Być może to nazwisko nie mówi Wam za wiele, więc już wyjaśniam. Ron Richards w Image Comics pracował przez lata na stanowisku dyrektora do spraw biznesowych. Chociaż stanowisko to nie brzmi może jak zbyt prominentne, to jednak Richardsowi przypisuje się wiele zasług przy zachęcaniu popularnych twórców do pracy dla Image, a przy tym samym znaczącemu umocnieniu wydawnictwa w roli trzeciej siły na rynku.
Poniżej znajdziecie oświadczenie, które Richards napisał z okazji zakończenia współpracy z wydawnictwem Image Comics.
"As anyone who works in the comic book industry will tell you — especially those folks behind the scenes — working in this industry is immensely rewarding but equally frustrating and exhausting. The term, “Seeing how the sausage is made” gets used quite a bit in comics, and with good reason. It’s not an easy industry to work in by any means, given the challenges of the direct market and comic book retailers, working with a single distributor, the “polite” competition between companies, the looming shadow of online retailers, and not to mention the increasing toxic atmosphere in the echo chamber of the comics social media community. All together, it can be quite the challenge and, when you deal with all of those things on a daily basis, can take a lot of out of you. Anyone who knows me knows that I gave the job everything I had to give — every day, night and weekend. But you know what? It was fueled by my passion for comics and I loved nearly every minute of it. I will treasure the experience for the rest of my life.
I am immensely proud of the work that I was able to be a part of. Re-defining how a comic company makes announcements and interacts with their fans with Image Expo, and helping usher in new and exciting comics like Black Science, Wytches, Southern Bastards, Deadly Class, The Wicked + The Divine (among so many more) has been an honor and a privilege. It’s been a delight to work alongside some of the most talented comics creators in the business — and I leave with respect for all of them.
Further, the majority of the staff at Image Comics are some of the most positive and driven co-workers I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. These “behind-the-scenes” folks rarely get the credit they deserve and I tip my hat to them for continually helping to make the best comics. As I move on, I wish them the best luck for the future."