Posted on January 2, 2013 AT 01:19pm
Aspen Comics and Joe Benitez have announced a parting of ways today. Benitez’s popular steampunk title, Lady Mechanika, will continue on, but not underneath the umbrella of Aspen. “My plans for Lady Mechanika include finishing “The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse” this upcoming year and also launching a monthly Lady Mechanika ongoing series,” says Benitez.
Both Benitez and Aspen MLT co-owner, Peter Steigerwald, say that the separation is amiable. Steigerwald, who frequently collaborates on artistic endeavors with Benitez, will continue to work on Lady Mechanika as well. “We [Aspen] have greatly appreciated Joe’s time here with us and his involvement and promotion of Aspen Comics over the years. Joe and I have discussed his future plans and his desire to venture out on his own. As many know, ten years ago our Founder, Michael Turner, took a similar position and stepped away from his publisher, taking full publishing control of his own creations by founding Aspen Comics,” says Steigerwald. “We wish Joe well, and hope for a bright future for him and his creations, including Lady Mechanika. This has been a friendly separation and I plan on continuing to be there for him as colorist and collaborator as he wraps up his Lady Mechanika series. Aspen will be happy to provide any support he needs as he steps out on his own. I’ve been personal friends with Joe for nearly 20 years and I know this has long been a hope for him—to be able to found his own home for his creative visions.”
To keep up with Joe Benitez and his continuing work in comics, visit www.joebenitez.com . Don’t forget to follow Aspen Comics on Facebook, Twitter, and on www.aspencomics.com as they celebrate their 10 year anniversary .
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