Wednesday, July 8, 2015

BOOM! Studios Presents Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Omnibus


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a seminal work of science-fiction. It's pretty simple to call it a masterpiece, so when news comes that BOOM! Studios is teaming up with Electric Shepherd Productions to collect the entire 24-issue comic adaptation in an omnibus, your attention should be piqued. Tony Parker's comic series was published from 2009-2011 and the softcover omnibus will feature a new cover by Jay Shaw and essays from popular industry professionals, including Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, and Matt Fraction.

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. The World War has killed millions, driving entire species to extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep—even humans. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids. They’re machines, but look, sound, and think like humans—and infinitely more dangerous.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus will arrive in comic shops and bookstores this December. Further details will be available closer to the release date. Full press release below.
BOOM! Announces Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' Omnibus
July 7, 2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios and Electric Shepherd Productions are pleased to announce they will collect BOOM!'s entire 24-issue Eisner Award-nominated comic adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking science-fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into a complete softcover omnibus for the first time. The comic series, as realized by artist Tony Parker, was published by BOOM! from 2009-2011. The new collection features a new cover by Mondo artist Jay Shaw (Big Trouble in Little China) and essays from popular industry professionals, including Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, and Matt Fraction.

Dick’s novels revolutionized the science fiction genre and influenced many well-known sci-fi films such as Minority Report, Total Recall, and the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, which was based directly on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. His novel The Man in the High Castle was recently adapted as a pilot and subsequently ordered to series through Amazon Studios.

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. The World War has killed millions, driving entire species to extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep—even humans. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids. They’re machines, but look, sound, and think like humans—and infinitely more dangerous.

Praise for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?:

“If you're a fan of Blade Runner but have never read the source material, this experimental adaptation should be just the ticket.” - Village Voice

“Artist Tony Parker does a solid job… He’s given the difficult, unenviable job of turning every part of Dick’s writing into art—and to do so without copying the distinct visuals of Blade Runner. (...) All in all, a great package ideal for newcomers and fans alike.” - Comic Book Resources

“Dick wrote this story 40 years ago and it rings true even more today than it did then. Back then it was just science fiction. Frighteningly today it’s looking more and more like reality.” - Comics Bulletin

“...Parker has wandered well beyond Eisner Award territory and into Pulitzer.” - Popmatters

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus will arrive in comic shops and bookstores this December. Further details will be available closer to the release date.


ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey's Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV's The Woods; Mark Waid's Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri's Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!'s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox's vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.
ABOUT ELECTRIC SHEPHERD PRODUCTIONS
ESP is dedicated to the stewardship and adaptation of the Philip K. Dick library, which is jointly owned by siblings Isa Dick Hackett, Laura Leslie, and Christopher Dick. Other projects that ESP is currently developing and producing include the new Amazon original series The Man in the High Castle and a feature adaptation of Ubik.

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