Gorilla Comics was a short-lived American comic book imprint launched in 2000 by creators Kurt Busiek, Tom Grummett, Stuart Immonen, Karl Kesel, Barry Kitson, George Pérez, Mark Waid, and Mike Wieringo. Characters were creator-owned, and books were published through Image Comics.
- 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)
The founders intended to finance the company through a comics-themed website, eHero.com, which proved unsuccessful. This left creators financing their own books, and only a handful of issues saw print. 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 will see a release from IDW Publishing in March 2011.[when?]
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. The previously published stories are being posted on the site and new material will be added as it is completed.
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- Lamken, Brian Saner (December 6, 1999). "The Comic Wire: Gorilla Comics: A Profile of the Creator Owned Imprint". Comic Book Resources.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Kesel, Karl (January 2, 2012). "Back to ZERO!". MadGeniusComics.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- Kesel, Karl; Grummett, Tom (2012). "Archive for Section Zero". MadGeniusComics.com. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- Gorilla Comics at the Comic Book DB
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