An ICv2 Release.  ICv2 has announced its initial speaker list for the ICv2 Conference:  The New Comics Customer, a special industry event held in conjunction with New York Comic Con.  The list includes top executives from comic and graphic novel publishers, convention organizers, digital and physical comic retailers, and other experts, all coming together to discuss the dramatic changes in the comics and graphic novel audience that are transforming the business. 

“I’ve never seen anything like what’s happening in the comics and graphic novel business right now,” ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp said of the Conference focus.  “There are a whole range of factors that are driving these changes, and we’ve brought together some of the best minds in the business to explore what’s happening.” 

The new comic customers, often outside the teen and young adult male segments that dominated comics for years, are being drawn to comics and graphic novels in new ways, buying them in new formats, including digital, and choosing stories that even a few years ago would not have been able to find sufficient audiences but now are turning into big hits. 

The ICv2 Conference will bring together the data and the people that can help explain this phenomenon, the sources of growth, and the prospects for the future. 

Speakers include Lance Fensterman, the SVP in charge of ReedPOP, which runs New York Comic Con and a host of other pop culture shows; David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology, the leading digital comics company; Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Publishing; Jon Goldwater, Co-CEO of Archie Comics, and a host of other executives and experts.
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Conference Sponsor: New York Comic Con
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