Black Mask Studios

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Black Mask Studios
Founded 2012
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Los Angeles, California
Key people Matt Pizzolo
Brett Gurewitz
Steve Niles
Publication types Comic books, books
Official website

Black Mask Studios is a comic book and graphic novel publishing company formed by Matt Pizzolo, Steve Niles and Brett Gurewitz, designed as a new infrastructure to support comic book creators and a new pipeline for transgressive art.[1][2]


On March 20, 2012, it was announced that Occupy Comics, the charity comic book inspired by and raising funds for Occupy Wall Street, organized by Pizzolo, would not be released through an existing comic book publisher, but through a new company called Black Mask Studios.[3]

Niles and Gurewitz joined with Pizzolo to found Black Mask, Niles noting "if V for Vendetta were created today there would be no publisher for it."[4][5] Pizzolo has explained that Black Mask will operate under the mottos "to create you must destroy" and "Inspire, never meddle".[6]

On June 12, 2012, Black Mask Studios opened its webstore and officially released Occupy Comics #1 with the announcement that Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman, Bill Ayers, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Matt Bors had joined the book's roster.[7]

On September 17, 2012, the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Comics #2 was released to the project's Kickstarter backers and via the Black Mask Studios website. The cover featured a new and iconic illustration by V For Vendetta artist David Lloyd pitting his seminal character V against the Wall Street Charging Bull.[8]

Nearly a year later, on February 14, 2013, Black Mask Studios unveiled its first slate of comics with a two-pronged distribution strategy of supplying comics to traditional comic book shops as well as direct-to-fan through digital-physical hybrid subscriptions.[9]

The following year, in October 2014, Black Mask Studios announced its second slate of 15 new series, a major expansion for the company, flagshipped by Sinatoro from Grant Morrison and Vanesa Del Rey and Disciples from Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten. [10]

Black Mask Studios has since announced several non-comics productions: a TV adaptation of Five Ghosts by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, executive produced by Pizzolo and Gurewitz for Syfy and Universal Cable Productions with a pilot by Evan Daugherty; [11] an animated feature film trilogy of Godkiller by Pizzolo, Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk and Ben Templesmith [12], a TV adaptation of The Disciples by Niles and Christopher Mitten at Universal Cable Productions[13], a TV adaptation of Mayday at Imperative[14], and an adaptation of Sinatoro by Grant Morrison and Vanesa Del Rey at Universal Television with a pilot by Heroes writers Adam Armus and Kay Foster, co-produced with Chris Weitz (Rogue One) and Paul Weitz (Mozart In The Jungle)[15]. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Black Mask currently has 11 projects in development at studios[16].


The first slate of titles was scheduled to launch on May Day 2013 with Occupy Comics #1. The list announced by Black Mask includes:[17]

The second slate of titles began debuting in late 2014 with new series scheduled to launch through mid-2015, including:[18]

The third slate of titles (dubbed Black Mask's Class Of 2016) debuted in Spring 2016, including:[19]


  1. ^ aubin (February 15, 2013). "Brett Gurewitz helps launch Black Mask Studios". 
  2. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (February 15, 2013). "New publisher/distro Black Mask Studios debuts with Moore, Lloyd, RZA and more". Comics Beat. 
  3. ^ "Black Mask Studios; New Comic Publisher". ICv2. March 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Thill, Scott (March 20, 2012). "Black Mask Studios' 'Old Punks' Occupy Comics, Creators Rights". Wired. 
  5. ^ "Black Mask Studios to distribute Occupy Comics anthology". Robot 6. Comic Book Resources. May 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (February 14, 2013). "'Watchmen,' 'Walking Dead' and '30 Days of Night' Creators Help Launch Black Mask Comics". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ Thill, Scott (June 12, 2012). "Maus Creator Art Spiegelman Joins Occupy Comics' Growing Chorus". Wired. 
  8. ^ Thill, Scott (September 17, 2012). "See David Lloyd's Ballsy, Bullish Cover of New Occupy Comics". Wired. 
  9. ^ Webb, Charles (February 15, 2013). "Black Mask Studios: Two Comic Creators And A Punk Musician Announce Their Own Comic Company". MTV. 
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (October 7, 2014). "Grant Morrison's 'Sinatoro' Getting the Comic Book Treatment From Black Mask Studios". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  11. ^ White, Brett (October 7, 2014). "Image's "Five Ghosts" In Development At Syfy". Comic Book Resources. 
  12. ^ Yamato, Jen (November 6, 2014). "'Godkiller' Post-Apocalyptic Comic Bound For New Animated Trilogy". Deadline. 
  13. ^ "Wes Craven to Adapt Steve Niles' Sci-Fi Horror Comic 'The Disciples' for TV (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  14. ^ "Imperative Entertainment to Adapt Black Mask Comic 'Mayday' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  15. ^ "Comic-Con: Chris and Paul Weitz Team With Grant Morrison for 'Sinatoro' TV Series (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  16. ^ "Adrianne Palicki, LGBT Bounty Hunters Highlight Black Mask's Comic Slate (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  17. ^ Pizzolo, Matt (February 15, 2013). "Black Mask: The Spring Collection". Black Mask Studios.
  18. ^ Pizzolo, Matt (October 7, 2014). "Welcome to Black Mask 2.0". Black Mask Studios.
  19. ^ "Adrianne Palicki, LGBT Bounty Hunters Highlight Black Mask's Comic Slate (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 

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