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Dan Mendoza and Action Lab Entertainment Settle a Lawsuit as Creators Speak Out About the Publisher

Zombie Tramp is one of the longest running comic series published by Action Lab Entertainment and its “Danger Zone” imprint. The series original launched by Dan Mendoza and was self-published from 2009 to 2011 before Action Lab began publishing it in 2013. But, not all was good behind the scenes. Mendoza filed a lawsuit against the publisher in April 2020 over the use of the character.

A joint statement has been released that the litigation has been withdrawn and the parties have settled. Under the agreement, Action Lab Entertainment will finish and release a final seven-issue run of the Zombie Tramp comic book issues it has been producing. That should end by next summer.

Dan Mendoza and Action Lab Entertainment, Inc. announced today that they have reached an agreement to respectfully part ways on the production of Zombie Tramp, and to place the Zombie Tramp character and story back into its original creator’s hands for the future.

Mendoza stated:

This is a meaningful agreement between me and Action Lab Entertainment, Inc. which allows Zombie Tramp fans to Get Back to the source of what Zombie Tramp was about from its inception — Creepy, Grindhouse Horror with a slice of sexy, with the original Leading Lady that Fans Love — Janey Belle; all written and drawn by me once again. I am happy that Zombie Tramp will be coming home to join all of my new characters at my self-published Label, Still ILL Princess Studios. I’m proud of the work we created at Action Lab, but happy to have Zombie Tramp return to my individual and full creative control.

Bryan Seaton, Action Lab Co-Founder stated about the settlement:

We are pleased to reach this agreement with Dan Mendoza. It will allow Zombie Tramp fans to continue to follow Zombie Tramp’s adventures as the title returns to Dan and moves forward, which is how the book and character began. Action Lab is looking forward to giving Zombie Tramp fans a great final hurrah with our final issues, and I would also point out that the original origin story and the entire 84-issue run of Action Lab’s Zombie Tramp will continue to be available in print through Diamond and comic retailers, and digitally through Amazon and Comixology. We are pleased to have worked with Dan on the Action Lab Zombie Tramp title and look forward to seeing how he will carry the character forward.

While Mendoza and Action Lab have indicated they are happy with the conclusion, things are looking rough for the comic publisher. In recent weeks creators have become very vocal about the publisher and deals that have their comics being held by the publisher and difficult to regain the rights.

Stories about Action Lab sitting on comics, not releasing print editions, not paying creators, demanding cash payments for unsold stock to regain rights, the stories are the same over and over.

Creators have repeated stories about Action Lab claiming comics were not profitable so no payments were sent, overprinting comics leaving large stacks sitting in warehouses still, lack of promotion, missed deadlines, cancelations, and other unprofessional behavior.

We’ve reached out to Action Lab multiple times with no response. Creators who would like to discuss specifics can contact us here.

Preview: Adventure Finders: The Edge of Empire #5


Writer(s): Rod Espinosa
Artist Name(s): Rod Espinosa
Cover Artist Name(s): Rod Espinosa
32 pgs./ T / FC

Having escaped the pursuing orcs and ogres, Clari’s group now turns to survival. There is food to be foraged and a hundred babies and their nursemaids need to be fed constantly!

When other heroes shirk this humble responsibility of feeding refugees, Clariette and her friends take it on with eagerness and passion.

Their foraging takes them deeper into the Green Shroud. Something watches them. Clari climbs the top of a huge hill hoping to locate where they are… and that is when things get really interesting!


Preview: Powers in Action #4


Writer(s): Art Baltazar
Artist Name(s): Art Baltazar
Cover Artist(s): Art Baltazar
32 pgs./ E / FC

SUPLEX and DOGPLEX must face the evil SUPLEXIANS when they come to retrieve their…dog? That’s right, fans! The Suplexians are here to take back the powers and the dog that belongs to the world of SUPLEXIA! SUPLEX is forced into a fight to the finish! The loser must give up the powers or leave Earth forever! Will our hero be banished? …or does SUPLEX have a chance to defeat the evil TRIO from space? How does the HERO SQAUADRON play into this? Join us for the epic conclusion to the first mini-series story arc! Based on the vintage super hero creations of famous cartoonist Art Baltazar! AW YEAH!


Action Lab’s Adventure Finders: The Edge of Empire and Supermom: Expecting Trouble are Out March 4


Writer(s): Rod Espinosa
Artist Name(s): Rod Espinosa
Cover Artist Name(s): Rod Espinosa
124 pgs./ T / FC

Having survived their first small encounter with the mountain torbulds, Clari and her friends finally reach the city of Bridge Town and find it in a state of war. Remembering her promise to her friend Mecomi, Clari prepares to escort the orphans back to the safety of the mountain village. They ride with a massive caravan of 20,000 sponsored by Lord Justinius Biverius, who is to take up a cushy post guarding Good River, Clari’s hometown.

Little do they know, the caravan is about to run into terrible danger!



Writer(s): Gordon Mclean
Artist Name(s): Caio Oliveira (Pencils and inks), Fahriza Kamaputra (Colors), Frank Cvetkovic (letters)
Cover Artist(s): Caio Oliveira (Cover A), Tanya Roberts (Cover B)
24 pgs./ T / FC

Superhero Voltra is out to stop her archnemesis from taking over the planet. There’s just one problem: she’s pregnant… and he’s the father. Cue the world’s strongest mother fighting the world’s evilest father over the fate of both the world and their unborn child in this action-comedy filled with big laughs, crazy fights, shocking twists and (most importantly) evil monkey clowns. What more do you need?


Preview: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir: Season Two – Skating on Thin Ice


Writer(s): Jeremy Zag, Thomas Astruc, Fred Lenoir, Mélanie Duval, Sébastien Thibaudeau, Nicole D’Andria
Artist Name(s): Cheryl Black
Cover Artist(s): Cheryl Black
Adapted for comics by: Cheryl Black, Nicole D’Andria & Bryan Seaton
128 pgs./ E / FC

The second season of MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR is collected here! This TPB features the episodes “Reverser” and “Frozer.” In “Reverser,” a shy writer feels betrayed by Marinette and Nathaniel, becoming akumatized by Hawk Moth. Now he’s able to reverse people’s traits, resulting in Ladybug becoming super clumsy and making Cat Noir into a scaredy cat. With their personalities all wonky, will our heroes learn to be heroes once again? In “Frozer,” a figure skater is akumatized by Hawk Moth and turns Paris into a frozen wasteland. But while things in Paris are getting chilly, things seem to be heating up between Adrien and… Kagami?! And what about Luka and Marinette? Find out if love blooms in this volume of MIRACULOUS!



Preview: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir – Bugheads


Writer(s): Jeremy Zag, Thomas Astruc, Mélanie Duval, Fred Lenoir, Sébastien Thibaudeau, Nicole D’Andria
Artist Name(s): Cheryl Black
Cover Artist(s): Cheryl Black
Adapted for comics by: Cheryl Black, Nicole D’Andria & Bryan Seaton
128 pgs./ E / FC

The second season of MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR is collected here! This TPB features the episodes “Anansi” and “Sandboy.” In “Anansi,” Alya’s overprotective sister is akumatized into a villain with spider-like powers. With Cat Noir trapped in her web, Ladybug needs back-up. Enter a new miraculous hero: Carapace! In “Sandboy,” a child having a nightmare is turned into a nightmare-fueled villain by Hawk Moth. Now he’s making everyone’s terrifying dreams come true. However, Marinette and Adrien can’t transform because their kwamis are off on their own special mission! Will they be able to transform in time to save Paris from permanent nightmares?!



Preview: The Adventures of Mickey & Maj: Time. Space. Magic.


Writer(s): Rick Lundeen
Artist Name(s): Rick Lundeen
Cover Artist(s): Rick Lundeen
88 pgs./ T / FC $8.99

Mickey (Michael James Hawthorne), is an average seven-year-old boy who’s been stuck in his bedroom on a time-out all day. Maj (Majestic) is a talking, flying, ancient Magic Carpet that’s been stuck in the attic on a time-out for years. This is the story of how they meet. We learn about Maj, his ability to travel through space, time, and dimensions! We learn of his mysterious origin, The Weaver, The Tapestry! An evil Egyptian god shows up! We also see Mickey stuff a PB&J into his open maw. The adventure begins here!


Time Shopper is a Slacker Sci-Fi Comedy Epic Through History

Time Shopper is a sci-fi/comedy about a regular guy who gets a job time traveling. He’s supposed to go back in time and fix history’s biggest disasters (the sinking of the Titanic, the assassination of JFK, kill baby Hitler), but when he gets to the past he immediately gets distracted by how crazy affordable everything used to be. So… he starts shopping through time. And then obviously, hijinx ensue. There are historical celebrity cameos, killer robots, etc.

Written by Tony Fleecs, Time Shopper features art by Christian Meesey, layouts by Tone Rodriguez, colors by Brad Simpson, and a cover by Meesey.

Retailing for $14.99, the 48-page comic will be out soon and published by Action Lab Entertainment.

Time Shopper

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

b.b. free #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A plague has devastated the world and b.b. free is the actual chose one on the run from her own family.

Bolivar Eats New York Discovery Adventure (BOOM! Studios) – A mix between an object finding book and a graphic novel, the story continues the adventure of Bolivar, a dinosaur living in New York City. Amazing art and adorable story.

Doctor Doom #2 (Marvel) – Doom has surrendered to the world authority after the horrific events of the first issue. That issue knocked it out of the park and we’re expecting no less from this one.

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 (AHOY Comics) – The follow up to The Wrong Earth, the series follows two heroes who are stranded on each other’s Earth. One is gritty while the other the more innocent time of superheroes. It’s a love letter to superhero comics and a must for all fans of the genre.

Going to the Chapel #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The heist continues as the gang’s attempt to rob a wedding goes so off the rails. It’s a crime story that’s worthy of the big screen, keeps you on your toes, and gets you to laugh.

Heist, How to Steal a Planet #1 (Vault Comics) – It’s Ocean’s Eleven in space as a group attempts to steal a world.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (DC Comics) – The classic property is back and with DC having a renewed focus on its future timeline, this should be interesting.

New Mutants #1/X-Force #1 (Marvel) – More Dawn of X debuts and we’re intrigued how each series will stand out for itself.

Pandemica #2 (IDW Publishing) – Tailored diseases that get out of control. This is a political disaster film and frighteningly real.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Something fell from the sky behind the Berlin Wall. This is the Cold War with an alien twist.

Undiscovered Country #1 (Image Comics) – The United States has walled itself off from the world. This is the story of the people out to discover what awaits in the country beyond the wall.

Baltimore Comic Con 2019: Action Lap Reveals Exclusives

Action Lab Entertainment will be at Baltimore Comic-Con booth #2107. Several titles that have been nominated for Ringo Awards will be at the show, including Aberrant, Jupiter Jet, and The Ghost, The Owl! They’ll also have several Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive variants (seen below), along with other offerings for both all-age fans and mature readers.

Numerous Action Lab creators will be at Baltimore Comic-Con. See Bryan Seaton (MiraculousDollFace), Rylend Grant (AberrantBanjax), David Pepose (Spencer & LockeGoing to the Chapel), Katie Cook (Gronk), Cullen Bunn (Subspecies), Vito Delsante (StrayAction Lab: Dog of Wonder), Jamal Igle (Molly DangerVenture), Sean Izaakse (Actionverse Featuring Stray), Nate Lovett (Actionverse), Bill McKay (Danger Doll Universe Cover Artist) and Sorah Suhng (Raven the Pirate Princess Cover Artist, Zombie Tramp Cover Artist).

Rylend Grant, who’s been nominated for best writer (AberrantBanjax) and best single issue (Aberrant #4) by the Ringo Awards, will be hosting the panel “Publishing Your First Comic”. He’ll be joined by David Pepose and several other amazing panelists to talk about how they developed their comic book ideas and found publishing success! That will be on Sunday from 1:30-2:30 in Room 343-344.  

So stop by Action Lab booth #2107 on October 18, 19 & 20, 2019 at Baltimore Comic-Con!


Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist)

CHAPTER 4: I BELIEVE I CAN FLY. Global political hell breaks loose when Russia’s Bond villain of a President cavalierly announces that he is pressing into service the world’s first aberrant military unit. In a desperate attempt to restore order, Article 13’s mole inside NORCO makes a truly audacious move. Featuring the music of R&B superstar R. Kelly.

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99

ABERRANT #4 Baltimore Comic Con variant


Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Fábio Alves (Artist), Edson Ferreira (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Fábio Alves (Artist), Edson Ferreira (Colorist)

CHAPTER 1: THE CURE. A wholly original and delightfully twisted deconstruction of the superhero genre by Hollywood screenwriter/Aberrant-scribe Rylend Grant. Liard Mason, a disgraced former superhero, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, brought on by years of using his powers. Defending what he has deemed an ungrateful and ultimately unworthy city is literally killing him. With just months to live and a legacy hanging in the balance, Mason launches a violent and misguided Death Wish-like campaign to purge the city of supervillains before he dies.

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99

BANJAX #1 Baltimore Comic Con variant


Writer(s):Vince Hernandez
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist(s): Sorah Suhng

As she battles forces from all sides looking to claim, kidnap or kill her, Angel Lynch discovers that the key to her salvation is buried deep in her own past and psyche—as the events that led to her ending up in Russia reveal the path to salvation! The “Sex Clubs and Rock and Roll” story arc ends here! 

24 pgs./ M / FC $4.99

ZOMBIE TRAMP #64 Baltimore Comic Con variant
Almost American
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