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Awesome Media sets up graphic novel studio

Awesome Media & Entertainment, the UK-based IP and production company founded by writer and producer Jeff Norton, is launching a graphic novel studio.

The new unit will develop high-concept, character-driven comics for a broad adult readership which will also be developed for the screen.

It follows launch of Awesome’s fiction publishing imprint Awesome Reads in 2018 and the firm has added prolific comic-book writer Richard Dinnick as publisher.

Its first title, Retrograde, launches today at San Diego Comic Con and is described as a post-apocalyptic love story about the survivors of a retro-virus that has dialled back the evolutionary clock on most of the planet’s DNA.

It is written by Richard Dinnick (Doctor Who, Lost In Space) with art by Pasquale Qualano, colours by Charlie Kirchoff and lettering by Comicraft’s Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt.

It will be followed in December by #Guardian, written by Erika Lewis, a modern western about a former CIA agent who becomes a vigilante who responds to cries for help over social media.

Titles for 2020 include Brexodus, a political thriller set in an alternative modern-day Britain as it attempts to secede from the Roman Empire, and Cortex, a high-tech mystery about hacking human memories to solve crimes.

Norton said: “The graphic novel studio completes the creative circle we’ve been building: from book to screen and back again. We are thrilled to be on the ground floor with top talent and we’ll be partnering with best-in-class production partners to develop these visually arresting stories for the screen.”

This initiative follows Awesome developing its Dino Knights novel for television with OmniFilm Entertainment and Knights of Panterra into a live-action show with The Jim Henson Company and showrunner Simon Barry.


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