SDCC 2015: Magnetic Press is About to Get Bitten
Magnetic Press has announced the production of international best-selling author Cornelia Funke’s Little Werewolf as a graphic novel to be created by writer/director Raul Garcia and illustrated by fan favorite Francisco Herrera. To celebrate the kick-off of the project, Magnetic Press is publishing an art book spotlighting the pre-production and design work going into the adaptation entitled Bitten: The Full Moon Book. It will be available in extra-limited, advance, signed quantities at next month’s San Diego Comic-Con, where fans can meet the creators in person.
Best known for her best-selling Inkheart Trilogy, The Thief Lord, and Dragon Rider books, Cornelia Funke’s stories have gathered a worldwide fan base, with Little Werewolf capturing hearts of all ages around the globe. She has won the Book Sense Children’s Literature Award twice and was voted into Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2005. Following the feature release of Inkheart, she is excited to see Little Werewolf develop as an animation-flavored graphic novel.
The graphic novel will be written by writer/director Garcia, whose work on such classic films as Land Before Time, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Rugrats has solidified him as a fixture in the animation industry. Character designer and illustrator Herrera, best known for his work at Marvel, as well as character design for the feature film Megamind, will bring the project to life.
The Full Moon Book is a 48 page peek into the design process, with hundreds of sketches and illustrations introducing readers to Matt’s world, a typical teen who has the misfortune of getting bitten by a werewolf on his way home from the movies one night. Dealing with such a change in high school is bad enough, but when the original werewolf is Hollywood legend who comes looking to finish the job, the adventure and hijinks skyrocket!
The graphic novel will be preceded by a free mini-comic written by Garcia and illustrated by Herrera, to be distributed as part of Diamond Comics’ Halloween Comic-Fest this October. Fans and retailers can order their mini-comics from Diamond in July.
The 48 page hardcover art book will feature vellum ‘onionskin’ overlays tipped into various sections, and will be limited to only 1,313 copies. While the book will initially be available at San Diego Comic-Con, the remainder of the print run will be available at comic-shops and book stores in September.