Beyond Comics

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Beyond Comics
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Founder Graig Weich
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York City, New York
Distribution Diamond Comics Distributors
Key people Graig Weich, CEO/owner
Publication types Comics, graphic novels, posters, trading cards
Owner(s) Beyond Comics Inc.
Official website http://www.BeyondComics.TV

Beyond Comics is a U.S. publishing company distributed by Diamond Comics Distributors. It publishes five titles: Gekido, Code Name: Justice, Ravedactyl, Justice, and Gekido vs. Code Name: Justice, all created by Beyond Comics' Graig Weich, an independent comics writer/artist, the spokesperson and founder of Beyond Comics and the creator of the characters.

History

Beyond Comics was launched by Graig Weich, who began reading comic books as a child, finding in them a sense of hope and inspiration when he was bullied as a child. "When my friends and I were bullied, I thought, 'If we were superheroes, we could defend the kids being attacked.'"[1]

The company began as an art studio founded by Weich. Beyond Comics' first commissioned and published comic book artwork was a two-page color pinup poster drawn by Weich in Todd McFarlane's Spawn #30, which depicted the eponymous character, Spawn, confronting his adversary Angela, published in 1995 when Weich was a teenager.[2][3]

After the September 11 attacks, Beyond Comics, who had been planning to launch their first comic book, had their founder Graig Weich speak with some children who informed him that they did not feel there were any heroes that they could identify with. In response, Beyond Comics and Weich created the superhero Justice, a man who, following the death of his girlfriend in the World Trade Center, wears an American flag as a mask, and takes it upon himself to confront terrorists. Weich created the character to symbolize hope and empowerment for civilians. The first year's proceeds from the first tribute issue titled Civilian Justice were donated to the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York with the families from Windows on the World (ROC NY) HERE Fund, which aided victims and families of non-union workers who lost their lives in the attacks. At the New York City Comic Book Museum's first annual Golden Panel Awards in October 2002, which honors creators who legitimize the comics medium, Beyond Comics and Weich were awarded the Golden Panel Award.[4] An original Civilian Justice piece was also displayed in the exhibit "Heroes Among Us: The Art of 9-11".[5]

Media appearances

The cover of Gekido No. 1

Beyond Comics was featured with Weich as its spokesperson on the August 24, 2011 premiere episode of the FOX reality television appraisal series Buried Treasure, episode "A Comic Book, a Violin and a Hoarder". On the show, Leigh and Leslie Keno of Antiques Roadshow appraise valuable items for their owners. This episode was rebroadcast on CNBC in 2015.

Weich appeared as Beyond Comics' spokesperson on AMC's reality series Comic Book Men, in the February 9, 2012 episode titled "Life After Clerks", in which he visits Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash store.[6] Beyond Comics later appeared with Weich in two more episodes.[3][7][8][9]

Beyond Comics' company comic book studio and art were featured with Weich on E! Entertainment Television's December 2, 2012 episode of the reality TV series Ice Loves Coco, titled "Baby Got Super Powers", in which Beyond Comics cast model Coco Austin as a superheroine character in the comic book Gekido.[10][11] Coco appeared as the scantily-clad super heroine at the 2012 New York Comic Con to promote the comic. [12]

The Howard Stern Show's Lisa G covered the story for the Howard 100 News of Weich drawing Stern's producer Gary Dell'Abate as a ninja in the comic book Gekido, along with Coco.[13]

According to Weich, the character Gekido (whose name means "rage" in Japanese) is a centuries-old man wearing modern-day samurai-like body armor on a mission to confront the world's oldest ninja clan to stop their plans for world domination, using a mystical artifact that may destroy the world.[1][3] Other celebrities whom Beyond Comics has officially cast as characters in their comics include Donald Faison, Adrianne Curry, and Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa. [14]

Coco Austin and Beyond Comics founder Graig Weich being filmed for E! TV's Ice Loves Coco at New York Comic Con

Weich, is an avid Star Wars supporter and even cast Dave Prowse ("Darth Vader") in a Beyond Comics film. Weich was also featured in the 2016 Newsweek Star Wars special edition, and on Yahoo News when being present at the Disney Store in Times Square, Manhattan for the September 4, 2015 midnight commencement of Force Friday, premiering merchandise related to the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[15]

Awards

  • 2002 Honorary Golden Panel Award (for Beyond Comics' Civilian Justice)[4]
  • 2003 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Award for Best Short Film (for Beyond Comics' Ravedactyl: Project Evolution)[16] through founder Stuart Alson's itndistribution.com
  • 2014 HBO sponsored Urban Action Showcase Film Festival Expo Award for Best Animated Short Film (Blood, Sweat and Bones) (for Beyond Comics' Ravedactyl Vs. Code Name: Justice)[17]

Nominations

  • 2014 Urban Action Showcase Film Festival Award, 2Min Warning category (for Beyond Comics' Code Name: Justice)[18]
  • 2014 Urban Action Showcase Film Festival Award, Blood Sweat & Bones: Short Film Showdown (for Beyond Comics' Code Name: Justice)[18]

References

  1. ^ a b Orel, Gwen (December 13, 2013). "See you in the funny papers, Montclair". NorthJersey.com.
  2. ^ Orzechowski, Tom (Editor). Spawn #30 (April 1995). Image Comics. pp. 23-24.
  3. ^ a b c Lawton, Adam (October 29, 2013). "Graig Weich talks about comic 'Gekido' and AMC series 'Comic Book Men'". Media Mikes.
  4. ^ a b Robinson, Bryan (November 18, 2002). "Comics on Par with Picasso". ABC News.
  5. ^ Weiland, Jonah (October 23, 2002). "NYC Comic Book Museum presents Golden Panel Awards, 'Heroes Among Us' exhibited". Comic Book Resources.
  6. ^ "AMC's Comic Book Men clip". Comic Book Men. February 19, 2012.
  7. ^ "AMC's Comic Book Men". Comic Book Men. March 7, 2013.
  8. ^ "IMDB - AMC's Comic Book Men". IMDB. March 7, 2013.
  9. ^ "IMDB - AMC's Comic Book Men - Ep - Con Men". IMDB. March 7, 2013.
  10. ^ "E! Ice Loves Coco "Baby Got Super Powers" Promo". Eonline. YouTube. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  11. ^ "New York Comic Con 2012". Daily News (New York). October 12, 2012.
  12. ^ Neuenschwander, Andy (December 2, 2012)."Ice Loves Coco Recap: Baby Got Super Powers". E!.
  13. ^ "Howard 100 News - H100 News: Gary gets drawn into a comic book.". Twitter/SternShow. August 28, 2012.
  14. ^ "E! Ice Loves Coco "Baby Got Super Powers" 03x06 Promo". EonlineCanada. YouTube.
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ "New York International Independent Film & Video Festival". nyfilmvideo.com
  17. ^ "Urban Action Showcase Film Festival Expo" (sponsored by HBO's Cinemax ). http://www.urbanactionshowcase.com
  18. ^ a b "Urban Action Showcase Film Festival Expo" (sponsored by HBO's Cinemax ). http://www.urbanactionshowcase.com

Further reading

  • Delaney, Magdaline; Epnofny.com: "EPN's Entrepreneur of the Month! Graig Weich"; (March 4, 2014)
  • Gambichler, Edward; What'cha Reading?_com: "The Art of Graig Weich – at the Peter Louis Salon and Gallery"; (June 27, 2013)
  • Pineda, Juan Carlos; What'cha Reading?_com: "Comics and Beyond with Graig Weich!"; (May 10, 2013)
  • Gurian, Jeffrey; YouTube.com: "Adrianne Curry from America's Next Top Model at Comic Con"; (October 20, 2012).
  • Angelo, Demetrius (December 6, 2014); YouTube.com: "2014 UASE Cinemax VIP Welcome Reception at HBO"Urban Action Expo Film Festival (At: 8:10 min).
  • Myricks, Dan; Magcloud.com: "Going Big! Focus Entrepreneur of the Month: Graig Weich - Focus of New York Swim 2014", (Pg: 94-95); (June 11, 2014)
  • Media, Hand; CNN iReport.com: "Urban Action Showcase 2014 New York Winners: Graig Weich", (Pg: 2); (November 13, 2014)
  • E! Entertainment Television−Eonline; YouTube.com: "E! Ice Loves Coco "Baby Got Super Powers" Promo"; (December 2, 2012)

External links

  • Official website
  • Twitter: Beyond Comics — + Graig Weich
  • Beyond Comics on IMDb


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