June 29, 2008 8:50 PM
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” producer Vin Di Bona is getting graphic. The TV veteran is stepping into the realm of graphic novels and comic books through his new banner, Invisible Hand Studios, which will be developing properties that hold potential for film and television adaptation. The new entity already is collaborating with Devil’s Due Publishing on several titles.
“I believe the graphic novel presents the most unique and creative entry into the future of both television and film,” explains Mr. Di Bona. “With the launch of Invisible Hand Studios, we have the opportunity to ride the crest of what will be the new wave of storytelling.”
Already set to hit bookshelves from Invisible Hand and Devil’s Due in August will be the graphic novel “Serpo,” based on the alleged U.S. top-secret interplanetary exchange program between 12 Americans and aliens from the planet Serpo and the alleged ensuing cover-up conspiracy. The graphic novel was written by Jason Burns with artwork by Joe Eisma.
Two additional properties are being readied by Invisible Hand and Devil’s Due: “D.O.L.,” a franchise in the vein of “Ghostbusters” that follows two overzealous underdogs who, in the process of collecting overdue library books, inadvertently save the world; and “The Odd Squad,” a dramedy featuring a motley group with varied specialties who assemble to reinstate the government’s Office of Dimensional Defense (ODD) to investigate and battle supernatural forces and unexplained phenomenon. Mr. Di Bona explains it as “Monk” meets “The X-Files.” “D.O.L” was written by “Serpo’s” Jason Burns; “Odd Squad” was written by Nick Capetanakis and Todd Livingston with artwork by Brendon and Brian Fraim.
— Chris Pursell