Following news last year of Dynamite Entertainment’s expansion into offices in New York City, the publisher welcomes another alumni from DC Comics to its growing staff.
Patrick O’Connell joins Dynamite after over seven years with DC Comics. This veteran of over 25 years in the comic book industry began his career as a senior manager and buyer at the legendary New York City retailer, St. Mark’s Comics. Following that, O’Connell moved to the direct sales department of DC Comics where he worked under industry luminary, Bob Wayne.
“I feel very fortunate to have found a home at a publisher that has so many iconic and beloved characters, some of which happen to be personal favorites,” says Dynamite Sales Manager Pat O’Connell. “I’m excited to work with the Dynamite Entertainment team and welcome the opportunity to join their efforts to stay true to their namesake!”
“Pat O’Connell makes a great addition to the Dynamite team, bringing so many qualities that are essential for retailer relations. He’s excited about our projects, he’s easy to strike up a conversation with, and having previously worked behind the counter, he understands retailer and consumer needs,” says Keith Davidsen, Marketing Manager. “Dynamite continues to grow with experienced, capable staff members. Pat brings fresh new ideas and enthusiasm to our company, and will be happy to share those attributes with the comic shops. We’re proud and lucky to have him.”
“DC’s departure from the east coast created a unique opportunity for us to acquire some of their incredibly talented staff, to further grow Dynamite both as a publisher and organization,” says Dynamite CEO/Founder Nick Barrucci. “Pat brings strong relationships with retailers and consumers. We are excited to have him on board to help Dynamite and our retail partners put more comics into the hands of readers.”
Patrick O’Connell joins the growing staff in Dynamite’s recently opened Manhattan office.
About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
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