Yes, yes. I know, I know. Nifty Comics has been on hold for waaaay too long. As most of you know, I took a break from publishing back in 2008 because I had quite a bit of television and film work come in, most of it for Disney TV Animation. Then, earlier this year, the hiatus continued while I worked on a film of my own. For me, in spite of the success we’ve had with the Cadre and the large numbers of comics we sold, Nifty Comics has always been my “fun” job. This is what I do to take a break from the real world and to get back to doing what I have a true passion for. I never wanted to push Nifty to the point where it became a “real job” for me because I always worried about it not being fun any more.
With all that being said, I have decided to pick the publishing back up and get it going full bore again. Later this year the Cadre will pick back up with a regular series (either quarterly or bi-monthly, I haven’t decided yet). The next six issues are in the can and ready to go, so we’ll see some nice consistency for a while. We’ll have at least one new trade out and ready early next year.
On top of that, Nifty Comics will be heading into the realm of fantasy comics with a book written by my good friend (and former Marvel Comics Bullpen Artist), Marc Morrell, and draw by the fantastic Will Perkins. We haven’t nailed down the final title for the comic, but it stars a different sort of wizard named Rhemmiel. It’s good stuff and the art by Will is cool as hell.
Finally, and this is probably the biggest news for the company. I’m announcing it first here for those long-time Nifty Comics fans and will be following up with a proper press release later in the week. Nifty Comics has acquired tall rights to the Aircel Comics publishing library. For those of you who weren’t around comics in the 80s or early 90s, Aircel was one of the leading black and white comic book publishers and introduced the world to the first work of such gifted comic creators as Barry Blair, Dale Keown, Pat McEown and Guang Yap. Over their time in the industry, Aircel published hundreds of comics, including Elflord, Warlock 5, Samurai, Dragonring/Dragonforce, Gun Fury, the Walking Dead, Maelstrom, Leather & Lace and Warlocks.
We’re going to be restoring and reprinting a whole slew of the Aircel Comics material and will also be producing new material. The most exciting news, at least for me, is the chance to get to work with my good friend and mentor, Barry Blair, on some of that new material. We’re going to be putting out Barry’s first US comic work in a long time and it’s looking to be some amazing stuff.
Keep an eye on this space in the upcoming weeks for more information and on how to be a part of the fun here at Nifty Comics.
-Mat Nastos, publisher