Diamond’s Steve Geppi to Talk About the Future of the Comics Industry Next Week

Posted by March 27, 2018 Comment

Diamond Comic Distributor founder, President, CEO, and sole owner Steve Geppi will give the Keynote Speech during Diamond’s 2018 Retailer Summit, on April 6th at the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago, before C2E2.

Geppi’s address will focus on “The Past, Present and Future of the Comics Industry” and take place at the closing breakfast.

“I’m looking forward to delivering this year’s Summit keynote address,” Geppi said. “I want people to be excited about our industry, with so many things ahead of us. Even more, I’m looking forward to talking with our customers and vendors about how we can improve the comic book industry and continue moving forward.”

Geppi started with a single comic book shop in Baltimore in the 1970s, moving into the distribution business when he established Diamond in 1982. Since then, Diamond has become the largest distributor of English-language comic books, servicing thousands of retailers worldwide.

Of late, declining sales, year on year from 2016 to 2017 — and in the months of 2018 so far — have caused much concern, especially with reducing comic book store numbers.

A lot may hang on exactly what Geppi will say — especially the ‘future’ bit.

Attending retailers will also receive plenty of reasons to do so, including the following limited items.

Dark Horse Comics

Black Hammer: Age of Doom #1 variant cover

C2E2 exclusive Xerxes #1 gold foil variant

DC Comics

Action Comics #1 promo t-shirt

Dark Nights: Metal #6 variant cover

Marvel Comics

Avengers #686 variant cover

IDW Publishing

GI Joe Real American Hero #250 variant cover

Sonic the Hedgehog #1 variant cover

Image Comics

Isola #1 variant cover

BOOM! Studios

Lucy Dreaming #1 variant cover

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 variant cover

Lion Forge

Mae #1 variant cover

Oni Press

Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators #1 variant cover

AfterShock Comics

Brothers Dracul #1 variant cover

Valiant Entertainment: Harbinger Wars 2 variant

Diamond Comic Distributors: $300 worth of retail merchandise per store!

Diamond Select Toys: $200 worth of retail merchandise per store!

Marvel’s two orderable Summit Variants

RETAILER SUMMIT 2018 CAPTAIN AMERICA #700 SAMNEE VAR LEG

RETAILER SUMMIT 2018 DOMINO #1 LAND VARIANT

(Last Updated March 27, 2018 1:49 pm )

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