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
"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
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, it has 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