This week’s Small Press Spotlight is taking an early look at an upcoming project by Tyler Hisel in collaboration with Versus Originals and The Explorers Club. 
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Versus Originals, the pioneering IP studio of the renowned creative production studio Versus, proudly announces a collaboration with The Explorers Club to develop its inaugural story sourced from the club’s archives. Accomplished screenwriter Tyler Hisel will adapt Carl Von Hoffman’s historic 7,000-mile African expedition from Cairo to Cape Town, undertaken entirely on foot in 1924, into an immersive graphic novel experience for today’s audiences.

The graphic novel will be a thrilling adventure that captures the essence of Von Hoffman’s trek. It will showcase his audacity and determination in the face of countless dangers alongside a group of unexpected companions, including a doctor, realtor, lawyer, and automotive innovator. 

“I am thrilled and honored to be collaborating with Versus and the Explorers Club in bringing to life the tale of Carl Von Hoffman’s remarkable journey,” said Hisel. “During an era of exploration defined by uncharted lands, Von Hoffman’s expedition exemplifies the true spirit of adventure, shines a light into the mysteries of the unknown and brings forth the dangers faced by all those who call themselves explorers.”

Hisel is known for television series like USA’s Treadstone, Amazon’s Lore, and Fox’s Wayward Pines. His feature credits include The Fixer for Paramount Studios, The Corporation adaptation for Paramount, and Unexplained Phenomena for Amblin Entertainment, among others.

The Explorers Club

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Founded in 1904, The Explorers Club boasts a rich repository of narratives and artifacts chronicling the endeavors of intrepid explorers worldwide. With this partnership, Versus Originals aims to breathe new life into historical accounts, inspiring a new generation of adventurers through captivating storytelling.

Through the fusion of art and history, Versus Originals and The Explorers Club seek to ignite curiosity, foster exploration, and celebrate the indomitable human spirit. Together, they embark on a journey to unlock the mysteries of the past, paving the way for a future filled with discovery.

Since its inception in 1904, members of Club have traversed the earth, seas, skies, and even the moon, on expeditions. Members of The Explorers Club have been the first humans to the North Pole, South Pole, the summit of Mount Everest, the deepest point in the ocean, and the surface of the moon. For over 100 years, the club has been dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration, and resource conservation. Notable members include Teddy Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, Jane Goodall, Edmund Hillary, John Glenn, Sally Ride, and Bob Ballard.

Versus is the new breed of creative and production studio, artfully crafting highly creative, one-of-a-kind work and I.P. for brands, agencies, and entertainment partners that strive for ownable originality. Clients include the world’s most influential brands and agencies, including Audible, Disney, Paramount, MTV, Facebook, JBL, Mercedes, and the NFL. Dive into their award-winning work at