ComicsPRO’s annual retailer/publisher summit will be held in Portland, Oregon on February 22-24, 2018. It’s an intensive gathering where announcements are made and issues are discussed.

I’m told this year’s keynote speaker will be Dinesh Shamdasani, formerly the publisher of Valiant Entertainment, and since the ownership change, a consultant for Valiant.

Shamdasani may not be running the company any more but he has a lot of admirers among retailers. And he’s a class act all the way.

The press is barred from attending the meeting, but that should be a very interesting speech.

Anyone want to submit a report?

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Here’s the entire schedule:

2/20 Tuesday  
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM        Wine and Cheese Reception

 

2/21 Wednesday

 

10:00 AM – 5 PM          IMAGEEXPO This event is Offsite and not associated with the                                                                                  ComicsPRO conference.

6PM – 8PM              ComicsPRO Welcome Reception      Portland Hilton
ComicsPRO Registration

7PM – 11PM               ImageExpo Party  (Offsite)

           

 

2/22 Thursday (Retailers, DC, Marvel only)

 
8:30 – 9:30 ComicsPRO Registration

9:30 – 9:55                      Welcome

 

 

10:00 –  10:55                 How-To-Workshops

 

 

11:00 – 11:55                  Marvel Presentation (Retailers Only)

 

12:15  – 1:25                   Retailer Lunch (Retailers Only).

Themed Tables

 

 

1:30 – 2:00                      Discussion (Retailers only)  State of the Industry.

 

2:00 – 4:00                      Break-out-Rooms – Solutions (Retailers Only)

 

4:00 –  5:15                     Retailer/Creator Meet-up

 

5:15 – 6:00                     Closed Membership Meeting (Members Only)

 

6:00 – 7:15                      DC Presentation (Retailers Only)                                     

 

7:30 – 9:00                      DC Dinner (Retailers Only)

 

9:00 – 10:00                    Dark Horse Reception                                       

 

 

 

2/23 Friday

 

 

 

7:30 AM                          Vendor Registration

 

 

8:15 – 9:30                      Breakfast

                                      8:30 Aftershock (16 min)
8:50 Showcase Vendors (8 min)

9:00 Titan  (8 min)

9:10 Hero Initiative (8 min)

 

 

9:30 – 10:25                     Workshops

 

10:30 – 11:00                  Keynote Speaker/Industry Awards

 

11:00 – 12:00                  Industry Discussion                                                                                                     
12:15 – 2:00                    Lunch
12:30 Dark Horse (16 Min)

12:50 Art Brand (8 min)

1:00 Lion Forge (16 min)

1:20 IDW (16 min)

1:40 Valiant (12 min)

 

2:10 – 3:40                      Roundtables

 

 

 

3:40 – 3:55                     Break – Snacks                                                             

 

 

4:00– 4:55                      Sponsor Presentations

4:00 Image (16 min)

4:20 Eaglemoss  (8 min)

4:30 Boom (16 Min)

 

5:00 – 6:30                      Roundtables

 

 

6:30 – 8:30                     Break for Dinner (On your own)

 

 

8:30                               CBLDF Cocktails

 

 

9:00                               Auction to Support CDLDF

 

 

 

 

2/24 Saturday

 

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM               Breakfast

8:45 Diamond Comics International

 

 

9:30 – 10:30                             Roundtable Shuffle
Vendors sit at their tables and retailers can go to any table they want.   Vendors can also set
up appointments with retailers.  This also allows vendors and retailers to have longer
conversations.

 

 

10:30 – 10:40                           Break  – Snacks

 

 

10:40 – 12:10                           Roundtables (see Roundtable Assignment pages)

 

 

 

12:10 – 12:30                           Break

 

12:30 – 2:00                             Roundtables (see Roundtable Assignment pages)

 

 

 

2:00 – 2:30                                Closed Membership Meeting (Members Only)

                                                  

 

2:30                                             End of Meeting

 

After Conference Activities

 

For those staying after the conference:

 

 

4:00 – 6:30                                 Bus Tour of Local Stores

Meet at CBLDF for bus

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