Slave Labor Graphics ( SLG) is an independent American comic book publisher, well known for publishing darkly humorous, offbeat comics. Creators associated with SLG over the years include Evan Dorkin, Roman Dirge, Sarah Dyer, Woodrow Phoenix, Jhonen Vasquez, and Andi Watson.
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
ShadowStar #3, a female superhero character previously published independently by some of Vado's friends. The company's first wave of titles — Samurai Penguin, Barrabas, Lee Flea, and The Light — were all written by Vado, with art by a variety of creators. Other early titles, such as  Hero Sandwich and It's Science With Dr. Radium, were all created by friends of Vado's from high school.
Slave Labor Graphics's first major success was
Samurai Penguin #1 by Vado and Mark Buck, which sold 58,000 copies in the summer of 1986. Other successes were  , a comic about mean-spirited Milk & Cheese anthropomorphic dairy products by Evan Dorkin, and , a comic about the adventures of a serial killer by Johnny the Homicidal Maniac 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. However, at the end of the mid-1990s speculation bubble, some distributors went out of business without paying Slave Labor Graphics.
1995, Slave Labor Graphics added a more genre-oriented imprint called "Amaze Ink" intended to be for all audiences; the "stranger, more adult, and more difficult to categorize material" would still be published under the main "Slave Labor" imprint.
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 , and Tron . Gargoyles Its own creations, such as  Little Gloomy (1999–2005), Kid Gravity (2003–2007), and The Super Scary Monster Show: Featuring Little Gloomy (2005–2007), appeared regularly in magazine. Disney Adventures
In September 2008, SLG remodeled its lobby to be a smaller gallery/shop
which opened as Boutiki in San Jose in December 2008.  The gallery/shop is still operating (with name of  Art Boutiki) as of 2014 December.
In late 2010, Slave Labor Graphics established an independent
record label entitled Slab Yard Sound Company.
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
Absent Friends (2004)
A Bag of Anteaters
#1–19 (by Action Girl Comics Sarah Dyer, 1994–2001)
Adora Gone and The Electric Electric Elephant (2010)
Awkward (by Ariel Schrag, 1999)
Autumn #1–5 (2004–2006)
Babyhead Magazine #1 (2004)
Bad Art Collection
Barrabas #1–2 (1986) 
#1–10 (by Bear Jamie Smart, 2004–2005)
Beer and Roaming in Las Vegas
Bill The Clown 3 issues (1992–1993)
Bloody Dreadful (by Justin Bastard Sane)
Black Heart Billy
#1–3 plus a TPB (by Bombaby Screen Goddess Antony Mazzotta, 2003–2004)
Byron: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous (by Karl Christian Krumpholz, 2007)
#1–20 Cactus Thief
Caffeine #1–10 (by Jim Hill; April 1996 – 1999)
Camping with Bigfoot
The Cat With The Really Big Head
6 issues (2008) Cemetarians
Charm School #1–9 (by Elizabeth Watasin; Apr. 2000 – 2003)
(by Chumble Spuzz Ethan Nicolle, 2008)
(by The Clarence Principle Fehed Said and Shari Chankhamma, 2007)
The Comical Tragedy of Punch and Judy
Comic Book Heaven
Corporate Ninja (2005)
Dead Eyes Open (by Roy Boney, 2005)
Dim Witted Darryl
Dork #1–11 (by Evan Dorkin, 1993–2006; continued by Dark Horse Comics)
(by Dr. Grave Ed Clayton
Dystopik Snomen (by Don M. Haring, Jr., 1995)
Eating Steve: A Love Story
Emily and the Intergalactic Lemonade Stand
Emo Boy #1–11 (by Steve Emond, 2005–2007)
Empty Love Stories #1–2 (all stories written by Steve Darnall, Nov. 1994 – Aug. 1996)
Evenfall (by Pete Stathis, 2004)
Everything Can Be Beaten
15 issues (by Gargoyles Greg Weisman, et al; a continuation of the TV series)
Ghost Ship #1–3 (by Jon Lewis, Mar. 1996 – Oct. 1996)
#1–28 (by Gloomcookie Serena Valentino and Vincent Batignole, 1999–2006)
(by Dan Vado) The Griffin
Halo and Sprocket #1–4 (2002)
Heart of a Corpse (by Justin Bastard Sane)
Hectic Planet (by Evan Dorkin; previously known as Pirate Corp$)
Hero Sandwich #1–5 (1987–1989)
Highway 13 #1–10 (by Les McClaine, 2001–2003)
(by Hsu and Chan Jeremy "Norm" Scott)
#1–2 (by I Feel Sick Jhonen Vasquez, 1999–2000)
It's Science With Doctor Radium (1986)
Jellyfist (by Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg)
Jet Comics #1–3
Jet Pack Pets
#1–7 (by Johnny the Homicidal Maniac Jhonen Vasquez, 1995–1997)
#1 (by Kitsune Tales Woodrow Phoenix and Andi Watson, 2003)
Knights of the Living Dead
#1–13 (by Lenore Roman Dirge, 1998–2007)
Life of a Fetus #1–7 Likewise #1–2 (by Ariel Schrag, 2002)
#1–6 (by Little Gloomy Landry Walker and Eric Jones, 1999)
Little Gloomy Adventures one-shot (2003)
Little Gloomy Crypt of Creepts one-shot (2004)
Little Gloomy Hallowe'en Special one-shot
Little Scrowlie 18 issues (by Jennifer Feinberg and Todd Meister; Mar. 2003 – Jan. 2008)
Longshot Comics, Shanne Simmons (volume 1: 1995. volume 2: 1997)
Love In Tights
(by Metamorphosis Odyssey Jim Starlin)
7 issues plus a TPB (by Milk & Cheese Evan Dorkin, 1991–2000)
15 issues (by Mister Blank Christopher J. Hicks, 1996–1998)
The Monsters In My Tummy
Murder Can Be Fun #1–12 (anthology; 1996–1999)
My Monkey's Name is Jennifer (2002)
#1–10 (by Next Exit Christy Lijewski; 2004 – 2006)
#1–23 (by Nightmares & Fairy Tales Serena Valentino and Camilla D'Errico, May 2002 – May 2008)
original graphic novel (by Nil: A Land Beyond Belief James Turner, 2005)
#1–8 (by Oddjob Ian Smith and Tyson Smith, Spring 1999 – May 2001)
On the Bus
One Fisted Tales #1–11 (anthology, 1990 – Aug. 1994)
Outlook:Grim #1–6 (2003–2004)
The Pants Ant Trouser Hour
(by Paris Andi Watson, 2005–2006)
Patty Cake 33 issues (by Scott Roberts; 1997–2005)
Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer
Pirate Club #1–10 (by Derek Hunter & Elias Pate, 2004–2006)
Pirate Corp$ (by Evan Dorkin, 1989–1993)
Private Beach #1–7? (2002?)
Punk Rock & Trailer Parks (2008)
The Replacement God #1–8 (by Zander Cannon, June 1995 –1997) 
#1–13 (by Rex Libris James Turner, 2005–2008)
Rogue Satellite Comics #1–3 (Reilly & Atkinson, 1996–1997)
The Royal Historian of Oz
#3–4 (by Samurai Jam Andi Watson, 1993, previously Samurai Funnies, published by Solson Publications)
#1–8 (1986–1988) Samurai Penguin
Samurai Penguin: Food Chain Follies #1
Screwtooth #1-? (2006)
#1–5 (by Serenity Rose Aaron Alexovich, 2003–2004)
Seth Throb, Underground Artist
Shadoweyes (by Sophie Campbell, 2010)
ShadowStar #3 (1986; #1–2 published by Savage Graphics) 
Sidney Mellon's Thunderskull!
The Sister's Luck (by Shari Chankhamma, 2010)
Skaggy The Lost #1–4, trade paperback
Skeleton Girl Comics #1–3
#1–30 (by Skeleton Key Andi Watson, July 1995 – Jan. 1998 )
#1–4 Sky Ape
Slacker Comics #1–18 (by Doug Slack, Aug. 1994 – Oct. 1998)
(by Slow News Day Andi Watson, 2001)
#1–5 (by Jim Rugg, 2004–2005) Street Angel
#1–30 Space Bunny
#1–5 (by Brian Villaverde, 2007) Spot the Dog
#1–4 (by Jhonen Vasquez, 1997–1998) Squee
Strongman by Charles Soule
#1–9 (by Sugar Buzz Ian Carney and Woodrow Phoenix, Jan. 1998 – May 2002)
#1–2 (by "Downer" creator Swerve Kyle S. Hunter)
#2–6, 1989–1990 (by The Jam Bernie Mireault; came from Matrix Graphics, moved to Dark Horse Comics)
The Super Scary Monster Show: Featuring Little Gloomy
#3–11, 1988 – May 1994 (by Tales from the Heart Cindy Goff, Rafael Nieves and Seitu Hayden; came from Entropy Enterprises)
(2006–2008; miniseries following up the film and Tron: The Ghost in the Machine the video game ) TRON 2.0
The Trouble With Igor #1 (2006)
#4–5 (by True Swamp Jon Lewis, Oct. 1994 – Feb. 1995); first 3 issues published by  Peristaltic Press
Ubu Bubu #1–4 (2008–2009)
Ursa Minors #1-? (2006)
Vaistron #1–5 (2005)
The Vesha Valentine Story (by Des Taylor, 2011)
18 issues (by The Waiting Place Sean McKeever, Mike Norton, and David Yurkovich; Apr. – Sept. 1997; Nov. 1999 – Feb. 2002)
Weird Science (1986)
#1–3 (by Where's It At, Sugar Kat? Woodrow Phoenix and Ian Carney, Sept. 2000 – Mar. 2001)
(by Whistles Andrew Hussie, 2007)
Wonderland (by Zombies Calling Faith Erin Hicks, 2007)
^ a b c d e "Newspeak: Slave Labor in California,"
Speakeasy #65 (Aug. 1986), p. 4.
^ "Newswatch: Slave Labor Announces New Format,"
The Comics Journal #177 (May 1995), p. 33.
"Dan Vado on SLG's Disney Deal". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 2005-08-27.
NYCC: Slave Labor Graphics' Dan Vado Talks Disney Licensed Comics Archived 2007-03-10 at the Wayback Machine. February 26, 2007
SLG Office Beutification Adventure Part Two uploaded on September 2, 2008 by Dan Vado. Retrieved 2014 December 21.
Boutiki Opening a Success! blog posted December 12, 2008 by Jennifer de Guzman. Retrieved 2014 December 21.
The Art Boutiki website. Retrieved 2014 December 21.
SLG Publishing Gets Into the Music Biz. November 22, 2010
Jennifer de Guzman to handle PR and marketing at Image January 17, 2012
^ "Newswatch: Slave Labor Announces New Title, Imprint,"
The Comics Journal #175 (Mar. 1995), p. 30.
^ "Newswatch: True Swamp Joins Slave Labor Line-Up,"
The Comics Journal #172 (Nov. 1994), p. 38.
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