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Diamond Comic Distributors is returning to Chicago for its Annual Diamond Retailer Summit with a full, three-day slate of activities dedicated to comic book specialty retailers.

This year’s Retailer Summit will be held April 24-26, at the Chicago McCormick Place Convention Center, the same venue as the C²E² show, which runs from April 26-28. Plans call for the Summit to kick off with an Opening Night Reception on April 24. A full slate of Sponsor Presentations, Retailing Workshops, Publisher Focus Groups, and Retailer Roundtables is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided for all attendees. Friday, April 26 will feature a continental breakfast and a chance to meet one-on-one with publishers before C2E2 professional exhibit hours open at 10:00 a.m., as well as a second round of Retailing Workshops and a ComicSuite User Appreciation Conference in the afternoon.

At the Summit, Retailers will also have the chance to vote for the best of their peers in Diamond's Retailer Best Practices Awards (BPAs) with winners announced during Thursday night's dinner presentations. The Diamond BPAs showcase retailers who represent the best in comics retailing, with such categories as best storefront, best window display, best e-newsletter and more. (Look for complete details on how you can nominate your store in the near future!)

Summit Attendees will also enjoy complimentary admission for the entire C2E2 Show, which starts with the Professional Only Preview on Friday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and runs through Sunday, April 28. Summit attendees will receive a valuable Summit Coupon Book good for limited edition items, raffles, and sales — all redeemable by visiting select suppliers on the show floor during the Professional Only Preview hours, plus a Summit Thank You Pack of valuable products from Diamond and participating sponsors and vendors that will be shipped one per location after the show.

“From informative workshops and stimulating focus groups to giveaways and prizes galore, we’ll be striving to make this year’s Summit a top-notch affair,” said Diamond Director of Marketing Dan Manser.

Retailers can register right now -by using the registration link accessible via the gold bar running along the top of the Retailer Services websiteAlliance customers are encouraged to register through the Alliance website. Registration is only $45 per person, with a limit of three attendees per retailer account.

Retailers can visit the Diamond Retailer Summit website for more inforomation and look for news and updates in Diamond Daily in the weeks leading up to the event.

 For a print version of the registration form, please click here.