Completing today’s personnel merry go round, Alan Payne, formerly of IDW, has joined Dynamite as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Payne perviously worked at ToykoPop, Malibu and Dream Haven Books, so suffice to say he’s one of comics most experienced execs in the book trade, and he should do a lot to grow Dynamite’s trade and Grumpy Cat business.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be involved in expanding Dynamite and working with it’s fabulous staff. I’ve always admired Dynamite’s ability to initiate programs for properties from Red Sonja to Army Of Darkness, Vampirella, Flash Gordon, The Shadow, Doc Savage, Bob’s Burgers, and recently one of the greatest icons known world wide – James Bond. This is a great time to be a part of their continued growth,” says newly appointed VP of Sales & Marketing, Alan Payne. “Dynamite has some amazing properties that appeal to a wide variety of fans and we are going to have a lot of fun getting the next round of amazing books into the hands of current and new readers.”
“Alan’s experience in bringing comics and graphic novels to a larger audience is second to none. He helped blaze the trail of graphic novels to bookstores beginning with manga and took TokyoPop to the height of their success. After joining IDW, he was instrumental in building and establishing one of the most successful bookstore programs in the industry bringing licensed and creator driven comics to a larger audience,” says Dynamite CEO/Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “We are proud to have someone of Alan’s reputation and expertise joining the Dynamite team as our Vice President of Sales & Marketing and bringing Dynamite to the next level, taking our diverse library of comics to a larger audience.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.