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Icon Comics is an imprint of Marvel Comics for creator-owned titles, designed to keep select "A-list" creators producing for Marvel rather than seeing them take creator-owned work to other publishers.
It was launched in 2004 with Michael Avon Oeming and Brian Michael Bendis' superhero/detective series Powers, and David Mack's Kabuki moving to the imprint, both from Image Comics. In June 2005 the imprint's third title, J. Michael Straczynski's Dream Police was launched, followed in September by The Book of Lost Souls, also from Straczynski. Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is an ongoing crime comic also published by Icon.
The creative team get all the rights and you do all the promotion yourself.
you could end up out of pocket because some of the team get paid upfront under these deals whereas Johnny and I don't take a page rate. But it was a calculated risk as we both have pretty good reps and so anything over, say, 25,000 would basically cover our Marvel page rates.
- Brilliant (maxiseries) by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Bagley
- Empress (miniseries) by writer Mark Millar and artist Stuart Immonen
- Kabuki (ongoing series) by writer-artist David Mack
- Men of Wrath (miniseries) by writer Jason Aaron and artist Ron Garney
- Powers (ongoing series) by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming
- Scarlet (ongoing series) by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev
- Dream Logic (ongoing series) by writer-artist David Mack
- Takio (ongoing series) by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming
- Casanova (ongoing series) by writer Matt Fraction and artists Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
- Criminal (ongoing series) by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips
- Incognito (ongoing series) by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips
- Dream Police
- The Book of Lost Souls
- Jack Kirby's Galactic Bounty Hunters
- Kick-Ass (series of miniseries) by writer Mark Millar and artist John Romita, Jr.
- Nemesis (miniseries) by writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven
- The Secret Service
- Superior (miniseries) by writer Mark Millar and artist Leinil Francis Yu
- Supercrooks (miniseries) by writer Mark Millar and artist Leinil Francis Yu
- Epic Comics, an earlier Marvel imprint for creator-owned works.
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This is a long miniseries so I guess the technical term is maxiseries. But it's really something in between.
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