Tuesday, April 26, 2016

BOOM! Studios and DeVito Artworks Unleashes Kong of Skull Island


King Kong is one of the most famous--if not the most famous--giant apes out there. He's getting another movie and with that movie comes a comic series from BOOM! Studios and DeVito Artworks LLC. Kong of Skull Island is an original, limited comic book series written by James Asmus and illustrated by Carlos Magno.

“King Kong is the progenitor of an entire section of genre fiction. It is truly an honor to be a part of that gigantic legacy,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik. “We’re thrilled to be working with Joe DeVito to create a comic series that is authentic to the origins of Kong.”

BOOM!’s Kong of Skull Island comic series takes place well before Carl Denham, Jack Driscoll, and the rest of the Wanderer’s crew set foot on the island. Two fractured and combative civilizations are forced to band together as they venture onto Skull Island, their new home, which they are soon horrified to realize is home to dinosaurs, giant creatures...and Kongs.

“It is exhilarating to be working with BOOM! Studios and such an astute and nuanced group of writers and artists. This fabulous Kong of Skull Island series digs deep!” said Joe DeVito.

Kong of Skull Island #1 arrives in comic shops on July 13th with a main cover by Felipe Massafera for the price of $3.99. Also available are incentive covers by Nick Robles and Eric Powell and retailer auction covers by Ryan Sook and Paul Pope. Retailers will have the option to bid on the Sook and Pope covers in order to secure it exclusively for their store. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is June 20th. Full press release below.
BOOM! Studios and DeVito Artworks
Unleash 'Kong of Skull Island' Comic Series
(Los Angeles, Calif.) April 25, 2016 - Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios and DeVito Artworks LLC are excited to announce Kong of Skull Island, an original, limited comic book series debuting in July featuring the famous gargantuan ape, King Kong, created by Merian C. Cooper, and grounded in artist/author Joe DeVito’s ground-breaking literary property Skull Island. Kong of Skull Island is exclusively authorized and endorsed by the Cooper family as their official King Kong/Skull Island prequel and sequel origin story. BOOM!’s comic series will be written by James Asmus (All-New Inhumans) and illustrated by Carlos Magno (Planet of the Apes).

“King Kong is the progenitor of an entire section of genre fiction. It is truly an honor to be a part of that gigantic legacy,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik. “We’re thrilled to be working with Joe DeVito to create a comic series that is authentic to the origins of Kong.”

BOOM!’s Kong of Skull Island comic series takes place well before Carl Denham, Jack Driscoll, and the rest of the Wanderer’s crew set foot on the island. Two fractured and combative civilizations are forced to band together as they venture onto Skull Island, their new home, which they are soon horrified to realize is home to dinosaurs, giant creatures...and Kongs.
“It is exhilarating to be working with BOOM! Studios and such an astute and nuanced group of writers and artists. This fabulous Kong of Skull Island series digs deep!” said Joe DeVito.

Kong of Skull Island #1 (of 6) arrives in comic shops on July 13th with a main cover by Felipe Massafera (Green Lantern: War of the Green Lanterns) for the price of $3.99. Also available are incentive covers by Nick Robles (Clockwork Angels) and Eric Powell (The Goon), and retailer auction covers by Ryan Sook (Superman: American Alien) and Paul Pope (Batman: Year 100). Retailers will have the option to bid on the Sook and Pope covers in order to secure it exclusively for their store. Ask your local retailer for details.
The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is June 20th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!


About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates New York Times best-cselling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic books and graphic novels. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints: the "Studios" imprint is home to The Woods, Grant Morrison's Klaus, and Big Trouble in Little China; imprint "BOOM! Box" publishes Lumberjanes, Steve Jackson Games' Munchkin, and Giant Days; All-Ages imprint "KaBOOM!" publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts, Jim Davis’ Garfield, and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. And the "Archaia" imprint is home to Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, and numerous Jim Henson Company properties. Since 2013, BOOM! Studios has had a unique first-look feature film relationship with 20th Century Fox and since August 2014 BOOM! has had a similar first-look relationship with Fox's television studio to develop properties for the small screen.

About DeVito ArtWorks
DeVito ArtWorks, LLC is an artist-driven transmedia studio dedicated to the creation and development of multi-faceted properties including Skull Island, War Eagles, and the Primordials. DeVito ArtWorks is founded and lead by renowned artist, illustrator and author, Joe DeVito. Mr. DeVito has painted and sculpted pop culture’s most recognizable icons including Doc Savage, Superman and Batman and has had his work exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world. DeVito ArtWorks is exclusively represented by Festa Entertainment and Dimensional Branding Group. 

Kong of Skull Island Incentive Cover 1 
Kong of Skull Island #1 Incentive Cover 1 by Nick Robles

Kong of Skull Island Incentive Cover 2
Kong of Skull Island #1 Incentive Cover 2 by Eric Powell

Kong of Skull Island #1 Auction Cover 1
Kong of Skull Island #1 Auction Cover 1 by Ryan Sook

Kong of Skull Island #1 Auction Cover 2
Kong of Skull Island #1 Auction Cover 2 by Paul Pope

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