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    Come see us at San Diego Comic-con

    Come see us at SDCC! I’ll be on the panel IMMORTAL STUDIOS: Birth of a Storyverse, Saturday July 23, 1:30-2:30 PM Room 24ABC
    Immortal Studios: Birth of a Storyverse

    Saturday, July 23, 2022 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Room 24ABC

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    Fans of wuxia, martial arts fantasy, and comics, rejoice! This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of the Immortal “Storyverse” that is bringing together all the wide-ranging influences of this timeless Asian genre in an interconnected universe for the first time. Peter Shiao (founder and CEO), Hank Kanalz (head of publishing), Brian Cunningham (editor), Gene Ching (choreographer), and Charlie Stickney, Rylend Grant, and Jen Troy (the key writers behind The Adept, Chronicles of the Immortal Swordsmen, Fa Sheng: Origins, and Assassin G) present an in-depth introduction to this new world that promises to awaken the hero in everyone through Wuxia. Plus: special commemorative gifts exclusively for attendees!

    NOTE TO ANY SDCC Attendees: I am currently scheduled to be at the sign/meet/greet at the Immortal Studios Booth #2102 on Friday 10-11 and Saturday 12-1 (on Saturday, you can follow me over to our panel immediately afterwards)

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    Press release from Immortal Comics

    Dynamite and Immortal Studios Announce Publishing Partnership Ahead of Comic-Con International

    July 18, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Ahead of ComicCon International, Dynamite is announcing a new publishing partnership with Immortal Studios, to bring the Los Angeles-based publisher’s shared universe of Wuxia martial arts-fantasy comic books to the broader marketplace. Through the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, the Los Angeles-based publisher Immortal Studios has to date successfully funded three comic book series as part of a larger shared universe. Now Dynamite is set to bring these action packed titles to the direct market comic stores, digital vendors, bookstores, and beyond in multiple formats, with more releases and titles to come.

    Immortal Studios’ Storyverse is spearheaded by the company’s Founder and CEO Peter Shiao, who is collaborating with a team of comic book storytellers to bring a modern sensibility to the Wuxia genre that has influenced contemporary pop culture, including Marvel's Shang-Chi, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Matrix, and Star Wars, as well as countless anime and manga like Naruto. Wuxia, pronounced "woo-sha," is a long running genre born from China that depicts the adventures and trials of martial arts heroes, often but not always in historical settings and with fantasy elements. The Immortal Studios’ Storyverse is inspired by the storytelling of one of the foremost authors in the Wuxia genre, Peter Shiao’s father Shiao Yi, whose novels have been adapted into film and television more than thirty times, including films by the Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest.

    "I am very excited that with this new partnership with Dynamite, one of the preeminent comic publishers, Immortal has dramatically increased our reach and visibility to fandom," said Shiao. "This is a very important step in our goal to build a multi-pronged distribution footprint to reach different market segments that are important for us. We look forward to sharing these Immortal stories which have already gained initial traction through our growing community to new audiences now available to us through Dynamite’s various distribution channels!"

    "At Dynamite, our mission is always bringing diverse and entertaining stories to all kinds of audiences through the art forms that we love," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "The relationship I've had with Immortal Studios’ Head of Publishing Hank Kanalz over the years has always been great, and when he presented this opportunity with Immortal Studios, and the ability to work with Peter and his team, I could not be more excited. This partnership is a natural fit with the ethos of our companies and I can't wait for readers to dig into these stories. Whether there are kids and adults craving this kind of representation and storytelling, or someone unfamiliar about to be swept up in something magical, we're looking forward to responses!"

    Immortal Studios’ titles include:

    · The Adept by writers Tasha Huo, Charlie Stickney, Alison Norrington, and Peter Shiao, artist Yishan Li, and letterer Deron Bennett. The Adept tells the deep and personal story of a young woman on a journey to master an ancient martial art that was thought to be long lost. Filled with action, transformation, and mystery, the key theme is about homecoming and redemption. Two action-packed chapters have been produced to date, featuring kidnapped pop stars, arcade brawls, and more.

    · Chronicles of the Immortal Swordsman by writer Peter Shiao, artists Pop Mhan and Jheremy Raapack, colorist Rex Lokus, and letterer Deron Bennett. In this series, protagonist Phil Du escapes his struggles through parkour and online gaming. But when he's suddenly pulled into an ancient order of supernatural warriors amidst a civil war and cataclysm, he will have to step up to his destiny.

    · Fa Sheng: Origins is created by Peter Shiao, written by Rylend Grant, illustrated by Dexter Wee, colored by Omi Remalante Jr., and letterred by Deron Bennett. The tale chronicles the humble beginnings of a great Shaolin Master. The series is written by Rylend Grant, a screenwriter, author, and Ringo Award-winning comic book creator who is also an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist monk.The series is recommended for fans of films based on the story of Ip Man, including the eponymous series and The Grandmaster.

    · Assassin G by writer Jen Troy and artist He Tao, featuring coloring by Hi-Fi Design and lettering by AndWorld Design. This summer Immortal Studios will launch a Kickstarter campaign for this new series, from the CW’s Supergirl TV series writer Jen Troy, about the deadly saga of vengeance between warring factions in the martial underworld in the early 1980s. The novel that inspired Assassin G by Wuxia master Shiao Yi, 甘 19 妹 (Gan the 19th Sister), is known as one of the preeminent IPs in the Chinese speaking world which has been adapted for television four times, and this new series will mark the story’s first comic book and English language adaptation. The Assassin G Kickstarter pre-launch page for the campaign is now live.

    “We plan on continuing to use Kickstarter to crowdfund new concepts and series, including our fourth series, ASSASSIN G,” said Immortal Studios’ Head of Publishing Hank Kanalz. “Kickstarter’s platform allows us to engage with a very active reader base, and take their feedback into consideration, prior to publishing the official, final version of any given series. This publishing partnership with Dynamite allows us to expand into the direct market and bookstores. With their success with THE BOYS and so many top shelf licensed comics, Dynamite brings an expertise that will help in our mission to broaden the wuxia genre in comics to a wider audience. I am thrilled to be working with Nick and crew again.”

    Immortal Studios feature a range of variant covers from the likes of Gene Ha, Jim Cheung, Ming Doyle, Gian Gulang, Joyce Chin, and more. Other talents and staff behind the curtains include former longtime DC Comics editor Brian Cunningham and team members with experience at Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, 20th Century Fox, and more.

    “Heroes in the wuxia genre are often everyday people who become extraordinary not because of machines or nuclear spills, but their own spirit and initiative,” said Shiao. “Immortal carries on the legacy of the wuxia genre and my father’s work, re-introducing and calibrating these timeless concepts for a modern, global audience who are hungry to connect with stories that are empowering. It is always during times of uncertainty that Wuxia rises, and we are very honored to be carrying its flag.”

    More details on release dates, format, and more will be forthcoming from Dynamite and Immortal Studios.



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    About Dynamite Entertainment

    Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Gail Simone, Christopher Priest, Leah Moore, Kevin Smith, David Walker, Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Mark Russell, Brandon Thomas, Amy Chu, Reginald Hudlin, Nancy Collins, David Walker, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jenny Frison, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.



    About Immortal Studios

    Immortal Studios is an independent, comics first, content studio that is building the world’s first interconnected, comics-based Wuxia (martial arts-fantasy) storyverse with the aim to Awaken the Hero in Everyone with its uniquely empowering and elevating “essential Wuxia” ethos where Everyone is the One.

    The Company has created its own “radical fan engagement” playbook and is developing, funding, marketing and distributing content in concert with its users.

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    My SDCC schedule



    I WILL BE APPEARING AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH IMMORTAL STUDIOS THIS WEEKEND

    Here’s where you can find me:

    Friday 10-11 Artist Signing: Immortal Studios Booth #2102
    Friday 7:30 Fan Meet-Up: Embarcadero Marina
    Saturday Noon-1 Artist Signing: Immortal Studios Booth #2102
    Saturday 1:30-2:30 Panel: Birth of a Storyverse Room 24 ABC

    I’ll also be at the Den of Geek Magazine Release Party for our latest issue, which you can pick free at SDCC. In this issue, I have an interview with David Leitch about his new film, Bullet Train. I also contributed to a feature on action films. This party is invitation only, so if you’re in, see you there.

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    Our latest ezine offering - please share!

    Awaken your Hero. READ Celebrating Immortal Studios: The First Community Event by Brian Chansy

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    Awaken your Hero. READ Celebrating Immortal Studios: The First Community Event by Brian Chansy

    Thank you again for this opportunity. Happy to share this event with everyone!

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    This is tonight


    We Are Bruce Lee Exhibit is at Chinese Historical Society of America.
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    Tomorrow from 5-7pm PDT, Payhuan Shiao @ancientfuturist will be giving a talk at the Chinese Historical Society of America's Bruce Lee exhibit in San Francisco @chsamuseum @wearebrucelee @standwithasians
    Please tune in to our YouTube channel to watch it live: https://www.youtube.com/@ImmortalWuxia/live
    And be sure to send us any questions you have for Payhuan: https://discord.gg/cV7svazDYd
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    Bob Harras


    Former Marvel And DC Comics Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras Joins Martial Arts Fantasy Outfit Immortal Studios

    By Andreas Wiseman
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    March 22, 2023 9:26am

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    EXCLUSIVE: Bob Harras, the former editor-in-chief of both Marvel and DC Comics, has joined Immortal Studios as editor-at-large of its senior management team.

    Harras comes aboard after the fan-driven launch of the company’s four comic book titles — Adept, Assassin G, Chronicles of the Immortal Swordsmen and Fa Sheng — that serve as the foundation of its storyverse.

    Immortal Studios is a transmedia, direct-to-consumer entertainment company with a focus on the ancient Chinese martial arts-fantasy genre also known as Wuxia.

    At Marvel, Harras spearheaded titles such as the X-Men, Avengers, Spider-Man, Hulk and Deadpool in addition to the rest of the Marvel line. He was story consultant for the animated Fox TV series X-Men. His writing credits include the Avengers, Namor and the limited series Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.

    At DC he oversaw editorial for comics including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. He also headed up MAD magazine, Black Label and Vertigo publications as well as spearheading DC’s first YA and middle-grade line of publications. He is the only person to have been editor at both the Marvel and DC labels.

    “As we embark on our mission to awaken heroes everywhere through the Immortal storyverse, and Wuxia is again awakening as fan/youth favorited stories, Bob Harras’ unparalleled experience shepherding story worlds for both Marvel and DC, the two most successful companies to have created cinematic universes, is helping us succeed in creating our own lane,” said Peter “Payhuan” Shiao, Immortal Studios founder and CEO and creator of the Immortal storyverse.

    “Now that we have established the core pillars of our storyverse, which has brought together all the diverse influences that have existed in the big tent of Wuxia, it’s time to take these stories to the world and Bob is the perfect leader to bring legs to our current stories and to increase new ones on this foundation across all media using our dynamic tech enabled approach to build and scale communities.”

    Said Harras: “I’m excited to join Immortal Studios with its bold plan to deeply engage with fans across the globe to thrill to the adventures of martial heroes confronting the challenges of modern day. I’m really looking forward to working with the incredibly talented team of artists and writers at Immortal as we tell the stories of our characters who help us discover the hero within us all.”

    Added Hank Kanalz, Head of Publishing, Immortal Studios: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Bob again. He brings a wealth of experience to Immortal, and I’m looking forward to building this new universe with him and the amazing creative teams we’ve assembled. Watch out – we’re just getting started.”

    Since its launch in 2021, Immortal Studios has acquired exclusive media rights to the 60-plus-title library of Wuxia creator Shiao Yi with 30 Asian film and TV adaptations as the foundation for its storyverse. The company has hosted fan events including at San Diego Comic-Con.
    I met him virtually during the last Immortal staff telemeeting.
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    New Kickstarter coming...

    UPCOMING PROJECT
    The Adept, Assassin G, Immortal Swordsmen, and Fa Sheng!

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    Turning the Page on Superheroes - The Immortal Storyverse levels up with the next issues of each series, all in one amazing campaign!
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    Our latest ezine offering

    Awaken your inner hero. READ How Immortal Studios is Turning the Page on Superheroes by Suki Smart

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    The latest Kickstarter is live

    The Adept, Assassin G, Immortal Swordsmen, and Fa Sheng!
    Turning the Page on Superheroes - The Immortal Storyverse levels up with the next issues of each series, all in one amazing campaign!


    Immortal Studios is TURNING THE PAGE ON SUPERHEROES!
    We are Immortal Studios, home of the Immortal Storyverse, the first ever wuxia-centered, interconnected comic book story universe. You might remember us from our previous successful Kickstarter campaigns (5 already fulfilled) and we’re back to bring you more of the stories you love—and to make a historic imprint in the process.
    “People yearn for something more than just another caped crusader fighting another inter-galactic battle. They want stories that mirror the challenges and complexities of their daily lives, characters they can relate to, and narratives that aren't commandeered by profit-driven conglomerates trying to meet another quarterly revenue goal,” says Payhuan Shiao, founder of Immortal Studios.
    This campaign isn’t just about funding the printing of comic books. We are both presenting an authentic, diverse, and grounded alternative to the superhero saturation and building an entirely new, multicultural mythology that reflects our times. It’s ambitious but, in the wake of unprecedented global challenges, it is entirely necessary. This is a campaign about deepening human connections and empowering new possibilities through inspiring, remarkable storytelling.
    And we’re not just bringing you one, but four new issues of the stories you’ve already shown us that you love, building the foundation of this epic Storyverse even further and even stronger.

    We have The Adept, Chronicles of the Immortal Swordsmen, Fa Sheng: Origins, and Assassin G all lined up for their next big adventures — All in one shared universe. More Kung Fu, more Asian-American culture, and more wuxia fantasy action.

    Anyone who has followed us for any appreciable amount of time knows that we are in this for the long haul, but if you’re new to Immortal Studios, know that we are dedicated not only to bringing you quality stories but to creating a cultural movement that is community-driven, and mission led, at its heart.
    This means we can’t do it without you. Your support is the most important ingredient to our success. Every pledge brings us closer to our goal and helps us to continue creating the stories you love and actualizing our mission in the world: to inspire and awaken the hero within all of us via stories that feature intriguing, complex, relatable heroes shaped by spirit and energy—echoing the diverse and intricate world we all inhabit.
    No Kickstarter is complete without an offering of tantalizing rewards and this campaign is no different. From digital copies to exclusive prints and special edition covers, we are delivering for you because we know that these are uncertain times for so many of us. We do not take your financial support lightly and we understand that every dollar pledged is an enormous act of faith.
    The journey we are inviting you on is epic, as it should be, and we want you to be a part of it. Let’s make comic book history… together.
    In the Immortal Storyverse, every backer is a hero. And every hero… gets their own comic book.
    Let’s do this, Immortals!
    This just launched today and it's already over halfway there.
    $6,432 pledged of $10,000 goal
    87 backers
    30 days to go
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    RADII coverage



    Immortal Studios Launches Kickstarter for Asian-American, Kung Fu Graphic Novels
    Immortal Studios wants to bring ‘wuxia’ into the 21st century

    Adan Kohnhorst
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    Immortal Studios, the production house behind recent hit graphic novel series ‘The Adept’ and ‘Assassin G,’ just dropped a Kickstarter for its next round of releases.

    Immortal Studios landed in the comics scene with a bang — and a mission to bring wuxia to the world at large.

    Wuxia is a genre of fiction that originated in China, melding worlds of heroism, fantasy, and martial arts. Dating all the way back to ancient stories and writings, today it’s most known through high-flying kung fu action films.

    “With the phenomenal success of projects such as ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once,’ ‘Shang-Chi,’ ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ and many others, wuxia is undergoing a massive resurgence,” says founder Payhuan Shiao. “But it is not without extensive cultural appropriation, and often without attribution, or respect to its source.”



    “Our work is to authentically represent wuxia and bring its ancient wisdom to our modern world so that the next thousand years of this genre is still linked to its founding ideals and inspirations,” he adds. “For all these reasons and more, we are excited to turn the page on superheroes and declare a new era of martial heroes — powered by wuxia.”

    The new Kickstarter will fund the next issues of four fan-favorite titles: ‘The Adept,’ ‘Chronicles of the Immortal Swordsmen,’ ‘Fa Sheng: Origins,’ and ‘Assassin G.’

    All four titles take place across the same, unified ‘Immortal Storyverse,’ setting the scene for future cross-title action — and every story is driven by Asian and Asian-American characters, writers, and artists.



    “People yearn for something more than just another caped crusader fighting another intergalactic battle,” says Shiao. “They want stories that mirror the challenges and complexities of their daily lives, characters they can relate to, and narratives that aren’t commandeered by profit-driven conglomerates trying to meet another quarterly revenue goal.”

    The Kickstarter went live today, and backers of the project stand to receive a selection of gifts, from digital copies and exclusive prints, to special edition covers.

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    On Day 2 - $9,568 pledged of $10,000 goal
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    Its here!

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    Unveil the Future of Kung Fu Storytelling with Immortal Studios Preview



    Dear Martial Arts Enthusiast,

    At KungFuMagazine.com (a division of Tiger Claw), we share your deep appreciation for the intricate tapestry of martial arts — its philosophy, culture, and enduring legacy. This shared passion leads us to an exciting collaboration with Immortal Studios, pioneers in re-catapulting the revered Wuxia genre onto the global stage with a modern twist.

    Wuxia, more than just a genre, is an exploration of the hero's journey through the lens of martial artistry and profound storytelling. Immortal Studios stands at the vanguard of this cultural evolution, weaving an interconnected storyverse where martial heroes come to life, reshaping our understanding of heroism and courage at a time when superheroes are fading.

    Our recent collaboration, “Immortal Shaolin: The Past, Present and Future of Kung Fu,” was an eye-opener to the possibilities within this genre. To bring you closer to this transformative narrative, we've arranged an exclusive offer for you: a COMPLIMENTARY COPY of Immortal's introductory magazine, encapsulating the essence of their innovative approach and foundational stories.

    But the journey doesn’t end here. We’d like to invite you to dive into Immortal Studios' "Turning the Page on Superheroes" Kickstarter campaign which is currently live. It's more than a project; it's a milestone in modern storytelling, and the beginning of a new era. We think that you might want to have these foundational titles for your personal collection or gift someone with a gift of Kung Fu.

    Join us in this epoch-making movement, where every strike and parry tells a story, where every hero's journey resonates with our own.

    With martial spirit,

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