Last week, we reported on DC's decision to change the title of Vertigo series Collider, which had only published one issue, to FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, or FBPFBPfbbpppffbbbbtttt for short. The reason for the name change? A comic book called Collider already existed. Well, how could anyone have possibly known about that? I mean, it's not like the comic was published worldwide, made the top five best sellers list on a major online comic retailer earlier this year, and has a movie coming out in a few months, right?
Oh. All those things are actually true.
beActive, the company behind the original Collider, an Irish comic book about six people mysteriously transported to a post-apocalyptic future, sent out a press release yesterday bragging about their victory over DC and Vertigo.
beActive CEO Nuno Bernardo also reportedly recorded and released this celebratory video on YouTube with an important question for Dan Didio:
Gotta love it. Now, the only question is, is this thing any good? How about sending us a review copy or three, beActive? We'll give you our honest opinion.
Here's the press release:
beActive wins battle against DC Comics/Vertigo
COLLIDER: The Graphic Novel That Got a DC Comic/Vertigo Comic Book Series To Change Its Name
Dublin, August 20, 2013
beActive, a Dublin-based TV, Film and Digital studio specialized in multiplatform entertainment, has recently won a battle against DC Comics/Vertigo, forcing the American comic-book publisher to change the name of its new series of comic books COLLIDER to Federal Bureau of Physics.
The Irish company published the COLLIDER comic book series worldwide in 2012, therefore claiming ownership of the brand. In January 2013, COLLIDER even made the TOP 5 on Comics Plus, the largest online comic book store in the U.S.
Originally published on the influential website Bleeding Cool, the news has been disclosed to the international community of comics with the title The Graphic Novel That Got The Vertigo Series To Change Its Name, increasing awareness of the Irish comic book series. beActive’s surprising victory coincides with the announcement of the theatrical release of COLLIDER (a movie shot in Dublin and based on the comic book series) in Portugal in November 2013 and in the UK and Ireland in January 2014.
COLLIDER tells the story of six people mysteriously transported to a post-apocalyptic future. Peter, Alisha, Carlos, Fiona, Luke and Lucia wake up in an abandoned hotel in the year 2018, at the campus of CERN, which holds the largest particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider. Without realizing how they got there, these six strangers must find a way to return to the present in a persistent struggle for survival.
Twelve artists were involved in the graphic design and production of this comic book for a period of 10 months. A first series of motion comics was posted on YouTube in the fall of 2012, gathering more than 250,000 views. These motion comics were recently screened at the International Film Festival in Galway, Ireland.
The COLLIDER comic book was written by Mike Garley and it’s based on the characters, story and universe, created by producer and storyteller Nuno Bernardo. Mike is a writer of comics, games, screenplays, among other interesting work in this area. He has also worked with renowned publisher Titan Publishing and developed game stories for game developers Wickedy Splits and Masters of Pie.
beActive is an award winning TV, Film and Digital studio with a decade of experience on story and format development, international co-productions, licensing and distribution of entertainment contents across multiple platforms. With offices in Dublin, London, Lisbon and Sao Paulo, beActive’s TV and film projects includes worldwide teen success Sofia’s Diary for Sony Pictures Television, HBO primetime series The Line and Living in your Car, Emmy-nominated Brazilian miniseries Final Punishment, Irish interactive TV series Aisling’s Diary and the UK film production The Knot, featuring Mena Suvari and Noel Clarke. Recently, beActive launched Beat Girl in European cinemas and now is preparing to release its first science fiction property, Collider.