There seems to be a welcome SF-inspired vibe to some of the announcements coming out of this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
Hot on the heels of Humanoids announcement of its partnership with author Robert Silverberg to publish comic adaptations of his novels comes news that BOOM! Studios and Electric Shepherd Productions will collect BOOM!’s entire 24-issue comic adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking science-fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into a complete softcover omnibus for the first time.
The Eisner Award-nominated comic series, as realized by artist Tony Parker, was published by BOOM! from 2009-2011. The new collection features a new cover by Mondo artist Jay Shaw (Big Trouble in Little China) and include essays from popular industry professionals, including Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis and Matt Fraction published in the original, critically-acclaimed series.
Dick’s novels revolutionized the science fiction genre and formed the inspiration for many well-known SF films such as Minority Report, Total Recall, and the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, which was based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
His novel The Man in the High Castle was recently adapted as a pilot and subsequently ordered to series through Amazon Studios.
In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. A World War has killed millions, driving entire species to extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep – even humans.
Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids. They’re machines, but look, sound, and think like humans – and infinitely more dangerous.
• Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus will arrive in comic shops and bookstores this December. Further details will be available closer to the release date.
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