In December 2012, the Outhouse announced a new award named the "Comics Industrialist of the Year", which honored one schmuck in this industry for...being in the industry. Here's the award's official description:
The Comic Industrialist of the Year is that special person who we feel has contributed the most to the comic book industry this year. It could be a writer, an artist, an editor, a journalist, a fictional character, or someone else entirely. All that matters is that we feel they're somehow important to the comic book industry.
While we named some of the nominees, we never actually got around to handing out the award. That's because....well, we're lazy fucks. Since 2014 is quickly approaching, the Outhouse powers that be have decided to finally announce the winner of the first award: Larime Taylor.
Larime Taylor is the creator of A Voice in the Dark, a Top Cow ongoing series. He also draws with his mouth as he has arthrogryposis, which has left his limbs paralyzed. He also is a pretty awesome dude, and is one of the five people on the Internet who generally find our articles funny.
We first met Larime in September 2012, when he was running a Kickstarter campaign for Dark Zoey, which became the basis of A Voice in the Dark. The Kickstarter more than tripled its goal, and Larime revealed himself to be a very down to earth guy. "We were very impressed with Larime from the start," said Outhouse editor in chief Christian Hoffer. "And we wanted to give him our full support as we knew that he'd have a big year in 2013."
"Of course," Hoffer added. "It didn't hurt that we waited to give him this award until after we were sure that he'd actually make it big."
Larime had a fantastic 2013, which culminated in the first issue of his critically acclaimed A Voice in The Dark selling out in November. He's been interviewed by just about every major comic website, and has yet to distance himself from the Outhouse.
So, Larime, here's your Comic Industrialist of the Year Award.
As part of the award, we'll also give all your books in 2013 lavishly positive reviews, which we actually already did because your book is awesome. Congratulations, Larime, on being the Outhouse's first Comic Industrialist of the Year! Here's to a great 2013....and more!