Bill Jemas Raises $5 Million for a New Comic Venture
Bill Jemas, former Marvel President, is returning to comics. He’s raised $5 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners, a venture capital firm. The new company is called Artists, Writers and Artisans, Inc.
Jemas was part of the team at Marvel which brought the MAX and Ultimate Marvel imprints to life as well as the Tsunami imprint which launched Runaways.
Jemas also had many failures including an attempt to relaunch the Epic Comics imprint. Double Take Comics, a comic imprint from Take Two Interactive, was started by Jemas and closed after just a few years.
Jemas also worked with smaller companies such as 360ep and Zenescope.
Artists, Writers and Artisans, Inc. is looking for an additional $2.5 million in funding, potentially from a TV network or movie studio. The new comic publisher will launch its first comic books in”2019 or later” according to Jemas.
It is rumored that former Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso will be the head editorial for the company.