Dark Horse VP Of Book Trade Leaves
Michael Martens, who has been Dark Horse’s VP of Book Trade is leaving the company after 22 years. In the Book Trade, Dark Horse is one of the industry leaders, and most of that credit goes to Michael Martens. He also gets the credit for the increased presence of graphic novels in libraries across the country.
Here is the press release from Dark Horse.
Michael Martens, VP Book Trade, Leaves Dark Horse
After twenty-two years with the publisher, Dark Horse’s vice president of book trade sales, Michael Martens, will step down, effective September 1. Michael spearheaded Dark Horse Comics’ expansion in the bookstore market, most recently in association with Penguin Random House Publisher Services. During his tenure with the company, Michael helped Dark Horse to continuously improve sales in the book market.
“Twenty-two years after arriving at Dark Horse, I find myself thinking about all the things I still want to do in my life. Creative things, fun things, volunteer things. Things that don’t involve long hours in front of a computer screen and a crazy travel schedule. It is hard to leave a rewarding position at Dark Horse, but it is time for me,” noted Michael Martens. “I want to thank Mike Richardson and Neil Hankerson for trusting me and giving me the freedom to learn the book business while steering Dark Horse into the uncharted waters of returnability, Amazon, and BISAC codes.”
“This is a truly sad moment for Dark Horse and for me personally. Michael has been an instrumental part of our success since he, with his wife, Cindy, left his home in Madison, Wisconsin, twenty-two years ago and helped lead Dark Horse’s growth over the last two decades. We will miss Michael but wish him all the best as he sets out on his new adventures,” remarked Dark Horse president Mike Richardson.
Michael has thirty-four years of experience in the comic industry; he spent twelve years as the vice president of customer service at Capital City Distribution prior to his work at Dark Horse.
Please join us in congratulating Michael Martens on his past accomplishments and wishing him luck in his future endeavors.
Michael’s successor will be announced during the American Library Association Annual Conference in June.