Immortal Studios To Launch New Martial Arts Comic Book Shared Universe Based On The Works Of Shiao Yi

by Olly MacNamee

L.A.’s Immortal Studios is breaking new ground comic book with the announcement of the first shared universe of Wuxia martial arts-fantasy stories, with a series of interconnected comic books inspired by the storytelling of Shiao Yi. A writer who has seen many of his novels already adapted into into film and television more than thirty times.

Spearheaded by Immortal Studios’ Founder and CEO Peter Shiao, the plan is to adapt his father’s stories into comic books as a unifying “Immortal Storyverse”, in collaboration with a team of comic book storytellers in the coming months and years, starting with Fa Sheng: Origins. A series that will reveal the humble beginnings of the great Shaolin Master. The series is created by Peter Shiao and written by screenwriter, author, and Ringo Award-winning comic book creator, Rylend Grant, who is also an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist monk. The comic will be illustrated by Dexter Wee (Outlaw Territory, The Führer and the Tramp), coloured by Omi Remalante, Jr., lettered by Deron Bennett. It will be launched initially as a Kickstarter campaign.

“Readers of Immortal Studios’ The Adept know Fa Sheng as a death-cheating, mind-bending Shaolin Master… but he carved a long bloody road to get there. Fa Sheng’s story begins in the latter days of the 19th century, when the confusion and carnage of China’s Boxer Uprising force him to reevaluate his purpose in life, to dedicate himself to helping those in need. It isn’t easy. Between Fa Sheng and his goal of empowering the masses stand ruthless adversaries, backstabbing power grabbers and cowardly charlatans… any of whom would gladly dispose of anyone in their way.”

Immortal Studios’ Founder and CEO Peter Shiao added:

“Wuxia is a fantasy genre of transformation and romanticism from the East that also has its roots in real history. It is the story of the commoner who becomes extraordinary, the outsider wandering hero, who is compelled by circumstance to stand against injustice and champion the common person. There’s never been a better time than now for people to discover what makes Wuxia so excitingly relevant and it’s a thrill to honor my father’s legacy, as one of the pioneers of modern Wuxia. And the best way for me to do that has been to create this interconnected inspired from his work, and to pickup the pen myself. What is different this time is our decision to make our modern world today with all of the challenges and opportunities as the backdrop, while returning the genre to its founding roots in spiritual transformation, which explains our decision to begin with Shaolin.”

If you’re going to WonderCon this weekend, then you can learn more on Saturday, April 2nd between 1:30pm and 2:30pm (Room 213AB). Here’s the details for this Immortal Studios: Birth of a Storyverse panel:

“Fans of Wuxia, martial arts fantasy and comics, rejoice! This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of the Immortal “Storyverse” that is bringing together all the wide ranging influences of this timeless Asian genre in an interconnected comic book universe for the first time. Join Peter Shiao (Founder and CEO), Hank Kanalz (Head of Publishing), Bernard Chang, Tasha Huo, Rylend Grant, and Jen Troy (the key talent behind The Adept, Chronicles of the Immortal Swordsmen and other tentpole titles), for an in-depth introduction that promises to awaken the hero in everyone through Wuxia. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness history! Panel will include special commemorative gifts exclusively for attendees!”

You can follow the Kickstarter campaign by signing up here for the pre-launch now.

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