Press Release

After serving as the official branding of April’s first-ever Middle East Film and Comic-Con and premiering on comiXology (, IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce the 2013 release of JINNRISE ( Jabal Entertainment’s virgin comic series, JINNRISE has found a home with the industry’s fastest-growing publisher.

Combining the best of summer blockbuster fare with the weightier underpinnings of “quest myths” like Lord of the Rings, international student Andrew Marcus’ world is torn asunder when interstellar forces, the Kibrani, invade earth. With all hope seemingly lost, what is humanity’s last chance? A long-feared and forgotten race: the Jinn (otherwise known as “Genies”). Thus begins a quest that may answer the question: What is the nature of true power?

With sequential art/cover art, inks, and colors from three of 2011’s top Kubert School graduates (Tony Vassallo, Carli Ihde, and Timothy Yates, respectively) and incentive covers from Flag Studios founder Daxiong Guo (, JINNRISE is further proof of IDW’s ongoing efforts to expand the creative landscape of the comic industry. JINNRISE also represents IDW’s commitment to homegrown and international comic book talent.

“I’ve long known Sohaib to be a clever, insightful guy in regards to pop-culture on his Fictional Frontiers radio show, and he’s definitely proving that he can extend that inventiveness into graphic fiction as well,” said Chris Ryall, Chief Creative Officer of IDW Publishing and co-host of the bi-weekly segment “Ryalltime” on Fictional Frontiers. “JINNRISE has a very unique blend of old-world myths and modern-day fantasy and science fiction, and it’s something I’m very happy to bring to IDW.”

“As evidenced by their catalog of titles and talents, IDW’s dominant trait is diversity in storytelling. For this reason, they were the ideal fit for our genre-blending story,” commented JINNRISE creator and founder of Jabal Entertainment, Sohaib Awan. “Rather than a modern retelling of ancient fables, JINNRISE is a completely fresh spin on a fantasy staple. Most importantly, our story demonstrates the inherent potential of humanity when myopic beliefs are abandoned by all sides.”

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

About Jabal Entertainment

Founded by Fictional Frontiers host Sohaib Awan, Jabal Entertainment plans to develop their stories and characters on a cross media platform. Through the mediums of comic books, animation, film, and literature, the hope/scope of their effort is “creative bridge building through genre fiction”.

via IDW Publishing


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