Fox is taking a significant step closer to having their own in-house comic book publisher with the announcement that the studio has taken “a significant minority stake” in comic book publisher Boom! Studios.

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Boom! Studios, which was founded in 2005 by Ross Richie, is an independent publisher responsible for popular titles like Lumberjanes, Grass Kings and Death be Damned. Fox has been in a first-look relationship with the studio since 2013 and they are taking their relationship further with this new investment.

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Boom! already has offices on the Fox and their expanded relationship with Fox means that the studio will be able to produce and collaborate on a number of projects including Lumberjanes, which is currently in development. According to a statement released by Fox;

“Fox has been an incredibly supportive partner and our creative alliance has been tremendously successful — high-level directors, big screenwriters and marquee talent have found Boom! an attractive platform. Now Boom! can greenlight more new series from comic book creators, deepen its distribution relationships and widen its marketing reach.”

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