|In the mid-1980s, Mike Richardson owned a successful chain of retail comic-book shops in the Portland Area. But something was bothering himeeven the best comics his stores carried were below the standards Richardson believed the comics medium was capable of maintaining. For an industry that was already half a century old, there was very little innovation surfacing in the books he sold, and because of that, this medium that Richardson had loved since his youth was in danger of crumbling. Richardson knew that if he expected anything to change, heed have to jump in and do it himself.
In 1986, he invested profits from the chain of book stores that would come to be known nationwide as Things from Another World (the worldes largest comic-book retail chain), and with that money founded Dark Horse Comics.