Trying his Hand at comics

'Funniest Home Videos' producer ramps up for graphic novel adaptations

The comic book and graphic novel adaptation field just added another player with the creation of Invisible Hand Studios from television producer Vin Di Bona.

The newly formed company will develop properties for film and television and already is in collaboration with Devil's Due Publishing on several titles.

The first project is titled "Serpo," an original graphic novel due in August. The idea is based on conspiracy and UFO-ologists' belief in a top-secret interplanetary exchange program between the American government and the planet Serpo. The story chronicles the circumstances leading up to the exchange involving 12 Americans, captures the experiences of living among alien life forms and reveals why only eight humans returned. The graphic novel was written by Jason Burns, with artwork by Joe Eisma.

Two other projects being readied by Invisible Hand and Devil's Due are "D.O.L.," written by Burns, which follows two overzealous underdogs who, in the process of collecting overdue library books, inadvertently save the world; and "The Odd Squad," a dramedy featuring a motley group with varied specialties who reinstate the government's Office of Dimensional Defense to investigate and battle supernatural forces. "Odd Squad" was written by Nick Capetanakis and Todd Livingston, with artwork by Brendon and Brain Fraim.

Di Bona, a big name in the reality TV world, is known for his work as executive producer on "America's Funniest Home Videos."

Invisible Hand is the latest company trying to tap into Hollywood's latest obsession. Last month, Disney entered the graphic novel business with the creation of Kingdom Comics, which is on top of such already established players as Marvel and Dark Horse Comics, as well as Warner Bros.' DC Comics. (partialdiff)