Including the work of Fabian Nicieza, Reilly Brown, Justin Jordan and top webtoon creators
Rocketship Entertainment has announced 17 titles for release in 2022. Led by former webtoon content manager Tom Akel and comic book creator Rob Feldman, Rocketship funds and publishes print editions of webcomics as well as original graphic novels. Their graphic novels are distributed by Diamond at the Comics Market and Simon & Schuster at the Book Channel. Here’s a preview of what’s in store.
Contempt, Flight. 1, by Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza and Batman/Fortnite artist Reilly Brown (see “DC Comics and Epic Games team up for ‘Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point'”), is a satire on a mysterious being who can travel the internet and kick real, fast trolls and other deserving internet users. The webcomic has over 225,000 subscribers on Webtoon. The graphic novel will be released on August 15 as a paperback with an MSRP of $19.99 and a hardcover with an MSRP of $14.99.
let’s play, Flight. 2 and 3, by Leeanne Krecic, a romantic comedy about video gamers that has 4.6 million webtoon subscribers, was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2019, and is being adapted into a TV series by Allnighter ( see “In the Media Age of Comics, We’re About to Find Out How Much Too Much It Is”) Vol. 2 is slated for June 14 and Vol. 3 for November 15, and both will be released as paperback, with an MSRP of $19.99, and hardcover, with an MSRP of $24.99.
Backchannel by Stan Lee, co-written by Akel and Stan Lee with illustrations by Andie Tong (Green Lantern: Legacy), is one of Lee’s latest projects, the story of a high school student with an unusual talent for engineering who is recruited by a group of hackers to disrupt the American prison system. The story originally took place on the Webtoon platform and the Kickstarter to fund it raised over $100,000. The book will be available October 4 in paperback form with an MSRP of $19.99 and hardcover with an MSRP of $24.99.
Urban animal, Flight. 1, by writer Justin Jordan and artist John Amor, has over 500,000 subscribers on the webtoon platform; it features Joe Gomez, a high school student who does well with grades, girls, and his band, until he turns into a saber-toothed tiger. Now that he’s a shapeshifter, he has the added responsibility of saving the human race. Both designers were nominated for the Eisner Awards for their previous work. The first volume of urban animal goes on sale June 21 in paperback form with an MSRP of $24.99 and hardcover with an MSRP of $29.99.
philosophers of action, Flight. 1, brings back the first volume of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s irreverent take on the great minds of history, which was previously self-published and then collected by Dark Horse. The first volume of the new edition is slated for December 12 and will be available as a paperback with an MSRP of $17.99 and a hardcover with an MSRP of $21.99.
Faded away, Flight. 1, by qiseki, is a slice-of-life romance with over 360,000 subscribers on webtoon. The print edition is slated for December 6 and will be available as a paperback with an MSRP of $19.99 and a hardcover with an MSRP of $24.99.
Adventures of God, Flight. 1, collects the first 50 episodes of the satirical webcomic by Matteo Ferrazzi and Corey Jay, which has more than 1.5 million subscribers on Webtoon and has been nominated for a Ringo Award. The book will be available June 21 in paperback form with an MSRP of $19.99.
live forever, Flight. 1, from Marvel colorist Raul Trevino, is a supernatural thriller about a teenage girl who discovers the secret to eternal life and learns that getting what you want isn’t always good. The series has racked up over 250,000 subscribers on Webtoon. Rocketship will release Live Forever on November 22 as a 240-page paperback with an MSRP of $19.99.
The girls have a blog: the Signature edition, by Sarah Bollinger and Thorn Kurtzhals, is a comprehensive diary comic book collection that records the lives of two housemates and friends who are also comic book artists. The comic spanned seven years, starting on Tumblr and then moving to webtoon, where it was a featured series and garnered over 137,000 subscribers. The complete set of the series will be released on September 13 as a 480-page paperback with an MSRP of $24.99 and a hardcover with an MSRP of $39.99.
Lars the clumsy Yeti, Flight. 1, by Nick Seluk, a gag-a-day webcomic about a socially awkward blue yeti. It is the first book of a Lars trilogy; Seluk also created a webcomic about two of Lars’ organs, titled Heart & Brain. The 160-page paperback will be released May 3 with an MSRP of $19.99.
fox lights, Flight. 1, by Emilia Ojala, is a fantasy story for all ages, inspired by Finnish folklore, in which the Northern Lights (known as Fox Fires) are portals between the lands of the living and the dead. When they go missing, a raccoon dog goes in search of the fire fox who is their source to find out what happened. Fox Fires will be released as a 252-page hardcover on May 10 with an MSRP of $19.99.
Under an alien sky, by Sid Kotian, is a sci-fi tale about a madman who brings a deadly monster to an alien planet. The series runs on the Webtoon platform. Kotian is a Mumbai-based designer who is the artist of Chris Claremont’s Gambit. Under an alien sky goes on sale June 28 as a 130-page hardcover with an MSRP of $24.99.
Born sexy tomorrow, Flight. 1, by the webcomics team at VVBG, is a fast-paced space opera that has over 66,000 subscribers on the Tapas platform. The 260-page paperback will be released on November 22 with an MSRP of $19.99.
metaphorical SHE, by James Maddox and David Stoll, follows a poet who builds a following on the local rock scene after offending someone who controls the more conventional channels for success. The story, which has racked up nearly 60,000 subscribers on the webtoon platform, stands out for its use of visual metaphors. The book is due out October 25 as a 320-page embossed leather-bound library edition and will have an MSRP of $34.99.
Spirits: the collector of souls, Flight. 1, by Colin Lawler and Joseph Grabowski, is an all-ages story about a 12-year-old boy who sees spirits, including the ghost of his younger brother. The webcomic has over 57,000 subscribers on Webtoon and will be released by Rocketship on December 12 as a 180-page trade paperback and hardcover, both priced at $19.99.
Undead, by Eliott “boredman” Ventadour, collects the complete webtoon series about a traveling salesman who continues his work despite his clinical death. The print edition is slated for November 14 and will be available as a paperback with an MSRP of $16.99 and a hardcover with an MSRP of $19.99.