March 1, 2013
Missed It: Bulleted Round-Up Of ComicsPro News
One thing I deeply regret in a "I need to make this a bigger priority" way as opposed to a "I tried but I just couldn't do it" way is not attending the ComicsPro Annual Meeting just past in Atlanta
. I'll try to make the next one, which is also in Atlanta -- my understanding from speaking to someone last night is they schedule two years in a row for the added discount to members that comes with that commitment.
Anyway, 2012 was a super-solid year for DM retail, the best for many of the most effective shops out there in more than a decade. I think it's high time I got something up about the big meeting, even if that means I'll find the occasional nugget to report down the line as opposed to knowing 100 percent I'll nail it done-in-one. So:
* here's a general news story
about events from the show, including the naming of Thomas Gaul from a pair of Anaheim stores as the organization's new president. He replaces Joe Field. I actually ran into Gaul last night, and he seems extremely positive about the weekend and direct market retail generally. I think he'll be an interesting public figure in that sphere -- it's nice to meet someone new, as much as I love all the retailers I've come to know over the year, including the formidable Field.
* Cindy Fournier and Will Eisner won the appreciation awards
given out by the organization -- the late artist obviously taking home the memorial version of the two honors. Fournier is the Vice-President of Operations for Diamond Comic Distributors.
* finally, here's the text
for the speech given by Eric Stephenson from Image at that show. That is a speech for those retailers in a lot of ways, so I think my biggest takeaway is along the lines of seeing how Stephenson crafts a message for that audience, what he emphasizes and what he doesn't.
posted 11:10 am PST
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