Beyond Comics
FounderGraig Weich
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City, New York
DistributionDiamond Comics Distributors
Key peopleGraig Weich, CEO/owner
Publication typescomics
Owner(s)Beyond Comics Inc.
Official websitehttp://www.BeyondComics.TV

Beyond Comics is an American independent comic book publishing company founded by comics writer/artist Graig Weich, through which Weich has published comics featuring his creations, including Code Name: Justice, Ravedactyl, Justice, Gekido, and Gekido vs. Code Name: Justice..

History

Beyond Comics was launched by Graig Weich, who began reading comic books as a child, finding in them a sense of hope and inspiration when he was bullied as a child. "When my friends and I were bullied, I thought, 'If we were superheroes, we could defend the kids being attacked.'"[1]

After the September 11 attacks, Weich spoke with some children who informed him that they did not feel there were any heroes that they could identify with. In response, Weich created the superhero Justice, a man who, following the death of his girlfriend at the World Trade Center, wears an American flag as a mask, and takes it upon himself to confront terrorists. Weich created the character to symbolize hope and empowerment for civilians. The first year's proceeds from the first book featuring the character, titled Civilian Justice, were donated to the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, and the families from Windows on the World (ROC NY) HERE Fund, which aided victims and families of non-union workers who lost their lives in the attacks. At the New York City Comic Book Museum's first annual Golden Panel Awards in October 2002, which honors creators who legitimize the comics medium, Beyond Comics and Weich were awarded the Golden Panel Award.[2] An original Civilian Justice piece was also displayed in the exhibit "Heroes Among Us: The Art of 9-11".[3]

Media appearances

The cover of Gekido No. 1
The cover of Gekido No. 1

Weich appeared in the August 24, 2011 series premiere of the FOX reality television appraisal series Buried Treasure, episode "A Comic Book, a Violin and a Hoarder". In the episode Leigh and Leslie Keno of Antiques Roadshow appraise valuable items for their owners.

Weich appeared in "Baby Got Super Powers", the December 2, 2012 episode of the E! network's reality TV series Ice Loves Coco, in which Beyond Comics cast model Coco Austin as a superheroine character in the comic book Gekido.[4][5] Coco appeared as the scantily-clad super heroine at the 2012 New York Comic Con to promote the comic. [6][7]

Weich drew radio producer Gary Dell'Abate as a ninja in the comic book Gekido, along with Coco.[8]

According to Weich, the character Gekido (whose name means "rage" in Japanese) is a centuries-old man wearing modern-day samurai-like body armor on a mission to confront the world's oldest ninja clan to stop their plans for world domination, using a mystical artifact that may destroy the world.[1][7] Other celebrities whom Beyond Comics has cast as characters in their comics include Donald Faison, Adrianne Curry, and Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa.[9]

Coco Austin and Beyond Comics founder Graig Weich being filmed for E!'s Ice Loves Coco at New York Comic Con
Coco Austin and Beyond Comics founder Graig Weich being filmed for E!'s Ice Loves Coco at New York Comic Con

Awards

Further reading

References

  1. ^ a b Orel, Gwen (December 13, 2013). "See you in the funny papers, Montclair". NorthJersey.com. Archived September 18, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Robinson, Bryan (November 18, 2002). "Comics on Par with Picasso". ABC News.
  3. ^ Weiland, Jonah (October 23, 2002). "NYC Comic Book Museum presents Golden Panel Awards, 'Heroes Among Us' exhibited". CBR.com.
  4. ^ "E! Ice Loves Coco "Baby Got Super Powers" Promo". Eonline. YouTube. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  5. ^ "New York Comic Con 2012". Daily News (New York). October 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Neuenschwander, Andy (December 2, 2012). "Ice Loves Coco Recap: Baby Got Super Powers". E!.
  7. ^ a b Lawton, Adam (October 29, 2013). "Graig Weich talks about comic 'Gekido' and AMC series 'Comic Book Men'". Media Mikes.
  8. ^ "Howard 100 News - H100 News: Gary gets drawn into a comic book.". Twitter/SternShow. August 28, 2012.
  9. ^ "E! Ice Loves Coco 'Baby Got Super Powers' 03x06 Promo". E!. YouTube.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Urban Action Showcase 2014 New York: Vincent Lyn, TJ Storm and more". CNN. November 13, 2014. p 2.