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I Kill Giants is an adaptation of Joe Kelly’s acclaimed graphic novel of the same name.  Now the big-screen adaptation is available on demand on Amazon Prime and other services, as well as Blu-ray and DVD.

Directed by Oscar-winning short-film director Anders Walter, I Kill Giants stars Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, and relative newcomer Madison Wolfe. The latter plays Barbara, a bullied, outcast of a schoolgirl whose only escape is her true calling: slaying giants that threaten her community — and which also may be entirely imaginary.

Kelly, who also wrote the screenplay, says Walter was the real hero behind the scenes. “He’s excellent with young actors. So he just got like how we stay grounded and magical at the same time…All that stuff came through. So I was protected, the story was protected, so that’s just the best you can ask for — it’s the opposite of every Hollywood story you ever hear where the comic creator gets shoved in the corner, you know?”

Kelly also wrote the comic Deadpool for years, and although he didn’t write the hit film, star and producer Ryan Reynolds, director Tim Miller, and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were faithful to much of the work Kelly did during his run of the books.

Deadpool was a three-year run, and it was significant for me, and means a lot to me…I have a deep love for the character,” says Kelly.  “I’m just so happy it became the success that it is. It’s like watching your friends have an awesome, awesome success. So I’m very proud and happy for those guys.”

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RLJE Films has announced home video details for I Kill Giants from director Anders Walter and writer Joe Kelly, and based on the Man of Action graphic novel written by Kelly and Ken Niimura.

The release date for I Kill Giants on Blu-ray and DVD is May 22nd. The fantasy adventure starring Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Madison Wolfe and Sydney Wade is already available to rent digitally.Image Entertainment will release I Kill Giants to Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 22, 2018. Based on the comic book series from Image Comics, the adventure film is centered around eclectic teenager Barbara Thorson who lives in parallel worlds — one in which there are giants threatening her hometown. The film stars as Madison Wolfe as Barbara along with Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots and Sydney Wade.

Special features on the Blu-ray edition of I Kill Giants include featurettes The Making of I Kill Giants, Anatomy of a Scene, I Kill Giants Graphic Novel: Chapter 1 and a Photo Gallery.

I Kill Giants carries an MSRP of $29.99 (Blu-ray) and $29.99 (DVD). See current Amazon pre-order pricing below.I Kill Giants is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and it is turning out to be quite a celebration. Writer Joe Kelly and artist J.M. Ken Niimura’s comic has been adapted into a film starring Zoe Saldana and Madison Wolfe, available now, and is receiving new editions at Image Comics commemorating both the anniversary and adaptation. This upcoming weekend writer Joe Kelly will be featured at a special screening in Denver as part of the DiNK Comics & Art Expo to discuss the comic with fans at the Alamo Drafthouse.

For the unfamiliar I Kill Giants is the story of Barbara, a middle school girl who escapes to a fantasy world where she is a giant slayer when faced with impossible problems in reality. It details both Barbara’s reconstruction of overwhelming difficulties through the lens of fantasy, as well as the perspectives of her family, teachers, and friends as they try to help her in this difficult time. It’s a story about grief, escapism, and growth, one that has garnered a cult following amongst comics readers since its release alongside plaudits like the International Manga Award and Gaiman.

One decade after its first issue debuted, it’s time for a critical reassessment of I Kill Giants. This isn’t simply another successful Image Comics series that was optioned by Hollywood. It has found a foothold in classrooms, libraries, and local comic book stores that make it clear this story is truly something special. As much as anything from the 21st Century, I Kill Giants is deserving of consideration in the canon of comics storytelling. Here’s why.

The very suggestion of a canon for any medium implies that some stories don’t age. When we look at theatre, it doesn’t matter whether it’s Shakespeare from almost 500 years ago or Arthur Miller’s work from just over 50 years ago, they are written in a manner that allows them to stand the test of time. That is the case with I Kill Giants, apparent after only 10 years. There are plenty of examples of comics that have managed to crumble in that very same period of time. References to pop culture and current events, incredibly off-base predictions, or the use of technology that no one even recalls (sorry Zune fans) make these stories increasingly distant by the day. Barbara’s story captures a feeling that could be at place in the 1950s as much as the 2010s though. It is a tale of school and family that doesn’t require specific markers to make sense. Instead its core concepts all capture what it means to be timeless.

I Kill Giants also goes the extra mile in presenting this timeless quality in a manner that is accessible to almost every conceivable reader. As a true all-ages comic, it uses language and plotting that allows an 8-year-old to take as much from the story as their grandparents might. That is a key distinction from a children’s comic, as a comic for children could be read by an adult even if it’s not intended for them. This is one that offers plenty of insight into its core themes no matter your age. Children and adults are equally likely to shed tears, even as they make different connections. Not only is I Kill Giants still relevant after 10 years, but it is a comic that offers new layers every 10 years.

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