SDCC 2018: Black Mask Partners With Sam Esmail For Mr. Robot Comic Series

by Hannah Means Shannon

Some announcements are just too good to be true and you kind of blink. Black Mask Studios, who traditionally publish socially aware comics, have partnered with the creator of the hit TV show Mr. Robot, Sam Esmail, to create Mr. Robot comics, they’ve announced, timed with San Diego Comic-Con this week. The show was written by Jeff McKibben.

The idea behind the comics is that they will serve as a prequel to the TV series, which is still ongoing on the USA network.

The comic book series will debut this Fall from Black Mask Studios, ahead of the fourth season of the Universal Cable Productions produced show.

Black Mask says:

Designed as a prequel to Season 1 of the show, this comic book series will document the formation of the mysterious group known as fsociety.

Esmail is writing the story, issues are being scripted by McKibben with support from Black Mask’s Matteo Pizzolo (Calexit), art by illustrator Antonio Fuso (Survival Fetish) and colorist Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk Into A Bank).  

Mr. Robot marks the first time that the so far purely creator-owned comics publisher Black Mask has stepped into the world of adapting characters from other media for comics.

Black Mask explains:

With both the show and the publisher’s subversive points of view and creator-driven approaches, Mr. Robot is a uniquely perfect fit for creative partnership.

San Diego Comic Con will host the MR. ROBOT: Hacking Comics panel on Thursday July 19th from 1pm-2pm in Room 28DE, where McKibben and Pizzolo will be joined by other special guests for a conversation about expanding the singular world of Mr. Robot into comics.

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