Rooster Teeth is partnering with DC to produce a slate of comic books based on Rooster Teeth original IPs, two of which were revealed today: the global anime-style phenomenon RWBY and the highly anticipated mecha-anime style series, gen:LOCK. The announcement was made today during Rooster Teeth’s New York Comic Con panel by Rooster Teeth’s Head of Animation Gray G. Haddock. RWBY and gen:LOCK comic books will be available both physically and digitally in 2019.
Both DC and Rooster Teeth, a subsidiary of Otter Media, are WarnerMedia companies.
“All of us at Rooster Teeth Animation are incredibly honored that the tales we’ve been pouring our hearts into have found their comics home at DC,” said Haddock. “With these comic books, we’re looking forward to spending more time with the characters we love, taking deeper looks into their worlds, and going on more journeys. DC is a leader in the industry and the caretaker of an amazing pantheon, and working with them we know there are incredible adventures on the horizon. We’re going to have some fun.”
“We’re excited to collaborate with the highly creative teams at Rooster Teeth to expand the worlds around their amazingly popular characters and stories and introduce these stories to even more fans,” said Jim Lee, DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher. “The comic books and graphic novels will focus on bridging the stories between seasons, as well as exploring the adventures of the supporting characters who play a direct role in the overall plot and who can have a heavy impact on the storyline.”
“This type of collaboration is a perfect example of how the WarnerMedia family can work together to super-serve shared fans across the entire portfolio,” said Tony Goncalves, CEO of Otter Media. “We will continue to look for opportunities that elevate the consumer experience and give fans more of what they love.”
In gen:LOCK, Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a diverse team of young pilots to control the next generation of giant, weaponized robot bodies known as mecha. These daring recruits will find, however, that their newfound abilities come at no small cost. gen:LOCK stars Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, Maisie Williams, Kōichi Yamadera, Golshifteh Farahani, Asia Kate Dillon and David Tennant.
gen:LOCK is the second anime-style series and third 3D animated series from Rooster Teeth Animation. Outlier Productions, Jordan’s production company, is co-producing gen:LOCK along with Rooster Teeth.
RWBY takes place in a world filled with horrific monsters bent on death and destruction, where humanity’s hope lies with powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of their school, Beacon Academy. Though each may be powerful on their own, these four girls must overcome dark forces and work as a team if they truly hope to become the next generation of Remnant’s protectors.
RWBY, entering its sixth volume on October 27, is a global anime phenomenon and the first western-style anime to be distributed in Japan. RWBY was conceived by the late Monty Oum. The beloved series has been adapted into manga, an upcoming series of YA novels, video, mobile and card games, and inspired multiple clothing lines, toys, figurines, statues, plushies and more.