Introducing Josh Gillam’s “Cynical Stew”

We are incredibly proud and honored to welcome Josh Gillam’s strip, Cynical Stew to the Empire Comics Lab family!


I’ll let Josh introduce himself:

“Welcome to Cynical Stew! This is a comic strip I created a few years ago that was loosely based off of me. The main character is Stu, a sarcastic and cynical fellow. The strip also features Stu’s wife and daughter. I was unable to find an artist to commit full time to the project, so I went a different route. I decided it would be fun to do a comic strip that was drawn by multiple artists. I had the same characters and themes, but a variety of artistic styles. The artists I pitched the idea to were all on board and Cynical Stew was born. Fellow creator Andy “Shaggy” Korty helped me out with some character designs and came up with the iconic smiley face on Stu’s hat. The idea of the smiley face changing its expression to match Stu’s became a big hit with both the artists and fans. The comic strip was a lot of fun to produce, unfortunately, it became difficult to keep up with and I had to put it on a hiatus. After I started writing for Empire Comics Lab I pitched the idea to the editor-in-chief of bringing Cynical Stew over and having the strip run on their website. They loved the idea and we started working on a relaunch of Cynical Stew. Now we have officially kicked off the relaunch and will be re-releasing all of the original content and are working on some brand new stuff as well. So be sure to check out every Friday to check out the latest Cynical Stew!”

FYI, today is Josh’s birthday!  Give him some love, everyone!

FCBD 2016

Free Comic Book Day 2016 is now behind us and the offer for the free digital copy of Cemetery Plots #1.5 is over.

Thank you all so much for joining us in our very first FCBD giveaway!  Can’t wait to do it again next year.

If you missed our freebie, have no fear!  The story in CP 1.5 will be appearing in Cemetery Plots #2 arriving soon at a graveyard near you!!

Free Comic Book Day 2016

imageFrom the desk of Dan Johnson, Editor of Cemetery Plots:

Fiends! Goblins! Lend me your fears!

Ears! Sorry, I meant lend me your ears!

Empire Comics Lab is proud to announce that we will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day in a very big way this year — with a special ashcan edition of Cemetery Plots: Issue #1.5! This issue features two brand new stories: “Red Need,” with script by Lou Mougin, art by Andy “Shaggy” Korty, and lettering by Brandon Bullock and “No Solicitors,” a prose story by Larry Underwood, aka Dr. Gangrene, with illustrations by Andy “Shaggy” Korty. This special issue also sports a brand-new cover by Rodney Bennett as well.

Cemetery Plots #1.5 is going to be a very, VERY limited print edition of Empire Comics Labs’ premiere horror comic. It will only be available at shops hosting ECL writers and artists (although both stories will be available for free download from Friday, May 6 to Monday, May 9 at our website,
ECL will be representing at the following comic books shops on Free Comic Book Day*:

Bluemoon Comics
2405 South Earl Avenue
Lafayette, IN 47905

ECL guest will be Andy “Shaggy” Korty, Cemetery Plots artist.

The Comics Conspiracy
108 North Street
Asheboro, NC 27203

ECL guests will be Dan Johnson, head writer and editor of Cemetery Plots, and Rodney Bennett, Cemetery Plots cover artist.

Heroic Adventures Comics
126 Gnau Avenue, SW
Massillon, OH 44646

ECL guest will be Daniel Gorman, Cemetery Plots artist.

Comics and Collectibles
2606 S. 14th Street
Abilene, TX 79605

ECL guest will be Lou Mougin, Cemetery Plots writer.

*Also at these shops on Free Comic Book Day: our Free Tombstone Contest! Enter the drawing to win the chance to have your name appear on a tombstone in an upcoming issue of Cemetery Plots! You’ll also get a copy of the issue your tombstone appears in. This is a $15.00 value and you’ll be the envy of every horror and comic fan if you win.

Cemetery Plots 2 preview… nah, we’re saving this one

From the desk of Dan Johnson, Editor of Cemetery Plots: “While we are wrapping up Issue Two, which is going to kill you all by the way, D.O. has been looking ahead to content for upcoming issues. The old geezer nearly lost what is left of his mind when he saw the pencils for a three-pager that Brian Postman is doing for an upcoming issue. It’s a new spin on the old dilemma of monsters hiding under your bed that was penned by Alexter Albury and it really has teeth.”

Preview from Cemetery Plots #2

From the desk of Cemetery Plots editor, Dan Johnson:

“Cemetery Plots #2 is almost ready to go to press. Man, it feels good to be able to say this issue is almost a wrap. 🙂 But the work never ends for an editor. I’ve already got stories in the works for upcoming issues and they are looking GOOD! One such story is “Pack Men” by Lou Mougin and Eric Bowen. Check out this first page that Eric is working on right now. When this story is completed, it is gonna be a real HOWL.”