Yet another film franchise is getting a comics sequel – this time Blade Runner. Titan Publishing is teaming with Alcon Media Group which owns the rights to the film, for an extensive licensing program. Announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, and Titan’s co-founders, Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung, the deal will include new, in canon comics and graphic novels and both fiction and non fiction publications. Titan is well known for its “art of” types books so expect a bunch of those.
Titan’s David Manley-Leach, and Alcon’s director of publishing, Jeff Conner will oversee the line.
In a statement, Kosove and Johnson stated “In partnering with the exceptional Titan Comics and Titan Books, we’re confident that the world of Blade Runner will continue to organically grow in a way that refuses to sacrifice the quality, tone and high standards of this beloved property.”
“We are extremely excited to be publishing Blade Runner comics and illustrated books,” said Titan publishers Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung. “The Blade Runner universe has barely been explored; there is so much more there. It’s an honour to be bringing this world to life in new ways for a new audience – and to reveal tales from that universe that you’ve never seen before.”
Blade Runner – the first Ridey Scott directed landmark film and the gorgeous sequel Blade Runner 2049 which came out last year- are based on the work of SF author Philip K. Dick. The comics adaptation of the first film by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson is quite lvely if you can find a copy.
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