Finland, Espoo, 25th of July 2016. Finnish comic books on the rise! -Tunnel Ground enters into agreement with a publishing giant Panini.
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.
About the Author:
Topi Koivisto, Tunnel Ground Comics director