Eric Powell, the award-winning creator of The Goon, will return to Dark Horse to head up his own imprint where he’ll publish his own comics and those made by others.
The imprint is called, naturally, Albatross Funnybooks, the name of Powell’s publishing company that he’s been operating since 2002. Over the years Powell has not only published his own work, but also comics by Fabian Rangel Jr., Logan Faerber, Brendon Small, Rebecca Sugar and others. Dark Horse published The Goon starting in 2003 for 42 issues before it went on hiatus, then popped up again at Albatross.
“I couldn’t be happier to be returning to Dark Horse and bringing Albatross over as an imprint,” said Powell. “This partnership will allow me to focus more on what I want to be doing, making books. I’m very excited for what the future holds and the new opportunities to be found.”
The first project from the imprint will be another original graphic novel by Powell and true crime author Harold Schechter, due out next year. The duo previously worked together on Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?, which just this weekend won for best graphic novel in the National Cartoonist Society’s Divisional Awards. Additional titles like Powell’s Hillbilly and Big Man Plans will be included in the imprint, as well as Small’s Galaktikon and Sugar’s Pug Davis.
“Eric and The Goon are old friends of Dark Horse,” said Dark Horse President Mike Richardson. “Bringing The Goon here along with his Albatross imprint feels like a homecoming for all of us. Eric is one of comics’ premier creators, and we can’t wait to show you what he’s been cooking up.”
Powell joins Matt Kindt, Stan Sakai, Kevin Smith and Brian Michael Bendis in hosting his own imprint at Dark Horse.