Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Brian Wood Launches Briggs Land


Brian Wood is nothing if not pretty restless when it comes to writing comics and it looks this summer his streak of staying active will continue. That's because he's teaming up with Mack Chater, Tula Lotay and Lee Loughridge for Brigg's Landing, a new series from Dark Horse. And not only that, but he's also developing a television adaptation of the comic for AMC, serving as writer and executive producer, with producing partners John Hodges and Ravi Nandan at A24.

“AMC and I have been looking for the right thing to work on together for years, and it finally came in the form of Briggs Land, a crime drama set within a rural secessionist community. It’s the culmination of everything I’ve done in my twenty years as a comics creator, bringing socially conscious and politically charged themes to the page, putting some of the more unsettling elements of American culture under scrutiny,” noted Brian Wood. “With AMC I have a much larger canvas to work on, and the ability to design the overall story so the TV show and the comic add to each other.”

A24’s John Hodges and Ravi Nandan added, “We have been avid readers and rabid fans of Brian’s work for some time, and we are thrilled to collaborate with him on translating this exciting new property to the screen for AMC, which continues to define itself by championing bold and unique voices.”

The series tells the story of Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness that harbors the largest and most secretive antigovernment secessionist movement in the United States. When matriarch Grace Briggs wrests control of the operation from her incarcerated husband, she sparks a war within the community—and her immediate family—that threatens to bring the full power of the federal government down on their heads.

Briggs Land #1 is in stores August 17, 2016. Full press release below.

Brian Wood Launches New Comic Book Series “Briggs Land”, Writes and Produces Potential TV Adaptation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR— From New York Times best-selling writer Brian Wood (The Massive, Rebels, DMZ, Channel Zero) comes an electrifying crime saga relevant to current world events:Briggs Land.

The new ongoing comic series is set to begin in summer 2016, with interior artist Mack Chater (Ashes, Six), cover artist Tula Lotay (Rebels), and Hugo Award–nominated colorist Lee Loughridge bringing Wood’s script to life on the page.

Wood is also developing a television adaptation of the comic for AMC, serving as writer and executive producer, with producing partners John Hodges and Ravi Nandan at A24.

“AMC and I have been looking for the right thing to work on together for years, and it finally came in the form ofBriggs Land, a crime drama set within a rural secessionist community. It’s the culmination of everything I’ve done in my twenty years as a comics creator, bringing socially conscious and politically charged themes to the page, putting some of the more unsettling elements of American culture under scrutiny,” noted Brian Wood. 

“With AMC I have a much larger canvas to work on, and the ability to design the overall story so the TV show and the comic add to each other.”

A24’s John Hodges and Ravi Nandan added, “We have been avid readers and rabid fans of Brian’s work for some time, and we are thrilled to collaborate with him on translating this exciting new property to the screen for AMC, which continues to define itself by championing bold and unique voices.”

The series tells the story of Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness that harbors the largest and most secretive antigovernment secessionist movement in the United States. When matriarch Grace Briggs wrests control of the operation from her incarcerated husband, she sparks a war within the community—and her immediate family—that threatens to bring the full power of the federal government down on their heads.

Briggs Land #1 is in stores August 17, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop!

Praise for other works by Brian Wood:

“One of the best character writers in the industry.”—IGN

“[Northlanders is] another creative victory for writer Wood, who’s quickly emerging as one [of] the medium’s premier scribes.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Brian Wood’s The Massive proves that there’s room for political comics.”—Complex Magazine

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About Brian Wood
Brian Wood is the creator/co-creator and writer of numerous comic books and graphic novels, including DMZ, The Massive, Channel Zero, Demo, The Couriers, Northlanders, Rebels, and Briggs Land. He co-wrote the video game screenplay for 1979 Revolution.
His work on company-owned and licensed work includes Star Wars, The X-Men, Conan The Barbarian, and Aliens.
He is most known for work dealing with near-future world building, but also for historical fiction, scifi, and female-friendly YA, all with strong socio-political topics and identity themes. Brian lives in Brooklyn, NYC with his family.

About A24
Launched in the summer of 2012, A24 is a New York-based media company focused on the distribution, financing, development and production of feature films and television projects.  A24's televisions projects include "The Carmichael Show," which is currently in its second season on NBC, and USA's "Playing House." A24’s films won three Oscars at the 2016 Academy Awards: Best Actress for Brie Larson’s performance in ROOM; Best Documentary for AMY, Asif Kapadia’s heart-wrenching portrait of Amy Winehouse; and Best Visual Effects for Alex Garland's lauded directorial debut EX MACHINA. Other recent releases include Robert Eggers’ critical and commercial success THE WITCH, James Ponsoldt's highly acclaimed THE END OF THE TOUR, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel as writer David Foster Wallace; and J.C. Chandor’s A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, named the “2014 Best Film of the Year” by the National Board of Review.  In 2014, they released Sundance breakout OBVIOUS CHILD, featuring Jenny Slate, and Jonathan Glazer’s singular Scarlett Johansson film, UNDER THE SKIN. In 2013, the company released Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING, James Ponsoldt’s THE SPECTACULAR NOW, and Harmony Korine’s record-breaking SPRING BREAKERS. Upcoming titles include Jeremy Saulnier’s critically renowned GREEN ROOM, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival; Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s SWISS ARMY MAN, winner of the Best Director prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival; and Andrea Arnold’s eagerly anticipated next feature, AMERICAN HONEY

About Dark Horse
For 30 years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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