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Slave Labor Graphics

Slave Labor Graphics or commonly SLG, is an independent American comic book publisher, well-known for publishing darkly humorous, offbeat comics.

Company history

SLG was started in 1986 by Dan Vado, who is still the company's president and publisher.

The first book SLG published was Shadow Star #3, a female superhero character previously published independently by some of Vado's friends. SLG's first major success was Samurai Penguin #1 by Dan and Mark Buck, which sold 58,000 copies in the summer of 1986. 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. Another success was Milk & Cheese, a comic about mean-spirited anthropomorphic dairy products by Evan Dorkin. In this time period, comic book speculation was rampant, so SLG was able to sell its entire print run of many titles. However, at the end of the speculation bubble, some distributors went out of business without paying SLG.

In 1995, SLG added an imprint called "Amaze Ink" intended to be for all audiences and more genre-oriented; the "stranger, more adult, and more difficult to categorize material" would still be published under the "Slave Labor" imprint.

In 2005, SLG 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. Its own creations, such as Little Gloomy (1999-2005), Kid Gravity (2003-present) and The Super Scary Monster Show: Featuring Little Gloomy (2005-present), appear/have appeared regularly in Disney Adventures Magazine.



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