Bluewater Productions, William Shatner ink comic book deal

Tue, September 16th, 2008 at 5:05pm PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

Bluewater Productions proudly announces a part- nership with iconic actor and bestselling author William Shatner. The Washington based comic book company has contracted to do four titles with Shatner based on his popular science fiction novels. Bluewater's "William Shatner Presents" franchise will include Shatner's The TekWar Chronicles, Quest for Tomorrow, Man O' War, and an exclusive new title that Shatner will create specifically- ly for the publisher.

The comics will showcase storylines that will be continuations of the established plots featured in the fast-paced, sci-fi action-adventure books as opposed to direct adaptations of the titles. Shatner will be the creative force in the venture and will be working directly with Bluewater's writers and artists, along with writer/producer Craig Nevius (The Fantastic Four, Black Scorpion), to develop the concept and look of the comics.

Shatner said: "Working with Bluewater is a great opportunity to bring these novels to a whole new audience."

Bluewater's publisher Darren G. Davis comments on the collaboration: "Mr. Shatner is a savvy businessman and a creative mastermind. We're honored to be partnering with him and are confident our ef- forts will create comic books both his fans and ours will embrace."

Science fiction fans all over the world are familiar with Shatner's TekWar novels. The books showcase a hard-boiled private eye story set in the 22nd century. The plot revolves around an ex- policeman protagonist whose quest is to track down a missing scientist whose invention could win the war against the insidious computerized drug known as "Tek." The novels were initially adapted by Marvel Comics in the 1990's, and subsequently developed into an television series which ran from 1994-1996 for The Sci-Fi Channel in which Shatner co-starred, produced and directed.

Shatner has cultivated a career that has spanned over 50 years as a actor, director, producer, screenwriter, recording artist, and author. Before his iconic portrayal of Captain Kirk in the long-running Star Trek franchise, science fiction fans embraced the actor for guest starring in two classic episodes of The Twi- light Zone. Currently, Shatner stars in ABC's critically acclaimed legal drama Boston Legal for which he has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. He was also recently inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and remains one of pop culture's most recognizable figures.

Bluewater will launch all four of the "William Shatner Presents" titles during the first quarter of 2009. The "TekWar Chronicles" will be an on going series while the three additional titles will be crafted into a mini-series.

About Bluewater Productions:

Bluewater Productions, Inc., is one if the top independent production studios of comic, young adult books and graphic novel titles. In the tradition of great storytelling and cutting edge art, Bluewater has stormed onto the comic book and graphic novel scene. With impressive titles, including such smash hits as the "10th MUSE," "VSS," "THE LEGEND OF ISIS," and "Wrath of the Titans" and "Sinbad" from legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen. Bluewater Productions is committed to continue to produce engaging stories with art from both the top names in the industry alongside up and coming stars. New titles from Bluewater include "Vincent Price" and "Bartholomew of the Scissors," and will launch in the fall of 2008.

TAGS:  bluewater productions, william shatner, tekwar

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