Energy Entertainment inks management deal for 'CiCi'

Whatif the life you remembered living actually belonged to someone else?What if you woke up one day and found out you were a clone? And what if the veryidea of cloning conflicted with your personal beliefs? These are the questionsexplored by writer Parker Smart in his independent comic book "CiCi,"which is now attracting attention in Hollywood.

Smart is the latest talent from the comic industry to sign a management dealwith Energy Entertainment, who is looking to develop "CiCi" inother media.

CiCiis the heroine of Smart's four-issue story, a woman who discovers that she wasbrought into existence just days earlier through a nanotechnology-based cloningsystem developed by a private corporation. 

"This severelyconflicts with all of her beliefs that have remained intact," Smart toldComics2Film/CBR News. "She tries to learnmore about her creation as her beliefs slowly crumble while attempting to put astop to future creations."

As an action heroine, CiCi discovers that she's actually an improvementoverCynthia Christiansen, the woman she was cloned from. The nanotech that built hercell-by-cell remains inside her and has a mind of its own. CiCi struggles to increaseher control overit and use it to her advantage to form armor and weapons.

Daniel Alter of Energy said that Smart's story appeals to him on many levels."The main character is a strong female lead, but she has a certainvulnerability with regard to what's happened to her (which in itself, is a verytopical issue)," Alter told C2F/CBR News. "I think that makes herrelatable to a general audience, but the long and short of it is, CiCi is agreat ride:  Action-packed.  A kick-ass heroine.  Lots of twistsand turns and some sweet set-pieces."

The ink on the deal between Smart and Energy is still fresh. Plans are to tryto get the property set up as a film or TV series. Smart told C2F that he's veryexcited about the arrangement.

"I like Daniel and [Energy founder Brooklyn Weaver's] enthusiasm. I mean nobody can have the passionfor the project that I have, but to have people that are pretty close, that gaveme a warm fuzzy," Smart said.

"Parker's a really amiable guy," Alter said. "My focus now isto line his pockets and get this thing set-up in as a film franchise ortelevision series."

Up until now Smart has self-published the book under his SpilledMilk banner.  However, Alter calls the book "the best Top Cow book TopCow never published," and added, "if Image or Top Cow are readingthis, contact this guy about putting out the trade and doing a newmini-series."

The original four issue run of "CiCi" is currently available on theSpilled Milk website.

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