Zenescope Entertainment

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Zenescope Entertainment
Founded 2005
Founder Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Horsham, Pennsylvania
Publication types comic books, graphic novels
Fiction genres horror, action, and fantasy
Imprints Silver Dragon
Official website www.zenescope.com

Zenescope Entertainment is a comic book and graphic novel publisher headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania, co-founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005.[1] Zenescope publishes full-color action, fantasy and horror titles.[2]

Under their Silver Dragon imprint, Zenescope publishes all-ages and educational titles, partnering with companies like Discovery Channel[3] and History Channel[4] to develop content.

History[edit]

Originally teamed up to write and develop screenplays,[5] Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco realized that comic books and graphic novels followed the same process.[5] An avid comic book reader,[5] Brusha believed that comic books and graphic novels would become part of mainstream America, and wanted to help that process.[5] They began writing and assembling the creative team for their flasgship title, Grimm Fairy Tales and published the first issue in June 2005. In 2006, Brusha and Tedesco partnered with writer Raven Gregory (known for his series The Gift[6] ), to begin work on the Return to Wonderland series, released in 2007.[7]

Selected titles[edit]

  • Grimm Fairy Tales
  • Grimm Fairy Tales Myths & Legends
  • Return to Wonderland]
  • Escape From Wonderland
  • Beyond Wonderland
  • Tales From Wonderland
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Wonderland (ongoing)
  • Robyn Hood
  • Charmed
  • Final Destination
  • Fly
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • The Jungle Book
  • Sinbad
  • Irresistible
  • Monster Hunter's Survival Guide
  • Neverland
  • Salem's Daughter
  • Se7en (based on film Se7en)
  • The Piper
  • The Waking
  • The Waking: Dreams End
  • Vikings (2013), prequel to the History Channel television series[8]

Adaptations of Original Works[edit]

Grimm Fairy Tales: The Animated Series[edit]

After meeting with director Jon Schnepp in 2011 at San Diego Comic Con,[9] the group collaborated on creating Grimm Fairy Tales: The Animated Series. Hoping to maintain creative control over the direction of the pilot, the group created a Kickstarter fundraiser in March 2012. On May 1st the Kickstarter exceeded its funding goal and production began.[10] Featuring the voice talents of Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2, The Devil’s Carnival, Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown),[11] the pilot is currently being shopped to potential networks. The company has hosted multiple advance screenings of the pilot for fans at conventions since October 2012.

Wonderland[edit]

In July 2012, it was announced that Lionsgate TV had emerged the winner in a six-studio bidding war for TV rights to Zenescope's "Wonderland" series. Brian Robbins ("Smallville") has been attached to serve as an executive producer, with Tedesco and Brusha serving as co-executive producers.[12]

The Piper[edit]

In 2011, it was announced that Mandalay Vision had acquired the film rights to The Piper, with Adam Alleca to adapt it for the screen.[13]

Licensed properties[edit]

In addition to their original titles, Zenescope publishes and develops licensed material for numerous clients, including CBS, Discovery Channel,[3] History Channel, New Line Cinema, and many others. Officially announced in March 2010, they began publishing the Charmed series in June of that year, picking up where the television series left off.[14] Other adaptations of licensed material include graphic novelizations of Se7en and Final Destination for New Line Cinema,[15] and 1000 Ways To Die for SpikeTV.[16]

History Channel[edit]

In October 2012, it was announced that Zenescope had partnered with The History Channel to release a companion graphic novelization, in two volumes, with their 12-hour event Mankind: The Story of All of Us.[4]

In July 2013, Hero Complex announced that Zenescope had partnered with The History Channel to create the free Vikings #1 (2013) comic book giveaway, based on the television show.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murray, Jocelyn. "Home Made". Suburban Life. John C. Hirth. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Roets, Katrina. "Zenescope Entertainment Expands Reach with Digital First Titles". Geek-O-Rama. www.geekorama.com. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Geddes, John (30 November 2010). "Discovery Channel dives into fiction". USA Today. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Armitage, Hugh. "Zenescope teams with History Channel". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d Salek, Rebecca. "Samurai, Fairy Godmothers and Fallen Angels — Oh, My!". Sequential Tart. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Raven Gregory". Comic Book Database. http://www.comicbookdb.com/. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Wonderland Collections". Comics All. comicsall.org. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hero Complex: Comic-Con: ‘Vikings’ will land with stars, free comic, boat races". Los Angeles Times. July 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ Fealy, Chris. "Grimm Portent: An Interview with Jon Schnepp and Ben Jackendoff". Nerdist News. www.nerdistnews.com. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Schenker, Brett. "Zenescope’s Kickstarter Successfully Funded, 6th Highest Funded Fim/Video Project". Graphic Policy. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Boom, Richard. "Zenescope Exclusives For Wizard World Philadelphia 2013". Comics for Sinners. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (12 July 2012). "Comic-Con 2012: Lionsgate TV, 'Smallville' EP Taking on 'Alice in Wonderland' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood reporter. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Graser, Marc. "Mandalay Vision nabs ‘Piper’". Variety. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Zenescope Brings CHARMED to Comics". Newsarama. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "ZENESCOPE & CIRCUIT CITY OFFER EXCLUSIVE "FINAL DESTINATION" COMIC". Comic Book Resources. 
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (13 June 2011). "Spike's '1000 Ways to Die' Gets Graphic Novel Treatment". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Hero Complex: Comic-Con: ‘Vikings’ will land with stars, free comic, boat races". Los Angeles Times. July 2, 2013.