|Founder||William A. Christensen|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Rantoul, Illinois|
|Key people||William A. Christensen|
Avatar Press is an independent American publisher of comic books, founded in 1996 by William A. Christensen, and based in Rantoul, Illinois. Avatar Press is most notable for publishing "Bad Girl" comics such as Pandora, Hellina, Lookers, The Ravening, and Brian Pulido's Lady Death.
Currently, Avatar publishes several ongoing series. They have a strong web presence, anchored by Warren Ellis' FreakAngels webcomic, as well as the comics news site Bleeding Cool, helmed by Rich Johnston.
As part of an effort to expand beyond their reputation as a bad girl publisher, it offered a number of noted creators an opportunity to publish creator-owned books with no content restrictions whatsoever. Among the creators to take them up on their offer were Frank Miller, Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, and Garth Ennis.
Titles that Avatar publishes fall into three general areas: "bad girl" comics, adaptations (including licensed properties), and original titles.
- Pandora (Avatar's flagship character)
- Nira-X Cyberangel (Bill Maus)
- William Tucci's Shi
- The Ravening
- Mike Deodato's Jade Warriors
- Rob Liefeld's Avengelyne, Glory, and The Coven
- Marat Mychael's Demonslayer
- Tim Vigil's Webwitch
- Brian Pulido's Lady Death (of Chaos Comics fame), Belladonna, War Angel, Unholy, and Gypsy
- Medieval Lady Death
- Everette Hartsoe's Razor
- Jungle Fantasy, starring Fauna from the Threshold series' "Fauna, Jungle Girl"
- Twilight, which, along with Twilight: Live Wire, was reprinted in Twilight: Raw
- Mike Wolfer's Widow
Notable adaptations of licensed properties include was Alternate Universe of Bad
Science fiction series, such as:
- Frank Miller's RoboCop, based on his unused scripts for RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3
- Stargate, both Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis
Horror series, such as:
- Friday the 13th
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead
Adaptations from other media (and reprints):
- Alan Moore:
- Max Brooks:
- The Extinction Parade
- Joe R. Lansdale:
- George R. R. Martin:
Avatar also publishes original works by comic creators:
- Jamie Delano:
- Warren Ellis:
- Garth Ennis:
- Christos Gage:
- Kieron Gillen:
- Steven Grant:
- My Flesh is Cool
- Mortal Souls
- Jenni Gregory:
- Rich Johnston:
- David Lapham:
- Mark Millar:
- Alan Moore:
- Eric Powell:
- Zak Penn:
- John A. Russo:
- Tim Vigil:
- Jonathan Hickman
- "WW Philly: The Avatar Panel". Newsarama. June 1, 2008.
- "Future Imperfect: Jamie Delano talks Narcopolis". Comic Book Resources. November 7, 2007.
- "Entering Narcopolis I: Jamie Delano". Newsarama. March 1, 2008.
- "Double-Crossed: Ennis & Burrows talk Crossed". Comic Book Resources. June 12, 2008.
- "CCI: Christos Gage discusses Absolution". Comic Book Resources. July 23, 2008.
- Leader, Michael (November 3, 2009). "Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie Interview". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on 6 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
- "WWC XTRA: Picking the Brains of a 'Living Dead' Legend with Avatar Press". Comic Book Resources. August 13, 2007.
- "Escape of the Living Dead". Avatar Press.
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