The year of the symposium roars on with the ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference which takes place the day before the New York Comic-Con. A bunch of new panelists have been announced:

ICv2 has announced the addition of six renowned panelists to complete its roster for the third annual ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference at New York Comic Con next week. The new panelists include literary agent Merrilee Heifetz, whose clients include Neil Gaiman and Laurell K. Hamilton; Ron Hill, chief buyer for Jim Hanley’s Universe; editor and creator Kazu Kibuishi (Flight, Flight Explorer, Amulet); Jim Salicrup, editor-in-chief of the very successful Papercutz graphic novel line; Ginee Seo, VP and Editorial Director of Ginee Seo Books; and Brandon Waters, graphic novel buyer for Books-a-Million.

“These panelists complete a great roster with some of the best minds in the graphic novel business,” ICv2 President Milton Griepp said. “With this kind of group, we’re anticipating an excellent exchange of ideas on the key issues in this rapidly changing category.”

The “ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference: Breaking Out” will be held on Thursday afternoon, April 17th at the Javits Center in New York City. The panels will take place between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., with a cocktail reception sponsored by Transcontinental Printing to follow. In addition to Transcontinental, Viz Media LLC and Publishers Weekly are sponsoring the Conference.

This conference is always a real eye opener, and attendance is recommended…get your tickets here.