While most comics fans started New York Comic Con on Thursday, the die-hard industry insiders and watchers began their “con crush” on Wednesday.
ICV2.com once again hosted their annual conference at the Javits Center, choosing the theme: The New Comics Customer.
As is the tradition, each conference is inaugurated with an industry white paper. Milton Griepp, CEO of ICV2, collates a huge chunk of industry data and translates those numbers into words and pictures.
The following are my photos from the presentation, along with my commentary.
This website was a sponsor of the conference, and Heidi MacDonald was gracious to comp me a pass, although I’ve paid to attend all of the previous ICV2 conferences in the past.
If you want to know what goes on in comics retailing, you should visit this site! ICV2.com! (Home of the Top 300!)
OOOooohhhh…. How much? Who many? When? Which? Why? Classic questions that have bedeviled mankind ever since they started telling stories by painting comics on cave walls!
Note that newsstand sales account for $25 Million. Also, that in comics shops, comic books outsell graphic novels 2:1 in dollars.
You should see the nice doily Jim Lee tatted from all those “digital strings”!
Oooh… almost a constant slope on the current trend! Will we hit One. Million. Dollars. by 2015? 2014?
Note that the decrease in manga brings the total down. But 2% fewer titles than last year? Hmm…
What are the trends for the current year?
…and the invisible categories: libraries and book fairs?
(See that elephant over there? The one that says: *the male:female ratio of readers skews female. *women read more books than men *80% of fiction is read by women)
The background is here.
(To which the elephant pipes up and mentions that most book clubs and book blogs are run by women.)
Books and merchandise.
…and then time taken for a few questions.