AWA Studios
StatusActive
FoundedNovember 2018 (2018-11)
Founder
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Key people
  • Axel Alonso (CCO)
  • Bill Jemas (CEO, publisher)
  • Jonathan Perkins Miller (Chairman)
Publication typesComics
Fiction genres
ImprintsUpshot
Owner(s)
Official websiteOfficial website

Artists, Writers & Artisans or AWA Studios is an American independent comic book publisher founded in November 2018 by Axel Alonso, Bill Jemas and Jonathan Perkins Miller.[2]

History

AWA Studios was founded in November 2018 by Axel Alonso and Bill Jemas from Marvel Comics, with the addition of Jonathan Perkins Miller from Fandom. While Alonso and Jemas are Chief Creative Officers, Miller is a Senior Council member. The initials in the company's name stand for "Artists, Writers & Artisans".[2] Initial funders included Lightspeed Venture Partners and James Murdoch's Lupa Systems. Sister media investment firm also contributed funding in March 2020.[1] Over time, a Creative Council was joined by J. Michael Straczynski, Reginald Hudlin, Garth Ennis, Gregg Hurwitz, Margaret Stohl and Frank Cho.[3] In September 2019, AWA announced a Retail Council to be assembled.[4]

American Ronin was presented as a potential book from AWA in June 2019.[5] In August 2019, Straczynski announced a new shared universe for AWA, debuting on 2020 with The Resistance.[6] During New York Comic Con 2019, AWA released Upshot Now #0.[7] AWA Studios premiered with four titles, released in March 2020 under its Upshot imprint.[8]

In June 2021, AWA announced the foundation of its own film/TV division, being helmed by Zach Studin as President.[9][10]

Key people

Upshot imprint logo
Upshot imprint logo

Leadership team

Creative council

Imprints

List of publications

Series

Title Issues Writer(s) Artist Colorist Start date Conclusion date
The Resistance[6] #1–6 J. Michael Straczynski Mike Deodato Frank Martin March 18, 2020 September 30, 2020
Archangel 8[12] #1–5 Michael Moreci C. P. Smith Snakebite Cortez September 23, 2020
Hotell[13] #1–4 John Lees Dalabor Talijic Lee Loughridge August 19, 2020
Red Border[14] Jason Starr Will Conrad Ivan Nunes August 26, 2020
Year Zero[15] #1–5 Benjamin Percy Ramon Rosanas Lee Loughridge April 4, 2020 September 30, 2020
Old Haunts[16] Ollie Masters
Rob Williams
Laurence Campbell May 20, 2020 October 28, 2020
Devil's Highway[15] Benjamin Percy Brent Schoonover Nick Filardi June 3, 2020 November 25, 2020
Bad Mother[17] Christa Faust Mike Deodato Lee Loughridge August 5, 2020 December 30, 2020
Grendel, Kentucky[18] #1–4 Jeff McComsey Tommy Lee Edwards September 2, 2020 December 23, 2020
American Ronin[5] #1–5 Peter Milligan ACO Dean White October 7, 2020 February 17, 2021
Year Zero Vol. 2[19] Benjamin Percy Juan Jose Ryp Frank Martin November 4, 2020 March 24, 2021
E-Ratic[20] Karee Andrews Brian Reber December 2, 2020 April 28, 2021
Byte-Sized[21] #1–4 Cullen Bunn Nelson Blake II Snakebite Cortez December 9, 2020 March 31, 2021
Mann's World[22] Victor Gischler Niko Walter January 13, 2021 April 21, 2021
Redemption[23] #1–5 Christa Faust Mike Deodato Lee Loughridge February 3, 2021 June 30, 2021
Casual Fling[23] Jason Starr Dalabor Talijic Marco Lesko February 10, 2021 May 27, 2021
Chariot[24] Bryan Edward Hill Priscilla Petraites March 3, 2021 July 28, 2021
The Resistance: Uprising[25] #1–6 J. Michael Straczynski C. P. Smith Snakebite Cortez April 7, 2021 September 29, 2021
Marjorie Finnigan, Temporal Criminal[26] #1–8 Garth Ennis Goran Sudžuka Miroslav Mrva May 5, 2021 December 29, 2021
Moths[27] #1–6 J. Michael Straczynski Mike Choi June 2, 2021 November 24, 2021
Fight Girls[28] #1–5 Frank Cho Sabine Rich July 7, 2021 November 17, 2021
Not All Robots[29] Mark Russell Mike Deodato Lee Loughridge August 4, 2021 December 29, 2021
Telepaths[30] #1–6 J. Michael Straczynski Steve Epting Brian Reber September 1, 2021 TBA
Out #1–5 Rob Williams Will Conrad Marco Lesko October 6, 2021
Knighted Gregg Hurwitz Mark Texeira Brian Reber November 8, 2021
Hotell Vol. 2 John Lees Dalabor Talijic Lee Loughridge December 1, 2021
Crimson Cage Alex Cormack Ashley Cormack December 8, 2021
The Fourth Man[31] #1–4 Jeff McComsey Mike Deodato Lee Loughridge January 5, 2022

Announced series

Title Issues Writer Artist Colorist
The Amazing Ordinary[32] TBA Margaret Stohl TBA TBA
The Cong: Gorilla Warfare[33] TBA
Lil' Freakin Maniacs[20] Karee Andrews
Primos[34] #1–5 Al Madrigal Felipe Flores Brian Reber
YT Savior[35] TBA Ales Kot Robert Sammelin TBA

One-shots

Title Writer(s) Artist(s) Colorist(s) Release date
The Resistance: Reborns[22] J. Michael Straczynski C. P. Smith Snakebite Cortez January 6, 2021
ET-ER[36] Jeff McComsey
Dan Panosian
Javier Pulido
Shawn Crystal
Javier Pulido
Jean-Francois Beaulieu
October 13, 2021

Magazines

Title Issues Writer(s) Artist(s) Colorist(s) Start date Conclusion date
Upshot Now[7] #0– Various October 3–6, 2019
(New York Comic Con)
Present
The official magazine of AWA's Upshot imprint, featuring previews of its comic books and graphic novels.

References

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  4. ^ a b Griepp, Milton (September 3, 2019). "AWA ASSEMBLING RETAIL COUNCIL". ICv2.
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  14. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (July 9, 2019). "Jason Starr and Will Conrad Launch "Red Border" From AWA Comics". Bleeding Cool.
  15. ^ a b c Johnston, Rich (July 9, 2019). "Benjamin Percy Launches Two Comics From AWA – Year Zero and Devil's Highway". Bleeding Cool.
  16. ^ Old Haunts
  17. ^ Bad Mother
  18. ^ Grendel, Kentucky
  19. ^ McMillan, Graeme (August 20, 2020). "Zombie Comic 'Year Zero' Getting Second Volume". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
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  33. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (September 24, 2019). "AWA to Publish Mystery Giant Ape Comic, "The Cong – Gorilla Warfare"". Bleeding Cool.
  34. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (September 23, 2019). "The Daily Show's Al Madrigal to Write New Comic, "Primos", For AWA". Bleeding Cool.
  35. ^ AWA Studios - YT Savior
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  37. ^ Johnston, Rich (September 23, 2019). "Tommy Lee Edwards Draws Cannabis Horror Comic For AWA – "Grendel, Kentucky"". Bleeding Cool.
  38. ^ Johnston, Rich (September 23, 2019). ""Marjorie Finnegan, Temporal Criminal" by Garth Ennis, From AWA, to Be Announced at NYCC". Bleeding Cool.
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