Memba them? What the comics industry looked like in 2006

Last week’s look back at the comics industry of 1992 got a LOT of observations. One of them was from Milton Griepp, the organizer of the all grey, all male 1992 manufacture conference I looked back at.

Milton wrote to point me to his first ICv2 Conference in 2006, which was held as part of the very first New York Comic Con, which was then held in February.


While countless photos are missing from the enumerate, the lineup of the conference of the parties is quite different from 1992.

Milton Griepp, President, ICv2 Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly Karen Berger — Vice-President/ Executive Editor of Vertigo, DC Comics Daniel Frank — Editorial Director, Pantheon Books Katherine Kan — Librarian, Columnist, Brodart Co. Denis Kitchen — Agent, Editor, Publisher, Denis Kitchen Publishing Co, Kitchen& Hansen Agency, Inc. Terry Nantier — Publisher, NBM Publishing, Inc. Mike Bailiff — Senior Vice President, ADV Films Liza Coppola — Vice President, Viz Media Al Kahn — CEO, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. Mike Kiley — Publisher, Tokyopop Dallas Middaugh — Director of Manga, Del Rey Books John O’Donnell — CEO, Central Park Media Tomoko Suga — Senior Manager, Foreign Rights Department, Kodansha Pat Kearney — Graphic Novels Site Merchandiser, Amazon.com James Killen — Graphic Novel Buyer, Barnes and Noble Jim Mortenson — Owner, Comix Revolution Bill Schanes — Vice President of Purchasing, Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. David Webster — Graphic Novel Buyer, Midtown Comics Jeannine Wiese — Graphic Novel Specialist, Ingram Book Company

The lineup includes five women, one of them Asian, and three Black servicemen. Not spectacular, but better than in 1992!( Note: When this part ran in the Beat newsletter I incorectly stated that the conference had only two Black participants. In reality there is indeed three: Calvin Reid, James Killen and David Webster .)

Manga, wholly absent-minded 14 years earlier, is now well represented, although you’ll note that today the players have altogether reformed, aside from Dallas Middaugh. And veteran publisher Terry Nantier of NBM, whose need I was contained in 1992, is now on the roster.

I remember this 2006 powwow pretty clearly, as I encompassed it for both Publishers Weekly and The Beat. I would guess that around 100 comics professionals attended, and I don’t think most of them had ever heard directly from beings at B& N, Amazon, and Ingram. It was an eye-opening session, as they say.

One of the programs was announced ” Graphic Novels-the New Literature ?” and peculiarity Karen Berger, Pantheon’s Dan Frank, librarian Kat Kan, Denis Kitchen( the lone holdover from 1992 aside from Griepp ), and Nantier. All are still active in the industry. And I even have a photo from it, above!

Fourteen years after that board, we really don’t need that question mark in the title.

Anyway, respects to Milton for manifesting the most diverse comics manufacture that had developed in the interim, something he continues to do to this day. And I don’t think it’s much of a stretching to say that it’s this very diversity that has helped the comics manufacture develop to be a$ 1 billion a year business.

BTW, I have shockingly few photos from the first NYCC in 2006, all bad, but here are a couple more.


A” State of the Industry” body, moderated by Calvin Reid, with Diamond’s Bill Schanes, late Archie publisher Michael Silberkleit, DC’s Paul Levitz, TokyoPop’s Stuart Levy, and Marvel’s Joe Quesada.


A blurry view of the foyer , not nearly as mobbed as it is now, but enough to get the scanty single hall that was used for exhibits closed down. It was all bigger and bigger from then on! For those who weren’t around in 2006, the first NYCC famously get so crowded on Saturday afternoon that the exhibit hall was shut down for hours. and the state police had to be called in, had contributed to a few” state troopers meet whirlwind troopers” headlines.

Ah the issue is the days.

( An earlier form of this appeared in the Comics Beat Newsletter.)

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