From legendary comics creator Neal Adams, to the readers of Bleeding Cool:
That’s right. In two weeks’ time, Neal Adams will be awarded the IP Champion Award for Excellence in Creativity by the US Chamber of Commerce. Like he said.
Adams is a comic book creator known for creating some of the definitive modern imagery of the DC Comics characters Superman, Batman, and Green Arrow. He is also the co-founder of the graphic design studio Continuity Associates and a creators-rights advocate who, amongst other achievements, helped secure a pension and recognition for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
And now those achievements are to be granted official government approval.
Last year, the award was won by Mark McGrath, reality show host and the lead singer of US band Sugar Ray; and British songwriter and producer Billy Morrison. Other winners included US Senator Orrin Hatch, who received an award for Public Service in recognition of his advocacy role in promoting strong IP protections for American creators, and Danny Marti, the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at the White House as IP Administration Champion.
The awards honour the broad community whose businesses are based on intellectual property, from the pharmaceutical industry to the creative industries. And now comic books, as well.