An ICv2 Release.  ICv2 has announced the first round of speakers for Comics Ahead!  The ICv2 Conference at New York Comic Con, and they include the thought leaders of the industry, including key executives, creators, and experts, all brought together to discuss how changes roiling the industry will affect the future.

Skybound (The Walking Dead) Director of Business Development Shawn Kirkham, Bonfire Agency co-founder Steve Rotterdam, Rob Salkowitz, author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, and Midtown Comics co-owner Gerry Gladston will explore what the #1 pop culture trend, the rise of geek culture, means for the future of entertainment, marketing, and the narratives that are weaving themselves through American life and beyond, moderated by ICv2’s Milton Griepp and with an introductory presentation by Bonfire Agency co-founder Ed Catto.

IDW Publishing President and COO Greg Goldstein, author and consultant Barry Nalebuff, and Rich Johnson of Penguin’s InkLit graphic novel line will discuss how a wider range of content, the impact of digital distribution, and the rapidly changing landscape at retail and in libraries can work together to reach a bigger, broader market for graphic novels, in a panel discussion moderated by Calvin Reid of Publisher’s Weekly.

John Roberts, co-founder of comiXology, Dan Manser, Director of Marketing for Diamond Comic Distributors, and creators Simon Fraser (ACT-I-VATE) and successful Kickstarter publisher Jamal Igle will discuss how the path from comic creators to consumer is being disrupted by Webcomics and digital sales, Kickstarter, and closer relationships between creators and their fans and what that means for the future, in a panel discussion moderated by Heidi MacDonald of The Beat.

ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp will also present the ICv2 White Paper, assembling the statistics and trends underlying the graphic novel and comics markets. 

For more information on the speakers at the ICv2 Conference, click here.

More speakers will be announced through the week, according to the organizers.

Comics Ahead! – The ICv2 Conference is a ticketed event for professionals including:
  • Comics and graphic novel publishers
  • Digital executives
  • Writers and artists
  • Retailers and wholesalers
  • Librarians and educators
  • Producers, agents, and managers
  • Licensees, licensors, and marketers
The ICv2 Conference will take place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, October 9th.
Registration information is available here.

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