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    SDCC ’19: Awesome Media Announces Graphic Novel Studio and First Titles

    By | July 16th, 2019
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    UK intellectual property and production company Awesome Media & Entertainment have announced a new graphic novel ‘studio’ within its fiction imprint, Awesome Reads, Deadline reports.

    The first title will be “Retrograde,” a love story set against an apocalyptic retro-virus that has sent evolution backwards. It was written by Richard Dinnick, who has penned various “Lost in Space” and “Doctor Who” comics, and who will also serve as Publisher on the Awesome Reads project. The art comes from Pasquale Qualano, with colors by Charlie Kirchoff, and lettering from Comicraft’s Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt. The book launches this week at San Diego Comic-Con.

    The second book, from writer Erika Lewis, “#Guardian,” comes out in December. The title, which has no artist announced, follows a rogue CIA agent responding to social media posts asking for help. Further titles include alt-history thriller “Brexodus” and tech-mystery “Cortex,” neither of which have any creative teams attached.

    Awesome Media are producing these comics with the goal of TV and film adaptations, creating a bank of intellectual property to exploit in other media, as they already have with their novel Dino Knights, which is currently in development as a film.

    Press release:

    First Title, RETROGRADE, Debuts at San Diego Comic Con

    New Titles to be Developed for the Screen

    San Diego, CA – July 16th, 2019: Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd. (Awesome), the IP and production company founded by writer-producer Jeff Norton, is launching a new graphic novel studio after the successful launch of its fiction publishing imprint Awesome Reads in 2018. Prolific comic book writer Richard Dinnick joins as Publisher.

    Awesome Reads will develop high-concept, character-driven comics for a broad, adult readership which will also be developed for the screen. The studio will launch with Retrograde,a post-apocalyptic love story about the survivors of a retro-virus that has dialled back the evolutionary clock on most of the planet’s DNA. Retrogradeis written by Richard Dinnick (Doctor Who, Lost In Space), with art by Pasquale Qualano, colors by Charlie Kirchoff, and lettering by Comicraft’s Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt.

    Retrograde launches today with a SDCC exclusive. It will be followed in December by #Guardian, written by Erika Lewis, a modern western about a former CIA agent named Sera Renteria who becomes a self-fashioned vigilante who responds to cries for help over social media.

    Titles for 2020 include Brexodus, a political thriller set in an alternative modern-day Britain as it attempts to secede from the Roman Empire, and Cortex, a high-tech mystery about hacking human memory to solve crimes.

    Publisher and writer Richard Dinnick says: “I’m thrilled to bring Awesome Reads into the realm of graphic novels as we’re truly in a golden age of graphic storytelling and Awesome has incredibly creative content to delight readers around the world.”

    Founder of Awesome, Jeff Norton adds: “The graphic novel studio completes the creative circle we’ve been building: from book to screen and back again. We are thrilled to be on the ground floor with top talent and we’ll be partnering with best-in-class production partners to develop these visually arresting stories for the screen.”

    This initiative comes on the heels of Awesome’s development of its Dino Knightsnovel for television with OmniFilm Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company into a live-action show Knigths Of Panterrawith showrunner Simon Barry.

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    Edward Haynes

    Edward Haynes is a writer of comics, fiction, and criticism. Their writing has been featured in Ellipsis, Multiversity, Bido Lito!, and PanelxPanel. They created the comic Drift with Martyn Lorbiecki. They live in Liverpool, where they hornily tweet for your likes and RTs @teddyhaynes


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