Hello Folks! I’ll be at The New York Comic Con this weekend, because I haven’t missed one yet. Will I get to do a “LOCKDOWN!” post? Only time will tell. Anyhow, if you’re looking for me this weekend I’ll be all-over the “trade” programming for publishers/retailers/etc. Here’s where to find me:
Thursday, April 17th:
ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference 2008
1PM-5PM, Registration Required
I’m going to be attending the ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference again this year, though I won’t be on any panels I probably won’t be too difficult to find (“Who’s that guy asking all of the uncomfortable questions?”). It’s pricey to attend ($200) but if you’re involved in the business side of the industry, it’s likely worth the $$ for your professional development. I think it’s still possible to register on-site as well.
Friday, April 18th:
I’m actually not going to be on Age Appropriate Content for Kids and Teen Comics 12:00 PM-1:00 PM anymore, because of a scheduling conflict. I was just introducing that one anyway, the two librarians involved are the real draw. Instead, I’ll be at:
Buying and Shelving Graphic Novels For Kids in Bookstores & Comic Book Stores
Should there be a kids comics section in your bookstore/comic bookstore? What should be in it? How should you market it?
This is actually a pretty fun subject, if your definition of fun is working out all the ways to encourage younger generations to read comics and graphic novels. I’m on the panel with some real heavy-hitters too, including Kristen McLean, Executive Director of The Association of Booksellers for Children, and Jessica Stockton, Events Coordinator for McNally Robinson Booksellers in NYC. I’ll likely learn as much info as I impart, but it should be pretty cool.
Emerging Trends in Manga Retailing
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
With 33 manga titles a week planned for 2008, it’s tougher than ever for retailers to manage their manga sections. Join this panel of retailers as they discuss what’s working, what’s not, and where they see the market going this year.
This is going to be a fun panel too, because all of us participating have very, very different ideas about stocking, display, etc. Much more for direct market retailers than anyone else, any retailer who’s ever asked me a manga question should probably come out to this one. That “33 manga titles a week” is just an average. We’ve already had weeks with 60+ new manga this year…
After that, I’ll likely be around the con floor or in the press room. If you need to get a hold of me, just e-mail, I should be checking pretty regularly.
See you in New York!