On Friday Spencer Simpson announced it was his last day as sales director at Boom Studios. Today he announced his new home: DC Comics, where he’ll be the new Director of Sales.
Simpson was at Boom for three years, where he oversaw their sales, including bookstore distribution. Prior to that, he was a buyer at the national book chain Books-a-Million for almost nine years, where he was a huge advocate for graphic novels, setting up variant cover programs for comics periodicals and much more. He also helped launch 2nd & Charles, a secondhand chain operated by BAM. He definitely became a trusted adviser on bookstore sales for many publishers in that time.
DC’s sales department is currently under the guidance of VP of sales Nancy Spears. It’s fair to say DC has made a strong hire here. DC’s direct sales department has, of course, undergone a near complete purge over the last 12 months, with the removal of folks like Vince Letterio, Stuart Schreck and Adam Phillips, people who practically helped invent DC’s direct market sales. It’s fair to say that hiring a veteran of Spencer Simpson’s caliber is a promising move to show that DC is still interested in the business of selling comics.