The Status of Milestone

From Dwayne McDuffie, in case you were wondering about the status of Milestone (link no longer available):

Milestone Media is still in business but not currently publishing comic books. Milestone Media owns Static as well as all of the other characters originally appearing in Milestone’s “Dakota Universe” comics. Milestone also owns all copyrights to those stories and characters, as clearly indicated in the indicia in every issue, with the exception of the TV stories created for the Static Shock TV show, which are owned by Warner Feature Animation (in much the same way that Sony Pictures owns the copyright to the Spider-Man movies, even though Marvel Characters owns the copyright to Spider-Man generally).

Milestone logo

Milestone Media is wholly owned by myself and Derek Dingle (currently Executive Editor of Black Enterprise Magazine). DC Comics does not now own, nor has it ever owned, any portion of Milestone. Neither does Warner Bros. or any other corporate entity. This has always been the case. The only former shareholders in Milestone are Denys Cowan, now VP of Animation at BET, and Michael Davis, creator of the upcoming “Guardian” line of religious comics. Both of them sold their stock back to the company in order to do other, competing projects.

Milestone has so far produced over 250 comic books, a body of work I believe to be unmatched by any other black-owned comic book company (although if Fred Perry owns the company he publishes through, he might well have published more).

Milestone was the first, or among the first, to hire dozens of artists, writers, and business side people, most of whom have gone on to successful careers, both in comics and in other fields.

Milestone has been nominated and/or won awards for comics, children’s publishing, education, and community service.

Milestone is a small, independent company, owned by two black men and no one else. Milestone owns Static. Anyone who tells you differently simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Here’s hoping that Milestone does return to publishing comics, because I really miss some of their characters and titles.


7 Responses to “The Status of Milestone”

  1. Dan Says:

    Man, I miss Milestone. Hardware and Xombi were my favorites, but I think I have full runs of everything else too. Hmmmm, guess I know what I’m readin’ this weekend. :)

  2. James Schee Says:

    I wish they could at least find a publisher to release collections of their series. I was just really getting into comics when they were on the way out, and while what I’ve found has been good it is too hard to find complete runs of many of their series. (plus I’d just prefer trades then a huge stack of singles)

  3. Dwight Williams Says:

    Amen, Johanna.

  4. Johanna Says:

    James, I suspect that many publishers wouldn’t be interested unless there was new material to promote along with the collections. Which would be something even cooler to wish for, but it makes the whole thing also more unlikely. But I keep hoping.

    Dan, what a great idea! I should do that sometime, too.

  5. Alan Coil Says:

    Perhaps Milestone could publish a few comics each year. I’m thinking one issue per series in each of 3 months: June, July, and August. Maybe just 4 series.

    That way, they would have a presence in the summer when most younger readers are out of school.

    They would have plenty of time to plan and conceive each mini-series, thereby avoiding late books and giving their fans a nice summertime present.

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