|Headquarters||Wiltshire, United Kingdom|
Com.x is a British comic publishing company.
|“||Neil originally came for an interview as a designer at the design agency Russell and myself ran, but as soon as we saw in his portfolio that Neil had trained as a comic artist and had worked on 2000AD, we ended up talking for about 4 hours about comics and the industry in general. By the time we finished, we felt that Neil's talent would have gone to waste if we'd taken him on as a designer, so we decided instead to propose to our client, Konami, that we should work with Neil on a graphic novel for the computer game Silent Hill. They felt it would be a cool thing to do, so Neil came on board and we began developing the project. Very quickly, we found that we all got on really well and by about the third week of working together, we felt we had a lot to contribute to the comic industry in terms of enthusiasm and creativity.||”|
The company published a number of titles in the following couple of years like Cla$$war by Rob Williams and Trevor Hairsine, Puncture by Uttley and Ben Oliver, Razorjack by John Higgins and Bazooka Jules by Googe.
Rob Williams suggested that the relatively greater impact Com.x had on the American publishing companies was:
|“||It was purely the American format and the attention we received from the U.S. comic press. I just think Com.X's books talked to the American publishers in their own language—they looked and read like U.S. books so, hey, it’s not that big a leap for American editors to see us working in American books.||”|
They ran into bigger problems in 2002 when their offices were burgled and it took them time to recover. Other named projects, like Battle Raven Six by Antony Johnston, were never published and the company went quiet for over a year.
The second phase of the company's activity took place in 2003 and 2004. The first three issues of Cla$$war were collected into a trade paperback in 2003 and the series was finished in 2004 with new artist Travel Foreman. However, when interviewed in 2004 Googe said he did not feel the company had fully returned:
|“||We have had a few bits out this year, Cla$$war was finished, as was Puncture and we had the Last American graphic novel ... but as a fully functioning publisher ... well no, the simple fact is we underestimated what it would take... and enthusiasm only gets you so far. We never really had that much cash and so when the big guns came knocking for the likes of Trev and Josh, with their promise of great projects, we just couldn't compete. ...
So Com.X will continue to chase the deals it's already looking at, as for the comics, I like to think of it as lying dormant until such a time as it can return properly.
The company returned fully to comics publishing in 2008, led by Eddie Deighton and business partner Benjamin Shahrabani, with a more sustainable business model. To avoid delays in the releasing of series, Deighton said that "[o]ur publishing model, at least for the time being, is going to focus on graphic novel format, collected editions, complete story-arcs, etc."
This included the release of new original graphic novel Path by Gregory Baldwin, along with the collection of Razorjack and Cla$$war. Then they will roll out other titles, including Forty-Five written by Andi Ewington with forty-five comics artists, a softcover collection of Cla$$war and another creator-owned comic.
Titles published include:
- Babble by writer Lee Robson, with art by Bryan Coyle
- Bazooka Jules by Neil Googe
- BlueSpear by writer Eddie Deighton/Andi Ewington, with art by Cosmo White
- Cla$$war by writer Rob Williams, with art by Trevor Hairsine/Travel Foreman. Coloured by Len O'Grady
- Codename: Babetool by writer Jose Luis Gaitan, with art by Walter Taborda
- Duppy'78 by writer Casey Seijas, with art by Amancay Nahuelpan. Coloured by Daniel Warner
- Forty-Five by writer Andi Ewington, with art by various artists
- The Last American by writers Alan Grant/John Wagner, with art by Mike McMahon
- Monster Myths by John Lupo Avanti
- N-jin by writer Guy Haley, with art by Dan Boultwood. Coloured by Len O'Grady
- O:R:E by writer Eddie Deighton and Jim Alexander
- Path by Gregory Baldwin
- Primal by writer Russell Uttley, with art by Joshua Middleton/Ben Oliver
- Puncture by writer Russell Uttley, with art by Ben Oliver
- Razorjack by John Higgins
- SEEDS by Ross Mackintosh
- Sky Between Branches by Joshua Middleton
- Com.x's Back: Talking to Eddie Deighton & Benjamin Shahrabani[permanent dead link], Newsarama, April 16, 2008
- Cla$$ Act, Sequential Tart, January 2002
- Finally Collected: Rob Williams Talks Cla$$war, Newsarama, April 2, 2009
- The Final Puncture: Russ Uttley on Com.x's Puncture, Newsarama, October 13, 2003
- A Very Personal Vision: John Higgins on 'Razorjack', Newsarama, April 7, 2009
- Neil Googe: Talking Com.x, Majestic, & More, Newsarama, December 27, 2004
- Hanly, Gavin Rob Williams interview, 2000 AD Review, 6 June 2005
- Trevor Hairsine's Captain America With Cla$$, Comicon.com, December 18, 2002
- Middleton Exclusive With Marvel, Newsarama, April 1, 2003
- Com.X Office Burglarized; Currently Assessing Extent of Damages And Losses, Comics Bulletin, September 2002
- A Com.x Update, Newsarama, December 11, 2002
- Creepy Curves, Sequential Tart, July 2001
- Com.x's Act Together, Titles To Return in March, Newsarama, December 4, 2003
- Com.x Announces Cla$$war Trade, N-jin, Newsarama, April 30, 2003
- Cla$$war's Rob Williams Entertains You, Comics Bulletin, December 11, 2003
- Cla$$war Returns With a New Artist, Newsarama, June 23, 2003
- The Ongoing War - A Preview & Update on Cla$$war, Newsarama, March 25, 2004
- Bazooka Jules Returns With LeSean Thomas, Newsarama, September 2, 2003
- Bazooka Jules - There and Back Again For LeSean Thomas, Newsarama, January 26, 2004
- LeSean Thomas' Cannon Busters Lands at Com.x, Newsarama, November 14, 2003
- Deighton on the Return of Com.x, Comicon.com, April 9, 2009
- 21 Questions With John Higgins, Mindless Ones, March 9, 2009
- Cla$$war & the Resurrection of Com.X, Comic Book Resources, March 12, 2009
- McIntire, Andrew (November 11, 2009). "TFAW.com Interviews Andi Ewington, Writer of 45, from Com.X". TFAW.com. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
- Oliver, Andy (September 28, 2009). "Stars on 45". Broken Frontier. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
- Hogan, John. "Behind Forty-Five: A Talk with Andi Ewington". Graphic Novel Reporter. Retrieved October 10, 2009.