Official Press Release
Inspired by President Bush's urging to get back to business, leaders in the comics industry have invited the Direct Market to the Retailer Rally Presentation, which will take place on October 1st, in the entertainment and financial capital of the world, New York City. The RRP will be attended by representatives of a growing list of companies, including Alliance, Central Park Media, Chaos! Comics, Collectible Concepts, Diamond Comics Distributors, Diamond Select Toys, Dynamic Forces, Harris Comics, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, Oni Press and Wizard Entertainment.
In addition to talking with retailers about upcoming projects and sharing ideas on how to best move the industry forward, the representatives will also hand out "Goodie Bags" filled with items valued at over $300.00. At this time, the list of give-away items include:
- Collectible Concepts: X-Men pins and Marvel Fan Club Window Clings
- Diamond Select: Diamond Select Marvel Posters and 2002 Calendars
- Marvel Comics: New printings of the Marvels and Inhumans trade paperbacks, an assortment of select trade paperbacks, Origin #2 posters, uncut ReCharge sheets and Starter Decks, copies of the recently pulled Elektra #3, an assortment of Marvel comics, copies of the Marvel Universe poster by Claudio Castellini, and an assortment of Ultimate comics (including Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, and Ultimate X-Men). In addition, Marvel will also hold a sale on select trade paperbacks.
- Wizard Ent.: Assorted Ace Editions and #1/2 Comics.
The list of company representatives currently includes:
- Alliance: Terry Mahoney
- Collectible Concepts: Paul Lipschutz, Lyn Lipshutz, Ted Patton, Rob Fitzgerald, and Richard Weaver,
- Diamond Comic Distributors: Bill Schanes and Mike Schimmel
- Diamond Select Toys: Eric Lyga
- Dynamic Forces: Nick Barucci
- Image Comics: special guest speaker
- Mavel Comics: Axel Alonso, Patty Banas, Tom Brevoort,Fletcher Chu-Fong, Bob Greenberger, Jim Finan, Bill Jemas, Jenny Lee, Ralph Macchio, Mike Marts, Stuart Moore, Mark Powers Joe Quesada, and Bill Rosemann
- Wizard Ent: Gareb Shamus, Fred Pierce, and Stewart Morales.
Also on hand will be a number of local artists, including John Cassaday (Planetary, Captain America), Jae Lee (Sentry, Fantastic Four: 1234), Sean Chen (Wolverine), Adam Kubert (Ultimate X-Men), and Andy Kubert (Origin).
The RRP will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of Monday, October 1st, at the China Club, on Broadway between 47th street and 8th Avenue (conveniently located near both Grand Central Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal). In addition to a continental breakfast, lunch will also be served to attendees free of charge. While additional venue information will be forthcoming, directions to the China Club can be obtained by calling 212-398-3800.
Your friends at Alliance, Central Park Media, Chaos!, Collectible Concepts, Diamond Select Toys, Dynamic Forces, Harris, Image, Marvel, and Wizard are looking forward to seeing you at the Rally!
Article edited on 09/26/2001, 1:00 PM PDT