Comic retailer organization ComicsPRO is moving its annual conference online for 2021; the inaugural Online Comic Industry Conference will be held February 18 and 19, the organization announced.  Attendance is free for retailers, who will have the opportunity to upgrade to attend Roundtable Sessions and receive variant comics from sponsors.

ComicsPro Executive Director Marco Davanzo pointed out the positives of the online event.  "Although we’d love to have the meeting in-person, as is our tradition, we believe retailers are going to like the advantages of having the 2021 meeting online: saving travel expenses, keeping it safe during this pandemic, plus retailers will be able to re-watch recorded sessions on their own schedule," he said.

The keynote address will be delivered by Amulet creator Kazu Kibuishi, and the first 300 registrants will receive a signed copy of Amulet Volume 1.

Sponsors include: A Wave Blue World, Aftershock Comics, ALA-Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable, Anomaly Productions, Artists, Writers, & Artisans, Ata-Boy, Bad Idea, BCW Supplies, Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC), BOOM! Studios, Comics Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, Diamond Comic Distribution, Die Hard Dice, Fantagraphics Books, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/First Second, Mad Cave Studios, Marvel Comics, Oni Press, Scholastic, Scout Comics and Entertainment, The NPD Group, TKO Studios, Valiant Entertainment, Vault Comics, and VIZ Media.