Of major comic publishers, Marvel, Image, and Valiant were there, which feels like a smaller roster than we’ve seen in the past. DC’s busy moving, but some others have cut back, at least relative to the burgeoning number of shows.
There were also some significant new exhibitors, including Bluefin Distribution, which brought its display of Japanese import figures and other collectibles; and gemr, a new online and app “collector’s community where people can share, discover, and sell collectible items.” Gemr was co-founded by Antiques Roadshow appraiser Gary Sullivan, and has raised a $4.9 million Series A round, according to TechCrunch.
As usual, exhibitors ran the gamut from comics to games to merch to tattoo parlors.
C2E2 sponsors included Image, which sponsored the badge (more on that below) and comiXology, which sponsored Artist Alley under its Submit brand.
Before the show, we were copied on an email from an attendee to Reed management which said, in part, “The image on the badges for C2E2 2015 is inappropriate and inconsistent with the stated mission of ReedPOP to create a ‘fun, safe, welcoming’ event.” Although the source of the offense was not specified, we assume the email referred to an Image-sponsored badge promoting its bestselling series Sex Criminals, which used the image from the first comic issue and contained the words “Sex Criminal.”
We asked Armstrong if ReedPop had received any similar complaints and if they had any comment. “That was the only complaint that we were made aware of,” Armstrong said. “We discussed the art internally when it was submitted to us, but eventually came to the opinion that given that Sex Criminals is an Eisner Award winner and NYT bestseller (and has been also been praised as a book that is pro-female) we did not feel that the artwork was inappropriate."
For our photo report, see "C2E2 2015 Photos."