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ComicsPRO sets retailer meeting in Dallas; Todd McFarlane, Ted Adams to attend

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm •  Published: December 21, 2010

ComicsPRO has announced that IDW’s Ted Adams will be the keynote speaker at the direct-market comic-book retailer organization’s annual meeting.  Image co-founder Todd McFarlane will also speak.   The meeting, which discusses trends, initiatives and publishing plans focused on the direct market, will be held in Dallas, Texas from Feb. 10-12, 2011.

DC Comics is once again sponsoring a full day of programming with management and senior staff. Meal sponsors include BOOM! Studios, Diamond Comics Distributors, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, and Image Comics. Scheduled to attend are Marvel Comics and Top Shelf Productions.

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ComicsPRO Annual Meeting: “2011’s Most Crucial Comics Business Meeting”

February 10-12 Event In Dallas Brings Key Players Together to Energize Comics Market

When retailers convene in Dallas TX from February 10-12 for the ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meeting, the goal will be to spawn a number of initiatives with publishers to invigorate the comics’ specialty market.

Many major comics’ publishers are scheduled to be represented in Dallas, including DC Comics, once again sponsoring a full day of programming with management and senior staff, as well as meal sponsors BOOM! Studios, Diamond Comics Distributors, Dyanamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, and Image Comics. Scheduled to attend are Marvel Comics and Top Shelf Productions.

Now through December 31, retailers joining ComicPRO as Full Members can attend the Annual Meeting free of charge. Retailers simply sign up for membership at and the meeting registration fee will be waived for the first attendee from their companies—that’s a $100 value!

Ted Adams, the Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of Idea and Design Works LLC, otherwise known in comics’ circles as IDW, will deliver the meeting’s keynote address.

“I’m looking forward to the 2011 ComicsPRO meeting. I’ve spent my entire professional career working in the direct market and the ComicsPRO event provides a unique opportunity for comics’ specialty retailers to come together to actively work with their key suppliers. I plan to discuss the changes I’ve seen over the last 20 years and I’m anxious to hear what our retail partners are seeing at their cash registers,” said Adams.

“The perspective Ted Adams will bring to the ComicsPRO meeting is one that has been forged by the growth and dynamism of the comics’ market over the last couple of decades, “ said Joe Field owner of Flying Colors Comics in Concord CA and the organization’s president. “Early response for the ComicsPRO event in Dallas is very encouraging. Every career-minded comics specialty retailer needs to make this meeting a #1 priority! There’s such important and urgent business to attend to for the near and long-term health of our industry. This event looks to be the single most crucial business meeting for comic specialty retailers in 2011.”

ComicsPRO is also announcing that Image Comics’ co-founder, Spawn creator and Todd McFarlane Productions owner Todd McFarlane will be an event participant.

“The reason I want to go is to try and have a meaningful conversation about the comic book industry from a business perspective. I want to emphasize the importance of our continued partnership with the retailers. Store owners are trying to make a living in a tough economy and that has its hardships at times. I want to have a conversation about what we, at Image, can do to ease this,” said McFarlane.

“I’ll be proposing ideas I think will help, but I also want to connect with the retailers for their input. It shouldn’t be a one sided conversation. Instead, it needs to be a collaborative effort so Image can improve on what we’re doing. We’ll cover the creative aspect, as well, but our business relationships will be the key focus of my appearance.”

“ComicsPRO members are looking forward to having Todd McFarlane join us in Dallas,” said Amanda Emmert, ComicsPRO’s Executive Director. “His experience in many facets of the specialty business, from comics to toy manufacturing to movie-making, is extremely valuable and we appreciate the opportunity to help him work more closely with the retailers who are on the front lines.”

With more attending suppliers to be announced in the coming weeks, ComicsPRO offers an early booking discount for attending retailers that expires on December 31, 2010. All retailers, members of ComicsPRO and non-members alike, are invited to attend.

More information can be found at or by calling ComicsPRO’s Executive Director Amanda Emmert toll-free at 877-574-8618.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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