NY Comic-Con To Showcase Private Comic Art Collection

Official Press Release

Norwalk, CT, November 10, 2005 – New York Comic-Con has revealed another element in its plans to bring entertainment and special events to its debut convention in 2006 by announcing that Baltimore, Maryland-based Diamond International Galleries (DIG) will mount an exclusive, advance sampling of material drawn from their feature exhibits, including rare Superman items. This display, which will be located on the show floor and open to all attendees, will include highly-prized comic books, original comic art, and other significant comic character collectibles.

New York Comic-Con is a new trade and consumer event for comics, games, anime and other related industries, and will take place in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Center. It will be open to the trade only on February 24th, 2006 and to the trade and the public on February 25th and 26th, 2006.

"We are enormously grateful to Steve Geppi for opening the doors to DIG's impressive artifacts of popular culture," notes Greg Topalian, Group Vice President in charge of Launch Pad for Reed Exhibitions. "I know that it will be a huge attraction to our audience to have this once in a lifetime opportunity to see this presentation for themselves."

The selection of Superman material from Diamond International Galleries will include one of the finest known illustrations of Superman by his co-creator Joe Shuster, as well as numerous early, rare Superman comics and other character collectibles. It will also include an array of other items, many of them one-of-a-kind.

"We're excited to offer comic book and pop culture fans the opportunity to get a sneak peak at what Diamond International Galleries currently has to offer, and we're equally happy to do so at the first New York Comic-Con," said John Snyder – DIG's President.

Convention officials note that major exhibitors continue to sign up for participation at New York Comic-Con at a record pace. Among the companies who have signed up in the past two weeks are: McFarlane Productions, Score, Fumination, WizKids, Comics Guaranty LLC, Archie Comics, and Devils Due Publishing. Organizers note that the Small Press Booth Area is already completely sold out and the Artist Area is nearly sold out.

Tickets for the public to attend New York Comic-Con are now on-sale at the Web site at www.nycomiccon.com. The first 1000 ticket purchasers will receive an exclusive limited edition Serenity Action Figure. The full Exhibitor List and details of the Retailer Partner Program are also available at the Web site.

New York Comic-Con is managed by Reed Exhibitions (RX), a division of Reed Elsevier plc. Reed Exhibitions, the world's largest organizer of business-to-business events. Each year Reed events assemble over 90,000 suppliers and over 5 million buyers from around the world. Today, Reed events are held in over 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia/Pacific, and are organized by 26 fully staffed offices. Reed's portfolio of events serves 49 industries in 12 key sectors. BEA is one many Reed Elsevier properties within the Reed Global Book Publishing Network, whose trade events include the Asia International Book Fair, London International Book Fair, Salon du Livre: Paris Book Fair, Tokyo International Book Fair and BookExpo Canada, and whose Reed Business Information (RBI) properties include Publishers Weekly, Variety Magazine, Playthings, Video Business, Library Journal, and School Library Journal. As a member of the Reed Elsevier plc group, a world-leading business and information provider, Reed offers integrated market access programs covering exhibitions, trade publications, direct marketing and the Internet over a database of more than 9 million.

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