AMC Networks today announced the launch of Publication of AMC networks, a book publishing arm that will work with established and emerging talent to develop, produce and sell specialty books, comics, original graphic novels and more. Following the successful debut of the Art from AMC’s The Walking Dead universe coffee table book, in partnership with Image Comics and Skybound, which remains a bestseller on the official website The Walking Dead Universe StoreAMC Networks Publishing will launch several new projects this year, including two comic book series — Lono Nights by Metalliclead guitarist and horror enthusiast Kirk Hammett and his writing partner/co-creator marcel Feldmarand Oubliette by New York Times bestselling author, Brenden Fletcher(Batgirl, Gotham Academy) – and two books based on AMC Networks’ hit shows, including the original graphic novel Miss Fisher’s First Mysteries based on the popular Acorn TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteriesand Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script to Scream (working title), Cartel Entertainment and horror show showrunner and executive producer Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and brokered by Striker Entertainment, a coffee table book that includes a foreword by Hammett, as well as an afterword by the legendary storyteller Stephen King.
“We’re thrilled to launch this new initiative with talented creators, writers, artists and storytellers to further engage our passionate fans with the stories and characters they love, as well as open doors to discover worlds new and fascinating,” said Mike Zagari. , head of AMC Networks publishing. “Deeper dives on AMCs The Walking Dead Universe, by Shudder horror show and Acorn TVs Miss Fisherto an all-new collection of fantastical and comedic tales from Kirk Hammett, Marcel Feldmar, Brenden Fletcher and many more, we look forward to entertaining and delighting our audiences and fans in new and innovative ways.
The first title to debut this year is Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script to Scream (working title), based on the bestselling anthology series by Nicotero, Stan Spry (The Cartel), Russell Binder (Striker Entertainment), and in partnership with Titan Books. The Coffee Table Book is written by Dennis Prince, designed by John J. Hill and co-produced by Julia Hobgood, and takes fans behind the scenes of the famous horror show series with deep dives into its fascinating origins, captivating development, provocative production, sinister special effects and much more. The series was advertised as “an irresistibly macabre package” (Oblique magazine) and “an undeniable love letter to all generations of horror fans” (RBC), and over three seasons, was one of the most-watched programs on Shudder.
“I grew up exhausting my fingertips flipping through books about making my favorite movies,” Nicotero said. “I was eager to learn behind-the-scenes secrets, so I’m thrilled to be able to present a glimpse into the making of this epic show!”
A new original graphic novel, Miss Fisher’s First Mysteries (working title) is based on the hit TV series Acorn Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (adapted from Australian author Kerry Greenwood’s best-selling novels) and written by award-winning authors and New York Times Best-selling author Cecil Castellucci (Shadow The Changing Girl, Star Wars: Moving Target) and in partnership with Every Cloud Productions. In the graphic novel, the year is 1917, and there’s no way the ivy-covered walls of a posh English-finishing school can hold the rebellious spirit of the Honorable Miss Fisher. Outraged when her childhood friend is framed for murder, young Phryne plans a daring escape and braves the high seas as a stowaway – bound for danger and romance in dark alleys, dodgy theaters and glamorous mansions. of Melbourne in wartime.
Hammett and Feldmar Lono Nights (working title) tells the story of a troubled detective in 1989 Hawaii who is hired to find the tomb of King Kamehameha before it is discovered by an unscrupulous mainland occultist. Blending mystery and supernatural adventure, the story is a self-aware journey through standard detective clichés and cliches that are sharpened and revitalized with new interpretations of Hawaiian island myths and folklore.
Brenden Fletcher’s folk horror mystery series, Oubliette (working title), takes place in a small town where people live by a simple rule: “If you were born from the earth around the lake, then around the lake you will remain until you return to the earth”. The story explores the struggle of a woman who escaped the impossible gravity of her birthplace only to be brought home to bury her father. She finds herself trapped once again in a cycle of pain and regret as she digs into the mystery of the sinkhole that drained the lake and claimed her father’s life. There’s something dark and wicked out there, in that hole in the lake. Something that has been waiting a very long time to come to the surface…
Past projects under the AMC Networks Publishing banner include 11 weeks of TWD art, which featured 11 custom artworks depicting significant moments from each season of the decade-long series. The 11 artists included Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Batman), Will Sliney (Spiderman, Star Wars), Kirk Etienne (Paradox Press’ The Project), Christine Norrie (She votes), Ariela Kristantina (Adora and the distance, chain), Zelda Devon (BoJack Rider), Raphael De Latorre (Black Widow), Micheline Pitt (Grumpy), Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight, Wolverine), Mel Milton (Spider-Man: Year One) and Jenny Frison (wonder woman).
Released last fall and marking AMC Networks’ first venture into book publishing, The art of AMC’s The Walking Dead universe is a 240-page hardcover featuring a compilation of pre-production and behind-the-scenes production art from all three shows in the iconic universe – The Walking Dead, Fear the living dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond. The art book features never-before-seen original sketches, concept art, storyboards and special product artwork from the shows inspired by Robert Kirkman’s comic book-turned-pop-culture phenomenon and includes an introduction by the content director of the Walking Dead Scott M. Gimple universe, plus fun facts from the creators and cast members about all three series. Co-produced by John J. Hill, Roberto Fuertes and Matthew K. Manning, the three editions each include brand new covers by Brian Rood, Yanick Paquette & Nathan Fairbairn, and David Finch & Dave McCaig.
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