Comics owned by an acclaimed cartoon creator will be released exclusively
Starting in July, with the release of MIND MGMT: BOOTLEG, expect stories of crime, sci-fi and comedy, all told in surprising and untraditional ways
Flux House and Dark Horse Comics
(April 13, 2022) For more than 20 years, bestselling cartoonist Matt Kindt has been writing and illustrating creator-owned comics that balance action-packed storytelling with a deeply personal creative vision, with titles like BRZRKR (featuring Keanu Reeves), Apache Delivery Service, SLAM! Dept. H, Ether, Fear Case, MIND MGMT, Folklords, Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy and Pistolwhip. Now the acclaimed cartoonist is collaborating with his longtime publisher Dark Horse Comics to launch Flux House, a new boutique imprint that will feature Kindt’s writing (and sometimes) art, with stories of crime, science -fiction and humor, all told and presented in surprising and non-traditional ways.
Flux House’s upcoming publications will come in many shapes and sizes, with each release having a distinct layout, including unique trim sizes with two magazine-sized publications and special print features (like die-cut and furring) and a punched card jacket that reveals a secret message. These publications are personally designed by Kindt to be both books and works of art.
Flux House will launch in July with MIND MGMT: BOOTLEG, a new 4-part miniseries from Kindt and artists Farel Dalrymple, Jill Thompson, David Rubín and Matt Lesniewski. The latest series in the conspiratorial and mind-bending universe of MIND MGMT, MIND MGMT: BOOTLEG marks the first time the series has been illustrated by an artist other than Kindt. The all-new series will include variant covers by Jim Rugg, Marguerite Sauvage, Aron Wiesenfeld, and Laura Perez, and the bagged variants of MIND MGMT: BOOTLEG will contain a collectible subversive playing card.
“Flux House is inspired by Fluxus – an avant-garde art movement of the 1950s that was an extension of the Surrealists and Dadaists,” Kindt said. “The Fluxus movement focused on the creative process and experimental art forms. Their trademarks include accessibility, absurdism and a sense of humor. If you’ve seen me burn or cut up one of my books during a book signing, you already have an idea of what I mean. Flux House aims to embody all of these elements. It will not be limited by traditional forms of books and printed matter. And the story format will be, as the name suggests, always on the move.
As part of the Flux House agreement with Dark Horse, upcoming works owned by Kindt creators will all be published by the company. Flux House is the latest in Dark Horse’s growing line of prestige publishers for creator-owned comics, joining Karen Berger’s Berger Books, Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld and Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash.
“Matt Kindt is a smart, innovative artist who wants to push the boundaries of the comic book medium,” said Mike Richardson, President and Founder of Dark Horse Comics. “Dark Horse first published his work in March 2010, when a Super Spy short story appeared on Dark Horse’s Dark Horse Presents MySpace webcomic. When Matt pitched the idea to me for an imprint pop-up with books that would be unique collectible artifacts, I had no hesitation in saying yes.
“I promise you that MIND MGMT: BOOTLEG is not a prequel, studio-led sequel, or corporate reimagining of that comic book you love,” Kindt said. “It’s still weird, paranoid storytelling and was the perfect title to launch Flux House with.”
In MIND MGMT, a secret government agency of psychic super spies has fallen into oblivion after one of its top agents goes rogue. What felt like the end was only the beginning as a former MIND MGMT leader explores the darkest parts of the world and recruits a team of forgotten agents to rebuild the organization, circumvent reality and go to war with a competing agency.
“Whether you’ve followed Kindt’s career or are new to his storytelling, Flux House will deliver compulsively readable stories full of adventure and intrigue, with some very, very weird twists and turns,” said Daniel Chabon, editor at head of Dark Horse Comics.
Praise from Matt Kindt:
“Kindt shatters all preconceptions about what comics are.” -IGN
“Kindt is a storyteller who is so in control of his gifts that his graphic novels read like compelling arguments for the storytelling potential of comics.”—NPR
“One of the most exciting and original talents in the business” – The Los Angeles Times
ABOUT MATT KINDT:
Matt Kindt is a New York Times Harvey Award-winning comic book and graphic novel writer and author. His work includes MIND MGMT, BRZRKR (with Keanu Reeves), Eniac, Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters and Pistolwhip. He was nominated for four Eisner Awards and three Harvey Awards (and won once). His work has been published in French, Spanish, Italian, Korean and German. The author lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and H. Dept. collaborator, colorist and artist Sharlene Kindt.
ABOUT BLACK HORSE
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics is a great example of how integrity and innovation can help expand a unique storytelling medium and transform a company from humble beginnings into an industry giant. Over the years Dark Horse has published the work of creative legends such as Yoshitaka Amano, Margaret Atwood, Paul Chadwick, Geof Darrow, Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Faith Erin Hicks, Kazuo Koike, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Moebius, Chuck Palahniuk, Wendy Pini, Richard Pini and Gerard Way. Additionally, Dark Horse has a long history of establishing exciting new creative talent across all of its divisions. The company also set the industry standard for quality licensed comics, graphic novels, collectibles and art books, including Stranger Things, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Minecraft, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Dragon Age, James Cameron’s Avatar, Game of Thrones, Mass Effect, StarCraft, The Witcher and Halo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.