After being nominated three years in a row, this is Stephenson’s first win. He received the award shortly after giving an address on the importance of the Direct Market and retailers’ involvement in the ever-changing comics industry.
"I'm honored to be the recipient of this year's Industry Appreciation Award," said Stephenson. "The retailers who make up ComicsPRO are among the industry's very best and I think they do some very important work on behalf of comics and the Direct Market, so as awards go, I think it's really cool.”
"I also think that even though it's my name on the award, it's actually more of a testament to how far Image has come over the last few years, and that couldn't have happened without the hard work and dedication of all the talented men and women at Image Comics,” continued Stephenson. “Jessica Ambriz, Emilio Bautista, Branwyn Bigglestone, David Brothers, Jonathan Chan, Jennifer de Guzman, Addison Duke, Monica Garcia, Drew Gill, Emily Miller, Patricia Ramos, Ron Richards, Kat Salazar, Jenna Savage, Tyler Shainline, Jeremy Sullivan, and Meredith Wallace don't get enough credit for the incredible support they provide to all the creators Image works with, but I absolutely would not be able to do what I do without them."
The award nominations are submitted by ComicsPRO members, narrowed down by the organization’s Board of Directors, and voted upon by members of ComicsPRO. The award was created to honor individuals who have shown particular support of the Direct Market in the comic industry.
Comics Professional Retail Organization (ComicsPRO) is the only trade organization for direct-market comic book retailers. ComicsPRO's goals are to promote advocacy, education, and opportunity for their members. Joining ComicsPRO makes members part of a group facing—and overcoming—many of the same challenges. ComicsPRO allows members, as a small business, to receive benefits that are often only available to much larger groups, including discounted credit card rates and deals on health insurance. But the most important goal of ComicsPRO is to provide a voice for the often overlooked concerns of direct-market retailers.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign raising more than $64,000 to produce an animated Emily and the Strangers music video, Emily creator Rob Reger returns, with cowriter Mariah Huehner (True Blood, Angel) and artist Cat Farris, for a brand-new Emily and the Strangers miniseries full of evil record companies, stray cat struts, science, and music!
Image Update; REVENGE #1, SEX CRIMINALS #1, DEADLY CLASS #1, BLACK SCIENCE #1, AND BLACK SCIENCE #2 ALL SELL OUT INSTANTLY
All five issues are slated for more printings to meet customer demands
Five hotly-anticipated issues from hit Image Comics series simultaneously sold out and are all getting more printings to meet customer demand.
New Image Comics comedy adventure gets collected in March
You’ve never seen high fantasy heroines like the Rat Queens before. Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric, and Betty the Hippy Smidgen are foul-mouthed, gleefully blood-spattered, prone to fits of indiscriminate property damage, and often intoxicated. They’re the stars of the hit Image Comics/Shadowline comic book series RAT QUEENS, and they’re best f*cking mercenary team in all of Palisade. So why does someone want them dead? Wait, don’t answer that.
Praise for RAT QUEENS:
Our Robot with a number for an A is back and this time the Aliens are well and truly with him (on Earth at least).
Read Paul's review to find out if this this latest edition is the D4VE we have all been waiting for.
Magical-girl manga with an Arthurian twist!
Kel McDonald (Sorcery 101, Fame and Misfortune, Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales) is bringing her young adult graphic novel series Misfits of Avalon to Dark Horse this fall, and starting today, McDonald will release the book online for free!
AN ORIGINAL STEAMPUNK HORROR GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM JAI NITZ!
Genres collide in an adventure where steam-powered tanks clash with katanas in the new graphic novel Toshiro from writer Jai Nitz (Dream Thief) and artist Janusz Pawlak!
HUNDREDS OF CARTOONISTS DONATE ORIGINAL ARTWORK TO COMIC ART PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY'S EBAY AUCTIONS BENEFITTING FAMILY OF USAGI YOJIMBO CREATOR STAN SAKAI
On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Southern California's CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai's insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.
DARK HORSE DELUXE TO PRODUCE MERCHANDISE BASED ON THE HIT NICKELODEON TELEVISION SERIES,AVATAR: THE LAST AIR BENDER AND THE LEGEND OF KORRA!
Dark Horse Comics and Nickelodeon are expanding their incredibly successful publishing partnership to include a wide range of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra collectable items. These brand-new products ranging from figures to plush will debut at International Toy Fair in New York February 2014, and will be released in May.
Critically Acclaimed Nicolle Brothers Deliver Killer Miniseries!
Fresh off their television debut on FOX’s Animation Domination High-Def, Ethan and Malachai Nicolle return with a three-part miniseries chock full of action in Axe Cop: American Choppers!
DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES TWO ALL-NEW EDITIONS OF FRANK MILLER AND WALTER SIMONSON’S CLASSIC ROBOCOP VS. THE TERMINATOR SERIES!
Nearly twenty years after its first publication, the classic four-issue miniseries that teamed two great characters with two great creators, Frank Miller and Walter Simonson’s RoboCop versus The Terminator, returns to print in two formats: a hardcover graphic novel and a gallery edition!
Issue two of the critically acclaimed new series