Com.x

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Com.x
Industry Publishing
Founded 2000
Founder Eddie Deighton
Russell Uttley
Neil Googe
Headquarters Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Key people
Eddie Deighton
Jon Sloan
Products Comics
Website Official website

Com.x is a British comic publishing company.

History[edit]

2000–2002[edit]

Com.x was founded in 2000 by Eddie Deighton, Russell Uttley and Neil Googe. Deighton later described how the group came together in 1999:

The company published a number of titles in the following couple of years like Cla$$war by Rob Williams and Trevor Hairsine,[2][3] Puncture by Uttley and Ben Oliver,[4] Razorjack by John Higgins[5] and Bazooka Jules by Googe.[6]

Rob Williams suggested that the relatively greater impact Com.x had on the American publishing companies was:

The downside of this for the company was that their artists, like Trevor Hairsine,[8] Ben Oliver, Joshua Middleton[9] and Neil Googe, were snapped up by Marvel and DC.[7]

They ran into bigger problems in 2002 when their offices were burgled[10] and it took them time to recover.[11] Other named projects, like Battle Raven Six by Antony Johnston,[12] were never published and the company went quiet for over a year.

2003–2004[edit]

The second phase of the company's activity took place in 2003 and 2004.[13] The first three issues of Cla$$war were collected into a trade paperback in 2003[14][15] and the series was finished in 2004 with new artist Travel Foreman.[16][17] However, when interviewed in 2004 Googe said he did not feel the company had fully returned:

Other titles that were announced as returning, but never appeared, include Bazooka Jules with new artist LeSean Thomas[18][19] and Thomas' own Cannon Busters.[20]

2008–[edit]

The company returned fully to comics publishing in 2008, led by Eddie Deighton and business partner Benjamin Shahrabani, with a more sustainable business model.[1] To avoid delays in the releasing of series, Deighton said that "[o]ur publishing model, at least for the time being, is going to focus on graphic novel format, collected editions, complete story-arcs, etc."[21]

This included the release of new original graphic novel Path by Gregory Baldwin,[1] along with the collection of Razorjack[5][22] and Cla$$war.[3][23] Then they will roll out other titles, including Forty-Five written by Andi Ewington[24] with forty-five comics artists,[25][26] a softcover collection of Cla$$war and another creator-owned comic.[21]

Titles[edit]

Titles published include:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Com.x's Back: Talking to Eddie Deighton & Benjamin Shahrabani[permanent dead link], Newsarama, April 16, 2008
  2. ^ Cla$$ Act, Sequential Tart, January 2002
  3. ^ a b Finally Collected: Rob Williams Talks Cla$$war, Newsarama, April 2, 2009
  4. ^ The Final Puncture: Russ Uttley on Com.x's Puncture, Newsarama, October 13, 2003
  5. ^ a b A Very Personal Vision: John Higgins on 'Razorjack', Newsarama, April 7, 2009
  6. ^ a b Neil Googe: Talking Com.x, Majestic, & More, Newsarama, December 27, 2004
  7. ^ a b Hanly, Gavin Rob Williams interview, 2000 AD Review, 6 June 2005
  8. ^ Trevor Hairsine's Captain America With Cla$$, Comicon.com, December 18, 2002
  9. ^ Middleton Exclusive With Marvel, Newsarama, April 1, 2003
  10. ^ Com.X Office Burglarized; Currently Assessing Extent of Damages And Losses, Comics Bulletin, September 2002
  11. ^ A Com.x Update, Newsarama, December 11, 2002
  12. ^ Creepy Curves, Sequential Tart, July 2001
  13. ^ Com.x's Act Together, Titles To Return in March, Newsarama, December 4, 2003
  14. ^ Com.x Announces Cla$$war Trade, N-jin, Newsarama, April 30, 2003
  15. ^ Cla$$war's Rob Williams Entertains You, Comics Bulletin, December 11, 2003
  16. ^ Cla$$war Returns With a New Artist, Newsarama, June 23, 2003
  17. ^ The Ongoing War - A Preview & Update on Cla$$war, Newsarama, March 25, 2004
  18. ^ Bazooka Jules Returns With LeSean Thomas, Newsarama, September 2, 2003
  19. ^ Bazooka Jules - There and Back Again For LeSean Thomas, Newsarama, January 26, 2004
  20. ^ LeSean Thomas' Cannon Busters Lands at Com.x, Newsarama, November 14, 2003
  21. ^ a b Deighton on the Return of Com.x, Comicon.com, April 9, 2009
  22. ^ 21 Questions With John Higgins, Mindless Ones, March 9, 2009
  23. ^ Cla$$war & the Resurrection of Com.X, Comic Book Resources, March 12, 2009
  24. ^ McIntire, Andrew (November 11, 2009). "TFAW.com Interviews Andi Ewington, Writer of 45, from Com.X". TFAW.com. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  25. ^ Oliver, Andy (September 28, 2009). "Stars on 45". Broken Frontier. Retrieved October 10, 2009. 
  26. ^ Hogan, John. "Behind Forty-Five: A Talk with Andi Ewington". Graphic Novel Reporter. Retrieved October 10, 2009. 

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