AWA Studios

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AWA Studios
AWA Studios logo, Nov 2018.jpg
FoundedNovember 2018 (2018-11)
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Key people
  • Axel Alonso (Chief Creative Officer)
  • Bill Jemas (Chief Creative Officer)
  • Jonathan Miller (Board Chair/Senior Council)
Publication typesComics
Fiction genres
ImprintsUpshot Studios
Official websiteOfficial website

AWA Studios (also known as AWA, standing for Artists, Writers & Artisans) is an American independent comic book publisher founded in November 2018 by Axel Alonso, Bill Jemas and Jonathan Miller.[1]


AWA Studios was founded in November 2018 by Axel Alonso and Bill Jemas from Marvel Comics, and Jonathan Miller from Wikia. While Alonso and Jemas are Chief Creative Officers, Miller is a Senior Council member. The initials in the company's name stand for "Artists, Writers & Artisans".[1] Over time, a Creative Council was joined by J. Michael Straczynski, Reginald Hudlin, Garth Ennis, Gregg Hurwitz, Margaret Stohl and Frank Cho.[2]

Its other imprint, Upshot Studios, has presented a number of creator-owned works for mature readers, starting with American Ronin.[3]

On August 2019, Straczynski announced a new shared universe for AWA, debuting on 2020 with The Resistance.[4] On September 2019, AWA announced a Retail Council to be assembled.[5]

During New York Comic Con 2019, AWA released Upshot Now #0.[6]

Key people[edit]

Leadership Team[edit]

  • Axel Alonso (Co-founder, Chief Creative Officer)[1]
  • Bill Jemas (Co-founder, Chief Creative Officer)[1]
  • Jonathan Miller (Co-founder, Board Chair, Senior Council)[1]

Creative Counsel[edit]

List of publications[edit]

Upshot Studios.



  • Archangel 8
    • Written by Michael Moreci, drawn by C. P. Smith.
    • March 18, 2020
    • When Heaven and Hell wage an eternal war for the souls of mankind, there is an eighth archangel who operates under a different code.
  • Bad Mother
    • Written by Christa Faust.
    • March 18, 2020
    • April Walters is a single mother with a dark past, and whose her teenage daughter goes missing under mysterious circumstances. In order to rescue her daughter, April embarks on a journey against a massive crime syndicate and its lethal matriarch.
  • Hotell[7]
    • Written by John Lees, drawn by Dalabor Talijic.
    • March 18, 2020
    • The Pierrot Courts Hotel, hidden around Route 66, gains the attention of a journalist on the trail of a serial killer, and discovers a terrible secret about the hotel.


  • American Ronin[3]
    • Written by Peter Milligan, drawn by ACO.
    • In a dystopian future where corporations rule the world, operatives are trained since childhood to pledge their allegiance. But one of them will be considered a "Ronin" after he decided to fight back.
  • Fight Girls
    • Written and drawn by Frank Cho.
    • Ten women face off in an ancient contest to get the title of “Queen of the Galaxy”. But one of the contestants is an infiltrator who has her own motives to win the contest.
  • Savior[8][9]
    • Written by Ales Kot, drawn by Robert Sammelin.
    • When his parents pass away, a messiah-like figure with a fascist behavior nicknamed as "The Savior" crosses paths with a secret society awaiting for him to save the world.
  • Old Haunts
    • Written by Ollie Masters and Rob Williams, drawn by Laurence Cambell.
    • Three middle-aged men face the consequences of their past crimes when they are visited by several ghosts.
  • Year Zero[10]
    • Written by Benjamin Percy, drawn by Ramon Rosanas.
    • Five survivors of a global epidemic must draw upon their unique skills and deepest instincts to navigate a world of shambling zombies.
  • Devil's Highway[10]
    • Written by Benjamin Percy, drawn by Brent Schoonover.
    • A young woman with a dark family secret searches for the serial killer who murdered her father, but then discovers a hidden national network of evil.
  • Red Border[11]
    • Written by Jason Starr, drawn by Will Conrad.
    • After escaping to Texas from a drug cartel, a Mexican couple comes across a mysterious house, where the hosts prove to be more sinister than the cartel itself.
  • E-Ratic[14]
    • Written by Karee Andrews.
  • Primos[16]
    • Written by Al Madrigal.
  • Lil' Freakin Maniacs[14]
    • Written by Karee Andrews.
  • The Cong: Gorilla Warfare[19]
    • TBA
  • Moths[20]
    • Written by J. Michael Straczynski.
    • Part of AWA's shared universe.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Gustines, George Gene (March 20, 2019). "A Comic Book Publisher Creates Its Own Origin Story" – via The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Marston, George (March 20, 2019). "ENNIS, JMS, HUDLIN, CHO, STOHL, More Join Bill Jemas' AWA" – via Newsarama.
  3. ^ a b c Burlingame, Russ (June 5, 2019). "Peter Milligan Talks AWA's American Ronin" – via
  4. ^ a b c Babos, John (August 9, 2019). "AWA Finally Unveils Its Shared Super-Hero Universe From Top Writer & Artist Team Of J. Michael Straczynski & Mike Deodato Jr. In The Resistance!" – via Inside Pulse.
  5. ^ a b Griepp, Milton (September 3, 2019). "AWA ASSEMBLING RETAIL COUNCIL" – via Bleeding Cool.
  6. ^ a b c "AWA To Debut Sampler Magazine UPSHOT NOW at NYCC". September 25, 2019 – via Newsarama.
  7. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (July 9, 2019). "John Lees and Dalibor Talajić Launch "Hotell" From AWA Comics" – via Bleeding Cool.
  8. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (July 8, 2019). "Ales Kot's "Savior" Gets a Name Change to "YT S@vior" for AWA" – via Newsweek.
  9. ^ a b Whalen, Andrew (September 24, 2019). "UPCOMING COMIC 'SAVIOR' STARS CORPORATE FASCIST MEGACHURCH MESSIAH" – via Bleeding Cool.
  10. ^ a b c Johnston, Rich (July 9, 2019). "Benjamin Percy Launches Two Comics From AWA – Year Zero and Devil's Highway" – via Bleeding Cool.
  11. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (July 9, 2019). "Jason Starr and Will Conrad Launch "Red Border" From AWA Comics" – via Bleeding Cool.
  12. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (September 23, 2019). "Tommy Lee Edwards Draws Cannabis Horror Comic For AWA – "Grendel, Kentucky"" – via Bleeding Cool.
  13. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (September 23, 2019). "Margaret Stohl's "The Amazing Ordinary", From AWA Comics" – via Bleeding Cool.
  14. ^ a b c Johnston, Rich (September 23, 2019). "Kaare Andrews to Launch Two Comics, "E-Ratic" and "Lil' Freakin Maniacs" From AWA" – via Bleeding Cool.
  15. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (September 23, 2019). ""Marjorie Finnegan, Temporal Criminal" by Garth Ennis, From AWA, to Be Announced at NYCC" – via Bleeding Cool.
  16. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (September 23, 2019). "The Daily Show's Al Madrigal to Write New Comic, "Primos", For AWA" – via Bleeding Cool.
  17. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (September 23, 2019). "Cullen Bunn and Nelson Blake II's "Byte Sized" Coming From AWA Comics" – via Bleeding Cool.
  18. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (September 23, 2019). "Jeff McComsey and Javier Pulido's Universal Healthcare Comic, "ET ER" From AWA Comics" – via Bleeding Cool.
  19. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (September 24, 2019). "AWA to Publish Mystery Giant Ape Comic, "The Cong – Gorilla Warfare"" – via Bleeding Cool.
  20. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (September 23, 2019). "Babylon 5's Joe Michael Straczynski to Write Resistance Spinoff, "Moths", From AWA Comics" – via Bleeding Cool.

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