Author Richard K. Morgan will bring Altered Carbon, the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel published by Gollancz in the UK and soon to be adapted as a Netflix television series, to Dynamite Entertainment with all-new, in-continuity stories, exclusively available in the comic book and graphic novel formats.
Altered Carbon takes place four hundred years from now, when mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course. But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-cop and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn’t be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society.
Richard K. Morgan says, “Dynamite Comics are a great cutting edge outfit with zero interest in the legacy shackles that seem to inhibit so much of the rest of the industry (they deserve a gold Broken Chains award for publishing The Boys alone) and I cannot think of a more fitting home for the Kovacs IP. I’m really looking forward to re-visiting the Protectorate universe in collaboration with them, and seeing what fresh stories we can tell in this medium.”
Richard King, Rights Manager at Gollancz, says: “We’re delighted that Dynamite will expand upon and continue the exploits of Takeshi Kovacs within the Altered Carbon universe, conceived so ingeniously by Richard K. Morgan, in comic book and graphic novel formats. Richard’s incredibly dynamic writing style and vivid characterisation lend themselves perfectly to the visual story-telling style of comic books, and we are thrilled to be working with Richard and Dynamite on this exciting new adaptation.”
“I’m thrilled we’ve acquired the license for the Altered Carbon series,” says Matt Humphreys, Assistant Editor at Dynamite. “Richard Morgan’s series of novels have long been one of my favorite cyberpunk noirs, and they’ve got everything I want in a good read: a great (and complex) hero in Takeshi Kovacs, an amazing science-fiction universe to explore, and mind-bending mysteries complete with twists, turns, action and drama galore. I think the property’s found an excellent home here at Dynamite – and I’m looking forward to getting to tell some really exciting new stories in the Altered Carbon universe!”
“We’re honored and excited to welcome Richard K. Morgan’s mind-blowing sci-fi epic to our library of officially licensed literary graphic novels,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Altered Carbon is a world just begging to be visualized in comics! Like our original Dresden Files, White Sand, James Bond, and Red Rising projects, the new Altered Carbon comics will provide Morgan’s legion of fans with official, never-before-seen stories that they’ll absolutely love.”
Richard K. Morgan is the acclaimed author of The Dark Defiles, The Cold Commands, The Steel Remains, Black Man (published in the US as Thirteen), Woken Furies, Market Forces, Broken Angels, and Altered Carbon, a New York Times Notable Book that won the Philip K. Dick Award in 2003. The movie rights to Altered Carbon were optioned by Joel Silver and Warner Bros. on publication, and the book remained in feature film development until 2015. It is now being turned into a 10 episode Netflix series by Skydance Media. Morgan is also the author of two volumes of Black Widow comics for Marvel, the Crysis 2 and Syndicate computer games, as well as a Crysis graphic novel.
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About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.