March 23, 2021 – AfterShock Comics, the industry’s fastest-growing independent publishing company, is teaming with Renegade Entertainment, co-founded by Courtney Lauren Penn and Thomas Jane, to introduce an all new comic property titled “LYCAN,” with a script by comic book legend Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Girl with All the Gifts) and based on a story by David James Kelly (Logan, Robin Hood), and Thomas Jane (The Punisher, Bad Planet).
Year of Our Lord 1777: A hardened band of international big game hunters returning from Africa are shipwrecked off a small British island. In exchange for new supplies and the repairing of their good ship The Calydonian, Lord Ludgate engages the men for a task they are particularly well suited for: find the Berserking Beast that has been eating his subjects, including a group of young Benedictine Nuns, and destroy it.
The initial six installments of the “LYCAN” comic series will debut in the first half of 2022.
This creative union expands AfterShock Comics’ already impressive body of collaborative work with top creators including Garth Ennis, Steve Orlando, Cullen Bunn and Marguerite Bennett, to name only a few. LYCAN will join AfterShock’s critically-acclaimed library of groundbreaking titles such as ANIMOSITY, DARK RED, A WALK THROUGH HELL, THE KAIJU SCORE and WE LIVE among many others.
“Thomas and I have talked about working together for quite a while now, so when the chance came to merge his love and passion for the comic book medium with AfterShock’s own, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect,” said Joe Pruett, Publisher and CCO of AfterShock Comics. “With our proven track record of launching successful, creator-owned titles, and the talent Thomas brings to the creation of a book the opportunities for this book and our relationship are limitless.”
Thomas Jane brings a breadth of experience from the comic book world to this new venture in partnership with AfterShock. In addition to a number of roles in comic book franchises from The Punisher to Gun, Jane also co-owned RAW Studios with Steve Niles and Tim Bradstreet which developed a number of projects including the comic Bad Planet which Jane wrote and distributed through Image Comics and Alien Pig Farm 3000 with writer Todd Farmer.
Jane said, “I am beyond excited to be partnering with AfterShock Comics to develop the universe of LYCAN. It’s a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a long time and I’m very lucky to have a great team of creators with David and Mike to bring it to life through the upcoming comic book series.”
Penn, who heads content at Renegade, said, “Being a company that prides itself on a maverick creative spirit and transmedia approach to storytelling, we’re beyond excited to segue into the comic world with LYCAN, and to work alongside our amazing and like-minded partners at Aftershock Comics. Their expertise and experience will be instrumental in bringing this universe to fans globally.”
The introduction of the “LYCAN” comic property is the latest demonstration of expansionary moves into new entertainment verticals for Courtney Lauren Penn and Thomas Jane’s Renegade Entertainment, which has been prolifically active since launching late in 2019. The production shingle recently completed production on the western thriller “The Last Son,” starring Thomas Jane, Sam Worthington and Colson Baker, and the horror comedy “Slayers” starring Abigail Breslin, Thomas Jane and Malin Akerman. Renegade will soon start production on the anticipated crime drama series ‘Troppo” alongside AGC Television, starring Jane.
Producer and former chess champion Courtney Lauren Penn oversees content at Renegade Entertainment, producing new media, film, and television series alongside Jane.