Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Image Comics Announces Mark Millar and Netflix's "Sharkey The Bounty Hunter"
Superstar artist Simone Bianchi will illustrate the comic book
HOLLYWOOD, CA — Netflix and Millarworld announced their third comic book collaboration, SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER, from writer and creator Mark Millar. Millar has named comic book artist Simone Bianchi to bring SHARKEY to life on the printed page. This is the third Millarworld franchise since Mark Millar joined Netflix on staff, following the best-selling The Magic Order and the upcoming PRODIGY, which is set to be released on December 5, 2018. SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER will be available from Image Comics in comic book stores and online on February 20th, 2019.
Set in a brilliant new sci-fi universe, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty-hunter tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he’s out for the biggest bounty of his career. SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER has been developed as a feature film since last year, with writer Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) writing the screenplay.
“When I joined Netflix on staff last year we had this crazy plan of a big sci-fi universe of movies and Sharkey is the first of these,” said Mark Millar, President and Chief Creative Officer, Millarworld, a subsidiary of Netflix. “The Magic Order is our fantasy/ horror franchise, Prodigy is our big adventure movies and Sharkey kicks off a whole world of sci-fi that’s just a great action comedy in the style of all the movies I grew up with. I love blue-collar heroes and I like the parent/ kid dynamic from movies like Paper Moon or Leon: The Professional and, of course, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. This is all the things Star Wars or Marvel can’t get away with. We start where they kinda draw the line and I love this freedom creatively as we’ve never seen space done this way before. To have Simone Bianchi drawing the comic-book side of all this and working from the amazing production designs is an honour. The team is just incredible. Simone and I have talking about working together since my days at Marvel so it’s a total blessing to finally be working with this Italian genius."
SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 will be available in stores on Wednesday, February 20th. The final order cutoff deadline is Monday, January 28th, 2019.
SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1Cover A Bianchi - Diamond Code DEC180050
SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 Cover B Sketch Bianchi - Diamond Code DEC180051
SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 Cover C Quitely - Diamond Code DEC180052
SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 Cover D Scalera - Diamond Code DEC180053
SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 Cover E Yildirim - Diamond Code DEC180054
SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 Cover F Blank variant - Diamond Code DEC180055
SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 Cover G Kerschl - Diamond Code DEC180056
SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 130 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
ABOUT MARK MILLAR AND MILLARWORLD
Millarworld, a subsidiary of Netflix, is an entertainment company run by Mark and Lucy Millar. Millarworld’s comic book franchises, like Wanted, Kingsman, Reborn, Empress, Kick-Ass, Jupiter’s Legacy and many others, have achieved huge success as global franchises ranging across publishing, cinema, clothing, video-games and toys over the past fourteen years. In his years at Marvel, Mark wrote some of the biggest-selling books of this generation, massively influencing the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His book, The Ultimates, was named by Time Magazine as Comic Book Of The Decade and his Superman opus, Red Son, remains the best-selling Superman graphic novel of all time.