You can trace back the selfie, or the elevation of self, to such works as Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel, “Jane Eyre.” This is perhaps the best early example of a work elevating an average person, as opposed to an aristocrat or religious figure. That said, it makes total sense to explore the character of Jane, with a completely contemporary flair, in the upcoming graphic novel, JANE, published by BOOM! Studios, and due out this fall. As it makes its way to Emerald City Comicon in Seattle (March 2-5, 2017), BOOM! Studios wants you to know about JANE, from acclaimed screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Devil Wears Prada) and Eisner Award-winning illustrator Ramón K. Pérez (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand).
Press release follows:
“CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND” CO-CREATOR & EISNER AWARD WINNER DEBUT JANE ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL
Los Angeles, Calif. (February 21, 2017) – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce Jane, a new original graphic novel which reimagines Jane Eyre, from acclaimed screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Devil Wears Prada) and Eisner Award-winning illustrator Ramón K. Pérez (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand). The book is a powerful modern re-envisioning of Charlotte Brontë’s seminal novel.
Growing up in a small fishing town, Jane dreamed of going to art school and escaping to New York City. When that dream becomes a reality, however, it’s not long before she feels intimidated by her new home and the talent of her peers. Needing money, she gets a comfortable job as a nanny for a young girl, Adele, but her security is soon upended when she falls for the girl’s father, Rochester, a somber man with charm, wealth, and a dark secret that could consume them all.
“I am so excited for people to read our new take on this classic story,” explains Aline Brosh McKenna, who is making her graphic novel debut. “Our Jane is a modern girl working through some very contemporary problems but she retains Jane Eyre’s signature moral goodness and clarity. We moved the story in exciting new directions while maintaining the mystery, romance, and yearning that has kept this story vital for years.” She continues, “Working with Ramón is a dream come true, I am such a fan, and I’m excited for the world to see how he has taken words and story and transformed them into visual magic in a way only he can.”
Acclaimed illustrator Ramón K. Pérez adds, “Jane is an exciting experience since it allows us to bring our interpretation of the beloved classic Jane Eyre to a whole new audience and will give longtime fans of the original Brontë sisters’ novel the opportunity to experience it visualized in an entirely new and innovative way.”
JANE is the latest original graphic novel release from BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint, home to an acclaimed line of ambitious and award-winning graphic novels, including Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Rust by Royden Lepp; Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand by Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, and Ramón K. Pérez; The Realist by Asaf Hanuka; and Hacktivist by Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and Marcus To.
“JANE is a wonderfully soft yet courageous, principled, and intelligent woman whose ability to challenge Victorian convention and snobbery reverberates even today,” says Sierra Hahn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “There isn’t a better duo to bring this work to life in the modern era with as much energy, heart, and color as McKenna and Pérez. Jane will inspire readers of all ages.”
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ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Adventure Time and Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox in film and with Fox Television. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.