2018 Diamond Retailer Summit Highlights

Diamond 2018 Retailer Summit Highlights 

Around 400 comic shop retailers, dozens of publisher and supplier representatives, and numerous Diamond employees came together in Chicago for the 2018 Diamond Retailer Summit.

An integral part of what makes the Summit invaluable is the experience attendees get in the Retailing Workshops and Exhibitor Hall that give retailers the chance to meet with and discuss anything they want with other retailers and publishers. Each allowed retailers to learn more about each publisher’s upcoming plans, ways to market products and offered them a chance to give direct feedback. 

Additional Retailer Summit Events Included:

  • A tiki themed opening party 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner presentations from publishers and Diamond (click here for Diamond announcements, click here to see publisher announcements).
  • Two premier publisher panel discussions 
  • Workshops regarding a variety of topics, featuring special guests Phil Wrzesinski and Chuck Robinson.
  • silent auction with proceeds going to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, The Hero Initiative, The Dave Hawksworth Family Fund, and The Center for Cartoon Studies 


Diamond would like to thank all of Summit Sponsors for their generous contribution to the event: 

Gold Sponsors: AfterShock Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Lion Forge, and Marvel Comics.

Silver Sponsors: Diamond Select Toys, DK/Penguin Random House/Quirk Books, SD Toys, Titan Comics and Valiant Entertainment

Bronze Sponsors: Action Lab, Albatross Funnybooks, Alliance Game Distributors, Dead Reckoning, First Comics/Devil’s Due, Funko, Kodansha, Jazwares, Oni Press, Paizo Publishing, ToykoPop, Viz Media

Exhibitor Sponsors: Archie Comics, CBLDF, Mad Cave Studios, Rebellion/2000AD, T Pub, YouNeek Studios

Additional Sponsors: ReedPOP, Avenue 4, Crafted Packaging, TransCon