The Comic Publisher Landscape (2018)

For whatever reason, I decided to attempt mapping out the entire North American—and UK—comic publishing industry. I started assembling the rough files while I was updating this years’ comic submission guidelines directory.

I thought – why not tackle something bigger?

This graphic is not perfect – more like the beginning of a conversation. We’re now at Vers. 1.1 after the first round of revisions. The ~200 publishers and imprints are collected from 12 months of Diamond Previews customer order form info. The burgeoning Emerald Comics Distro does not have any publicly listed information on publishers that they’re dealing with – so I stuck with Diamond as my source.

Some things to note.

All of the categories are arbitrary. I invented them. You may have other ideas about where things fit.

Here’s a Google Sheet that lists every active publisher that I sourced, their website URL, and their Twitter, FB and Instagram profiles (if applicable).

No publisher is listed or ranked according to market share. I’m not a data visualization pro – but maybe one day we can implement this.

There are so many imprints, corporate mergers and *sister companies* in the publishing world that it made my head spin a little.

Some of these publishers might be out of business and Diamond is merely selling off past inventory in their warehouses. I’ll try to keep up.

This graphic is only my personal interpretation of the comic publishing space and will probably contain errors and omissions (with apologies). You can publicly identify or clarify your company in the comments section below – and I’ll update the graphic in the following revision.

every comic book, graphic novel and manga publisher

You can view the uncompressed and full-size infographic here. You can download this graphic in an assortment of sizes.

I expressly grant permission to reproduce copies of this graphic in full and “as is” on any website, up to a resolution of 3000 x 2896. A backlink to this very post would be greatly appreciated.

Comic Publisher Directory Google Sheet

You can access the Google sheet here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17tncjaYcI_YVDwfvgYpsRWUuj6RbalwsgAV2xlrFypA/edit?usp=sharing

Comic book, Graphic Novel and Manga Publishers Included in the graphic.

:01 FIRST SECOND

12-GAUGE COMICS

215 INK

2CLOUD

451 MEDIA GROUP

801 MEDIA INC

AAM MARKOSIA

AARDVARK VANAHEIM

AAZURN PUBLISHING

ABOUT COMICS

ABRAMS

  • ABRAMS COMICARTS
  • AMULET BOOKS

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

AC COMICS

ACCENT UK

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

ADAPTIVE BOOKS

ADASTRA COMIX

ADHOUSE BOOKS

AFTERSHOCK COMICS

AIRSHIP ENTERTAINMENT

ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS

ALTERNA COMICS INC

ALTERNATIVE COMICS

AMAZE INK/SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS

AMDALE MEDIA LLC

AMERICAN GOTHIC PRESS

AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY PRODUCTIONS

AMIGO COMICS

AMRYL ENTERTAINMENT

ANDREWS MCMEEL

  • AMP! COMICS FOR KIDS

ANTARCTIC PRESS

APOSTLE ARTS

ARCANA STUDIO

ARCHIE COMICS

ARH COMIX

ARSENAL PULP PRESS

ASPEN MLT INC

AVATAR PRESS INC

  • BLEEDING COOL
  • BOUNDLESS COMICS

AVERY HILL PUBLISHING

BANANA TALE PRESS

BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS

BERGEN STREET PRESS

BHP COMICS

BIG CITY COMICS

BIG FINISH

BIG PLANET/ RETROFIT COMICS

BIG WOW ART

BIRDCAGE BOTTOM BOOKS

BLACK MASK COMICS

BLACKBOX COMICS

BLISS ON TAP

BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT

BLOOMSBURY

BLUE FOX COMICS

BLUE JUICE COMICS

BONGO – UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES

BONGO COMICS

BREAKDOWN PRESS

BROADSWORD COMICS

CALIBER ENTERTAINMENT

CAMPFIRE

CANDLEWICK PRESS

  • TOON BOOKS

CANTON STREET PRESS

CAPSTONE PUBLISHING

CARTOON BOOKS

CHAPTERHOUSE COMICS

CINEBOOK

CLASSIC COMICS PRESS

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED

COFFIN COMICS

COMFORT AND ADAM

COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

COMICHAUS

COMICMIX

COMIXTRIBE

CONUNDRUM PRESS

COSMIC TIMES

CREATURE

CRUSADE ENTERTAINMENT

  1. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

DARK HORSE

DARKROSE STUDIOS

DARKSTORM COMICS

DC COMICS

  • VERTIGO
  • MAD MAGAZINE

DEAD CANARY COMICS

DEADHEAD COMICS

DEVILS DUE /1FIRST COMICS, LLC

DIGITAL MANGA DISTRIBUTION

DISNEY LUCASFILM PRESS

DOVER PUBLICATIONS

DRAWN & QUARTERLY

DYNAMIC FORCES

E-COMIX

EC COMICS

ENIGMA ENDEAVORS

EPICENTER COMICS

FAKKU

FANFARE PRESENTS PONENT MON

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

FIREFLY BOOKS LTD.

GAMES WORKSHOP

GEMSTONE PUBLISHING

GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING

GRAPHIC INDIA PTE. LTD

GRAPHIX

GROUNDWOOD BOOKS

GUILDED AGE

HACHETTE

  • NATION BOOKS

HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS

  • BALZER + BRAY

HASHTAG COMICS

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE

HERMES PRESS

HERO TOMORROW COMICS

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT

HOUSE OF ANANSI PRESS

HUMANOIDS INC

I BOX PUBLISHING

IDW PUBLISHING

  • EURO COMICS
  • THE LIBRARY OF AMERICAN COMICS
  • TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
  • YOE BOOKS

IMAGE COMICS

  • SHADOWLINE
  • SKYBOUND
  • TODD MCFARLANE PRODUCTIONS
  • TOP COW PRODUCTIONS INC.

IMPROPER BOOKS

INSIGHT COMICS

IRON CIRCUS COMICS

JOE BOOKS INC.

KEENSPOT ENTERTAINMENT

KENZER & COMPANY

KNOCKABOUT COMICS

KNOPF DOUBLEDAY

  • KNOPF PUBLISHING
  • PANTHEON BOOKS

KODANSHA COMICS

KOYAMA PRESS

LAST GASP

LEGENDARY COMICS

LIBERTY COMICS

LION FORGE

LITTLE BROWN & COMPANY

LO SCARABEO

LOST ART BOOKS

MACMILLAN

  • FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX
  • FEIWEL & FRIENDS
  • HENRY HOLT
  • HILL & WANG
  • SQUARE FISH

MARVEL COMICS

MICROCOSM PUBLISHING

MYRIAD EDITIONS

NBM

NBM – EUROTICA

NEW ENGLAND COMICS

NEW YORK REVIEW COMICS

NOBROW PRESS

NORTH ATLANTIC BOOKS

NORTHWEST PRESS

ONE PEACE BOOKS

ONI PRESS INC.

OUTLOOK WORDS & ART

PANINI PUBLISHING LTD

PAPERCUTZ

  • CHARMZ

PENGUIN

  • DIAL BOOKS
  • RIVERHEAD

PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

  • JONATHAN CAPE
  • TUNDRA BOOKS

POCKET BOOKS

PS ARTBOOKS

RANDOM HOUSE

  • BALLANTINE BOOKS
  • BANTAM / SPECTRA
  • DEL REY
  • RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

REBELLION / 2000AD

RED 5 COMICS

REGNERY PUBLISHING

ROTHIC

SCHOLASTIC

  • GRAPHIX

SCOUT COMICS

SELFMADEHERO

SECRET ACRES

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

SIMON AND SCHUSTER

  • ATHENEUM BOOKS
  • ATRIA BOOKS
  • GALLERY BOOKS

SLOTH COMICS

SOARING PENGUIN PRESS

SPACE GOAT PUBLISHING

SQPINC

STORM KING PRODUCTIONS, INC

STRANGER COMICS

STUDIO FARLAINE

SUBLIME

SUNDAY PRESS BOOKS

SUPER GENIUS

T PUB

TASCHEN AMERICA L.L.C.

CROWN PUBLISHING

  • TEN SPEED PRESS

THE PHOENIX

TH3RD WORLD STUDIOS

TILBURY HOUSE PUBLISHERS

TITAN COMICS

TITAN1STUDIOS

TOKYOPOP

TOONHOUND STUDIOS LLC

TOR BOOKS

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING

UDON ENTERTAINMENT CORP

  • MANGA CLASSICS

UNCIVILIZED BOOKS

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

VAULT COMICS

VERTICAL COMICS

VITAL PUBLISHING

VIZ MEDIA LLC

WW NORTON

YEN PRESS

YOUNEEK STUDIOS

Z2 COMICS

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

About Jason Thibault

Jason Thibault  is a writer, artist, & owner of boutique content marketing agency Massive Kontent. Follow him on Twitter (@jasonthibault) and Instagram (@jay_thibs).