It’s Christmas Eve!! No frickin’ way! I’ve hit the fourth letter of the alphabet. Despite three more letters to go, there are seven entries remaining. Today’s feature was tough. I hit some pot holes regarding two publishers. One was a jumble: Disney and its many affiliates. Two lack logos. Luckily, some founders reached out to me after I contacted them to fill in the blanks.
This daily countdown has been created because of the current comic book companies found in the monthly PREVIEWS catalog, exclusive to Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.
Merry Christmas to all. Hope Santa was kind and generous $:-$
Official Name: Darby Pop Publishing
Place of Origin: Los Angeles, CA
Distinction: An outlet for high-concept, high-quality visual storytelling. Jeff Kline recruited talent from a small circle of friends — writers and artists with whom he’d worked in both live-action and animation — by asking: “Have you ever had an idea you were convinced would make a killer comic book?”
Darby Pop began as IDW’s first creator-owned imprint. Five original series and 40+ issues/TPs have been published to date. Kline has been quoted as saying: “It seems like a lot of people currently working in the comic book industry are hoping to use the experience as a stepping stone to movies or television. At Darby Pop Publishing, most of our talent is already well-established in those fields; they desperately WANT to be making comics!”
Operations: Jeff Kline (Founder), Renae Geerlings (Managing Editor)
Output: The 7th Sword; City: the Mind in the Machine; Dead Squad; Doberman
Current Title: Side-Kicked
Upcoming Titles: Bruce Lee: the Dragon Rises; Dead Man’s Party
Branches: Imprint of IDW Publishing. Partnership with Magnetic Press for Side-Kicked and the soon-to-be released Dead Man’s Party. Collaboration with Bruce Lee Entertainment for Bruce Lee: the Dragon Rises.
Social Media: @DarbyPopComics ; Facebook ; Instagram ; Pinterest ; Tumblr
Official Name: Dark Horse Comics
Place of Origin: Milwaukie, OR
Distinction: Dark Horse Comics was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson as an offshoot of his Oregon comic-book retail chain, Things From Another World. Richardson pursued the idea of establishing an ideal atmosphere for creative professionals, and twenty-five years later the company has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States.
From the very start Dark Horse Comics was a different kind of publishing house. Writers and artists were treated as partners, an unheard-of generosity in the comic-publishing field at that time. Soon the industry’s top creators were flocking to Dark Horse, where they became involved in the publishing and marketing of their creations.
Dark Horse Comics launched with two initial titles in 1986, Dark Horse Presents and Boris the Bear. Paul Chadwick’s Concrete, about a congressional speechwriter who transforms into a two-thousand-pound cement creature, was a runaway hit and has received twenty-six industry awards and nominations to date. Within one year of its first publication, Dark Horse Comics added nine new titles to its roster, including The American, The Mark, Trekker, and Black Cross.
Operations: Mike Richardson (Founder)
Current Titles: Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Conan the Avenger; Dark Horse Presents; Fight Club 2; Itty Bitty Hellboy; The Paybacks; Plants vs. Zombies; Rook
Social Media: @DarkHorseComics ; Facebook ; Pinterest ; Tumblr
Multi-Media: Dark Horse Entertainment studio with six animated series and twenty-six films released based on their creative properties.
Official Name: Dark Planet Inc.
Place of Origin: Los Angeles, CA
Distinction: Founded by animation veteran Stephan Franck, and rooted in a life-long passion for comics, Dark Planet is a fully independent comic book publisher that aims to present characters with unique points of views, at the heart of expansive universes and high-concept stories.
Operations: Stephan Franck (Founder, CEO, Writer, Artist)
Output: Silver vol. 1
Current Title: Silver vol. 2
Upcoming Titles: Dark Planet is currently developing a full slate of books. Some titles also take place in the SILVER universe, while others take place in their own universes.
Social Media: @fromdarkplanet ; @stephan_franck ; Facebook ; Instagram ; Tumblr
Multi-Media: Trailers for Silver vol. 1 & 2 on Vimeo
Official Name: Darkrose Studios
Place of Origin: New York, NY
Distinction: A creator-owned studio specializing in the writing and producing of original sci-fi and fantasy content. We strive to make epic stories.
Both the genres of Sci-Fi and Fantasy carry with them an intense and dedicated fan base that know good work when they see it – these fans seek out complex and thought-provoking stories and share them with their friends.
To create content that really impacts and engages you – Content so impactful and engaging, you feel the need to share and talk about it with your friends.
Output/Current Titles: Gemstone Knights (fantasy); TRDWTR (sci-fi)
Social Media: @darkroseStudios ; Facebook ; Bēhance ; Instagram ; LinkedIn ; YouTube
Multi-Media: Interactive sites for Gemstone Knights and TRDWTR.
Official Name: Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)
Place of Origin: Hollis, Queens, NY
Distinction: Darryl Makes Comics is dedicated to the idea that every walk of life has heroes and stories worth telling. “Hip hop was always based on creativity,” DMC says, “So what we’re trying to do with this comic book is not trying to create anything that’s new; we’re just going to show the world what’s already there… the beauty and the creativity of it.”
Operations: Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels (Creator, Founder), Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (EIC, Co-Founder), Riggs Morales (Senior Editor, Co-Founder)
Output: DMC #1
Current Titles: DMC #1.5
Branches: http://clickskicks.com/shop-online [DMC’s own running shoes!!]
Social Media: @DMCMakesComics ; Facebook ; Instagram
Established: 1935 (founded as National Allied Publications); 1937 (Detective Comics Inc.); 1940 (National Comics); 1961 (National Periodical Publications); 1977 (DC Comics)
Official Name: DC Comics
Place of Origin: Burbank, CA (2015); New York, NY (1935-2015)
Distinction: DC Comics is the largest and most diverse English language publisher of comic books in the world. Founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications, the company that would one day become DC Comics virtually created the comic book, publishing the first comic of all original material. In the spring of 1938, the first super hero story appeared in ACTION COMICS #1, introducing SUPERMAN. Other soon-to-be icons would follow, including BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, GREEN LANTERN, The FLASH and many others. Today, DC Comics publishes more than 80 titles a month and close to 1000 issues a year.
Operations: Diane Nelson (President), Dan DiDio (Co-Publisher), Jim Lee (Co-Publisher), Bob Harras (EIC), Geoff Johns (CCO)
Current Titles: Action Comics, Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, Detective Comics, Flash, Green Lantern, Justice League, Martian Manhunter, Superman, Wonder Woman and tons more!
Branches: Mad Magazine, Vertigo Comics (imprints)
Social Media: @DCComics ; Facebook ; Instagram ; Periscope ; Pinterest ; YouTube
Multi-Media: Several films and TV series. DC All Access series. Video games. Merchandise. You name it!!
Official Name: Death Ray Graphics
Place of Origin: Unknown
Distinction: http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/faq/ Cartoonist at Mad magazine
Operations: Jason Yungbluth (Founder, Creator, Writer, Artist)
Output: Deep Fried; Weapon Brown
Current Titles: Peek! The First
Social Media: @Death_Ray ; Facebook (Jason Yungbluth) ; DeviantArt (Jason Yungbluth) ; WhatIsDeepFried (Reddit)
Established: 2015 (merged); 1999-2015 (Devil’s Due Entertainment); 1983-1991, 2011-2015 (1First Comics)
Official Name: Devil’s Due/1First Comics, LLC
Place of Origin: Chicago, IL (same for DDE and 1First Comics) – coincidental!!
Distinction: Devil’s Due is a brand that embraces new, even risky concepts, even if pioneering means we risk getting hit with a few more arrows than those who’ll follow. Media and Publishing are changing, or more succinctly: PUBLISHING IS DEAD! LONG LIVE PUBLISHING! We are experiencing the demolition and rebirth of a new, more experimental, decentralized publishing industry. One where new technologies give power to writers and artists to cultivate and monetize their own followings directly. We interweave our experience of previous years, and old distribution models with this newer industry – be it through digital exclusives, crowd sourcing, direct-to-retailer editions, or free content backed by big mega-corporate sponsors, what matters is developing characters and stories that entertain the Hell out of people.
FIRST COMICS built its reputation on cutting edge titles, an eye for talent, a commitment to retailer support and creators’ rights, and creative risk-taking in striving to put out books that knocked your socks off. One of its editorial mantras was “Go for great”. Today, those principles remain part of the 1FIRST COMICS DNA.
When we began, Marvel and D.C. had cornered the market on traditional super-heroes, so we focused on genre and innovation. Among the 1FIRST COMICS “firsts” were the first long-running original science fiction series (BLACK FLAME; AMERICAN FLAGG; STARSLAYER); the first long-running original humor heroes (THE BADGER; E-MAN); development and publication of the first mainstream graphic novel (BEOWULF, winner of the 1985 KIRBY Award for Best Graphic Album); the first publication in the U.S. of Japanese manga translated into English (the iconic LONE WOLF AND CUB); the first all digital comics produced entirely on a computer (SHATTER!); developing and publishing the first comic book series adapting live theatrical plays (The Organic Theater’s WARP!, directed by Stuart Gordon) and the first comic book series to adapt modern science fiction and fantasy text novels (Michael Moorcock’s CORUM, HAWKMOON, and ELRIC). 1FIRST COMICS also acquired the rights to the CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED brand, producing 27 all new and the first full color CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED titles with top comics talent, and acquired the reprint collection rights to an upstart black and white basement comic book titled THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, which 1FIRST COMICS fully colored and then issued in four trade paperback collections with wide domestic and UK book store distribution.
Operations: Joshua Blaylock (Founder, DDE); Mike Gold & Ken F. Levin (Founders, 1First)
Output: Mercy Sparx http://www.devilsdue.net/#!shop/chhq
Current Titles: Public Relations; RRH; Serving Supes; Zen, Intergalactic Ninja: Hard Bounty
Social Media: DDE – @devilsdue ; Facebook ; Tumblr
1First – @1stComics ; Facebook ; Tumblr
Multi-Media: In Hollywood, our JON SABLE FREELANCE title became the first independent comic to become a live action television series (“SABLE”, Rene Russo’s first professional acting gig). Among the talent for whom 1FIRST COMICS served as a major professional stepping stone were Mike Mignola (the Moorcock series); Howard Chaykin (his first creator owned series), and Bill Willingham (his first professional work, on the WARP! back-up stories).
It is true that many of our titles are “filmic”, and that several are in development for film or television. That, however, is not the defining touchstone or whether or not we take on a title. That decision rests on but one analysis: can this proposal turn into a great book or series? On that score, 1FIRST COMICS’ success rate is unparalleled.
Official Name: Diablo Comics
Place of Origin: Hollywood, CA
Distinction: One day, Diablo got the bright idea of following his childhood dream and started selling comic books at a little table at Comic Con in San Diego. His first book took off and became the popular horror graphic novel “The Unwanted” which begat the sci-fy epic “Hum”, and the wickedly terrifying “Nancy Hernandez and the Black Widows”, among many other terrific titles.
Diablo Comics mission is to entertain in an original “Diablo way”, by providing the public with much needed cool t shirts, comic books and hilarious mashup prints at great low prices!
Operations: Scott ‘Diablo’ Marcano (Founder)
Output: Hum; Nancy Hernandez and the Black Widows; The People of the Sea; The Unwanted
Current Titles: Sanitarium
Upcoming Titles: Rio Sangre
Branches: https://www.teepublic.com/user/diablo Videos of Diablo and other scary things.
Social Media: @mister_diablo77 ; Facebook ; YouTube
Multi-Media: Scott was famous (infamous?) for writing the comedy cult classic Bio-Dome.
Official Name: Dial Books
Place of Origin: New York, NY
Distinction: Dial Books for Young Readers is a hardcover division publishing approximately 70 titles per year for children of all ages, from preschool through young adult. Dial traces its roots to 1880 and the founding of The Dial, a monthly literary magazine that was edited over the years by Conrad Aiken, Van Wyck Brooks, and Marianne Moore, and published such literary giants as e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, and Gertrude Stein.
Through it all, Dial has retained its identity for publishing books of high literary merit, fine design, and kid-relevance. It has pioneered books for the young, including the first quality board books published in the U.S.
Operations: Jessica Dandino Garrison (Senior Editor)
Current Titles: I Am Martin Luther King Jr.
Branches: Imprint of Penguin Group USA
Social Media: @penguinusa ; Facebook ; Pinterest ; Tumblr ; YouTube [all Penguin Group USA]
Official Name: Digital Manga Publishing
Place of Origin: Gardena, CA
Distinction: DMP is a subdivision of Digital Manga, Inc. The company has co-published several manga with publishing house Dark Horse Comics, including Berserk, Hellsing, The Ring, and Trigun.
The DMP Books imprint is used for general-audience manga. The company prints various how-to books on drawing manga, as well as online tutorials and contests, under the “Manga Academy” imprint.
Operations: Hikaru Sasahara (Founder)
Current Titles: Does the Flower Blossom?; Fafner: Dead Aggressor; The Tyrant Falls in Love
Upcoming Titles: I’ve Seen It All; Shy Intentions
Branches: Imprints – Juné (yaoi books, est. 2006); DokiDoki (yaoi, shōjo, est. 2009)
Social Media: @digitalmanga ; Facebook
Established: 1999 (DPW), 1992 (formerly Disney Publishing Group)
Official Name: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Place of Origin: Glendale, CA ; Milan, Italy
Distinction: The Disney Publishing Group (DPG) was incorporated in January 1992 and included the already formed Hyperion Books, Hyperion Books for Children, Disney Press and its units.
In April 1999, Buena Vista Publishing Group changed its name to Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc. with Hyperion Books transferred to Disney’s ABC Television Group.
Disney Publishing launched its first original comic book, W.I.T.C.H., in 2001. It was successful and adapted into an animated series, selling one million copies per month by August 2004.
Operations: Andrew Sugerman (EVP), Jeff Sellinger (SVP, Learning), Jeanne Mosure, Raj Murari (SVPs, Group Publishers), Lyle Underkoffler (VP, Digital)
Current Titles: Star Darlings; The Zodiac Legacy
Branches: ABC Daytime Press, Disney Editions, Disney Jump at the Sun, Disney Libri, Disney Libros, Disney Press, ESPN Books, Hyperion Books, Hyperion Books for Children, Marvel Press
Social Media: @DisneyHyperion ; Instagram ; YouTube
Multi-Media: Numerous, especially with the acquisitions of ABC network and Marvel Entertainment.
Official Name: Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc.
Place of Origin: Hampton, NH
Distinction: Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc. has been producing specialty books in the fantasy genre for over 45 years. Over that period the company has published substantially more than 100 quality titles, placing an emphasis on time-honored book design and an abundance of full color and black and white illustrations.
Indeed, the company’s forte is the production of fine editions designed for the book collector and for the book lover. Particular concern is always shown in the use of quality bindings, paper, typography and reproduction of artworks.
Many of the Grant imprint books are illustrated in full and striking color.
Donald M. Grant, Publisher will continue to bring you fine quality books in the future. Many exciting projects are currently being discussed or are already underway.
Operations: Donald M. Grant (Founder)
Current Titles: Jeffrey Jones: Idyl – I’m Age
Social Media: Facebook
Official Name: Double Take
Place of Origin: New York, NY
Distinction: Double Take (2T) is launching a new comic book universe. We have assembled ten teams of talented storytellers. Each team is creating an original series. All of those series are set in 2T’s new universe: some of them share characters; some of them have words like f#$%@!; one has full frontal nudity. 2T will publish the 1st issues of our 1st 10 series in one big bang on September 16, then publish the next 10 in a second big bang in 2016.
Our first 10 stories start in the universe established by the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead, then we let our imaginations… and our zombies… run wild. Mostly, our creators are telling new stories featuring new characters, but if you love the classic film, you won’t be disappointed; you can follow your favorite characters from the film, from their first appearances through their dying breaths, to their first baby zombie steps.
Operations: Bill Jemas (Founder, CEO)
Current Titles: Dedication; Home; Honor; Medic; Remote; Rise; Slab; Soul; Spring; Z-Men
Branches: An extension of video-game giant Take-Two Interactive.
Social Media: @DoubleTakeNYC ; Facebook ; Tumblr
Official Name: Dover Publications
Place of Origin: Mineola, NY
Distinction: Since our founding in 1941, we’ve built our reputation by offering remarkable products at amazing prices. Everyone in the Dover family wants you to be delighted with your purchase. When you shop at Dover, you may do so with complete confidence. We stand behind every product we sell with our unconditional guarantee.
Dover Publications primarily publishes reissues, books no longer published by their original publishers. These are often, but not always, books in the public domain. The original published editions may be scarce or historically significant. Dover republishes these books, making them available at a significantly reduced cost.
Dover is well known for its reprints of classic works of literature, classical sheet music and of public-domain images from the 18th and 19th centuries. Dover also publishes an extensive collection of mathematical, scientific and engineering texts. It often targets its reprints at a niche market such as wood working.
Most Dover reprints are facsimiles by photo process of the originals, retaining the original pagination and typeset, sometimes with a new introduction. Dover will usually add new and more colorful cover art to its paper-bound editions. They retitle some books to make them more in line with modern usage and categorization. For example, the book Woodward’s National Architect was retitled A Victorian Housebuilder’s Guide.
Operations: Howard & Blanche Cirker (Founders)
Current Titles: Last of the Dragons; The Magician’s Wife; Mercy: Shake the World; Night and the Enemy; A Sailor’s Story
Upcoming Titles: Paleo: the Complete Collection; Through the Habitrails: My Life Before and After My Career in the Cubicles
Social Media: @doverpubs ; Facebook ; Pinterest ; YouTube
Official Name: Drawn+Quarterly
Place of Origin: Montreal, Québec, CANADA
Distinction: Over the course of several decades, Drawn & Quarterly has grown from a single-issue magazine to an internationally renowned publisher of the world’s best cartoonists. D+Q has published many North American luminaries of the medium including Adrian Tomine, Lynda Barry, Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, Kate Beaton, Chester Brown, and Seth, as well as international authors including Tove Jansson (Finland); Guy Delisle (France); Tom Gauld (UK); Astrid Lindgren (Sweden); Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Japan); Rutu Modan (Israel); Shigeru Mizuki (Japan); and many more cartoonists from across the globe. The company’s dedication to high production values, editorial integrity, and artistic autonomy has led to it being described by Time as “the most elegant comics publisher in North America.”
The company operates a storefront, Librairie D+Q, in the Mile End neighbourhood of Montreal.
The name of the company is a pun on “drawing”, “quarterly”, and the practice of hanging, drawing and quartering. Initially it specialized in underground and alternative comics, but has since expanded into classic reprints and translations of foreign works.
Operations: Chris Oliveros (Founder, CEO), Tom Devlin (Executive Editor)
Current Titles: Anna & Froga ; Berlin ; Optic Nerve; Puke Force; Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler
Upcoming Titles: Beverly; Big Kids; The Envelope Manufacturer; Was She Pretty?
Branches: Drawn & Quarterly books are distributed by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the United States, Raincoast Books in Canada, Publishers Group UK in the United Kingdom, and internationally by Macmillan.
Social Media: @DandQ ; Facebook ; Instagram ; Tumblr
Official Name: Dynamic Forces (DF)
Place of Origin: Mount Laurel, NJ
Distinction: The Comic Industry’s leader in pop entertainment and collectibles!
DF is the comic book and collectible industry’s top producer of limited edition and autographed memorabilia, including comic books, lithographs, as well as functioning as a packager of comics, and having ranked as high as one of the top 5 suppliers of Diamond Comic Distributors, and a premiere comic and entertainment supplier for United States and International TV Shopping Channels (including being instrumental in QVC US’ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Movie and DVD Release), having placed key items in QVC’s Batman: Begins Movie shows and more!
Active and previous licenses include: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Aspen Entertainment MLT Incorporated, Top Cow Productions, Universal Studios Hit series Battlestar Galactica, and Classic Battlestar Galactica, Xena, and Darkman, Revolution Studios’ Hellboy, MGM’s Army of Darkness, Pressman Films’ The Crow, Sony Pictures’ Underworld, T2, Hasbro’s G.I.Joe, Sandy Frank Productions’ Battle of the Planets (G-Force), Jim Starlin’s Dreadstar, Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg!, Frank Miller’s Sin City, Walter Simonson’s Starslammers, Classic Media’s Lone Ranger, Magnus Robot Fighter and Solar, Man of the Atom – and many other entertainment industry giants. DF continues to set the pace in the comic collector and comic memorabilia markets. Recent product line expansions includes: action figures, vinyl and poly resin statues, tin collectibles, mini-deformed characters, lunchboxes, trading cards, lithographs, giclees, apparel and much more!
Current Titles: https://www.dynamicforces.com/htmlfiles/morespecials.html
Branches: Exclusive variant covers from the major comic book publishers.
Social Media: @DynamicForces ; Facebook
Official Name: Dynamite Entertainment
Place of Origin: Mount Laurel, NJ
Distinction: Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes Warren, Harris Comics, Charlton, and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Pychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.
In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best-selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!
DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.
Operations: Nick Barruci (CEO, Publisher), Juan Collado (President, COO), Joseph Rybandt (Senior Editor)
Current Titles: Bob’s Burgers; James Bond; John Carter: Warlord of Mars; Looking for Group; Red Sonja; A Train Called Love; Vampirella; Will Eisner’s The Spirit
Branches: Imprint of Dynamic Forces.
Social Media: @DynamiteComics ; Facebook ; Pinterest
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