SAN DIEGO, July 18, 2011 -- They read too many comics, watch too much sci-fi, and stammer when they talk to the ladies but only one group of friends can save Comic-Con International from the clutches of the undead as award-winning graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios and producer Ben Silverman (The Office) launch the hilariously epic FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES.
They've been called geeks, nerds, and social outcasts, but when a group of fanboys take their annual trip to Comic-Con International they'll find one of their greatest nightmares turned reality as San Diego becomes zombie ground zero. Armed only with the undead know-how they've gained from comic books, video games and horror movies, it's up to one group of friends to navigate the Comic-Con feeding frenzy, and make it out alive! But will the zombie hordes be deadlier than they ever imagined? Can they save their friends along the way, and still make it out with some Comic-Con exclusives? Find out when the dead rise at Comic-Con International in the chilling and side-splitting epic, FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES.
Originally conceived by the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Silverman, Co-Founder and CEO of Electus, and Electus' Head of Creative Development Jimmy Fox as a multi-platform property, the partnership with BOOM! Studios solidifies Electus as a true transmedia company, producing quality content across television, film, digital, international territories and now graphic novels.
"It's an honor to work with Electus- Ben and Jimmy are as smart as they come," said BOOM! Studios' Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. "Our new creative partnership with Electus will truly enable us to take the FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES brand to the next level of entertainment."
"FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES will put all of these pop culture theories to the test and gives readers some ideas for their own zombie apocalypse contingency plan," said BOOM! Studios' Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. "Our new creative partnership with Electus will truly enable us to take the FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES brand to the next level of entertainment."
"BOOM! Studios is the ideal partner for this initiative as no one understands what serves this audience better than they do," said Jimmy Fox, Head of Creative Development for Electus. "We wanted to create this for the real fans. The comic book junkies, the sci-fi nuts, the horror enthusiasts, the hardcore gamers – every one of them will be represented in our cast of characters. This is for any fan who has ever wondered what would happen if they had to play the role of the hero."
"Trust me when I say you'll never look at Comic-Con or zombie stories the same way again once you feast your eyes on this gory and hilarious masterpiece," says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. "BOOM!'s first book, back in the day, was ZOMBIE TALES – the company has been built on horror and humor comics. No one does zombies like BOOM! Studios!"
As part of the agreement, Electus and BOOM! Studios will be producing partners on any adaptations of the series across all platforms including television and film worldwide.
About BOOM! Studios
Award-winning "Best Publisher" BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry's top talent, including Mark Waid's IRREDEEMABLE series, Stan Lee's SOLDIER ZERO, THE TRAVELER, and STARBORN (the first new series in print from the industry icon in 20 years), new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker as well as 20th Century Fox's PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and DIE HARD, Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, and The Henson Company's FARSCAPE. BOOM!'s recently rebranded all-ages imprint, KABOOM! will see publication of PEANUTS, SPACE WARPED, Roger Langridge's SNARKED!, Scholastic's WORDGIRL as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS, DUCKTALES along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES.
Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world. Headed by Ben Silverman, in partnership with IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], the company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be a true partner in campaigns and content creation. For more information on Electus, visit www.electus.com.