There’s a fool born every minute, but a comics publisher every other minute. But this one is launching with a pretty sound roll-out. Shon C. Bury’s Space Goat Productions is most known as a packaging and talent-management company, but in May they’re jumping into the publishing world with Space Goat Publishing. The line will launch with three titles, and has also snagged the license to Evil Dead 2. SG publishing will be making its debut at this weekend’s ComicsPRO meeting.
The launch includes
• Big Game Hunters #1 – A three-issue miniseries of Victorian monster hunters killing their way through a Steampunk world, “Hellboy meets Walking Dead.”.
• Mage, Inc.: The Intern #1 – A three issue miniseries about a non-paid internship at a modern Mage Guild and all of the magic and paperwork that goes with it, “Hermione Grangers first after school job.”
• Space Goat Presents Vol. 1 – The premiere 120-page hardcover anthology features seven genre-spanning stories by both veterans and new talent.
• An Evil Dead 2 prequel written by Frank Hannah (The Cooler) and drawn by Edgar Salazar (DC’s Smallville and Constantine).
In June, Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead by Dawn a three issue mini series written by Frank Hannah and drawn by debuts, and in July an anthology title Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis comes out. Beyond Dead by Dawn is also written by Frank Hannah, with art by Barnaby Bagenda and Oscar Bazaldua. Tales of the Ex-Mortis reads more like Hellraiser with jokes and features stories from industry veterans Greg Pak, Jeff Mariotte, Justin Peniston, Georgia Ball, Ivan Cohen, and more.
These titles are a completely different license and storyline than the Army of Darkness books that Dynamite has been publishing for some while, I’m told.
“The market has matured so much since we opened our doors as a packaging and creative services company—and we feel very strongly there’s a market for the type of material we personally want to bring to readers in print and digital,” Bury explained. “We’ve packaged and provided talent and creative services for the world’s biggest comic book companies for a decade–DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Penguin Books and more. We love the editors we work with at those companies and consider them friends and partners. But there’s still talent and voices that aren’t being heard. And I want to fix that with Space Goat Publishing.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.