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  • Michael Turner – Founder
  • Frank Mastromauro – Co-Owner, President
  • Peter Steigerwald – Co-Owner, Vice President
  • Vince Hernandez – Editor-in-Chief
  • Mark Roslan – Director of Design and Production
  • Chris Rupp – Aspen Store

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Aspen MLT, Inc. is an entertainment publishing company founded in January 2003 by superstar comic artist Michael Turner. Priding itself on producing entertainment properties of the highest quality visual and storytelling elements, Aspen MLT, Inc. quickly carved its mark on the comic book industry.

In addition to Michael Turner’s runaway hit, the number one best-selling comic series Fathom, Aspen MLT, Inc. also debuted the fantasy adventure epic series Soulfire in 2004. Both properties have continued on in Turner’s vision with a host of exciting mini-series. Fathom has expanded beyond the series proper and continues to grow with the additions of the new titles Fathom: Dawn of War, Fathom: Cannon Hawke, Fathom: Kiani and more. The Soulfire Universe has also seen it’s fair share of mini-series in addition to the main volumes including Soulfire: Dying of the Light, Chaos Reign, Shadow Magic, and New World Order. As well as continuing to deepen the worlds of Fathom and Soulfire, Aspen continually creates thrilling new properties including it’s newest titles the adventure-comedy Shrugged, the action-adventure series Executive Assistant: Iris, the supernatural-thriller Dellec, and the action-espionage series Mindfield.

Along with their own successful properties, Aspen MLT, Inc. collaborates with some of the comic industry’s most successful companies and endeavors. Michael Turner and Aspen have collaborated with Marvel Comics including cover work for the best-selling events Civil War, World War Hulk, and Ultimatum. As well, Aspen collaborates with DC Comics providing covers for such best-selling titles as Superman/Batman: The Return of Supergirl, The Justice League of America, and Eisner-nominated covers for the critically-acclaimed and top-selling mini-series Identity Crisis. In 2006, Aspen joined forces with television giant NBC to create the online comic adaptations for the hit television series “Heroes.” Aspen is currently teaming up with Valhalla Studios to produce the horror-adventure series Dead Man’s Run, as well as collaborating with director McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision to produce the horror comic Haunted City. Aspen also produced the one-of-a-kind Anarchy digital graphic novel for the popular body spray company, Axe.


Michael Turner

In 1994, Aspen MLT, Inc. founder Michael Turner moved from Tennessee to California to begin his comic book career. Working for Top Cow Productions, Michael started off doing background illustrations but soon helped to create and launch the comic book series Witchblade in October of 1995. Quickly growing to become one of the most successful comic book titles of the 90′s, Michael served as an integral part of Witchblade’s immense popularity. Shifting focus, Michael went on to debut his first creator owned series, Fathom, in the summer of 1998. An instant success, Fathom was a smash hit and earned the honor of becoming the number one selling comic book of the year. In the fall of 2002, Michael departed from Top Cow Productions to found Aspen MLT, Inc.

Along with overseeing all aspects of Aspen’s growth including re-launching Fathom and creating Soulfire, Ekos, and Executive Assistant: Iris, Turner also provided a stunning and critically-acclaimed run of cover work for leading publishers and companies. Turner produced cover art for such mega events as Marvel Comic’s Civil War, World War Hulk, Ultimatum, DC Comic’s hit series Superman/Batman: The Return of Supergirl, The Justice League of America, and his Eisner-nominated cover run on Identity Crisis. Turner also provided artwork and helped kick-start the launch of NBC’s Heroes web comics campaign, which is still ongoing on NBC.com. In June 2008, Turner tragically passed away after a long and heroic bout with cancer. However, his life and work have left an overwhelmingly positive legacy far and wide, and his inspiration continues on through all of Aspen’s endeavors.


Email your submissions to submissions@aspencomics.com


Aspen is a small company and our standards are high. We have very few openings for artists in the course of a year, but do not be discouraged. Keep submitting. We look forward to seeing your work. Please send only hard copies (photocopies/print-outs) of your work. Links to websites/virtual portfolios are acceptable as well. No computer or compact disks or other unsolicited media will be accepted. Please include a self-address, stamped business sized envelope or current email address if you wish to receive a reply from us. All materials submitted become the property of Aspen MLT, Inc. and will not be returned.

Always use only recognizable, published, trademarked characters. We would like to see our characters used, but it is not necessary. Never send us original characters or concepts.


Submit no less than 3 pages of consecutive sequential storytelling. Demonstrate as wide a range of skills as possible. Show that you can handle lighting, mood, storytelling, texture and spatial separations. Show us a variety of environments, scenes, vehicles and props as well as characters, young and old, and costumes, modern, superheroic or period. Utilize quiet conversational scenes, and dramatic action sequences.


Submit no less than 3 pages of sequential storytelling. Include same-size copies of the original pencils with your samples. Demonstrate as wide a range of skills as possible. Show that you can control gradations through hatching, cross-hatching, texture, and or detail. Exhibit as many different types of textures and line qualities, as you can. Include ruled and freehanded lines and curves in figure work and backgrounds.


(*Computer/Photoshop skills are NOT necessary for submitting color work. Feel free to create in whatever media you feel comfortable in.)

A: Submit no less than 3 pages of consecutive sequential storytelling. Demonstrate as wide a range of skills as possible. Show that you can use color to enhance or create lighting, mood, time-frames, storytelling, transitions, texture and spatial separations. Display scenes, characters and environments in naturalistic, emotive and subjective color palettes. OR B: Submit your personal or contracted paintings or full color illustration pieces.


Aspen Comics does not accept unsolicited writing submissions, synopses, or scripts. Any unsolicited writing submission sent will not be read.


Aspen Comics does not accept unsolicited original concepts or properties for publication. Any unsolicited original concepts or properties submission sent will not be read. If you are a company looking to license Aspen’s product/property or information on your licensed property publishing potentials with Aspen please contact us at press@aspencomics.com.

Thank you very much,

Peter Steigerwald
Vice President

Vince Hernandez
Editor In Chief


Q: What does the MLT in Aspen MLT Inc. stand for?

A: Michael Layne Turner

Q: Does Aspen offer internships?

A: Aspen does not currently offer any intern positions. But, we’ll announce on our web site soon (possibly the summer) when we do start taking applications for internship positions.

Q: Where do I send my submissions?

A: Please mail all submissions to our studio address:
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For more information on submissions, click here.

Q: Where can I find original art for sale?

A: Many of Michael Turner’s original art pages are for sale. If you are seriously interested in purchasing artwork, please email frank@aspencomics.com.

Q: When will Ekos be coming out?

A: Even though Soulfire won the Wizard contest “Choose Michael Turner’s next project”, don’t worry because Ekos is still in the works. This series will launch sometime after the first Soulfire story arc has concluded.

Q: What are the Beginnings books about?

A: The Beginnings books are one-shot specials that serve as an introduction to their respective series. Each one contains fully original art and story, that’s not available in any other issue. They are ‘prelude’ type story, made to help enhance the complete overall storyline of the respective title they relate to.

Q: How many issues long will the new Aspen titles be?

A: Most of the new Aspen books will be limited maxi-series. Think of them as TV seasons with another season expected to follow. We will occasionally make smaller mini-series of 3 to 4 books in length, but most titles will be roughly 10 issues long.

Q: Will Aspen continue to do work for DC Comics?

A: We entered into our agreement with DC prior to the resolution of our legal matters. We plan on fulfilling 100% of our required duty to DC while continuing the development of our Aspen projects. Our working relationship with DC is great, and we will certainly discuss any possibilities of doing more work with them in the future.

Q: Will Aspen ever do work for any other comic book companies?

A: We want to focus on the production of our titles for the immediate future, but will not rule out any possibility of working with any other comic book company down the road.

Q: Where can I go to purchase books from Aspen?

A: Aspen comics are primarily sold in comic book specialty shops. To find a comic book shop near you, we recommend using Diamond Comics Distributors’ free Comic Book Store Locator. Also, please check your local phone book for a listing of bookstores near you or go to aspenstore.com for all your Aspen needs.

Q: Are any Aspen properties in film or video game development?

A: Yes. Fathom is currently set up at James Cameron’s Lightstorm Studios as a feature film. Several of our other properties are in negotiations to become a live action or animated feature, as well as video games.

Q: Will there be any company type crossovers?

A: Currently, all of the Aspen titles exist in their own universe, with no plans to cross them over.

Q: How often is the Aspen website updated?

A: We try to make every effort to have our site updated as often as possible. We do not have a set time for our updates but will make changes the moment we have new art or information to share with the fans.

Q: Does Aspen offer any type of subscription services?

A: Unfortunately, Aspen does not offer any type of subscription services. You can visit aspenstore.com to purchase the latest Aspen products, or check with a local comic book store in your area to see if they can provide you with the Aspen products you’re looking for.