Thankful for Dan Johnson!

Welcome back to real life, everyone!  To keep with our continuing effort to give thanks to all who have made Empire Comics Lab possible, we would be remiss if we didn’t yell “Thank you” to the heavens for Dan Johnson!

Dan Johnson IS D.O. Mann!

We would still be a directionless group on Facebook without Dan Johnson.  Dan organized our first comic, Cemetery Plots, and has been the reigning force behind that comic ever since.  He and Steve Casper designed D.O. Mann, Cemetery Plots’ horror host, and he speaks with Dan’s voice.  Dan was our first Editor-in-Chief and is responsible for recruiting most of our talent.  His hand has been in everything we do and we are all the better for it.

Dan has been our voice at many conventions, podcasts, and classrooms.  As a writer, his stories are usually the backbone of every comic we publish.  If you’ve enjoyed or comics, you’ve enjoyed Dan’s work.

We cannot thank him enough.  It will never be enough.  We owe him too much.  Thank you, Dan, for everything!

You can find Dan’s incredible work below:

Cemetery Plots #1

Cemetery Plots #2

Hip Hop

Thankful for Alexter Albury!

ECL is so fortunate to have creators with such a wide array of talents and Alexter Albury stands at the head of the pack!

Al was one of the first to come aboard this ride and he has been producing amazing stuff since day one!  Not only did he write a tremendous werewolf yarn in Cemetery Plots #1 but he wrote and penciled his own creation, “Death Mask” soon to appear in ACTIONTHOLOGY! #1!  See what we mean?  This guy does it all!

On top of writing for us, Al is an author in his own right.  He’s written and published several books and you can find them all on his website:

Thanks, Al, for all you’ve done!

You can find Al’s ECL work below:

Cemetery Plots #1


Thankful for Eric Bowen!

I don’t know about you, but we’re stuffed!  Continuing this season of thankfulness, ECL wants to show our appreciation for an artist who gave this fledgling comic company our identity: Eric Bowen!!

See that?  That is ALL Eric!

Eric is another artist who’s been with us since the beginning.  Not long after we decided on our name, Eric kindly offered his skills as a graphic artist to create a logo.  The “Storm Gauntlet” holding a beaker was all Eric’s idea and he crafted it beautifully!!  Not only did he create our logo, but he’s also designed the titles for “Cemetery Plots”, “ACTIONTHOLOGY!” and “Doctor Seven”.  It would be fair to say, without Eric, our comics wouldn’t exist.

On top of all that, Eric is an AMAZING penciler!  The character above is “Muzzle”, Eric’s own creation and will be introduced in ACTIONTHOLOGY! #1.  His work was also in our very first issue of Cemetery Plots!  We’re after Eric for more stuff but he has his plate full with work from our friends at Lucky Comics and InDELLible.  One day, we’ll be able to say “we knew him back in the day…”

Thanks, Eric!  Your friendship and enthusiasm keep us going!!

You can find his work right here:

Cemetery Plots #1


Thankful for Gary O’Donnell!

Happy Thanksgiving!  ECL hopes you’re spending time with people you love.  Here at The Lab, we love our creators and, today, we want to bring you one of the most talented, twisted, and AMAZING artists with which we’ve had the pleasure of working;  Gary O’Donnell!

Seriously.  Just freaking look at that!

Gary has been with us since BEFORE day 1!  To say he’s been instrumental in our creation is to way undersell what he’s given us.  Not only did he pencil two stories in Cemetery Plots #1, his work has appeared in CP #2 and the upcoming ACTIONTHOLOGY!  Speaking of Cemetery Plots #2, we were able to pair Gary with veteran writer, nay COMICS LEGEND, Roger McKenzie!  Seeing the two of them work together was just magic.

Gary’s frentic style is a mix between R. Crumb and (the late) Bernie Wrightson.  We don’t know what it’s like in Gary’s head but, if it’s anything like his art, we’re better off on the outside!

Pick up any of our books and take a look at one of the best indy artists working today!  Gary, we love you!

Cemetery Plots #1

Cemetery Plots #2


Gary’s on Instagram at

Thankful for Robert Gant!

Happy Thanksgiving, Lab Assistants!!

This season we’re thankful for so much; ECL turns 5 in 2018, we have a new book about to hit the stands, and we have SO MUCH in the works!

But mostly, we are thankful for our creators.  Through this Thanksgiving weekend we want to put a spotlight on a few of our amazing friends.

Let’s start with Rob Gant!

Rob has been with us since our first comic, Cemetery Plots #1, where he provided the very first story, laid out/colored the cover, and traveled to conventions selling the thing!  Rob also spent the better part of last year producing TWO weekly comics!  His work has helped give us an identity and his enthusiasm keeps us sane!  Thanks, Rob!

Do yourself a favor and check out his comics:

Discount Wands and Spells

Blue Collar Invasion

You can also find him on Instagram at