Kerschl and Stewart to create comic book based on videogame Assassin’s Creed *Updated*

*** UPDATE: While full details are to be announced this week at San Diego Comic Con, Newsarama released more information on the project yesterday. ***

Lucas Siegel writes:

The project is ambitious for Stewart and Kerschl outside of the new city, era, and characters. The very way they’re constructing the comic book is unique to anything they’ve worked on before. The two are not just co-writing, but also co-drawing. There is no distinction of “penciler” and “inker” here, with the pair instead opting for more of a jam-session style.

“We’ll literally pass a drawing back and forth” over their tables, which face each other in their Montreal Studio. Stewart also talked about his movement into nearly all-digital work, which they’ll be using for this project, and how it makes things “even easier” for this kind of collaboration. With each of them adding depth and detail to images they work on together, the result is a true hybrid style to the lifework that neither would achieve on their own, and a style at once at-home with the rest of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and wholly unique. With the project colored by another studiomate and the Ubisoft Montreal building literally two streets over from their studio, close collaboration is easy for the creators. Julian Cuny assures, however that this doesn’t mean Ubisoft is looking constantly over their shoulders.

Official Press Release

Today, Ubisoft announced an Assassin’s Creed comic book mini-series is currently in development and due for release this fall. Developed by Eisner Award nominees and Joe Shuster Award-winning illustrators Cameron Stewart Batman & Robin, Seaguy and Catwoman) and Karl Kerschl (Superman and The Flash), the Assassin’s Creed comic mini-series will be unveiled during a panel to be held on July 22, 2010 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in Room 7AB at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

Moderated by G4TV’s Morgan Webb, the panel entitled “Assassin’s Creed: Behind and Beyond the Brotherhood” will include details of the new comic series and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood video game release.  Featured panelists will include Stewart and Kerschl, along with Jeffrey Johalem, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood video game scriptwriter. Stewart and Kerschl recently visited Saint Petersburg, Russia on a research trip for the upcoming project.  That visit, along with the teaser video released today, will give fans an inkling on where and when the new Assassin comic series will be taking place. Additional details on the project will be revealed at the Comic-Con panel.

The new comic series is part of Ubisoft Montreal’s UbiWorkshop initiative that encompasses a number of the studio’s projects related to leveraging Ubisoft intellectual properties in entertainment mediums outside of video games, such as comic books.

“We always thought that the Assassin’s Creed universe would be perfect for transmedia initiatives like this new comic series,” said Mathieu Ferland, transmedia senior producer at Ubisoft Montreal.  “We are excited to have the fantastic and acclaimed artists Cameron Stewart and Karl Kerschl working on the project.  Ubisoft is looking forward to showing Assassin’s Creed fans what these talented artists have been up to at next week’s Comic-Con panel.”

LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION:

For more information about Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, please visit: http://www.assassinscreed.com.

For more information on Cameron Stewart and Karl Kerschl, please visit: http://www.cameron-stewart.com and http://www.karlkerschl.com.

To learn more about UbiWorkshop initiatives, please visit: http://www.ubiworkshop.com or follow @ubiworkshop on Twitter.