JumpStart - Coming Summer 2011
Preview of Discovery Channel's Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Predators
Silver Dragon Book's author, Joe Brusha and artist Anthony Spay visited a number of local schools in the Philadelphia area, Highland Elementary & Saint Stanislaus, speaking to the students about how comics and graphic novels are created.
Silver Dragon News for December
-3p and at the National Aquarium, in Baltimore on Saturday, 12/18, from noon-3p.
Joe Brusha- Author and CEO of Zenescope Entertainment
Joe Brusha spent his early professional career in sales selling such interesting things as computer chips and sporting goods. During his spare time he concentrated on his true passion writing screenplays and short stories while raising five kids.
An avid comic fan as a teenager, he rediscovered his love of comics as an adult and realized it could provide an outlet for his creative energies. Teaming with his long time friend, the two formed Zenescope Entertainment.
While acting as Zenescope’s President, Brusha has written several books for the company including the hit independent series GRIMM FAIRY TALES and NEVERLAND as well as SE7EN based on the New Line Cinema film.
Joe Brusha was born just outside of Philadelphia, in Abington PA, and he still resides there with his wife and five children.
Anthony Spay- Artist
Anthony Spay is an American comic book artist from Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College, with and MFA in sequential art from Savannah College of Art and Design.
He has worked for Bloomsbury publishing on their line of Twilight Zone graphic novels, and was a staff cartoonist for BLITZ football magazine.
For the past year Anthony has worked on many titles for Zenescope Entertainment, including Grimm Fairy tales, Escape from Wonderland, and now the Discovery Channel’s ‘Top 10 Deadliest Sharks.”
Andy Dehart- Introduction & Contributing Editor
Andy Dehart serves as director of biological programs for the National Aquarium, Washington, D.C., as well as Discovery Channel shark adviser.
Andy has been interviewed on his extensive knowledge of sharks by top media outlets, including CBS Early Show, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, Fox News, USA Today, The O'Reilly Factor, and CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, as well as various local television, print, and radio media outlets.
He has been featured in five Discovery Channel Shark Week productions: SHARKS UNDER GLASS (2003), SHARK FEEDING FRENZY (2007), DAY OF THE SHARK (2008), SHARK AFTER DARK (2009), and DAY OF THE SHARK 2 (2009).
He began his career in public aquariums as a volunteer at the National Aquarium, Baltimore, while he was still in high school. Since that time, Andy helped open the Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo before returning to the National Aquarium, where he has worked for 17 years.
Andy relocated to the National Aquarium, Washington, DC, when the facility partnered with the National Aquarium, Baltimore. He oversees the Husbandry, Animal Health, Conservation, and Facilities departments, helping to renovate the nation's oldest aquarium.
Andy and his wife Jessica, also a marine biologist, are avid scuba divers and fish surveyors. They and their daughter Paige live in the Baltimore area.
Check out this AWESOME article by John Geddes of USA Today:
Discovery Channel dives into fiction
By John Geddes, USA TODAY
The Discovery Channel announced this week that it will enter the world of graphic novels.
A series of graphic novels aimed at the youth market (ages 9 and above) are now in development, and the first is scheduled to make its debut next month. Silver Dragon Books, an all-ages imprint of Zenescope Comics, will produce the books. Zenescope co-founder Joe Brusha explains how his company helped Discovery branch out into graphic novels.
"At last year's Book Expo, I was looking around and saw there weren't a huge variety of education and entertainment books with big brands attached to them. I thought there was a great area there that we could develop with Discovery. We reached out to them and they loved the idea."
Discovery liked the Zenescope idea so much, in fact, that it handed the lead-writing duties to Brusha for its first graphic novel, Top 10 Deadliest Sharks. Based on the type of information and stories that typically make up the network's historically successful Shark Week programming series, the inaugural graphic novel will explore 10 individual stories about the world's most dangerous sharks.
Elizabeth Bakacs, Discovery Channel's vice president of commerce and licensing, saw the move into graphic novels as a natural extension for the network. "We're always looking for ways that we can expand our audience," Bakacs says. "We looked at graphic novels and thought it was a great way to tell new stories."
Deadliest Sharks will be available Dec. 1 in comic book shops and Amazon.com and at major retail book chains the following week. Discovery's expansion into fiction is purely a print play at this point, but Bakacs says plans for the future probably will include a variety of media.
"We want to do the print portion of this as best we can," she says. "We first want to maximize what we can do within print and then will look at other potential ways that we might reach a larger audience."
In addition to Sharks, upcoming titles in 2011 will include a dinosaurs-themed story, an Animal Planet-branded book and a few other topics based on Discovery shows that are still in development.
In many cases, Discovery on-air personalities have (or will be) integrated into the fictional content. With Sharks, for example, Shark Week host and shark expert Andy Dehart appears as a character within the story.
For Brusha, it was nice having a graphic-novel character that could play dual roles. "Andy not only was included as a character in the beginning and the end, but he also worked as our editorial expert, reviewing everything that we presented about sharks to make sure our facts and images were accurate."
Brusha and Bakacs were quick to point out, however, that Deadliest Sharks is intended to educate and not just scare readers. "This book isn't intended as a scare tactic," Bakacs says. "It's just a heads-up that when you're out in the water, you're in their environment. They're not mindless killers; they're just reacting to the environment in which they live."