Move follows successful launch of fiction publishing imprint Awesome Reads in 2018.
Awesome Media & Entertainment – the IP and production company set up by writer-producer Jeff Norton – is launching a new graphic novel studio.
The move follows the successful launch of its fiction publishing imprint, Awesome Reads, last year.
Awesome Reads will develop high-concept, character-driven comics for a broad, adult readership which will also be developed for the screen.
The studio will launch with Retrograde – debuting at San Diego Comic-Con – 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.
Further titles are planned for the remainder of 2019 and into 2020 including a political thriller set in an alternative modern-day Britain as it attempts to secede from the Roman Empire.
“The graphic novel studio completes the creative circle we’ve been building: from book to screen and back again,” explained founder Jeff Norton. “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.”
The initiative comes on the heels of Awesome’s development of its Dino Knights novel for TV with OmniFilm Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company.