Gorilla Comics

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Gorilla Comics was a short-lived American comic book imprint launched in 2000[1] by creators Kurt Busiek, Tom Grummett, Stuart Immonen, Karl Kesel, Barry Kitson, George Pérez, Mark Waid, and Mike Wieringo.[2] Characters were creator-owned, and books were published through Image Comics.

Titles[edit]

  • Crimson Plague by George Pérez (originally published through Event Comics)
  • Empire by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson (later completed through DC Comics)
  • Section Zero by Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett
  • Shockrockets by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen
  • Superstar by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen
  • Tellos by Todd Dezago and Mike Wieringo (originally published through Image Central)

Closure[edit]

The founders intended to finance the company through a comics-themed website, eHero.com, which proved unsuccessful.[3] This left creators financing their own books, and only a handful of issues saw print.[4] Only Shockrockets and Tellos completed their initial storylines. The last Gorilla Comics book, Superstar, consisted of a single issue printed in 2001.

Shockrockets was later reprinted in trade paperback by Dark Horse Comics in August 2004. It was reprinted by IDW Publishing as a hardcover in November 2010. Further Tellos stories were self-published directly through Image Comics. Empire was later completed as a mini-series at DC Comics and released as a trade paperback in June 2004. Superstar was released by IDW Publishing in April 2011.

In January 2012, Karl Kesel announced that he and Tom Grummett would be relaunching Section Zero as a webcomic on the Mad Genius Comics website.[5][6] The previously published stories are being posted on the site and new material will be added as it is completed.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Contino, Jennifer M. (May 2000). "Tell Us About Tellos". Sequential Tart 3 (5). 
  2. ^ Lamken, Brian Saner (December 6, 1999). "The Comic Wire: Gorilla Comics: A Profile of the Creator Owned Imprint". Comic Book Resources. 
  3. ^ Yarbrough, Beau (December 28, 2000). "State of the (Ape) Nation: How Healthy is Gorilla?". ComicBookResources.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ Dean, Michael (June 8, 2001). "The Case of the Disappearing Gorilla: The Banana Trust Explains How Not to Start a Comics Line". The Comics Journal #234. Fantagraphics Books. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ Parkin, JK (January 3, 2012). "Kesel and Grummett’s Section Zero returns as a webcomic". ComicBookResources.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kesel, Karl (January 2, 2012). "Back to ZERO!". MadGeniusComics.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kesel, Karl; Grummett, Tom (2012). "Archive for Section Zero". MadGeniusComics.com. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 

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