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Bill Jemas leaves AWA to form Be Good Studios

Bill Jemas is on to a new venture. News broke that he is now the CEO & Publisher of Be Good Studios. Recently, he was the Co-founder and CEO of AWA (Artist Writers and Artisans).

Jemas has a long career in comics, having been the former President and CEO – Publishing, Consumer Products and New Media at Marvel, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at 360 Entertainment, and the Founder and General Manager of Doubletake at Take Two Games.

Jemas departed AWA last week. The new venture will be an entertainment business owned and operated by the artists, writer, and artisans. It’ll focus on webtoons, comic books and graphic novels, animation, live action, mint and market NFTs, and will license those properties for media and merchandise.

Jemas came to Marvel through its acquisition of Fleer and rose in the ranks during the publisher’s bankruptcy. It was Jemas who promoted Joe Quesada into the position of editor-in-chief. His time was full of controversy and he left the company completely in mid-2004 after working with them in a non-executive capacity.

Jemas shared the announcement with other select media which you can read below. It gives a better idea of what the new business is about.

Leaving AWA, starting Be Good Studios.

Last Wednesday, I resigned as AWA CEO & Director. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to help get the business up and running and wish nothing but the best for AWA.

Last Thursday, I started Be Good Studios LLC. Be Good is an entertainment business owned and operated by the artists, writers and artisans who show and tell the stories and work for the business. We publish webtoons, comic books and graphic novels, produce and distribute animation and live action, mint & market NFTs, and license our properties for media & merchandise.

We do not do what other publishers do: commissioning comic book writers to create the original stories, then optioning those stories to Hollywood and hoping for others to re-write the stories, then fund, package, greenlight and produce TV programming and feature films.

Instead, we start with award-winning independent film makers and animators who co-create original stories with wonderfully talented webtoon and comic book artists. Then, we build audience with promotional partners and raise funding for feature films and TV series with strategic Web 3 investors.  So, we disintermediate Hollywood from our creative and funding processes and do our film & TV distribution deals from a position of strength.

Twenty-two years ago, as Publisher & COO, I worked and played on the team that turned Marvel from a bankrupt comic book publisher and toy company into one of the great turnaround stories of this, not-so new, millennium. Four years ago, I co-founded Artists Writers & Artisans.

At AWA, I’ve been recruiting, teaching, and learning from a cadre of up & coming creators and producers, including the key players on the team that created the Lesser Evils’ Universe) and are writing, drawing, and publishing the webtoon and comic series and writing, directing, and producing the first short film.

Be Good,

Bill J.

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.

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the_clone_conspiracy_1_main_coverIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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ICv2 – Business 3×3: Bill Jemas at Double Take – An interesting read.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – All-Star Batman #3

Newsarama – The Clone Conspiracy #1

Talking Comics – Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1

The Beat – Doom Patrol #2

The Beat – The Flash #8

Newsarama – Great Lakes Avengers #1

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The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing during yours?

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Kotaku – Marvel Kills Amazing Iron Man Suits – Boo!

CBR – Shia LaBeouf’s website ‘about’ page was also copied – What the hell is wrong with him?

ICv2 – Former Marvel COO Jemas Back in Comics – Very cool.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – A Boy and A Girl

Comic Vine – Black Science #2

Comic Vine – Daredevil #34

CBR – East of West #8

Comic Vine – East of West #8

Comic Vine – Ghost #1

Talking Comics – Harley Quinn #1

Comic Vine – Mind the Gap #16

Comic Vine – Pretty Deadly #3

Talking Comics – Saga #17

Comic Vine – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #29

Comic Vine – X-Men #8

Marvel Knights Animation’s Wolverine: Origin Trailer

Wolverine is the best there is at what he does – although of course, what he does isn’t very nice. But long before he was a member of the X-Men, a tormented experiment of the Weapon-X project, or even a savage bar brawler known as Logan – he was simply a young boy.

What incredible forces created this man, the world’s greatest killing machine? For years, Wolverine has searched desperately for answers from his past, from the wilds of the Canadian Wilderness to the teeming cities of Japan and beyond. And despite his perseverance and longing for the truth, he remains an enigma to himself and those around him. But, in this landmark event, Marvel reveals all: the birth and childhood of young James Howlett…the intriguing secrets of his family history…and the tragedy that changed everything.

Welcome to the greatest story never told.

Shout! Factory is bringing Wolverine: Origin to life. Written by Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins from a story by Joe Quesada, Jenkins and Bill Jemas with captivating artwork by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove. The adventures of Wolverine’s early days and the startling revelation of his true origins are brought to life when Marvel Knights Animation’s Wolverine: Origin debuts for the first time on home entertainment shelves nationwide on July 9, 2013 from Shout! Factory.

Marvel Knights Animation’s Wolverine: Origin Out July 9

image003There’s more than one Wolverine movie coming out this summer. Marvel Knights Animation’s Wolverine: Origin debuts this July 9 from Shout! Factory. The movie is written by Paul Jenkins from a story by Joe Quesada, Jenkins and Bill Jemas and featured artwork by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove.

The DVD is priced at $14.97 (and cheaper), runs about 66 minutes and you can pre-order now.

Wolverine is the best there is at what he does – although of course, what he does isn’t very nice. But long before he was a member of the X-Men, a tormented experiment of the Weapon-X project, or even a savage bar brawler known as Logan – he was simply a young boy.

What incredible forces created this man, the world’s greatest killing machine? For years, Wolverine has searched desperately for answers from his past, from the wilds of the Canadian Wilderness to the teeming cities of Japan and beyond. And despite his perseverance and longing for the truth, he remains an enigma to himself and those around him. But, in this landmark event, Marvel reveals all: the birth and childhood of young James Howlett…the intriguing secrets of his family history…and the tragedy that changed everything.

Welcome to the greatest story never told.

Exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus content features interviews with the creators and illustrators to provide an intimate and retrospective look at the development and production process of this amazing story. Marvel Knights Animation remains true to the heritage of panel-by-panel graphic storytelling, boasting groundbreaking illustrations, sensational soundscapes, and of course, the explosiveness of the Mighty Marvel Universe. Behind every image and every word lies the genius of Marvel’s celebrated creators.

Zenescope Partners With Bill Jemas for Wake the F#ck Up

Zenescope Entertainment, one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world, has announced plans to release Wake the F#ck Up, an all-new comic book that is scheduled for an October release date. Wake the F#ck Up is written by former Marvel Comics President Creator Bill Jemas.

In 2011, Go the F*ck to Sleep, hit #1 on Amazon’s best seller list – speaking to sleepy parents desperate to put their toddlers to bed.  In 2012, Wake the F#ck Up, bangs the funny bones of parents dying to get their teens out of bed and out the door.

Wake the F#ck Up starts as a storybook parody of best-seller Go the Fuck to Sleep.  In lyrical tones,parents encourage their kids to get out of bed and out the door, to put down their games and pick up their books. But after years of blank, sleepy stares and passive aggressive sloth, the parents explode into expletives and kick their 20-somethings out the door. Then, Wake the F#ck Up transforms into a comic book in which the next generation takes over, as we see the same story from their point of view.

Bill Jemas was the architect Ultimate Spider-Man and Origin of Wolverine, two of the bestselling graphic novels in history.

This story is beautifully-illustrated by Dzialowski and Cyril Saint-blancat, a talented team of up-and-coming French artists handpicked by Jemas.  Printed with high-gloss covers on high quality stock, this prestige comic collectible is a great gift for parents of teens, for teens of parents, and for every comic fan.

Wake the F#ck Up hits shelves in October and is available for order in this month’s Diamond Previews.

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