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Highburn Studios is an independent publisher of comic books, graphic novels, art books, and trade paper backs.

Founded in 2000 by creator D. Michael Watkins, we are passionate about telling great character driven stories and amazing art. To accomplish the we are seeking out new talent and original content for comic series and graphic novel publication. We are proud to present titles such as Guardians, TribulationsNova City Stories, and Dressed to Kill, and we look forward to continuing the production of more dynamic content. 


Highburn Studios has also co-published with Midnight Horizon Comics such titles as Slayer, Expulse, and Ruthless

Additionally, Highburn Studios is able to offer freelance talent to other publishers. We have assisted in the creation of some the most popular titles in the industry, including publications from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Archie Comics, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, First Comics, Digital Webbing, Ape Entertainment, Upper Deck, and more.

Currently, Highburn Studios is headquartered in Greenville, SC.


Highburn Studios has won awards on several titles, including a top 50 ranking in the "Top Indie Artists of 2005", and again in 2006 for D. Michael Watkins on Guardians from Wizard Magazine. Work on 2008’s Femme-Noir series from Ape Entertainment was awarded a "Spine-Tingler" award from Spike TV’s Comic Awards. 

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