Innovative comic company TKO has teamed with MACRO to adapt comic The Banks, written by New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay, into a feature film. TKO is a relatively new comic publisher that is trying to approach the comic industry from a fresh perspective. As part of their strategy, their comics are made available in both graphic novel format and as a complete set of individual issues all at once. I’ve personally really enjoyed TKO’s approach and comics and it’s exciting to see one of their best comics get the big screen treatment.
“I am thrilled to revisit the world of The Banks. Clara, Cora, and Celia Banks are fierce women with compelling stories that will really come alive on the silver screen,” says Roxane Gay (below, left). “I am also excited about partnering with TKO Studios, an amazing publisher to create comics with, and MACRO, a company that is a standard bearer for excellence with the films they make.”Roxane Gay
Written by Roxane Gay, who also wrote Black Panther: World of Wakanda for Marvel, with art by Ming Doyle, who has worked on books like Batgirl and Constantine, The Banks tells the story of a family of women thieves who are the best in Chicago. It’s a heist story, a revenge story and a family drama all in one. You can pick up the graphic novel or set of individual issues directly from TKO or via your local comic book store.
“I spent a lot of time with the women of The Banks family, so I’m really pleased to hear that they’ll be breaking into another medium. I’ll be looking forward to seeing this heist play out!”Ming Doyle
TKO has a variety of books, spanning multiple genres, so if you haven’t yet had a chance to check them out, I couldn’t recommend them more. My personal favorite is The Fearsome Doctor Fang, which is written by Asian-American writer Tze Chun, who is also a co-founder of TKO.
Ron is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of POC Culture. He is a big believer in the power and impact of pop culture and the importance of representation in media.