- Boom! Studios
company_name = Boom! Studios
company_type = Comic publisher
foundation = June 2005
founder = Ross Richie, Andrew Cosby
location = Los Angeles, CA, USA
homepage = [http://www.boom-studios.com Boom-Studios.com]
BOOM! Studios is an independent comic book
company. It was founded in June 2005 with " ZombieTales" #1. The company was named "Wizard" Magazine's Best New Publisher of 2005, only four months after their first book was published. [ [http://www.boom-studios.com/node/7 Boom! Studios awarded Best New Publisher by Wizard Magazine] , Boom! Studios press release, January 17, 2006]
BOOM! Studios was founded in 2005 by Ross Richie and Andrew Cosby. The company publishes a wide variety of material, from the humor of "
Hero Squared", " Planetary Brigade" and "What Were They Thinking" to horror with " Cthulhu Tales" and " Fall of Cthulhu", to crime with " 2 Guns" and sci-fi with " Salvador."
Prior to BOOM!, Richie and Cosby worked at
Malibu Comicsfrom 1993 to 1995. The duo left the comic book business to pursue careers in feature films and were involved producing the feature film adaptation of "Mage" by legendary comic book creator Matt Wagnerwith Spyglass Entertainment, [ [http://hollywood.com/movie/Unusual_Suspects/3462581 Unusual Suspects at Hollywood.com ] ] and had various projects with Mike Medavoy (Phoenix Pictures), [ [http://www.ez-entertainment.net/script/mar03scriptsales.htm March 2003 Script Sales ] ] Mark Canton (The Canton Company), Akiva Goldsman, and Casey Silver. [ [http://www.higherlove.com/mage/news122199_2.html Mage Site News ] ] Working with Dark Horse Comics, the duo set up "Damn Nation" at MTV Films/Paramount Pictures, [ [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a23002/mtv-sinks-teeth-into-damn-nation.html Movies - News - MTV sinks teeth into 'Damn Nation' - Digital Spy ] ] a comic book Cosby created. Cosby adapted his own comic book and the partnership are attached to produce.
Immediately prior to BOOM!, Richie re-launched
Atomeka Pressin 2004. Andrew Cosbyis the creator of the Sci-Fi Channel TV show "Eureka".
At the 2007 San Diego Comic Con BOOM! have announced they will be launching a new imprint, called ZOOM!, producing comics for children. [ [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=123004 SDCC '07: The Boom Panel] ,
Newsarama, July 28, 2007] They also announced the appointment of Mark Waidas Editor-in-Chief. [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=11351 Mark Waid Named EiC of Boom! Studios] , Comic Book Resources, July 27, 2007] [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=11837 Richie & Cosby on The Future of Boom!] , Comic Book Resources, September 13, 2007]
Paramount Pictures and BOOM! Studios have announced that they are teaming to create a "
The Godfather" comic book, based of course on the classic film series of the same name.
Boom! is notable for its emphasis on working with experienced writers.
Comic book writers:
* Alan Grant
J. M. DeMatteis
Michael Alan Nelson
* Andrew Cosby [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1184676/ Andrew Cosby ] ]
* Dave DiGillio [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0226547/ David DiGilio ] ]
* Michael and Mark Polish [ [http://www.imdb.com/company/co0026920/ Polish Brothers Construction [us ] ]
* John Rogers
* Johanna Stokes [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2374583/ Johanna Stokes ] ]
* James L. White [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1343803/ James L. White ] ]
* Chris Morgan [imdb name|id=0604555|name=Chris Morgan] [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=7927 CCI, Day 2: Chris Morgan – A "Wanted" Screenwriter] ,
Comic Book Resources, July 26, 2007]
Original titles and spin-offs
2 Guns" - Undercover cops end up on the same case, unbeknownst to each other
*"Challenger Deep" (concept by
Andrew Cosby, written by Andy Schmidtwith art by Chee, 4-issue mini-series) [ [http://www.newsarama.com/comics/080820-ChallengerDeep.html Andy Schmidt on Boom's Challenger Deep] , [Newsarama [, August 20, 2008]
*"Cover Girl" (co-written by
Andrew Cosby) - A Hollywood action star finds himself at the mercy of a female bodyguard
Cthulhu Tales" (written by Steve Niles, with art by Chee) - An ongoing series springing from the one-shot. [ [http://www.comicsbulletin.com/features/120187655350299.htm We Are But Ants: Mark Waid & Steve Niles Talk Lovecraft] , Comics Bulletin, February 1, 2008]
Enigma Cipher" - DaVinci Code-style mystery
Fall of Cthulhu" - (written by Michael Alan Nelson, with art by Jean-Jacques Dzialowski(volume 1), Greg Scott (volume 2) and Mat Santolouco(volume 3)) - Nyarlathotepplots Cthulhu's downfall in this ongoing
* "The Dominion" - aliens have invaded Earth by way of viruses that mutate people
*"Fear the Dead" -
* "Foundation" -
*"Galveston" (written by
Tom Peyerand Mark Rahner, with art by Greg Scott, 6-issue mini-series, October 2008) [ [http://www.newsarama.com/comics/080710-Galveston.html Peyer, Rahner, the Pirate, and the Pioneer: Galveston] , Newsarama, July 10, 1008] [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=17210 Pirates + Cowboys = "Galveston"] , Comic Book Resources, July 14, 2008]
Giant Monster" (written by Steve Niles) - An astronaut arrives back on earth, turned into a giant monster. Three prestige formatcomic books. [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=12797 “Giant Monster” Daily from CBR & Boom!] , Comic Book Resources, March 30, 2008]
Hero Squared" (by Keith Giffenand J. M. DeMatteis) - A real superhero from one dimension ends up in another.. where he didn't get superpowers and is a slacker
Planetary Brigade" (written by J. M. DeMatteisand Keith Giffen) - Captain Valor, from Hero Squared, and his team's adventures before he left his dimension
*"High Rollers" (written by
Gary Phillips, with art by Manuel Magalhaes) [ [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=155241 Greg Rucka Talking to Gary Phillips about High Rollers] , Newsarama, April 28, 2008] [ [http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/121509541598887.htm Review of "High Rollers" #1] , Comics Bulletin, July 3, 2008]
* "Hunter's Moon" - from James L. White, the screenwriter of the film "Ray", an African American man goes on a hunting vacation with his son, who is kidnapped in a white-only town. [ [http://www.comicsbulletin.com/features/119017656493102.htm Under a Hunter's Moon with Writer James L. White] ,
Comics Bulletin, September 18, 2007]
Jeremiah Harm" (written by Alan Grant and Keith Giffen) - A criminal is released to track down more criminals
*"Last Reign: Kings of War" (written by
Michael Alan Nelson) [ [http://www.newsarama.com/comics/080718-LastReign.html Boom Announces Last Reign: Kings of War] (press release), Newsarama, July 18, 2008]
* "Left on Mission" - (written by
Chip Mosher[ [http://www.comicsbulletin.com/features/117945715789747.htm Chip Mosher: A Left on Mission Field Report] , Comics Bulletin, May 17, 2007] , with art by Francesco Francavillaand colors by Martin Thomas [ [http://www.comicsbulletin.com/features/119631599962524.htm Martin Thomas: On His Return to Comics with BOOM!] , Comics Bulletin, November 28, 2007] ) - An FBI Agent must stop the sale of a critical hard drive
* "Mr. Stuffins" - Stuffed bear gains Artificial Intelligence
* "Necronomicon" (written by
William Messner-Loebs, with art by Andrew Ritchie, 4-issue mini-series) [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=16646 William Messner-Loebs Opens the "Necronomicon"] , Comic Book Resources, June 2, 2008] [ [http://www.newsarama.com/comics/080604-Loebs-waid-necronomicon.html Waid & Loebs Talk About The Necronomicon] , Newsarama, June 4, 2008] [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=16833 Portrait of Cthulhu as an Old God: Woodward & Ritchie on "Necronomicon"] , Comic Book Resources, June 17, 2008]
* "North Wind" - Post Apocalyptic, Antarctic Adventure
* "Potter's Field" (written by
Mark Waid) - A man wants to find the identity of an unidentified grave. This series was supposed to be published near the start of Boom!'s launch, with the title "John Do".
* "The Remnant" (created by
Stephen Baldwinand Andrew Cosby, written by Caleb Monroe, with art by Julian Totino Tedesco) [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=17242 Stephen Baldwin & Andrew Cosby Create "The Remnant" for BOOM!] (press release), Comic Book Resources, July 16, 2008]
* "Salem" (written by Chris Morgan and
Kevin Walsh) [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=7868 Meet The Wickedest Witch Of All In "Salem"] , Comic Book Resources, July 18, 2006] [http://www.comicsbulletin.com/news/118949020222658.htm WANTED and FAST AND FURIOUS Screenwriter Drifts into BOOM! Studios with SALEM] , Comics Bulletin, September 11, 2007] [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=12106 The Wicked Witch Returns in BOOM!'s "Salem"] , Comic Book Resources, October 12, 2007]
* "Salvador" - a genetically engineered being, who can fly but is made out of glass, becomes his peoples' savior.
Savage Brothers" (written by Andrew Cosbyand Johanna Stokes) - Post-apocalyptic zombie tale. [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=12138Boom! Offers up "Savage Brothers" #1 online free] , press release, Comic Book Resources, October 16, 2007] [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=8279 Crafting "Pirate" & Sci-Fi Stories with Johanna Stokes] , Comic Book Resources, September 4, 2006] [ [http://www.bamkapow.com/the-z-word-738-p.html The Z Word] , October 3, 2007]
*"Scream Queen" (written by
Brendan Hay) [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=12720 Brendan Hay talks "Scream Queen" at BOOM!] , Comic Book Resources, February 25, 2008]
*"Station" (written by
Johanna Stokes, with pencils by Leno Carvalhoand inks by Ed Dukeshire) [ [http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/121423896722918.htm Review of "Station" #1] , Comics Bulletin]
*"Tag" (written by
Keith Giffen) - A man falls victim to a plague that is eating his body. Optioned as a film.
**"Tag: Cursed" - Tag's sequel
*"Talent" (written by
Christopher Goldenand Thomas E. Sniegoski) - A plane crashes, with one survivor... who inherits the talents of the others. Optioned as a film.
*"Second Wave" - Invading Martians return to Earth. Sequel to
War of the Worlds.
*"What Were They Thinking" - Comic books under
public domainare parodied
*"X Isle" (written by
Andrew Cosbyand Michael Alan Nelson) - Researchers land on a mysterious island full of beasts
*"10" (written by
Keith Giffen) - Ten people are each given a gun and 10 bullets... and forced to hunt each other down
*"Black Plague" (written by
Joe Casey) - The mob goes to war with a supervillain empire, while another criminal wages war on both
Cthulhu Tales" - One-shots containing short Lovecraftian horror stories. Three exist: "Cthulhu Tales" [comicbookdb|type=issue|id=45663|title="Cthulhu Tales"] , "Cthulhu Tales: Tainted" [comicbookdb|type=issue|id=105262|title="Cthulhu Tales: Tainted"] and "Cthulhu Tales: The Rising" [comicbookdb|type=issue|id=84639|title="Cthulhu Tales: The Rising"] ; which have been collected in a single volume (ISBN 193450615X).
*"Fused Tales" (written by
Steve Niles) - A man becomes fused in a robotic suit
*"GI Spy" (by
Andrew Cosby) - World War IIbased spy comic
*"In The Blood" (created by Steve Niles) -
*"Ninja Tales" - Ninja short stories
*"Pirate Tales" - Pirate stories
*"Zombie Tales" - Short story anthology featuring zombies. Two Exist, plus the Two part Death Valley.
Carry Over Series
* "Hero" (By
Yoshitaka Amano) - an English translation of his story, moved over from Speakeasy Comics
First Comics's assassin's adventure, this one-shot features a new Whisper.
Stardust Kid" (written by J.M. DeMatteiswith art by Mike Ploog) - formerly published by Image Comicsin its first three issues, BOOM! published issues 4 and 5, finishing the series.
Jenny Finn" - BOOM! reprinted the first two issues of this series (originally released by Oni Press) in "Jenny Finn: Doom", then completed the rest of Mike Mignola's story in the 56 page "Jenny Finn: Messiah". [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=13515 Read Pages 1-29 of Mike Mignola's "Jenny Finn: Doom Messiah"] , Comic Book Resources, March 28, 2008]
*"Trencher" (by Keith Giffen) - Image comic series, published as a trade paperback
Boom! also produce comics based on licensed properties which include:
*"Farscape" [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=17408 CCI: Rockne O'Bannon on BOOM!'s "Farscape" Comics] ,
Comic Book Resources, July 25, 2008]
In 2006 Boom! Studios got the license from
Games Workshopto produce a line of comic books and graphic novels based on international hit tabletop miniatures games Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000. [http://uk.games-workshop.com/features/damnation-crusade/1/ Games Workshop announcement about Damnation Crusade] ] [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=77370 Boom! Studios press release] ] These comics are particularly notable for featuring the work of fan favorite Warhammernovelist and comic writer Dan Abnett.
Series so far include:
*Warhammer 40,000 (by writers
Dan Abnettand Ian Edginton):
Damnation Crusade" (with art by Lui Antonio)
** "Blood and Thunder" (with art by
Daniel Lapham) [http://boom-studios.com/taxonomy/term/222 "Blood and Thunder" profile at at Boom! Studios] ] [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=12185 Exclusive Preview: "Warhammer 40K: Blood and Thunder"] , Comic Book Resources, October 24, 2007]
* Warhammer Fantasy:
Forge of War" (by writers Dan Abnettand Ian Edginton, with art by Rahsan Ekedal)
Condemned by Fire" (by writers Dan Abnettand Ian Edginton, with art by Rahsan Ekedal) [ [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=157564 Talking Warhammer with Ian Edginton] , Newsarama, May 20, 2008] [ [http://comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=527&disp=table Preview: "Condemned by Fire" #2] , Comic Book Resources, June 16, 2008]
Crown of Destruction" (by writer Kieron Gillen, with art by Dwayne Harris)
** "Killer Contract" (by
Matt Forbeck, with art by Lads Helloven) [ [http://comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=525&disp=table Preview: "Blood Bowl: Killer Contract" #1] , Comic Book Resources, June 16, 2008]
* "Tag" will be produced as a film by
Universal Studios. [ [http://www.superherohype.com/news.php?id=4497 Universal Pictures to Adapt Tag] , Superhero Hype]
* "Talent" will be produced as a film by
Universal Studios. [ [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/film/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002650921 Uni bids big Boom for 'Talent' comic] , " The Hollywood Reporter", June 9, 2006]
* "The Foundation" will be produced as a film by
Paramount Pictures. [ [http://www.superheroflix.com/news/36/20736.php Paramount Pictures Builds The Foundation] , SuperheroFlix.com]
* "Ten" is being developed by
Dimension Filmsto star Ice Cube[ [http://www.aintitcool.com/node/33667 Ice Cube wants to do a comic book movie... which one?] , Ain't It Cool News]
* "North Wind" was acquired for feature film by
Davis Entertainment. [ [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i7a10d4047f133ec79c91cf95de96be0e Davis acquires 'North Wind' rights] , " Hollywood Reporter"]
* Mekhi Phifer to star and produce "
Hunter's Moon". [ [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i0f3a7216274d5d82131e50fb250fdcd0 Mekhi Phifer in 'Moon'] , " Hollywood Reporter"]
* "2 Guns" has been optioned by Universal, with
Marc E. Plattnamed as producer. [ [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i7208006e0cd864691991219f3a4a9f80 Universal picks up rights to '2 Guns'] , " Hollywood Reporter", August 1, 2008]
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