ICv2: Media & Digital Conference Panelists

An ICv2 Release.  Digital comics and the growing transmedia uses of comics in film, TV, and videogames are transforming the industry into something very different from what has gone before.  To navigate this rapidly changing environment, ICv2 is bringing together the best minds in all three parts of the industry—comics, media, and digital—to discuss where the comics medium is, where it’s going, and how to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities presented by this period of rapid change.

The ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference will be held in association with San Diego Comic-Con International on Wednesday afternoon, July 20th at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, next to the San Diego Convention Center, prior to Comic-Con Preview Night.  Plan to join us!  For more information, see “The ICv2 Comics, Media, and Digital Conference 2011.”

Here are the speakers at the Conference.

Ted Adams
Adams is a founding partner of IDW Publishing and currently serves as the company’s CEO.  IDW has been at the forefront of the digital distribution of comic book content since 2009 when the company’s titles were among the first titles available via iTunes.  IDW comics are currently available on all major digital devices including iTunes, PSP, Nokia, BlackBerry, and Kindle.

Scott Agostoni
Scott Agostoni has worked as a talent representative for graphic novel creators and publishers for the past seven years.  He has served as the principle negotiator on a number of high profile feature, television and content development deals.  His client list includes creators such as Man of Action (Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, Steve Seagle and Duncan Rouleau), Paul Jenkins, Kevin Grevioux, Aspen Comics, Valiant Entertainment and Viper Comics.  Scott started his career as a talent agent at the William Morris Agency (later WME) and currently manages his client base independently while consulting on graphic novel development for feature based production companies.

Joe Field
Joe Field has devoted the last 25 years of his professional career to making the comics’ industry a better place.  A co-founder of WonderCon in 1987, Joe operates Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff in Concord CA, an Eisner award-winning store. In 2001, Joe founded the wildly popular Free Comic Book Day.  Since 2005, Joe has helped grow ComicsPRO, the trade association for comics’ specialty retailers, and currently serves the organization as president.

Milton Griepp
Milton Griepp is the founder and President of ICv2, since 2001 the undisputed industry authority on the graphic novel and comic business.  He is a 35-year veteran of the pop culture business, and has managed companies that have sold over $1 billion in retail value of pop culture products as CEO of Capital City Distribution and Next Planet Over.

Nick Harris
A 12-year veteran of the film and television rights biz, Harris began at AP Watt Literary Agency based in London, then moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to join Rabineau Wachter Sanford Harris (RWSH) as a partner before moving to Mosaic, where he repped authors, graphic novelists, and comic book creators.  Harris is now co-head of Media Rights at ICM.

Rick Jacobs
Rick is a producer and manager based at Circle of Confusion.  Rick is currently developing Inherit the Earth based on the IDW Publishing graphic novel Zombies vs. Robots with Michael Bay at Sony, Antwerp based on a Wired Magazine article with JJ Abrams at Paramount, and Ten based on the Graphic Novel from BOOM! Publishing with Peter Cornwell (Haunting in Connecticut) directing and Ice Cube starring.  Rick also represents a number of intellectual property creators including IDW Publishing (30 Days of Night), Top Cow (Wanted), Interplay Games, and four timeNational Magazine award winning journalist Joshua Davis.  He has sold numerous high profile properties into Film and Television including Locke & Key, World War Robot, and Deep Sea Cowboys.  Previously, Rick worked as vice president of production at Collision Entertainment overseeing the film adaptation of projects, most notably Max Payne.

Alvin Lu
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Alvin Lu manages all aspects of the publishing business for VIZ Media, and shares the overall business responsibility with Ken Sasaki.  Lu came to the company from the San Francisco Bay Guardian in 2000 as the editor-in-chief of its cult-renowned PULP manga magazine.  Lu’s career with Viz included stints leading the editorial and production teams during the manga boom of the ‘00s, on VIZ Media’s animation production, and for VIZ Media’s parent company in Tokyo, focusing on the international merchandise and television licensing business.  Over his tenure he led an expansion of the business from being a niche publishing house to the leading graphic novel publisher in North America.

Michael Murphey
Michael Murphey is the founder and CEO of iVerse Media, LLC.  Michael entered digital publishing in 2005, and founded iVerse in July of 2008.  Since the company’s first release in November 2008, more than 2.5 million applications that are powered by iVerse have been downloaded from Apple’s iTunes App Store.

Mike Richardson
President and founder of Dark Horse Comics, the award-winning international publishing house he founded in 1986.  Mike is also the President of Dark Horse Entertainment, for which he has produced numerous projects for film and television.  In addition to producing films such as Hellboy II: The Golden Army, My Name Is Bruce, andThe Mystery Men, he has also produced films based on several of his own creations, including The Mask and Timecop.  Mike owns a successful pop culture retail chain, Things From Another World, stretching from Universal’s City Walk in Los Angeles to his hometown in Milwaukie, Oregon.   Recent ventures include Dark Horse Digital, book publishing imprint, M Press, a toy division, Dark Horse Deluxe, and an award winning web-site TFAW.COM.  Mike has written numerous graphic novels and comics series, The Secret, Living With The Dead, as well as, Comics Between the Panels and Blast Off, two critically acclaimed books about pop culture.  Mike lives with his wife Karie in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Bill Schanes
Bill Schanes has over 30 years’ experience in comic retailing, distribution, and publishing.  In 1971, he co-founded the legendary independent Pacific Comics (which published comics by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Dave Stevens, among others), then joined Diamond in 1985.  He is a member of Diamond’s management team (Vice President), and is very interested in Diamond’s ongoing efforts to expand the market place for both retailers and suppliers.

David Steinberger
David Steinberger co-founded comiXology in 2007 as a grad student at NYU.  Long time comic fan and passionate entrepreneur, David’s inspiration for comiXology came from participating in NYU | Stern’s 2007 Business Plan competition.  David continues to believe developing a community is the best motivation for innovation, which has been the driving force behind comiXology’s alternative direction.  David Steinberger holds an MBA from NYU | Stern, a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music, and an Advanced Certificate from Juilliard.

Mark Waid
Author and editor Mark Waid has, over the past 25 years, written every major character for every major comics publisher and has created several series of his own besides.  Recently, as a former editor and publisher who has a great deal of inside information and insight on the print-publishing realities of the 21st century, he has become a stridently vocal and outspoken advocate of digital media and is currently developing his own line of digital comics.


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