'Rotogin Junkbotz': Sunscript inks management deal with Energy Entertainment

Mon, May 5th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist

Animation and comic studio Sunscript

has signed a management agreement with Energy Entertainment to represent their

new Image Comics title "Rotogin

Junkbotz." The deal, part of Energy's ever-expanding stable of comic

book representation, would aim to develop the battling mechs concept for film

and animation.

"Rotogin Junkbotz" takes place in a future world

where giant robots are pitted against each other in enormous battle arenas.

However, when the super-bowl of mech wars gets out of hand and devastates a

major city, the sport is outlawed and goes underground.

"Our comic book is about is how an Asian

triad-like organization sets up these underground battles," Sunscript

President and art director Jay Lee told C2F/CBR News, "and the book is about a girl name Kaylin who's a real gear head, really

good at robotics, and how she get mixed into the whole underground scene of

fighting robots,"

Kaylin finds herself working to help a friend who owes a large debt to the

gangsters that run the sport.

"'JunkBotz' plugs into the currently

growing interest in shows like 'BattleBots' and 'RobotWars' and shows what the

future might hold," Energy's Daniel Alter said. "Forget cockfights.

This is like 'Fight Club' with Transformers. In Jay's future world, the

underground sub-culture is as vibrant as street racing is in 'Fast and the


While bare-knuckle Transformer brawls sound like great fun,

Lee said his aim was to make a book that was both fun, but also had realistic


"For the first series I wanted to tell what happens after a big disaster, and how it really effects people and how times get really

tough," Lee said. "I think we all got a taste of that on September

11th, so I wanted to show that.

"I wanted to make something more realistic, but still put in all the

entertainment elements at the same time."

Alter told C2F that he's very

enthusiastic about the comic and sees great potential in other media. "The artwork

is gorgeous. The best looking manga book on the market," Alter said.

"I think Sunscript is the next DreamWave and from what I know about the

world of Rotogin, ithas the ability to be a mangaverse unto itself."

Although the ink is still drying on the deal, Lee told C2F that he's looking

forward to seeing where things will go. He envisions "Rotogin: Junkbotz"

as a live-action movie or anime-style feature.

"I think now with the 3D being so advanced you could really pull off something

amazing but if it was to be a live feature it'd have to have a huge budget,"

Lee said. Doing the property as Anime would preserve the adult themes of the


In the mean time, Sunscript will be expanding on the comic with an online

animated series called "Rotogin: Blitzmode." Lee tells us that it'll

be a Flash series that expands the back-story of the concept.

Issue #0 of the

series hit the stands in March, but fans can also check out a

preview at Image.com. Issue #1 is due in stores this month and also has an

online preview.

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