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Boom! Studios
Updated BOOM! logo, fair use.jpg
Founded June 2005
Founder Ross Richie[1]
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Los Angeles, California
Key people

Paul Levitz - Board of Directors[2]

Matt Gagnon - Editor-in-Chief[3] Filip Sablik - President of Publishing and Marketing[4] Stephen Christy - President of Development (Film and TV)[5]

Lance Kreiter - Vice President of Licensing and Merchandising[6]
Publication types Comics and Graphic Novels
Official website www.boom-studios.com

Boom! Studios (styled BOOM! Studios) is a New York Times best-selling[7] comic book and graphic novel publisher headquartered in Los Angeles, California, United States.

The publisher has been named "Best Publisher (under 4%)" in 5 out of the last 6 years by Diamond Comic Distributors.[8]

History[edit]

In the early 2000s, Richie had been working in Hollywood, helping to option comic book projects as a producer and working to develop them into movies with the studios, but was getting increasingly frustrated with the process. "I'm getting older, and nothing's happening, and this is so frustrating," Richie said. "My plan was to start BOOM! to get away from Hollywood."[9]

Before BOOM!, Ross Richie worked briefly with Dave Elliott and Garry Leach in 2004 to revive 1980s comic book publishing house Atomeka Press.[10] While working with Atomeka, Richie cut a deal with Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis to publish their series Hero Squared with the Hero Squared X-Tra Sized Special one-shot.[11] When Giffen was featured as a guest at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention,[12] he grabbed a beer with Richie after the show and persuaded him to part ways with Atomeka Press and start his own outfit, BOOM!.[13] BOOM!’s first publication was Zombie Tales #1, a horror zombie anthology released on June 29, 2005[14] under the BOOM! and Atomeka Press logo. The issue was originally solicited by Atomeka but released after Richie had left the company to start BOOM!. Giffen and DeMatteis imported their Hero Squared series from Atomeka to BOOM! and Hero Squared became the very first BOOM! comic book solicited solely under the BOOM! logo,[15] shipping July 27, 2005.[16]

During this time in its history, BOOM! focused on publishing an array of original series created by a slew of industry veterans: Giffen worked on Hero Squared, Planetary Brigade, 10, Jeremiah Harm, and the Tales titles like Zombie Tales and Cthulhu Tales. DeMatteis collaborated with Giffen on Hero Squared and Planetary Brigade and brought his own series, The Stardust Kid, with Mike Ploog over from Image Comics. Mike Mignola and Troy Nixey's Oni Press series Jenny Finn migrated to BOOM! and finally completed its story. Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson created covers for Zombie Tales and Cthulhu Tales. Joe Casey created The Black Plague while Rafael Albuquerque's first American work debuted in The Savage Brothers.

2006 saw BOOM! move into licensing for the first time with the debut of Games Workshop series Warhammer 40,000: Damnation Crusade, based on the popular miniatures game of the same name.[17]

In 2007, BOOM! published Steven Grant's crime/action comic 2 Guns which would eventually be turned into the film of the same name in 2013.

At the 2007 San Diego Comic Con, BOOM! announced plans to launch its first imprint, a new line of comics for children, originally announced with the name ZOOM!,[18] but when the imprint launched in 2009, the imprint debuted as "BOOM Kids!".[19] BOOM! also signed a deal with Disney/Pixar to produce comic books based on their properties and secured newsstand distribution. The first included The Muppet Show by Roger Langridge and The Incredibles: Family Matters by Mark Waid and artist Marcio Takara. In February 2011, BOOM! re-branded the imprint as KaBOOM!,[20] re-focusing the imprint to be truly appealing to all ages rather than only children.[21]

BOOM! announced during the 2007 San Diego Comic Con the appointment of Mark Waid as Editor-in-Chief. In 2009, Waid created Irredeemable which became BOOM!'s longest-running series at that time, lasting 37 issues and the sister book Incorruptible.

After being promoted to Chief Creative Officer, Waid announced he would be leaving BOOM! to return to freelance work. Former Managing Editor Matt Gagnon was promoted to Editor-in-Chief. [22]

At the beginning of 2013, the company launched its #WeAreBOOM! campaign, spotlighting a philosophy that BOOM! isn't just composed of its writers, artists, and staff but also of the fans that read its comics and the retailers that sell them.[23]

In 2013, Boom! acquired Archaia Studios Press[24] merging it into BOOM! and retaining it as a stand-alone imprint.

In 2015, Boom! launched "Push Comics Forward",[25] a public relations campaign aimed at generating a discussion about how comic book publishing can become more inclusive and diverse.

Imprints[edit]

BOOM! is composed of four main imprints: the core BOOM! brand, the All-Ages focused KaBOOM!, Archaia, and BOOM! Box.

BOOM! Studios[edit]

The BOOM! Studios imprint publishes more action-oriented fare appropriate for teens or older readers.[26]

Originals[edit]

Originals under the BOOM! banner explore a wide variety of genres from YA science fiction in The Woods by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas[27] to horror/action thriller Day Men[28] which racked up "Best Inker" and "Best Cover Artist" Harvey Awards nominations[29] for series artist Brian Stelfreeze and sold to Universal Pictures as a movie.[30] Crime noir period piece Hit[31] garnered Harvey Awards nominations for "Best Continuing or Limited Series" and a "Best Inker"[29] for artist Vanesa R. Del Rey and George Pérez's series for BOOM!, Sirens, is a multi-genre action piece that goes from fantasy to western to science fiction.[32] Pulp science fiction mini-series Six Gun Gorilla,[33] written by Si Spurrier and drawn by Jeff Stokely, was nominated for several Harvey Awards including "Best Artist" and "Most Promising New Talent" and "Best New Series."[29] BOOM! also published an original series from Clive Barker entitled Next Testament.[34][35]

BOOM! generally does not focus on super-hero material but two of its original series, Irredeemable and Suicide Risk, have gathered accolades: Mark Waid's series Irredeemable ran for 37 issues[36] generating 10 graphic novel collections[37] and a sister series called Incorruptible ran 30 issues[38] collected into 7 graphic novels.[39] Mike Carey's series Suicide Risk received nominations for "Best New Series" and "Best Single Issue or Story."[40]

Licenses[edit]

BOOM!'s published many adaptations of popular films. Its Planet of the Apes series of comics is the longest-running adaptation of the series, publishing more comics than Marvel (29 issues) and Malibu (50 issues).[41] BOOM!'s series include: Planet of the Apes (16 issues[42] plus an annual,[43] a "giant" issue,[44] a "special" issue,[45] and a "Spectacular"[46]), Betrayal on the Planet of the Apes (4 issues),[47] Exile on Planet of the Apes (4 issues),[48] and Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm (12 issues).[49] Just before the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes BOOM! serialized a one-shot prelude to the movie online as a free webcomic. At San Diego Comic Con International 2014, they published a one shot Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion bridging Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.[50] They are following this with a six-issue series Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in the modern movie continuity[51] as the classic movie continuity crosses over with Star Trek The Original Series in a co-publishing deal with IDW Publishing.[52]

Other film adaptations include an ongoing series based on Big Trouble In Little China[53] written by Eric Powell and John Carpenter, an Escape from New York comic book,[54] an ongoing series with Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure,[55] an eight-issue series based on Robocop[56] and 28 Days Later,[57] bridging the story between 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, a 12 issue series based on Clive Barker's Nightbreed,[58][59] new Hellraiser comics[60] -- unlike the previous Marvel Comics series, Barker himself co-wrote the series -- eight issues of Die Hard: Year One focusing on John McClane's first year as a beat cop in New York City,[61] and a film tie-in for Jennifer’s Body.[62]

BOOM! has published a number of series that are based on television shows like Sleepy Hollow[63] and Sons of Anarchy[64] and Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock.[65] New stories with Farscape began in 2009[66] and ran for 6 subsequent mini-series and a 24-issue ongoing series. All of BOOM!’s Farscape series were co-written by show creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and take place in official show continuity immediately after the Peacekeeper Wars. BOOM! also published a tie-in to SyFy's show Eureka[67] and well as new stories featuring TV's The Avengers, also known as Steed and Mrs. Peel so as not to be confused with the Marvel Comics characters of the same name.[68] On January 28, 2012, BOOM! released a reprint of the previously-published Eclipse Comics mini-series written by Grant Morrison and and drawn by Ian Gibson.

BOOM! has adapted popular authors like Philip K. Dick, and Michael Moorcock: a series based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep retained all the original text to the novel[69] and was nominated for a "Best New Series" 2010 Eisner Awards.[70] A prequel series followed subtitled "Dust to Dust Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?#Prequel Comic book."[71] In 2011, BOOM! launched Elric: The Balance Lost a new original series starring Michael Moorcock's character Elric of Melniboné and guest-starring the Eternal Champions Corum and Dorian Hawkmoon.[72]

BOOM! has licensed games as well. In 2006 they launched Games Workshop properties ultimately publishing 42 comic books collected into 9 graphic novels. 5 mini-series featured Warhammer 40,000: Damnation Crusade (Black Templars),[73] Blood and Thunder (Orks),[74] Exterminatus (The Inquisitors),[75] Fire and Honour (Imperial Guardsmen),[76] and Defenders of Ultramar (Ultramarines).[77] Warhammer Fantasy series included Forge of War (Empire vs. Chaos),[78] Condemned by Fire (Witch Hunters),[79] and Crown of Destruction[80] by Kieron Gillen depicting The Empire fighting Skaven. BOOM! also produced a Blood Bowl mini entitled Killer Contract.[81] The last BOOM!/Games Workshop comics series shipped in 2009.

BOOM! also publishes tie-ins with famous bands, adapting Rush's Clockwork Angels to comics.[82] BOOM! publishes The Amory Wars comic books based on the Coheed and Cambria mythology.

KaBOOM![edit]

KaBOOM!, originally launched as "BOOM! Kids," publishes series aimed at kids and adults, often referred to as "All-Ages" comics.[83]

Originals[edit]

Roger Langridge's series Snarked! ran 12 issues (3 graphic novels) from 2011 to 2012 and won an Eisner Award.[84] New series Abigail and the Snowman launches in December 2014.[85]

Licenses[edit]

BOOM published a number of Pixar series featuring nearly the entire catalog of the company’s characters: The Incredibles in a 4 issue mini-series and a 16 issue ongoing,[86] Cars in two 4 issue mini-series and an 8-issue ongoing, Toy Story in two 4 issue mini-series and an 8-issue ongoing, Wall-E with 8 issues, Finding Nemo with two 4 issue mini-series, and Monsters, Inc. in a single 4 issue mini-series.

BOOM! published several series featuring The Muppets with two different editorial approaches: a main series Roger Langridge wrote and drew based on The Muppet Show that started with the 4 issue mini-series 'The Muppet Show Comic Book in March 2009 and was followed by the 4 issue mini-series The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson with an ongoing following which ran until October 2010. The second approach published a series of mini-series featuring different writers and artists creating public domain fairy tales with The Muppets including Robin Hood.

In September 2009, BOOM Kids! began publishing a line of comic books featuring the Disney "Standard Characters" such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto, the earliest characters animated by Walt Disney Studios. The line ultimately grew to six ongoing series: 'Donald Duck and Friends' began with issue #347 from October 2009 picking up the numbering from Gemstone Publishing '. Early issues featured the Italian-created Donald subseries entitled "Double Duck." From issue #363 to the series' end with #367, Donald Duck refocused on reprinting past classics from Carl Barks, Don Rosa, Jack Hannah, and William Van Horn along with new-to-the-US stories by Federico Pedrocchi and Giovan Battista Carpi. 'Uncle Scrooge' continued the numbering from Gemstone Publishing series with issue #384 from September 2009 to issue #404 in June 2011. From issue #392 to issue #399, the series reprinted DuckTales comics from the early 1990s featuring Uncle Scrooge before spinning off a stand-alone DuckTales series featuring new original stories. With issue #400 to its ending with #404, the series re-focused on reprinting past classics from Carl Barks, Don Rosa, Daan Jippes, and Romano Scarpa. *BOOM Kids! also brought Don Rosa’s best-selling 1995 Eisner Award-winning The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck back into print in two hardcover editions along with The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion. Other hardcovers that collected past classics like Walt Disney’s Valentine’s Classics and Walt Disney’s Christmas Classics featured work from Carl Barks, Walt Kelly, Floyd Gottfredson, Daan Jippes, and Romano Scarpa. 'Mickey Mouse and Friends' picked up the numbering of Gemstone Publishing’s series with issue #296 by importing and translating the worldwide hit Wizards of Mickey series for the first time in English. The feature ran through issue #299 before BOOM Kids! spun Wizards of Mickey off into its own series. With issue #304 the title was renamed Mickey Mouse and shifted focus to reprinting classic work from Floyd Gottfredson and Paul Murry along with new-to-the-US stories by Noel Van Horn, Romano Scarpa, and Byron Erickson. Spinning out of Mickey Mouse and Friends, Wizards of Mickey debuted in January 2010 and ran for 8 issues. 'Walt Disney's Comics and Stories' continued the numbering from the Gemstone Publishing run with issue #699 in September 2009 through issue #720 in June 2011. BOOM Kids! also released an archival collection of Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories first few issues in one volume called Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories Archives.

In June 2010, BOOM Kids! began publishing a line of comic books based on series and characters from Disney Afternoon television shows. The line ultimately grew to three series starring Disney Afternoon characters. BOOM! began publishing comics based on the Darkwing Duck TV show. Eighteen issues were published before the series wrapped up in October 2011. A 4-part crossover story with Disney's DuckTales titled "Dangerous Currency" ran before the series ended, with parts 1 and 3 in DuckTales #5 and #6 and parts 2 and 4 running in Darkwing Duck #17 and #18. *Launching in May 2011, KaBOOM! published six issues based on the television show DuckTales. Notable video game designer Warren Spector wrote the series and the fifth and sixth issues featured a crossover with Darkwing Duck in the storyline "Dangerous Currency".[87]


Other licensed series BOOM! publishes through KaBOOM! include Charles Schulz's Peanuts, Jim Davis' Garfield, and Frederator series Bravest Warriors and Bee and Puppycat.

BOOM! Box[edit]

Experimental and "gleeful" imprint that publishes content for kids and adults.[89]

Originals[edit]

BOOM! Box launched with The Midas Flesh from Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb the same team behind BOOM!'s Adventure Time comic.[90] It followed this series up with Lumberjanes from Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, editor Shannon Watters, and artist Brooke Allen. Originally published as a mini-series, Lumberjanes was a big enough hit to become an ongoing.[91] Other BOOM! Box series include Teen Dog by Jake Lawrence and a Cyanide and Happiness collection "Punching Zoo."

Licenses[edit]

BOOM! initiated an ongoing Munchkin (card game) comic book series beginning January 2015.[92]

Archaia[edit]

BOOM! acquired Archaia in June 2013.[93] Archaia's focus on YA material and fantasy-leaning subjects differentiates itself from the other BOOM! imprints.

Originals[edit]

Licenses[edit]

Notable collaborators[edit]

Comics industry[edit]

BOOM! Studios has worked with the following writers and artists in the comics industry:

Entertainment industry[edit]

BOOM! Studios has also collaborated with the following actors, writers and other creatives:

Distribution[edit]

All of BOOM! Studios' single-issue comic books and graphic novels are distributed to the Direct Market via Diamond Comics Distributors[95]

BOOM!'s graphic novels are distributed to the book trade via Simon and Schuster in the United States,[96] HarperCollinsCanada in Canada,[97]Titan Books in the United Kingdom,[98] and Diamond Book Distributors internationally.[99]

Awards[edit]

Award Nominations[edit]

Digital comics[edit]

On January 3, 2008, BOOM! became the first comic book company to offer a digital download of a comic book on the day and date of its release, partnering with MySpace Comic Books.[119] As a result, the first issue sold out and went to second printing. Sales on issues four and five increased.

One year later, on January 6, 2009, BOOM! teamed with MySpace Comic Books again to offer a free digital day-and-date release for Hexed along with the "5 for 500" program, sending five copies at no cost to the top 500 retailers in the direct market.[120]

On March 23, 2011, the same day as the publication of the first issue of the comic book series based on Hellraiser, BOOM! released a free original Prelude to Hellraiser short story co-written by Clive Barker as a downloadable PDF to promote the release.[121]

To promote the release in July 2011 of the first issue of Elric: The Balance Lost, BOOM! published the Elric Free Online Prelude featuring a free eight-page web comic.[122]

In anticipation of the opening of the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, BOOM! serialized a free digital comic story that served as a prelude to the film.[123]

Alternate Reality Gaming[edit]

On March 4, 2009, BOOM! Studios announced Mark Sable's latest series Unthinkable.[124] To promote the launch of the book, BOOM! created an Altered Reality Game to be played during the time pre-orders were due.

BOOM! App[edit]

On June 15, 2010, BOOM! was the second comic book company to launch a branded app[125] following Marvel's April app launch.[126]

BOOM Kids! and KaBOOM![edit]

Other titles[edit]

  • On December 27, 2011, KaBOOM! announced it had acquired the rights to publish comic books based on the TV show Adventure Time from Cartoon Network. The series is written by Ryan North, author of the webcomic Dinosaur Comics, with art from Ice Age: Iced In artist Shelli Paroline.
  • KaBOOM! published an original series written and drawn by two-time Harvey Award winner Roger Langridge. The series launched with a stand-alone $1 #0 issue in August 2010.[128] It ended in September 2012.
  • In December 2011, KaBOOM! announced it had acquired the rights to do comic books based on 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age movies.[129] KaBOOM! plans to do quarterly stand-alone one-shots in the "children's book" 8 inch by 8 inch format starting with an issue in February 2012 called Ice Age: Iced In.[130][needs update]
  • In March 2010, KaBOOM! released an original Peanuts graphic novel that was an adaptation of the Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown animated special.[131] Then in November 2011, KaBOOM! released a $1 stand-alone Peanuts #0 one-shot as an introduction to new, original stories debuting in Peanuts #1-4 (January–April 2012).
  • In agreement with Paws, Inc., BOOM Studios launched in May 2012 a monthly Garfield comic book, with the first issue featuring a story written by Mark Evanier (who has supervised Garfield and Friends and The Garfield Show) and illustrated by Davis's long-time assistant Gary Barker.
  • A comic book adaptation of Bravest Warriors was announced at San Diego Comic-Con on July 12, 2012 by Boom!. The series began publication on October 24, 2012.

BOOM! Town[edit]

The publisher launched an imprint from 2010 to 2012 called BOOM! Town focusing on "literary comics." The first release through the imprint was a set of Robert Crumb Trading Cards.[132] The first book published via the imprint, Wheeler’s I Thought You Would Be Funnier won the Eisner Award in 2011.[133]

list of BOOM! Town titles[edit]

  • "The Show Must Go On"—collecting uncollected Roger Langridge series including "Fred the Clown" material as well as "Mugwump" strips. (October 2011)[134]

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