[Spotlight] Action Lab Entertainment’s Danger Zone Imprint Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary!

Action Lab Danger Zone 5 Years

Action Lab Entertainment made its initial entry into the comic book industry in 2011. The indie publisher quickly gained recognition for their all-ages offerings, especially the fantasy adventure series Princeless and the NFL-licensed Rush Zone. As they continued to produce all-ages material, they also were interested in titles and IPs which were intended for the mature readers out there. So the mad scientists at Action Lab decided to expand their library (and options) by creating an imprint for the more adult-themed comics. In 2013, a Kickstarter was run to create  Action Lab: Danger Zone and the response was fantastic! The new line of books were to be comprised of a wide spectrum of genre-vexing and boundary-blasting creator-owned titles.

Initially the imprint kicked off with six titles and has grown to a massive catalog with over fifty titles in the past five years. This month, Action Lab is celebrating the 5-year achievement and PopCultHQ wanted to spotlight the publishing company for attaining the magnificent milestone. We spoke with publisher Jason Martin about the early beginnings of Danger Zone and the evolution it’s experienced growing to a successful imprint. We’re also giving you a look at their titles (with synopsis!) to get you in the know regarding their vast library.

RELATED: [Creator Spotlight] PopCultHQ’s Writer of the Month – April 2018: Jason Martin

PopCultHQ: Two years after the inception of Action Lab Entertainment, you took to Kickstarter to help launch your new, mature readers imprint Danger Zone. On April 23, 2013, the campaign was successfully funded and offered six books right out the gate: Ghost Town, The Final Plague, Night of the 80’s Undead, The Trip, Double Jumpers, and Zombie Tramp. What was the atmosphere like around the Action Lab Entertainment offices once you knew your desire to publish creator-owned, mature reader comics was going to be a reality? How did it feel seeing that kind of support from fans and the community who believed in what you were doing?
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Jason Martin: Action Lab was already publishing creator-owned titles of every variety, at that time though they were becoming known for all ages titles, with the Eisner nomination on Princeless and the NFL Rush Zone License. So they needed to put the mature books within a separate imprint, and I was good friends with co-founder Dave Dwonch, and we’d been talking and realized it was a great opportunity for me to take what I was doing and bring that to ALE.
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I started out self publishing (my series Super Real), and then ventured into creator-owned publishing with my Super Real Graphics imprint, which last released Dan Mendoza‘s Zombie Tramp volume one. So when I came aboard, we brought Zombie Tramp volume two and paired it with the other mature rated Action Lab titles and the launch for Danger Zone was born!
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We also thought a Kickstarter was a good opportunity to help kick things off and promote the line. It’s hard to believe that was already 5 years ago!!
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Action Lab’s Danger Zone Imprint Kickstarter Video
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PopCultHQ: Danger Zone has released a slew of titles, worked with numerous creators, and has left its imprint (pun maybe intended?) on the comic book community. When your mature readers line officially kicked off, who were the core members that helped with its launch? What does the staffing look like now five years later?
Vampblade (2016) #1
Vampblade (2016) #1

Jason Martin: Yeah, we’ve been fortunate to have an amazing run of creator-owned titles come through the imprint to date, and have turned Zombie Tramp into its own licensed franchise. The core Action Lab group that was there at the start is primarily still in place (myself, Bryan Seaton our CEO, Shawn Gabborin our EIC, and Shawn Pryor and Dave Dwonch have shifted roles but are still on board), but we’ve had numerous talented individuals come and go too along the way, helping make these books a reality for the many talented creators.

What many people don’t know about Action Lab, is that it was founded by a group of fans and creators with talents that together offered the range of skills needed to run a comic company. And from the beginning, it’s been a passion project that folks have worked on, by and large, in addition to their regular lives. Which is very much like a comic book origin story isn’t it? Like a publishing Voltron, that fights for comics by night!
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Now, we’ve come a long way since then (Eisner nominations, Diamond top 20 publisher and exclusivity, television and movie options, year over year growth) but we’re still unique in that way. A company by creators, for creators… building and striving toward joining the ranks of the top tier comics publishers.
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PopCultHQ: Danger Zone has worked closely with Full Moon Features to produce comics based on their properties, such as Puppet Master, Trancers, and the recently-released title Subspecies. What do you enjoy most about working with a production company like Full Moon? Can we expect more titles, sequels, or spin-offs from their properties?
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Jason Martin: We’ve loved working with Full Moon, and offering books from their extensive catalog, from creatives who are passionate fans for their titles. Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray, Tim Seeley, Cullen Bunn, Brockton McKinney, and our own Shawn Gabborin are all huge fans that relished the opportunity to bring those titles to comics (and some for the first time), and produced great comics that stood on their own and tied faithfully to the films. But right now we’re closing out that chapter on a high note with the recent Puppet Master: Curtain Call series that wrapped up the years long Action Lab Danger Zone comic series, the aforementioned Subspecies mini by Bunn and Daniel J. Logan, and the trip-tastic Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong!!
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Zombie Tramp #46 Cover C
Zombie Tramp #46 Cover C

PopCultHQ: Zombie Tramp, which has endured the test of time and is essentially (imho) your tentpole character/series, has become synonymous with the Danger Zone brand. Vampblade, and then later DollFace and Black Betty, being integrated into the “Zombie Tramp Universe” has really rounded out the easily-identifiable badass babes at the imprint. How important is it for Danger Zone to maintain and grow this universe in the years ahead?

Jason Martin: What can I say about Zombie Tramp? It’s such a simple hook, you either love it or you don’t… and that’s what’s so great about it! For me, I love genre works that challenge the limits, and that’s what Zombie Tramp embodies. Is it for everyone? Clearly, no. But if it is to your taste, it’s damn tasty! And it also happens to be, aside from the surface trappings, a genuinely creative and engrossing read. Dan has built a great new modern mythology here that’s inspired by equal parts comics and film, horror and anime. He and I share similar sensibilities, and I myself as a creator too, have had the good fortune of contributing to the story some, as well as the production of the series for it’s entire now nearly four year run at Danger Zone. And yes, it’s popularity has spawned now several series within the same universe that all build and compliment the Zombie Tramp mythology. Books like my Vampblade series, and Dan and Bryan’s DollFace, and now Shawn Gabborin’s Black Betty (and the team up series Danger Doll Squad).
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And yes, the book has been our most popular title in single issues, and so it’s certainly a key to the success of Danger Zone. But that said, with or without Zombie Tramp, the Danger Zone (like Action Lab) is home to a varied and impressive range of titles.
Dollface #2 – Cover B by Dan Mendoza (Tattered and Torn Variant)

PopCultHQ: From its inception, Danger Zone has been hailed as the home to boundary-pushing, genre-redefining, quality creator-owned comic books with no limits. How true is that statement today? What are the imprint’s plans as it looks to continue to grow and evolve, and what, if anything, is different now than it was in 2013?

Jason Martin: That’s still very much the mission statement today. Quality, creative, genre-redefining comic books with no limits. But simply put, it’s just an extension of Action Lab, and that’s the same that could be said for any of our titles. The difference here with Danger Zone, is that we happen to be the imprint where the titles that would be rated-R live.
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And then the only change from when we launched, is that now we’re also the home to the Full Moon and Zombie Tramp universe of books (just as Action Lab is home to Miraculous and other licenses in addition to creator-owned titles).
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Aberrant - Stevie Wonder AdPopCultHQ: Already in 2018, you’ve launched new titles such as Black Betty, Baby Badass, and Subspecies, have nearly-released Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong and the third season for Vampblade, a new volume for Danger Doll Squad and Brigands (Ruin of Thieves), Double Jumpers is returning with a new run, and we’re leading up to the Death of Zombie Tramp event. What more could you possibly have planned for 2018?!
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Jason Martin: Well, you pretty much covered all the high points for the first half of the year. But moving into the latter half of 2017 a huge event for us is the big 50th issue of Zombie Tramp that you mentioned in July. And that will also kick into gear a year-long event in the series, The Death of Zombie Tramp, that will pay off everything that we’ve been building towards in the book to date… and that’s exciting! But yes, we also have new creator-owned series lined up for each month as well: Ruin of Thieves from Ram V, Aberrant by Ryland Grant, Guncats, Twelve Devils Dancing, the list goes on and on). Lots and lots of great comics, for every taste. As always, stuff that we’re truly excited to release!
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PopCultHQ: In retrospect, seeing all that has grown and blossomed at Danger zone over the last five years, what does the next five look like? Could we eventually see more titles making a return to the imprint?
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Brigands: Ruin of Thieves #1 - Cover A by Sumit Kumar
Brigands: Ruin of Thieves #1 – Cover A by Sumit Kumar

Jason Martin: We do have some returning titles on the near horizon. There is a Brigands sequel from Ram V (Paradiso), Ruin of Thieves starting this May. We’ll also have Voracious volume three from Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr later this year, as well as sequels to a couple of last years big hits for us; Spencer & Locke and Misbegotten down the line from that.

I wish I could say we had sequels to all our titles, but the market can be cruel. Titles that you’re sure will hit big can be passed by. Or books that do relatively well just aren’t viable for the creators to continue. It’s just a reality of the business. But we’ll keep championing these works, and we truly appreciate folks like yourself who take up the cause, and all the fans that support us and our titles. We couldn’t do it without you!
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PopCultHQ: To whom or what do you credit the success of Danger Zone’s five years in operations (with no signs of slowing down)?
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Jason Martin: The creators. It all starts with them.
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We’ve had an amazing five year run, with so many titles of such variety and craft.
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One of the best things about Action Lab and where we are in the industry, is that we offer opportunities to emerging talent, creators with raw talent and energy, with unique voices and inspired ideas. And then with Danger Zone, you get the ideas that are even more twisted or out there. We’ve had; gangster teddy bears, foul-mouthed drugged-out cartoon rabbits, animal zombies, dark magic zombies, killer puppets, violent magical girls, noir crime imaginary friends, dinosaur chefs, Jesus clones, domesticated Jesus and Satan, … the list goes on and on!! It’s been a wild ride! Here’s to the next five years!!
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Here’s a look at (most, if not all) of Danger Zone’s past and present titles currently available on ComiXology. For more info on any title, or to see individual issues available digitally, click on the image to be taken to the title’s ComiXology page for additional details!
Amerikarate
Amerikarate
 Amerikarate
Sam Kickwell was the best of the best–until a terrible karate accident involving his brother and ninjas convinced him to hang up his black belt. Now he and his appendage-less sibling have moved to a town that has outlawed martial arts; a place they can finally be at peace—until the fateful day his enemies arrive, forcing him back into the only life he’s ever known: Karate fighting for America. Featuring artwork by Devin Roth, lead character designer for the hit animated series, BOB’S BURGERS!
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Baby Badass
Baby Badass

Baby Badass

The future ain’t pretty. It’s 2043, and the United States Under God is a dry, violent place filled with aggressive degenerates. ‘Born’ into this world is Baby Badass; a failed military experiment who escapes into the New West desert where he’s discovered by a sweet waitress who takes him in, not knowing that the slumbering bundle is actually a 33 year old half-formed hybrid clone of super-soldier Alphie Omega. On the run from an evil entity called M.O.T.H.E.R. (Military Organization to Harness Evolutionary Resources), it’s Mad Max meets Idiocracy—a hilarious and disturbing journey into a dark future of fear, sex, violence, and the occasional diaper-change.
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Back In The Day
Back In The Day
Back In The Day
What would you do for love? For Darren Toshida, the answer is far from simple: build a time machine. With his best friends Todd and Mikey in tow, Darren decides to go back to a pivotal time in his life, change history, and get the girl that got away. Armed with twenty years of experience, the trio returns to the summer of 1987 to mentor their younger selves in the fine art of romance. From indie mavericks Dave Dwonch, (Space-Time Condominium, Double Jumpers) and Daniel Logan (Exo-1 and the Rock Solid Steelbots), Back in the Day is a heartfelt and hilarious sci-fi romp that redefines the coming of age tale.
Black Betty
Black Betty
Black Betty

Meet the newest member of Zombie Tramp universe! Black Betty has made a living killing the unkillable. She has taken down monsters of every shape and size with a style all her own. But when a man’s daughter is kidnapped by a local legend, Betty steps in to save her… for a price! If you need it dead (and you’ve got the cash!), Betty’s your girl!

RELATED: [Interview] Writer Shawn Gabborin of Action Lab: Danger Zone’s BLACK BETTY

Bo Plushy Gangsta
Bo Plushy Gangsta

Bo Plushy Gangsta

Are the legends of Bo, the “teddy bear” gangsta, true? And, did we just say teddy bear gangsta?!? You’re about to find out– when Bo’s girls get nabbed by a rival gang boss, the fearsome plushy gangsta is forced into action! Bo Plushy is Scarface meets Ted, with over-the-top video game style gang boss battles.

Bolts
Bolts

Bolts

During a brutal attack by townspeople in his own time, Frank is torn apart and loses his memory. Only to have his mangled body pieced back together and thrown into a new and strange dimension where he crosses paths with Casey, a scavenger with a penchant for trouble. Now the two must face merciless monsters and perilous roads, while Frank fights his own battle to become a righteous hero or spiteful villain!
Brigands
Brigands

Brigands

Pulled from death row and recruited by the secretive inquisition to steal an artifact called The Myros Pendulum, Stilian Desault now paired with an old colleague, Veina must put together a group of Brigands for the heist of their lives. But there are no happy endings or quick deaths for battle-forged blades. Stilian will soon discover that things are about to go very wrong.
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Cougar and Cub
Cougar and Cub

Cougar and Cub

The courageous Cougar and the cunning Cub are Megaville’s ferocious feline fighters, tussling with an outrageous rogues gallery and prowling the city for crime all the time. But when a slow night on the job turns into a saucy encounter in the sack, the age old question will finally be answered… WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SUPERHERO HAS SEX WITH THEIR SIDEKICK?

 

Crimson Society
Crimson Society

Crimson Society

In a futuristic world where supernatural beings live among humans in peace, Jack Crimson finds his life as a werewolf frustrating and wants nothing more than a cure. Desperate to free himself from this curse, he makes a series of decisions leading him down a path that will change his life forever. Pearl City is full of vampires, zombies, werewolves, and more. Learn more about this mysterious world and follow Jack on an epic journey.

Danger Doll Squad
Danger Doll Squad

Danger Doll Squad

Danger Zone has three popular monthly titles each starring different deadly ladies, and now for the first time, all three girls come together in one book! Danger Doll Squad zero is the fuse that ignites the explosive upcoming series featuring; Zombie Tramp, Vampblade, and DollFace! An all new crossover featuring our three most popular characters in one special event with covers by three different artists (each with a risqué variant as well)!

DollFace
DollFace

Dollface

In the town of Boston, a witch-hunter lurks among the shadows, but this witch-hunter is like none you’ve ever seen. She is Lila, a 17th century soul that has been transported into present time and into the body of a life size, ball jointed doll, created by a couple of MIT students trying to use technology and a 3D printer to create the perfect women. Join in this super-sized debut issue and learn how she came to be known as DollFace, the ball jointed witch hunter.

Double Jumpers
Double Jumpers

Double Jumpers

After Jason and his team of programmers get stuck in their virtual reality game, Dungeon Lords, they must find a way back to the real world. Unbeknownst to them, the fantasy characters they inhabit have taken control of their bodies–and now wizards and warriors run free in Las Vegas!

Dry Spell
Dry Spell

Dry Spell

Tom Ferris lives in a world of costumes and wonder. Figures streaking across the sky, hurling themselves over rooftops at night. They are everywhere. They are common. But Tom doesn’t notice that world anymore. His world is made up of spreadsheets, phone bills, software, coffee, collared shirts. When a coworker takes an interest in Tom, a chain of events begins to unfold…

Ehmm Theory
Ehmm Theory

Ehmm Theory

Gabriel Ehmm has awoken to a world where zombie “little people” rise from graves, someone calling himself “Saint Peter” offers bargains, and his pet kitten can now “talk.” Connected by blood and straddling the afterlife, Gabe and Mr. Whispers (the aformentioned talking cat) begin a universe-spanning adventure in the first issue of this mind-bending and genre-blending new series.

Ehmm Theory: Everything In Small Doses
Ehmm Theory: Everything In Small Doses

Ehmm Theory: Everything In Small Doses

Time-jumping assassin monkeys, an evil military super-force, and paranormal ex-lovers plague Gabriel Ehmm and his blood-bound talking feline Mr. Whispers in this eye-smashing, brain-messer of a sequel entitled ‘Everything and Small Doses.’

Ghost Town
Ghost Town

Ghost Town

Moments after scientists create a time machine, terrorists steal and weaponize the device, sending bombs into the future. Las Vegas evaporates in flame as the terrorists reveal their future target: Washington DC. Now, the FBI must find the terrorists before the capital becomes a Ghost Town. The clock is ticking.

Gingerdead Man
Gingerdead Man

Gingerdead Man

There is a new designer drug on the streets, and it’s called Confection! It’s so powerful that it has to be baked into a culinary treat, and the abandoned Betty’s Bakery has been taken over by a gang of drug dealers! But by using a leftover box of seasoning containing the remaining ashes of Millard Findlemeyer, the gang has unwittingly unleashed that cookie of doom: GINGERDEAD MAN!

Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong
Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong

Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong

The soul of a serial killer in the body of a cookie! It’s the Gingerdead Man, and this time he’s facing off against Eebee the Evil Bong, a cursed artifact who wants to cast his crunchy body into the magical realm of BongWorld! Bloodshed and blunts collide for the hardest you’ll ever laugh at being scared! Collects the entire gruesome af-fair!

Gravedigger
Gravedigger

Gravedigger

Framed for the murder of a mob boss’s daughter, “Gravedigger” McCrae is on the run in a South Florida paradise, pursued by a relentless crew of killers. His pursuers think tracking him down will be easy, but Digger McCrae is particularly dangerous prey. Gravedigger is a master class in hard-boiled comic action!

Holy F*ck
Holy F*ck

Holy F*ck

Why is a nun barging into a seedy Tokyo karaoke bar in the middle of the night to find a sleazy naked man smoking meth? Because that man is Jesus, and Sister Maria needs him to help her and Satan stop humanity’s mythological gods from f***ing up the earth.

Holy F*cked
Holy F*cked

Holy F*cked

After recklessly killing tons of gods in HOLY F*CK, Jesus is back, again, and chilling with Satan in domestic bliss. And their best bud, Sister Maria, is managing a local homeless shelter. Sounds great, right? Not for Hercules! The “Muscles from Mt. Olympus” is pissed and he wants revenge. Plus… what shocking news does Satan have for his macho messiah?

Infinite Seven
Infinite Seven

Infinite Seven

For centuries, a secret world government has employed the INFINITE SEVEN, the world’s greatest assassins to do their dirty work. The only way to become one of their members is to prove your worth by killing one of their members. But what happens when Anthony Zane, a teenage boy from the suburbs does just that? Action hero archetypes are reimagined in what is sure to be the blockbuster series of the year!

Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land
Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land

Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land

Take some time for an adventure to a magical world with two cute bunnies… two foul mouthed, drug using, butt-naked bunnies that go on adorably offensive, insultingly hilarious adventures!!! Your journey into off color fun begins here, with this mix of Adventure Time and underground comix!!!

Itty Bitty Bunnies: Tales From the Crib
Itty Bitty Bunnies: Tales From the Crib

Itty Bitty Bunnies: Tales From the Crib

It’s time for another round of tasteless tales from Rainbow Pixie Candy Land’s resident raunchy rabbits, Phil and Tyrone. Please join them as they kill their liver, take in a puppet show, do unspeakable things to a frog prince, and trip hard with Willy Nellson! No, really.

Kingdom Bum
Kingdom Bum

Kingdom Bum

It’s Game of Thrones with cardboard homes as this wild new series brings an inner city’s hidden world to life in contemporary fantasy style! First Coast City’s homeless suffer under the thumb of tyrant, Philip the Ax. As the seeds for a violent coup begin to sprout, it falls to benevolent vagabond Simon to try to stave off war and bring peace back to the alleys. Then: Simon takes control of the underground homeless “kingdom,” and the Ax’s thumbless victims start a phalanges-deficient support group. Now: Son, the young outsider caught up in the local drama, discovers another clue about his father only to have his search derailed when demons from the past come back to threaten the kingdom.

Medisin
Medisin

Medisin

“First Do No Harm” Chapter 1 Health care for super villains! Criminal mastermind Malady has recruited a team of down on their luck physicians to provide medical aid for the world’s worst bad guys. Led by the brilliant Ethan Sharp, the blackmailed doctors struggle to uphold their own ethical codes (or lack thereof) in violent and confusing battlefields. And when one doctor goes rogue, the rest learn a terrifying lesson from Malady.

Misbegotten
Misbegotten

Misbegotten

What if Marilyn Monroe fell in love with Jesus of Nazareth and tried to save him from the cross? There is a world in which this scenario is not that far-fetched: the world of MISBEGOTTEN–a post-apocalyptic saga about hot clones, holy relics, and a priest sent on a mission to spoil the most accurate passion play ever.

Night of the 80's Undead
Night of the 80’s Undead

Night of the 80’s Undead

It’s 1986, and Russia’s last-ditch Cold War effort is to strike at our American excess lifestyle with bio-engineered Colombian cocaine. What happens when two girls out for a good time cross paths with a huge celebrity party hyped up on commie zombie blow? Radical undead action, man! Totally!

Oblivion
Oblivion

Oblivion

A sequel to the acclaimed Full Moon space western that introduced the world to “cowboys and aliens!” The backwater planet Oblivion has fallen on hard times, but everything’s about to get harder for Marshall Zack Stone with the arrival of Lyz Azorr, the daughter of notorious outlaw, RED EYE!

Puppet Master
Puppet Master

Puppet Master

Charles Band’s long-running cult classic horror film series makes its way to the comic page! When a group of friends sets out to use the abandoned Bodega Bay Inn as a party spot, they find out first-hand that the bizarre local folklore is more truth than fantasy as an army of twisted autonomous Puppets have their way with the trespassing teens! The Puppets are back, and they’re out for blood!

Scum of the Earth
Scum of the Earth

Scum of the Earth

Laura and True are a pair of rednecks travelling the South, leaving a trail of mayhem and murder in their wake… could be the only thing able stop them be something not of this world?!? Scum of the Earth is a crazy grindhouse road movie and sci-fi manhunt mash-up that will keep you guessing, and fiending for more!

Sleigher
Sleigher

Sleigher

Sleigher is the most recent (and reluctant) heir of the centuries old lineage to bear the title of “Santa Claus.” He’d rather slam back bourbon than glasses of milk, and blast metal instead of carols. But when evil rears its head before he’s delivered a single present, maybe he’s found his true calling—dishing out a holiday ass whoopin’!!!

Southern Dog
Southern Dog

Southern Dog

When awkward high school teen Jasper Dixon conceals an injury sustained during a hunting excursion with his family, his infected wolf bite combined with the hormonal changes of puberty triggers a disturbing physical transformation. Now he’s forced to confront his Deep South upbringing and monsters far worse than what he’s become!

Space-Time Condominium
Space-Time Condominium

Space-Time Condominium

It’s 1985 and the Multiverse is in Crisis. Luckily for Griffin Griffins, a mysterious man known only as The Gatekeeper is gathering Griffins from parallel Earths to live under one roof. But can Griffin survive living with four versions of himself? Containing a slew of bonus material, including the previously unreleased “unaired” pilot (three pages of which are featured below!), Space-Time Condo Season One is a must have for fans of sitcoms like Friends, Arrested Development and Seinfeld, as well af fans of DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Spencer & Locke
Spencer & Locke

Spencer & Locke

When his grade-school sweetheart is found dead, there’s only one friend Detective Locke can trust to help solve her murder — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer. But when they face a vicious crime syndicate and memories from Locke’s traumatic youth, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to find the truth.

Stillwater
Stillwater

Stillwater

Take a small town with a dark secret, a young man with a new home, and a paranoid cop and you’ve got Stillwater, a brand new horror tale sure to shake you to your core! Glimpse inside the madness of a pond and a creature beyond explanation.

Subculture, Vol. 1
Subculture, Vol. 1

Subculture, Vol. 1

10-Page Preview! Everything SubCulture in one book! Join Jason, Arthur, Noel and the entire Kingdom Comix crew as they live — and enjoy — the geek life in this funny and poignant look at fanboy (and fangirl) culture. This 336-page tome collects the critically-acclaimed four-issue mini-series plus all 501 webcomics published between 2008 and 2012. Also includes dozens of strips from guest artists, pinups, and behind-the-scenes features.

Subspecies
Subspecies

Subspecies

Michelle survived being attacked by the vampire Radu, defeated him on more than one occasion, and has been living with the fallout for years. Her life forever changed since she was infected by him, she has adjusted to her existence as a creature of the night. Now, though, the unthinkable has happened. Radu has resurfaced… only now there appears to be FIVE incarnations of the fiendish vampire.

The Circle
The Circle

The Circle

After the death of his mother, Christian moves with his single father to the sleepy coastal town of Shell Bay. Upon being bullied at his new school, he’s quickly befriended by the group of “weird” kids. But what Christian doesn’t know is that their playful occult shenanigans may actually be rituals that damn his soul!

The Consultant
The Consultant

The Consultant

Marcus Greenberg has a very particular set of skills, as a former Navy S.E.A.L., he does the dirty work of our nation’s superheroes, keeping his clients out of the papers and off of death row. With the help of his assistant Russell, a reformed shape-shifting supervillain, Greenberg is the go-to-guy for making super-sins disappear. He is, The Consultant.

The Final Plague
The Final Plague

The Final Plague

The Final Plague has begun, and with it mankind’s final hours. Can a rural Iowan family survive the initial onslaught of crazed, rabid animals, presumably the product of a mutated super-virus? Or will they succumb to the plague that threatens to end all life as we know it? From the creator of Top Shelf’s BB Wolf and the 3 LPs.

The Harcourt Legacy
The Harcourt Legacy

The Harcourt Legacy

Rich occultist Edward Harcourt lies on his deathbed. After a lifetime of searching for true magic, Edward thinks he’s found some answers, and he wants to pass them along to his grandniece, a gloomy teenager named Violet. But that may be a problem for Edward’s sister Edwina, who has her own plans for his legacy.

The Trip
The Trip

The Trip

A group of college kids on a desert-baked road trip take a Native American drug that unlocks their deepest fears. Now, if a teenager and his grandfather from the local reservation can’t find them in time, they’re going to have to face their own personal terrors, or be consumed by them! The Trip is an Indian drug fueled ride into horror!!

Tomboy
Tomboy

Tomboy

The death of a childhood friend sparks a series of events that lead Addison from teenage field hockey player to a murderer of criminals. There’s no lack of targets for her in a city built on corruption, but payback doesn’t come for free. Addison’s reality begins to blur in the pursuit of vengeance and justice is used as justification to become a monster.

Trancers
Trancers

Trancers

Based on the cult film, Trancers is the story of decorated Police Trooper Jack Deth who has travelled from the year 2247 to 1985 Los Angles on a one-way mission to capture a fugitive with the power to transform ordinary people into psychotic killing machines.

Vampblade
Vampblade

Vampblade

When a young comic shop employee is transformed by mystical blades into a walking talking (and slicing & dicing) 90s comic book bad girl, she must quickly learn how to survive the new grotesque world the blades reveal. Now, other-dimensional parasites hidden all around us resembling the “space vampires” from the 90s comic, Vampblade, are all too real, and out for her blood!

RELATED: [Interview] Jason Martin & Marcelo Costa of VAMPBLADE Season Three

Voracious
Voracious

Voracious

JURASSIC PARK MEETS TOP CHEF! Haunted by the death of his sister, Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his hometown in Utah and work at a coffee shop, Nate’s life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate’s passion for cooking is reignited!

Zombie Tramp
Zombie Tramp

Zombie Tramp

The series relaunch previewed in the recent issue 0 continues here. Join creator Dan Mendoza for the all new adventures of the cult hit series featuring his undead anti-hero, Zombie Tramp, now brought to life by the amazing talents of new superstar artist, TMChu. It’s kinky supernatural fun as Zombie Tramp hits the road, starting in… Sin City of course!

RELATED: [Interview] Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con 2017: Dan Mendoza

Zombie Tramp vs. Vampblade
Zombie Tramp vs. Vampblade

Zombie Tramp vs. Vampblade

In a story too big to contain in the pages of her regular monthly series, fan-favorite undead anti-heroine Zombie Tramp breaks out into an all-new limited series that pits her against a new larger-than-life supernatural foe… Vampblade! Can Zombie Tramp hold her own against this new interdimensional weapon-wielding comic book bad girl brought to life, or has she met her sexy/crazy/cool match? Let the hair pulling and blood spilling begin!

Zombie Tramp: Origins
Zombie Tramp: Origins

Zombie Tramp: Origins

The impossible to find, long out of print original series, in full color for the first time! Revisit the powerful origin story that launched a modern cult classic as high priced Hollywood call girl, Janey Belle, gets set on her fateful path to become… Zombie Tramp! This is a remastered reprinting of the first series that was never before released in single issues to the direct market. Features a new cover by series creator Dan Mendoza, as well as all new SEXY, and GORY variants (each with risqué variants), plus a “replica” variant (featuring a recreation of the rare first issue cover), and a blank sketch variant! The definitive collector edition!

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We at PopCultHQ would like to thank Jason Martin for taking the time for this spotlight interview. We’d also like to give an extra special thanks to all the Action Lab creators we’ve had the privilege in working with over the years. Congratulations on an amazing five year run and excited for what the next five have in store from the mad scientists at the Action Lab! Be sure to follow Action Lab Entertainment and Action Lab: Danger Zone online to stay in thr loop with all the incredible titles they’re putting out! (links below)


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