BOOM! Studios announced today that it has promoted two key managers of its Sales and Operations teams following a historic year in which the company launched its best-selling original series launch (Something is Killing The Children), best-selling original graphic novel (Just Beyond: The Scare School), earned six Eisner Award nominations (including two wins for Giant Days), delivered industry leading on time shipping (97%) and announced a diverse slate of new projects in development for film & television.
These promotions include the following:
- Kate Henning has been promoted to Director, Operations:
Henning joined BOOM! Studios in September 2016 as Manager of Operations. She came to the company with a wealth of experience as Sales & Operations Manager for IDW Publishing for 3 years and, prior to that, at Diamond Comic Distributors where she was a Brand Manager for several years. Since joining BOOM!, Henning has developed and evolved the Operations team to oversee key aspects of the company’s manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain logistics, including product innovation and partner relationships.
- Spencer Simpson has been promoted to Director, Sales:
Simpson joined BOOM! Studios in January 2018 as the company’s first Manager of Sales. He came to BOOM! with a decade of experience in the book market, and more specifically in chain retail as a store manager, Training Manager, and Communications Coordinator for Books-A-Million, before rising to the position of Buyer at American Wholesale Book Company. Under his leadership, Simpson has spearheaded double digital revenue growth in the book market for 2 consecutive years (2018 & 2019). Throughout his time at BOOM!, Simpson has worked enthusiastically and tirelessly to not only champion BOOM!’s books to buyers, librarians, and press, but also grow graphic novel readership nationwide.
“We’re thrilled to announce the promotion of Kate and Spencer, who as key members of our management team have been instrumental in driving BOOM! Studios’ historic successes in 2019 in comic shops, bookstores, libraries and beyond,” said Filip Sablik, President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios.
These promotions cap off a historic year for BOOM! Studios which has seen the launch of a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series in January; Ronin Island by Greg Pak and Giannis Milonogiannis in March; the acclaimed original series Faithless from Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet in April; the surprise launch of Joss Whedon’s Angel in April; the Power Rangers event Necessary Evil in June; Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain’s record-breaking Once & Future in July; the best-selling Something is Killing The Childrenfrom James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera in August; Just Beyond: The Scare School, the first-ever original graphic novel from R.L. Stine along with Kelly & Nichole Matthews in September; the first-ever Buffy & Angel comic book event Hellmouth in October; Folklords from Matt Kindt & Matt Smith in November; and The Red Mother in December from Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert.