This week and weekend, BookExpo America and BookCon are being held in the Javits Center in New York, bringing in trade professionals in publishing on the weekedays, and opening to the public for ticketed attendance this Saturday and Sunday. As comics publishers have moved increasingly into trade collection and back catalog printing on the book market, they’ve taken up a place at the show over the years.
This year, quite a number of comic publishers are in attendance, including Lion Forge, Image Comics, Boom! Studios, Action Lab, Joe Books, Dynamite Entertainment, Nobrow, Candlewick Press and even Diamond has a presence. Of course, many graphic novels are published by book publishers like Abrams, Scholastic, Disney, Hasbro, and more, and they are at the show, too.
Moving around the large floor of the show, it becomes apparent that most larger publishers have moved into some representation for either illustrated books or graphic novels, even if only in a small, separate line, and many more small publishers have sprung up focusing just on those products.
It seems like a heyday for visual media in print–and that doesn’t look likely to change anytime soon, comics fans will be glad to hear.
Here are some photos snapped at BEA of the comic publisher booths: