Mike Richardson is the publisher and founder of Portland, Oregon-based Dark Horse Comics, the company that produces the Aliens, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator comic book lines.
Richardson has also written and edited a number of stories for those and other Dark Horse Comics lines, and has also worked as a movie producer on numerous Dark Horse comics-to-film adaptations including the AVP series, the Mask series, Timecop, Sin City and the Hellboy series.
In addition to serving as publisher of every single issue released for the three comics lines, he has worked directly on 6 comics releases for the lines as editor or writer.
Richardson started in the comic book field as the owner of a chain of popular comics stores in the Portland area. His company was initially founded in part with the intent purpose to acquire the rights to create quality off-shoot material for various film properties. Dark Horse has since gone on to produce successful officially licensed spin-off materials for numerous film and TV properties including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Robocop, The Terminator, Tarzan, Conan, Serenity and most recently Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among many others.
The company was also launched with the purpose of producing quality original content, which could then be parlayed into film and television properties, which it has also been successful in.
Dark Horse is now considered the number 3 comic book puslishing company in the United States, following behind perennial powerhouses Marvel and DC.