WEBTOON continues to add great storytelling to its free platform with the debut of the comic adaptation of the award-winning book series Rot & Ruin (Simon & Schuster). Created by New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry, the Rot & Ruin comic series brings his darkly imaginative story to life. The comic series is written and produced by two-time Bram Stoker Award Finalist, screenwriter, and development executive, Taylor Grant, with artwork by Alina Popovici (One A Tale of Bravery and Strength, Pragmatic Games, Bandai Namco Games). The series updates every Monday and will launch with an additional three episodes available via Fast Pass, WEBTOON’s in-app coin purchasing program. For more information please visit WEBTOON.com.
“As a long-time fan of both Jonathan Maberry and the Rot & Ruin series, I am truly honored to help bring this thought-provoking and wonderfully imaginative post-apocalyptic story to life as a webcomic series,” said Taylor Grant, SVP IP Development. “It is yet another example of Webtoon’s commitment to telling increasingly sophisticated stories that will continue to broaden our reach.”
Rot & Ruin is a coming-of-age story set during a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where every teenager is forced to get a job by the time they turn fifteen. For Benny Imura, that job is the last one he ever wanted—to apprentice as a zombie hunter for his overbearing older brother Tom. However, on his journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland, Benny discovers that zombies are not always the greatest thing to fear, and ultimately, what it truly means to be human.
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award and Inkpot Award-winner, producer, and comic book writer. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-WARS, is a hit Netflix original series starring Ian Somerhalder (Lost, The Vampire Diaries). And his young adult post-apocalyptic zombie series, ROT & RUIN, is in development for film by Alcon Entertainment. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action; and he writes for adults, teens and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Glimpse, the Dead of Night series, Glimpse, The Wolfman, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, The Pine Deep series, and many others. He is the editor of high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Out of Tune, New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Baker Street Irregulars, Nights of the Living Dead, and others. His comics include Black Panther: DoomWar, The Punisher: Naked Kills and Bad Blood. His Rot & Ruin books are being produced as webcomics for WEBTOON. Jonathan is the Editorial Director of the new incarnation of Weird Tales Magazine. He is a board member of the Horror Writers Association and the president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers
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