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Boom! Studios
Boomstudios logo.jpg
Founded June 2005
Founder Ross Richie
Andrew Cosby[1][2]
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Los Angeles, California
Key people

Paul Levitz - Board of Directors[3]

Matt Gagnon - Editor-in-Chief[4] Filip Sablik - President of Publishing and Marketing[5] Stephen Christy - President of Development (Film and TV)[6]

Lance Kreiter - Vice President of Licensing and Merchandising[7]
Publication types Comics and Graphic Novels
Official website www.boom-studios.com

Boom! Studios (styled BOOM! Studios) is a New York Times best-selling[8] 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.[9]

History[edit]

Before co-founding BOOM! Studios, Richie and Cosby worked at Malibu Comics from 1993 to 1995. The duo left the comic book business to pursue careers in feature films and were involved producing the feature film adaptation of Mage by legendary comic book creator Matt Wagner with Spyglass Entertainment,[10] and had various projects with Mike Medavoy (Phoenix Pictures),[11] Mark Canton (The Canton Company), Akiva Goldsman, and Casey Silver.[12] Working with Dark Horse Comics, the duo set up Damn Nation at MTV Films/Paramount Pictures,[13] a comic book Cosby created with the partnership attached to produce.[14]

BOOM! Studios booth at the 2009 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, on the campus of UCLA

BOOM!’s first publication was Zombie Tales #1, a horror zombie anthology released on June 22, 2005.

BOOM! announced during the 2007 San Diego Comic Con the appointment of Mark Waid as Editor-in-Chief. After three years in the position, Waid was promoted to Chief Creative Officer with former Managing Editor Matt Gagnon promoted to Editor-in-Chief. In December 2010, Waid announced he would be leaving his role as Chief Creative Officer to return to freelance work though he will continue writing for the publisher.[15]

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.[16] The company also debuted a new logo alongside the campaign.

In 2013, Boom! acquired Archaia Studios Press[17] merging it into BOOM! and retaining it as a stand-alone imprint.

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.[18]

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[19] to horror/action thriller "Day Men"[20] which racked up "Best Inker" and "Best Cover Artist" Harvey Awards nominations[21] for series artist Brian Stelfreeze and sold to Universal Pictures as a movie.[22] Crime noir period piece "Hit"[23] garnered Harvey Awards nominations for "Best Continuing or Limited Series" and a "Best Inker"[21] 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.[24] Pulp science fiction mini-series "Six Gun Gorilla"[25] 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."[21]

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[26] generating 10 graphic novel collections[27] and a sister series called Incorruptible ran 30 issues[28] collected into 7 graphic novels.[29] Mike Carey's series "Suicide Risk" received nominations for "Best New Series" and "Best Single Issue or Story."[30]

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).[31] BOOM!'s series include: "Planet of the Apes" (16 issues[32] plus an annual,[33] a "giant" issue,[34] a "special" issue,[35] and a "Spectacular"[36]), "Betrayal on the Planet of the Apes" (4 issues),[37] "Exile on Planet of the Apes" (4 issues),[38] and "Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm" (12 issues).[39] 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.[40] They are following this with a 6 issue series "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" in the new movie continuity[41] as the old movie continuity crosses over with Star Trek The Original Series in a co-publishing deal with IDW Publishing.[42]

Other film adaptations include '28 Days Later (comics)[43] bridging the story between 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, eight issues of Die Hard: Year One focusing on John McClane's first year as a beat cop in New York City.[44] and a film tie-in for Jennifer’s Body.[45]

BOOM! has adapted popular authors like Philip K. Dick, Clive Barker, and Michael Moorcock: a series based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep retained all the original text to the novel[46] and was nominated for a "Best New Series" 2010 Eisner Awards.[47] A prequel series followed subtitled "Dust to Dust Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?#Prequel Comic book."[48] BOOM! launched Hellraiser in 2010.[49] Unlike the previous Marvel Comics series Clive Barker himself co-wrote the series. Barker followed this by writing a new original series "Next Testament"[50][51] and then the team revived Nightbreed for comics.[52] 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.[53]

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),[54] Blood and Thunder (Orks),[55] Exterminatus (The Inquisitors),[56] Fire and Honour (Imperial Guardsmen),[57] and Defenders of Ultramar (Ultramarines).[58] Warhammer Fantasy series included Forge of War (Empire vs. Chaos),[59] Condemned by Fire (Witch Hunters),[60] and Crown of Destruction[61] by Kieron Gillen depicting The Empire fighting Skaven. BOOM! also produced a Blood Bowl mini entitled Killer Contract.[62] The last BOOM!/Games Workshop comics series shipped in 2009.

KaBOOM![edit]

KaBOOM!, originally launched as "BOOM! Kids," publishes series aimed at All-Ages where kids and adults alike can read the comics without concern for content.[63]

Originals[edit]

Roger Langridge's series Snarked! ran 12 issues (3 graphic novels) from 2011 to 2012 and won an Eisner Award.[64] New series Abigail and the Snowman launches in December 2014.[65]

Licenses[edit]

BOOM!'s The Muppets comic books featured two different editorial approaches: a main series Roger Langridge wrote and drew based on The Muppet Show and a series of mini-series featuring different writers and artists creating public domain fairy tales with The Muppets. Langridge's series launched with 'The Muppet Show Comic Book a 4 issue mini-series that ran from March to June 2009[66] and followed it up with The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson, a 4 issue mini-series.[67] An ongoing followed and ran until October 2010.[68] Concurrent fairy tale mini-series starring The Muppets ran during this time and included Robin Hood,[69] Peter Pan,[70] King Arthur,[71] Snow White,[72] and the last mini, Sherlock Holmes, wrapped up in November 2010.[73]

BOOM! Box[edit]

Experimental and "gleeful" imprint that publishes content for kids and adults.[74]

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.[75] 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.[76] Other BOOM! Box series include Teen Dog by Jake Lawrence and a Cyanide and Happiness collection "Punching Zoo."

Licenses[edit]

BOOM! announced an ongoing Munchkin (card game) comic book series.[77]

Archaia[edit]

BOOM! acquired Archaia in June 2013.[78] 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[80]

BOOM!'s graphic novels are distributed to the book trade via Simon and Schuster in the United States,[81] HarperCollinsCanada in Canada,[82]Titan Books in the United Kingdom,[83] and Diamond Book Distributors internationally.[84]

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.[109] 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.[110]

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.[111]

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.[112]

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.[113]

Claudio Sanchez series[edit]

The Amory Wars with Coheed and Cambria[edit]

BOOM! publishes a series of comic books written by the lead singer/songwriter of Coheed and Cambria, Claudio Sanchez, set in the mythology and the continuity of the band’s storytelling songs.[114]

Kill Audio and The Key of Z[edit]

Aside from publishing material around the band Coheed and Cambria’s mythology, BOOM! also publishes comic books written by Claudio Sanchez that are not connected to the band. In October 2009, BOOM! released Kill Audio, a series that "follows the adventures of an immortal little troll who struggles to find purpose in a land where creativity is a controlled substance."[115] In October 2011, BOOM! released The Key of Z, a new four-issue zombie story set in New York City written by Sanchez.[116]

Alternate Reality Gaming[edit]

On March 4, 2009, BOOM! Studios announced Mark Sable's latest series Unthinkable.[117] 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[118] following Marvel's April app launch.[119]

Licenses[edit]

Notable intellectual property holders that have licensed their series to BOOM! include Cartoon Network, Games Workshop, The Jim Henson Company, Peanuts Worldwide, The Philip K. Dick Estate and The Walt Disney Company.

Television licenses[edit]

BOOM! has published a number of series based on popular television shows.

Eureka[edit]

Based on the hit Syfy television series, BOOM!’s Eureka comics and graphic novels were co-written by show creators Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia, alongside comic scribes Brendan Hay and Jonathan L. Davis, with art by Diego Barreto and Mark Dos Santos. Each 4-issue mini-series takes place within official series continuity.

  • Eureka (4-issue mini-series, October 2008 to January 2009)
  • Eureka: Dormant Gene (4-issue mini-series, February - May 2009)

Farscape[edit]

All of BOOM!’s Farscape series are co-written by show creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and Keith R. A. DeCandido, author of the 2001 Farscape novel "House of Cards", except for the Farscape: Scorpius series, written by O’Bannon and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine screenwriter David Alan Mack, and take place in official show continuity immediately after the Peacekeeper Wars.

  • Farscape (4-issue mini-series, November 2008 to February 2009)
  • Farscape: Strange Detractors (4-issue mini-series, March - June 2009)
  • Farscape: Gone and Back (4-issue mini-series, July - October 2009)
  • Farscape Ongoing Series (24 issues, November 2009 to November 2011)
  • Farscape: D’Argo’s Trial (4 issues, August - November 2009)
  • Farscape: D’Argo’s Quest (4 issues, December 2009 to March 2010)
  • Farscape: D’Argo’s Lament (4 issues, April - July 2010)
  • Farscape: Scorpius (8 issues, August 2010 to March 2011)

TV’s The Avengers[edit]

On January 28, 2012, BOOM! released a reprint of a previously-published Grant Morrison and Ian Gibson six-issue series based on The Avengers television series under the title Steed and Mrs. Peel so as not to be confused with the Marvel Comics series.

BOOM Kids! and KaBOOM![edit]

At the 2007 San Diego Comic Con, BOOM! announced plans to launch a new all-ages imprint producing comics for children, originally announced with the name ZOOM!, but when the imprint launched in 2009, the imprint debuted as "BOOM Kids!". 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!,[120] re-focusing the imprint to be truly appealing to all ages rather than only children.[121]

Pixar[edit]

BOOM Kids! published a number of Pixar series featuring nearly the entire catalog of the company’s characters:

  • The Incredibles written by Mark Waid and Landry Walker (4 issue mini-series from March - June 2009, 16-issue ongoing from July 2009 to October 2010)
  • Cars (two 4 issue mini-series by Alan J. Porter from March - June 2009 and July - October 2009, 8-issue ongoing November 2009 to June 2010)
  • Toy Story (4 issue mini-series from May - August 2009, 8-issue ongoing November 2009 to June 2010, 4-issue Tales from the Toy Chest from July - October 2010)
  • Wall-E (8 issues from November 2009 to June 2010)
  • Finding Nemo (2 mini-series: May - August 2009 and July - October 2010)
  • Monsters, Inc. (4 issues, June - September 2009)

Other titles[edit]

  • In September 2009, BOOM Kids! began publishing a line of comic books featuring the Disney "Standard Characters" such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto, the earliest characters animated by Walt Disney Studios. The line ultimately grew to six ongoing series before ending.
  • BOOM! Kids 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! picked up the numbering of Gemstone Publishing’s Mickey Mouse and Friends 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.
  • BOOM Kids! 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.
  • In June 2010, 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. The first issue sold out, prompting a second printing.[124] 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".[125]
  • 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.[126] 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.[127] 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.[128][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.[129] 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.[130] The first book published via the imprint, Wheeler’s I Thought You Would Be Funnier won the Eisner Award in 2011.[131]

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)[132]

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