Andy “Shaggy” Korty and Josh Gillam are at Cincinnati Comic Expo this weekend, spreading the word and hawking the wares for Empire Comics Lab, The Manor, and Cynical Stew! Not only are Andy and Josh editors and creators for ECL but they are tireless comic convention participants! If there is a show in the Midwest, one or both of them are there!
But today, something special happened.
It is the rare occasion that the creators of ECL meet face to face. In fact, some of us have never been in the same room together:) We are joined together by a common love for comics and the belief that we are all better together. And we all came together because of the man shown above.
Pictures on the right is Bill Nichols. Years ago, through various circumstances, we were all individually befriended by our Comic Mentor, Bill Nichols. Then, in 2013, he brought a very large group of his friends together on social media to create a “Comic Empire”. Some of us were seasoned professionals, others were newcomers, and still others were people who “should be making comics but aren’t”. Out of that meeting, after getting to know each other, we decided to put together an anthology with old-school horror as the theme and created a publishing company, vowing that the CREATORS would own their content in their spirit of friendship and equality.
Empire Comics Lab and Cemetery Plots were born…
… because of Bill Nichols.
Our gratitude cannot be expressed. Not entirely nor in it’s full measure. Words are not enough. To that end and to honor him, the credits printed in our comics have and will ALWAYS display:
Founder/Mentor/Friend – Bill Nichols
Thank you, Bill. Eternal thanks.