Josh Blaylock is rather different than other figures in the comic book and "geek culture" industries. On the path to self-publishing by age 16, creating a revolution in the t-shirt world by 21, taking over 2% of the comic industry market share by 25, and shortly thereafter spinning off a thriving creative service business and a presence in Hollywood with over a dozen studio and production deals.
Blaylock is an entrepreneur, author, artist, designer, blogger and marketer with a keen eye for spotting trends years ahead of his peers, such as igniting the entire 1980s retro craze in comics and apparel, and forming the first digital download comic site of its kind in the early 2000s. Unlike many "creatives," he also has a strong background in operations and logistics, creating systems and procedures that allow a company to run as a well oiled machine.
Josh personally negotiated his first major licensing deal with Hasbro in 2000 at the age of 23 while working temp jobs and operating from his one bedroom apartment. He then proceeded to build Devil's Due into one of the top 5 comic book companies in North America by 2004, bought a nice little condo, a convertible, and all was good. He later expanded the licensing reach into a comic mini-empire, including Transformers, Voltron, and 20th Century Fox's newly successful Family Guy property.
Blaylock is directly responsible for over $40,000,000.00 in retail comic book sales since 2001 and the launching of dozens of comic book creator careers.
Since those early days his relationships have expanded beyond comics & Hollywood into music, brand embassadorships, computer development and new media groups. His personal interests also include a passion for holistic health and the medicinal powers of nutrition after healing himself from a series of ailments that began shortly after Devil's Due's rocketing to the top of the comic book world.
Comics written by, and toys made from characters created by Blaylock
This isn't to say there haven't been hard times, as everyone has been hit in the current economy, but after clearing some huge hurdles standing in the way, and serious meditation on the new ambiguity of the way the industry is evolving "JBlay" is back and swinging, ready to once again rock the comic book world. Once again from a small apartment office - although this time overlooking the tallest building in the country in the heart of Downtown Chicago. Just as no one can predict exactly which path the business will take, don't expect him to do... what is expected.
Read more in the HISTORY section for a closer look at how Josh's humble beginnings and how he carved out a permanent niche in the comic book space.