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DescriptionOne of the final projects of the legendary Stan Lee and beautifully illustrated by Spider-man veteran Andie Tong, BACKCHANNEL centers on Tom Tanner and his father, Martin. On the surface, Tom Tanner is having an average high school life - struggling to stay on the lacrosse team, hiding his affections for his friend Sally, and trying to keep his head down and grades up. What his father, an LA police detective, and friends don't know is that Tom is an engineering prodigy and is being recruited by BACKCHANNEL, a decentralized hactivist group causing havoc at prisons across the U.S. While developing a highly sophisticated AI algorithm, a power awakens within Tom that grants him the ability to mentally hack into any device (technopathy). While initially using this newfound power for personal gain and petty revenge, he learns of a dark secret from his father's past that will change him forever. In need of a moment of escapism, Tom returns to his favorite digital comics. This time though, the comic is disturbingly on point with what Tom has been experiencing. As he continues to read, Tom realizes that there are encrypted messages in the comic from an unknown ally who clearly knows everything Tom has been up to. When he discovers that the hacktivist group BACKCHANNEL has been tracking him and is aware of his new abilities and reaching out to him for help, Tom is set on a very dangerous path.
August 15, 2023
6.63 X 10.25 X 0.33 inches | 0.0 pounds
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About the Author
STAN LEE was a successful writer and editor for nearly eighty years. Lee was known to the world as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the entertainment industry. His co-creations included Spider-Man(TM), The Avengers(TM), Black Panther(TM), X-Men(TM), Iron Man(TM), The Incredible Hulk(TM), The Fantastic Four(TM), and hundreds of others. Lee continued to serve as Marvel Entertainment's Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2018.
Tom Akel is the co-writer of Stan Lee's Backchannel and the CEO & Publisher of Rocketship Entertainment - a publishing, consumer product, and entertainment company with multiple Eisner-nominated and Ringo Award-winning series. Prior to Rocketship, Tom led the U.S. expansion of Webtoon as Head of Content where he oversaw a portfolio of over 150 titles while developing key partnerships with Crunchyroll, CAA, Image/Top Cow, and Legendary Entertainment while, an an editor, winning back to back Ringo Awards for Best Webcomic for Dean Haspiel's The Red Hook and Sanford Greene's 1000, as well as an Eisner nomination for Ryan Benjamin's Brothers Bond. He previously served as Executive Producer and Executive Editor of MTV Digital, responsible for 360 digital extensions of 175 seasons of MTV shows ranging from Teen Wolf to Jersey Shore, and while there founded MTV Geek and MTV Comics. At Comedy Central and Spike TV, Tom founded their mobile divisions where he produced South Park 10: The Game, the first network streaming app, Comedy Central Take Out- named Fierce Mobile App of the Year, the first made-for-mobile animated series Samurai Love God starring Ed Helms and Nick Kroll, produced and directed Robert Kirkman's Battle Pope: The Animated Series, and wrote and directed Stan Lee's voicetones. Tom holds an MFA in Design + Technology from Parsons School of Design in New York and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
ANDIE TONG has worked on Spectacular Spider-Man, Batman Strikes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Noble Causes. He has illustrated many comics and graphic novels, including The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Two.