Boom Studios has a reputation in the comics industry for publishing an increasingly diverse group of books and creators. This commitment to diversity in genre and people is reflected in an all-new initiative the publisher announced today in Previews with a letter from founder Ross Richie. While 2015 is the 10th anniversary of Boom, the publisher wants to talk about what's next rather than what's come before. They call this discussion of the future Push Comics Forward and they don't want it to be only about Boom.
Push Comics Forward is Boom's way of focusing on the ongoing conversation about diversity and the future of the industry. To learn more about this initiative and what to expect from Boom for the next ten years and beyond, we spoke with Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon.
Stephen Christy, who was the editor-in-chief at Archaia before Boom! acquired it last year, has shifted into the position of president of development for the publisher. Christy will now oversees all film, television, web and animation projects across Boom!, Archaia, KaBoom! and Boom! Box. The publisher has also hired Adam Yoelin will be Boom!'s senior vice president of film.
20th Century Fox and BOOM! Studios have agreed to a first-look deal that guarantees creators will see a large percentage of any monies taken in from projects based on their work. Under the deal, BOOM! will get an unspecified amount of first-dollar gross (or box office, minus the split with cinemas) on movies adapted from its properties, which means the company gets a piece of the pie whether the movie ultimately makes a profit or not. Those earnings will be split 50-50 between the publisher and creators.
This Friday, 2 Guns, a movie about two undercover drug agents who begrudgingly have to work together and that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, opens in theaters. Most people who see it won't have any idea it was based on a comic book by writer Steven Grant and artist Mateus Santolouco. And yet Grant probably made more money from selling the movie rights than anyone who's written a Wolverine comic will make from The Wolverine, The New York Times explains.
After introducing comic culture to sexual satire involving vegetables with Our Love is Real and dropping teenagers into ancient Aztec cultures with Sacrifice, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that writer Sam Humphries is expanding his horizons even further
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