Norwalk, CT, September 21, 2005: Officials at New York Comic-Con, a new trade as well as consumer event for comics, games, anime and other related industries, have announced several appointments to the staff which oversees all special events and conference programming for the convention. While conference sessions, special events, and guest appearances will begin to be made public in the near future, convention officials are pleased to announce that Joe Quesada, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, will be a New York Comic-Con Guest of Honor, and will lead an all-star contingent of Marvel creators. Organizers also note that industry leading companies continue to show enthusiasm for the new show, with Darkhorse, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), and the Sci-Fi Channel signing up for participation this past week. In addition, the Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) has come on board, joining Diamond Comic Distributors, among others, as a co-sponsor of the event. New York Comic-Con, which is managed by Reed Exhibitions, will take place in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Center and will be open to the trade only on February 24th, 2006 and to the trade and the public on February 25th and 26th, 2006.
"I think Joe Quesada's appearance as a Guest of Honor is a great indication of the type of programming that we can look forward to at New York Comic-Con," notes Greg Topalian, Group Vice President in charge of Launch Pad for Reed Exhibitions. "This is just the tip of the iceberg. We've put together a great team of professionals to work on our special events and this will be reflected in quality programming." The professionals who will be responsible for special events and conference sessions are all veterans of the comics, anime and convention industries. Milton Griepp, CEO of ICv2 and a leading expert in the industry, will serve as Program Chairman. Terry Chu, who is the creator of FlyByNightDesign.com, and who has been involved in event planning and coordination as well as a myriad of other duties for several conventions, including Otakon®, will oversee the conference programming for New York Comic-Con in all areas relating to anime. Steve Rosato, who is Director of Strategic Accounts and Industry Development for BookExpo America, which is also managed by Reed Exhibitions, will take on the additional role of Conference and Special Events Director for New York Comic-Con. "Together, Milton, Terry and Steve bring a wealth of knowledge to the table," concludes Topalian. "I'm confident that we will have programming that will be of interest to virtually everyone who attends New York Comic-Con."
Convention officials note that the Exhibitor List is now live on the Web site and details of the Retailer Partner Program are also available on the Web site at nycomiccon.com. Sales inquiries should be directed to: Bill Butler (203) 840-5350 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Event or Guest inquiries should be directed to Steve Rosato at (203) 840-5463 or email@example.com. Press inquiries should be directed to: Roger Bilheimer (203) 966-0792 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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