Most comic publishers have the public image of making comic books their priority and act surprised when Hollywood wants to adapt their IP into movies and TV. But Awesome Reads stands out among the rest, by admitting it wants to be an IP farm from the get go.
Awesome Reads, an imprint of Awesome Media & Entertainment, is a graphic novel ‘studio’ with the ambition to develop stories into film and TV properties. Their first release is Retrograde, written by Richard Dinnick, with art by Pasquale Qualano, colors by Charlie Kirchoff, and lettering by Comicraft’s Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt. Expect a TV show or movie titled Retrograde that’s a post-apocalyptic love story about the survivors of a retro-virus that has dialed back the evolutionary clock on most of the planet’s DNA in the near future.
Other future movies and TV shows will include #Guardian, a modern western about a former CIA agent named Sera Renteria who becomes a self-fashioned vigilante who responds to cries for help over social media; Brexodus, a political thriller set in an alternative modern-day Britain as it attempts to secede from the Roman Empire; and Cortex, a high-tech mystery about hacking human memory to solve crimes.