Steve Niles, Brett Gurewitz, Matt Pizzolo unveil Black Mask Studios
Published Mar 22 2012, 09:45 GMT
By Hugh Armitage
, Brett Gurewitz and Matt Pizzolo are teaming up to form new comics distributor Black Mask Studios
The three will launch the new print/digital hybrid platform through Bad Religion guitarist Gurewitz's Epitaph Records.
The deal was teased by Niles at WonderCon 2012
last weekend.30 Days of Night
writer Niles will serve as creative director, with filmmaker Pizzolo as Black Mask president.> Steve Niles speaks out against Stop Online Piracy Act
"Comics have become this monopolised walled garden where you're only allowed to grow two things: superheroes and movie treatments," Pizzolo told Wired
"We're going to open a new space outside the entrenched market where we can cultivate more subversive, experimental and literary comics to reach broader audiences."
"With both [Pizzolo comics project] Godkiller
and 30 Days of Night
, we discovered a large community of readers outside the comic market who really had no idea how to get comics," said Niles. "This is a way to reach those people again and expand the comic-reading audience."
Black Mask is designed to support writers and artists by being "more creator-friendly than the majors, but less winner-take-all than the indies".
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