Black Eye Books
PredecessorBlack Eye Productions
FounderMichel Vrana
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada

Black Eye Books (formerly called Black Eye Productions) is a small but influential Canadian comic book publishing company founded by Michel Vrana. Under the auspices of Vrana, Black Eye was known as a publisher of artfully designed alternative comics and graphic novels, most of whose cartoonists have gone on to successful careers with fellow Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly. For several years, Vrana acted as Drawn & Quarterly's exclusive outside design consultant.[1] In 2019 the company was relaunched as a micro-press with a focus on using crowdfunding to bring projects to fruition.


Vrana's first worked with publisher Tragedy Strikes Press,[2] which operated out of Guelph, Ontario, from 1991–1993.[3] Comics published by Tragedy Strikes Press included Nick Craine's The Cheeseheads, the anthology series Reactor Girl, Jay Stephens' Sin, Carol Swain's Way Out Strips, and the first issue of Dylan Horrocks' Pickle. Sin and Pickle were picked up by Black Eye Books; Way Out Strips was picked up by Fantagraphics.

Black Eye acted as a comic book publisher from 1992 to 1998, when Vrana transitioned the business to graphic design studio.[4] In 2019, Vrana relaunched Black Eye Books to publish the previously cancelled 11th issue of Pickle, by Dylan Horrocks. This was followed by the publication of Dejects, by Jay Stephens, the first full-colour publication from Black Eye. It currently publishes "Dwellings (vol. 3)" and the popular "Dishman".


Ongoing titles and limited series

Graphic novels/trade paperbacks

Cartoonists associated with Black Eye


  1. ^ Michel Vrana's bio on the faculty page at The Center for Cartoon Studies website. Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved July 30, 2008.
  2. ^ Spurgeon, Tom. "CR Review: Reactor Girl #6", The Comics Reporter (August 20, 2007).
  3. ^ Tragedy Strikes Press entry, Grand Comics Database. Accessed Feb. 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Black Eye Rolls with the Punches: Publisher Vrana Shifts Company Focus Following Turbulent Period", The Comics Journal no. 203 (Apr. 1998), p. 18-19.