Diamond Comic Distributors is spear-heading a new convention-style event for comic book stores called Convention Kick-Off 2016 on March 5. Scheduled to go from noon to 8 p.m. ET, Convention Kick-Off 2016 will be live-streaming convention-style panels to participating comic book stores.
“Tens of thousands of fans have poured into comic-cons and conventions around the country in increasing numbers and this is a great way to encourage those fans to visit their local comic shops and kick off the 2016 convention season,” said event organizer, Phil Boyle of Coliseum of Comics. “It’s a great way to showcase spring and summer projects from publishers, all the while promoting comic shops as a great place to shop.”
The live event will have panels Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick, as well as from companies such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image Comics/ Top Cow, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment and Diamond Select Toys.
As an extra enticement, participating retailers will be selling four convention-style exclusive variants during the event: Batman: Arkham Knight - Batgirl & Harley Quinn #1, Power Man & Iron Fist #1, Jonesy #1 and a figure bank modeled to look like Star Wars' R4-G9.
Interested retailers have until January 25 to sign up to be a part of the event.