Two Important Comic Companies
Published: 02/02/2012 03:32am
It’s worth noting the many contributions that Diamond makes to the industry beyond moving product, serving as the bank for the comic store market, and bringing together suppliers from all over the world for its customers. Among those are its support of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, The Hero Initiative, the Xeric Foundation, ProLiteracy, the American Red Cross, and others.
COO Chuck Parker, who started at Diamond 27 years ago, described the company’s role. “We are proud of the role we play in getting quality product from our vendors to our quality retail customers,” he said. “Together, along with comic shop customers and fans, we comprise the four pillars that support our wonderful industry.”
Of course, things have changed for Image now, as one of its founders, Jim Lee, is now a Co-Publisher of one of the Big Two, and a new partner, Robert (The Walking Dead) Kirkman has joined the founders. But the underlying purpose of the company, to promote the interest of its creators and help them connect commercially and creatively with their fans, remains.
Image is celebrating its anniversary with a convention this month to celebrate creator-owned comics and its anniversary (see “Image Expo in February”).
ICv2 wishes both of these fine companies our best for continued success and many more anniversaries to come.
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