Small Comic Book Publishing Companies That Hire Young Adults

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Small Comic Book Publishing Companies That Hire Young Adults
If you love comics, consider working for a comic book publisher. (superhero image by Clarence Alford from

The publication of comic books and longer graphic novels has historically been dominated by two companies, DC Comics and Marvel. Together they account for well over half of all comic book publishing in the U.S. Numerous small but vigorous independent and specialised publishers, however, make up much of the rest of the industry, and some are open to working with young adults. Most of these companies exhibit at the annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego every summer, where you can visit their booths to see the types of comics they publish and inquire about the types of individuals they hire. Each publisher's website also contains this information, as well as important information on submission guidelines.

Independent Publishers

Archie Comics has a reputation for being open to working with young adults. Their titles include "Josie and the Pussycats" and "Sabrina the Teen Witch" in addition to, of course, the Archie series. They have sold over 1.5 billion comic books.

Archie Comic Publications, Inc 325 Fayette Ave. Mamaroneck, New York 10543-2318 914-381-5155

Dark Horse Comics began publishing in the 1980s and has specialised in comic book renditions of hit movies and television series (such as "Star Wars" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), as well as superheroes ("Hellboy") and other creator-owned titles.

Dark Horse Comics 10956 SE Main Street Milwaukie, OR 97222 503-652-8815

Image Comics was formed in the 1990s to unify several independent comic book artist studios, and includes such titles as "The Crow," "Savage Dragon" and "Witchblade." Image also represents the work of well-known comic artists Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen and Marc Silvestri.

Image Comics 2134 Allston Way, 2nd Floor Berkeley, CA 94704 510-644-4980

Specialised Publishers

Oni Press is relatively new publisher that has quickly become known for offerings including properties like "Jay and Silent Bob," "Whiteout" and "My Inner Bimbo." The company specialises in finding titles a life in media beyond comics through their sister firm, Closed on Mondays.

Oni Press 1305 SE Martin Luther King Blvd., Ste. A Portland, OR 97214 503-233-1377

Slave Labor Graphics seeks to publish comics that are "fun, smart, and fresh and that offer a different perspective from what you'll find anywhere else," including such titles as "Milk and Cheese," "Dork" and "Emo Boy." The company also specialises in producing a number of comic titles geared to a more mature audience, such as "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac" and "Lenore."

SLG Publishing 577 S. Market Street San Jose, CA 95113 408-971-8929

Fantagraphics Books specialises in promoting comics as a legitimate form of art and literature, and they are known for their famous artists (including Robert Crumb, Joe Sacco and Jessica Abel) as well as for their innovation. They also offer unpaid internships.

Fantagraphics Books 7563 Lake City Way NE Seattle, WA 98115 206-524-1967

Manga Publishers in the U.S.

Owned by Japanese corporate parents, San Francisco-based Viz Media is a leading publisher of manga for the English-speaking audience, offering magazines, graphic novels and DVDs for people of all ages.

Viz. Media LLC
 295 Bay St.
 San Francisco, CA 94133 415-546-7073

Tokyopop was founded in the late 1990s to bring Asian popular culture to America. They publish manga magazines and novels, including the titles "Sailor Moon" and "Ice Blade."

Tokyopop 5900 Wilshire Boulevard
 20th Floor
 Los Angeles, CA 90036-5020

Antarctic Press is a comic book publisher in Texas that also publishes manga titles. Since the 1980s, they have released over 850 titles, including "Ninja High School" and "Gold Digger."

Antarctic Press 7272 Wurzbach Rd. Suite 204 San Antonio, TX 78240 210-614-0396

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