Draxhall Jump Signs With Energy Entertainment

Draxhall Jump's "The Vault" was published as a limited edition comic last summer and introduced "Legends." For those that missed it CBR exclusively presents this online reprint.

You've seen their take on "Ultimate DC" in the pages of Wizardmagazine. Their character designs are found in animated shows like"Transformers: Beast Machines" and "Action Man." They'veredesigned the G.I. Joe toys for Hasbro. Their comic works have been publishedby Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image, to name a few.

is the six-year-old studio/publisher/idea factory founded by comic book artistKen Lashley. Now they are the latest stable of comic book talent to sign amanagement agreement with Hollywood concern Energy Entertainment.

Energy's Daniel Alter told Comics2Film/CBR News that he's been eager to signLashley and company after recently becoming reacquainted with his work.

"I'm a huge Ken Lashley fan, from way back in the 'X-Men: Age of Apocalypse'days," Alter said. "Thefirst title Energy signed to manage was the chart-topping '10th Muse,' which hepenciled and Marv Wolfman wrote. It was for those reasons, that it was requiredreading as far I was concerned when it came out."

Energy's involvementwith Tidal Wave, which also led to the development of the recently announced"Isis" movie, started Alter's pursuit of Lashley and Draxhall Jump.Greg Parkin, who heads up the business development aspects of Draxhall told C2Fthat Alter's enthusiasm for the comics medium was a big factor in signing withEnergy. 

"We've been approached by many people to do representation. In allhonesty Energy's resume was very impressive, especially when you consider howlong they have been in business," Parkin said, "I also got along withDaniel really well. He really loves the content. He was really excited about ourwork. I can't imagine sending someone out there to sell our properties whoreally aren't excited about it.

"We like people who are cool andwho are excited about this stuff because that's the way we are."

Parkin tells us that branching out into other media has always been part ofthe game plan for Draxhall Jump. The pact with Energy will help facilitate that."We basically have a library of intellectual properties that we'redeveloping here, live-action, animated series, quite a few things," Parkinsaid.

Last year, Draxhall Jump self-published their first title,"Legends" as a single-issue comic. A graphic novel follow-up is dueout this summer. Alter sees great potential with that title.

"'Legends' is an event film waiting to happen. It's a mythological spin on the'X-Men,'" Alter said. "The Shadow Corps [who appear in the graphicnovel] have a lot ofparallels with the Sentinels in the X-universe (and think it's safe to say weall wish those baddies were showing up in 'X2' this summer)."

Other Draxhall Jump concepts in development include "Mission:Octane," which spins the Shadow Corps out of "Legends" and "Jaekada,"which maps vampire-hunting mythos onto the culture of the ancient Incas. 

Further, Draxhall Jump goes beyond being a simple art studio. Theirimpressive staff gives them the ability to deliver complete works, going fromstory to pencils to inks and colors.

"How that benefits our relationship with them is the next step in the Energymodel for working with comic book creators," Alter said. "Not just going out with existingmaterial, or even counseling them on the development of new material based onour knowledge of the buyers marketplace, but being able to develop visuallyenhanced pitches to sell/set-up as film or TV projects. 

"These will have an addedvalue to a buyer based on the promise of being turned into a comic book seriesor graphic novel that will deliver a built-in fan base by the time the projectreaches the live-action medium on the big or small screen."

Parkin said he looks forward to seeing where the relationship with Energytakes Draxhall Jump. Whatever the net result of the relationship is, he'sconfident that it will only enhance the studio's creative ideals. "We're in it for the fun. We're in it for the experience and see where ittakes us."

Look for more comics from Draxhall Jump this summer. Version 2.0 of Draxhall.com goes live today.

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