ComixTribe Unveils New York Comic Con Plans

| August 1, 2011 | 2 Comments

Great news! ComixTribe will be in full force at this year’s New York Comic Con, the east coast’s largest comic book and pop culture event.  NYCC will be a coming out party of sorts for ComixTribe, and we’ve got plenty in store for the show.  We’ve reserved a corner booth on the outskirts of the small press section of the show. It’s a great location, lending itself to plenty of foot traffic.

At the ComixTribe Booth

Holding down the fort at the show will be a number of familiar ComixTribers. CT publisher and co-founder Tyler James will be there the entire weekend.  He’ll be joined in the booth by creator and New York native  Joe Mulvey, who will be debuting his first creator-owned book at the show.  And we’re thrilled to announce that John Lees, writer of our Creator Owned Zone column and author of The Standard is  coming all the way from Glasgow to be at the show. We may feature some additional guests in the booth throughout the weekend, so stay tuned to the ComixTribe site for more details.

ComixTribe Programming

In keeping with the ComixTribe mission statement of creators helping creators make better comics, we’ve submitted proposals for two panels:

Help Wanted! How to Find Great Collaborators to Make Comics

Comics have always been a collaborative medium. But for the aspiring creator, finding collaborators can seem like a daunting challenge. In this informative panel, a number of up-and-coming independent comic creators reveal the secrets of finding great collaborators (artists, writers, colorists, letterers, editors, etc.) to bring comic ideas to life. If you’re a writer in need of an artist, or a penciller looking for a scribe, this is a panel you won’t want to miss.

The panel will answer such questions as: When are you ready to find collaborators? Where do you go to find great people to work with? And what are reasonable expectations for indie collaborations? Panelists will also discuss the pros and cons of common collaborative work arrangements, such as work-for-hire, co-creating, back-end payments, etc. It’s no secret that finding great collaborators is only a small part of the challenge of creating comics.

The panelists will also address the keys to maintaining strong working relationships throughout the duration of your book’s development. You’ll hear from a diverse group of hard-working independent creators who have overcome a number of obstacles (financial, geographic, self-doubt, etc.) to put together strong creative teams and make comics. Moderated by Tyler James (Epic, Tears of the Dragon), you’ll hear from writers John Lees (The Standard) and Richard Douek (Gutter Magic), and artist/writer team Jonathan Moore and Joey Esposito (Footprints) on what it takes to make successful collaborations work. If you’re ready to stop thinking about making comics and start putting a team in place to actually create them, you can’t miss this talk. This panel is sponsored by Creators helping creators make better comics.


Why Aren’t More People Reading Comics?

Comics are great. You know it, I know it, and the 100,000 other people attending New York Comic Con know it. Comic properties continue to tear up the charts on both the big and small screen, and comic conventions are huge draws from coast to coast. So why aren’t more people actually reading comics? And what exactly do non-comic readers know about our beloved medium anyway? Comic creator Joe Mulvey (SCAM) decided to interview a group of non-comic book readers to find out.

In this very unscientific, often hilarious, and incredibly informative study, Joe conducted initial interviews with a number of individuals, finding out their preconceptions of comics, knowledge of the medium, and consumption preferences of other media (books, tv, film, video games.) Joe then supplied each test subject with a stack of personalized comic book and graphic novel recommendations, which they agreed to read. Two weeks later, Joe conducted a follow-up interview, to find out what they now thought about comics. In this panel, Joe will share the surprising results of this study, results that offer great hope for the future of our favorite medium, and incredible insight for creators, publishers, and retailers interested in growing comics readership. This panel is sponsored by Creators helping creators make better comics.

We will find out by the end of August whether or not our panels have been accepted. Stay tuned to ComixTribe for more details on this programming as we have it.

NYCC Debut Books and Exclusive Merchandise

Of course, we’ll be debuting a bunch of brand new product at the show. The full list of products is still being determined, but expect:

  • EPIC #1 NYCC Exclusive  
  • The Red Ten #1 – with special variant cover by CP Wilson III (Stuff of Legend)
  • The Standard NYCC Collected Edition
  • Runners #1
  • SCAM

We’ll also have on hand copies of Tears of the Dragon – Volume 1, the Over graphic novel, a limited number of  ComixTribe t-shirts, and we’re working on printing some special creator resources as well.  In the coming months, we’ll be releasing a “ComixTribe Takes Manhattan” digital preview book of all of the great product we’ll have at the show.

To make sure you get the preview, be sure to subscribe to our mailing list.  We’ll be mailing out some  special ComixTribe discounts to mailing list subscribers, and you’ll be the first to hear about other events and programming and special offers from ComixTribe.

ComixTribe Meet-Up

We’re also planning on organizing a special event/meet-up, most liking in conjunction with our good friends at The Webcomic Alliance for one of the nights post-show. Details are still being ironed out, but we’re committed to pull together an opportunity for creators to netork and unwind in the Big Apple.

Attending the show? Let us know!

If you’re going to be at the show, whether you’re a comics pro, aspiring creator, or just a fan, definitely let us know, either in the comments below, on our Facebook Page, or Tweeting us at our Twitter account @ComixTribe.  We want to connect with as many of you as possible.

And if you are a creator attending the show, either in artist alley, small press, or walking the floor, we’d like to publicize your appearance here on the site.  Let us know who you are, what you do, anything special you’re debuting or offering at the show, and where people can find you, and we’ll include you in our upcoming  NYCC Creator Spotlight Series.  Send me an email at with the details, and we’ll get you highlighted on our site.

ComixTribe has big plans for the New York Comic Con, many of which we will be unveiling over the coming weeks. It’s going to be a ton of work, but a lot of fun.  We can’t wait.

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Tyler James is a comics creator, game designer, educator, and publisher residing in Newburyport, MA. He is the writer and co-creator of THE RED TEN, a superhero murder mystery, EPIC, a superteen action comedy, and TEARS of the DRAGON, a swords and sorcery fantasy. Tyler is the publisher and co-creator of ComixTribe, which is both a new imprint of quality creator owned titles, and an online community where creators help creators make better comics. Follow him on Twitter @tylerjamescomics, or send him an email at

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  1. John Lees says:

    It’s gonna be awesome. Can’t wait!

  2. Joe Mulvey says:

    ComixTribe is going to be HUGE at this years NYCC. Can’t wait to see what people think.

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