San Diego Comic Con International 2018 Genesis II Launches First Comic Series; Serial Entrepreneur Launches New Media Venture Genesis II Comics

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During San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Genesis II unveiled their first in the series of comic books under the Genesis II brand moniker. Allen Ling’s (the founder of Genesis II) close friendship with the actor Daniel Wu (of AMC’s “Into the Badlands and the “Tomb Raider” reboot) inspired one of the lead characters, "Daniel" and the Genesis II team includes creative leads Allen Ling, Christian Boe and Eisner award-winning comic creator/editor, Mel Smith.

San Diego Comic-Con Genesis II Comics Launches First Comic Book In The Series

"We are so psyched to be launching Genesis II Comics first comic book and our media venture at San Diego Comic-Con, the coolest conference for all things pop culture and comics," said Allen Ling, Founder & CEO, Genesis II Comics."Come by and say hi at booth 835."

During San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Genesis II unveiled their first in the series of comic books under the Genesis II brand moniker. Allen Ling’s (the founder of Genesis II) close friendship with the actor Daniel Wu (of AMC’s “Into the Badlands and the “Tomb Raider” reboot) inspired one of the lead characters, "Daniel". The Genesis II team includes creative leads Allen Ling, Christian Boe and Eisner award-winning comic creator/editor, Mel Smith.

Set in near-future San Francisco, humans have mastered space travel and interspecies genetic engineering. Governments are in shambles, and corporations operate as nation-states with private militia. Lisa, a scientist researching groundbreaking – and potentially world-ending– technology, has attracted the attention of a malevolent corporate tyrant. Daniel, along with his GMO animal hybrid guardians, fights to save Lisa and prevent global genocide.

Genesis II Comics is a venture whose seed was planted long ago. As a rather active child, Allen’s parents used to bribe him with comic books, which held his attention and kept him still (for a while). A passion for storytelling, visual expression and sharing with like-minded friends is something that catalyzed Allen’s entrepreneurial energy with boundless possibilities. As the son of Chinese immigrants, Allen was also a dutiful son who went to college, and dedicated himself to being successful to make his family proud.

But creating an innovative physical therapy practice, music production, real estate development and farming ventures were not enough. And success brought on its own challenges. Divorce, co- parenting two children, a near fatal bout with cancer, and the untimely death of his father were multiple wake up calls. As he was rebuilding his life, he realized that the creative lifestyle he envisioned early on was never fully realized and comic-book storytelling was a passion that had long been ignored. As a fearless entrepreneur, Allen’s new venture, Genesis II Comics, is no different. Mimicking aspects from his own life, Genesis II is about change, the future, reinventing yourself, taking chances, and fighting evil. It’s also about the deep love between two longtime friends, and the sacrifices we all make to preserve that friendship.

About Genesis II
Genesis II Comics is a new media company dedicated to creating fun, groundbreaking media content across a range of digital channels. The company’s first book in the series is being launched during San Diego Comic-Con 2018.

The co-creators of the Genesis II graphic novel, Allen Ling and Christian Boe, met in 2014, through a mutual acquaintance. Allen had wanted to do a graphic novel but needed the energy and talent of a young artist to fulfill this ambitious vision. Christian and Allen had some things common; they both recently lost their fathers, guitar playing, snob java drinking and a tremendous passion for comics. Their kindred dispositions and curated tastes carried them through many intense years of creation and collaboration.

Another friend of Allen’s introduced him to Mel Smith, who became the project manager and editor, and graphic novel sifu (the Chinese word for a person with a mastery of skill). And just in the nick of time. Mel was instrumental in recruiting more help for the comic book covers, lavish splash pages that Allen envisioned (but was too lazy to draw or even sketch out for Christian), a colorist so Christian could focus on just line drawing and composition, and a seasoned “letterist”. Mel helped placement for dialogue, and then coached Allen “osmotically” to write the book’s voice and thought balloons as well as captions in a comic book format.

Genesis II is the result of the Genesis II’s collective team skills; experiences and imaginative vision turned into ramblings then artistic renderings, and eventually formatted itself into a cohesive visual story.

For more information about Genesis II, the team, preview the first book in the Genesis II series and to purchase, please go to http://www.genesisiicomics.com.

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