|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Los Angeles, California|
|Distribution||Diamond Book Distributors (books)|
|Key people||Matt Pizzolo|
|Publication types||Comic books, books|
Black Mask Studios is a comic book and graphic novel publishing company formed by Matt Pizzolo, Steve Niles and Brett Gurewitz, designed as a new infrastructure to support comic book creators and a new pipeline for transgressive art.
On March 20, 2012, it was announced that Occupy Comics, the charity comic book inspired by and raising funds for Occupy Wall Street, organized by Pizzolo, would not be released through an existing comic book publisher, but through a new company called Black Mask Studios.
Niles and Gurewitz joined with Pizzolo to found Black Mask, Niles noting "if V for Vendetta were created today there would be no publisher for it." Pizzolo has explained that Black Mask will operate under the mottos "to create you must destroy" and "Inspire, never meddle".
On June 12, 2012, Black Mask Studios opened its webstore and officially released Occupy Comics No. 1 with the announcement that Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman, Bill Ayers, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Matt Bors had joined the book's roster.
On September 17, 2012, the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Comics No. 2 was released to the project's Kickstarter backers and via the Black Mask Studios website. The cover featured a new and iconic illustration by V For Vendetta artist David Lloyd pitting his seminal character V against the Wall Street Charging Bull.
Nearly a year later, on February 14, 2013, Black Mask Studios unveiled its first slate of comics with a two-pronged distribution strategy of supplying comics to traditional comic book shops as well as direct-to-fan through digital-physical hybrid subscriptions.
The following year, in October 2014, Black Mask Studios announced its second slate of 15 new series, a major expansion for the company, flagshipped by Sinatoro from Grant Morrison and Vanesa Del Rey and Disciples from Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten.
Black Mask Studios has since announced several non-comics productions: a TV adaptation of Five Ghosts by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, executive produced by Pizzolo and Gurewitz for Syfy and Universal Cable Productions with a pilot by Evan Daugherty; an animated feature film trilogy of Godkiller by Pizzolo, Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk and Ben Templesmith, a TV adaptation of The Disciples by Niles and Christopher Mitten at Universal Cable Productions, a TV adaptation of Mayday at Imperative, and an adaptation of Sinatoro by Grant Morrison and Vanesa Del Rey at Universal Television with a pilot by Heroes writers Adam Armus and Kay Foster, co-produced with Chris Weitz (Rogue One) and Paul Weitz (Mozart in the Jungle). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Black Mask currently has 11 projects in development at studios.
Black Mask Studios announced in February 2017 that a new comic Calexit will be released in May 2017, which will be about the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance in a California under martial law by the President of the United States set in an occupied Los Angeles.
In May 2017, it was announced that Black Mask title Kim & Kim earned the company its first Eisner Award nomination.
The first slate of titles was scheduled to launch on May Day 2013 with Occupy Comics No. 1.
The second slate of titles began debuting in late 2014 with new series scheduled to launch through mid-2015.
The third slate of titles (dubbed Black Mask's Class Of 2016) debuted in Spring 2016.
|12 Reasons To Die||Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon||Various||Created by Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, producer Adrian Younge, and executive producer RZA|
|Ballistic||Adam Egypt Mortimer||Darick Robertson, Diego Rodriguez|
|Liberator||Matt Miner||Javier Aranda, Joaquin Pereyra|
|2014||Toe Tag Riot||Matt Miner||Sean Von Gorman|
|Godkiller||Matt Pizzolo||Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk, Ben Templesmith (covers)|
|Critical Hit||Matt Miner||Jonathan Brandon Sawyer|
|Pirouette||Mark Miller||Carlos Granda|
|Last Born||Patrick Meaney||Eric Zawadzki|
|2015||We Can Never Go Home||Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon||Josh Hood|
|Mayday||Curt Pires||Chris Peterson|
|Space Riders (volume 1)||Fabian Rangel Jr.||Alexis Ziritt|
|The Disciples||Steve Niles||Christopher Mitten|
|Transference||Michael Moreci||Ron Salas|
|Young Terrorists||Matt Pizzolo||Amancay Nahuelpan|
|X'ed||Tony Dreannan||Ayhan Hayrula|
|2016||Jade Street Protection Services||Katy Rex and Fabian Lelay||Fabian Lelay, Mara Jayne Carpenter, Annie Wu (covers)|
|Kim & Kim||Magdalene Visaggio||Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, Tess Fowler and Devaki Neogi (covers)||Eisner Award and GLAAD Media Award-nominated|
|BLACK||Kwanza Osajyefo||Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph (covers)||Designed by Tim Smith III|
|The Skeptics||Tini Howard||Devaki Neogi, Jen Hickman|
|4 Kids Walk into A Bank||Matthew Rosenberg||Tyler Boss|
|The Forevers||Curt Pires||Eric Pfeiffer|
|No Angel||Eric Palicki and Adrianne Palicki||Ari Syahrazad, Jean-Paul Csuka|
|2017||The Dregs||Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler||Eric Zawadzki|
|Space Riders: Galaxy of Brutality (volume 2)||Fabian Rangel Jr||Alexis Ziritt|
|Last Song||Holly Interlandi||Zoe Chevat|
|Beautiful Canvas||Ryan K Lindsay||Sami Kivela, Sami Kivela, Sami Kivela, Triona Farrell|
|Calexit||Matteo Pizzolo||Amancay Nahuelpan, Tyler Boss|
|2018||The Wilds||Vita Ayala||Emily Pearson|
|Billionaire Killers||Matteo Pizzolo||Lauren Affe, Soo Lee||Young Terrorists spin-off|
|BLACK [AF]: Widows And Orphans||Kwanza Osajyefo||Tim Smith III||BLACK spin-off|
|BLACK [AF]: Devil's Dye||Vita Ayala||Liana Kangas, Maika Sozo||BLACK spin-off|
|Emmie-X||Matteo Pizzolo||Carlos Granda, Soo Lee (covers)||Calexit spin-off|
|2019||Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness (volume 3)||Fabian Rangel Jr||Alexis Ziritt|
|2021||Tomorrow's Ashes||Matt Pizzolo||Anna Wieszczyk, Jen Bartel and Tess Fowler (covers)|
|Alice In Leatherland||Iolanda Zanfardino||Elisa Romboli, Elisa Romboli|
|WHITE||Kwanza Osajyefo||Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, Tim Smith, Derwin Roberson||Sequel to BLACK|
|TBA||Sinatoro||Grant Morrison||Vanesa del Rey||Announced in 2014|
|Our Work Fills The Pews||Vita Wong and Matthew Rosenberg||Yasmin Liang||Announced in 2016, "retooling" as of 2019|
|Run for the Shadows||J.M. DeMatteis and Matt Pizzolo||Josh Hood||Announced in 2016|
|We Can Never Go Home (volume 2)||Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon||Josh Hood|