is an independent comic book company
. It was founded in June 2005 with Zombie Tales
#1. The company was named Wizard
Magazine's Best New Publisher of 2005, only four months after their first book was published.
BOOM! Studios was founded in 2005 by Ross Richie and Andrew Cosby. The company publishes a wide variety of material, from the humor of Hero Squared, Planetary Brigade and What Were They Thinking to horror with Cthulhu Tales and Fall of Cthulhu, to crime with 2 Guns and sci-fi with Salvador.
Prior to BOOM!, Richie and Cosby worked at Malibu Comics from 1993 to 1995. The duo left the comic book business to pursue careers in feature films and were involved producing the feature film adaptation of Mage by legendary comic book creator Matt Wagner with Spyglass Entertainment, and had various projects with Mike Medavoy (Phoenix Pictures), Mark Canton (The Canton Company), Akiva Goldsman, and Casey Silver. Working with Dark Horse Comics, the duo set up "Damn Nation" at MTV Films/Paramount Pictures, a comic book Cosby created. Cosby adapted his own comic book and the partnership are attached to produce.
Immediately prior to BOOM!, Richie re-launched Atomeka Press in 2004.
Andrew Cosby is the creator of the Sci-Fi Channel TV show Eureka.
At the 2007 San Diego Comic Con BOOM! have announced they will be launching a new imprint, called ZOOM!, producing comics for children. They also announced the appointment of Mark Waid as Editor-in-Chief.
Paramount Pictures and BOOM! Studios have announced that they are teaming to create a The Godfather comic book, based of course on the classic film series of the same name.
Boom! is notable for its emphasis on working with experienced writers.
Comic book writers:
Original titles and spin-offs
- 2 Guns - Undercover cops end up on the same case, unbeknownst to each other
- Challenger Deep (concept by Andrew Cosby, written by Andy Schmidt with art by Chee, 4-issue mini-series)
- Cover Girl (co-written by Andrew Cosby) - A Hollywood action star finds himself at the mercy of a female bodyguard
- Cthulhu Tales (written by Steve Niles, with art by Chee) - An ongoing series springing from the one-shot.
- Enigma Cipher - DaVinci Code-style mystery
- Fall of Cthulhu - (written by Michael Alan Nelson, with art by Jean-Jacques Dzialowski (volume 1), Greg Scott (volume 2) and Mat Santolouco (volume 3)) - Nyarlathotep plots Cthulhu's downfall in this ongoing
- The Dominion - aliens have invaded Earth by way of viruses that mutate people
- Fear the Dead - Zombie Survival Handbook
- Foundation -
- Galveston (written by Tom Peyer and Mark Rahner, with art by Greg Scott, 6-issue mini-series, October 2008)
- Giant Monster (written by Steve Niles) - An astronaut arrives back on earth, turned into a giant monster. Three prestige format comic books.
- Hero Squared (by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis) - A real superhero from one dimension ends up in another.. where he didn't get superpowers and is a slacker
- High Rollers (written by Gary Phillips, with art by Manuel Magalhaes)
- Hunter's Moon - from James L. White, the screenwriter of the film Ray, an African American man goes on a hunting vacation with his son, who is kidnapped in a white-only town.
- Jeremiah Harm (written by Alan Grant and Keith Giffen) - A criminal is released to track down more criminals
- Last Reign: Kings of War (written by Michael Alan Nelson)
- Left on Mission - (written by Chip Mosher, with art by Francesco Francavilla and colors by Martin Thomas) - An FBI Agent must stop the sale of a critical hard drive
- Mr. Stuffins - Stuffed bear gains Artificial Intelligence
- Necronomicon (written by William Messner-Loebs, with art by Andrew Ritchie, 4-issue mini-series)
- North Wind - Post Apocalyptic, Antarctic Adventure
- Potter's Field (written by Mark Waid) - A man wants to find the identity of an unidentified grave. This series was supposed to be published near the start of Boom!'s launch, with the title John Do.
- The Remnant (created by Stephen Baldwin and Andrew Cosby, written by Caleb Monroe, with art by Julian Totino Tedesco)
- Salem (written by Chris Morgan and Kevin Walsh)
- Salvador - a genetically engineered being, who can fly but is made out of glass, becomes his peoples' savior.
- Savage Brothers (written by Andrew Cosby and Johanna Stokes) - Post-apocalyptic zombie tale.
- Scream Queen (written by Brendan Hay)
- Station (written by Johanna Stokes, with pencils by Leno Carvalho and inks by Ed Dukeshire)
- Tag (written by Keith Giffen) - A man falls victim to a plague that is eating his body. Optioned as a film.
- Tag: Cursed - Tag's sequel
- Talent (written by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski) - A plane crashes, with one survivor... who inherits the talents of the others. Optioned as a film.
- Second Wave - Invading Martians return to Earth. Sequel to War of the Worlds.
- What Were They Thinking - Comic books under public domain are parodied
- X Isle (written by Andrew Cosby and Michael Alan Nelson) - Researchers land on a mysterious island full of beasts
- 10 (written by Keith Giffen) - Ten people are each given a gun and 10 bullets... and forced to hunt each other down
- Black Plague (written by Joe Casey) - The mob goes to war with a supervillain empire, while another criminal wages war on both
- Cthulhu Tales - One-shots containing short Lovecraftian horror stories. Three exist: "Cthulhu Tales, "Cthulhu Tales: Tainted and "Cthulhu Tales: The Rising; which have been collected in a single volume (ISBN 193450615X).
- Fused Tales (written by Steve Niles) - A man becomes fused in a robotic suit
- GI Spy (by Andrew Cosby) - World War II based spy comic
- In The Blood (created by Steve Niles) - Werewolf horror
- Ninja Tales - Ninja short stories
- Pirate Tales - Pirate stories
- Zombie Tales - Short story anthology featuring zombies. Two Exist, plus the Two part Death Valley.
Carry Over Series
- Jenny Finn - BOOM! reprinted the first two issues of this series (originally released by Oni Press) in Jenny Finn: Doom, then completed the rest of Mike Mignola's story in the 56 page Jenny Finn: Messiah.
- Trencher (by Keith Giffen) - Image comic series, published as a trade paperback
Boom! also produce comics based on licensed properties which include:
Boom! Studios got the license from Games Workshop
to produce a line of comic books and graphic novels based on international hit tabletop miniatures games Warhammer Fantasy
and Warhammer 40,000
. These comics are particularly notable for featuring the work of fan favorite Warhammer
novelist and comic writer Dan Abnett
Series so far include: