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AICN COMICS: Ambush Bug announces his new comic book miniseries, THE JUNGLE BOOK from Zenescope Entertainment!

Hey comic book fans, it’s your old pal Ambush Bug here with an exciting announcement. Ever since I was a kid, I was a fan of Kipling’s THE JUNGLE BOOK. I remember listening to the soundtrack of the Disney cartoon until the record wore out. When I grew older, I came to appreciate Kipling’s original tales about a young boy raised in the jungle. I’ve been chomping at the bit to announce this series and with the below press release, I finally can. Though my take is a bit different than the original, Zenescope Entertainment and I have worked damn hard to bring a different kind of THE JUNGLE BOOK to comics. I think fans of the original stories and of jungle adventure are going to want to check it out. Here’s the press release:

Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans to release a brand-new miniseries under its Grimm Fairy Tales label entitled “The Jungle Book.” Just as Zenescope has cleverly and effectively reimagined stories inspired by literary classics such as Wonderland, Sinbad, and Neverland, this new miniseries will use Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories as a springboard to tell tales exploring the adventure, the wonder, and the horror of the jungle and the beasts that inhabit it.

The new five-issue miniseries will follow Mowglii, a young girl raised by wolves who finds herself in the middle of what the animals call The Great Animal Battle. Mowglii must learn her place in the jungle and fight for survival against many exotic beasts. But she is not the only human in this jungle island. Three other children have been raised by different animal tribes: Bomani grows up in the tiger tribe that is led by the conniving Shere Khan, Akili learned the ways of the jungle from the mischievous Tavi mongoose tribe, and Dewan comes of age within the unpredictable Monkeys of Bandar Log, which is led by the insane King Bandar Louis. Mowglii and the rest of the human cubs play key roles in the ongoing Great Animal Battle of Kipling Isle as they approach adulthood.

“I’ve always thought an animal civil war was a fun idea full of potential,” says writer Mark L. Miller, an editor for Ain’t It Cool News who also authored “Nanny & Hank” (just opted for film in 2013) and, more recently, “Luna: Order of the Werewolf” for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. “Once I started thinking of it in the context of Kipling’s famous stories, it all fell into place. I treated the different animal species as warring armies, each with their own leaders and soldiers, each with a purpose they are fighting for. There will be huge scenes of animal battles like you’ve never seen before. There will also be scenes of adventure, horror and discovery as the human characters (Mowglii, Bomani, Akili and Dewan) give you a chance to learn about the sometimes perilous, sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying ways of the jungle through fresh eyes. Plus, I get to play around with all of these characters I grew up reading about and loving as a child. It’s a dream come true.”

“Grimm Fairy Tales Presents The Jungle Book #1” will hit shelves in March of 2012, and feature four connecting covers by artist Ale Garza and a retailer incentive cover by Mike DeBalfo. It currently is available for order through Diamond Previews for $2.99 and in full color. For more information, visit Zenescope’s website or its Facebook page!

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  • Dec. 28, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Sounds cool

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • I don't dig all of them, but when they're good they can be VERY entertaining.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    i stopped reading at a young girl

    by Daniel

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Zenescope's books should come with tissues.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Love the artwork

    by hallmitchell

    Very impressive!

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Aint It Cool Advertising For Mates

    by Wookie_Weed

    Fuck off, AICN

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Why not add Rudyard Kipling as a character

    by Wookie_Weed

    He can be a bounty hunter with futuristic guns

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 5:31 a.m. CST

    This looks fucking horrendous

    by Wookie_Weed

    On behalf of Rudyard Kipling, I spit on this pile of horrendous infantile shit.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    =The Great Animal Battle= that's the best you could come up with?

    by Wookie_Weed

    Fucking hell, Harry farts better titles than that.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 5:33 a.m. CST

    It pisses me off shit like this gets published...

    by Wookie_Weed

    while people with actual talent and originality continually get ignored by publishers. It's fucking criminal. Oh well, I guess the pedophiles in prisons need something to wipe their asses with...

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 5:48 a.m. CST

    A favor from you, Bug . . .

    by oaser

    Please introduce me to Raven Gregory. In exchange, you can have my wife for one night.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    re: "Mowglii, a young girl raised by wolves"

    by buggerbugger

    Is this a pre- or post-menses Mowglii? Just idly wondering if there are a few panels devoted to showing how Mowglii's wolf-parents dealt with that issue.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Wookie weed

    by Dr_Prunesquallor

    Here's an idea - if you are so upset about Ambush Bug successfully writing and getting his book series published, maybe you should put a little more effort into giving the world an example of this work of talent and originality you feel is so criminally being ignored. It's clearly too good for publication but why not post it on the net? These days paper is overrated anyway. But I guess it's safer to continue playing the troll.

  • Talk about creativity and a cheap way to sell a comic.

  • you mean raped.I have read most of those comics and apart from their T&A selling point,i dont see what exactly was the purpose of those re-imaginings. At least Alan Moore had the guts to turn Alice and Riding Hood into an "artistic" porno comic.I say go all the way if you are going to base the success of your stories in their sexual appeal.

  • So is Babar the Elephant making a cameo in this? just saying..

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Btw are all these properties in the public domain?

    by KilliK

    that might explain the appearance of all these new comic stories tn the recent years.they dont have to pay royalties.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Fans of the original (and boobs) will want to check this out

    by Mickster_Island

    Zenescope [rolls eyes]

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Everybody likes T&A

    by Tom Fremgen

    So I'm not sure why they wanted to change the Jungle Book- since their will be an increase in negative feed back- oh look above :p I think an original character would have been better- you can never have enough chesty jungle girls! So good luck bug :)

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by Ahastings

    This looks like a pretty ill-conceived pairing of art and subject matter. Is this the only art style that is safe (i.e.- economically, "because, you know, you gotta get those fanboys interested") to attach to a literary classic? If so, I weep for the state of comic industry. Trying not to be too much of a hater, but I'm getting that "Michael Bay tries to direct serious WWII subject matter with hot people" vibe that nobody's going to look back on with pride.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Looks like shit. I was hoping the silicone titty book had died in the 90's

    by alienindisguise

    Wholly unoriginal but shit sells so it's no surprise this is getting made.

  • In the new version, Jesus is this hot chick in a miniskirt with GIGANTIC boobs. Also, all the apostles are hot chicks in miniskirts with GIGANTIC boobs. Instead of a crucifixion, this new version ends with a huge gang bang orgy and Hott Chick Jesus has such an amazing multi-tiered orgasm that she dies and is resurrected as an EVEN HOTTER Hott Chick Jesus with even bigger boobs. God Sized Boobs! With which she feeds the entire cosmos for all eternity.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by corvette63

    I guess a new Ambush Bug series was too much to hope for. Just the same, congratulations on the new series.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    congrats Bug. These other eedjits can suck it.

    by Poptard_JD

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Looks cool

    by originalmemflix

    Congratulations. Everyone always craps on 'friends' of the site getting publicity, but without this blog, I wouldn't know anything about it so congrats. I hope to check it out.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    I hate it when people screw up classics

    by will2power

    They do this too much these days. People piggy back their stories on much read and loved classics because they can't develop their own material. Cliches and silicone do not sell comics. Good, original stories and excellent artwork sell comics.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    It's Shere KHAN

    by Prof_Ender

    Please tell me it's not printed as Shere "Kahn" in the actual comic.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Sheer Khanalingus

    by NeonFrisbee

    Shere Khan is now a hott chick who wears sheer black thigh-high leggings and loves going down on other hott ladies of the jungle.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Never read a Zenescope book before...

    by SpiderHarshaw

    but I really enjoyed Nanny and Hank, so I'll be checking this out. Best of luck. Also, will this be available through Comixology?

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Mowglii is now my ideal monkey woman.

    by UltraTron

    Gooood change!

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Appreciations abound

    by Ambush Bug

    @ Prof_ender, it is most definitely just a typo. It's Khan in the book. Thanks for the heads up on the misspell up above. To the yay sayers, it's not for me to say whether folks will like it, but it has been great fun writing it and those who have read the pitch and first couple of issues of script say it's something pretty special. The interior artist's pages I've seen is fantastically detailed and vivid. His name is Carlos Granda and I guarantee he will be big someday soon. To the nay sayers, I knew there'd be some who didn't like the idea of Mowgli being turned into a jungle girl instead of a boy, but I urge you to give the first issue a try before passing judgment. I know it's a lot to ask in these talkbacks (not passing judgment before actually seeing/reading/experiencing something), but sometimes doing so garners a pleasant surprise.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Not hating on this book...

    by p0llk4t

    ...but can comic artists please stop using the tired, cliched pose that the girl on the right side is doing...the one with her hands between her legs, ass up in the air and legs spread...gotta be one of the lamest, generic so-called action poses that's ever been drawn...sorry for the rant, hope your book does well...

  • No way. First, I'm sick of it as vehicle for re-imagining old material. Second, I'm still trying to get over Boomer and Starbuck.

  • because i'm pretty sure a story about a group of catholic school girls who get stranded on a deserted island and eventually give in to their base animalistic desires would fucking just about write itself. <p>

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Artwork looks like Joe Madureira

    by sunwukong86

    I thought we were past the whole imitating anime thing

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST


    by Ambush Bug

    OK, lisab, I'll give it a go. First, the idea came from having seen and loved two films with feral girls in them this year Lucky McKee's THE WOMAN and the Spainish thriller SHIVER, I started looking into the concept of feral children. The idea always intrigued me and as this series moves on, there will definitely be elements to that interest within THE JUNGLE BOOK. But when I started entertaining the notion of changing the sex of Mowgli to female, I started thinking about females in many animal species in the wild and realized that with a lot of them the female was the most ferocious, the most powerful, the most interesting. They have the most to lose because they often are the protectors of their litter and responsible for carrying on their species. Not to go too much into the story, but the four human children are going to be dealing with a lot in this story. Loss, resentment, attempting to fit in despite the fact that they clearly are not like the creatures that parented them. With Mowglii in particular she will be dealing with a lot of untapped rage, living up to standards that seem impossible, and the revelation that her world is so much bigger than what she once thought. I understand a lot of people may scoff at the notion of the change of sexes of the main character, but believe me when I say that it means more to me than just putting boobs on the cover. I really do invite you to check out the book, lisab. I honestly think you'll be surprised.

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    @lisab - Very cool!

    by Ambush Bug

    I look forward to hearing your what you think of the comic.

  • 'Re-imagining' is a euphemism for creative laziness and/or marketing cynicism. If the new ideas are good enough to stand on their own, they should. If they're not good enough, why do they merit being shoe-horned into someone else's original idea? Remakes and re-imaginings are all the rage these days in many creative fields, but the artistic return on investment is essentially nil, or negative, to date. I also find the idea of an "animal civil war" to be somewhat ludicrous. Dumping human psychological aberrations onto the animal world is a bit ridiculous, considering the natural state in nature is a constantly self-correcting state of overall balance, not some kind of organized winner-take-all warfare. (Note that all of this critique is based solely on what's spelled out in the article above, not on having read or seen any of the comic. I can't critique a finished work I haven't seen, but I can critique a concept and general trends in creative fields.)

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Zenescope in General

    by Jason Lenox

    I think they have some talented artists at Zenescope- for fetish pinup art. Ive never bought one of their titles, since as most of the above posters have said- it's just adding a sexed up fetish to well known (public domain) properties. This has little appeal to me as a reader. Also, while Im happy to see any of the AICN crew get some work to pimp out, this does nothing for me, and just looks like more of the same classic literature into sexy pinup art for the sake of being sexy. Ultimately the question I would ask Zenescope is- can they do anything that isnt cheesecake/soft porn art. Anyway, for some self pimping, I'm working on a second short story comic you can look at the work in progress at . Unfortunately, there is no cheesecake art, or even women in the comic, it's sort of like 1980's D&D artwork brought to life. Peace.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Zenescope in General part 2

    by Jason Lenox

    I think they have some talented artists at Zenescope- for fetish pinup art. Ive never bought one of their titles, since as most of the above posters have said- it's just adding a sexed up fetish to well known (public domain) properties. This has little appeal to me as a reader. Also, while Im happy to see any of the AICN crew get some work to pimp out, this does nothing for me, and just looks like more of the same classic literature into sexy pinup art for the sake of being sexy. Ultimately the question I would ask Zenescope is- can they do anything that isnt cheesecake/soft porn art. Anyway, for some self pimping, I'm working on a second short story comic you can look at the work in progress at . Unfortunately, there is no cheesecake art, or even women in the comic, it's sort of like 1980's D&D artwork brought to life. Peace.

  • I would totally 'bate to that! C'mon, even Original Jesus would 'bate to that - and if Original Jesus would do it, it's not a sin.

  • Seriously, I have never read an even half way decent book from them, let alone a good one. And because a buddy of mine owns a comic store I can pretty much check out any title on the shelf that I like without having to buy anything (though I actually buy quite a bit). How they stay in business is frankly rather baffling to me. I mean I know T 'n A/cheesecake art has always had a following, but zenescope books are so horribly written, and the art so generic in its cheesecake aesthetic, I just don't get it. Oh well, whatever I guess.

  • ...but they are one of the highest selling indie companies out there today, so they have to be doing something right.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    @pacrone -Regarding Raven Gregory

    by Ravengregory

    Sounds like a real douche. I wouldn't want to meet someone like that several times. Better yet I wouldn't even think of saying such things to the persons face when I meet them as things are so much safer to say over the internet. But thanks for your opinions and for coming back for more. I too am surprised I haven't gone the way of the dodo's. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Why are the kids, raised by animals, wearing clothes?

    by Vince Ricardo

    I mean, if you're going to go "softporn" with Kipling's work, you might as well go all the way. Even Mowgli didn't wear any clothes until he was kicked out of the wolf tribe and went to live with villagers. Why the extra "i" in "Mowglii?" Does that make it more of a girl's name, lol? Doesn't really matter, does it? So much to say, but, really, I think that's enough. Pass, sorry.

  • I doubt this will be worse, and it will probably be better. In comics, books, and movies I've seen some pretty good "reimaginings" of many public-domain works, including Sherlock Holmes, Alice, the Oz books, and others. Okay, a few of them sucked, too, but it's not like the classic originals somehow disappeared off my bookshelves because of them. I thought "Nanny and Hank" was great. I'll at least give this a look.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    It's Zenescope...

    by Cadillac Jones

    ...of course you had to change the character to a chick and put boobs on the cover! That's their schtick!