Canadian upstart publisher Bedside Press is heading to San Diego Comic-Con ready to drop some knowledge. Owner Hope Nicholson will be participating and hosting programs featuring everything from editorial direction to marketing and sales, both online and in print.
I’m incredibly excited to be at SDCC once again! Not only is it a joy to meet many of my writers and artists in the flesh, but the chance to meet new creators is always useful. For programming, I’m pleased that as a result of our new worldwide distribution deal with Diamond Book Distributors, I’ll be able to make full use of avenues to meet and greet with librarians and retailers! I’m also antsy to finally announce publicly several titles that have been simmering, as well as a brand new Bedside Press initiative at our Friday panel.
Here are the full details of the programming schedule:
Comics PR & Marketing 101
Thursday July 18, 2019 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Need tips on how to market your content, your comics, and yourselves? This is the panel for you! The comiXology head of content Chip Mosher hosts an exciting panel of comics superstars from all corners of the industry, including Alex Segura (Archie), Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press), Kel McDonald (The Stone King), and Ivan Salazar (comiXology). These self-motivated comic pros will share their hard-earned knowledge on how to make big splash in comics through marketing and PR.
Bedside Press – What’s Next?
Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm – 1:00pm
From international distribution to nationwide grants, Eisner Award nominations and Governor-General Award–winning creators, Bedside Press is the little Canadian micropublisher that could. Find out what’s coming next in 2019 and 2020, including exclusive SDCC announcements! Featuring Kris Straub (podcaster, 28 Plays Later), Amanda Deibert (writer, Work for a Million), S. M. Beiko (editor, Gothic Tales of Haunted Love), Steenz Stewart (editor, Work for a Million), Lilah Sturges (writer, Maiden, Mother, Crone), Ashley Robinson(Science!), and Hope Nicholson (publisher, Bedside Press).
Comics of the Internet: The Memes, the Myths, the Legends
Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Have you seen that one comic online? You know the one that’s everywhere ? What if you could talk to the creators behind the comics that broke the internet? Now you can! Hear from comiXologists Jose Sagastume and Ivan Salazar as they chat with meme comic scholars and creators, including Hope Nicholson (Hit Reblog, Bedside Press), Kris Straub (Chainsawsuit), and S.M. Beiko (Krampus is my Boyfriend), about the creative genius and little bit of luck that make these exceptional comics go viral!
Sales for Comics Publishers
Saturday July 20, 2019 2:30pm – 3:30pm
A panel for all creators who want to know how to increase their sales, newcomers looking to break into sales jobs, and publishers looking to learn from the professionals. Featuring experienced staff behind large publishers, including Allison King (formerly of Penguin Random House), Spencer Simpson (BOOM! Studios), Sean Brice (Dark Horse), Bob Wayne (former SVP of Sales at DC), and Devin Funches (Lion Forge). Moderated by Hope Nicholson (publisher, Bedside Press).