Here’s a list of the major comics and graphic novel publishers exhibiting at the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans. This list is not exhaustive…many publishers offer the occasional graphic novel in their catalog, and all of the major publishers have graphic novel imprints as part of their larger catalog. If you’re there, try and wander every aisle…you never know what you’ll find!
ṦẄÊ̄ḜṮ ⱩĬŖḂɎ ƘɌÃČḴḸἚ! DC Entertainment is actually exhibiting at a trade show! Usually, in the past, they’ve had a few books on display at the Penguin Random House booth, and signed a few comics (yes, actual comic books, not graphic novels). Now, with Zoom and Ink and Black Label and Young Animal, it looks like DC is really serious about the Big Picture of graphic novels everywhere.
Marvel, meanwhile, hasn’t shown up at a trade show since… Marvel Classics? (I remember Laurel K. Hamilton doing a signing once, back in 2008?) Disney Press will have various Marvel prose novels, DK has various reference works, and other publishers will have licensed material from the “House of Ideas”.
Most of the publishers are grouped near the graphic novel and gaming stage, nestled in a geeky corner of gaming, comics, and zines. Penguin Random House will have their distributed clients nearby, where you’ll find DC and Dark Horse.
This icon indicates a first-time exhibitor at an ALA conference, but not necessarily a new company.
Abrams The Art of Books Since 1949
Alexis Marie Chute, Author of Above the Star and Expecting Sunshine