ICV2 reports that Book Expo America will feature Graphic Novel Day Saturday, May 31, 2003.
The increase in graphic novel sales has been one of the few bright spots in the firmament of American publishing, so it’s not surprising to see that Book Expo America is devoting a day of educational programming to help retailers and libraries to gain a better understanding of how to stock and sell all types of graphic novels. The brainchild of Kuo-Yu Liang of Diamond Book Distributors, Graphic Novel Day was created as a way to raise the profile of all graphic novel publishers and artists, not just those distributed by Diamond. In addition to the seminars and workshops described below, individual publishers are sponsoring events at their booths on Saturday, May 31 to coincide with the overall graphic novel promotion — Viz, for example, is hosting an appearance of characters from the DBZ manga. Book Expo America will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 28 through June 1.