This week’s Small Press Spotlight focuses on Asmodee Entertainment and publisher Ablaze’s agreement to produce a graphic novel based on the award-winning visual perception game Spot It! The popular game from Asmodee’s Zygomatic Games Studio (known as Dobble outside North America) has been a top seller in the family games market worldwide.
The upcoming graphic novel adaptation is slated for release in Summer 2022.
Rich Young, Ablaze VP Creative & Managing Editor shared in a statement, “Very excited to be working with the team at Asmodee on this project, and on such an iconic, global brand. We are planning to deliver something unique and fun here, that I think fans of the game and graphic novel fans will both enjoy immensely.”
Characters from the game, including Dobbly, the famous anthropomorphic hand which features in the game’s logo, will appear in an original adventure story, written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Gabriele Bagnoli.
Fridolfs is the New York Times bestselling writer of the Secret Hero Society series and the Eisner-nominated co-writer of Batman Li’l Gotham. The writer has worked for a range of publishers including Scholastic, DC Comics, Disney, and more.
Artist Bagnoli is a part of Arancia Studio and has worked on projects like Snow White for Disney, as well as Steven Universe for BOOM, and for other publishers such as Dark Horse, Glenat, and Dupuis.
“I am so very glad that with Rich and the Ablaze team we found such a passionate partner. Seeing the first art concepts and reading the first story bits show me that this project is going to be a very popular addition to the brand family and will bring old and new fans so much new joy,” adds Alexander Thieme, Licensing Manager at Asmodee Entertainment.
Stay tuned for more updates on the graphic novel here and on Ablaze’s website. Take a peek at the cover and some concept art below!