The Devastator is a comedy publisher founded in December 2009 by Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows, two comedy writer-editors from Los Angeles. Together, they launched The Devastator book series, a geeky, full color mix of comics and written satire. We're distributed around the world and sold in over 35 stores across the United States, UK and Canada. Not only do our books get around, but Geoffrey and Amanda travel across the continent exhibiting at pop culture conventions, at shows like San Diego Comic-Con, Emerald City Comicon, and Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
We never lose sight of one thing: that it all started with
a mouse an online fundraising campaign. To print the first issue, we shot a trailer video with our friend James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros, American Splendor) and took it to what was then a new creative fundraising platform, Kickstarter.com. Amazingly, strangers clicked and gave us money on the promise of potentially being cool. We published The Devastator: Cartoons in June 2010. A year after that first book, we became a self-sustaining enterprise.
Our writers are enormously talented folks who've worked for The Daily Show, The Onion, Adult Swim, McSweeney's, CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, UCB Comedy, and countless terrible places too! Our illustrious artists are published by comics giants like Marvel, DC Comics, Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Drawn and Quarterly, and BOOM! Some of them have even won Eisner and Ignatz awards. We maintain a full list of contributors here.
We've garnered positive word from Wired, The A.V. Club, Bleeding Cool, ComicsAlliance, The Escapist, CBR's Robot 6, Los Angeles Magazine, The Beat, Electric Playground, The Daily Cross Hatch, cartoon historian Jerry Beck; and an endorsement from Bullseye's Jesse Thorn. You can read all our favorite press quotes here.
In April 2014, The Devastator formed the Devastator Press imprint to create awesome stand-alone humor books. We've published several #1 bestsellers on Amazon, including Grosslumps, Restart Me Up, and Frankenstein's Girlfriend.