2013 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award Winner - Cindy Fournier
Fournier is the VP of Operations for Diamond Comic Distributors. She works from Diamond’s home office of Timonium, MD, where she oversees the myriad of duties related to transportation, warehouse management and operations. In a very critical role for the industry, Cindy is responsible for pulling together all the various aspects of making sure retailers get their shipments in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Fournier has worked in the comics field since 1987, starting with the mail order division of Mile High Comics. She then went on to work for Alternate Realities Distribution Company, which was then acquired by Bud Plant Distribution. After Bud Plant sold to Diamond, Cindy was transferred to Hayward, CA, to run Diamond’s distribution center there.
2013 Industry Appreciation Memorial Award Winner - Will Eisner
Will Eisner’s breadth of material spans the eight decades of American comics history, veering from his earliest efforts in adventure and superhero comics while the medium was in its infancy, to 35 years of more mature work best exemplified by the standard-bearer for all graphic novels, A Contract With God. He is credited as an early proponent of the graphic novel and of keeping evergreen material in print. His impeccable design sense raised the bar for every artist that came with and after him. On the business side, Eisner understood the unique relationship between creator and retailer, founding the “Spirit of Comics” award that recognizes the work of the industry’s brightest retailers.
The 2013 nominees are Scott Dunbier, David Gabriel, Bill Schanes, Eric Stephenson.
The 2013 memorial nominees are Julius Schwartz, Shel Dorf, and Joe Kubert.
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The 2012 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award winner is Bob Wayne, the Memorial Award winner is Phil Seuling.
The 2012 nominees are Cindy Fournier, David Gabriel, Robert Kirkman, Eric Stephenson, and Bob Wayne.
The 2012 memorial nominees are 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 are Steve Geppi, Denis Kitchen, Stan Lee, Bill Schanes and Bob Wayne.
The 2011 memorial nominees are 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 are Neil Gaiman, Steve Geppi, Paul Levitz, Dave Sim and Bob Wayne.
The 2010 memorial nominees are Will Eisner, Carol Kalish, Julius Schwartz and Phil Seuling.