Dark Horse has announced that Michael Martens, the publisher's Vice President of Book Trade Sales, will be leaving the company after 22 years of service. The Milwaukie, Oregon-based company credits Martens with spearheading its expansion into the bookstore market
“Twenty-two years after arriving at Dark Horse, I find myself thinking about all the things I still want to do in my life. Creative things, fun things, volunteer things. Things that don’t involve long hours in front of a computer screen and a crazy travel schedule. It is hard to leave a rewarding position at Dark Horse, but it is time for me,” said Martens in a statement. “I want to thank Mike Richardson and Neil Hankerson for trusting me and giving me the freedom to learn the book business while steering Dark Horse into the uncharted waters of returnability, Amazon, and BISAC codes.”
Martens joined Dark Horse in 1994 after a 12-year tenure at the once-thriving Capitol City Distribution as its VP of Customer Service.
“This is a truly sad moment for Dark Horse and for me personally," said Dark Horse publisher/co-founder Mike Richardson. "Michael has been an instrumental part of our success since he, with his wife, Cindy, left his home in Madison, Wisconsin, twenty-two years ago and helped lead Dark Horse’s growth over the last two decades. We will miss Michael but wish him all the best as he sets out on his new adventures."
Dark Horse states that a new VP of Book Trade Sales will be announced during the American Library Association Annual Conference, which will be held June 23 through 28.