Comic-Con coming to Gotham

Confab to be held at Jacob K. Javits Center on Feb. 26-28

New York is finally getting a big comics show again, with the announcement of the New York Comic-Con for Feb. 26-28 at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

Confab will be trade only its first day, catering to comicbook retailers, booksellers, mass merchandisers, toy stores, libraries, media and rights and licensing pros, before opening to the public for two more days.

The comics biz has been without a trade-only event or major show in the industry’s traditional hometown for years, and the confab is expected to attract considerable media attention.

Show is being mounted by Reed Exhibitions, which runs more than 400 trade shows a year including the just-concluded Book Expo America, and is a sister company to Reed Business Information, which owns Daily Variety, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal and Playthings.

The show will be co-sponsored by those RBI publications as well as by Diamond Comics Distributors and comics retailer news site ICV2.com. Marvel, DC Comics and anime/manga distrib ADV have committed to exhibit at the show.

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