All Ages

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Zoom's Academy goes to Ballantine

Thanks to Heidi for this one.

ZOOM'S ACADEMY FOR THE SUPER GIFTED, a comic about a 13-year old girl who not only discovers that her father is a teacher at a school for kids with powers but discovers she has superhuman abilities herself, has not only been signed up for a movie starring Tim Allen but has also been picked up by Ballantine Books, a subsidary of Random House Publishing for two books. Creator Jason Lethcoehas published 3 issues of the comic book to date. Whether or not Ballantine will follow Disney's recent lead to alter the original material into a hybrid of comics and prose or keep it as is remains to be seen.

I haven't had the chance to read ZOOM'S but what I've seen of Lethcoe's artwork, I like. There's definite kid-appeal to his work.

With so much media attention and buzz around kids comics in the past 6 months, it seems like every publisher (traditional book and comic book) is taking the opportunity to snap up a existing all ages book for their line. 2005 should be an interesting year...

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