCC to discover new pop culture brands and content. With the emergence of a strong network of budget airlines in Asia providing affordable travel for over 500 million people in a four-hour radius from Singapore; the staging of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August 2010; and the opening of two integrated resorts – Marina Bay Sands and Resort World tying up with Universal Studios this year, we expect Singapore to be a destination of choice and a top draw for many Asian markets. STGCC will certainly provide fertile ground for US companies wanting to raise their profile and brand awareness among the fans in Asia.”

Reed’s pop culture business has grown rapidly since New York Comic Con was launched in 2006. NYCC itself has grown to become the second largest pop culture event in the world, and other major shows are being launched or have been added to the Reed pop culture portfolio through partnerships. The pop portfolio now includes: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), PAX East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival, and UFC Fan Expo. “We are building our presence domestically as well as internationally and the number of shows we have added to our portfolio certainly speaks to this rapid growth,” Fensterman concludes. “We will be making more announcements in the near future.”

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS:

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 470 events in 37 countries. In 2008 Reed brought together over seven million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 38 fully staffed offices. Its portfolio of over 470 events serves 44 industry sectors. Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

TimetoPlayMag.com and New York Comic Con to Form Partnership

February 9, 2010 by  
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TimetoPlayMag.com and New York Comic Con to Form Partnership

New Toy Pavilion and Popular Kid’s Day Events Will Be Focus of Cooperative Venture

Norwalk, CT, February 9, 2010:  Organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC) have announced a partnership with TimetoPlayMag.com which will significantly enhance the presence of toys and toy manufacturers at the show, as well as build on massive entertainment and programming opportunities devoted to kids and their parents.  TimetoPlayMag.com, a popular destination website which provides information, entertainment, and services on what’s fun for children and their families, will be a sponsor of a major new toy pavilion which NYCC organizers plan to launch in 2010.  TimetoPlayMag.com will also work closely with NYCC organizers to promote the convention’s enormously popular Kid’s Day, which takes place on the last day of the show (Sunday), and which attracted 6,000 kids in 2009.  New York Comic Con will take place October 8 – 10, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

“We embrace every aspect of pop culture at New York Comic Con, and toys are a huge part of that culture,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President of the Reed Pop Culture Group and Show Manager for NYCC.  “Our Fall date for NYCC means that we come just before the holiday selling season and so we want to provide our fans the opportunity to see, touch and feel the latest in toys and to preview what’s coming.  TimetoPlay.com  is the perfect partner for us as they will not only be instrumental in helping us establish relationships in the toy market as we seek to launch our huge new Toy Pavilion, but they will also help us reach new heights as we seek to make Kid’s Day at NYCC bigger and better than ever!”

“Toys have always been a hit with the attendees at New York Comic Con and through our partnership with The Pop Culture Group we look forward to  increasing the toy industry’s presence at one of NYC’s biggest events,” said Jim Silver, editor in chief, TimetoPlayMag.com.

Toy companies who might be interested in participating in the new toy pavilion should contact Larry Settembrini, 203-840-5321, lsettembrini@reedexpo.com.

ABOUT TIMETOPLAYMAG.COM: One of the most highly trafficked family-friendly websites, www.TimetoPlayMag.com offers parents and gift givers comprehensive content including hundreds of toy reviews and recommendations; hot toy lists and editors’ picks; a product/gift finder; informative and amusing blog entries from leading toy, family entertainment and parenting experts; seasonal stories; safety tips and recall information; daily giveaways of in demand toys and more.

Every week the Time to Play team can be found talking about the best items hitting the toy aisle on MOMTV.com during the Time to Play with Jim & Chris live show and on the Direct TV Resort & Residence Channel during the Time to Play show.

On Feb 24, 2010 the team will launch Time to Play “Live,” a virtual game show that parents across America can play together as they answer toy and entertainment trivia to win exciting prizes. Jim and Chris will be on site at NY Comic Con this fall to bring a version of Time to Play “Live” to attendees.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP: The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF).  New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events.  In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC.  C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched UFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.

C2E2 Adds Women Creators to 2010 Guest List

February 4, 2010 by  
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WOMEN CREATORS AMONG MAJOR GUEST APPEARANCES AT C2E2

Gail Simone, Amanda Conner and Colleen Doran Join High Profile Personalities

Norwalk, CT, February 3, 2010:  Women creators form a significant part of the powerful programming that is being put together by officials at C2E2.  The new pop culture show is set to launch at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, April 16 -18, 2010 and the women who will be participating in various appearances and activities are the best in their field and they represent the convention’s overall goal to focus on top notch talent.  The new guests who will be appearing at C2E2 include award-winning and critically acclaimed writer Gail Simone, and renowned illustrators Amanda Conner and Colleen Doran.  These creators join previously announced female creator Jill Thompson.  All the women who will be featured guests at C2E2 are accomplished artists who have wide and loyal audiences.

Other guests who have already been announced for C2E2 include: Chuck Dixon, Steve Epting, Jackson Guice, Gene Ha, Bob Layton, David Lloyd, Steve McNiven, Mike Mignola, Mark Morales, Mike Norton, Joshua Ortega, Mike Perkins, Khoi Pham, Alex Ross, Jeff Smith, Ben Templesmith, David Uslan, and Ethan Van Sciver.

“We are wowed with the amazing line up of talented artists appearing at C2E2,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for the Reed Pop Culture Group and Show Manager for C2E2.  “Every single creator and artist brings their own sensibility to the show and we want to embrace each individual and give them their own platform to speak and to meet their own individual audience. I couldn’t be happier that we have such a diverse group of talent already lined up for C2E2.  And we still have so much more to come!”

The women artists joining the pop blowout at C2E2 include:

Amanda Conner: Amanda Conner started out working as an illustrator for New York ad agencies Kornhauser and Calene and Kidvertisers. She worked on a number of launches and campaigns including Arm and Hammer, PlaySchool and Nickelodeon; however, loving comic books and cartooning the most, Amanda found herself working with Marvel on their Barbie and Disney lines. At the same time, she was illustrating Soul Searchers & Co. for Claypool Comics and was soon working on other Marvel projects, such as Excalibur and Suburban Jersey Ninja She-Devils. Amanda then moved on to do what is probably her best known work — several years as penciler on the hit series Vampirella for Harris Comics. While illustrating Vampirella, Amanda worked with the top writers in the field, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Warren Ellis. Continuing to expand her horizons, Amanda illustrated the best-selling Event Comic Painkiller Jane vs. The Darkness and went on to work on Painkiller Jane #0. She also wrote and illustrated a story for Kid Death and Fluffy. Since then, Amanda has moved on and has worked on many of the top titles in comics such as Lois Lane, Codename: Knockout, Terra and Birds of Prey for DC, X-Men Unlimited for Marvel, co-created Gatecrasher for BlackBull Comics, and The Pro, a creator-owned book for Image with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis. Amanda’s work can also be seen outside the comic book world in such places as ABC’s Nightline, The New York Times, and Mad Magazine.  Amanda’s current work can be seen in Powergirl monthly for DC Comics as well as the Supergirl series for Wednesday Comics.

Katie Cook: Katie Cook is a popular artist among Star Wars fans. Her work can be seen in many Topps Star Wars Trading Card sets, Star Wars how-to-draw tutorials, and webcomics for The Clone Wars on starwars.com. She’s also done licensed work for The Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Heroes, and — soon — Fraggle Rock! A fan favorite and a huge nerd, her work can be found at www.katiecandraw.com.

Colleen Doran: Colleen Doran is an illustrator with hundreds of credits for clients including Lucasfilm, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, DC Comics, Reader’s Digest, Scholastic, and many more. She was artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC where she lectured on Hokusai and ukiyo-e prints and their relation to pop culture and manga. She has also lectured on graphic novels in arenas as diverse as the Singapore Writers Festival and the American Library Association. Further, she has illustrated the work of Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, and Clive Barker. Currently, she is working on two original graphic novels for Vertigo, one by Warren Ellis called Stealth Tribes, and another by the Eisner-nominee Derek McCulloch entitled Gone to Amerikay. She is also artist for an upcoming original graphic novel for publisher Houghton Mifflin with best-selling novelist Barry Lyga. Other credits include Wonder Woman, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Factor, Captain America, Teen Titans, and officially licensed illustrations for Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings. Her graphic novel series A Distant Soil, published by Image Comics, was listed among the 101 best graphic novels of all time and has tens of thousands of readers online.

Lora Innes: Lora Innes’s first solo work, The Dreamer, was published by IDW Publishing as a six issue mini-series, then collected as a graphic novel. The Dreamer began as a webcomic in 2007 and quickly gathered a large, cult-like following online. This year, The Dreamer collected two Harvey Award nominations: Best New Series and Best New Talent for Innes herself. The Dreamer is currently a finalist in the 2009 Cybils in the Graphic Novel for Young Adults category. Lora has also done work for Vertigo’s American Splendor. Read The Dreamer online at www.thedreamercomic.com.

Sherrilyn Kenyon: The #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon lives a life of extraordinary danger… as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets, and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than twenty million copies of her books in print, in over thirty countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with, too. In the past two years, her books have claimed the coveted #1 best-selling spot ten times, and this extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes in. Her current series include The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, BAD Agency, and the forthcoming Nevermore and Chronicles of Nick.   Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel and her Dark-Hunter novels are now a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins.

Gail Simone: Gail Simone is an award-winning, critically acclaimed writer of comic books and animation. She has had classic runs on titles including Action Comics, Deadpool, Agent X, The All-New Atom, The Simpsons, and The Secret Six, as well as her creator-owned works, Killer Princesses (with co-creator Lea Hernandez) and Welcome to Tranquility. She is currently resuming her definitive run on DC’s Birds of Prey.  In animation, she’s written for Justice League Unlimited and The Brave and The Bold and was co-writer of The Wonder Woman animated film. Gail lives with her family on the Oregon coast.

Allison Sohn: Allison Sohn is an illustrator working primarily in the trading card industry. Allison has worked on such licensed card sets as The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Heroes, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Red Sonja to name but a few. Drawing for both sketch cards as well as printed cards, Allison has been featured in more than a dozen different trading card sets in the last several years. Visit www.justsayah.com and www.allisonsohnart.com for more.

For more information on guests, tickets, or C2E2 in general, visit www.C2E2 or check out the show’s official blog, MediumAtLarge at www.mediumatlarge.net, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/c2e2.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:

The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF).  New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events.  In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC.  C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched Star Wars Celebration in partnership with the Lucasfilm Ltd. and UFC Fan Expo.  Additionally, it holds a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.

C2E2 and NYCC Staff On Holiday Store Tour

December 11, 2009 by  
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C2E2 AND NYCC STAFF HIT THE ROAD FOR HOLIDAY TOUR!

Meet and Greet the C2E2 & NYCC Teams at Comic Shops in New York and Chicago

Norwalk, CT, December 8, 2009: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) and New York Comic Con (NYCC) have announced that they will be hitting the road this month to visit comic book retailers and fans in Chicago and New York to spread holiday cheer. The staff of C2E2 & NYCC will be taking to the streets, meeting, greeting, and giving away presents to fans at comic shops all month long. The tour begins in New York City tomorrow – Wednesday, December 9th – and will extend through Wednesday, December 23rd. Officials note that one big reason for the trip – aside from giving away presents – is to meet with fans in order to hear their ideas and to find out what fans want to see in 2010.

New York Comic Con and C2E2“We want to reach out to our community of supporters as much as possible to get the pulse of who and what they want to see at C2E2 and NYCC in 2010,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President and Show Manager for both C2E2 and NYCC. “At the same time, we want to have some fun, give out some presents, as well as spread the word about C2E2 and NYCC. This is a great way of accomplishing all these goals! We are looking forward to a great road trip.”

Staff officials note that the full C2E2 and NYCC teams will be participating in the events, with Show Manager Lance Fensterman joined by various faces from programming, marketing, and sales. Every stop will have different team members in attendance. In both New York and Chicago, the staff members will be giving away movies, posters, and soundtracks from Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing, as well as raffling off toys from Diamond Select and Mezco. Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without candy canes and assorted stocking stuffers, which NYCC and C2E2 staff will be handing out at all their stops. Additionally, in Chicago, the shops the staff will visit will be the very first place to get physical C2E2 tickets and limited edition C2E2 Alex Ross posters. A twitter scavenger hunt will be organized through downtown Chicago, and the staff will also be raffling off a C2E2 VIP package.

The location and dates for the Holiday Tour are:

NEW YORK CITY

Wednesday, Dec 9th:
Forbidden Planet
840 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
3 PM to 6 PM

Thursday, Dec 17th:
Midtown Comics – Times Square
200 W 40th St
New York, NY 10018
12 PM to 3 PM

Wednesday, Dec 23rd:
Jim Hanley’s Universe
325 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY
12 PM to 4 PM


CHICAGO

Tuesday, Dec 15th:
Challengers
1845 N Western Ave 2R
Chicago, IL 60647
4 PM to 6 PM

Wednesday, Dec 16th:
Graham Crackers – Chicago Loop
77 E. Madison St
Chicago, IL 60602
12 PM to 2 PM

Chicago Comics
3244 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
4 PM to 6 PM

Comix Revolution
606 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60546
4 PM to 6 PM

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:

The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF). New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events. In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC. C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched UFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.

Diamond Announces C2E2 Retailer Summit and Other Trade Events

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Diamond Announces New 2010 Chicago Retailer Event:
Diamond Summit2: Focus On Retailing

Show to be affiliated with Reed Exhibition’s Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2);
Diamond Announces Additional Trade Events Planned for 2010

(BALTIMORE, MD) – (December 4, 2009) – After successful events in Baltimore, MD; Ft. Wayne, IN; Las Vegas, NV and elsewhere, Diamond “takes the show on the road” to the Windy City when a new version of the Diamond Retailer Summit berths at one of the industry’s most anticipated events: C2E2, a.k.a. the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.

“After a great show in Las Vegas in 2008 and in Baltimore 2009, we recognize the need to bring the Summit and its retailer programming to other parts of the country,” said Diamond’s VP-Marketing, Roger Fletcher. “This allows us to see more of our retailer accounts and interact with them on a professional level. And we can’t think of a better venue than Reed Exhibition’s new C2E2 show in Chicago.”

While many details are still being developed, Diamond Summit2: Focus On Retailing will kick off with an Opening Night Reception on Wednesday, April 14, with a full day of Better Retailing Workshops and Presentations planned for Thursday, April 15. Marking a different direction for the 2010 Retailer Summit, retailers can expect targeted, supplier focus groups throughout the day and keynote speeches from industry leaders at each meal time event.

Retailers will also enjoy complimentary admission to the Professional Only Preview of the C2E2 Show on Friday, April 16 from 10am to 1pm and will receive a valuable “coupon book” good for limited edition items, raffles, and sales-all redeemable by visiting select suppliers on the show floor.

C2E2, which will run from April 16 – 18 at McCormick Place Convention Center on the shore of Lake Michigan, will be structured in the spirit of New York Comic Con (NYCC), the fastest growing pop culture event in the U.S. NYCC is also organized by Reed Exhibitions.

“New York Comic Con has always provided a quality business to business environment in addition to entertainment,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President of Reed’s Pop Culture Group. “This has been a major objective for us and it is what separates us from other comic conventions. We are more than simply a major fan and media event and our mission has always been to grow the business to business side of our con by providing substantive value. The affiliation that we are now establishing with the Diamond Retailer Summit at C2E2 will provide even more value to our customers and it is a terrific show of support on the part of Diamond.”

ADDITIONAL TRADE EVENTS

“In addition to our commitment to a Chicago Summit, Diamond plans to keep a busy trade show schedule at other events to meet retailers,” added Fletcher. “It’s our goal to interact with all of our retailers who attend both trade and comic convention events.”

ComicsPRO Annual Meeting (March 25-27, 2010)-An annual sponsor, Diamond will be on hand to meet retailers and present to the retailer members of ComicsPRO.

Baltimore Comic-Con (August 28-29, 2010)-Diamond will host a Retailer Breakfast and will be on the show floor with its PREVIEWSworld booth.

San Diego Comic-Con (July 22-25, 2010)-Diamond will be set up with its PREVIEWSworld booth as well as host a trade only retailer event during the show.

Alliance Open House (October 8-9, 2010)-Diamond’s sister company, Alliance Game Distributors, will hold its Traditional Open House event for game shop specialty retailers at the Grand Wayne Center in Ft Wayne, IN.

New York Comic-Con (October 8 – 10, 2010)-Diamond’s annual Retailer Breakfast will kick off the show before the opening of the professional hours. Diamond will also be exhibiting with its PREVIEWSworld booth during the show.

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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS-The world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, Diamond is based in Baltimore, MD, and services more than 4,000 specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS-The New York Comic Con is operated by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organizer. In 2007, Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and organized by 39 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2006, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of £1,052 million on turnover of £5,398 million.
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