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BOOM! Studios is an American comic book company headquartered in Los Angeles, California, United States.[1] The "BOOM!" in BOOM! Studios is always capitalized by the company.

HistoryEdit

BOOM! was founded June 22, 2005 with Zombie Tales #1.

BOOM! Studios was founded in 2005 by Ross Richie. The studio specializes in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's best known writers, including Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, The Henson Company's Farscape, and the original Mark Waid series Irredeemable. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, with Pixar's The Incredibles, Cars, and Toy Story, as well as Disney's The Muppets, Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge and Walt Disney's Comics and Stories. The year 2010 sees BOOM! Studios celebrates its fifth anniversary.[2]

Prior to BOOM!, Richie worked with Andrew Cosby at Malibu Comics from 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 Wagner with Spyglass Entertainment,[3] and had various projects with Mike Medavoy (Phoenix Pictures),[4] Mark Canton (The Canton Company), Akiva Goldsman, and Casey Silver.[5] Working with Dark Horse Comics, the duo set up "Damn Nation" at MTV Films/Paramount Pictures,[6] a comic book Cosby created with the partnership attached to produce.[7]

Boom! Studios

BOOM! Studios booth at the 2009 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, on the campus of UCLA

Immediately prior to BOOM!, Richie worked with Dave Elliott and Garry Leach to re-launch Atomeka Press in 2004.[8] Andrew Cosby is the co-creator of the Sci-Fi Channel TV show Eureka.[9]

At the 2007 San Diego Comic Con, BOOM! announced plans to launch a new all ages imprint producing comics for children, originally announced with the name "ZOOM!", but when the imprint launched in 2009, the imprint debuted as "BOOM Kids!".[10] Also announced during the 2007 San Diego Comic Con was the appointment of Mark Waid as Editor-in-Chief.[11][12] After three years in the position, right before the 2010 San Diego Comic Con it was announced that Waid had been promoted to Chief Creative Officer, with former Managing Editor Matt Gagnon now taking the reins as Editor-in-Chief of BOOM! Studios.[13]

On January 3, 2008, BOOM! became the first comic book company to offer a digital download of a comic book on the day and date of its release, partnering with MySpace.[14] As a result, the first issue sold out [15] and went to second printing. Sales on issues four and five increased.

One year later, on January 6, 2009, BOOM! teamed with MySpace.com again to offer a free digital day-and-date release for HEXED along with the "5 for 500" program, sending five copies at no cost to the top 500 retailers in the Direct Market.[16]

BOOM! have also signed a deal with Disney/Pixar to produce comic books based on their properties,[17][18] titles which secured newsstand distribution.[19][20] The first included The Muppet Show by Roger Langridge[21][22] and The Incredibles: Family Matters by Mark Waid and artist Marcio Takara.[23][24]

On March 4, 2009 BOOM! Studios announced Mark Sable's latest series Unthinkable.[25] To promote the launch of the book, BOOM! created an Altered Reality Game (also known as an Alternate Reality Game or ARG) to be played during the time pre-orders are due.

The company has been very active by participating in various events, including the L.A. Times Festival of Books, Heroes Con, San Diego Comic Con, Toronto Fan Expo, D23 Disney Convention, and Baltimore Comic Con.[26] At the 2009 Festival of Books, writer Kim Krizan along with Chip Mosher, Michael Alan Nelson, Gary Philips and Mark Waid participated in "Big! Bold! BOOM!: BOOM! Studios Talks Comics," discussion, which was moderated by Los Angeles Times writer Geoff Boucher.

The publisher launched another imprint in early 2010 called Boom! Town, which would be working with people like Denis Kitchen and Shannon Wheeler and focusing on "literary comics."[27]

AwardsEdit

The company was named Wizard Magazine's Best New Publisher of 2005, four months after their first book was published.[28]

BOOM! was awarded "Best Publisher" in 2010 for 2009 by Diamond Comic Distributors in an award voted on by Direct Market retailers.[29]

In 2010, BOOM! was nominated for 7 Eisner Awards [30] and 5 Harvey Awards.[31] I "The Muppet Show Comic Book" won Roger Langridge a Harvey for "Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers."[32] that year.

In 2011, Shannon Wheeler's I Thought You Would be Funnier was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication[33]. The first book by BOOM! Studios' alt-lit imprint BOOM! Town, Wheeler's I Thought You Would Be Funnier took home the Eisner Award and was accepted by author Shannon Wheeler and BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher, who edited the volume.

TitlesEdit

Original titles and spin-offsEdit

Graphic Novels/One-Shots/TalesEdit

  • 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",[62] "Cthulhu Tales: Tainted"[63] and "Cthulhu Tales: The Rising";[64] which have been collected in a single volume (ISBN 1-934506-15-X).
  • Fused Tales (written by Steve Niles) - A man becomes fused in a robotic suit
  • GI Spy (by Andrew Cosby) - World War II based spy comic
  • In The Blood (created by Steve Niles) - Werewolf horror
  • Ninja Tales - Ninja short stories
  • Pirate Tales - Pirate stories
  • Shmobots - (written by Adam Rifkin) - Helper robots created by the lowest bidder turn out as lazy slackers, 'shmo robots'. A story about 3 such Shmobots and their human roommate.
  • Zombie Tales - Short story anthology featuring zombies. Three Exist, plus the Two part Death Valley. The One-shot, The War at Home, was later serialised in three parts in the ongoing series.

Carry Over SeriesEdit

ReprintsEdit

  • 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.[65]
  • Trencher (by Keith Giffen) - Image comic series, published as a trade paperback

Licensed titlesEdit

Boom! also produce comics based on licensed properties which include:

WarhammerEdit

In 2006, BOOM! Studios attained the license from Games Workshop to produce a line of comic books and graphic novels based on international hit tabletop miniatures games Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000.[73][74] These comics are particularly notable for featuring the work of fan favorite Warhammer novelist and comic writer Dan Abnett.

Series so far include:

KABOOM!Edit

Their imprint based on Disney/Pixar properties includes

KABOOM! also assumed the license to publish the traditional Disney comic book characters. They currently appear in the following titles:

Film adaptationsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. "Company Info+Contact." BOOM! Studios. Retrieved on May 5, 2009.
  2. http://blog.boom-studios.net/contact/
  3. Unusual Suspects at Hollywood.com
  4. March 2003 Script Sales
  5. Mage Site News
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  7. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3idd7290014145867f10c52f8559c65536
  8. Atomeka Press#2004 relaunch
  9. http://forums.syfy.com/index.php?showtopic=2000355
  10. SDCC '07: The Boom Panel, Newsarama, July 28, 2007
  11. Mark Waid Named EiC of Boom! Studios, Comic Book Resources, July 27, 2007
  12. Richie & Cosby on The Future of Boom!, Comic Book Resources, September 13, 2007
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  14. [1]
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  16. [3]
  17. Mark Waid Talks New BOOM! Studios/ Disney-Pixar Deal, Newsarama, July 23, 2008
  18. Editor Paul Morrisey Talks BOOM!/ Disney-Pixar Deal, Newsarama, July 23, 2008
  19. BOOM!'s Disney/Pixar Line to Get Newstand Distribution, Comic Book Resources, March 25, 2009
  20. Boom! Signs Newsstand Distribution Deal, Newsarama, March 25, 2009
  21. CCI: Waid Talks Pixar and Muppets Comics, Comic Book Resources, July 23, 2008
  22. Welcoming the Muppets Back to Comics, Newsarama, January 27, 2009
  23. Mark Waid on The Incredibles, Comic Book Resources, January 21, 2009
  24. Mark Waid: Bringing The Incredibles to Comics, Newsarama, January 26, 2009
  25. Mark Sable Does the “Unthinkable” at BOOM!, Comic Book Resources, March 6, 2009
  26. Boom! Studios events
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  28. Boom! Studios awarded Best New Publisher by Wizard Magazine, Boom! Studios press release, January 17, 2006.
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  32. [5]
  33. List of Eisner Award Winners for Best Humor Publication
  34. Advanced Preview: The Anchor #1 – First 10 Pages + Character Designs by Brian Churilla!, Hypergeek, August 25, 2009
  35. Andy Schmidt on Boom's Challenger Deep, Newsarama, August 20, 2008
  36. We Are But Ants: Mark Waid & Steve Niles Talk Lovecraft, Comics Bulletin, February 1, 2008
  37. Cosby & Nelson Make a “Dead Run” at BOOM!, Comic Book Resources, April 21, 2009
  38. Waid, Cosby & Nelson on Boom's 'Dead Run', Newsarama, April 24, 2009
  39. Peyer, Rahner, the Pirate, and the Pioneer: Galveston, Newsarama, July 10, 1008
  40. Pirates + Cowboys = "Galveston", Comic Book Resources, July 14, 2008
  41. “Giant Monster” Daily from CBR & Boom!, Comic Book Resources, March 30, 2008
  42. Greg Rucka Talking to Gary Phillips about High Rollers, Newsarama, April 28, 2008
  43. Review of High Rollers #1, Comics Bulletin, July 3, 2008
  44. Under a Hunter's Moon with Writer James L. White, Comics Bulletin, September 18, 2007
  45. Boom Announces Last Reign: Kings of War (press release), Newsarama, July 18, 2008
  46. Chip Mosher: A Left on Mission Field Report, Comics Bulletin, May 17, 2007
  47. Martin Thomas: On His Return to Comics with BOOM!, Comics Bulletin, November 28, 2007
  48. William Messner-Loebs Opens the "Necronomicon", Comic Book Resources, June 2, 2008
  49. Waid & Loebs Talk About The Necronomicon, Newsarama, June 4, 2008
  50. Portrait of Cthulhu as an Old God: Woodward & Ritchie on "Necronomicon", Comic Book Resources, June 17, 2008
  51. Stephen Baldwin & Andrew Cosby Create "The Remnant" for BOOM! (press release), Comic Book Resources, July 16, 2008
  52. CCI, Day 2: Chris Morgan – A "Wanted" Screenwriter, Comic Book Resources, July 26, 2007
  53. Meet The Wickedest Witch Of All In Salem, Comic Book Resources, July 18, 2006
  54. WANTED and FAST AND FURIOUS Screenwriter Drifts into BOOM! Studios with SALEM, Comics Bulletin, September 11, 2007
  55. The Wicked Witch Returns in BOOM!'s "Salem", Comic Book Resources, October 12, 2007
  56. Offers up Savage Brothers #1 online free, press release, Comic Book Resources, October 16, 2007
  57. Crafting "Pirate" & Sci-Fi Stories with Johanna Stokes, Comic Book Resources, September 4, 2006
  58. The Z Word, October 3, 2007
  59. Brendan Hay talks "Scream Queen" at BOOM!, Comic Book Resources, February 25, 2008
  60. Review of Station #1, Comics Bulletin
  61. The Unknown's "Unknown" - Artist Minck Oosterveer, Newsarama, April 24, 2009
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  65. Read Pages 1-29 of Mike Mignola's "Jenny Finn: Doom Messiah", Comic Book Resources, March 28, 2008
  66. Boom Announces 28 Days Later Comic (press release), Newsarama, April 4, 2009
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  68. Brendan Hay Talks "Eureka" Comics, Comic Book Resources, February 2, 2009
  69. Tommy Patterson: Bringing Farscape to Life for Boom, Newsarama, March 12, 2009
  70. CCI: Rockne O'Bannon on BOOM!'s "Farscape" Comics, Comic Book Resources, July 25, 2008
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  73. Games Workshop announcement about Damnation Crusade
  74. Boom! Studios press release
  75. Only War Omnibus details at,Boom! Studios
  76. Blood and Thunder profile at Boom! Studios
  77. Exclusive Preview: "Warhammer 40K: Blood and Thunder", Comic Book Resources, October 24, 2007
  78. Talking Warhammer with Ian Edginton, Newsarama, May 20, 2008
  79. Preview: Condemned by Fire #2, Comic Book Resources, June 16, 2008
  80. Kieron Gillen on Warhammer: Crown of Destruction, Newsarama, October 13, 2008
  81. Preview: Blood Bowl: Killer Contract #1, Comic Book Resources, June 16, 2008
  82. Universal Pictures to Adapt Tag, Superhero Hype
  83. Uni bids big Boom for 'Talent' comic, The Hollywood Reporter, June 9, 2006
  84. Paramount Pictures Builds The Foundation, SuperheroFlix.com
  85. Ice Cube wants to do a comic book movie... which one?, Ain't It Cool News
  86. Davis acquires 'North Wind' rights, Hollywood Reporter
  87. Mekhi Phifer in 'Moon', Hollywood Reporter
  88. Universal picks up rights to '2 Guns', Hollywood Reporter, August 1, 2008
  89. CBS Films acquires rights to 'Station', Variety, May 7, 2009

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