Chido Comics and Masked Republic jointly made the following announcement today. Lucha Central also obtained exclusive quotes from the creators and writers which you can read following the press release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CHIDO COMICS IS TAG-TEAMING WITH MASKED REPUBLIC TO BRING A TRUE MAIN EVENT TO THE COMIC BOOK INDUSTRY! THE MASKED REPUBLIC LUCHAVERSE™ COMICS WILL DEBUT IN 2018 STARRING REY MYSTERIO, BLUE DEMON JR, KONNAN, LOS CADETES DEL ESPACIO (SOLAR & SUPER ASTRO) AND THE LUCHA BROTHERS (PENTA ZERO M & REY FENIX).
The production team behind the Lucha Underground Comics and Joey Ryan: Big in Japan™ has joined forces with Masked Republic, whose core businesses is the representation across all media of some of the biggest lucha libre (Mexican professional wrestling) icons, legends and superstars worldwide; to bring them together for first time ever in a shared comic book Luchaverse™. Legends Rey Mysterio, Blue Demon Jr, Konnan, and Los Cadetes del Espacio (Solar and Super Astro) will be joined by the two hottest luchadores of the modern era the Lucha Brothers™ Penta Zero M and Rey Fenix as the Luchaverse kicks off.
Writer Marco Lopez (Puerto Rico Strong, Terminal Anthology) and Chido Comics Founder & Publisher Ivan Plaza will be co-writing the Masked Republic Luchaverse one-shots which puts in the lucha libre stars right in the middle of an earth shattering event. “A dormant and mysterious power that long ago held the fate of our planet Earth has now been released. Our legends will be put to the test, as Chido Comics and Masked Republic bring back the glory and tradition of real-life lucha libre stars in comic books taking on epic and unprecedented events based in our real world mixed with adventure, fantasy and science fiction!”
In addition to writers Lopez and Plaza, thus far, the amazing creative team announced to be working on the special one-shots includes artists Ben Harvey and Bryan Magnaye (Rey Mysterio), Diego Simone (Blue Demon Jr), Javier Martin Caba (Lucha Brothers) and lettering all five books Micah Myers! All Luchaverse titles will be Executive Produced by Masked Republic’s Kevin Kleinrock and Ruben Zamora and edited by Chido Comic’s Ivan Plaza. The Rey Mysterio, Blue Demon Jr and Lucha Brothers One-Shot Specials will be available this year; with The Masked Republic Luchaverse: Rey Mysterio One-Shot debuting at this year’s San Diego Comic Con along with an appearance by the legendary luchador himself on Friday, July 20th! The Konnan and Los Cadetes del Espacio One-Shots will be released late 2018/early 2019.
About Chido Comics:
Founded in 2016, Chido Comics is an independent publishing company which focus is to create and publish a wide variety of licensed & creator-owned Graphic Novels and Comic Books across all age groups and demographics. Our goal is to publish stories by up-and-coming, talented and diverse creative teams. Along with art and stories that can capture and reflect the diversity in our world.
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Chido Comics Official Website: http://chidocomics.com
About Masked Republic:
Masked Republic, a privately held company, is the first multi-platform content development, production and distribution, live event, merchandising and media organization uniquely focused on expanding the emerging growth market of lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) beyond the borders of Mexico. The company’s core businesses include representation of dozens of the biggest stars in the industry for wrestling and non-wrestling related appearances and licensing, worldwide merchandising, live event production and management, production and distribution of content across multiple platforms including television, home entertainment, pay-per-view, digital media, traditional publishing and film. The company is headquartered in San Diego, CA, with offices in San Francisco, Mexico City, London and Toyko.
Masked Republic Facebook: Facebook.com/MaskedRepublic
Masked Republic Twitter: Twitter.com/maskedrepublic
Masked Republic Instagram: Instagram.com/maskedrepublic
Masked Republic Official Website: http://maskedrepublic.com
LuchaCentral.com will be your source for the exciting reveals of everything Masked Republic Luchaverse related including a sneak preview of the Rey Mysterio one-shot before San Diego Comic Con. Today, we asked the creative team for their first thoughts on the launch:
To be part of the creation of a brand new universe is one of the most exciting moments of my life. Moments like this don’t happen too often in ones career. We’re going to be bringing some of the most exciting sci-fi, fantasy and action adventure comics starring some of the greatest luchadores in the world. You thought you knew what wrestling comics could be? You have no idea. This is just the beginning. Buckle up and get ready for a wild ride.
This has been close to 2 years in the making. Conversations with Kevin Kleinrock at Masked Republic started happening right when I was just getting ready to start working on “Joey Ryan: Big in Japan!” and just a year out of previously working with El Rey Network and their Lucha Underground digital comics. But this… this is a project a lot of people never thought possible and thanks to the good relationship between Chido Comics and Masked Republic, fans all over the world will be able to enjoy some of their favorite lucha libre legends like never before in one shared Luchaverse!
When I was growing up, my heroes were not Batman and Superman, they were luchadores – they were real life heroes I could go to an arena and see in real life. To see where the worlds of both entertainment and lucha libre have grown in the last few decades and to be able to now combine those worlds is very exciting and directly in line with Masked Republic’s mission to expand lucha libre beyond the borders of Mexico in both traditional and new ways.
The journey to the launch of the Masked Republic Luchaverse started nearly ten years ago. Now, with these icons, legends and superstars as part of the Masked Republic family and the right partners from the comic book world who understand not only the comic genre but the intricacies that go into taking real life luchadores and combining them with the fantasy world, we are very excited for the road ahead bringing the Masked Republic Luchaverse into comic books…and beyond.