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The best-selling young adult novel The Iron King has been transformed into a new medium – a comic book series and now an interactive digital comic book. Bluewater Productions has released the first two issues of the 4-issue mini series.
Bluewater Productions has partnered with Piglion Studios in developing an animated comic book version, which released this week on iTunes for $1.99. The full-length interactive animated manga motion comic book app will also be released on the Android platforms later this month.
Julie Kagawa, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series of books for young adults, said “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 in the spinoff Iron Fey series The Iron Traitor just hit bookstores.
To view a sample of the motion comic book cover: http://youtu.be/v4qzzhvVGlk.
The 4-issue Iron King comic book series features the art of Lidia Chan, and is written by Julie Kagawa and Sara Gundell.
The app on ITunes can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1kGFuvL
“We believe giving subtle movements to make the work 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!” said 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.
“The goal is to get people reading. I was a reluctant reader growing up and comic books helped my reading skills. Comic books are not only for pop culture fun, but also can be used as a tool. We are always trying to think outside the box to get people reading, this motion comic book will be another incentive,” said Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis.
“Motion comic books have come along way since our first one we did on Wrath of the Titans. It is pretty amazing how the technology has advanced. I have watched the Iron King #1 over and over and still amazed at how polished it is,” added Davis.
More motion comic books are on the horizon at Bluewater with a partnership with Authorly. In January, Female Force: Julia Child and Dorian Gray will be released as digital interactive comic books.
Bluewater has previously worked with best-selling novelists such as John Saul, SE Hinton, William F. Nolan and William Shatner to develop novel-based comic book series.
Interviews and PDF review copies are available upon request.
Bluewater Productions: 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 http://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.