15 Comic Book Publishers You Need to Know
Taken as directed, fast-acting Action Planet speeds relief to tired, jaded comic readers in minutes! With brash new heroes and off-beat stories, Action Planet goes directly to the fun center of the brain and brings a jolt of relief!
Upper Darby, PA, USA
The Archie Comics line of comic books is one of the most successful, longest-running brands in the history of the comic industry. Archie Comics have sold 2 billion comics and are published in a dozen different foreign languages and distributed all over the world. Archie Comics has spawned characters whose popularity have spilled over into other media and who have become part of popular culture.
Pelham, NY, USA
Asylum Press is a publishing company that produces premium comic books and graphic novels within the horror, science fiction, and action genres. It then maximizes the value of these branded properties by extending them across multiple media platforms, including movies, TV, and video games, often using transmedia storytelling techniques and social networking to reach a much broader audience than traditional comic book publishers do.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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 more than 30 years later the company has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States.
Milwaukie, OR, USA
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables), and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.
Burbank, CA, USA
Fantagraphics Books has been a leading proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature since it began publishing the critical trade magazine The Comics Journal in 1976. By the early 1980s, Fantagraphics found itself at the forefront of the burgeoning movement to establish comics as a medium as eloquent and expressive as the more established popular arts of film, literature, poetry, et al. Fantagraphics quickly established a reputation as an advocacy publisher that specialized in seeking out and publishing the kind of innovative work that traditional comics corporations who dealt almost exclusively in super-heroes and fantasy either didn’t know existed or wouldn’t touch: serious, dramatic, historical, journalistic, political, and satirical work by a new generation of alternative cartoonists as well as many artists who gained prominence as part of the seminal underground comix movement of the ’60s. Fantagraphics has since gained an international reputation for its literate and audacious editorial standards and its exacting production values.
Seattle, WA, USA
Antarctic Press is a Texas-based company that was started in 1984. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest publisher of comics in the United States. Over the years, it has produced over 1,500 titles with a total circulation of over 5 million. Among its titles are some of the most respected and longest-running independent series in comics today. Since its inception, its main goal has been to establish a series of titles that are unique, entertaining, and high in both quality and profitability.
San Antonio, TX, USA
Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing, a division of Geppi’s Entertainment Publishing & Auctions, was formed by Diamond Comic Distributors President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts in preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium.
Timonium, MD, USA
Hermes Press is one of a handful of publishers which exclusively produces books and comic strip reprints focusing on the art and artists of the comics, cartoon and comic strips, pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, art books covering science fiction, and popular culture.
New Castle, PA, USA
Lion Forge is a trans-media studio with a focus on comics publishing across all age groups.
Saint Louis, MO, USA
Marvel Entertainment LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over 75 years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, and publishing.
New York, NY, USA
NBM is a leading critically acclaimed independent graphic novel publisher showcasing the diversity of comics from North America and Europe.
Papercutz is all about publishing great graphic novels for all ages. Popular with reluctant readers and gifted readers alike, Papercutz graphic novels for kids, tweens, and teens include a wide range of genres, including humor, action adventure, mystery, horror, and favorite characters. Papercutz is proud to be the only publisher exclusively dedicated to children’s graphic novels.
New York, NY, USA
Starting with only one book, The Victorian, Penny-Farthing Productions expanded its line to ten titles, keeping output small enough to maintain the highest quality. This “boutique approach” to publishing has won the recognition of the comics and fine arts industries, and PFP has won numerous awards, including the Gutenberg D’Argent Medal and several Spectrum Awards.
Sugar Land, TX, USA
Based in Maryland, Visionary first opened in 2006 as a dedicated comic teaching studio, operating as a packaging and production house while working with new talent to develop properties into actual projects. It recruited well-known and established creators in many fields to act as mentors and teachers.
Beltsville, MD, USA