Hart D. Fisher (born May 27, 1969)[1] is an American horror crime author, comic book writer and publisher best known for creating a comic book about Jeffrey Dahmer[2] and for founding Boneyard Press.

Hart D. Fisher
BornHart D. Fisher
(1969-05-27) May 27, 1969 (age 55)
Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Area(s)Writer, Publisher
Notable works
Jeffrey Dahmer: An Unauthorized Biography of a Serial Killer
Boneyard Press

Early life and education


Fisher graduated in 1992 with a fine and applied arts bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.



Jeffrey Dahmer comics and Boneyard Press


In 1992, while still in college, Fisher founded the publisher, Boneyard Press, in Champaign, Illinois. Fisher credits another artist, Mark Beachum, as his inspiration to create his own company.[3]

Boneyard's first release was Hart's comic book, Jeffrey Dahmer: An Unauthorized Biography of a Serial Killer. The comic was released in spring 1992, just a few months after Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison for his horrific crimes. Upon its release, protests were held in Milwaukee, where Dahmer had lived,[4] as well as in Fisher's home town of Champaign.[5]

Cashing in on his notoriety, Fisher published additional Dahmer-themed comics shortly thereafter, including Jeffrey Dahmer vs. Jesus Christ #1 (February 1993)[6] and Dahmer's Zombie Squad (1993).[7] Fisher appeared on a 1993 episode of the Sally Jessy Raphael show and on a CNN show in 1994[8] to discuss criticism of the creation of the Dahmer comics.

Besides Fisher's own work, Boneyard published "mature readers" material in the genres of unauthorized biographies, true crime, horror,[9] and erotic comics. The company's longest-running title was the 12-issue horror anthology Flowers on the Razorwire (1993–1997). Creators published by Boneyard included John Cassaday, Troy Boyle, Gerard Way, J. G. Jones and Angel Gabriele. Threshold Press was a Boneyard Press imprint.

In 1998, Boneyard Press published Stephen Elliott's first novel, Jones Inn.[10] Boneyard had previously published some of Elliott's poetry in the Flowers on the Razorwire comics anthology. Boneyard operated from 1991 to 2003.

Other work


Fisher was a co-editor of Glenn Danzig's independent comic publisher Verotik from 1994 to 1995.[11] In 1995, he and Christian Moore co-authored the comic A Taste of Cherry with which was released by Verotik.[12]

From 1995 to 1998, Fisher was a designer and copywriter for Sampson West Advertising.[citation needed]

In 2003–2004, Fisher worked with a fellow horror writer/publisher, Joseph M. Monks, on a number of projects, including the books Road Kills (Chanting Monks Press, 2003) and Sex Crimes (co-published by Boneyard Press & Chanting Monks, 2003). Fisher directed the straight-to-video horror film, Flowers on the Razorwire: Chance Meeting (Crime Pays, 2004),[13] which was written by Monks.

In 2008, Fisher founded the film company American Horrors, a horror channel on FilmOn,[14] and released on DVD the film The Garbage Man, which he wrote and produced, about an African-American serial killer.

Media appearances


In the early 1990s, Hero Illustrated magazine included Fisher on its "100 Most Important People in the Comic Book Industry", calling him the "most dangerous man in comics".[15]

The Larry King Live show in 2008 included a segment with Fisher about Jeffrey Dahmer memorabilia, including Fisher's comics.[16] The episode also has a young Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, an employee of Fisher's in the early 1990s. Fisher also discussed the Dahmer comic book on a panel at the 2011 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.[17]


In 1992, Boneyard sued Marvel Comics over Marvel's Hell's Angel/Dark Angel, as Boneyard was already publishing a comic with the title Dark Angel.[18]

At one point, Fisher faked his own death as an April Fools' Day Prank.[19] In 1993, Fisher's girlfriend, Michelle Ray Davis, was raped and murdered during an armed robbery at the motel where she worked.[20] Fisher testified for the prosecution at the trial,[21] and the perpetrator was convicted of the murder and given a death sentence. In 2001, however, Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentence to life in prison.[22]

In August 1994, a suit was filed by Dahmer's family against Boneyard Press and Fisher for the unauthorized release of the first Dahmer comic.[23] The suit was soon dismissed by a Milwaukee judge.[24][8]

In 1995, Boneyard in turn was sued by the sportsman and felon O. J. Simpson for the unauthorized biographical comics, Doin' Time with O.J. and O.J.'s Big Bust-Out.[25]

In 2008, Fisher accused his former protege Gerard Way of promoting the false claim that Way's Umbrella Academy (Dark Horse Comics) was Way's first foray into comic book writing. 13 years earlier, when Way was 15 years old, Boneyard Press had published Way's first comic book, On Raven's Wings.[26]

Personal life


As of 2018, Fisher lived in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.[27] Fisher's wife, Wakako Kawagoshi-Fisher, died in 2018.[28]

Further reading

  • Barnette, Mark (November 1994). "Comics Library: The New Icon: Boneyard Press". The Comics Journal. No. 172. p. 9-50.
  • Groth, Gary (February 1997). "The Sledgehammer: A Chat with Hart Fisher". The Comics Journal. No. 193. p. 34-36.




  1. ^ "Hart D. Fisher". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  2. ^ Nidia Yanez (March 27, 2011). "SXSW Files: An insight into Reel Crime". The Bridge. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  3. ^ "Hart Fisher Tells Us Crazy Stories: In The Beginning". Optimum Wound. November 12, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  4. ^ Johnson-Elie, Tannette (May 14, 1992). "Dahmer comic book in demand in city". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, 13A.
  5. ^ Williams, Celeste (June 14, 1992). "Comic book on Dahmer sparks protests". Milwaukee Journal.
  6. ^ "Jeffrey Dahmer vs. Jesus Christ". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  7. ^ "Dahmer's Zombie Squad". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Newswatch: Boneyard Press Wins Suit: Fisher Debates Families of Dahmer Victims on CNN". The Comics Journal. No. 172. November 1994. p. 23.
  9. ^ Sanford, Jay Allen (April 21, 2008). "Pacific Comics: The Inside Story, plus RIP Rocketeer Creator, Comics & Censorship". San Diego Reader.
  10. ^ Caroline Picard (February 23, 2014). "Two Separate Conversations: An Interview with Dave Daley and Stephan Elliott". Make. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  11. ^ "Hart Fisher goes to Verotik". The Comics Journal. No. 174. February 1995. p. 27.
  12. ^ "Hart D. Fisher Interview". Comic Monsters. July 29, 2008. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  13. ^ "Flowers on the Razorwire". IMDb. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  14. ^ monique (February 12, 2012). "FilmOn's American Horrors Streams Free To Android, iPhone and iPad Users". Shockya. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  15. ^ Jason Thibault (June 1, 2009). "Hart Fisher on Comics Journalism, Frank Miller, Running Danzig's Verotik and Life in Los Angeles". Optimum Wound. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  16. ^ "Hart Fisher On Larry King". WN. January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  17. ^ "Reel Crime, Real Victims: Phil Anselmo, Hart Fisher talk pain and punishment - Screens Blog". The Austin Chronicle. March 26, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  18. ^ "Marvel to be Sued Twice for Same Comic Book: First the Hell's Angels, then Boneyard Press Object to Marvel's Hell's Angel/Dark Angel Comic". The Comics Journal. No. 154. November 1992. p. 11.
  19. ^ Johnston, Rich (July 14, 2009). "The Very Raw Hart D Fisher". Bleeding Cool.
  20. ^ "Michelle Ray Davis Murdered". The Comics Journal. No. 162. October 1993. p. 22.
  21. ^ "Interview with Hart D Fisher "The Scariest Man in America"". Film Courage. February 3, 2011. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  22. ^ "Clemency for Daniels OK'd by the court". News-Gazette. January 24, 2004. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  23. ^ "Boneyard Press Sued". The Comics Journal. No. 153. October 1992. p. 31.
  24. ^ "Victims' Relative Lose Suit Against Dahmer Comics". Orlando Sentinel. August 21, 1994. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  25. ^ "O.J. Simpson Targets Boneyard". The Comics Journal. No. 179. August 1995. p. 179.
  26. ^ "My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way Embroiled in Comic Controversy". Rolling Stone. February 26, 2008. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  27. ^ American Horrors Medical Fund (Report). GoFundMe. March 1, 2018.
  28. ^ "R.I.P. Waka..." From Parts Unknown. February 25, 2018.