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Gorilla Comics was a short-lived American comic book imprint launched in 2000[1] by creators Kurt Busiek, Tom Grummett, Stuart Immonen, Karl Kesel, Barry Kitson, George Pérez, Mark Waid, and Mike Wieringo.[2] Characters were creator-owned, and books were published through Image Comics.

Titles

  • Crimson Plague by George Pérez (originally published through Event Comics)
  • Empire by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson (later completed through DC Comics)
  • Section Zero by Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett
  • Shockrockets by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen
  • Superstar by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen
  • Tellos by Todd Dezago and Mike Wieringo (originally published through Image Central)

Closure

The founders intended to finance the company through a comics-themed website, eHero.com, which proved unsuccessful.[3] This left creators financing their own books, and only a handful of issues saw print.[4] Only Shockrockets and Tellos completed their initial storylines. The last Gorilla Comics book, Superstar, consisted of a single issue printed in 2001.

Shockrockets was later reprinted in trade paperback by Dark Horse Comics in August 2004. It was reprinted by IDW Publishing as a hardcover in November 2010. Further Tellos stories were self-published directly through Image Comics. Empire was later completed as a mini-series at DC Comics and released as a trade paperback in June 2004. Superstar will see a release from IDW Publishing in March 2011.[when?]

In January 2012, Karl Kesel announced that he and Tom Grummett would be relaunching Section Zero as a webcomic on the Mad Genius Comics website.[5][6] The previously published stories are being posted on the site and new material will be added as it is completed.[7]

References

  1. Contino, Jennifer M. (May 2000). "Tell Us About Tellos". Sequential Tart 3 (5). http://www.sequentialtart.com/archive/may00/dezago.shtml. 
  2. Lamken, Brian Saner (December 6, 1999). "The Comic Wire: Gorilla Comics: A Profile of the Creator Owned Imprint". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=238. 
  3. Yarbrough, Beau (December 28, 2000). "State of the (Ape) Nation: How Healthy is Gorilla?". ComicBookResources.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/65v8rMcSe. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  4. Dean, Michael (June 8, 2001). "The Case of the Disappearing Gorilla: The Banana Trust Explains How Not to Start a Comics Line". The Comics Journal #234. Fantagraphics Books. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/65v9TM63v. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  5. Parkin, JK (January 3, 2012). "Kesel and Grummett’s Section Zero returns as a webcomic". ComicBookResources.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/65vAfM4d0. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  6. Kesel, Karl (January 2, 2012). "Back to ZERO!". MadGeniusComics.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/65vB4I27H. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  7. Kesel, Karl; Grummett, Tom (2012). "Archive for Section Zero". MadGeniusComics.com. http://www.madgeniuscomics.com/category/comics/section-zero/. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 

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