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Slave Labor Graphics (SLG) is an independent American comic book publisher, well known for publishing darkly humorous, offbeat comics. Creators associated with SLG over the years include Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Woodrow Phoenix, Jhonen Vasquez, and Andi Watson.

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1 Company history 2 Titles 3 Notes 4 References 5 External links

Company history[edit] Slave Labor Graphics was started in 1986 by Dan Vado, who remains the company's president and publisher. The first book Slave Labor Graphics published was ShadowStar #3, a female superhero character previously published independently by some of Vado's friends. Slave Labor Graphics's first major success was Samurai Penguin #1 by Dan and Mark Buck, which sold 58,000 copies in the summer of 1986.[citation needed] The first few titles, such as Hero Sandwich and It's Science With Dr. Radium, were all created by friends of Vado's from high school.[citation needed] Other successes were Milk & Cheese, a comic about mean-spirited anthropomorphic dairy products by Evan Dorkin, and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, a comic about the adventures of a serial killer by Jhonen Vasquez. In this time period, comic book speculation was rampant, so Slave Labor Graphics was able to sell its entire print run of many titles.[citation needed] However, at the end of the mid-1990s speculation bubble, some distributors went out of business without paying Slave Labor Graphics.[citation needed] In 1995, Slave Labor Graphics added a more genre-oriented imprint called "Amaze Ink" intended to be for all audiences ;[1] the "stranger, more adult, and more difficult to categorize material"[citation needed] would still be published under the main "Slave Labor" imprint. In 2005, Slave Labor Graphics entered into a partnership with The Walt Disney Company to produce comic book series based on some of its properties: Haunted Mansion, Wonderland, Tron, and Gargoyles.[2] Its own creations, such as Little Gloomy (1999–2005), Kid Gravity (2003–2007), and The Super Scary Monster Show: Featuring Little Gloomy (2005–2007), appeared regularly in Disney Adventures magazine.[3] In September 2008, SLG remodeled its lobby to be a smaller gallery/shop[4] which opened as Boutiki in San Jose in December 2008.[5] The gallery/shop is still operating (with name of Art Boutiki) as of 2014 December.[6] In late 2010, Slave Labor Graphics established an independent record label entitled Slab Yard Sound Company.[7] In January 2012, editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman, who had been with the company since 2001, left to become the PR and Marketing Director at Image Comics.[8] Titles[edit]

Absent Friends (2004) A Bag of Anteaters Action Girl Comics
Comics
#1–19 (by Sarah Dyer, 1994–2001) Adora Gone and The Electric Electric Elephant (2010) Awkward (by Ariel Schrag, 1999) Autumn #1–5 (2004–2006) Babyhead Magazine #1 (2004) Babysitter Bad Art Collection Barrabas #1-2 (1986) Bear #1–10 (by Jamie Smart, 2004–2005) Beer and Roaming in Las Vegas Bill The Clown 3 issues (1992–1993) Bloody Dreadful (by Justin Bastard Sane) Black Heart Billy Bombaby Screen Goddess #1-3 plus a TPB (by Antony Mazzotta, 2003-2004) Byron: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous (by Karl Christian Krumpholz, 2007) Caffeine #1–10 (by Jim Hill; April 1996 - 1999) Camping with Bigfoot Captain Dingleberry The Cat With The Really Big Head Cemetarians 6 issues (2008) Charm School #1-9 (by Elizabeth Watasin; Apr. 2000 - 2003) Chumble Spuzz (by Ethan Nicolle, 2008) The Clarence Principle (by Fehed Said and Shari Chankhamma, 2007) Cocopiazo The Comical Tragedy of Punch and Judy Comic Book Heaven Corporate Ninja (2005) Dead Eyes Open (by Roy Boney, 2005) Definition Dim Witted Darryl Dork #1-11 (by Evan Dorkin, 1993–2006; continued by Dark Horse Comics) Dr. Grave (by Ed Clayton Dystopik Snomen (by Don M. Haring, Jr., 1995) Eating Steve: A Love Story Egg Story Elmer Emily and the Intergalactic Lemonade Stand Emo Boy #1–11 (by Steve Emond, 2005–2007) Empty Love Stories #1-2 (all stories written by Steve Darnall, Nov. 1994 - Aug. 1996) Evenfall (by Pete Stathis, 2004) Everwinds Everything Can Be Beaten Farewell Georgia Fillerbunny
Fillerbunny
(by Jhonen Vasquez) Fishmasters Gargoyles 15 issues (by Greg Weisman, et al; a continuation of the TV series) Ghost Ship #1–3 (by Jon Lewis, Mar. 1996 - Oct. 1996) Ghouly Boys Gloomcookie #1–28 (by Serena Valentino and Vincent Batignole, 1999–2006) The Griffin (by Dan Vado) Halo and Sprocket #1–4 (2002) Haunted Mansion Heart of a Corpse (by Justin Bastard Sane) Hectic Planet (by Evan Dorkin; previously known as Pirate Corp$) Hero Sandwich #1–5 (1987–1989) Highway 13 #1-10 (by Les McClaine, 2001–2003) Hummingbird Hsu and Chan (by Jeremy "Norm" Scott) I Feel Sick
I Feel Sick
#1–2 (by Jhonen Vasquez, 1999–2000) Imp Iliad #1–2 It's Science With Doctor Radium (1986) Jellyfist (by Jhonen Vasquez
Jhonen Vasquez
and Jenny Goldberg) Jet Comics
Comics
#1–3 Jet Pack Pets Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
#1–7 (by Jhonen Vasquez, 1995–1997) Kitsune Tales #1 (by Woodrow Phoenix and Andi Watson, 2003) Knights of the Living Dead Lenore #1–13 (by Roman Dirge, 1998–2007) Life of a Fetus #1–7 Likewise #1–2 (by Ariel Schrag, 2002)

Little Gloomy #1–6 (by Landry Walker and Eric Jones, 1999) Little Gloomy Adventures one-shot (2003) Little Gloomy Crypt of Creepts one-shot (2004) Little Gloomy Hallowe'en Special
Special
one-shot Little Scrowlie 18 issues (by Jennifer Feinberg and Todd Meister; Mar. 2003 - Jan. 2008) Longshot Comics, Shanne Simmons (volume 1: 1995. volume 2: 1997) Love In Tights Metamorphosis Odyssey
Metamorphosis Odyssey
(by Jim Starlin) Midnight Sun Milk & Cheese 7 issues plus a TPB (by Evan Dorkin, 1991–2000) Mister Blank
Mister Blank
15 issues (by Christopher J. Hicks, 1996–1998) Model A The Monsters In My Tummy Mr. Night Murder Can Be Fun #1-12 (anthology; 1996–1999) MuZz My Monkey's Name is Jennifer (2002) Next Exit
Next Exit
#1-10 (by Christy Lijewski; 2004 - 2006) Nightmares & Fairy Tales #1-23 (by Serena Valentino and Camilla D'Errico, May 2002 - May 2008) Nil: A Land Beyond Belief original graphic novel (by James Turner, 2005) No Hope Oblivion City Oddjob #1-8 (by Ian Smith and Tyson Smith, Spring 1999 - May 2001) On the Bus One Fisted Tales #1–11 (anthology, 1990 - Aug. 1994) Outlook:Grim #1–6 (2003–2004) The Pants Ant Trouser Hour Paris (by Andi Watson, 2005–2006) Patty Cake 33 issues (by Scott Roberts; 1997–2005) Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer Pirate Club #1–10 (by Derek Hunter & Elias Pate, 2004–2006) Pirate Corp$ (by Evan Dorkin, 1989–1993) The Price Private Beach #1–7? (2002?) Punk Rock & Trailer Parks (2008) The Replacement God #1-8 (by Zander Cannon, June 1995[9]–1997) Rex Libris #1-13 (by James Turner, 2005–2008) Rogue Satellite Comics
Comics
#1–3 (Reilly & Atkinson, 1996–1997) The Royal Historian of Oz Samurai Jam #3–4 (by Andi Watson, 1993, previously Samurai Funnies, published by Solson Publications) Samurai Penguin #1–8 (1986–1988) Samurai Penguin: Food Chain Follies #1 Sanctuary Screenplay #1 Screwtooth #1-? (2006) Serenity Rose #1-5 (by Aaron Alexovich, 2003-2004) Seth Throb, Underground Artist Shadoweyes (by Sophie Campbell, 2010) ShadowStar #3 (1986; #1–2 published by Savage Graphics) Sidney Mellon's Thunderskull! The Sister's Luck (by Shari Chankhamma, 2010) Skaggy The Lost #1–4, trade paperback Skeleton Girl Comics
Comics
#1–3 Skeleton Key #1-30 (by Andi Watson, July 1995 - Jan. 1998 ) Sky Ape
Sky Ape
#1–4 Slacker Comics
Comics
#1-18 (by Doug Slack, Aug. 1994 - Oct. 1998) Slow News Day (by Andi Watson, 2001) Street Angel #1–5 (by Jim Rugg, 2004-2005) Sparks Squee #1–4 (by Jhonen Vasquez, 1997–1998) Strongman by Charles Soule Sugar Buzz #1-9 (by Ian Carney and Woodrow Phoenix, Jan. 1998 - May 2002) Swerve #1–2 (by "Downer" creator Kyle S. Hunter) The Jam #2–6, 1989–1990 (by Bernie Mireault; came from Matrix Graphics, moved to Dark Horse Comics) The Super Scary Monster Show: Featuring Little Gloomy Tales from the Heart
Tales from the Heart
#3–11, 1988 - May 1994 (by Cindy Goff, Rafael Nieves and Seitu Hayden; came from Entropy Enterprises) Tron: The Ghost in the Machine (2006–2008; miniseries following up the film and the video game TRON 2.0) The Trouble With Igor #1 (2006) True Swamp #4-5 (by Jon Lewis, Oct. 1994[10] - Feb. 1995); first 3 issues published by Peristaltic Press Truth Serum Ubu Bubu #1–4 (2008–2009) Ursa Minors #1-? (2006) Vaistron #1–5 (2005) The Vesha Valentine Story (by Des Taylor, 2011) The Waiting Place 18 issues (by Sean McKeever, Mike Norton, and David Yurkovich; Apr. - Sept. 1997; Nov. 1999 - Feb. 2002) Weird Science (1986) Where's It At, Sugar Kat? #1-3 (by Woodrow Phoenix and Ian Carney, Sept. 2000 - Mar. 2001) Whistles (by Andrew Hussie, 2007) Wonderland Zombies Calling (by Faith Erin Hicks, 2007)

Notes[edit]

^ "Newswatch: Slave Labor Announces New Format," The Comics
Comics
Journal #177 (May 1995), p. 33. ^ " Dan Vado on SLG's Disney Deal". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 2005-08-27.  ^ NYCC: Slave Labor Graphics' Dan Vado Talks Disney Licensed Comics Archived 2007-03-10 at the Wayback Machine.. February 26, 2007 ^ SLG Office Beutification Adventure Part Two uploaded on September 2, 2008 by Dan Vado. Retrieved 2014 December 21. ^ Boutiki Opening a Success! blog posted December 12, 2008 by Jennifer de Guzman. Retrieved 2014 December 21. ^ The Art Boutiki website. Retrieved 2014 December 21. ^ SLG Publishing Gets Into the Music Biz. November 22, 2010 ^ Jennifer de Guzman to handle PR and marketing at Image January 17, 2012 ^ "Newswatch: Slave Labor Announces New Title, Imprint," The Comics Journal #175 (Mar. 1995), p. 30. ^ "Newswatch: True Swamp Joins Slave Labor Line-Up," The Comics Journal #172 (Nov. 1994), p. 38.

References[edit]

WONDERCON '07: Slave Labor panel report, Newsarama

External links[edit]

Official website Slave Labor Graphics at the INDUCKS

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