Legendary Comics, the comics division of Legendary Entertainment, the movie studio owned by comics-loving Thomas Tull, has had an up and down history since it’s launch. Several of its books—Holy Terror, Godzilla, Pacific Rim—have been bestsellers, but other books have been long delayed. But things are moving forward with new books and new business.They’ve just signed a new deal with Random House Penguin for book store distro—Diamond will continue to work with them for comics shops. According to pr, Penguin Random House will provide sales, production, and publishing services—I think Marvel formerly did some of these for Legendary, but they are not really set up for outside imprints so this is also a step forward.
In statements, everyone was darn excited.
“We want to deliver great comics, and this new agreement with Penguin Random House enables us to be much more effective in bringing our stories to readers. We are very excited by this new venture,” said David Sadove of Legendary’s Publishing Operations.
Jeff Abraham, President of Penguin Random House Publisher Services, added “Legendary is known for creating some of the most popular films of the past decade. We’re excited to partner with Legendary Comics and to help grow their publishing unit into a thriving participant in the graphic novel market.”
“Penguin Random House Publisher Services’ expertise will enable us to broaden our reach as we expand our ever-growing catalogue. Working with a mix of seasoned comic book pros and some bright newcomers, we are committed to delivering the best new stories, characters and worlds in the industry. The three new titles we are announcing today are just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come from Legendary Comics,” said Bob Schreck, Legendary Comics’ Editor-In-Chief.
AND they announced three new titles, to boot.
A TOWN CALLED DRAGON
Writer: Judd Winick
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Modern-day America and ancient mythology collide when the last dragon egg finally hatches, and an ordinary group of citizens must unite to defeat it.
Coming in September 2014.
Writer: Jonathan Hennessey
Artist: Shane Davis
When a mysterious space-time phenomenon causes 600 years of human history to collapse into a single era, an elite team of Resynchronization officers must wage a war against the very laws of time.
Coming in Fall 2014.
Writer: Brandon Seifert
Artist: Eric Battle
A supernatural suspense story unfolds when two rebellious investigators discover that the nightmarish urban legend of “The Harvester” is more real – and more dangerous – than they ever imagined.
Coming in 2015.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.