Paul Pope has been named Time's Person of the Year. The cartoonist was named in by Time this morning, beating out Edward Snowden for the prestigious award, presumably for the successful release of his new graphic novel, Battling Boy.
While Battling Boy was certainly well-received by the comic industry, no one was expecting for Pope to be honored in this way. "He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way," said Nancy Gibbs, Time's managing editor. The comics industry has emerged as a growing institution in recent years, with superheroes and other comic adaptations appearing in television and movies.
The announcement is seen as an endorsement of indie comics, and Time's acknowledgement that the comic industry cannot live on 50+ year old superheroes alone. "Pope is one of the most exciting artists out there," said Professor Thaddeus Puffinbottoms, a professor of Useless Awards at DeVry University. "And his Battling Boy character is fresh in a way that mainstream comics have lacked for years."
Not everyone is thrilled with the announcement. Time's parent company, Time Warner, expressed displeasure that Pope was chosen over Ben Affleck, who was announced as the new Batman for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, which is being produced by sister company Warner Bros. "Bunch of pissahs," said an angry Affleck when asked about the award. "I was robbed!" Pope also beat out Miley Cyrus, Skynet creator/Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and stupidest persona alive Ted Cruz.
Pope could not be reached for comment, but it's presumed he's as happy as we are about the announcement. It's expected that Battling Boy's sales will increase by a billion percent, so you should get a copy while you still can.