In a fast-moving format, the ICv2 Insider Talks and Happy Hour will present four top speakers for brief talks plus Q&A from 3-5 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception from 5-6 p.m. As those that attended previous years' events know, the Happy Hour is a great opportunity to meet, mingle, and network with other leaders of the comics and graphic novel industry.
"After three years, it's time to gather and exchange information, renew old connections, and make new ones, and the ICV2 Insider Talks is a great way to do that," ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp said of the event. "We're bringing together speakers who can help us make sense of the earthshaking changes that have taken place in comics supply chains, from how creators first show their works to fans to how comics get to comic stores. And to top it all off, we’re co-hosting a Comics Industry Happy Hour with Lunar Distribution at 5 p.m."
If you are a business or creative professional and would like a free invitation to the event, email Conferences@ICv2.com.
If you are press and would like to cover the event, email Conferences@ICv2.com.
You must have a New York Comic Con badge to attend.
ICv2 Insider Talks include:
ICv2 White Paper: Understanding Rapid Change in the Comics Market, and in Market Data
ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp will present the ICv2 White Paper, with the charts and graphs that show the big impacts of Covid on the scale and direction of comics and graphic novel content, format, and channels, along with a look at how the dramatic shifts in supply chains are changing how we collect and present data.
WEBTOON from Screen to Page and Beyond
WEBTOON has emerged as a massively popular platform for new content, new creators, and new ways of reaching next-generation readers. WEBTOON VP of Content David S. Lee and ICv2's Rob Salkowitz discuss WEBTOON's strategy, including its plans for publishing, media and entertainment, licensing, industry partnerships and more.
Moderated by Rob Salkowitz
Kickstarter and the New World of Crowdfunding
More creators are connecting with fans to fund projects with crowdfunding than ever before, as more and more players are entering the space. Director of Publishing & Comics Outreach at Kickstarter, Oriana Leckert, talks about how their company evolved during the pandemic - and where it's going from here.
Moderated by Heidi MacDonald.
The Shifting Landscape of Direct Distribution
The Direct Distribution system of comics and graphic novel distribution, after remaining stable for over 20 years, is now going through a period of rapid change. ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp, one of the earliest Direct Distributors, hosts a conversation with Diamond Comic Distributors Chief Sales and Service Officer Chris Powell and Lunar Distribution Co-Founder Christina Merkler on the state of the market, distribution, and the path ahead.
Comic Industry Happy Hour! Co-hosted with Lunar Distribution
Meet, mingle, and network with other leaders of the comics and graphic novel industry.
invitations are FREE to professionals in the business –
- U.S. and international comics and graphic novel publishers
- Writers and artists
- Retailers and wholesalers
- Digital executives
- Librarians and educators
- Producers, agents, and managers
- Licensees, licensors, and marketers
This event is free to those attending, thanks to the support of our sponsor. The ICv2 Insider Talks and Happy Hour is sponsored by Kickstarter.
If you are a business or creative professional and would like information on free invitations to the event, email Conferences@ICv2.com.
If you are press and would like to cover the event, email Conferences@ICv2.com
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