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NY NOW 2015 Showcases Home, Lifestyle & Gift Retail Trends

nynow-2012The largest trade show in New York City -- the bi-annual NY Now -- showcases over 100,000 products from 2,600 domestic and international vendors at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from August 15th to 19th, 2015.

So if you are looking for merchandise to stock your entertainment industry related store or are  searching for premium gifts or swag as incentives, this is the show to attend. Need to product source efficiently and network face-to-face as humans did before social media? Then attend this convention, tagged as The Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift.

The NY Now exhibitors are categorized into the Home, Lifestyle, and Handmade Collections. In addition, there are growing markets that are grouped into separate pavilions:

  • Accent on Design is part of the Home Collection, and it is a curated selection of 150 of the most innovative brands
  • New! A+ Pavilion showcases emerging young product designers
  • The Handmade Global Design and the Artisan Resource features handcrafted trade imports from foreign artisan regions
  • The Handmade Designer Maker booths are filled with designer-makers present to talk about their craft

The NY Now programming offers trade seminars to retail buyers to improve their business, forecast color and design trends, legal and commerce issues, and social media and branding.

A subset of seminars organized by the Museum Store Association,is a Sustainability Showcase and a Pop-Up Retailing seminar on Sunday, August 16, at 10:30 am.

Celebrity events are highly anticipated at NY Now. This year, former New York Times food critic Mimi Sheraton helms the Retailer Breakfast on Monday, August 17, at 9:00 am sharp to promote her new book 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List.

Also, there are tickets for Hamilton -- the much-acclaimed Broadway show -- at a special price for the NY Now Night on Broadway attendees. 

Put on your most comfortable shoes as you walk the overwhelming aisles of designer booths at NY Now.

More information about NY Now and registration online at

NY Now The Market For Home, Lifestyle + Gift
August 15th to 19th2015

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York 

Comic Legends come to Connecticut Comic Conn

To any comic book fans who lives in Connecticut or the tri-state -- or, if you're around  in the month of August -- come to Connecticut Comic Conn (with two N's). The Conn runs from August 14 - 16, 2015, at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center (1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT) ); while this is not their first show entirely, it is, however, a new location from their previous year. So, expect a larger venue for the guests and show floor booths as well.

Like other conventions, Connecticut Comic Conn features comic books artists and writers as their guests as well as famous television and movie actors who you will have the opportunity to meet. The convention will also have the usual sales booths where you can track favorite comic book titles, or that memorabilia  you may have sought for a long time.

This year, Connecticut Comic Conn will also feature these celebrity guests (and more):

  • Kevin Conroy, known for lending his distinctive smouldering voice to Batman in Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, the Arkham video games, and an inspired appearance on The Venture Bros
  • Legendary Marvel husband-and-wife duo, Walter and Louise Simonson
  • Former Marvel EIC and Valiant founder, Jim Shooter
  • John Wesley Shipp (Barry Allen/The Flash from the 1990's CBS Flash TV series)
  • Jonathan Ke Huy Quan (Short Round from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)

Of course it wouldn't be a comic con without comic book guests. This year con-goers will have the opportunity to meet these comic book creators; some will be making their first con appearance at the Connecticut Comic Conn.

Look forward to meeting the following sample of names -- and of course there are still more to look forward to than just what listed below:

  • Neal Adams (Batman)
  • Fred Perry (Gold Digger)
  • Roy Thomas (Conan the Barbarian, Avengers)
  • Steve McNiven (Old Man Logan)
  • Mike Zeck (Kraven’s Last Hunt, Secret Wars)

Panels and events also include:

  • Learning how to cosplay on a budget
  • The history of DC Comics in animation
  • The rich history of Will Eisner’s masked vigilante, The Spirit

Also expect the usual cavalcade of longboxes, comics, toys, model kits, and more from the dealer’s room, costume contests, and more!

So if you're interested in the comic book culture scene, and happen to be in Connecticut this month, check out Connecticut Comic Conn.

To learn more, go to:

Connecticut Comic Conn
August 14 - 16, 2015

Mohegan Sun Convention Center
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.
Uncasville, CT 06382

The Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival Conquers America

Has the world got you down? Feeling a severe lack of brightly colored animals in your life? Do you prefer your cats with red bows and no mouths? If you’re in the Denver area, then Sanrio has the event for you. The Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival is coming to the Denver Coliseum (4600 Humboldt St, Denver, CO), June 5 - 7, 2015 as part of its North American tour. The festival celebrates Hello Kitty’s illustrious forty year career.

Going beyond a traditional live stage show, Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival offers a unique multi-component walk-around festival atmosphere for Sanrio fans of all ages. It will feature Hello Kitty and her friends in multi-stage live performances, DJ-driven dance sequences, interactive exhibits, animation, fashion, photo ops, craft activities, event-exclusive collectibles and much more!

Along with luminaries such as Hello Kitty, Badtz-Maru, and Keroppi, expect appearances from newer Sanrio characters like Purin, a a golden retriever that resembles a large flan, and Kuromi, a mischievous imp-girl that plays the guitar.

Kitty was created by graphic designer Yuko Shimizu in 1974 and has since become one of the foremost cartoon icons of the 20th century and still going strong in the 21st. This festival follows off of Sanrio’s first Hello Kitty museum exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles which ran from October, 2014 to May, 2015. Banzai, Kitty-chan!

For more information, go to:

The Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival

June 5 - 7, 2015

Denver Coliseum
4600 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216

Integrated Marketing Week June 9th and 10th in NYC

New York is a town full of marketers working at advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies. There are many conferences and other events covering advertising in all its many forms including new developments such as programmatic advertising. However, conferences that cover the wide landscape of marketing and marketing technology and automation are still few and far between in New York even in the light of the growing interest in marketing technology and automation. One series of events that does cover this wider landscape of marketing is the Internation Marketing Week (June 9 - 10, 2015) of which the International Marketing Week conference at the Millenium Hotel (145 W 44th St., NY, NY) is the centerpiece event which presents a gamut of experienced practitioners and thought leaders speaking on the many different aspects of integrated marketing not surprisingly in these times with somewhat if emphasis on digital marketing, data driven marketing, and marketing automation across the many channels and touchpoints that marketers now have to make use of to engage current and prospective customers.
The Integreated Market Week conference consists of two days keynotes and panels discussing the latest in omni-channel marketing during which leading practitioners and thinkers will discuss what is possible today, mistakes to avoid and lessons learned, and what we can look forward to as marketers become more experienced in planning and executing integreated omni-channel marketing programs. Among the those speaking will Sharktank star and CEO and founder of the fashion brand FUBU Daymond John. Also speaking at the conference will be 
This year’s Integrated Marketing Show its second year in New York is organized by the Direct Marketing Association whihc is the leading nation and international professional body representing direct marketers, data driven marketers, and increasing digital and performance marketers as more and marketing dollars go to online marketing channels. 
The conference will begin by discussing the emergence of Marketing Technology and how it is changing how marketing is performed and brands are built and sustained, and how the new more technological marketing is changing the role of the CMO while giving them a higher profile within many businesses. The conference continues over the next two days with a world class line up of leading marketing thinkers, keynote speakers, and panelists, including user case study presentations by marketing practitioners. Day one is divided into three presentation parallel streams: Driving Changing, Engaging the Consumer, and Optimizing Insight.
The shows sponsers include Belgium marketing automation company Selligent as the Title Sponsor, Platinum Sponsors are Ethology and Teradata, and Google as a Gold Sponsor. Besides Daymond John’s keynote speech at 4 PM on Wednesday other keynote presenters are going to be David Gilboa co-founder and Co-CEO of online eyewear company Warby Parker, comedian, author, and entrepreneur Baratunde Thurston, and Beau Avril the Global Head of Product Communications for YouTube at Google. Throughtout the two days marketers will speak to their experiences and strategies for integrated marketing at brands like PepsiCo, Lincoln Center, Thomson-Reuters, Mastercard, Dun and Bradstreet, IBM, SAP, GE, Mass Mutual, Lego, GAP, and others. Experts from management consultants McKinsey and industry analyst firm Forrester will also be speaking , and with marketing technology such a redhot area right now there will also be speakers from venture capital firms like Foundation Capital and Accel Partners will provide expert analysis and opinion from the perspective of investing in marketing technology companies and identifying those hot trends and richest veins within the marketing technology sector where venture capital firms will be placing their bets.
Further information can also be found at
The Integrated Marketing Week Conference
June 9 - 10, 2015
Millennium Broadway Hotel
145 W 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

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