Last month we pieced together the news that Papercutz had signed a deal with wrestling company WWE to produce some comics, and today ROBOT 6 the exclusive scoop direct from the publisher: Papercutz will be publishing not one but two WWE-related comic series.
The first title is a ongoing monthly comic series starting in December simply titled WWE, which is essentially the wrestling world come to life. WWE Hall of Fame wrestler (and New York Times bestselling author) Mick Foley will write stories set in the actual continuity of WWE storylines, complete with matches, backstage segments and of course the company's superstars -- both past and present.
“WWE’s Superstars are truly larger-than-life, with the kind of personality and raw power that makes a comics page crackle with excitement,” said Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup in a press release. “It's the kind of action and drama that's just perfect for comics, and Mick Foley is just the WWE Legend we need to make it happen.”
Foley is no stranger to comics: He's written a miniseries for 12 Gauge Comics, partnered with Jill Thompson on several kids books, and was even a childhood friend of the son of comics legend John Buscema. This WWE comic series is described by the publisher as "Teen+", and will be part of a full line of titles for that age group to be revealed later this year.
”I am very excited about this new partnership and comic book series,” Foley is quoted as saying in a press release. “Writing is a great outlet for me, and sharing stories of WWE Superstars, both past and present, make it possible to introduce a whole new generation to WWE.”
The second WWE title doesn't have a name yet, but it will be targeted squarely at kids and "tied into a new WWE initiative, according to Papercutz Marketing Director Jesse Post. It will launch in June 2014 as a series of graphic novels released three times per year.
Papercutz is set up this week at Comic-Con International in San Diego (booth #2546), and Foley will be on hand Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to sign autographs.