Vault Comics
Founded2016; 8 years ago (2016)
FounderAdrian Wassel, Damian Wassel, Nathan Gooden[1]
Country of originU.S.
Headquarters locationMissoula, Montana
DistributionSimon & Schuster (books)[2]
Key peopleAdrian Wassel (CCO & Editor-in-Chief)
Damian Wassel (CEO & Publisher)
Nathan Gooden (Art Director)
Damian Wassel, Sr. (President)[3]
Tim Daniel (Visual Branding & Design)[1]
Ian Baldessari (Office Manager)[1]
Publication typesComics
Fiction genresHorror, fantasy, science fiction

Vault Comics is an American publisher of comic books. The company is known for its horror, fantasy, and science fiction titles, with a focus on diversity and cross-media properties.[1]

A private family-owned company, Vault Comics is based in Missoula, Montana.[1]


Vault was founded in 2016 by brothers Damian and Adrian Wassel, and their cousin Nathan Gooden.[1] The founders based the company's business model on such publishers as Image Comics and Vertigo Comics.[1]


Notable creators associated with Vault include Tim Seeley, Ashley A. Woods, Magdalene Visaggio, Cavan Scott, Donny Cates, Brandon Sanderson, and Jen Bartel.

Notable titles

Titles published by Vault include Vampire: The Masquerade, based on the tabletop role-playing game of the same name. The creative team includes writers Tim Seeley and husband-and-wife duo Blake and Tini Howard, artists Devmalya Pramanik, Nathan Gooden, David W. Mack and Aaron Campbell, colorist Addison Duke, and letterer AndWorld.[4][5] The comic was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Lettering of 2021.[6]

Other titles include Dark One, a fantasy graphic novel series created by American author Brandon Sanderson, written by Sanderson, Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly with artwork by Nathan C. Gooden. It is the first part of a planned trilogy and the opening volume was published by Vault Comics on May 18, 2021. It is being developed by Sanderson and FremantleMedia North America for a fantasy-drama television series.[7]

The three-issue limited series Reactor (November 2017–April 2018) was written by Donny Cates with art by Dylan Burnett.

Natasha Alterici and Ashley A. Woods' Heathen ran for 12 issues from 2017 to 2020, and is in development as a feature film.[1]

2018 saw the debut of Magdalene Visaggio's six-issue series Vagrant Queen, followed in 2020 by the six-issue series Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom.[8] In 2020, a television series adaptation of Vagrant Queen aired on SyFy (co-produced by Blue Ice Pictures).[9]

Tim Seeley's Money Shot debuted in October 2019 and is still running.[10]

In July 2020, Vault released the magical private eye series Shadow Service, written by Cavan Scott with art by Corin M. Howell.[11] This was Cavan Scott's first creator-owned comic series.

Vault's longest-running title is Wasted Space, which has been published since 2018.

In 2022 Vault began publishing the ongoing series Door to Door Night by Night, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Sally Cantirino.[12] Issue #1 was released in November 2022.

Awards and nominations

Jen Bartel won the 2019 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist in part for her work on the Vault title Submerged.[13]

The Indian creators Ram V, Sumit Kumar, Vitorio Astone, Aditya Bidikar, and Tim Daniel won the 2020 Ignyte Award for Best Comics Team for their Vault title These Savage Shores.[14]

Vault Comics letterers Jim Campbell and Deron Bennett have been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards.

The Unfinished Corner, by author Dani Colman and illustrator Rachel "Tuna" Petrovicz, was a 2021 National Jewish Book Award finalist,[15] and winner of the VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award (Youth).[16]



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  2. ^ "Comic Publishers are flocking to Simon & Schuster for Distribution". 15 March 2021.
  3. ^ Vault entry, Grand Comics Database. Retrieved Dec. 21, 2021.
  4. ^ Johnston, Rich (2020-07-19). "How the Vampire: The Masquerade Comic Book Splits The Story (Preview)". Bleeding Cool. Avatar Press. Archived from the original on 2020-07-20. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  5. ^ Arrant, Chris (2020-07-17). "Sink your fangs into Vampire: The Masquerade as it embraces comic books". GamesRadar+. Future US. Archived from the original on 2020-08-07. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  6. ^ Terror, Jude (2021-06-09). "Comic-Con Has Revealed the 2021 Eisner Award Nominees". Bleeding Cool. Avatar Press. Archived from the original on 2021-06-12. Retrieved 2021-07-04.
  7. ^ Petski, Nellie Andreeva,Denise; Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (2018-06-11). "Fantasy Author Brandon Sanderson Teams With FremantleMedia North America For Drama Series, Part Of Multi-Media Project". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-08-17.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Spry, Jeff (December 5, 2019). "Vault Comics' Vagrant Queen Relaunches in 2020 with A Planet Called Doom". SyFy Wire. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 26, 2020). "'Vagrant Queen' Canceled at Syfy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "Money Shot Reviews". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Vault Comics Announces Magical Private Eye Series, Shadow Service". 16 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Vault Upgrades Door to Door Night by Night to Ongoing Based on Sales". 6 October 2022.
  13. ^ "Here Are Your 2019 Eisner Awards Winners, io9".
  14. ^ Glyer, Mike (17 October 2020). "2020 Ignyte Awards". File 770. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  15. ^ "2021 National Jewish Book Award Winners". 2022-01-20. Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  16. ^ "Winners of the 2021 VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award Announced". Retrieved 2022-09-21.