Thursday is Industry Day at New York Comic Con with practically an all day slate of talks, reports and confabs – with some mingling thrown in. As is tradition, ICv2’s Milton Greipp will hold his ICv2 Insider Talks 2023: Direct Market Summit and Comic Industry Social Hour, on Thursday afternoon, October 12, 2023. The setting is the dramatic 4th floor River Pavilion at the Javits Center, running from 3:30 to 5:30. This year’s presentation will include the traditional White Paper and IK special focus on the 50th Anniversary of the Direct Market. The event is sponsored by Mad Cave, GlobalComix and DiamondComic Distributors.

“This is the 50th anniversary of the comics Direct Market, and 2023 is a period of change unlike any we’ve seen in decades,” said Griepp”We all want to understand what those changes mean for comic stores, where modern geek culture was birthed and nurtured, and the passionate customers they serve.  At this important milestone, we’re bringing together industry thought leaders to help us understand the past, present and future of this unique phenomenon.”
And here’s the schedule for the event:
The event will kick off with the Comic Industry Social Hour, co-hosted with ComicsPro, at 2:30 Thursday afternoon, October 12, followed by three presentations:
ICv2 White Paper: State of the Market at 50, presented by ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp.
How We Got Here: Building the Comic Store Channel, with three panelists who played important roles in the growth and success of the Direct Market: Paul Levitz at DC Comics, Jim Shooter at Marvel Comics, Valiant Entertainment, and others, and Milton Griepp at Capital City Distribution.
The Future of the Direct Market: Where Do We Go From Here, moderated by Rob Salkowitz (ICv2, Forbes) with Stu Colson of Heroes for Sale and POS system ComicHub; Dimitrios Fragiskatos of local stores Anyone Comics and Everyone Comics & Collectibles; Jenn Haines, President of the board of comic retailer organization ComicsPro and owner of The Dragon; writer/artist Jamal Igle (Molly Danger, Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine); and Cara O’Neil, Vice President of Marketing at publisher and entertainment company Dark Horse Comics.
When: 2:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 12:
Comic Industry Social Hour, Co-Hosted with ComicsPro (2:30-3:30)
ICv2 White Paper: State of the Market at 50 (3:30-4:00)
How We Got Here: Building the Comic Store Channel (4:00-4:45)
The Future of the Direct Market: Where Do We Go from Here? (4:45-5:30)
Where: 4th Floor River Pavilion, Javits Center
For more information, see the ICv2 Insider Talks page on Press or business or creative professionals wishing to attend the event should email [email protected], for free registration.