Carla Speed McNeil was at the Haven Distributors booth for the opening of C2E2, and she had big news: She has just signed a multi-book contract with Dark Horse. McNeil, who won a Best Webcomic Eisner last year, has been self-publishing her Finder series for years, so Dark Horse will begin by republishing those earlier comics in two volumes, followed by Torch, which has appeared online, in February. "Also, they are reviving the venerable Dark Horse Presents, in which I will producing eight-page color stories," McNeil added. "That will be the first time Finder is presented in color."
The contract covers Torch, Voice, and McNeil's next three books, as well as the Dark Horse presents material. McNeil says she is happy she self-published her earlier books, because she got to learn how the industry works, but now she wants to move on. "I have got a lot of interesting friends that I want to do projects with," she said, "and if someone else handles the back end of things, I can do them."