Todd Martinez Joins Image as Sales & Licensing Coordinator
Martinez was manager of Comic Relief — winner of one of the first three Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Awards — in Berkeley, California, for the last 14 years. As manager, he worked extensively with other retailers, book market representatives and libraries. His vast retail experience and knowledge of comic books make him an ideal Sales & Licensing Coordinator.
“I’ve spent the better part of my life with Comic Relief,” says Martinez. “I’m both happy and sad to leave Comic Relief, and I wish everyone at the store the best. I’m pleased to be part of the Image Comics, and I plan to help the company continue the strong growth it has shown over the years.”
“Todd was Rory Root’s right-hand man for many years and helped accomplish a lot of great things for Comic Relief,” states Image Publisher Eric Stephenson. “We couldn’t be more excited to have him at Image. His wealth of experience and his passion for comics are sure to make him an invaluable part of our operation.”
Image Partner Erik Larsen (SAVAGE DRAGON) adds, “We’re all about raiding Comic Relief for their most talented employees. I’ve seen the great work Todd has done at the store. It was only a matter of time before we snapped him up. He’s a perfect addition to Team Image, and I expect to see great things from him.”
As Sales & Licensing Coordinator, Martinez will coordinate with comic book retailers, Diamond Distribution, the book market and various sales outlets to ensure that Image books are readily available for their fans. Martinez will also handle foreign licensing. He replaces former Sales & Licensing Coordinator Joe Keatinge.