DALLAS — Bob Wayne, DC Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Sales,
was honored with the ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award in an
The crowd of retailers, publishers and
industry figures stood for an extended standing ovation as Wayne was
named the recipient of the award, which is intended to honor those who
help bring comic books to market.
“I would venture to say that no
one in this room knows more about comics or the comics industry than
Bob Wayne,” said ComicsPRO president Joe Field in his introduction of
Wayne. Given that executives from most of the larger comics publishers
and more than 100 comic retail operations were in the room, that’s a
“With his 25 years at DC Comics, now DC
Entertainment, we’ve seen tremendous things happen, in large part
because of what Bob Wayne’s been instrumental in making happen for us,”
The other nominees for the award were Cindy Fournier
of Diamond; David Gabriel of Marvel; Robert Kirkman of Image and Eric
Stephenson of Image.
The 2012 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation
Memorial Award was awarded to the late Phil Seuling, who founded the
direct-market method of comic-book sales. Bill Schanes of Diamond
Comics Distributors, a former customer of Seuling, accepted the award on
his behalf. Julius Schwartz of DC Comics was the other nominee in this
Wayne was classy, funny and at times emotional in his
acceptance of the award, which is voted on by the comic book retailers
who are members of ComicsPRO, the national comics retail organization.
like to thank all of the members of ComicsPRO for your continued
support,” Wayne said in accepting the award. “Many of you are friends,
and, I think, extended family.”
Wayne graciously thanked his bosses and co-workers through his years at DC.
He recounted his years in the industry, including starting to sell comics in 1973 at comic-book conventions.
“Yes, I know that was before some of you were born,” he said. “There’s no need to come up later and point that out to me.”
Wayne opened a comic-book store in 1980, which he ran for seven years. He joined DC Comics in August of 1987.
people who placed bets 25 years ago as to how many weeks or months I’d
last in corporate America … no one asked me for odds.”
In closing, Wayne gave recognition to a special family member.
you work in a comic shop, when you work in comics, you hear a lot of
people say, ‘Oh, they still make comics? My mother threw mine out.’
And my mother did not throw mine out.”
- Matt Price