PRESS RELEASE: Thomas Jane's Raw Studios and ComiXology Celebrate Exclusive Digital Distribution Agreement and Digital Debut of DARK COUNTRY Graphic NovelA comics news article
THOMAS JANE’S RAW STUDIOS AND COMIXOLOGY CELEBRATE EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH DIGITAL DEBUT OF DARK COUNTRY GRAPHIC NOVEL
May 30th, 2012 - New York, NY — Actor Thomas Jane and noted artist Tim Bradstreet’s Raw Studios is proud to announce today that they have entered into an exclusive digital distribution agreement with comiXology — the world’s largest digital comics platform — involving all of Raw Studios’ comic book and graphic novels. To celebrate, Raw Studios and comiXology are today making available the Dark Country graphic novel as an exclusive digital debut across comiXology’s entire platform — including iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web.
Thomas Jane fans will be familiar with Dark Country, the title of his 2009 directorial debut. Both the film and graphic novel are based on a short story written by Tab Murphy, Jane conceived of the film and graphic novel adaptions as stand-alone endeavors with unique artistic interpretations.
“Dark Country has long been a passion project of mine. In 2009, I was able to make the film a reality. And today, with Thomas Ott’s amazing work, we’re now able to release the Dark Country graphic novel exclusively with comiXology,” said Raw Studios co-founder Thomas Jane, most recently seen in HBO’s series HUNG. “Everyone at Raw Studios is excited about this exclusive agreement with comiXology who have far and above the best shopping and reading experience of any digital comics vendor.”
The Dark Country graphic novel features over 70 pages of world-renowned artist Thomas Ott’s one of a kind scratch-board illustrations. In addition, fans of the cult favorite feature film will enjoy almost 50 pages of behind the scenes material about the Dark Country feature film that also includes the original Tab Murphy short story.
“Thomas and I both knew when we first read Dark Country that it would make a great movie and a great graphic novel and because we are just that crazy, we wanted both to be completely different experiences,” said Raw Studios co-founder and veteran comic artist Tim Bradstreet. “With this agreement in place, I’m stoked to see Dark Country be available world-wide digitally through comiXology.”
“We’ve been fans of what Tom and Tim have been doing at Raw for years, and I find the decision to make the graphic novel of Dark Country its own artistic creation a fantastic, bold choice,” says comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “We’re incredibly humbled they would choose comiXology not only for an exclusive agreement, but the place to premiere Dark Country.”
In addition to the Dark Country graphic novel, Raw Studios fans will be able to find full story arcs of Bad Planet and Alien Pig Farm 3000 throughout the comiXology platform, including comiXology’s Digital Storefronts for brick-and-mortar retailers.
About Raw Studios
Actor/filmmaker Thomas Jane founded Raw Studios in partnership with Eisner Award-nominated illustrator/production designer, Tim Bradstreet. Raw Studios is a leading producer of high end, “elevated genre” graphic novels using the best artists working today. Several of Raw’s properties are currently being packaged for movie and television deals. Raw's production arm, Raw Entertainment, has multiple projects in active development, among them: ALIEN PIG FARM, a comedy in the vein of Zombieland which Raw is developing with director David Gordon Green; and a western, MAGNIFICENT DEATH FROM A SHATTERED HAND. This fall, Jane will once again don a director's hat to direct and star alongside Nick Nolte in A MAGNIFICENT DEATH.
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology — in just five short years — has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform — available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web — comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.