Prolific writer/artist Matt Kindt is getting his own imprint at Dark Horse: Flux House – and he’s teaming up with some superstar artists to launch the line with the latest story in his MIND MGMT series.
Kindt is fresh off his success with Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR, one of the best selling comics of 2021, but has a huge 20 year track record at multiple publishers including Apache Delivery Service, BANG! Dept. H, Ether, Fear Case, MIND MGMT, Folklords, Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, and Pistolwhip.
Dark Horse has been one of Kindt’s primary publishers over the years, and Flux House will showcase his crime, science fiction, and humor stories, which he’ll write and occasionally draw.
Each Flux House book will have a distinct look, designed by Kindt, including unusual sizes and materials – like die-cut and fur – one will have a punch-card dust jacket that reveals a secret message.
Kindt has a long history of innovative and multi-leveled books and promotional items, and this time out, his inspiration is a famous art movement.
“Flux House is inspired by Fluxus – an avant-garde art movement from the 1950s that was an extension of Surrealists and Dadaists,” said Kindt in a statement. “The Fluxus movement focused on the creative process and experimental art forms. Their trademarks include accessibility, absurdism, and a sense of humor. If you’ve seen me burn or cut one of my books apart at a signing, you already have a sense of where I’m going with this. Flux House aims to embody all of these elements. It won’t be limited by traditional forms of books and print. And the story format will, as the name implies, always be in flux.”
Flux House joins a number of recent boutique imprints at Dark Horse, including Karen Berger’s Berger Books, Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld, and Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash.
The line launches in July with MIND MGMT: BOOTLEG, a new 4-part mini-series by Kindt and artists Farel Dalrymple, Jill Thompson, David Rubín, and Matt Lesniewski. It’s the latest in Kindt’s ongoing series that swirls with conspiracies and intrigue – and it’s the first time he’s handed it off to other artists. The plot involves a covert government agency of psychic super spies who have to find their way back to reality after a member goes rogue, and deals with multiple levels of reality and deception.
BOOTLEG will also include variant covers by Jim Rugg, Marguerite Sauvage, Aron Wiesenfeld, and Laura Perezand the polybagged variant versions of MIND MGMT: BOOTLEG will contain a subversive, collectible playing card.
“I promise you that MIND MGMT: BOOTLEG is not a prequel, a studio-driven sequel, or a corporate re-imagining of that comic you love,” Kindt said. “It remains weird, paranoid storytelling and it was the perfect title to launch Flux House with.”
“Matt Kindt is a smart and innovative artist, who wants to push at the limitations of the comics medium,” said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics President and Founder. “Dark Horse first published his work in March 2010, when a Super Spy short story appeared on Dark Horse’s Dark Horse Presents MySpace web comic. When Matt pitched me the idea of a pop-up imprint with books that would be unique, collectible artifacts, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.”
“Whether you’ve been following Kindt’s career or are new to his storytelling, Flux House will deliver compulsively readable stories full of adventure and intrigue, with some very, very strange twists,” said Dark Horse Comics Senior Editor Daniel Chabon.
If you have been following Kindt’s career, you already know this is going to be pretty cool.