Devil’s Due Comics founder Josh Blaylock is offering up over 20 years’ worth of industry secrets in his all-new DIY manual, How To Self-Publish Comics: Not Just Create Them. The 168-page guide — significantly updated for 2019/2020 — is an anomaly in DIY literature, in that it features a successful artist sharing wisdom about everything but the creative.
In lieu of providing instructions on how to write or draw, How To Self-Publish Comics explains how to successfully navigate the industry once you’ve honed those skills. Blaylock bypasses the industry jargon with clear and simple instructions on:
Building Your Publishing Infrastructure
Forming Your Creative Team
Sales & Marketing
Determining, engaging with, and maintaining your key fan base
How To Self-Publish Comics also includes (and demystifies) purchase orders, invoices, printer quotes, and other must-know components of the publishing process. The book is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the way the comic book industry works, from concept to shelf.
Devil’s Due Comics unveiled a two-pronged surprise on Saturday at San Diego’s Comic-Con: 1) there will be a second volume of its now-infamous AOC comic, and 2) the issue — entitled Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: The Squad Special — will depict all four members of The House of Representatives’ ‘Squad’ (AOC, Omar, Pressley, Tlaib) as a racism and corruption-fighting superhero team.
The issue will have a December 2019 release and is available for pre-order at OcasioComic.com as of Saturday. Devil’s Due is eager to partner with comic book retailers in the coming weeks, for a series of variant Special Squad covers. The current edition (cover subtitled ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere!’) will have a portion of proceeds donated to Raices Texas, a non-profit that provides legal services to immigrants and refugees for immigration protections. The alternate-cover version (subtitled ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere, Motherfucker!’) is limited to 500 copies, with the entirety of its proceeds donated to immigration charities President Trump will most certainly hate.
The upcoming sequel will see AOC and her fellow ‘Squad’ members engage in a series of super-heroic mini-adventures, as they take on President Trump and the GOP establishment from within.
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.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez & the Freshman Force: Who Dis? (Devil’s Due Comics) – We’re a sucker for these types of comics and we’ll admit the political nerds in us are really interested in seeing exactly what’s within the pages of this issue.
All-Time Comics Zerosis Deathscape #0 (Floating World Comics) – An all-new five issue miniseries and if it’s like the previous releases, we’re psyched. This superhero world is a mix of modern and classic and just a lot of pulp action fun.
Black Badge #10 (BOOM! Studios) – One of the best comics on the market, it’s a twisted take on a Boy Scouts like group that’s used to recruit and train young assassins. You can learn more about the history of the program here!
Fathom Vol. 8 #1 (Aspen Comics) – Aspen has been hit and miss lately with a few false starts over the years but they seem to be more focused this time and we’re excited to see if this new volume reflects a renewed Aspen.
Giant-Man #1 (Marvel) – The many individuals who have used that name come together in this War of the Realms tie-in and we’re kind of excited for it.
Last Stop on the Red Line #1 (Dark Horse) – A supernatural crime story from Paul Maybury and Sam Lotfi that has us really intrigued to check it out.
Marvel Action: Spider-Man #4 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Marvel line has been great for kids and each issue a lot of fun. So, check it out, especially if you’re looking for comics for kids.
Planet of the Nerds #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue was funny and AHOY packs so much in each and every issue they put out. Just a great value for your dollar.
Science Comics: Cars, Engines that Move You (First Second) – First Second’s graphic novels in this line are fantastic if you want to learn more about the topic. This is solid for kids and adults who want to learn.
War of the Realms #4/War of the Realms: Spider-Man & the League of Realms #1/War of the Realms: Strikeforce – War Avengers #1 (Marvel) – We’re suckers for this, we’ll be honest. The event has been very hit and miss but we’re hoping it turns around. It has to, right?
Weeks after making international headlines for announcing its plans to create an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez superhero comic, Devil’s Due Comics has a confirmed release date. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis?will hit online and physical retail outlets on Wednesday, May 15. And to mark the occasion, the Chicago-based comic book publisher has teamed up with a number of comic shops to provide 12 different collectible covers, available as limited-edition purchases at each retailer’s location or website.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force features contributions from several acclaimed and award-winning writers/artists, including Jill Thompson, Dean Haspiel, Jose Garibaldi, and more, including a cover by Tim Seeley.
After making international headlines with its superhero comic about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chicago’s Devil’s Due Comics has announced a sequel is now available for pre-order. Talk Bernie To Me!: The Bernie Sanders Special and AOC Surprise is a one-off commemorative comic celebrating two-time Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, featuring contributions from several acclaimed and award-winning writers/artists. (Variant covers are also available.)
In addition to depicting the Vermont Senator as a full-fledged superhero, Talk Bernie To Me!will be chock full of short-form Bernie comics, Trump and GOP skewering, plus satirical games and puzzles. The comic is slated for a July 3, 2019 release (in both physical and digital form), and by popular demand will include additional AOC content. Pre-orders can be made at BernieComic.com, with a portion of all sales going to the ACLU and RaicesTexas.org, which provides free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families, and refugees.
Talk Bernie to Me! features contributions from Josh Baylock, Tim Seeley, Hoyt Silva, Marguerite Dabaie, K. Lynn Smith, CW Cooke, Aly Faye, Christa Cassano, Paul Buhle, Kit Caoagas, Gary Dumm, Laura Dumm, Nick Accardi, Sam Wells, Liz McArthur, Jason Goungor, Sherard Jackson, Peter Rostovsky, and Joel Herrera. It’s set for release July 3, 2019.
The announcement comes mere weeks after Devil’s Due announced its Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Forcecomic (available here as of May 15), and ten years after the debut of its wildly-popular Barack the Barbarian graphic novel series. All three titles are the brainchild of artist and Devil’s Due Publisher Josh Blaylock, working in tandem with an all-star group of talent.
To ring in the newest butt-kicking Democratic members of Congress, Devil’s Due Comics has assembled a team of acclaimed artists to create the mother of all one-off commemorative comics: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force. Issue #1, New Party: Who Dis? (which doubles as the final issue!) drops this May 15, and sees AOC engage in a series of super-heroic mini-adventures as she takes on the GOP establishment from within. To boot, this animated anthology satirically skewers everyone from President Trump to his near-endless team of morally-compromised Republican cronies. Bonus: Activities and games like “Where’s Mitch?” will take you back to a simpler time. Extra bonus: Alternate Collector’s Edition covers at OcasioComic.com!
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force comes ten years after the debut of the wildly-popular Devil’s Due Barack the Barbarian comic series, which chronicled the bone-crushing exploits of our 44th President. Both are the brainchild of artist and Devil’s Due Publisher Josh Blaylock.
A portion of all sales will go to America’s United Service Organization (USO), and RaicesTexas.org, which provides free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families, and refugees.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force features contributions from several acclaimed and award-winning writers/artists, including Jill Thompson (a Neil Gaiman collaborator and creator of the Scary Godmother graphic novels and TV special), Dean Haspiel (Emmy-winning title designer and longtime collaborator with Harvey Pekar on American Splendor), Jose Garibaldi (Lego Movie 2, TMNT, Captain Underpants graphic novels), and more, including a cover by Tim Seeley (artist/writer of numerous iconic comic book series, including Hack/Slash, Nightwing, Grayson, Green Lantern, Batman).
This Summer Devil’s Due Entertainment’s titles will be getting a facelift as the brand changes its name to Devil’s Due Comics. A shift happening to reflect its new Publishing Platform for creator-owned titles.
The first two titles to be released under Devil’s Due Comics are horror title Little Girl (a 4-issue miniseries debuting in July) by writer Pat Shand and artist Olivia Pelaez, and video game homage Final Street(special launch issue dropping in June) by writer Scott Schmidt and artist Brian Atkins.
While most of the changes will remain invisible to the general public, other than a new logo, the company is focusing on alternative deal structures that appeal to what it sees as a growing culture of self-sufficient creators controlling their own properties through social media engagement and comicon weekend “road warrior” promotion. The new platform offers simpler royalty structures for store sales and even flexible one-year contracts. Creators will be allowed a more hands-on, DIY approach to their books, using a web interface developed by Devil’s Due founder Josh Blaylock, which is all part of what he sees as a need in the indie market.
As for its previously existing titles, everything remains as it has been, with creators possibly shifting their publishing arrangements over to the new platform on a case by case basis.
Devil’s Due Comics will continue to be released through comic shops via Diamond under the umbrella label Devil’s Due / 1First Comics.
The company is not accepting open solicitations from the public at this time, and is prepping more titles to be announced later in 2018.