Radical Studios

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Radical Studios
Type Multimedia Studio
Industry Film and Publishing
Founded 2007
Founder(s) Jesse Berger - Co-founder, EVP
Barry Levine - Co-founder, President
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Products Film and Comics
Parent Blatant Entertainment, Inc.
Divisions Radical Publishing
Radical Pictures
Radical Comics
Radical Interactive
Radical Family
Website RadicalStudios.com

Radical Studios is an American multimedia studio with offices in Los Angeles.[1] It has branches in feature films, television, physical and digital publishing, merchandise, recorded music, digital and online media applications and mobile and social games.[2]


Radical Publishing was founded in 2007 by Barry Levine, David Elliott, Jesse Berger, and Matthew Berger.[3][4]

The company launched its first titles, Hercules and Caliber, in May 2008.[5] In May 2009 Elliott left the company, being replaced by new Editor-in-Chief David Wohl.[6][7]

In September 2010, the company rebranded itself as Radical Studios.[8]

In 2011, the company reduced its overall staff.[9] In January, 2012 David Wohl announced that he was leaving the company.[10] Shortly after, the company removed their title Under the Faerie Moon from Free Comic Book Day[11] and cancelled the release of Damaged issue 6. [12]


Stemming from its start as a comic book publisher, and in regards to its comics, Radical Founder Barry Levine stated that “each title is built with the assumption the comic book will eventually land on the big screen.” These tools are used to attract film directors and other talent for attachment to a project during the development process.[13] Lastly, Radical sometimes employs the comic’s series writer to draft an initial screenplay of their work as a part of the film pitch package presented to studios.[14] Using these strategies, Radical has attracted various Hollywood talent and studios to their projects.

Films either in development or released include:

  • Last Days of American Crime: In 2009 Sam Worthington (Avatar) was originally attached to produce and star in The Last Days of American Crime.[26] In 2013 it was announced that Worthington was no longer involved with the project.[27]
Film director Darren Bousman (Saw and Mother’s Day) at SDCC 2009 with Radical Comics


Radical Comics logo

The company launched its first comic titles, Hercules and Caliber, in May 2008 as 5-issue mini-series and debuted as the #7 comic book company in the world in market share based on a monthly report by ICV2.[36] Rather than the superheroes typical of Marvel and DC Comics, Radical’s titles focus on retellings of iconic fictional characters,[37] mythology, science fiction, fantasy, horror, historical fiction, supernatural themes, and genre-based crime.[38] Radical releases comics first as miniseries, and then combines these miniseries into paperback collections. Radical’s strategy in the comic book business is to create properties that feature painted art and “great stories that will appeal to the fans and the marketplace as a whole."[39][40] Many of Radical’s titles are published in a larger 48-page form, rather than the industry standard 22-page format. Radical comics are distributed in both mass market stores and specialized comic book shops.[41] by Diamond Comic Distributors of North America.[40] At one point Radical had a distribution deal for mass market stores in the United States and Canada by Random House.[42] However, the company rejoined Diamond Comic Distributors in 2011. As of 2012, Radical has published 20 different titles and is currently distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors.[43] Currently, Radical has not released any new comics or graphic novels since the release of Damaged issue 5 on February 1st, 2012. The final issue of Damaged has since been cancelled.

The company has released a number of titles:


They are also collecting and reprinting works previously published elsewhere:


Radical received the 2008 Diamond Gem Award for New Comic Book Publisher of the Year from Diamond Comic Distributors. Diamond Comic Distributors is recognized as the premier comic book distributor in North America. The awards are voted on by the comic book store retailers, and are based on the overall impact of the publisher on the industry, taking into account sales performance, quality and creativity.[62][63][64] Radical received the award for their first two titles, Hercules: The Thracian Wars and Caliber: First Canon of Justice. Both comics were launched in May 2008, and enjoyed sellout performances.[65]

Legends: The Enchanted won the HorrorNews Net award for Best Original Graphic Novel 2010.[66]

Legends: The Enchanted was nominated for an Eagle Award for Favourite Single Story 2010.[67]


In July 2009 it was reported Elliott had filed a lawsuit against Radical Publishing's parent company Blatant Entertainment over unpaid wages and contract and copyright issues.[68]

In early 2010 they had to halt publication of Nick Simmons' series Incarnate following accusations of plagiarism.[69][70]


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