Skip to main content

Add Me To Your Mailing List
HomeIndustry Appreciation Award


The ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award



The direct market remains the way most comic-book stories get from creator to fan. ComicsPRO wants to honor those people who stand in that gap and help smooth the process. From publishers, distributors, marketers, creators and more, a lot of people are involved in bringing the stories we all love to market. ComicsPRO would like to stand up and recognize those who have been simply the best at what they do, making the comic-book direct market more successful for all of us. ComicsPRO has created The ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award to honor these individuals.

There are two categories for the Industry Appreciation Award, one for professionals who are still active in the business of comics and a Memorial Award one for those who have passed away and left an indelible mark on the profession of comic book specialty retailing. After a period of accepting nominations from members, the ComicsPRO Board of Directors presents the final ballot. Members will vote for one Award recipient from each category.

 

 

2018 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award Winners


2018 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award Winner - DC Comics Retail Support Team

2018 Industry Appreciation Memorial Award Winner – Len Wein

The 2018 nominees were  Raina Telgemeier, Gene Luen Yang, Adam Freeman,  and DC Comics Retail Support Team.

The 2018 memorial nominees were Steve Dillon, Bernie Wrightson, Carl Barks, Len Wein


Previous Awards


For more information, visit our Industry Appreciation Award Archive.

 


2017 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award Winner - Karen Berger

2017 Industry Appreciation Memorial Award Winner – Darwyn Cooke

The 2017 nominees were Karen BergerBob Overstreet, Margaret "Maggie" Thompson, Bud Plant

The 2017 memorial nominees were Darwyn Cooke, Steve Dillon, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, Don Thompson


2016 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award Winner - David Gabriel

2016 Industry Appreciation Memorial Award Winner – William Maxwell Gaines

The 2016 nominees were Mike FriedrichDavid GabrielMatt PizzoloDinesh Shamdasani

The 2016 memorial nominees were William Maxwell GainesMajor Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson,  Don Thompson, Shel Dorf


2015 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award Winner -  William D. Schanes

2015 Industry Appreciation Memorial Award Winner – Joseph "Joe" Kubert

The 2015 nominees were Stephen A. GeppiRobert Kirkman ,  William D. Schanes ,  Dirk Wood

The 2015 memorial nominees were William Maxwell Gaines,  Joseph "Joe" Kubert,  Joseph Henry "Joe" Simon,  Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson   

 

2014 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award Winner - Eric Stephenson

2014 Industry Appreciation Memorial Award Winner – Julius Schwartz

The 2014 nominees were Karen Berger, David Gabriel, Jenette Kahn, Denis Kitchen, Margaret Thompson

The 2014 memorial nominees were Carl Barks, William Gaines, Camine Infantino, Don Thompson

 

2013 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award Winner - Cindy Fournier

2013 Industry Appreciation Memorial Award Winner - Will Eisner

The 2013 nominees were Scott Dunbier, David Gabriel, Bill Schanes, Eric Stephenson.

The 2013 memorial nominees were Julius Schwartz, Shel Dorf, and Joe Kubert.

 
The 2012 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award winner is Bob Wayne, the Memorial Award winner is Phil Seuling.
The 2012 nominees were Cindy Fournier, David Gabriel, Robert Kirkman, Eric Stephenson, and Bob Wayne.
The 2012 memorial nominees were Julius Schwartz and Phil Seuling.


The 2011 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award winner is Stan Lee, the Memorial Award winner is Jack Kirby.

The 2011 nominees were Steve Geppi, Denis Kitchen, Stan Lee, Bill Schanes and Bob Wayne.

The 2011 memorial nominees were Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Julius Schwartz and Phil Seuling.


The 2010 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award winner is Paul Levitz, the Memorial Award winner is Carol Kalish.

The 2010 nominees were Neil Gaiman, Steve Geppi, Paul Levitz, Dave Sim and Bob Wayne.

The 2010 memorial nominees were Will Eisner, Carol Kalish, Julius Schwartz and Phil Seuling.