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ComicsPRO announces nominees for 2011 Industry Appreciation Award

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm •  Published: January 6, 2011

ComicsPRO, the direct-market comic-book retail trade organization, has announced its nominees for the 2011 Industry Appreciation Award, to be given at the organization’s annual membership meeting in February.

The award is for those who have had an impact on the business of comic-book retail.   There are two categories: one for active professionals, and the Memorial Award for those who have passed away.

“ComicsPRO members are proud to highlight the achievements of the many people who have made this industry a better and more successful place to work,” said Amanda Emmert, ComicsPRO Executive Director, in a news release. “The Board of Directors has a difficult time narrowing the ballot each year.”

The 2011 nominees for the ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award are Diamond Comics Distributors’ owner and founder Steve Geppi; writer/artist/publisher Denis Kitchen; former Marvel president and chairman Stan Lee; Diamond’s Vice President for Purchasing Bill Schanes; and DC Comics’ Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne.

The 2011 nominees for the ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Memorial Award are Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Julius Schwartz and Phil Seuling.

Last year’s recipient was Paul Levitz, former president and publisher of DC Comics. The 2010 Industry Appreciation Memorial Award was presented in memory of Carol Kalish, a former Direct Sales Manager at Marvel Comics.

“The Industry Appreciation Award gives ComicsPRO members the opportunity to express gratitude to those who have contributed significantly to the business of selling comics in general and the Direct Market in particular,” said ComicsPRO Director Carr D’Angelo, co-owner of Earth-2 Comics in California, in a news release.  “It’s our ‘Hall of Fame’ for those whose efforts make the world better for retailers.”

Find out more about the nominees at

- Matt Price

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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