We’ve been hearing from a few folks that Bill Jemas – the once controversial publisher of Marvel and most recently at Double Take – was thinking about dipping his toe back into comics. And, according to my usually accurate Barcon sources, former Marvel e-i-c- Axel Alonso with him is also involved in some way.
ICv2 today confirms at least the first part , and adds the eye-popping stat that Jemas has raised $5 million in venture capital from Lightspeed Venture Partners, an investor in Snapchat and DoubleClick in the past. Icv2 has more details:
The board of Artists, Writers & Artisans is made up of Jemas, Lightspeed partner Alexander Taussig, and Jon Miller, who’s currently rolling up digital media companies, including Fandom, with money from Texas Pacific Group.
Jemas contacted ICv2 directly, with no mention of Alonso’s participation, so I suppose that might still not be nailed down.
Double Take was a very idiosyncratic comics company, opting not to adapt Take Two’s popular video games, but rather spinning a universe out of the public domain Night of the Living Dead, and hiring spoken word storytellers to write the comics. (Some say they were not allowed to adapt the video games.) Jemas rewrote the comics game during his time at Marvel, and in his ventures since then he hasn’t done anything by the book. I’m guessing AW&A will be quite different as well.
OH and they are hiring…a lawyer, anyway.
And as I predicted when Double Take Shut down:
And as for Jemas? I doubt we’ve heard the last of him. He’s got comics in his blood.
So far from dying, more and more people seem to be flocking to the comics business. It’s high employment time all around. There are shakeouts to come, I’m sure, but comics aren’t going any where.