Platinum inks comic talents

Weber to illustrate 'Bytes,' Flores on 'Seen'

Comicbook shingle Platinum Studios has signed two new artists discovered during the Comic Book Idol talent search.

L. Frank Weber will illustrate romantic comedy “Love Bytes,” while Michael Flores has been attached to thriller “Seen.” Both stories are readying for graphic novel production and will also be developed as live-action features.

Platinum Studios was not involved in the contest but did use it as an opportunity to seek out new talent, signing both artists before the final outcome (each finished in the top 10).

“Even though we have over a thousand characters and stories in our library, we’re always looking for and developing more comics,” said Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Platinum’s chair and founder. “Much like TV series and features, comics need to be staffed up for each project with great creative and production talent. The Idol winners were the perfect choices.”

Rosenberg has a history of spotting talent. While at Malibu Comics, he discovered “Men in Black” and delivered it to Sony.

Production shingle and publishing house Platinum recently signed a multiyear development deal with weapons expert Col. John B. Alexander and has a first look-animation deal with Disney. Other titles on its slate are “Mal Chance,” set up with Miramax, and “Cowboys & Aliens” at Sony.