About Joe’s Comics
In 1998, Joe’s Comics was established as an imprint specializing in high-quality comics. Two titles published under that imprint, Rising Stars and Midnight Nation, went on to become critically-acclaimed, top-selling titles that are still in print in hardcover graphic novel form, and regarded as two of the best graphic novels of the last twenty years.
The Joe’s Comics imprint went dormant as Straczynski turned to mainstream comics, putting in seven years on The Amazing Spider-Man, followed by top-selling runs on Thor, Fantastic Four and other Marvel titles and miniseries such as Silver Surfer: Requiem, Bullet Points and The Twelve. This was followed by work for such DC Comics titles as The Brave and the Bold, 2012’s Before Watchmen series, and the hardcover graphic novel Superman: Earth One, which spent 37 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and led to a second volume in 202. His comics work earned him the Eisner and the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award.
Now, with a track record of over 300 published comics, Straczynski returns to the imprint that started it all with the return of Joe’s Comics. Starting with Ten Grand, to debut in March 2013, Joe’s Comics will eventually roll out four regular, monthly titles over the next 12 months, with Sidekick to appear in July, Protectors Inc. to debut in November and a fourth title to hit the stands Spring of 2014. The titles will consist of 12 issue arcs with a pause of 2-3 months between arcs to allow for fine-tuning of the stories and art, and to ensure that publishing deadlines are met.
The purpose of Joe’s Comics is to create stories free of Event Fatigue, corporate interference and editorial agendas, with an emphasis on innovation, experimentation and fun. We are working with some of the best artists in the business, including Ben Templesmith, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jae Lee, Ryan Sook and Tom Mandrake, to bring readers the very best in comics. We are also experimenting with the medium, using online staged readings to supplement the reading experience and bringing some additional high-tech tricks to the forefront.
Joe’s Comics: where it’s always five minutes to midnight.