I’ll be completely honest, and this probably isn’t the best way to start off a post on an exciting press release, but I have no idea who Simon Curtis is. Looking him up he was on an Episode of Hannah Montana, so instant street cred there. He’s a singer and released a few successful albums in the dance genre world. All good things, all good things.
You know what IS cool about that? It’s not your “typical” comic writer which I find exciting. This is a kid (I say kid because he looks young, he’s almost the same age as me) that at face value is a creator but not in the comic book world. This is how you get fresh new outlooks on stories.
Reading through the synopsis on this it’s feels like a witches coming of age tale set in Los Angeles. The “you got this power, don’t use this power, oh you used this power? There’s some consequences” thing you know?
Let’s take a look at what Legendary Comics has to say about this.
Legendary Comics Announces New Original Graphic Novel The Witches of Silverlake from Singer-Songwriter and Actor Simon Curtis, Set for Release in Early 2021
LOS ANGELES, October 8, 2019 – Legendary Comics announced today a new graphic novel, THE WITCHES OF SILVERLAKE, from singer-songwriter and actor Simon Curtis, with art by Stephanie Son, set for release in early 2021. The original story follows Elliot Green, who, after his dad dies, moves across country to Los Angeles where his mother has accepted the position of Vice Principal at one of the most prestigious private schools and where he is currently enrolled. He is quickly taken in by the school’s outcasts—the scholarship kids, the queer kids, and the ones who just don’t fit in with the glossy trust fund babies—and they let him in on their little secret: they’re witches. He ventures out into the world of crystal stores and occult shops in Silverlake, until one fateful day, he encounters an elderly shop owner who delivers a prophecy, warning him not to tap too deeply into real magic. The next morning, as Elliot and his coven use a stolen initiation candle to cast a spell to activate their abilities, they unknowing open a gate, unleashing a magic that is powerful, real, and might be even more dangerous than they could have possibly imagined. Follow Facebook.com/LegendaryComics for the latest news and updates about The Witches of Silverlake and more.
Simon has created a fun and unique story for this graphic novel that is filled with magical high-school adventures set right here in Los Angeles’ neighborhood of Silverlake, I am thrilled to be working with Simon and Stephanie to tell this engaging story featuring a witchy and endearing cast of misfits.Nikita Kannekanti, Editor of Legendary Comics.
I am beyond thrilled to be working with Legendary to bring these characters to life, Elliot and his coven of queer, teen witches are everything I’ve always dreamed of seeing in pop culture, and I’m so excited to have a company with such incredible vision as eager as I am to tell a story of the magic of otherness.Simon Curtis
Fans attending Los Angeles Comic Con are invited to join the Legendary Comics team and creator Simon Curtis as they share secrets about The Witches of Silverlake and upcoming comic releases at the “Legendary Comics 2019 and Beyond” panel on Saturday, October 12 at 11:00am in Room 404AB. Attendees will also get updates on previously announced YA releases: Championess and Lupina; get sneak peeks of The Heart Hunter, Lost in Space: Countdown to Danger, Acursian, and Firebrand; and will receive an exclusive Legendary Comics giveaway.
About the creators:
Simon Curtis first appeared in Nickelodeon’s Spectacular, and released his viral mixtape, 8Bit Heart, in 2010. The following year, his debut album at retail, RA, landed at number 20 on Billboard’s Dance and Electronic Albums chart, all without the aid of a label, manager or publicist. After releasing comeback single, “Love,” in February of this year, Simon now has over 30 million plays and 300,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, as well as over 300 million plays across YouTube, with an as-yet unannounced album set for release this winter. His debut novel from Simon & Schuster, Boy Robot, was released in 2016, and the sequel, Robot Army, is slated for release in 2021. A Leukemia survivor who was kicked out of his home for being gay as a teen in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Simon proudly partnered the release of his first novel with the It Gets Better Project and strives to inspire hope in young people.
Stephanie Son is an illustrator and comic artist based in Seoul, Korea. She has worked on many different projects such as the 2018 Leeds Thought Bubble Festival, the Immortal Souls Anthology and various other personal works.
About Legendary Comics:
Legendary Comics was born out of a passion for mythic entertainment, seeking out new talent and working with the best and the brightest in the industry to create transportive worlds, inspirational characters, and spectacular adventures that leap off the page. Founded in 2011, Legendary Comics has produced an exciting catalogue of original titles that continues to grow and evolve. From partnerships with industry legend Frank Miller to Grant Morrison’s Eisner-nominated Annihilator, Legendary Comics has a passion for innovative new stories, including Marc Guggenheim’s The Adventures of Jonas Quantum, the fantasy action series A Town Called Dragon, and Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis’ hit webseries, Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Presano. In addition to original titles, Legendary Comics also expands the scope of the cinematic universes of its parent company Legendary Entertainment, by bringing big-screen adventure exploding onto the comic book page. Working with the visionary filmmakers and the architects of Legendary’s Monsterverse, they have delivered the level of quality and authenticity our fans demand with New York Times best-sellers such as Godzilla: Aftershock, Pacific Rim: Aftermath, and Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, to name a few. http://www.legendary.com/comics