Dark Horse Comics
Located in Milwaukie, Oregon, Dark Horse is a serious contender in the world of comic book publishing. Founded in 1986, Dark Horse has grown to the third largest comic book publisher in the world, covering an extensive amount of titles from Hellboy to Sin City, Emily the Strange to Serenity - which was based on the popular TV series Firefly. Dark Horse is even responsible for the physical copies of online web comics like Penny Arcade.
The founder, Mike Richardson, was looking to create a comic book publisher that focused on the creativity of artists and writers. On top of publishing traditional western-style comics and newer web comics, Dark Horse even publishes Japanese Manga and is responsible for the distribution of America's longest running Manga series, Oh My Goddess!, but also includes other popular titles such as Astro Boy, Hellsig, and Ghost in the Shell.
Dark Horse has also taken the initiative to allow more than the standard superhero comic books into their line, focusing on slice-of-life comic books, horror-based graphic novels, and several other previously unexplored genres. Dark Horse has even created their own imprint, DH Books (formerly DH Press), which publishes novelizations of their popular comic series, such as Aliens and Predator. Like many other big name publishers, Dark Horse has created an iOS app for their project called Dark Horse Digital, where users can read short samples of comics and even buy digital copies of popular publications. They are currently working on a native Android application.