Publishers Weekly has all the news about and from New York Comic Con 2017—including daily updates, podcasts and more. We have exclusive interviews, photos and all the rest of the action from the beginning of the show until the end, all collected right here.
New York Comic Con set a new record for attendance at a pop culture event in North America attracting 200,000 attendees, up from 180,000 in 2016. Held Oct. 5-8 at the Javits Center and various venues around the city, the event presented pop culture and comics guests ranging from Batman writer Scott Snyder and celebrated manga artist Hiro Mashima to acclaimed authors-turned-comics writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jason Reynolds.
American comics and graphic novels (and media based on them) are more popular than ever, but the way these works are purchased is being transformed by a new wave of consumers looking for new material and new places to buy it.
U.S. manga sales rose 29% to $110 million in 2016, according to ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp, who reported the continuing rebound of the category during his presentation at the ICv2 Insider Session conference on the first day of the New York Comic Con, held October 5-8 at the Javits Center.
New York Comic Con 2017, held October 5-8 at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, attracted a record number of attendees. Publishers Weekly was on hand to bring back images of the artists, publishers and fans attending the annual celebration of comics, graphic novels and popular culture.
Sales of graphic novels continue to grow—with kids and YA graphic novels the fastest growing segment—but the entire marketplace for comics is being "disrupted" and transformed by an influx of new readers and consumers looking for new kinds of comics content as well as new retail options. This was the main takeaway from Milton Griepp, who presented his annual white paper on the comics during the first day of New York Comic Con, held October 5-8 at Javits Center.
Sales of children’s comics and graphic novels are way up in the book channel, according to figures presented at the ICv2 Insider Sessions during New York Comic Con, but that good news was tempered by the fact that overall sales in comic shops are flat. Nonetheless, this year’s slate of New York Comic Con announcements included both graphic novels and periodical comics aimed at children and teens. Some publishers, it seems, are still willing to bet on the old-fashioned pleasure of a comic you can roll up and stick in your back pocket.
In this week's podcast the More to Come Crew - Calvin Reid, Heidi "The Beat" MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons – recap New York Comic Con 2017 from its highs and lows to the comics artists and publishers, vendors and the logistics of managing the 200,000 fans that visited the show, held at Javits Center from October 5-8.
Live from New York Comic Con 2017, Kate interviews Eisner-winning comics artist Jill Thompson about 'Scary Godmother', merchandising and upcoming projects; and writer Marguerite Bennett of the woman-centric DC alternate history series 'DC Comics Bombshells' and 'Bombshells United' about her work and her thoughts on superheroines. Plus Calvin interviews Stu Levy, founder of Tokyopop, about its U.S. relaunch, its Pop Comics self-publishing platform and a planned International Women In Comics promotion.
Live from New York Comic Con 2017, Calvin interviews Bruno and Fabien Nury the artist/writer team behind the graphic novels 'Tyler Cross' and 'Atar Gull'; Tony Medina, John Jennings and Stacey Robinson, co-creators of 'I Am Alphonso Jones' a new YA graphic novel about police brutality and literature; Viz Media director of sales and marketing Kevin Hamric on today's manga market; and David Carlson and Landis Blair of the new nonfiction graphic work 'The Hunting Accident' recorded at the Javits Center.
NYCC Interviews with Valerie Vernay, author of 'Water Memory,' her new graphic novel now in English from Lion Forge; Patricia Lyfoung, author of 'Scarlet Rose,' a new graphic novel about a swashbuckling 18th century heroine from PaperCutz; Ericka Henderson, artist on the acclaimed comic Squirrel Girl; Zep, creator of 'A Story of Men' coming out from IDW in November; Matthieu Lauffray, artist of 'Long John Silver'; and Fabian Nicieza, co-creator of Deadpool and the upcoming webcomic 'Outrage'.
NYPL and New York Comic Con are partnering to offer a day of professional programming on graphic novels for librarians and teachers on October 5, at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue. Here is a preview of the schedule, which will be finalized closer to NYCC.
On a recent conference call, DC Entertainment copublishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee (who is also one of DC’s most popular artists) outlined a selection of the DC events that will take place during New York Comic Con and NYCC Presents.
Despite a major construction project at Manhattan’s Javits Center, where New York Comic Con will be held Thursday through Sunday, October 5–8, the show’s organizers are gearing up for a record number of fans, creators, and publishers at the convention center and at a variety of nearby locations. This year’s show features a new venue (the New York Public Library), a relocated Artist Alley, and a preview of the revamped Harvey Awards
Independent graphic novel publisher Oni Press has reached a sales and distribution agreement with Simon & Schuster for worldwide distribution of Oni Press’s list of graphic novels to the book trade.
Titan Comics will launch Statix Press, a new imprint that will publish the best comics and graphic novels in English Translation from Europe and around the world.
The French Comics Association, a coalition of major French graphic novel publishers, has organized the second French Comics Framed, a festival celebrating Franco-Belgian comics artists to be held October 4-9 at a variety of locations during the city during New York Comic Con.
Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe, a fangirl focused merchandise producer, will deliver the keynote speech at ‘Insider Sessions’, a new half-day trade news and research conference hosted by pop culture news site ICv2, to be held on October 5 at the Javits center during New York Comic Con.