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Sirius Entertainment
Founded1994; 30 years ago (1994)[1]
FounderRobb Horan & Larry Salamone
Defunctc. 2014
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationUnadilla, New York
DistributionDiamond Comic Distributors[2]
Publication typesComics, trade paperbacks
Fiction genresIndie, underground, horror, fantasy
ImprintsDogstar Press
Official websitewww.sirius.choiceoneonline.com[dead link]

Sirius Entertainment was an American comic book company that operated from 1994 to circa 2014. Sirius Entertainment was founded by Robb Horan,[3][2] and Larry Salamone,[4][1] and was dedicated from the outset to publishing creator-owned properties.[4] Originally based in Stanhope, New Jersey, Sirius later moved to Unadilla, New York.[2]

Sirius was most closely identified with Drew Hayes' Poison Elves; the company also published such popular titles as Joseph Michael Linsner's Dawn, Mark Crilley's Akiko, Jill Thompson's Scary Godmother, and Mark Smylie's epic fantasy Artesia.

History

Poison Elves

In 1995, Drew Hayes brought Poison Elves to Sirius; and, in 2000, according to Sirius publisher Robb Horan, Hayes "signed a long-term agreement for the property that was specifically intended to allow for an expanding universe and an unhindered continuation of the relationship under any circumstances."[1] With Sirius, Hayes produced another 79 issues of Poison Elves and a color special, the last of which was published in September 2004.[1] In addition, during this period, Sirius published a number of Poison Elves short series and one-shots, most of which were produced by other creative teams.

Hayes died in late 2007,[5] bringing Poison Elves to an abrupt end, as well as the rest of the company's production..[1] The company's last original published work was Hayes' autobiography, Deathreats, in 2009.

Post-Drew Hayes' death

By 2010, the company's line of back issues was being sold by co-founder Robb Horan via his website CosmicTherapy.com.

In 2013, Horan acknowledged that there were "rumors of the demise of Sirius Entertainment."[1] He made a licensing agreement with Ape Entertainment to continue publishing Poison Elves, with a new title called Drew Hayes Poison Elves, based on Hayes' outline for future issues. As Horan acknowledged:

.... The business plan was disrupted rather severely in 2007 when Drew passed away. Due to his health issues, it had already been almost three years since his last original issue in 2004. With a lack of new material being produced, it was not surprising that we lost our place in [Diamond Comic Distributors] Previews. Nonetheless, we have managed to stay afloat through the worst in anticipation of exactly where we are today; acting as a holding company for Poison Elves.[1]

Written by Horan and illustrated by Osvaldo Pestana Montpeller, the new series picked up almost precisely at the cliffhanger point at the end of the original Poison Elves issue #79. Only three issues were published before the series abruptly ended, a casualty of Ape Entertainment's own troubles.[6]

By 2021 the Sirius Entertainment website, sirius-entertainment.com, had changed hands; and by 2023 no longer worked at all.

Titles (selected)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Back For The Attack: The Return of Poison Elves". Previews World. Jan 17, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Sirius Entertainment Signs with Diamond for Bookstore Distribution,". Diamond News. Retrieved Dec 27, 2021.
  3. ^ Seifert, Mark (Jan 17, 2021). "I, Lusiphur and the Dark Magic Beginnings of Drew Hayes' Poison Elves". Bleeding Cool.
  4. ^ a b Fassbender, Tom (May 1995). "A Sirius Interview: With Two Sirius Guys". Capital Comics Internal Correspondance. pp. 1–3.
  5. ^ Spurgeon, Tom (March 26, 2007). "Drew Hayes, 1969/70-2007". The Comics Reporter. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  6. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (Jan 14, 2014). "Is Ape Entertainment dunzo?". The Beat.
  7. ^ Banza Girls website. Archived at the Wayback Machine.