ComicsPro has announced the speakers for its first Nuts and Bolts Conference, planned for September 27, the day before Baltimore Comic-Con, at the Baltimore Convention Center.  In addition to presentations from Platinum Sponsor BOOM! Studios and Sponsor Aftershock, the program includes nine how-to sessions and the half-hour panel discussion with the ComicsPro Board of Directors.  The prices for retailers is $19 for ComicsPRO members and $29 for non-member stores. 

Sessions include:

  • How to Start and Evolve a Book Club, with Sarah Titus of The Comic Book Shop
  • Practical Guide to Creating a Store Variant, by Bret Parks of Ssalefish Comics
  • Reaching Out To and Engaging with Schools, with Jenn Haines of The Dragon
  • How to Run a Successful FCBD Event, with John Dudas of Carol and Johns
  • Managing your Metrics, with Atom! Freeman of Prana Direct Marketing Solutions
  • Social Media and Your Small Business Story, with John Dudas of Carol and Johns
  • Diversify! Build a Successful Hybrid Business, with Stephen Smith of Big Easy Comics
  • Back Issues: Make that Buy!, with Steven Olsen of A Little Shop of Comics
  • Back Issues: Tips and Tricks, with Todd McDevitt of New Dimension Comics

Attending retailers will receive a gift bag. 

If successful, this is planned as a series of conferences, according to ComicsPRO President Peter Dolan.  “It will hopefully be the first in a series of Fall conferences – each focused on “nuts and bolts’ presentations/workshops,” he said.