Iron Circus Comics: Iron Circus Comics is Chicago’s largest alternative comics publisher.
Owned and operated by C. Spike Trotman, ICC was founded in the spring of 2007 to publish the print edition of Spike’s webcomic, the eccentric and acclaimed “Templar, Arizona.” It has since gone on to revitalize the small press world with collaborative anthologies like the Smut Peddler collections, “The Sleep of Reason,” and “New World,” as well as creator-owned works like EK Weaver’s “The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal” and Sophie Campbell’s “Shadoweyes.” Dedicated to publishing strange and amazing comics, amplifying unique voices, and giving artist a fair deal, ICC has blazed the trail for the small-press Kickstarter renaissance, inventing the now-standard creator bonus model and normalizing the pre-order project for small and mid-sized publishers.
Image Comics: Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit imagecomics.com.