Black Eye Productions

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Black Eye Productions
Industry Comics
Predecessor Tragedy Strikes Press
Founded 1992
Founder Michel Vrana
Defunct 1998
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Black Eye Productions (also called Black Eye Books) was a short-lived but influential Canadian comic book publishing company founded by Michel Vrana. Under the auspices of Vrana, Black Eye was known as a publisher of artfully designed alternative comics and graphic novels, most of whose cartoonists have gone on to successful careers with fellow Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly. Vrana still acts as Drawn and Quarterly's exclusive outside design consultant.[1]


Vrana's first publishing venture was Tragedy Strikes Press,[2] which operated out of Guelph, Ontario, from 1991–1993.[3] Comics published by Tragedy Strikes Press included Nick Craine's The Cheeseheads, the anthology series Reactor Girl, Jay Stephens' Sin Comics (later picked up by Black Eye), Carol Swain's Way Out Strips, and the first issue of Dylan Horrocks' Pickle. Sin and Pickle were picked up by Black Eye Comics; Way Out Strips was picked up by Fantagraphics.

Black Eye acted as a comic book publisher from 1992 to 1998, when Vrana turned the business into a design company.[4]


Ongoing titles and limited series

  • Atomic City Tales vol. 1 (Jay Stephens, 1994–1995)
  • Berlin (Jason Lutes, 1996–1998)
  • Dear Julia (Brian Biggs, 4 issues, 1996-1997)
  • The Land of Nod vol. 1 (Jay Stephens, 1996–1997)
  • Pickle (Dylan Horrocks, 1992-1997)
  • The Sands (Tom Hart, 1996–1997)
  • Sin Comics (Jay Stephens, 1993–1994)
  • Sputnik (anthology, 1993–1994)

Graphic novels/trade paperbacks

  • Atomic City Tales (Jay Stephens, 1994)
  • Black Candy (Matt Madden, 1998) ISBN 978-0-9698874-6-1
  • A Complete Lowlife (Ed Brubaker, 1997)
  • Dance Me Outside: The Illustrated Screenplay (Nick Craine, 1994) ISBN 978-0-9698874-0-9
  • Hicksville (Dylan Horrocks, 1998)
  • Human Remains (Darren Raye & Sean Scoffield, 1994)
  • Jar of Fools (Jason Lutes, 1995)
  • The Land of Nod Treasury (Jay Stephens, 1994)
  • The Sands: a Picture Story (Tom Hart, 1998) ISBN 978-0-9698874-8-5

Cartoonists associated with Black Eye


  1. ^ Michel Vrana's bio on the faculty page at The Center for Cartoon Studies website. Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 30, 2008.
  2. ^ Spurgeon, Tom. "CR Review: Reactor Girl #6," The Comics Reporter (August 20, 2007).
  3. ^ Tragedy Strikes Press entry, Grand Comics Database. Accessed Feb. 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Black Eye Rolls with the Punches: Publisher Vrana Shifts Company Focus Following Turbulent Period," The Comics Journal no. 203 (Apr. 1998), p. 18-19.

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