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Tomorrow: ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference


Tomorrow, as is customary, the NYCC pre-game kicks off with the expanded ICv2 Graphic Novel conference. The schedule is below, and the Beat will be bringing you all the notable quotables. All events take place at the Javits Center.

Morning Sessions (10 a.m. to noon) — Graphic Novels and the Web

Comics on the Web — Marketing Tool or Revenue Stream?
Are comics on the Web a way to build audiences for properties that can then be monetized by sales of collections and licensing, or a critical source of advertising, DTO, or subscription revenue on their own? Join our panelists as they discuss what’s working and what’s not in this potentially transformative arena.

* Eric Beaulieu—General Manager, Transcontinental Transmedia
* Stu Levy—Chief Executive, TokyoPop
* Dave Roman—Associate Editor, Nickelodeon Magazine
* Ira Rubenstein—Executive VP Global Digital Media Group, Marvel Comics

Comics and Social Networks
Publishers and creators are increasingly using social networks to nurture communities of readers. Hear from the most advanced practitioners of this new technique on how it’s helping them connect with their audiences in a deeper way than ever before.

* Scott Allie—Senior Managing Editor, Dark Horse Comics
* Joe Keatinge—PR & Marketing Coordinator, Image Comics
* Joe Quesada—Editor-In-Chief, Marvel Comics
* Filip Sablik—Publisher, Top Cow Productions, Inc.

Afternoon Sessions (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Keynote Address: Art Spiegelman — “What the !@##*! happened to comics?!”
The only graphic novelist ever to win a Pulitzer Prize, Art Spiegelman has been a leader and innovator in comics and graphic novels for four decades, both creatively and in how his work reaches the market. Hear his thoughts on the changes in the medium, plus a Q&A session.
Art Spiegelman—Writer, Artist, Pulitzer Prize Winner

Literary Adaptations — Building on Success
Adapting prose novels into graphic novels has been one of the most successful areas of graphic novel publishing in the last couple of years. Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid moderates a discussion of what’s working, why it’s working, and where the opportunities are for the future.

* Jennifer Besse—Editor, Disney Book Group
* Les Dabel—V.P. Business Operations, Dabel Brothers Productions
* Sherrilyn Kenyon—Bestselling Author
* Betsy Mitchell—V.P./Editor-in-Chief, Del Rey Books

ICv2 Graphic Novel Survey Report and White Paper
This year, the ICv2 White Paper presentation will be expanded to include an exclusive look at the results of a major survey of graphic novel buyers from comic stores, bookstores, and libraries conducted by ICv2 with the support and help of Reed Exhibitions. The survey will give a look at the reasons for the trends reported in the numbers, making this session even more invaluable.

Graphic Novel Industry Summit
Executives from the largest comic and manga publishers, the largest book chain, the largest comic distributor, one of the largest direct market retailers and a representative of ComicsPro, the comic retailer association, and an important librarian gather to discuss the future of the graphic novel industry.

* Robin Brenner—Teen Librarian, Brookline Public Library
* Dan Buckley—President and Publisher, Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
* Liza Coppola—Sr. V.P., Corporate Relations & Partnerships, VIZ Media
* James Killen—Buyer, Barnes and Noble
* Chris Powell—General Manager, Lone Star Comics / mycomicshop.com
* Bill Schanes—V.P. Purchasing, Diamond Comic Distributors
* Moderator: Milton Griepp–President, ICv2

For more information on the ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference, click here. For more information on the panelists for the ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference, click here.

Transcontinental Printing Cocktail Reception (5 p.m.-6 p.m.)!
After the final session of the day, enjoy a chance to meet and mingle with fellow attendees, speakers, and guests, courtesy of event sponsor and major graphic novel printer Transcontinental Printing.

  1. Please, oh please, let “graphic novelist” NOT catch on.

    These sessions are good, though, and I encourage everyone with the ability to attend to attend.

  2. A hit count of about 64,000 on a Google Web search might mean that the term “graphic novelist” already has caught on. I don’t see anything wrong with the term, as long as it’s used to connect a creator to a particular graphic novel, and isn’t used generically to identify an artist/writer who might publish various types of stories in various formats. Used correctly, the term is better and more specific than “artist” or “cartoonist,” for example.


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