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BOOM!, Peter Dinklage, Netflix, and Matt Reeves Team Up for a Feature Version of Last Sons of America

Last Sons of America

BOOM! Studios, Peter Dinklage, Netflix, and Matt Reeves are coming together for a feature version of Last Sons of America by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Matthew Dow Smith.

Dinklage will start in the film that’s set in a not too distant feature where Americans can no longer conceive children which have become a valuable commodity around the globe. The story follows two brothers, Jackie and Julian (Dinklage), who operate as adoption agents in Colombia. There they secure deals with families willing to give up their children for a “better life” in America. Things spiral out of control dragging the brothers into a dark mystery about the world’s status quo.

Josh Mond will direct and is adapting, while additional casting is still being worked on. Producing are Reeves and Adam Kassan for 6th & Idaho, Dinklage and David Ginsberg for Estuary Films, and Ross Richie and Stephen Christy for BOOM! Executive producers are 6th & Idaho’s Rafi Crohn and BOOM!’s Adam Yoelin.

6th & Idaho and BOOM! are also in pre-production on adapting another comic series, Mouse Guard, for Fox.

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Giannis Milonogiannis and BOOM! Studios’ Old City Blues is in Development at Hulu as an Original Series

Hulu has announced that Old City Blues, based on the hit graphic novel series created by Giannis Milonogiannis for BOOM! Studios Archaia imprint, is in development as a Hulu Original Series in partnership with Brad Weston’s Makeready TV Studio. Kerry Washington is attached to star and executive produce the series, and Gore Verbinski is attached to direct and executive produce the series. Arash Amel (The Titan, creator of the Archaia graphic novel Butterfly) wrote the pilot and is attached to EP the series. Brad Weston and Scott Nemes are attached to EP for Makeready. Ross Richie (Founder & CEO) and Stephen Christy (President, Development) will serve as executive producers on the series for BOOM! Studios.

Set in the near future, the graphic novel series follows the men and women of the New Athens police force. Built in the aftermath of a disastrous flood on the ruins of the country once known as Greece, New Athens is a new independent city created and wholly owned by technology giant Hayashi Corporation. When the cybernetically augmented founder of Hayashi is found murdered, it seems to be just another case of cyborg persecution. But Hayashi Corporation’s strange response to the incident raises the suspicions of lead detective and the Special Police. The mystery they unravel will leads them straight into the wasteland of the Old City.

Old City Blues joins BOOM! Studios’ diverse array of projects in development for film, including Mouse Guard at Fox with Wes Ball (The Maze Runner trilogy) set to direct with Matt Reeves (The Batman) producing; Goldie Vance at Fox with Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca) to adapt and direct with Kerry Washington (Scandal) producing; Imagine Agents at Fox with Richie Keen directing and Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) producing; Irredeemable at Fox with Adam McKay (The Big Short) producing and directing, the 2018 Eisner Award-nominated Bolivar at Fox with Shawn Levy producing; and groundbreaking worldwide YA phenomenon Lumberjanes at Fox. For television, BOOM! Studios has multiple series in development including the GLAAD Media Award-winning The Woods at Syfy with Brad Peyton (San Andreas) set to direct and executive produce the pilot.

BOOM! Studios Title Polarity Optioned by Fox 21 Television Studios

BOOM! Studios has announced that Fox 21 Television Studios has optioned the TV rights to Polarity, the limited comic book series created and written by Say Anything frontman Max Bemis and illustrated by artist Jorge Coelho about a man with bipolar disorder who, after he stops taking his medicine, discovers he has super-powered abilities. The collected edition of the series was nominated for a Harvey Award in 2014.

The pilot is being written by Max Winkler and Matt Spicer, who were recently hired by The Walt Disney Company to write the “Rocketeer” reboot. Winkler will also direct the pilot.

BOOM! Studios’ Ross RichieStephen Christy, and Josh Levy are set to executive produce with Jason Carden of Winkler’s production company, Walcott Entertainment.

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Mouse Guard Film in the Works!

The Art of Mouse Guard by David PetersenBOOM! Studios‘ ninth announcement in the Road To San Diego is that a movie based on David Petersen‘s long-running Archaia fantasy series, Mouse Guard, is in the works!

The film will be written by Gary Whitta, the screenwriter of December’s hotly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and produced by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves along with BOOM! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy.

Launched in 2005, Mouse Guard is the epic series created, written, and illustrated by David Petersen about an elite group of warrior mice who are sworn to protect mousekind from their enemies and to help keep order within the mice territories. The series has sold almost a million copies combined and has been translated into 10 languages. Publications include Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, Mouse Guard: Winter 1152, Mouse Guard: The Black Axe, and three volumes of Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, in which a host of writers and artists contribute Mouse Gaurd short stories. Recent releases include The Art of Mouse Guard: 2005 – 2015 and Mouse Guard: Art of Bricks, with the Mouse Guard Coloring Book coming in October, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vols. 1-3 Box Set coming in November, and Mouse Guard: The Weasel War of 1149 expected in 2017.

David Petersen will appear at San Diego Comic-Con July 20-24 at Table GG-9 and host a panel, “The World of Mouse Guard,” at 5pm in Room 32AB with guests BOOM! Associate Editor Cameron Chittock; Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour), who will perform a live reading of a Mouse Guard, short story; and screenwriter Gary Whitta.

20th Century Fox Options Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes_v1_coverBOOM! Studios has announced that their series Lumberjanes has been optioned by 20th Century Fox to bring the comic series to the screen as a live-action movie. BOOM! Studios will produce the film, led by Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie and President of Development Stephen Christy. Senior Vice President of Film Adam Yoelin will co-produce.

The Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated Lumberjanes was co-created by BOOM! Studios Editor Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and New York Times Best Selling web cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, with main series artist Brooke Allen. The series focuses on five, rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not going to let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! As part of BOOM!’s partnership model, the creators will share equally in all aspects of the publisher’s first-look deal with Fox.

The news has caused the first trade paperback of the series to sell out again, sending it into a fifth printing. So far over 65,000 copies of the trade have been sold.

BOOM! Studios Calls to Push #ComicsForward

2014 BOOM! LogoThis morning BOOM! Studios announced the below editorial from their Founder and CEO of the company Ross Richie. Their hope is to spark a movement to actively shape what the comic book industry should look like in 10 years. The conversation is already happening, and their attempting to unify it under the #ComicsForward banner, to inspire, motivate, and support comics publishers, creators, professionals, press, and fans who want to see an industry that welcomes all types of readers.

So join in the conversation! What would you like to see more of in comics that’s all inclusive? What company is working toward creating a better industry? Which creators are producing content that expands the boundaries of what comics can do? Call them out! Use #ComicsForward in your posts on social media platforms, and we’ll see you there!

Expect lots of discussion here on this site, as well as on our radio show, and elsewhere.

Read Richie’s full statement below.

Push #ComicsForward

It’s Keith Giffen’s fault. I keep telling people that he talked me into it in a dive bar on L.A.’s west side. But the truth is that I started this company out of the spare bedroom in my apartment because I couldn’t believe the guy that created Rocket Raccoon thought I could do it. Maybe we could bring something to comics that hadn’t been there before?

I’ve loved comics since 1976. I never thought I’d publish them. Sure, I’d worked with giants of the field, including Barry Windsor-Smith, Howard Chaykin, Jim Starlin, Walter Simonson, and others too numerous to mention, when I was a young marketing turk at Malibu Comics 20 years ago. But me, publish comic books? You’re crazy.

So it’s 10 years later now. Comics publishers don’t often make it that far, do they? We should do a victory lap right now.

But who wants to look backward when there’s so much more cool stuff around the bend?

Let’s talk about the future.

Have you ever had a friend that shared a lot of your interests, but they didn’t read comics? You gave them Watchmen, you gave them Y: The Last Man, you gave them X-Men. But nothing stuck. They liked the idea of comics, but there wasn’t a comic book that felt like it was made for them…

Let’s go make that comic book for them. Together. As fans, as creators, as retailers, as the press, as publishers. All of us. Let’s talk about how we can all Push #ComicsForward. Because comic books should be for everyone.

We know where we’ve been—our favorite eras, our favorite characters, our favorite runs. We already know all of that. I’ve got a garage full of Silver, Bronze, Copper, and Modern Age comics and I love them.

But the medium of comics has never been more on the forefront of driving pop culture and as fans of this art form, we have a rare opportunity to take that interest to the next level and embrace an entire generation of potential fans who don’t read comics right now.

We can make a new Golden Age.

At BOOM!, we’ve carefully selected new projects in 2015 that we believe will help Push #ComicsForward. These projects will take on risky subject matter, introduce new characters from diverse backgrounds, and debut a swath of new creative voices to the industry.

Just in the first few months of 2015, we’ve launched a gaming-inspired humor comic in Munchkin, two projects that tackle the complex climate in the Middle East with Burning Fields and The Realist, five series with unique female leads (Curb Stomp, HaloGen, Cluster, Help Us! Great Warrior, and Giant Days), a period crime project (Hit: 1957), and an original graphic novel about the cutest crabs to ever start a revolution (The March of the Crabs). And we’ve only just begun. But this movement isn’t just about BOOM!, it’s about all of us. We’ll be devoting a ton of our time and energy in 2015 to work with the press, conventions, and social media channels to keep the conversation going.

If you know me, you know I’m the “Challenge Accepted!” guy. If there’s a problem that hasn’t been solved or a project that seems insurmountable, I’m the first one to jump in. This is a big challenge, but I want you to join me in taking it on.

No one thought comics targeted at All Ages was viable until KaBOOM!. Now it’s the norm. No one thought an all-female cast of characters with an all-female creative team had a shot in the Direct Market—until Lumberjanes. And who would have guessed that an oversized limited series like Memetic, starring a hearing-impaired, gay college student and a blind, African-American general about a meme-induced apocalypse, would garner rave reviews? We did.

If you believe comics are great just the way they are, this isn’t for you. If you think superheroes are the only kinds of stories worth telling in comics, this isn’t for you. But if you want to see everyone reading comics—your aunt, your co-workers, your niece, your boyfriend, that kid down the street—let’s Push #ComicsForward in 2015.

Together.

ROSS RICHIE

Founder & CEO BOOM! Studios

BOOM! and the Iron Sky Team Goes to Hollywood – and Crowdsources Aliens

Tero Kaukomaa and Timo Vuorensola, the Finnish filmmakers behind the cult hit Iron Sky are partnering with Arnold Rifkin’s Cheyenne Enterprises and Ross Richie’s BOOM! Studios to bring the sci-fi action film Jeremiah Harm to the screen.  Kaukomaa, Rifkin and Richie will produce with The Corniche Group, and Vuorensola will direct. Jeremiah Harm is a sci-fi action blast about an intergalactic bounty hunter sent on a mission to Earth to hunt down a band of space-faring criminals and the girl they kidnapped. Set in space and New York City, the film aims to hit the chords of 80’s & 90’s sci-fi action films. BOOM! Studios released the graphic novel written by industry veterans Keith Giffen and Alan Grant. Covers and character designs are by John Mueller featuring interior artwork from Rael Lyra and Rafael Albuquerque.

In an interesting twist, the filmmakers will be using crowdsourcing to create their own aliens for the world of Jeremiah Harm. The filmmakers have previously done this with Iron Sky. Fans were able to play a major role in creating the fictional world of “Iron Sky” by contributing visuals and even joining the production in small roles and as extras.

Fans can go to www.jeremiahharm.com to create their own aliens for the world of “Jeremiah Harm.” By crowdsourcing the filmmakers search up to one million alien designs. The most creative creatures will find their way into the film itself.

Vuorensola, believes crowdsourcing is the way of the future in audience engagement in films – both big and small ones – and it’s here to disrupt the way films are experienced. “Film is no longer just the product that comes out of the pipeline in the end, but the whole process of filmmaking can be part of the fun as well.”

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and we’ll be at the Small Press Expo! Who’s going?

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – The Many Deaths Of… (SPOILERS)This is exactly my first thought… a return in 3..2..1..

CBR – Read BOOM! Studios CEO Ross Richie’s Harvey Awards KeynoteA good read.

The Comics Chronicle – Relaunch takeaways: Everyone up, but DC boosted industry most – Interesting stats.

MTV Geek – ‘Settlers of Catan’ World Championships To Stream Live This Weekend What do I need to do to enter!?

The Mary Sue – Lets Talk About Some S.H.I.E.L.D TV Show Tidbits, Because You Know You’re Hungry for ThemI can’t wait for this!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – Avengers vs. X-Men #11

CBR – Stumptown #1

MTV Geek – DC Zero Month, Week Two Reviews: Green Lantern Corps, Grifter, Legion Lost, and The Ravagers

MTV Geek – DC Zero Month, Week Two Reviews: Batgirl, Batman, And Batman & Robin

MTV Geek – DC Zero Month, Week Two Reviews: Suicide Squad, Superboy, and Team 7

Complex – Review: “Chew” And “Conan The Barbarian” Bring Some Much-Needed Diversity To Comics

Harvey Awards Dinner Tickets on Sale

Harvey Award Recipient LogoOn Saturday night, September 8th, the comic book industry, including professionals, retailers, and fans, will gather at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore to honor the 2012 Harvey Award Nominees for 2011 comic work and present the Harveys to their recipients.  This is an exciting evening, highlighted by our host Phil LaMarr, keynote speaker Ross Richie, and a special appearance by Stan Lee!

Harvey Awards tickets are on sale NOW!  Tickets to the event, which includes full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore Crabcake!), awards ceremony, and a gift bag, are now available for $125.  Tickets are available at our website via credit card or Paypal at baltimorecomiccon.com/harvey-awards.

The keynote speaker for the evening is the Founder and CEO of Boom! Studios, Ross Richie.  Ross founded Boom! Studios in the spare bedroom of his apartment in June of 2005 — the company went on to win “Best New Publisher” four months later. Since then, Boom! has added “Best Publisher” from Diamond Comics Distributors to its list of accolades in 2009 and 2010, along with an Eisner Award and several Harveys. Ross is originally from San Antonio, TX.

“Saying this is a tremendous honor doesn’t begin to cover it. I am extremely humbled to contribute to such an incredible event. This is an amazing ceremony and I’m thrilled to have a part in it,” said Ross.

Phil LaMarrHost Phil LaMarr is best known as a cast member of Fox’s MADtv, a sketch comedy show based on characters and situations from MAD magazine, which was founded in 1952 by Editor Harvey Kurtzman (namesake of the Harvey Awards) and Publisher William Gaines. The show first aired in 1995 and ran for 14 seasons, of which LaMarr was a cast member for 5 seasons (1995-2000).

As a lifeling comics reader, LaMarr says: “I’m excited and honored to be a part of the Harvey Awards this year, and I am looking forward to meeting many of the people I spend every Wednesday afternoon with.”

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.  Additionally, the Hero Initiative will present 2 awards to outstanding members of the comics community!
The Hero Initiative was established to aid comic creators with a financial safety net when in need of emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.  In the years since its inception, the board has created an award to recognize those individuals in the industry that have dedicated their talent over the lifetime of their careers to the comic book community at-large, achieving the status of Hero. Previous recipients include John Romita, Joe Kubert, Nick Cardy, Neal Adams, and George Perez.  Who will be this year’s lifetime Hero?
The Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award will also be presented at the Harvey Awards Banquet. Giordano, who passed away in early 2010, was part of Hero Initiative’s Board of Directors. He was also a legendary artist, a guiding force at Charlton Comics and DC Comics for many years, a mentor to his colleagues, and a friend to all who knew him. His legacy epitomizes the caring and commitment Hero Initiative strives to achieve. In his honor, the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award will recognize one person in comics each year who has demonstrated the generosity and integrity Dick brought to the charity, and to the comic book community at large.