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Tunnel Ground enters into agreement with a publishing giant Panini

Finland, Espoo, 25th of July 2016. Finnish comic books on the rise! -Tunnel Ground enters into agreement with a publishing giant Panini.

Void of Heroes Comic

Tunnel Ground enters into agreement with one of the leading publishers both in Latin America and Europe, Panini. The publishing collaboration will be started in Spain and Andorra in 2016 with the company’s current comic series called Void of Heroes.

Void of Heroes Subterranean Dawn is the first part of a sci-fi adventure comic, which in its category represents a blend of action and horror. The protagonist in the first part of the series is a large sentient machine (KV1-n), which also serves as the storyteller. The machine is in conflict with its own thoughts and the dangerous environment. The story is set in a forlorn post apocalyptic dystopian future world, deep underground, with apparently nothing left but ruins and lethal machines. Overall, the story is about the protagonist’s ability to master his fear and retain his sanity while tenaciously hanging on in the face of insurmountable obstacles. Darkness is one of the elements present throughout the story, a backdrop for the protagonist’s search for light, his re-emerging humanity and his awakening as a human are central to the plot and the way the protagonist acts and feels. The elements of the comic are based on action and the comic is made almost completely digitally. The comic series also functions in unison with its counterpart game, which offers the players a chance to experience the world of Void of Heroes.

“As Panini is one of the world’s leading publishers and with their strong track record in comics and collectibles, Panini truly is a dream partner for us. We are an agile, technology- and content driven studio and reaching these large audiences would have been difficult for us alone. We are happy about the agreement and excited to start the collaboration with one of the greatest companies in the publishing industry!” Topi Koivisto – Tunnel Ground Co-Founder & Comics Director

Espoo based Tunnel Ground was founded in 2012 and consists of second generation comic illustrators, experienced set of game developers and serial entrepreneurs. The company creates episodic content for different media channels. Previously Tunnel Grounds comics have been published in Finland and the United States. The company also has leading publisher- and channel partners in China, Taiwan and the MENA region for its games. The games and digital comics are also available on the traditional mobile App- and eBook stores.

The Panini Group was founded in 1961 by the Panini family in Modena, Italy, where it’s still headquartered. It is the world leader in the published collectable sector and one of the leading publishers of children’s magazines and books, comics, manga and graphic novels, in both Europe and Latin America. In 2014 the Panini Group sales exceeded 751 million Euros (998 million USD) with sales in over 120 countries, supported by 12 subsidiaries and over 1000 employees worldwide.

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Topi Koivisto, Tunnel Ground Comics director


Void of Heroes forums now up and running!

Happy to announce that we have opened up the Void of Heroes forums! Take part to the discussions at: Void of Heroes Forums

Void of Heroes - Battle Online!

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Jukka Planman, Tunnel Ground – CEO


Tunnel Ground announces its new funding and collaboration with Telefonica

Tunnel Ground announces its funding by a Finnish venture capital firm IPR VC and the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, Tekes. The company enters into collaboration with the world’s fourth biggest telecommunications company, Telefonica. The funding negotiations were started at Slush 2015 in Helsinki and the collaboration with Telefonica has been started in January 2016. The collaboration aims at scaling the company’s business to Spain and Latin America.

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Tunnel Ground combines comics and games. The linking of the two products is done with redeem codes that are delivered with the comics unlocking in-game content. The products have a collectible angle, as the physical paperback comics are used as vehicles for the code delivery. The game is a competitive, multiplayer, first person shooter for mobile.

“We are a strong team, and are able to create amazing stories in which users come
through comics and games. We are extremely happy to have IPR VC with us with their focus to media content, that is also the foundation of our company. Both, Tekes and Telefonica have been supportive on starting this collaboration. We now can rapidly advance on these markets that would be difficult to penetrate without the support of a strong local partner.”
Jukka Planman -CEO Tunnel Ground Inc

Established in Helsinki, October 2012, Tunnel Ground consists of comic artists, game developers and serial entrepreneurs. In addition to forming a talented team, building infrastructure and technology, the company has established an international publishing network with a significant channel reach.

Founded in 2015 IPR VC specialises in investing in media content. The company has been founded by experienced Finnish investors. More information about IPR VC: http://ipr.vc/


Jaime Gine joins Tunnel Ground advisory board!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Jaime Gine joins the Tunnel Ground advisory board. Jaime brings 20 years of experience in the software and gaming industry, the last decade as VP International Development Services at Electronic Arts (EA). He has been involved in the development and successful launch of more than a hundred titles across all platforms, such as FIFA, Battlefield, Plants vs Zombies, Star Wars Battlefront, Titanfall, The Sims, Need for Speed, Real Racing, Simpsons Tapped Out and many others.

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Jukka Planman, Tunnel Ground – CEO


Signe Viimsalu joins Tunnel Ground advisory board

Extremely happy to announce that Signe Viimsalu, active connector, lawyer-preneur in venture capital, ex-CEO of EstBAN (Estonian Business Angels Network) joins Tunnel Ground advisory board. Signe has 15+ years experience in finance, law and corporate management in different biz sectors.

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Jukka Planman, Tunnel Ground – CEO


Tunnel Ground featured in Finnish national TV – MTV3 HYBE!

Check the HYBE episode covering nordic gaming industry in English from here. Thanks MTV3 and Hybemedia for the interview!

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Jukka Planman, Tunnel Ground – CEO


Let’s meet at Web summit 2015!

For meetings contact me by e-mail: firstname.lastname@tunnelground.com. -Cheers Jukka Planman

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Jukka Planman, Tunnel Ground – CEO


Void of Heroes featured in Dome.fi

Thanks Dome.fi for featuring us and Void of Heroes products! Texts are in Finnish. Read the article from Dome.fi

Void of Heroes - Battle Online!

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Jukka Planman, Tunnel Ground – CEO


Void of Heroes comic available on Amazon!

Void of Heroes -Subterranean Dawn comic 1 (of 4) is now available on Amazon! Get this collectible comic now with fast home delivery! Click the cover image to open the Amazon link. Happy reading! Cheers, Topi

Void of Heroes available on Amazon

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Topi Koivisto, Tunnel Ground Comics director


Void of Heroes in stores!

We are extremely happy to announce that Void of Heroes game and comic are in stores! The game was published first to Amazon App Store for Android and the comic was published today by our US partner Cosmic Times. Not only that, after selling out at the distribution level Void of Heroes issue 1 (of 4) made it to the Invest Comics Hot Picks list! This is very good news!! We are honoured to be listed among the top comics out there! Big thanks to all supporters! Cheers, TG team

Comic NOW available in the US comic stores: Void of Heroes Comic
Game NOW available on the Amazon App Store Void of Heroes Game

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Jukka Planman, Tunnel Ground – CEO