Mad Cave Studios
Mad Cave Studios Corporate Logo.png
StatusActive
Founded2014 (2014)
FounderMark London
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationMiami, Florida
DistributionDiamond Book Distributors
Publication typesComics Graphic Novels
Fiction genresAction, Adventure, Science fiction, Mystery, Mythology
Official websitehttps://www.madcavestudios.com/

Mad Cave Studios (also known simply as Mad Cave) is an independent comic book publisher based out of Miami, Florida; it was established in 2014.[1] Mad Cave has published a range of comic books and trade paperbacks which are being distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors.[2]

Overview

The publisher was founded in 2014 by Mark London. In February 2018, Mad Cave published the first issue of its flagship title, Battlecats. It released a second series, Midnight Task Force that July. In November 2018, Mad Cave Studios released the first issue of Knights of the Golden Sun. Their fourth title Honor and Curse launched in February 2019.

Digital versions of their comics are available at ComiXology[3] and Drive Thru Comics.[4]

Talent Search

In 2018 Mad Cave ran a Talent Search for new comic book writers and artists. Finalists worked on comic books for Mad Cave.[5] The comic book Show's End was the first title to feature work from the 2018 Talent Search winners, launching in August 2019.[6] The Talent Search was run again in 2019 for both writers and artists.[7]

The third Talent Search from June 1st-September 1st 2020. Six winners had their work published in an anthology comic book.[8] In September they announced a young adult graphic novel imprint called Maverick to debut in the fall of 2021.[9]

Titles

Battlecats

Battlecats, set in a medieval fantasy venue, concerns a war between the noble Battlecats and the forces of the Dire Beast. It is written by Mark London with art by Michael Camelo and Julian Gonzalez. A Trade Paperback collection of the first volume was released in July 2018.[10] A second volume began in May 2019.[11] A spinoff anthology Battlecats: Tales of Valderia launched in February 2020 with various creators exploring the history of the Battlecats world.[12]

Reception of the series has been mixed. Reviewing the inaugural issue, Christina Williams of On Comics Ground was impressed by the art and praised the writings balance between dialogue and action,[13] whereas Joshua Davidson of Bleeding Cool News called the issue an "underwhelming" debut from the new publisher.[14]

Midnight Task Force

Midnight Task Force is a cyberpunk comic set in the year 2055. Schizophrenic detective Aiden attempts to solve a series of murders in Detroit while also striving to conceal his condition. The series is written by Mark London and illustrated by Alejandro Girlado. A trade paperback collection of the first volume was released in July 2019.[15]

Knights of the Golden Sun

This Biblically-based title concerns about a battle between archangels and fallen angels which takes place between the Old and New Testaments. It is written by Mark London and illustrated by Mauricio Villareal. It was the first Mad Cave comic to get a second printing.[16] The title returned in December 2020 with #8 of the series, created by the same team.[17]

Honor and Curse

This is a Martial arts comic book taking place feudal Japan. It is written by Mark London and illustrated by Nicolás Salamanca. The first issue was released in February 2019 and the series ran for six issues. The first two issues sold out completely at the distributor level and both issues received second printings.[18][19] The title returned in January, 2021 with #7 of the series created by the same team.[17]

Show's End

A horror comic book set in the 1920s against the background of a travelling carnival, Show's End is written by Anthony Cleveland and illustrated by Jeferson Sadzinski. It debuted in August 2019.[6]

WolvenHeart

Thie series concerns Sterling Cross, a monster-hunting time traveler from the 19t century who works for the eponymous WolvenHeart organization. This began in October 2019. Writer Mark London and illustrator Alejandro Girlado re-teamed after having worked on the earlier Midnight Task Force.[20]

V9

This is a science fiction action comic following the assassin Velveteen as she battles against the Order of the 9 in the year 2055. Written by Ben Goldsmith and art by Travis Mercer, the series debuted in November 2019.[21]

Over the Ropes

This is set in a fictional 1990s wrestling league. It was initially released for Local Comic Shop Day in November 2019, before the wider release of #1 in December 2019.[22]

Savage Bastards

This is a Western comic set in the 1870s. It is written by David Galiano and illustrated by Carlos Angeli. The first issue was released in February 2020[12]

Hellfighter Quin

This is a fantasy action series following Quinlan Jones, the masked vigilante of Harlem who is forced into a multidimensional fighting contest for control of the Azure Sun artifact. It is scripted by Jay Sandlin and illustrated by Atagun Ilhan. The first issue was released in March 2020.[23]

Stargazer

This title is a science fiction drama series centering around a quartet of characters who were abducted by aliens as children, and then twenty years later have to deal with the return of aliens to Earth. It is written by Anthony Cleveland and drawn by Antonio Fuso. Originally planned for spring 2020, the series was delayed by the by the COVID-19 pandemic and so debuted in September, 2020.[24] The first issue sold out at distributor level and received a second printing limited to 1,000 copies.[25]

Dry Foot

This is a coming of age story set in 1980s Miami. Here, four teens plan to escape the drugs and violence of the city by planning a heist on the city's most dangerous gang. It is written by Jarred Lujan with art from Orlando Caicedo. As with Stargazer, this series' debut was planned for spring 2020 but delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and debuted in September, 2020.[24] The first issue sold out at distributor level and received a second printing limited to 1,000 copies.[25]

Trade paperback collections

References

  1. ^ "Go Spelunking with Mark London and Mad Cave Studios," Multiversity Comics, February 25, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019
  2. ^ "Mad Cave & Diamond: A Match Made in Madness! | Mad Cave Studios". Mad Cave Studios. 2017-12-05. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  3. ^ "Mad Cave Studios Digital Comics - comics by comiXology," ComiXology, Retrieved May 28, 2019
  4. ^ "DriveThruComics.com - Mad Cave Studios," DriveThruComics.com, Retrieved May 28, 2019
  5. ^ "Mad Cave Studios Talent Search Winners" MadCaveStudios, Retrieved September 29, 2019
  6. ^ a b "Beauty vs. Brutality in 'Show's End' from Mad Cave," Previewsworld, May 2, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019
  7. ^ "Mad Cave Studios Finds New Team of Creators" Previews World, Retrieved May 21, 2020
  8. ^ "Mad Cave Studios Announces Four New Titles + Talent Search" Comicon, Retrieved May 21, 2020
  9. ^ "Publisher Mad Cave Studios Launching YA Imprint" The Hollywood Reporter, September 24, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2021
  10. ^ Battlecats TP Vol 01 Hunt for Dire Beast," Previewsworld. Retrieved May 28, 2019
  11. ^ "Feline Fantasy Returns in Battlecats #1 Preview," Newsarama, January 28, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019
  12. ^ a b "Savage Bastards and Battlecats Launch in Mad Cave Studios' February 2020 SolicitationsBleeding Cool. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  13. ^ "Sworn to Protect (Battlecats #1 Comic Review)," on-comics-ground.com, May 12, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2018
  14. ^ "Battlecats #1 Review: Putting Out the Fire with Cat Warriors," Bleeding Cool, June 4, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018
  15. ^ Midnight Task Force TP Vol 01 Hidden Voices," Previewsworld. Retrieved May 26, 2020
  16. ^ "The Divine Knights of the Golden Sun goes to 2nd Printing," Previewsworld. Retrieved May 26, 2020
  17. ^ a b "Mad Cave Studios Announces the Returns of Knights of the Golden Sun, Honor & Curse," Comic Book Resources, October 23, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2021
  18. ^ "Honor and Curse #1 Sneaks its Way to A 2nd Printing," Previewsworld, March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  19. ^ "Honor and Curse #2 Gets Second Printing,"Previewsworld, April 15, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  20. ^ Indie Comics Spotlight: Mad Cave's Victorian, Monster-Hunting, Time Travel Series, WolvenheartSyfy. Retrieved May 21, 2020
  21. ^ Ben Goldsmith and Travis Mercer Launch RV9 #1 in Mad Cave's November 2019 SolicitationsBleeding Cool. Retrieved May 21, 2020
  22. ^ "Word Balloons: Celebrate local comic stores on Saturday” The Oklahoman. Retrieved May 21, 2020
  23. ^ "The Harlem-Based Superhero, Hellfighter Quin, Launches in Mad Cave Studios March 2020 Solicits" Bleeding Cool. Retrieved March 12, 2021
  24. ^ a b "Mad Cave's Stargazer & Dry Foot Set for September Release," Comicon.com. Retrieved March 13, 2021
  25. ^ a b "Printingf For Thor, Strange Academy, Fire Power, Dry Foot, Stargazer," Bleeding Cool, September 16, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2021