ROUBAIX – 21 April 2015 – Today Ankama announced that the publishing rights in the US, UK and Canada (and other English-speaking countries) of its hit series, MUTAFUKAZ (from Ankama’s Label ‘619’), have been acquired by Titan Comics. The first issue will be released this Autumn/Fall 2015 in English-speaking countries.
MUTAFUKAZ is one of the most famous comics in France. It is the story of Angelino, one of the thousand deadbeats living in Dark Meat City. However, after an unremarkable scooter accident, caused by a beautiful, mysterious stranger, Angelino’s life is about to be transformed… into a walking nightmare! He starts witnessing monstrous entities prowling all over the city… Is Angelino losing his mind, or is this the work of an otherworldly invasion from… the stars?
“Titan are extremely excited and delighted to be releasing this unique piece of work into the English speaking market”, said Chris Teather, Publishing Director, Titan Comics.
The critically-acclaimed series has received several awards: “Postmodernist Virtuoso, Run is a bit like the Tarantino of comics, and MUTAFUKAZ is his Kill Bill” says Les Inrocks, “It’s a groundbreaking graphic quest” for L’optimum and “a graphic novel whose story and graphics are totally fresh! Run has got modern comics down to a fine art” from trendsetting magazine Technik’art.
MUTAFUKAZ came out of the mind of Run, a graphic artist and illustrator who first worked as creative director in several advertising agencies. For his own work and universe, he pulls inspiration from the golden age of Sci-Fi, pulp movies and the popular Latino culture.
After 4 volumes, the series has already sold over 100,000 copies in France. The final issue is scheduled to be released this Fall. A short movie inspired from the brand has been nominated at the Sundance festival in 2003 and a full length movie, produced by Ankama and Japanese legendary animation studio Studio 4C, is currently in production.