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Aiken man starts publishing company months after layoff

Swampfox Media

Swampfox Media is operated by Robert Goodahl and Lee Newman. (WRDW-TV)

Robert Goodahl, a husband and father of three, was laid off from a management position in March. However, despite the disappointment, that led to the birth of his publishing company, Swampfox Media.

"When I first got laid off I was very apprehensive," Goodahl said. "There aren't any real jobs and even if there are, they're all entry level."

Aimed at publishing a unique storyline of comics, Goodahl's main goal is to revolutionize the comic industry while giving back to the community.

"Me and my partner Lee Newman established a publishing company. Right now we're doing comic books," Goodahl said. "Eventually, we want to do kids' books, real books, and music."

After experiencing the hardships of unemployment, Goodahl wants to incorporate local businesses and musicians into the operations of his company.

His wife, Melanie Goodahl, has been supportive of his goals since his layoff.

"He loves comic books, he always has," Mrs. Goodahl said. "He had been working on this story for a number of years. Once he and Lee started hammering out their ideas, I was behind them."

Swampfox Media is operated by Robert Goodahl and Lee Newman. Angela Nash, Sierra Rhoden and Melissa Govia are the illustrators of the comics. Melanie Goodahl is the secretary, and Alexander Goodahl is the financial investor and partner.

So far the titles that will be published by October will be "Heralds and Heretics, No Rest For The Wicked and Compendium."

Goodahl and his partners have received publicity from popular websites such as, have visited large comic book conventions to promote their projects, and have a video on to raise money for their operations. Goodahl and his colleagues plan to travel to more comic expos to promote their work.

"We want to be the trailblazers. We want to start a revolution in the media," Goodahl said.

When unemployment reared its ugly head in his household, Goodahl established his own company with the goals of success and helping those around him.

"Ultimately, what it comes down to is that I want to leave something for my children. I want something for my children to have, because I didn't get that," Goodahl said.

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