Josh Blaylock's been a fan of comic books since he was 8-years-old and his father had a subscription to Conan. Today, Blaylock, the founder of Chicago-based Devil's Due Entertainment, may no longer be staying up late at night paging through issues of Conan, but he's no less excited about comics.
A graduate of the Cincinnati Academy of Design, Blaylock worked as an art director for a t-shirt company before leaping head first into comics full-time, using credit card debt to acquire the rights to stories like G.I. Joe and Voltron. "The key," he says, "is to find something that the people who own the rights to don't really understand the value of."
But Devil's Due soon expanded from licensing to creating new and interesting characters of its own. For this, Blaylock credits crowd-funding with changing the face of comics in a digital age. Crowd-funding, according to Blaylock, has given artists the ability to "monetize their fan base."
Indeed, Devil's Due has already sponsored three comic book projects through Kickstarter that have raised close to $100,000.