ComicsPRO is the only trade organization dedicated to the progress of direct market comic book retailers.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Retailer Panels at New York Comic Con

Join us at New York Comic Con!

We'll be at booth 536 on the show floor and ComicsPRO volunteers will be presenting a panel during the professional hours on Friday:

Friday, October 8
Panel Room 6 (1A21)
12:30 – 1:30 pm


Carrying a wide range of varied products can stabilize your store in an up and down economy. But what else should you carry and how do you prepare for the new lines? Scott Proulx, co-owner of the currently expanding Double Midnight Comics in New Hampshire, Thomas Gaul, owner of Corner Store Comics and Beach Ball Comics in California, and Chris Powell, General Manager and CRO of Lone Star Comics, a 7-store chain in Texas and of, one of the largest comic internet retailers, are all here to help! Learn about successful new product lines that can improve your store selection and your bottom line.

ComicsPRO members will also be presenting at other retailer panels held over the weekend:


Am I Really Ready for Store #2 (or 3 or 4)?

Join us to find out! Chris Powell is the General Manager and CRO of Lone Star Comics &, a chain of 7 comic book stores and one of the largest internet comic book retailers in the world. Midtown Comics, based right here in Manhattan and soon-to-be opening a third NY location, is another one of the largest comic book retailers in the U.S. and on the internet. They are here to help you decide if you're ready to expand YOUR comic book retail empire!
6:15 PM to 7:15 PM - Room 1A15


Comic Events that Really Work

Events can drive a large percentage of bookstore sales. How can stores make comics events work to capitalize on this potential? What kinds of events work best with comics? When art is involved in a book, do you need a different perspective on putting an event together?
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Room 1A17


Community Partnerships

Partnering with people and organizations from around the community can help your store grow and find new audiences. This panel explains how to do just that, discussing partnerships with local bookstores, schools, libraries, and organizations and how this has the potential to expand your market.
1:15 PM to 2:15 PM - Room 1A17

Expanding Beyond the Traditional Comics Store Demographic

The traditional demographic for comics store buyers is males 18 – 34. But with more graphic novels for kids, teens, and women being produced, and the introduction of manga and art books into the market, that demographic is expanding. How can stores work to reach out to this new potential audience?
2:30 PM to 2:30 PM - Room 1A17