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About Panel Syndicate

Welcome to Panel Syndicate, host to DRM-free digital comics directly from creators to readers around the world, for whatever the hell they want to pay.

Panel Syndicate was founded in 2013 by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artists Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente to publish and distribute their creator-owned comic THE PRIVATE EYE, a forward-looking mystery whose success allowed them to open up the site to new series by different creators:

BARRIER, an unconventional drama about violence, language and illegal immigration also created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Marcos Martin with colorist Muntsa Vicente; UNIVERSE! a series of self-contained and yet, somehow connected sci-fi tales by writer/artist Albert Monteys; BLACKHAND IRONHEAD, a comedy about family, with super heroes, not about super heroes by writer/artist David López; UMAMI, the little big adventures of Uma and Ami, the kitchen heroes by writer/artist Ken Niimura; the "pilot" chapter of GLACIER CITY, a police mystery series set in Alaska by Jay Faerber and Michael Montenat; FRIDAY, an occult mystery series by Ed Brubaker, Marcos and Muntsa; BAD KARMA a character-based action / thriller by Alex de Campi, Ryan Howe and Dee Cunniffe; and PARANOIA KILLER a thriller with elements of Sci-Fi about identity, divinity and the privatization of violence.

We are also happy to host THE WALKING DEAD:THE ALIEN, a black-and-white special one-shot issue by Brian and Marcos firmly set in THE WALKING DEAD comic book continuity. Many thanks to Robert Kirkman, whose incredible generosity has made this unique event possible.

And just outside comics, we have a very special, all-ages picture book by legendary writer Joe Kelly and amazing artist Andie Desiderio.

Creators keep all the rights to their series and you can download each and every one of our oversized issues, for any price you think is fair. 100% of your payments go directly into the greedy mitts of the authors and will help fund the rest of these stories that we're very proud to present, so thanks for reading...


Brian K. Vaughan

The writer and co-creator of comics including SAGA, Y: THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA, Brian K. Vaughan sometimes moonlights as a writer-producer on television shows like LOST and Stephen King's UNDER THE DOME.

Marcos Martin

An award-winning artist of books like DAREDEVIL, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, and DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH, Marcos Martin's visual storytelling has been described by Entertainment Weekly as "magic."

Muntsa Vicente

An illustrator whose clients include Elle Magazine, Harper Collins or Vitubrio Leo Burnett, Muntsa has recently accepted to apply her incredible color talent to several comic-book projects.

Albert Monteys

Has devoted almost his entire career to writing and drawing humor comics for Spanish magazine El Jueves, but promised himself when he was a kid that he'd do a good science fiction comic some day.

David López

Award-nominee artist of books like MYSTIC, ALL NEW WOLVERINE, CAPTAIN MARVEL, X-MEN or CATWOMAN, and all-around control freak so it was about time for him to write his own stuff.

Ken Niimura

Co-creator of the award-winning I KILL GIANTS with writer Joe Kelly, has also created books like HENSHIN for the Japanese market. Other clients include Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Kodansha and Slate. UMAMI is his first ongoing series.

Jay Faerber

Writer and co-creator of Image Comics series such as COPPERHEAD, ELSEWHERE, and DYNAMO 5, Jay Faerber also writes for television shows like STAR-CROSSED and ZOO.

Michael Montenat

Illustrator whose clients include IDW, Legendary, BOOM!, Top Cow, Zac Brown Band and Universal Studios Japan.

Ed Brubaker

With his longtime artistic collaborator Sean Phillips, Ed Brubaker has spent nearly 20 years producing award-winning books like CRIMINAL, INCOGNITO, FATALE, THE FADE OUT, KILL OR BE KILLED, and MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES. He is also the co-creator of The Winter Soldier, who you may have seen in several Marvel movies.

Alex de Campi

Alex de Campi's mostly-indie career stretches from her Eisner-nominated debut Smoke (Dark Horse) through recent Eisner nominees Bad Girls (Gallery 13) and Twisted Romance (Image). Plus company work: she's killed off most of Riverdale, twice, in Archie vs Predator I & II, and worked with Masamune Shirow on a Ghost in the Shell story. Her next projects are debut novel The Scottish Boy (Unbound, May 2020), YA adventure The Backups (Imprint / MacMillan, 2021) and a thriller with director Duncan Jones. Catch her YA adventure Reversal on her Patreon. She also writes for TV and film (the Blade Runner anime & more). She is on social media as @alexdecampi.

Ryan Howe

Ryan Howe is a Canadian graphic designer and illustrator. When he's not off having a ball collaborating with others on funnybooks of all flavours, you can find him writing and illustrating his adventure series DAISY BLACKWOOD: PILOT FOR HIRE, available at www.daisyblackwood.com. He’s on twitter as @ryan_howe.

Dee Cunniffe

Dee Cunniffe is an award-winning Irish designer who worked for over a decade in publishing and advertising. He gave it all up to pursue his love of comics. He has colored The Dregs and Eternal at Black Mask, The Paybacks and Interceptor at Heavy Metal, Her Infernal Descent, The Replacer and Stronghold at Aftershock, Marvel's Runaways, DC's Lucifer, and Redneck at Skybound. He is on most social media as @deezoid.

Victor Santos

Eisner and Harvey nominee artist (and sometimes writer) of graphic novels like Filthy Rich, Rashomon, Bad Girls, Against Hope or Violent Love. He has collaborated with companies like Netflix, Fnac, Porsche, the Corvus Belli game company and artists like Deadmau5.

His Polar quadrilogy, published by Dark Horse, has been adapted as an original Netflix movie production, with Mads Mikkelsen and Vanessa Hudgens. A number of his other works have been optioned and are in different stages of development.

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly has over two decades of experience as a writer, producer, and creator of comic books, original graphic novels, animated series, and live-action film. Claire’s Hair is his second Children’s book.

Joe has written for Marvel & DC on major franchises, most recently Non-Stop Spider-Man. His creative thumbprint on Deadpool informed the characters, villains, and origin story featured in the mega-hit film franchise. At Image Comics, Kelly's Eisner-nominated I Kill Giants (illustrated by co-creator Ken Niimura) received numerous awards and accolades domestically and internationally including the "International Manga Award" in 2012 and was named the one of the "Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens" by the Young Adult Library Services Association upon its release.

As part of the creative collective, Man of Action Entertainment, Joe co-created worldwide phenomenon Ben 10, Generator Rex, and Zak Storm. MOA is currently executive producing the new animated show, Sonic: Prime for Netflix, as well as developing a number of animated projects.

Andie Desiderio

Andie Desiderio has been an illustrator in New York for many years and worked with different types of illustration. After fifteen years in publishing she is now a full time illustrator. She has a mastery of color and love of communicating with visuals and story.