Dynamite & Halfbrick to Release Series Based on “Fruit Ninja” Mobile Game


Dynamite Entertainment, in partnership with game development company Halfbrick, announced today plans to release a new series based on the hugely popular and successful mobile game Fruit Ninja.

The series will be written by Eisner and Harvey nominee Nate Cosby (“Cow Boy,” “Buddy Cops,” “Jim Henson’s The Storyteller”)  with art by Scott Brown (“Nightfall”) and Ruairi Coleman (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures”). Per the press release from Dynamite, the series will revolve around the Fruit Ninjas, who have mastered the art of Juice Jitsu, and who use their training to protect the world from time-traveling despots.

“Fruit Ninja” writer Nate Cosby

Says Cosby, “I don’t want to get everybody TOO excited, but Fruit Ninja may end up being the greatest comic series ever created. Because there’s fruit and there’s ninjas and there’s jetpacks made of cake and attack hippos wearing goggles that come out of tubes and an army of hyper-aggressive ants that know how to drive peaches. And…that’s…JUST…THE FIRST ISSUE (which reminds me, I really should figure out what’s going be in the second issue)!”

Developed by Halfbrick, Fruit Ninja is one of the most popular mobile games on the planet, and seeing as how Cosby has overseen the production of the popular “Angry Birds” comic adaptation, he was a natural fit according to Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “After its wildly successive launch in late 2010, Fruit Ninja became a staple in the mobile gaming industry, as it was downloaded to more than one-third of all iPhones within 18-months of release,” said Barrucci. “With Nate Cosby’s cutting sense of humor coming across on the page, fans of the game are going to enjoy sinking their teeth into these fun, new adventures!”

Fruit Ninja is slated to launch September 6, 2017.

 


ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS WITH DEVELOPMENT COMPANY HALFBRICK TO RELEASE NEW SERIES BASED ON MASSIVELY POPULAR MOBILE GAME, FRUIT NINJA

Nate Cosby, Scott Brown, and Ruairi Coleman Named as Creative Team for the Juicy New Series!

June 19, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Eisner and Harvey Award nominated writer, Nate Cosby (Cow Boy, Buddy Cops), and artists Scott Brown (Nightfall) and Ruairi Coleman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures) have been named as the new creative appointed to helm the latest series from Dynamite Entertainment, Fruit Ninja.  Slated to launch September 6th, the series is based on the popular mobile game developed by Halfbrick, with well-over a billion downloads world-wide, across all gaming platforms!

In this juicy new series, the Fruit Ninjas have mastered the art of Juice Jitsu (no, really) which unlocks hidden powers through the slicing of fruit (seriously), so they can protect their neighbors from time-traveling super-villains! Fruit Ninja #1 will also feature two-bonus stories including an ancient Fruit Ninjas tale from a thousand years ago, as well as a wild and high-flying Jetpack Joyride story!

Writer Nate Cosby said, “I don’t want to get everybody TOO excited, but Fruit Ninja may end up being the greatest comic series ever created. Because there’s fruit and there’s ninjas and there’s jetpacks made of cake and attack hippos wearing goggles that come out of tubes and an army of hyper-aggressive ants that know how to drive peaches. And…that’s…JUST…THE FIRST ISSUE (which reminds me, I really should figure out what’s going be in the second issue)!”

Nate Cosby is a multi-award nominated writer and editor who wrote the Eisner- and Harvey-Award nominated Cow Boy, as well as Buddy Cops, and Pigs. He has edited and packaged The Thrilling Adventure Hour, X-Men First Class, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Doctor Spektor, and Kings Watch. He also oversees production of the popular Angry Birds comic series.

“After its wildly successive launch in late 2010, Fruit Ninja became a staple in the mobile gaming industry, as it was downloaded to more than one-third of all iPhones within 18-months of release,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite’s CEO and Publisher. “With Nate Cosby’s cutting sense of humor coming across on the page, fans of the game are going to enjoy sinking their teeth into these fun, new adventures!”

The debut issue of Fruit Ninja features cover art from interior artist, Scott Brown, as well as a game play option! Limited variant editions in “Black & White” and “Virgin” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.

Fruit Ninja #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ July 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Fruit Ninja #1 with their local comic book retailers. Fruit Ninja #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

 

About Halfbrick:

Founded in 2001, Halfbrick has been on the forefront of the Australian game development industry for many years. From humble beginnings developing licensed titles for platforms such as GBA, DS and PSP, we have expanded our portfolio with a range of hugely successful, independently released games on multiple platforms.

With the success of Fruit Ninja on iPhone and iPad, Halfbrick has catapulted to become one of the most well-known indie developers in the world, proving that a little dev down under has the world class skills needed to make a big splash on the global market.

It’s a long story – a boring story for some, a riveting story for others. Either way, know that Halfbrick is here to stay with its fun, unique and innovative titles on a range of platforms!

 

Jeremy Radick

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