Joe Pruett On The Return Of Caliber Comics

Caliber Comics logo 2 red_blackCaliber Comics was the publisher that brought Brian Bendis to our attention, published the songs of Alan Moore and gave us the early works of Guy Davis, Michael Allred, Warren Ellis, Vince Locke, Ed Brubaker, Mike Perkins, David Mack, Dean Haspiel, Mike Carey, Jim Calafiore, Georges Jeanty, Patrick Zircher, Phil Hester and many more, through the nineties.

But then the nineties stopped and so did Caliber.

Now, over ten years later, original publisher Gary Reed is bringing it back. It will be part of Caliber Entertainment, LLC formed by Reed and Eric Reichert of film distributor Eagle One Media.Still committed to creator owned work, Reed says the "our focus will be graphic
novels and/or collections of previously released material although we will
have some original content as well" and will see the publisher's back catalogue be released digitally. They also plan to work with existing comic publishers to produce regular monthly titles.

One of the folks most associated with Caliber was Joe Pruett who ran the anthology comic Negative Burn. He told me,

I think this is great. Caliber Comics will always hold a special place in my heart. Gary is the first person to give me a chance as a writer, then as an editor, and finally as the Creative Director of his company. Before Gary give me a shot, I was just a lowly assistant to Bob Burden on "Flaming Carrot Comics" (Bob is the other person most responsible for me having a career in this industry) but he saw something in me (as he did in so many others who have become "stars" in this industry), give me a home, and allowed me to learn my craft as I went along. Caliber, without a doubt, was the best time of my life. I wish Gary the very best of luck with this endeavor and if he needs my help in anyway all he has to do is call. The industry would be a much better place with a strong Caliber Comics involved.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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