Mike Kennedy‘s Magnetic Press, which previously operated as an imprint of Lion Forge, is now set to return to the publishing world under Polarity, which Lion Forge and Oni Press also operate under.
Kennedy commented on his relationship with Lion Forge, saying, “Magnetic enjoyed so many proud achievements with so many wonderful books released over the past three years with Lion Forge. We’re now looking forward to building on that momentum with even more exciting and unique titles and projects with Polarity’s enthusiastic support.”
Magnetic made its presence in the comic industry known by publishing mostly European comics such as Infinity 8 by Lewis Trondheim and Orphans by Roberto Recchioni and Emmanuel Mamucari. Over the course of its first five years of operation, Magnetic garnered a grand total of seventeen Eisner nominations.
Kennedy continued, “Being able to define our own strategies and to focus a spotlight on our talented authors in the way that best suits their individual appeal will allow us to kick off some dynamic plans for increased growth and fan engagement in the coming year.”
In a statement, Polarity founder Dave Steward II said, “What Mike Kennedy achieved with the establishment of Magnetic Press in both the quality of content and its presentation was what drew my interest from the beginning.”
He continued, “Now that we have consolidated Lion Forge and its imprints through our merger with Oni Press, it seemed the right time to have Mike return to publisher status, to continue to carry out his vision under our larger family of brands.”
In addition to bringing back titles like the aforementioned Infinity 8 and Orphans, books like Klaw by Ozanam and Jurion and The Ogre Gods by Hubert and Bertrand Gatignol will also be making a comeback. New titles are also planned, them being the dystopic fantasy Nils: The Tree of Life by Jerome Hamon and Antoine Carrion, Streamliner by Fane, Paris 2119 by Zep and Dominique Bertail, and Gunland by Captain Artiglio.
Over the next few months, even more titles aimed at various age groups will also be announced.
Disclosure: The Beat is owned by Polarity, which also owns Lion Forge and Magnetic Press.