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Boom! Studios awarded Best New Publisher by Wizard Magazine.

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Boom! Studios awarded Best New Publisher by Wizard Magazine.

Official Press Release

January 17, 2006: LOS ANGELES – Industry leader Wizard Magazine has named
newly formed comic book publisher Boom! Studios “Best New Publisher.”

Launching with great commercial success in June of 2005 with ZOMBIE TALES
#1, Boom! Studios garnered critical attention as well, getting 17 out of 17
favorable website reviews for its initial launch title. Since then, Boom!
has moved to the forefront of comic book publishing for the direct market.

Wizard wrote: “Utilizing a stacked talent roster that includes Keith Giffen
(10, Jeremiah Harm), J.M. DeMatteis (Hero Squared with Giffen), Mike Mignola
(Jenny Finn), Steve Niles (Giant Monster, Fused Tales), Mark Waid (Zombie
Tales), and more, Boom delivered more awesome comics in 2005 than some indie
publishers release in a lifetime!”

“It’s an honor to work with talent of this caliber, and an even greater
honor to see recognized industry legends like this trust my upstart outfit
with their creations,” Boom! Studios publisher Ross Richie said. “It’s
really encouraging to see that there’s still room for new, original ideas in
a franchise-choked marketplace.”

Boom! Studios shipped its first book halfway into 2005 – all the more
impressive that Wizard Magazine picked it out of the pack when Boom only had
half the year to publish. “I’m really excited, and frankly a little
surprised to get the attention so soon,” Richie said. “We’ve only been
doing this about six months, and if I knew this was coming, it would’ve been
nice to have an entire year to really show Wizard what we can do! It was a
tough year. There were a lot of great projects launched in 2005, and a lot
of well-funded companies. I have a great deal of respect for the other
publishers that launched this year – they did a lot of great work – so I was
pretty blown away that Wizard picked us.”

Boom! Studios launched in 2005 with an eye to becoming a boutique publisher,
focused on doing a small number of projects well. In a marketplace that
often sees companies launch entire new imprints and large new lines, Boom
crawled before trying to walk.

Boom Studios is also the home to some impressive talent that’s new to comic
book publishing, like Keith Giffen’s Blue Beetle writing partner, John
Rogers – the Zombie Tales writer might be best-known as the screenwriter for
Warren Ellis’ Global Frequency, the upcoming Transformers movie, and Rush
Hour III. Moving into 2006, Rogers will continue to work with Boom on
various projects, including the upcoming Cthulhu Tales. Creator of the
original Sci-Fi Network TV show “Eureka” Andrew Cosby has also thrown his
hat into the Boom ring with work on Zombie Tales and Zombie Tales: Death
Valley. Cosby’s adapting Doug TenNapel’s graphic novel “Creature Tech” for
20th Century Fox and will be launching a large number of series with Boom
this year.

“We started by shipping just two books a month, and managed to get some
decent attention. We’ll be branching out more, but it will be a slow,
gradual, organic process.” Richie went on, “Last year was a banner year for
us, but the stuff we’ve got planned for the near future’s really going to
turn some heads.”


Founded in 2005 by Ross Richie, Boom! Studios is a unique new publishing
house specializing in high profile projects from some of the industry’s
biggest names. Publishing humor with Hero Squared and What Were They
Thinking, veering into horror with Zombie Tales, Jenny Finn, and Giant
Monster, and venturing into thrillers with “10” Boom! Studios continues to
be on the leading edge of comic and graphic novel publishing.

For more information on Boom! Studios, check out the official website at

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