Dan Johnson has retailers covered!

Hello. My name is Dan Johnson and I am one of the co-founders of Empire Comics Lab. We are an indie comics company that publishes two comics, a horror anthology called Cemetery Plots, and an action-adventure anthology called Actionthology.

Like many of you in the comics business, we are weathering the current crisis caused by Covid-19. This virus has impacted our lives greatly as many of our editorial staff, writers and artists are in states that have Stay Home or Shelter in Place laws in effect. While this has changed how we live our daily lives, Covid-19 has not changed our love for comics. Indeed, many of our creative staff are working on new stories while they are at home. When this crisis is over, we plan to hit the ground running with all new stories for our fans.

While our love for comics has not changed, Covid-19 has impacted our industry greatly. Right now, there are many shops across the country that have had to shut their doors as they are deemed nonessential businesses by their communities. But, there are still some shops open that are in small towns where Stay Home and Shelter in Place have not been activated yet. These comic book shops are struggling right now to stay open without any new product on their shelves because Diamond Distribution has shut down their operations and the printing companies that produce comics are closed.

To these shops that are looking for books to offer their customers, Empire Comics Lab is here to help. We have three issues of Cemetery Plots, one issue of Actionthology and three volumes of Andy “Shaggy” Korty’s The Manor available to ship immediately. Our floppy comics are only $1.50 each and copies of The Manor are only $5.00 each. If you will contact me at danielbryanjohnson@hotmail.com, I can send you digital samples of our books to look over and see if we would be a good fit for your shop. I can also help you reach out to other indie comic book publishers who can help you put new product on your shelf at this time.

Likewise, once the restrictions are lifted in the larger states and cities, comic book shops in those areas will need new product as well. Contact me and we will see about having brand new titles on your shelves the day your doors reopen.

Empire Comics Lab has always been committed to bringing our readers the best comics for their money. Now, we are just as committed as helping our friends in the comic book shop community in their time of need.

Best Regards to you all.

Dan Johnson
Empire Comics Lab

Pointing to the Future

Hi, everyone. This is Dave, EiC, Publisher, and Co-Founder of Empire Comics Lab. I write most of these posts and have since 2014. Doing so has been a great pleasure in my life but… recently, our site crashed and (due to my own ridiculousness) we lost absolutely everything we’ve posted for the last 5 years.

It was heartbreaking.

I had gotten so used to being mobile, being able to post on the fly, from my phone, from ANYWHERE, that I just didn’t back things up properly. Ugh.

Since that time, I’ve rebuilt the site, rebuilt the store, and began working on new projects for The Lab but… it’s been difficult. When I come back to the site, I remember everything that was lost and it’s hard to attack it with the same fervor.

But, you know what? That’s just selfish.

The Lab has been so amazingly fortunate to be associated with such incredible talent and they deserve better! Creators like, Roger Mckenzie, Paul Tuma, Gary O’Donnell, Dave Noe, Barbara Kaalberg, Alexter Albury, Eric Bowen, Robert Gant, Rodney Bennett, Dan Gorman… my gosh, I could go on and on! Not to mention co-founders, Dan Johnson and Andy “Shaggy” Korty, who pour their guts into our fine funnybooks!

Well, I’m going to step it up. We’ve got some EPIC books planned and you are going to want to hear about it! New characters, new directions, and old favorites. They’re all coming and we are REACHING for the STRATOSPHERE!

Follow us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram. Bookmark this page because BIG THINGS ARE COMING!

Thanks to you, our wonderful fans who have followed us through the years and enjoyed our books. We make the books WE want to read and we’re delighted to find people who are just as nuts!

We love you all!

ECL and The Manor at BoilerCon

Creator of “The Manor” and ECL co-founder extraordinare, Andy “Shaggy” Korty will be attending BoilerCon at Purdue University hosted by the Student Union on Saturday, February 23rd. Check him out and take a look at all of his amazing projects. Pick up a copy or three of “The Manor”, “Cemetery Plots”, or “ACTIONTHOLOGY!” They make GREAT gifts!

Also in attendance will be independent publisher and all around interesting guy, Brian K. Morris! Do yourself a favor and spend some time with this fella!

Golden Kid Comics and ECL!

BIG NEWS!!! BIG NEWS!!! BIG NEWS!!! BIG NEWS!!! BIG NEWS!!! BIG NEWS!!!

GOLDEN KID COMICS JOINS FORCES WITH EMPIRE COMICS LAB!

​The editors and creators of Golden Kid Comics are delighted to announce that their fledgling company is joining forces with Empire Comics Lab. Fans of Golden Kid Comics are to be reassured that this recent team-up with the ECL will be nothing but beneficial to the indie publisher that is dedicated to providing entertaining, kid-friendly comic books for children of all ages. Indeed, this joining will no doubt help Golden Kid Comics reach all new heights of success and popularity. 

​Under this deal, Golden Kid Comics maintains all rights to their characters and stories. Also, all stories and artwork will still be produced by Dan Johnson and Josh Holley. The only difference is that Golden Kid Comics will now be promoted by Empire Comics Lab at comic book shows and online. Golden Kid Comics’ books will be published as a part of Empire Comics Lab’s line of book, but maintain its own separate brand (similar to the Vertigo line as published by DC Comics).

Installments of the weekly Golden Kid Comics web series will still premiere at goldenkidcomics.com, but will then be made available through Empire Comics Lab’s website a few days later. Also, exclusive content such as puzzles, pin-ups and coloring pages will premiere first at the Golden Kid Comics website as well. 

​The primary thing is that both companies will be working together for a common goal: to make the best comic books possible. This merger is proof positive of something every child learns by reading comic books like X-Men and Justice League of America: We are stronger when united together than when we work on our own.

Parkersburg Pop Con and Fayetteville Comiccon

This is going to be a busy weekend for the Mads at Empire Comics Lab! But it is also going to be a HUGE weekend for our fans! 
We’re going to be representing at two shows this weekend! On Saturday, October 20, Andy Korty will be at Parkersburg Pop Con at the West Virginia University at 167 Nicolette Rd, Parkersburg, WV 26104. Andy then will be joining the fun at Fayetteville Comic Con at the Crown Complex at 1960 Coliseum Dr, Fayetteville, NC 28306, where Dan Johnson, Rodney Bennett, Will Boyer, RIck Davis and Marshall Lakes will be holding court on Saturday and Sunday!

Members of the ECL are going to be taking part in a panel about independent publishing and Dan will be interviewing several guests for RetroFan, the new pop culture magazine from TwoMorrows at Fayetteville!

But (and this is the best news of all) ECL is proud to present a special edition of Cemetery Plots #3 premiering this weekend! This issue will feature a blank back cover and everyone who buys a copy will get a sketch from one of the artists in attendance! This is a LIMITED edition variant with just over 100 issues being published. The gang at Fayetteville will have issues 1-50 and Andy will have issues 51-100. And once these books are gone, that is it! This could end up being the rarest ECL issue of them all (outside of our ashcan FCBD books), so get yours while you can!