The Ringo Awards Committee is proud to announce the addition of industry veteran writer Mark Waid to the 2023 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards ceremony as the Keynote Address speaker!
Mark Waid, a New York Times-bestselling author, bought his first comic book at age four and never stopped. Since entering the field as a professional in the mid-1980s, he has been an editor, a writer, a publisher, an artist, a colorist, a letterer, a publicist, a creative consultant, a chief creative officer, and even a comic shop owner, meaning he’s done literally everything you can do in comics outside of running the actual printing presses. As a writer, he’s worked with every major and almost every minor publisher, writing and editing over 2000 stories (and counting). Among them are his collaboration with artist Alex Ross, Kingdom Come, one of the all-time highest-selling American graphic novels, as well as long, critically acclaimed runs on Flash, Daredevil, Archie, Fantastic Four, and many, many other titles. Currently, he’s enjoying a new groundswell of success at DC Comics with World’s Finest, Teen Titans, and Shazam! while, in his “spare time,” embarking on a full-scale teaching career, presenting comics writing classes at select conventions and venues.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be given the chance to show your love and respect for one of your dearest friends, and I thank Baltimore Comic-Con for the opportunity,” said Mark Waid. “The luck I was granted in being able to work alongside Mike Wieringo for so many years was heaven-sent, and it’s unlikely I’d be where I am today without the benefit of his partnership. Like so many of us, I wish that Mike–humble to a fault–had accepted the fact that he was held in such high regard, or had recognized how many lives he’d touched. His love for comics was boundless, and it’s that love we gather to celebrate each year.”
“I think most people are aware of how close Mark Waid was with Mike Wieringo,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “They had historic runs on some of the greatest comics of their era together, and having him at the dais this year to speak to the industry, given his vast experience, is just a natural choice. We cannot wait to hear what he has to share with us.”