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Misfit City Heads to HBO Max

Another BOOM! Studios comic series is heading to HBO Max. Misfit City, created by Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith & Kurt Lustgarten and illustrated by Naomi Franquiz with Brittany Peer on color, and Jim Campbell lettering, is heading to the service. Popular writers Hannah Hafey and Kaitlin Smith will serve as creators and executive producers for the series, alongside Smith and Lustgarten. BOOM! Studios’ Stephen Christy, Ross Richie, and Mark Ambrose will also executive produce with Mette Norkjaer co-executive producing.

Misfit City is a treasure hunting story through a unique female lens. In the original pitch, it was described as the girls version of The Goonies.

BOOM! has been spreading things around with R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond coming to Disney+, BRZRKR, Something is Killing the Children, and Mech Cadets all in development at Netflix, and Slam! also being developed for HBO Max.

You can see our review of the first volume of Misfit City here.

Misfit City Vol. 1

Ross Richie is Appointed Chairman of BOOM! Studios’ Board of Directors

Ross Richie

BOOM! Studios has announced that the publisher’s Founder and CEO, Ross Richie, has been appointed Chairman of the Board by the company’s Board of Directors. In this new role, Richie will provide vision and strategy for the company, targeting new business activities and arrangements to take the company to its next stage.

Scott Lenet was the previous Chairman of the Board, a role he held for the past decade.

Richie’s transition from the CEO role to Chairman of the Board will move him out of day-to-day management. The leadership of the company will remain in the hands of its respected and veteran management team – Stephen Christy (President, Development), Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief), Joy Huffman (CFO), and Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing) – each of whom will remain in their respective roles. 
 
Under Richie’s 16 year tenure as CEO the company has won “Publisher of the Year” from Diamond Comic Distributors 9 times, multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, and published BRZRKR, the best-selling comic book in comic book shops in the past 29 years. Currently in a first-look deal for television with Netflix, BOOM! is producing R.L. Stine TV series Just Beyond for Disney+ and Mech Cadets for Netflix, with over 24 media projects in active development.

Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR Goes from Comic to Film at Netflix

It’s not a surprise that BRZRKR, the new comic series from BOOM! Studios and Keanu Reeves is getting a film adaptation. Netflix has acquired the rights to the comic to turn it into a film and then anime spinoff series. The anime series will expand upon the world of BRZRKR exploring different elements of the story.

BRZRKR was created by Reeves and written by Reeves and Matt Kindt, illustrated by Ron Garney, colors by Bill Crabtree, and lettering by Clem Robins. The character designs and covers by Rafael Grampá. Reeves had developed the idea for a number of years.

Netflix’s BRZRKR will star Reeves, who along with Ross Richie and Stephen Christy for BOOM! Studios; Stephen Hamel for Company Films will Produce. Adam Yoelin for BOOM! Studios will Executive Produce. Reeves will also provide the voice of his character for the anime series.

BRZRKR is a brutally epic saga about an immortal warrior’s 80,000 year fight through the ages. The man known only as “B” is half-mortal and half-god, , cursed and compelled to violence… even at the sacrifice of his sanity. But after wandering the earth for centuries, B may have finally found a refuge – working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, B will be granted the one thing he desires – the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence…and how to end it.

The first issue sold over 615,000 copies, one of the highest-selling comics in almost thirty years.

BRZRKR #1

Big Names are Coming to the Free Baltimore Comic-Con Live

Take advantage of the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live, a FREE ONLINE EVENT streaming the weekend of October 23-25, 2020! Come check out retailers, exhibitors, artists alley, programming, and the Ringo Awards live! The free virtual convention also features a slew of programming that fans won’t want to miss!

ARTISTS, WRITERS & ARTISANS: Creative Inspirations for Winter 2020 Line Up

Panelists: Axel Alonso, Cullen Bunn, Kaare Andrews, Nelson Blake II, Ethan Sacks and Dalibor Talajic
Host: John Siuntres
Friday, October 23, 2020 – 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Creators AWA Studios Discuss Their Creative Inspirations for Winter 2020 Line Up: AWA Studios’ Axel Alonso has given creators the support they need to create the stories that need to be told. These stories range from graphic journalism, the NBC Syndicated webcomic turned graphic novel, COVID Chronicles by Ethan Sacks and Dalibor Talajic to E-Ratic, a teenage superhero found in The Resistance universe by Kaare Andrews, and Byte-Sized, a Transformers-meets-Pixar story that will warm the hearts of the entire family by Cullen Bunn and Nelson Blake II. Find out what inspired the creators and why they brought their passion to AWA Studios.

Cullen Bunn

SUPERMAN’S FUTURE STATE

Panelists: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Host: TBD
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 1pm ET / 10am PT

Join us for an exclusive interview with writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson on DC Comic’s Future StateHouse of El,  Superman: Worlds of War, and more!!!

Superman: Worlds of War

HERE COMES THE BOOM!

Panelists: Ross Richie (Founder) & Filip Sablik (President)
Host: Robert Meyer Burnett
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 2pm ET / 11am PT

With the 1.5 million dollar success of their Kickstarter campaign for Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR comic, BOOM! Studios has made some game-changing decisions in the way they publish. Join BOOM’s CEO and Founder Ross Richie and President Filip Sablik in conversation with Robert Meyer Burnett discussing their ground breaking strategies for the present and Future of BOOM!

BOOM! Studios

STREETS OF MARVEL: Q&A Panel

Panelists: Ryan Stegman, Becky Cloonan, Matthew Rosenberg, Ed Brisson, Phillip K. Johnson
Host: Amy Dallen
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Some of the top names in Marvel Comics (Ryan StegmanBecky CloonanMatthew RosenbergEd Brisson, and Phillip K. Johnson) sit down with Amy Dallen to discuss everything going on in the House of Ideas.

Matthew Rosenberg

BITTER ROOT: Creator Spotlight

Panelists: David Walker, Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene
Host: Shelly Bond
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 5pm ET / 2pm PT

The men behind the runaway success of the year. An exploration of The Harlem Renaissance, through the actions of a family of supernatural monster hunters. Starring the creative team of David WalkerChuck Brown, and Sanford Greene.

KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD (Remixed)

Panelists: Tom King and Cecil Castellucci
Host: Robert Meyer Burnett
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Writers Tom King (Mister MiracleRorschach) and Cecil Castellucci (Female Furies) discuss their reinterpretations of Jack Kirby’s strangest creations.

Tom King

MARK WAID / TOM BREVOORT: Marvel Age

Panelists: Mark Waid and Tom Brevoort
Host: Mark Waid
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Take a deep dive into the wonderful world of Marvel Comics with two of its biggest names.

Mark Waid

CRIME ALLEYS OF GOTHAM

Panelists: Tom King, Joelle Jones, Bryan Hill, and Cecil Castellucci
Host: Amy Dallen
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 9pm ET / 6pm PT

Join Tom KingCecil CastellucciJoelle Jones, and Bryan Hill talking about playing in the alleyways of Gotham City with the Bat Family.

Cecil Castellucci

POWERS: 20th Anniversary Reunion

Panelists: Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
Host: John Siuntres
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 11pm ET / 8pm PT

Join Powers creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming as they take a look back at 20 Years of Powers.

The Empty Man Gets Its First Trailer

The Empty Man is almost here! The first trailer is out for the film coming to theaters October 23.

The Empty Man is a supernatural horror film based on the comic series first published in 2014 from writer Cullen Bunn, artists Vanesa R. Del Rey and Jesús Hervás, colorists Michael Garland and Niko Guardia, letterer Ed Dukeshire, and published by BOOM! Studios.

After a group of teens from a small Midwestern town begin to mysteriously disappear, the locals believe it is the work of an urban legend known as The Empty Man. As a retired cop investigates and struggles to make sense of the stories, he discovers a secretive group and their attempts to summon a horrific, mystical entity, and soon his life—and the lives of those close to him—are in grave danger.

Directed by David Prior from a screen story and screenplay by David Prior the film stars James Badge Dale, Marin Ireland, Stephen Root, Ron Canada, Robert Aramayo, Joel Courtney, and Sasha Frolova. The film is produced by Ross Richie, p.g.a. and Stephen Christy, p.g.a.

The Empty Man movie poster

Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins’ Snow Blind Heads to Apple Studios Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Snow Blind
Snow Blind #1 retailer incentive cover by Matt Taylor

The 2016 comic series Snow Blind has been snatched up by Apple Studios after a six-way bidding war. The film is based on the comic series by Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins and published by BOOM! Studios. Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star and Gustav Möller will make his English language directing debut. The script is being written by Patrick Ness.

The first issue of the comic series was released in December 2015 and ran for four issues.

High school teen Teddy has never seen eye-to-eye with his dad, but he never suspected that he might not be the man he thought he was. His life in a sleepy Alaskan suburb turns upside-down when he innocently posts a photo of his dad online that quickly goes viral, only to learn he and his family are in the Witness Protection Program. But what if his dad’s reasons for going into the program aren’t as innocent as he says?

Gyllenhaal and his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker are producing with BOOM! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy. Adam Yoelin and Noah Stahl will be exec producers. Mette Norkjaer is co-producing.

(via Deadline)

BOOM! CEO Ross Richie “This is the moment where everything changes.”

BOOM! Studios

The comic industry is at an interesting point with the uncertainty of its future. With the spread of the coronavirus, a disruption to the entire comics industry is currently taking place. Stores are changing their habits and expanding offers like shipping and curbside pickup. Publishers and distributors are scrambling to figure out what they can do in these unprecedented times.

BOOM! Studios CEO Ross Richie has penned a letter to retailers which you can read below on some of the initiatives the publisher is taking to help the industry:

To Our Retail Partners,

This is the moment where everything changes. Except for one thing.

We are all experiencing a lot of disruption, personally and professionally. It feels like every day brings new challenges.

I run a business and you run a business. We do the same thing. We sell comic books together.

That’s why, in 2017, I started tweeting that everyone in the comic book industry should #BoostYourLCS because local comic book shops are the lifeblood of this industry.

And then I put my money where my mouth is.

We introduced the BOOM! Guarantee retailer program, providing what I – and many of you – believe is the best retailer program in comics. In 2020, we’re making 33% of our single issues and 20% of our graphic novel releases returnable each month for comic shop retailers, while also reducing our output 10% to ensure we earn our space on your shelves. This program is free for comic shop retailers. You can sign up right now.

But these times require every publisher to do more, and BOOM! Studios is no exception.

We’ve been in conversations with Diamond Comic Distributors about our ideas for immediate additional relief and support that we believe should be adopted industry wide, including extended returnability. A unified approach from all major publishers will make this process easier for each of you and, ultimately, for every one of your customers.

While we’ll shortly announce new, additional initiatives that will provide new cashflow opportunities for comic shops, we’re also taking immediate steps right now, including paid support of our #BoostYourLCS program through social media (reaching 357,000+ fans) to make sure customers in your area know about all their preorder options and where to get their new comics every Wednesday. We’re also spotlighting retailers adopting Safe Service efforts, so that their customers know there’s nothing stopping them from safely acquiring their favorite new comics.

At the same time, we’re evaluating options to further stagger or reduce our new shipments over the coming months. We want to make sure we engage in conversations with retailers to understand what will ultimately provide the greatest relief while not negatively impacting your bottom line.

Everything may be changing around us in this moment, but nothing will ever change the one thing I’ve learned in the trenches with each of you – when we work together, we always come out stronger.

Now it’s time for us to get to work for you, our partners on the front line of this industry, and I promise you we won’t rest till we’ve all come through this together.

Legendary TV Options Grass Kings from BOOM! Studios

Grass Kings

Comic series Grass Kings by writer Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins is being developed into a series by Legendary Television. Grant Wheeler and Ben Freiburger are adapting the comic. The story follows an off-the-grid Alaska town and the threats it faces as it grows.

Legendary VP of Television Eric Brassard brought the project to Legendary. Wheeler, Freiburger, as well as BOOM! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will produce. Kindt, Jenkins, and Averie Huffine are Co-Executive Producers.

The comic was released starting in 2017 and has since been collected in trades and hardcover editions.

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.

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.

Almost American
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