Kickstart Entertainment, the company behind last summer’s surprise comic book-based hit movie Wanted, has announced the acquisition of the option to Dear Dracula, which was published by Image/Shadowline Comics last October.  Written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by Vincente “Vinny” Navarrete, the 48-page Dear Dracula was the first volume published under Jim Valentino’s Silverline imprint, which is dedicated to publishing all-ages books that bridge the gap between traditional storybooks and comics (see “Shadowline Unveils Kids Imprint”).


Dear Dracula is the story of a boy who loves horror movies and decides to write to Dracula on Halloween the way ordinary kids write to Santa Claus at Christmas.  Writer Joshua Williamson also has Necessary Evil, which was originally published by Desperado in 2007 and 2008, under development at the Cartoon Network (see “Cartoon Network Goes Live”).


Kickstart Entertainment, which was founded by Jason Netter in 1999, specializes in comic book adaptations.  In addition to Wanted and Dear Dracula, it has acquired the rights to Preacher, The Red Star, The Boys, Monster Attack Network, and The Couriers.