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!

Golden Kid Comics and ECL!



​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!