Backbone Entertainment announced that it is collaborating with Seven Seas Entertainment to produce an all-new original manga based on the hit Death, Jr. franchise. Death, Jr. began its life as a successful video game for the PSP and comic series, and has since built up a vibrant franchise, including a forthcoming sequel for the PSP system game called Death, Jr. 2: Root of Evil, a new game for the Nintendo DS called Death, Jr. and the Science Fair of Doom, a second comic book series, and an assortment of other collectible merchandise.
"We're excited to see DJ, Pandora, and all of the unforgettable Death, Jr. characters come to life in such a popular format", says Mike Mika, studio head of Backbone Entertainment's Emeryville location. "Seven Seas has helped create a great visual concept and storyline for the manga that will attract long-time DJ fans, and will really appeal to a new audience."
"A big driving force behind manga is the female audience, so it's the perfect opportunity to put a shoujo manga spin on Death, Jr.", says Seven Seas president Jason DeAngelis. "The Death, Jr. universe is one of those unique sandboxes that's a blast to get in and play, and we'll be taking these characters along a wild ride the likes of which they've never seen."
The Death, Jr: Pandora manga will be presented in the standard manga format: black and white, digest-sized, 192 pages. Look for it in 2007!