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At New York Comic Con, Vertical Inc., a New York City publisher specializing in Japanese prose works and manga, announced plans to launch Vertical Comics, a new imprint focused solely on manga and anime-related titles.
Live from New York Comic con, the More to Crew interviews comics artists, writers and publishers at the giant pop culture convention.
According to reports, it’s the biggest U.S. comic con ever. Figures quoted by comics news sites Newsarama and others indicate that attendance at this year’s New York Comic-Con has grown by 20,000 to 151,000 people, making it even bigger than San Diego Comic-Con.
The ICv2 conference offered data on the new comics customer, the explosive growth of comics festivals, and a discussion of what this new customer is reading.
Trajectory and Diamond Comics Distributors announced an initiative at New York Comic Con to provide an expanded catalogue of digital comics and graphic novels to schools and libraries.
In a few days, the eclectic comics and pop culture mix of New York Comic Con (NYCC) will stretch well beyond the walls of the Javits Center, becoming a new 11-day event series that organizer ReedPop is billing as New York Super Week. With NYCC as the focal point, the series, spanning October 3–14, includes food and drink discounts, gaming tournaments, exhibits, and comedy shows at participating venues around the city. NYCC, which drew 130,000 people last year, is slated for October 9–12 at the Javits Center, but organizers say New York Super Week will be a massive investment in terms of marketing, sponsorships and collaboration with organizations and venues. Also changing this year at NYCC: technology upgrades and an overhaul of the event’s antiharassment policy.
When New York Comic Con crashes into the Javits Center October 9–12, the fanfare will be led by Marvel, DC, Hollywood reps, and video game publishing giants. For participants more interested in learning about self-publishing comics than the death of Wolverine, navigating NYCC can be confusing. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the panels relevant to aspiring creators who don’t want to take a run through the traditional publishing houses.
Scheduled to kick-off next week’s New York Comic Con, this year’s ICv2 Conference will examine the “The New Comics Customer.” The half-day conference, to be held on October 8 at the Javits Convention Center, will examine the forces behind a resurgent comics marketplace that is attracting new readers with an array of new content, new formats, and new convention venues and retail channels.
Organized by pop culture trade news site ICv2.com, and co-sponsored by Publishers Weekly, the conference will feature ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp’s annual White Paper on the comics marketplace,now estimated to be $870 million. The conference program offers a series of panels featuring publishing executives such as IDW CEO Ted Adams, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater, ReedPop global v-p and New York Comic Con showrunner Lance Fensterman, Comixology CEO David Steinberger and many others.