Caliber Comics announces its return

Caliber Comics, which in the 1990s published the debut works of such creators as Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Guy Davis and Michael Allred, is plotting its return within the next few months, with founder Gary Reed again at the helm.

Now a division of Caliber Entertainment, a company formed by Reed and Eagle One Media President Eric Reichert, the revived Caliber will focus primarily on graphic novels and collections of previously released material. Transfuzion Publishing, which Reed launched in 2007 with Rafael Neives, will become a graphic novel imprint of Caliber.

“As far as new monthly comics go, that is a massive undertaking that we’re not going to tackle immediately," Reed said in a statement. "We will likely look to partner up with an established company on the comic ‘floppies’ because in today’s market, you can’t just make it unless you have enough awareness in the comics market."

Founded in 1989, Caliber published more than 1,400 comics -- among them, Baker Street, Deadworld, Saint Germaine, Kilroy Is Here and Negative Burn -- before it was shuttered in 2001.

Reichart, whose Eagle One distributes films, produces motion comics and offers licensing representation, emphasized the "tremendous multi-media opportunities" of the Caliber brand. However, he said in a statement, "first and foremost Caliber will do what it has done best, publishing great independent comics and graphic novels, and becoming a premier publishing house for these types of works.”

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