The best-selling young adult novel “the Iron King” is on its way to become a manga graphic novel this summer. Bluewater Productions, a full-service publishing and production company specializing in comics, graphic novels, today announced it is partnering with Piglion Studios to develop an animated comic book version in conjunction with the print releases.
Julie Kagawa, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series of books for young adults, to “My fans know that I am a huge comic, manga, and anime enthusiast, and I write in a very cinematic and visual manner in part due to my love of this medium”. Julie’s new title “The Eternity Cure” hits book stores on April 30th.
The 4-issue “the Iron King” comic book series features the art of Lidia Chan, written by Julie Kagawa and Sara Gundell.
“The moment the Piglion Studio team chanced upon Bluewater Production’s Iron King campaign at Indiegogo, we knew wanted to work with them to make the title come to life as a Motion Panels+ application. We believe giving subtle movements to make it dynamic and interactive at the same time will help augment the readers’ imagination. Piglion Studio is excited to see the success of this partnership and the fans should be too!” Melch Valimento from Piglion Studio.
The Iron King is a young adult novel that was on the best seller lists for the New York Times and USA Today while getting amazing reviews. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series, and follows the adventures of a girl named Meghan Chase. On her sixteenth birthday, Meghan discovers her little brother has been kidnapped by a faery race known as “the Fey” and even worse, replaced with an evil changeling and taken into the “Nevernever.” Meghan bravely ventures into the faery realm to rescue him, and that’s where an epic plot unfolds.
Bluewater is using Indiegogo to crowd source $10,000 to attract the top talent necessary to produce four such a high-quality comic and graphic novel series. Fans can support this project at levels ranging from $1 to $1,000. Prizes range from comics, to mini clay “Chibi” sculptures handmade by Kagawa, to custom characterizations as comic cameos, and more. To see all the fabulously creative prizes go to: http://bit.ly/ZLl0Zh
Those who join the campaign for at least $1.00 will get a FREE digital download of issue #1 of the animated comic book app. The campaign ends on May 4th.
Bluewater has previously worked with bestselling novelists such as John Saul, SE Hinton, William F. Nolan and William Shatner to develop novel-based comic book series.
Bluewater is a full-service publishing and production company specializing in comic books, graphic novels and multimedia. Dedicated to pairing high-quality art with innovative storytelling, Bluewater creates a wide variety of intellectual properties that engage a growing readership and bridge the gap between comic books and the diverse multimedia marketplace. With more titles than ever, including smash hits such as the 10th Muse, VSS and The Legend of Isis; Bluewater has worked with many best selling novelists in developing comic book series. The company also has a line of biographical comics featuring The Beatles, Stephenie Meyer, JRR Tolkien, Justin Bieber, and etc.
About Julie Kagawa
Julie Kagawa is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series. Born in Sacramento, California, she moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things: how to body board, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks and that writing stories in math class is a fantastic way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and a plethora of pets. She still laughs whenever she sees a centipede. For more information on Julie visit JulieKagawa.com.
About Piglion Studio
Piglion Studio, based in Markham, Canada, is focused on creating Motion Panels+, an application that combines a standard comic book and animation with added interactivies. To exemplify this application, the team converted its flagship web comic, Coin & Flour, to Motion Panels+, which can be downloaded from app stores.
About Co-writer: Sara Gundell
Sara Gundell is the author of FAME: Suzanne Collins, a biographical comic book about the author of The Hunger Games, published by Bluewater Productions in 2012. She is the founder and administrator of NovelNovice.com, one of the top young adult book blogs online. Through Novel Novice, she routinely works with top authors and publishers to feature new and popular book series for YA fans. Gundell also writes The Hunger Games and Beautiful Creatures columns for Examiner.com, covering news for both the popular book series and the movies based on them. She has contributed expert commentary to websites like MTV, NextMovie, and Movies.com. Gundell has a Bachelor of Arts in English, and over ten years experience writing for print, online, and TV news.
About Lidia Chan:
Is a manga artist who has published “Sweet Moments” and “Liris of Arcana”.