Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thomas Jane's Raw Studios Joins ComiXology

While most everyone is familiar with Thomas Jane's starring role in HBO's HUNG, most probably don't realize that Jane is a dyed-in-the-wool comic book fan. Several years ago, Jane, along with legendary comics illustrator Tim Bradstreet, founded Raw Studios, a boutique comic publisher. Today comiXology is proud to announce an exclusive distribution deal with Raw Studios.

To celebrate this announcement, Raw Studios and comiXology are making available the Dark Countrygraphic novel as a digital first publication. Illustrated by world-renowned artist Thomas Ott and based on a short story by Tab Murphy, the Dark Country graphic novel is something to behold.

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 — includingiPhoneiPadAndroidKindle 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.

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