Our Company Story
Th3rd World Studios (www.th3rdworld.com) is a print and digital publishing house specializing in the development of high-quality original and adapted properties such as The Intrepid Escapegoat, SuperFogeys, Legend of Bill, Holiday Wars, the new, breakout, all-ages fantasy Finding Gossamyr, and the acclaimed New York Times bestselling original series, The Stuff of Legend.
Th3rd World Studios continues to stress quality over quantity, limiting the total number of titles per year in favor of a very careful and nurturing development process.
Our Fearless Publishers
Michael, a lifelong fan of comics, began his career in 2000 in 3D animation and design for companies like Converse, Panasonic and Volvo, earning both Telly and Aurora awards. Over the course of his career, Michael has worked as a freelance colorist and designer for a variety of companies ranging from Marvel, DC and IDW to American Greetings, Comedy Central, MTV2 and Big Idea. Currently, he is working as a regular colorist on the Spongebob Squarepants comics through United Plankton.
Michael founded Th3rd World Studios along with Jon Conkling in 2005 and serves as the President and Co-Publisher. He actively and directly works with the Th3rd World stable of writers and artists on the editorial and creative direction for their projects. Additionally, Michael is active on the Convention scene and can be seen regularly across the US promoting Th3rd World Studios' books and properties, and furthering its relationships with retailers nationwide.
Jon started working in the comic industry back in the mid-nineties starting with an editorial internship with Marvel Comics in New York. That transitioned into associate-editor duties and numerous freelance design and coloring work for books like Blade and Spider-Man. Jon also worked for Fleer/Skybox designing trading card sets and logos for Marvel's QFX, Spider-Man 97 and coloring Marvel Creator's Collection. Jon then transitioned to multimedia and web design and development, creating award winning projects for companies like Nike, Johnson & Johnson, Converse, Panasonic and others.
In 2005 Jon partnered with Michael DeVito to form Th3rd Word Studios where he serves as Vice President of the company as well as co-publisher, overseeing the day-to-day post-production of all of Th3rd World's titles.
Editor in Chief
Much like film noir, Justin Robinson was born and raised in Los Angeles. He splits his time between editing comic books, writing prose and wondering what that disgusting smell is. Degrees in Anthropology and History prepared him for unemployment, but an obsession with horror fiction and a laundry list of phobias provided a more attractive option.