On the fence? Don't know much about the Retailer Summit? We spoke with Diamond Events Manager Maryanne Marlowe about why this year's Retailer Summit is a do-not-miss event!
What is the Diamond Retailer Summit?
Each year, comic book specialty market decision makers from around the world come together at the Summit. This highly-anticipated three day event provides them with the opportunity to experience educational workshops, share best practices, and learn about new publishing projects and upcoming merchandise. And it's more than that: It's a fun event to kick back and hang out with other comic shop retailers and talk shop with someone who has the same passion for the business as you!
Why should retailers go? What's new for this year?
Well, there's a lot of info and news to take away from the publishers and from other retailers. We will have a fun opening reception (TBA) on Wednesday, and Thursday will feature workshops for you to chose from, and the return of our retailers-only Exhibit Hall. Friday after breakfast you have access to the C2E2 show floor!
Plus, of course, the giveaways! Sponsoring publishers and vendors will give away variants and other goodies throughout the show and Diamond will be shipping a valuable Summit Thank You Pack after the event. The giveaways alone undeniably make the trip worthwhile for retailers who can recoup a lot of their travel costs from the items given away!
Is the Summit for new retailers or retailers that have been in the business for a long while?
Both! We gear the Summit towards retailers who can benefit from new ideas and information and simultaneously assist tenured retailers in freshening their practices and recharging their businesses. Like last year, we have an expanding slate of workshop programming and there will be plenty of time in the schedule where you can talk shop with your peers - which most often leads to the best advice you'll get from the Summit!
The 2018 Diamond Retailer Summit returns to Chicago!
This year's Diamond Retailer Summit will be held in Chicago, IL, at the McCormick Place Convention Center. It is a three-day event, April 4 through April 6, right before the opening of C2E2, with plans calling for Retailing Workshops, Forum Sessions with Marvel & DC, special panels and publisher presentations during mealtimes, and a retailers-only Exhibit Hall.
Working with Reed Promotions & C2E2, the Summit will provide retailers with great opportunities to interact with industry publishers and manufacturers, as well as fellow retailers, before one of the industry’s top convention stops.
"We're excited to connect the Diamond Retailer Summit once again with the start of C2E2," said Diamond Director of Marketing Dan Manser. "Next year’s Summit should be a top-notch affair for everyone involved, providing retailers with informative and inspiring programming, a look at upcoming titles for their stores, exclusive giveaways from publishers, access to the C2E2 show floor and more!"
Diamond is again partnering with ReedPOP and C2E2, which will be held right after the Summit from April 6-8. All Diamond Summit attendees will receive free C2E2 Professional 3-Day Badges.
Our Gold Sponsors for 2018 include Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, AfterShock Comics, Lion Forge Comics. All of our sponsors help to make the 2018 Diamond Retailer Summit possible and their contributions are greatly appreciated - Go to our Sponsors page for a complete rundown of sponsor attendees and look for more Summit sponsors to be announced soon!
Where: McCormick Center, Chicago IL
When: April 4 -6
Early Bird Registration is available until January 31 for the discounted rate of $75!
Registration after January 31 is $89 per person, to be invoiced to your Diamond or Alliance account, with a limit of four attendees per retailer account.
REGISTER EARLY AND WIN!
Retailers who register before January 31 will be entered for an Early Bird giveaway!
- 1 winner will receive one Free night's stay for their hotel reservation, plus their registration fees waived for all attendees to the Summit!
- 1 winner will receive a $100 backlist credit!
- 3 Winners will receive a Free extra set of Summit variants!
You can stay at any of the C2E2 hotels, but the Marriott Marquis and Sheraton Grand are the best offers for Diamond retailers at $209/night (Marriott) or $159/night (Sheraton).
All C2E2 properties can be accessed using the dropdown menu here, and clicking "DIAMOND ATTENDEES." You must then enter password DiamondCD2018.
Be sure to check back in Diamond Daily and on the Retailer Summit website for additional information as it rolls in - including details on Summit Sponsors, meal presentations, workshops, giveaways, and more!