Slave Labor Graphics

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Slave Labor Graphics
Founded 1986
Founder Dan Vado
Headquarters location San Jose, California
Key people Dan Vado, publisher
Jennifer de Guzman, editor-in-chief
Publication types Comics
Imprints Amaze Ink
Official website

Slave Labor Graphics (SLG) is an independent American comic book publisher, well known for publishing darkly humorous, offbeat comics.

Company history[edit]

Slave Labor Graphics was started in 1986 by Dan Vado, who remains the company's president and publisher.

The first book Slave Labor Graphics published was Shadow Star #3, a female superhero character previously published independently by some of Vado's friends. Slave Labor Graphics's first major success was Samurai Penguin #1 by Dan and Mark Buck, which sold 58,000 copies in the summer of 1986.[citation needed] The first few titles, such as Hero Sandwich and It's Science With Dr. Radium, were all created by friends of Vado's from high school. Other successes were Milk & Cheese, a comic about mean-spirited anthropomorphic dairy products by Evan Dorkin and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, a comic about the adventures of a serial killer by Jhonen Vasquez. In this time period, comic book speculation was rampant, so Slave Labor Graphics was able to sell its entire print run of many titles.[citation needed] However, at the end of the speculation bubble, some distributors went out of business without paying Slave Labor Graphics.[citation needed]

In 1995, Slave Labor Graphics added an imprint called "Amaze Ink" intended to be for all audiences and more genre-oriented; the "stranger, more adult, and more difficult to categorize material" would still be published under the "Slave Labor" imprint.

In 2005, Slave Labor Graphics entered into a partnership with The Walt Disney Company to produce comic book series based on some of its properties: Haunted Mansion, Wonderland, Tron, and Gargoyles.[1] Its own creations, such as Little Gloomy (1999–2005), Kid Gravity (2003–present) and The Super Scary Monster Show: Featuring Little Gloomy (2005–present), appear/have appeared regularly in Disney Adventures Magazine.[2]

In September 2008, SLG were remodelling their lobby to be a smaller gallery/shop[3] which opened as Boutiki in San Jose in December 2008[4] The gallery/shop is still operating (with name of Art Boutiki) as of 2014 December.[5]

In late 2010, Slave Labor Graphics established an independent record label entitled Slab Yard Sound Company.[6]

In January 2012, editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman, who had been with the company since 2001, left to become the PR and Marketing Director at Image Comics.[7]



  1. ^ "Dan Vado on SLG's Disney Deal". Newsarama. 
  2. ^ NYCC: Slave Labor Graphics' Dan Vado Talks Disney Licensed Comics. February 26, 2007
  3. ^ SLG Office Beutification Adventure Part Two uploaded on September 2, 2008 by Dan Vado. Retrieved 2014 December 21.
  4. ^ Boutiki Opening a Success! blog posted December 12, 2008 by Jennifer de Guzman. Retrieved 2014 December 21.
  5. ^ The Art Boutiki website. Retrieved 2014 December 21.
  6. ^ SLG Publishing Gets Into the Music Biz. November 22, 2010
  7. ^ Jennifer de Guzman to handle PR and marketing at Image January 17, 2012


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