Netflix orders “Raising Dion”, based on director Dennis Liu’s young superhero comics project

Raising Dion - Cover

Netflix has ordered a ten-episode season of Raising Dion, a new SF drama series based on a comic book of the same name by award-winning director Dennis Liu, illustrated by Jason Piperberg.

In the comic, Nicole, a young, African American single mother discovers that her young son has magical abilities. Life was hard enough keeping up with the bills – let alone trying to keep track of her seven-year-old son’s invisibility, plasma powers and telekinesis.

In order to study his progress, Nicole films her son 24/7, with the help of her friend, Pat, who is an aspiring filmmaker. But when Nicole starts to notice mysterious men tailing her, and with Dion’s developing abilities constantly changing and becoming more powerful and possibly evil, she must find the courage deep within herself that she can raise Dion on her own.

Raising Dion was also made into a short film. Here’s the trailer:

Carol Barbee, executive producer on Lifetime’s UnReal, will serve as executive producer and showrunner and actor Michael B. Jordan will also serve as an executive producer, and will appear in the series as the titular character’s deceased father.

• You can download the first issue of the comic for free on Dennis Liu’s web site (www.dennis-liu.com) or buy a physical copy to support the creation of the next issue

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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