Black Mask Studios
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Los Angeles, California|
|Key people||Brett Gurewitz
|Publication types||Comic books, books|
Black Mask Studios is a comic book and graphic novel publishing company formed by Matt Pizzolo, Steve Niles and Brett Gurewitz, designed as a new infrastructure to support comic book creators and a new pipeline for transgressive art.
On March 20, 2012, it was announced that Occupy Comics, the charity comic book inspired by and raising funds for Occupy Wall Street, organized by Pizzolo, would not be released through an existing comic book publisher, but through a new company called Black Mask Studios.
On June 12, 2012, Black Mask Studios opened its webstore and officially released Occupy Comics #1 with the announcement that Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman, Bill Ayers, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Matt Bors had joined the book's roster.
On September 17, 2012, the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Comics #2 was released to the project's Kickstarter backers and via the Black Mask Studios website. The cover featured a new and iconic illustration by V For Vendetta artist David Lloyd pitting his seminal character V against the Wall Street Charging Bull.
Nearly a year later, on February 14, 2013, Black Mask Studios unveiled its first slate of comics with a two-pronged distribution strategy of supplying comics to traditional comic book shops as well as direct-to-fan through digital-physical hybrid subscriptions.
- Occupy Comics, in a new configuration for comic book stores but still with all revenue received by organizers and creators (past hard costs) being donated to Occupy-related efforts,
- 12 Reasons To Die, a transmedia concept project masterminded by Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, producer Adrian Younge, and executive producer RZA that spans across an album and comic book series of the same name, the comic to be written by Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon with interiors and covers to be illustrated by a rotating team of artists including Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Riley Rossmo (Cowboy Ninja Viking, Bedlam), Breno Tamura (Pigs), Gus Storms, Paolo Rivera (Daredevil), Ramon Perez (Jim Henson's Tale of Sand, Wolverine and the X-Men), Ronald Wimberly (Prince of Cats), Garry Brown (The Massive), Christopher Mitten (30 Days of Night), and more,
- Ballistic, a psychedelic, transreal, hard sci-fi adventure by Darick Robertson (Happy, The Boys, Transmetropolitan) and Adam Egypt Mortimer (director Grant Morrison's upcoming Sinatoro),
- Liberator, a gritty vigilante series about two young heroes avenging the torture of animals by writer and real-life animal rescuer Matt Miner and artist Joel Gomez (with 30% of the project's profits going to animal rescue efforts).
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- "Black Mask Studios to distribute Occupy Comics anthology". Robot 6. Comic Book Resources. May 20, 2012.
- Kit, Borys (February 14, 2013). "'Watchmen,' 'Walking Dead' and '30 Days of Night' Creators Help Launch Black Mask Comics". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Thill, Scott (June 12, 2012). "Maus Creator Art Spiegelman Joins Occupy Comics' Growing Chorus". Wired.
- Thill, Scott (September 17, 2012). "See David Lloyd’s Ballsy, Bullish Cover of New Occupy Comics". Wired.
- Webb, Charles (February 15, 2013). "Black Mask Studios: Two Comic Creators And A Punk Musician Announce Their Own Comic Company". MTV.
- Pizzolo, Matt (February 15, 2013). "Black Mask: The Spring Collection". Black Mask Studios.