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Steve Bates, 1962-2010
posted December 10, 2010
Longtime retailer, columnist on industry issues and more recent Diamond Comics employee Steve Bates died on December 3
from complications due to cancer. Bates passed away while sleeping. He was 48 years old.
A lifelong comics reader, Bates managed a two-store chain Bookery Fantasy, headquartered in Fairborn, Ohio outside of Dayton. Bates stayed at Bookery Fantasy for 18 years, finally moving to Diamond and their marketing department in 2005 as a writer in the marketing department, a move he discusses here
. A year before making the move, Bates went from frequent talkback contributor at the hobby business and analysis site ICv2.com to that site's first full-time, outside contributor
. His column was called "I Think I Can Manage" and fit in with ICv2.com's focus on direct market industry issues. Among his outlets at Diamond were writing for Diamond Daily
, Diamond Dialogue
, Diamond Dateline
and various Diamond outreach web sites. Bates was later promoted to Retailer Marketing Associate, and held that position until his death.
Bates was a frequent attendee of regional conventions while at Bookery Fantasy, and later served as a presence at various Diamond-attended shows. According to one message-board remembrance
, while in Ohio Bates wrote a comic book called The Covenant
with local artists Marvin Bean and Justin Wasson.
Bates was a literacy volunteer, a member of Fairborn's downtown business association when at Bookery Fantasy, and studied Tae Kwon Do in his spare time. He is survived by three brothers, two nieces, a nephew, a mother-in-law, a father-in-law, a wife of twenty years, a mother, a two daughters.
According to a memorial post at Diamond's Scoop
, contributions to the Madylin and Sophia Bates Education Fund can be made through Century National Bank of New Concord, Ohio -- information available in that link.