In a stunning surprise and honor, I was given a Haller Award at the New York Comic Con this year. The Haller Awards are given out by the Comics Artist Guild to a select few and I'm amazed to be counted among them, especially in this category.
I'm not exactly known for my "indy" credentials widely. In fact, it's hard to get "indy cred" once you've worked for Marvel Comics and on major licensed books like X-Men and Transformers. But, since I founded Comics Experience in 2007, I've been working steadily with indy creators. To say that I was shocked to receive an award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Comics Industry" is putting it mildly.
Fortunately, Comics Experience alumnus Joe Sergi (Creator of "Sky Girl") was there to give me the award and do a presentation which you can watch here. Sadly, I wasn't able to be at the presentation as I had to get on a plane to make it back in time for another Comics Experience Class!
So, again, I'd like to thank The Comics Artist Guild, the fans, and everyone who has taken the leap into a Comics Experience course or the Creators Workshop for their time, faith, and support.