Steve Niles, Brett Gurewitz, Matt Pizzolo unveil Black Mask Studios

Published Mar 22 2012, 09:45 GMT  |  By

Black Mask Studios
Steve Niles, 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.

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"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".

Niles previously expressed concern that the industry was dependent on a single distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors.

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