Legendary Comics and the WEBTOON hit series Acursian starring John Barrowman (“Arrow,” “Torchwood,” “Doctor Who”) returns with the first weekly chapter leading up to the anticipated conclusion of Season One, now available exclusively on WEBTOON. The series, rooted in Celtic lore, is a unique fusion of mythic storytelling from co-creators John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman (Torchwood: Station Zero, Hollow Earth, Conjuror, Exodus Code), and Erika Lewis (#Guardian, Game of Shadows, Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Presano, The 49th Key), with art by Beni Lobel and designs by Tommy Lee Edwards. Readers can visit WEBTOON.com for more information.
In Acursian, Charlie Stewart, the man who had it all, falls victim to an ancient Celtic curse. Every decision he makes, every relationship he has, every choice he’s given is doomed to fail spectacularly, and sometimes comically, no matter what he does. Embarking on a quest for the truth behind the supernatural forces re-writing his destiny, Charlie discovers that his ancestor Bonnie Prince Charlie made a deal with the ruthless Celtic God of War, Bregon, and his Three Sisters have cursed the family line. After losing everything he holds dear, Charlie, along with his best friend Nate, continue to hunt for the talismans that will restore his reality, all the while encountering familiar faces along the way. Real-life and ancient legend collide in unexpected ways as Charlie battles across this world and opens realms of time and mystery that no mortal was ever meant to see.
“John, Carole and Erika have masterfully created a captivating story that keeps readers enthralled as Charlie races through time to break the family curse,” said Robert Napton, Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics. “We are thrilled for the return of Acursian and to share the gripping conclusion of Season One with our readers and fans.”
“Erika, Carole and I are so excited that Charlie’s back on Webtoon!” said John Barrowman. “But, he’s not in a good place. He’s lost his job, his family, his money. He’s pissed off the God of War and a powerful witch, and the fates are still torturing him. Charlie’s clock is ticking. If he can’t put things right, his family will be lost to him forever.”
“Legendary Comics have been a long-time partner with WEBTOON, and we are excited to resume Acursian with them,” said David Lee, WEBTOON Head of Content. “Fans can finally follow Charlie Stewart’s epic journey, until the end.”
About the creators:
Born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Illinois, John Barrowman is a unique talent in the entertainment industry on both sides of the Atlantic—he sings, he dances, he acts, he presents, he judges. His most famous television role is undoubtedly that of sci-fi hero Captain Jack Harkness, whose first appearance in the revamped “Doctor Who” on BBC1 created such an impact that he was given his own spin-off series “Torchwood.” John also played Malcolm Merlyn (aka The Dark Archer) in the hit American CW drama series “Arrow,” based on the Green Arrow comic books. John’s Merlyn appeared regularly in the CW’s “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” He also played a guest-starring role in the CW’s hit historical drama “Reign” and ABC’s American political drama “Scandal,” and has hosted and produced many UK-based series for the BBC and Channel 4, as well as ABC’s “Sing Your Face Off.” On the big screen, John has appeared in Zero Dark Thirty, All Stars, The Producers, De-Lovely, and the cult classic Megalodon: Shark Attack 3. John’s prolific stage career includes roles as the leading man in musical theatre in many West End and Broadway shows including: Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of The Opera, Anything Goes, Putting It Together, and Sam Mendes’ premiere production of The Fix, which garnered John an Olivier Award nomination as “Best Actor in a Musical.” In his thirty-year career, one of John’s proudest career accomplishments was being awarded the MBE for his services to entertainment and charity by Her Majesty the Queen and the British Government.
Carole Barrowman is John’s bossy big sister and has made a career out of her passions: reading, writing and teaching. She’s an English professor and the Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Carole and John have collaborated on nine books, including the Sunday Times best-seller Anything Goes; the fantasy trilogies, Hollow Earth (Simon & Schuster); The Orion Chronicles (Head of Zeus); and Malcolm Merlyn’s backstory, The Dark Archer for DC Comics. Carole and John have also collaborated with Titan Comics on their Torchwood series. Carole is a regular reviewer for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Minneapolis Star Tribune, and she’s the book contributor for Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate, WTMJ4’s show “The Morning Blend.”
Erika Lewis is their bossy friend. Erika first collaborated with the bossy Barrowman siblings when she was producing G4’s “Attack of The Show!” and John was presenting. She graduated from Vanderbilt University and went on to earn an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing from Stony Brook University. Erika is the author of Firebrand with Legendary Comics, The 49th Key from Heavy Metal, and Game of Shadows from Tor Books. Along with her writing and her producing, Erika has also launched the careers of a number of popular television stars.
About Legendary Comics:
Legendary Comics was born out of a passion for mythic entertainment, seeking out new talent and working with the best and the brightest in the industry to create transportive worlds, inspirational characters, and spectacular adventures that leap off the page. Founded in 2011, Legendary Comics has produced an exciting catalogue of original titles that continues to grow and evolve. From partnerships with industry legend Frank Miller to Grant Morrison’s Eisner-nominated Annihilator, Legendary Comics has a passion for innovative new stories, including the fantasy graphic novel The Heart Hunter, the historical fiction story Championess (based on the true story of Elizabeth Wilkinson), and Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis’ hit webseries Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Presano. In addition to original titles, Legendary Comics also expands the scope of the cinematic universes of its parent company Legendary Entertainment, by bringing big-screen adventure exploding onto the comic book page. Working with the visionary filmmakers and the architects of Legendary’s Monsterverse, they have delivered the level of quality and authenticity our fans demand with New York Times best-sellers such as Godzilla: Aftershock, Pacific Rim: Aftermath, and Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, to name a few. http://www.legendary.com/comics
WEBTOON is the #1 webcomics app, averaging more than 55 million monthly active users, with north of 15 million daily readers, and more than 100,000,000,000 views annually – more people read web comics on our platform in one day than watch most television shows. Launched in 2014, WEBTOON has become a cultural phenomenon pioneering the distribution and consumption of web-based comics. WEBTOON features a broad and diverse catalog of content – including fantasy, romance, sci-fi, LGBTQ, and more. The WEBTOON app is free to download on Android and iOS devices. The content is free and downloadable, for reading when offline. WEBTOON boasts partnerships with The Jim Henson Company, Crunchyroll, Legendary Comics, Lucasfilm, POW!, Top Cow, and more. WEBTOON takes the comic experience to the next level by providing readers with daily curated content and giving creators an intuitive platform designed to help them easily publish and publicize their own original comics. WEBTOON creators have been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards – three in 2019, nominated for twelve Ringo Awards in 2019 as well as winning seven Ringo Awards in 2018. WEBTOON is available on iOS, Android, and desktop.
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