LINE Webtoon (http://www.webtoons.com), the popular digital comics publisher pioneering the development and distribution of comics worldwide, today announced the development of ‘Caster,’ an original multi-media comic series created by the team at Noble Transmission and featuring an original song and score from Oscar-Winning Artist and Actor, Common. Bringing together action-packed art and storytelling with original music to set the tone, Caster follows the adventures of a world traveling rare antiques dealer who gets caught up in a world of international espionage. The series will be featured exclusively on LINE Webtoon and is scheduled to debut in early 2018.
‘Caster’ is an original concept created by the team at Noble Transmission, with story by Austin Harrison (Wild Blue Yonder), Zach Howard (Wild Blue Yonder, TMNT, The Cape), and Mike Raicht (Wild Blue Yonder, The Stuff of Legend,). Comic book artist Jason Masters, whose recent credits include Dynamite’s critically acclaimed James Bondwith writer Warren Ellis and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, is developing art for the series with scripts by Mike Raicht.
“It is an honor to work with the entire team on Caster and see this character come to life with such passion and energy. LINE Webtoon is a great partner, and we are thrilled to seeCaster transmit through the digital comic book medium for a global audience”, said Austin Harrison, CEO of Noble Transmission.
The creative team has partnered with Freedom Road Productions, led by Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone to produce the project including an original score and new song by musician, actor and Academy Award, Grammy, and Emmy-winning composer Common (Selma, 13th, John Wick 2). Common is also attached to star as the title character and G-BASE, Gerard Butler and Alan Siegel’s production company (Law Abiding Citizen, Olympus Has Fallen, Den of Thieves) is also on board to produce.
“The moment I learned about Caster I knew the story was something special. The main character resonated with me instantly and I jumped at the chance to bring the comic to life in a more complex way through music,” said Common.
Caster follows its title character, a world traveling rare antiquities dealer just looking for his next payday, whose lifestyle leads him to get caught up in a world of international espionage. A man of exotic taste, Caster is addicted to one thing: risk. However, to some, his appeal exists not because of his lifestyle, but because he truly cares about making sure the rare antiques he chases end up in the hands of a passionate buyer. He respects art and expects others to as well. No museums though. He needs to get paid!
“We are incredibly excited to premiere this groundbreaking digital comic project and have Common on board to help bring an exciting music dimension,” said Junkoo Kim, Founder and Head of LINE Webtoon. “The team at Noble Transmission is pioneering a new way to experience comics with their top-notch work and we are confident that readers will love the way Common’s music blends with their immersive storytelling.”
Executive Producers for LINE Webtoon are its Founder Junkoo Kim, CEO Hyungil Kim, and Head of Content Tom Akel.