Yesterday, Deadline announced the merger of Devil’s Due and 1First Comics. The merger brings together 1First co-founder Ken Levin’s film and TV development team and Josh Blaylock’s marketing and convention expertise of Devil’s Due. The new company is called Devil’s Due / 1First Comics LLC.
“About 2 1/2 years ago the first title from the new Devil’s Due Publishing debuted (Yumiko: Curse of the Merch-Girl), after nearly falling into oblivion in 2009. Since then it’s grown at a rapid pace to have one of the best, most diverse groups of indie comics on the market. Now we’re taking another step in our evolution, not just continuing, but increasing our momentum, with the formation of Devil’s Due / 1First Comics. We’re instantly bringing 1First back to comic shops, and with our new partnership, Devil’s Due is immediately restored to its former level of clout in Hollywood. Now it’s time to propel us all collectively to levels not yet achieved. Thanks to the entire DD Crew of creators and staff who have been along for the recent ride: K Lynn Smith, Dirk Manning, Ashley M Witter, Ash Maczko, Gregnfake Petre, Hoyt Silva, CW Cooke, Carl Yonder, Sherard Jackson, Shawn DePasquale, Jeff Newelt Seth Damoose, Murs, Jose Garcia, Nick Apardi, Kit Lux F. Caoagas, Ken F. Levin, Nic J. Shaw, Whitney Cook and I’m sure people I’m leaving out! This sets us on the course to not only continue to correct the issues of the past, but to continue making the new Devil’s Due Entertainment the best yet. Stay posted here for what’s yet to come,” said Blaylock on his Facebook page.
Current titles published by Devil’s Due; Squarriors, Yumiko: Curse of the Merch-Girl, and Tales of Mr. Rhee.
Levin has a firm grasp on Hollywood with his involvement in Road To Perdition, Hellboy, Wanted, Painkiller Jane, Quarry, and the Preacher.
Devil’s Due / 1First Comics LLC will publish six original graphic novels and launch five new ongoing titles. The new imprint will start shipping books in September.