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Renegade Press was an American comic book company, founded by Canadian Deni Loubert, that operated from 1984 to 1988. Notable titles published by Renegade include Flaming Carrot, Ms. Tree, and Normalman.

History

Loubert was publisher of Aardvark-Vanaheim until she and husband Dave Sim (owner and major contributor to Aardvark-Vanaheim) divorced,[citation needed] at which point she started Renegade and moved to the United States. With the move, all of Aardvark-Vanaheim's titles (with the exception of Cerebus) left that publisher to continue with Renegade. (These included Flaming Carrot Comics, Journey: The Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire, normalman, Neil the Horse, and Ms. Tree.)

Although Renegade started in high-profile fashion, its titles suffered from low print runs.[1] In early 1988, Renegade refit its publishing strategy,[2] but suspended all publications later that year. In July 1989 it was announced that the publisher had shut down for good.[3]

Controversy

In 1987, Loubert accepted an Inkpot Award on Steve Ditko's behalf (Renegade had published Ditko's World in 1986). Ditko refused the award, phoning Loubert to say, "Awards bleed the artist and make us compete against each other. They are the most horrible things in the world. How dare you accept this on my behalf." At Ditko's behest, Loubert returned the award to the San Diego Comic-Con organizers.[4]

Titles

References

  1. "High Profile and Low Print Runs," The Comics Journal #119 (January 1988), pp. 40-48.
  2. "Renegade Refits Publishing Strategy," The Comics Journal #127 (February 1989), pp. 17-18.
  3. "Renegade Shuts Down," The Comics Journal #130 (July 1989), p. 23.
  4. Bell, Blake. Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko (Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, Washington, 2008), pp. 165-166. ISBN 9781560979310.

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