Sunday, October 23, 2011

Stan Lee Launches New Kids Imprint

The legendary Stan Lee has teamed up with publisher 1821 Comics to launch a new multi-platform imprint for children called “Stan Lee’s Kids Universe.” At the New York Comic Con presentation recently, explained: “Our main purpose is we feel that there aren’t enough comic books or books for kids that really hit the target, that gives them excitement and humor together and are filled with surprises. We have a whole new group of new characters that the kids can call their own, just as the teenagers called Spider-Man their own so many years ago.”

The imprint’s inaugural list consists of six projects; five books and an interactive game for the iPhone and iPad. The first two books, Monsters vs. Kittens and Once Upon a Time, were both created by Dani Jones and they will be released in Spring 2012. The remaining three books include The Fuzz Posse, Reggie the Veggie Crocodile and a not-yet-titled book starring an animal rock band. The Stan Lee Saved the World video game will star Lee as a comics creator by day and superhero by night. What do you think?

1821 Comics and Lee also unveiled the cover of their coffee-table graphic novel, Romeo & Juliet: The War. The project was a collaboration between Lee, co-founder Terry Douglas, writer Max Work and artist Skan Srisuwan. The book will be available in stores on November 30th. Despite the fact that not too many lines from William Shakespeare’s original play have made it into the final project, Lee promises their updated version contains an “epic story.”

During the presentation, Lee gave a quick synopsis of the story behind this project: “The Montagues all have a special super power and the Capulets have a different super power. As in the Shakespeare story, they eventually go to war; Juliet belongs to one family and Romeo the other. You have the same story, but it’s projected into the future and the war is a big part of the story.” Romeo and Juliet has already inspired two popular books released in 2011: Stacey Jay‘s Juliet Immortal and Josephine Angelini‘s Starcrossed. Do you predict this graphic novel version will also do well? How do you think Shakespeare’s story will translate with the futuristic twist?

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