Darby Pop Publishing

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Darby Pop Publishing is an American comic book publishing company founded in 2013.

History[edit]

Darby Pop Publishing is a creator-owned[1] comic book publishing company founded in 2013 by Jeff Kline as an extension of his production company Darby Pop Productions. Darby Pop′s distribution partner is Magnetic Press. Cover artists have included: Howard Chaykin, Bernard Chang, Jose Lopez, Tony Fleecs, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Eisner Winner Andrew Robinson.[2]

Titles[edit]

Series Release Date Writers[3] Illustrators[3] Synopsis
Indestructible December 2013[4] Jeff Kline (Issues 1-4), Ken Kristensen (Issues 5-10) Giancarlo Caracuzzo, Javier Garron, Chris Johnson Indestructible is the story of an ordinary man who is mistaken for a superhero, and chooses to maintain the ruse despite potentially dire consequences.[5]
City: The Mind in the Machine February 2014[4] Eric Garcia[6] Javier Hernandez,[6] Drew Moss, Michael Montenat City: The Mind in the Machine is a near-future examination of Big Brother and a coming singularity.[7]
The 7th Sword April 2014[8] John Raffo[9] Nelson Blake II, Nur Iman In The 7th Sword, a samurai mercenary battles an army of robots and hybrids laying siege to a peaceful city in deep space.[10]
Doberman July 2014[11] Scott Marder, Rob Rosell, Jack Lambert Brandon McKinney Doberman tells the comedic story of a renegade 80’s detective forced to function in a modern-day police department.[11] It was conceived by Rob Rosell and Scott Marder of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Unsupervised.
Dead Squad October 2014 Matt Federman, Stephen Scaia Michael Montenat Dead Squad is the tale of three special operatives temporarily brought back to life by imperfect biotics, with just 36 hours to avenge their own murder and change their afterlives.
Side-Kicked October 2015 Russell Brettholtz Miguel Mendonca, Bong Dazo Side-Kicked tells the story of five of the most loyal sidekicks, tired of being disrespected by their heroes and the citizens alike, who go on strike.
Dead Man's Party February 2016 Jeff Marsick Scott Barnett As a world-renowned hitman, the man known only as Ghost has it all- power, money, reputation, women... He's in complete control of his life, until he is diagnosed with cancer. Deciding to go out on his terms, Ghost puts a price on his own head and invites five of the most skilled assassins to try and claim it.
Fake Empire May 2016 Eric Palicki Vinnie Rico Fairies have always existed in secret. When the Tooth Fairy is murdered, King Oberon sends his daughters: Charli and Luci to find and capture her killer.
Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises May 2016 Shannon Lee, Jeff Kline Brandon McKinney Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises is an all-ages series. Bruce Lee never died. And he hasn't aged. With no idea who he is or what's happened in the past 40+ years, Bruce will piece together a mystery more insidious than ever imagined, and find himself forced to do battle with both an enigmatic Villain and his very own conscience. In other words, the Dragon rises… and “walks on” once more!
The Living Finger August 2016 Garth Matthams Armin Ozdic When well-meaning Jason discovers a disembodied finger that appears to be "alive," it quickly becomes the sole focus of his life. He names the digit "Wendy," learns to communicate with it via "tap code," and discovers that the one thing Wendy wants more than anything else is a living, breathing human body to attach to. Just how far will Jason go to satisfy his ambulatory appendage?
Women of Darby Pop September 2016 Various Various The Women of Darby Pop is a specially-priced, double-sized floppy collecting short stories written and drawn by the winners of Darby Pop Publishing’s second “Breaking Into Comics” contest. This unique anthology shines a spotlight on both major and minor female characters from nearly every book Darby Pop has published to date while simultaneously introducing readers to a wellspring of new talent.
Sweet Lullaby March 2017 AJ Scherkenbach J. Briscoe Allison Lullaby is a strong-willed, 2nd-generation covert assassin, viewing the world through a black and white lens. Typically, she adopts a new look and identity for each mission before moving-in next door to a potential target, and presenting herself as a friendly (or troubled or sexy or mysterious) neighbor. But, upon receiving orders to “terminate,” Lullaby does so with clever — and sadistic — precision. Now, Lullaby is mired in a “gray area”; she must choose whether to remain a government-sanctioned killer or walk away for love. That is, of course, assuming the choice will be hers to make.
Things You Shouldn't Remember July 2017 Luis Roldan Torquemada Mariano Eliceche Dozens of people from all across the United States suddenly find themselves recalling random things: song lyrics, places, and events that seem to have been erased from both collective memory and recorded history. Fearing the spread of a virus-like plague, a mysterious group known as “The Handlers” is tasked with hunting and destroying those who recollect. But, does the end justify the means? And what if you were the one whose mind was unwittingly filled with things you shouldn’t remember? Things You Shouldn’t Remember serves up a cocktail of adventure, horror, and humor in a story that will keep you guessing… and make you wonder if your own memories should be trusted.
Bastard's Waltz September 2017 Mark Bertolini Giovanni Guida John the Bastard is the world’s most dangerous supervillain; his name alone has struck fear into the hearts of most heroes for decades. But now John finds himself in the crosshairs of a talented upstart, and only Secret Service protection specialist Ezekiel Sweet can keep John safe from the swarm of psychopaths heading his way. With Sweet a reluctant guardian, a traitor in their midst, and John’s skills markedly slipping, who will survive the ultimate showdown?
Santa Claus: Private Eye November 2017 Jeremy Bernstein Michael Dorman One day each year, Santa Claus brings presents to children all over the world. The other 364, he moonlights as Nick Santana, a down-on-his-luck detective, trying to make his way in the lonely city. Instead of his red and white suit, Nick sports a trenchcoat and fedora. Instead of the North Pole, Nick works dark corners and rain-slicked streets filled with gangster, guns and – of course — femme fatales. ‘Cuz no one knows better than Santa Claus that the nicer they look, the naughtier they can be.
Bruce Lee: The Walk of the Dragon March 2018 Nicole Dubuc Brandon McKinney Philosopher/teacher/real-life superhero Bruce Lee is back. And, let’s be honest, the world needs him now more than ever. Taking a brief respite from battling an otherworldly evil, Bruce Lee attempts to navigate modern-day Southern California despite still suffering from amnesia and having been “out of the loop” for over 45 years. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a simple “lunch run” soon turns into a comedy of errors involving mistaken identity, a Film Festival,” and the pokey. And despite never being one to initiate fisticuffs, Bruce continues to find it difficult to both hide his martial arts skills – and keep his shirt on.

Indestructible[edit]

The satire Indestructible was created and originally written by Darby Pop founder Jeff Kline (Transformers: Prime, G.I. Joe: Renegades) before Ken Kristensen took over writing duties on issue #5. Indestructible is a tale of mistaken secret identity, centering on everyman Greg Pincus, who is mistakenly believed to be super-powered and immediately vaulted into celebrity-dom.

City: The Mind in the Machine[edit]

City: The Mind in the Machine was created by Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men, Anonymous Rex). City follows Ben Fischer, who helped build the world’s most advanced surveillance system, "Golden Shield", which utilizes every camera, cell phone, and computer in San Francisco to battle crime. Unfortunately, Golden Shield operates in black and white, unable to prioritize threats or distinguish true danger amidst a sea of false alarms. In other words, the program can’t properly function without a human mind to operate it. Against his will, Ben Fischer is chosen to be that “mind”, resulting in a controversial melding of man and machine.

The 7th Sword[edit]

The 7th Sword was created by John Raffo (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story). Daniel Cray—a Samurai mercenary—stumbles upon the legendary city of ZenZion, a mysterious desert outpost currently under siege from a vicious Warlord. The peace-loving citizenry beg Cray to train them in exchange for passage back to Earth, but their battle is a hopeless one: six fresh recruits versus a relentless army of robots, hybrids, and their savage masters.

Doberman[edit]

Doberman is a comedic series about a ″roundhouse-kicking, beer-shotgunning, Dodge Stealth–driving badass with a badge.″[12] It was created by Rob Rosell and Scott Marder (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Unsupervised), and Jack Lambert. Frank “Doberman” Doberano is a 1980s cop who is forced to function in a modern-day police department in order to avenge his partner's death and take down his nemesis.

Dead Squad[edit]

Dead Squad relates the tale of three U.S. military operatives who are murdered by their own commanding officer after completing a questionable mission. Thanks to experimental nanotechnology, each is granted a 36-hour reprieve to track their killer and change their ultimate fate (heaven or hell). Dead Squad was created by Matt Federman and Stephen Scaia (Jericho, Warehouse 13).

Side-Kicked[edit]

Side-Kicked, created by Russell Brettholtz and Miguel Mendonca, is a superhero satire about what happens when Chicago's five most loyal sidekicks finally grow tired of being disrespected by both the prima donnas they work for and the citizenry they strike to protect and go on strike. Side-Kicked was the first comic published under Darby Pop's partnership with Magnetic Press.

Dead Man's Party[edit]

Created by Jeff Marsick and Scott Barnett. In the assassin trade, a Dead Man's Party is part Viking funeral, part Irish wake, a twisted way for your murderous peers to either honor your memory or settle a score. Each of the five professional killers who participate have 30 days to collect the bounty on your head, adding your distinguished name to his or her resume. And the "contract" is wholly irrevocable. For the world's most feared executioner – known only as Ghost – arranging such a Party for himself is a last resort, a way to go out on his own terms and at the top of his game.

Fake Empire[edit]

Created by Eric Palicki. Fairies have always existed in secret, without a kingdom of their own, living side-by-side with humankind. But when one of his own children is murdered, King Oberon asks his surviving daughters – newly minted NYPD detective Charli and wingless black sheep Lucy – to find her killer amidst the citizenry of New York. As Charli and Lucy delve deeper into the mystery, they begin to discover the extraordinary measures their father has taken – some clever, some desperate – to keep an entire people hidden in an increasingly treacherous world. For Charlie and Lucy, unmasking their sister’s executioner will mean confronting their own blood-drenched legacy.

Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises[edit]

Bruce Lee never died. And he hasn’t aged. But, he has no idea who he is, what’s happened in the world in the past 40+ years, or why so many “thugs” want a piece of him. With the help of a fly BFF from the ’70s – Joe Toomey, P.I. – and a pair of precocious Teens, Bruce will piece together a mystery more insidious than ever imagined, and find himself forced to do battle with both an enigmatic Villain and his very own conscience. In other words, the Dragon rises… and “walks on” once more! Written by Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, and Jeff Kline.

The Living Finger[edit]

When well-meaning Jason discovers a disembodied finger that appears to “alive,” it quickly becomes the sole focus of his life. He names the digit “Wendy,” learns to communicate with it via “tap code,” and discovers that the one thing Wendy wants more than anything else is a living, breathing human body to attach to. But, as soon as Jason helps Wendy secure an unwitting “host,” problems arise. Soon, Jason has collected a bathtub full of corpses, a rightly suspicious sister, and a best friend hellbent on selling Wendy to the highest bidder. Even worse, Jason is beginning to realize that he may have acted a bit rashly, especially with Wendy proudly displaying an unhealthy fascination with knives. Is there any way for Jason to set things right without becoming another casualty?

Women of Darby Pop[edit]

The Women of Darby Pop is a specially-priced, double-sized floppy collecting short stories written and drawn by the winners of Darby Pop Publishing’s second “Breaking Into Comics” contest. This unique anthology shines a spotlight on both major and minor female characters from nearly every book Darby Pop has published to date while simultaneously introducing readers to a wellspring of new talent.

Sweet Lullaby[edit]

Lullaby is a strong-willed, 2nd-generation covert assassin, viewing the world through a black and white lens. Typically, she adopts a new look and identity for each mission before moving-in next door to a potential target, and presenting herself as a friendly (or troubled or sexy or mysterious) neighbor. But, upon receiving orders to “terminate,” Lullaby does so with clever — and sadistic — precision. Now, Lullaby is mired in a “gray area”; she must choose whether to remain a government-sanctioned killer or walk away for love. That is, of course, assuming the choice will be hers to make.

Things You Shouldn't Remember[edit]

Dozens of people from all across the United States suddenly find themselves recalling random things: song lyrics, places, and events that seem to have been erased from both collective memory and recorded history. Fearing the spread of a virus-like plague, a mysterious group known as “The Handlers” is tasked with hunting and destroying those who recollect. But, does the end justify the means? And what if you were the one whose mind was unwittingly filled with things you shouldn’t remember? Things You Shouldn’t Remember serves up a cocktail of adventure, horror, and humor in a story that will keep you guessing… and make you wonder if your own memories should be trusted.

Bastard's Waltz[edit]

John the Bastard is the world’s most dangerous supervillain; his name alone has struck fear into the hearts of most heroes for decades. But now John finds himself in the crosshairs of a talented upstart, and only Secret Service protection specialist Ezekiel Sweet can keep John safe from the swarm of psychopaths heading his way. With Sweet a reluctant guardian, a traitor in their midst, and John’s skills markedly slipping, who will survive the ultimate showdown?

Santa Claus: Private Eye[edit]

One day each year, Santa Claus brings presents to children all over the world. The other 364, he moonlights as Nick Santana, a down-on-his-luck detective, trying to make his way in the lonely city. Instead of his red and white suit, Nick sports a trenchcoat and fedora. Instead of the North Pole, Nick works dark corners and rain-slicked streets filled with gangster, guns and – of course — femme fatales. ‘Cuz no one knows better than Santa Claus that the nicer they look, the naughtier they can be.

Bruce Lee: The Walk of the Dragon[edit]

Philosopher/teacher/real-life superhero Bruce Lee is back. And, let’s be honest, the world needs him now more than ever. Taking a brief respite from battling an otherworldly evil, Bruce Lee attempts to navigate modern-day Southern California despite still suffering from amnesia and having been “out of the loop” for over 45 years. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a simple “lunch run” soon turns into a comedy of errors involving mistaken identity, a Film Festival,” and the pokey. And despite never being one to initiate fisticuffs, Bruce continues to find it difficult to both hide his martial arts skills – and keep his shirt on.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exclusive Interview: David Wohl talks about Darby Pop, the newest creator-owned imprint". Comic Bastards. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  2. ^ "2014 Eisner Awards Winners". Comic-Con. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Titles". Darby Pop Publishing. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  4. ^ a b "First Look: Darby Pop Publishing". Comic Bastards. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Indestructible". Darby Pop. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  6. ^ a b "Big Brother Invades San Francisco in Garcia's "City: The Mind in the Machine"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  7. ^ "City". Darby Pop. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive Interview: David Wohl". Comic Bastards. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  9. ^ "Interview: Getting to know Darby Pop Publishing". Comics Beat. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  10. ^ "Seventh Sword". Darby Pop. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  11. ^ a b "Announcing Doberman, a new comedy series from Darby Pop". Darby Pop. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  12. ^ "Doberman". Darby Pop. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 

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