Renowned Montana Poet Laureate ML Smoker Partners with Curiosity Ink Media and Dynamite Entertainment to Create Thunderous Graphic Novel Series


The story of a modern teenager’s journey to connect with her Indigenous culture builds on the company’s goal of delivering authentic storytelling to young audiences.

BOCA RATON, Florida., February 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Curiosity Ink Media – the family entertainment engine of Grom Social Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROM), has secured Montana Poet Laureate ML Smoker to write and consult for the Thunderous graphic novel series, launched in partnership with publisher Dynamite Entertainment in April 2022. His co-writer on the project is Natalie Peterse, also a poet and freelance publisher. The new original intellectual property (IP) franchise follows the unexpected adventures of an Aboriginal teenager’s journey through a special world where new friends and foes are discovered. In this unpredictable and sometimes perilous endeavor, she learns to better appreciate, embrace and defend her family’s proud heritage. The graphic novel will debut in tandem with Independent Book Store Day, a national celebration of independent bookstores being held on Saturday April 30. The announcement was made today by Executive Vice President and Publisher of Curiosity Ink Media, Jon Rosenberg.

Renowned Montana Poet Laureate ML Smoker Partners with Curiosity Ink Media and Dynamite Entertainment to Create Thunderous Graphic Novel Series

“Forming alliances with Indigenous cultural leaders allows us to share stories that are routinely ignored in popular culture.”

Curiosity’s alliance with Smoker and Peeterse builds on the company’s mission to identify and share authentic stories and voices from diverse backgrounds. The company recently announced diverse programming, including new preschool music series, Aloha Hoku, based on the songs and spirit of Hawaiian ukulele player Honoka Katayama. Smoker, a member of the Nakoda, Dakota, Lakota tribe is currently the state poet laureate of Montana. Her free verse poems focus on personal loss and identity and engage Native American history, language and culture.

“Forming alliances with Indigenous cultural leaders allows us to share stories that are routinely overlooked in popular culture and have the potential to be transformative for young readers,” Rosenberg said. “ML Smoker brings unparalleled authenticity and artistry to the storytelling that will bring richness, heart and soul to this new franchise.”

“The importance of new narratives formed from the creativity, resilience and power of Native American communities is needed to correct the stereotypes, misconceptions and prejudicial ideas that exist in this country about us,” Smoker said. . “I hope this is a story that resonates with many children and, in particular, that some young indigenous people will see themselves reflected in literature and believe that they can be their own authors, painters, musicians and creators at the to come up. Because representation matters. “

“Dynamite is proud to work with so many writers, artists, and partners from diverse backgrounds, as our primary goal is to help facilitate and deliver uniquely compelling stories across all media to fans and to work with Laureate ML Smoker and the creative team help raise awareness and grow the audience,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and publisher of Dynamite. “Personally, I can’t wait to read the rest of Thunderous and what Smoker and the team have crafted, and for many more to experience this wonderful story.”

The smoker served as from montana Director of Indian Education for nearly a decade and in 2015 was named Indian Educator of the Year in addition to being appointed to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education by the President barack obama. She currently works at Education Northwest as an expert in Indian education practice. She received a regional Emmy Award for her work as a writer/consultant on the PBS documentary Indian Relay.

Thunderous focuses on Aiyana, a South Dakota teenager who fails to see the connection between her family’s Indigenous culture and her life in the modern world, leading to tension with her grandmother, a proud bearer of the family’s history and heritage. As the story progresses, Aiyana finds herself accidentally transported to a new and unknown world where she begins to recognize how understanding her Lakota cultural teachings and stories is the very tool she needs to survive. and go home. The book version of Thunderous is part of Curiosity’s recently announced publishing program in partnership with Dynamite Entertainment to develop a slate of print content rooted in original Curiosity intellectual property, as well as cultivate print titles on behalf of other entertainment brands.

About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several top-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Sonja RedWarlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library of over 3,000 characters (which includes Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the psychotic button, chastityand Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically acclaimed titles and best-selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the hottest creators in comics and entertainment, including Gaelle Simone, Christopher Priest, Leah Moore, Kevin Smith, David Walker, Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, darick robertson, Marc Russell, Brandon Thomas, Amy Chu, Reginald Hudlin, Nancy Collins, David Walker, Steve Orlando, Greg Pack, Jenny Frison, Matt Wagner, and a host of promising new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the top tier of comic book publishers and many of their titles, including Alex Ross and by Jim Krueger Project Superpowers – debuted on the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond gave the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Award.

About Curiosity Ink Media
Curiosity Ink Media is a global media company that develops, acquires, builds, expands and maximizes the short, medium and long-term commercial potential of children’s and family entertainment properties and associated business opportunities. Led by a top-notch management team, Curiosity Ink Media’s multi-faceted IP library is designed to amass continued value through strategic management, partnerships and highly focused market entry.

About Grom Social Enterprises, Inc.
Grom Social Enterprises, Inc. is a growing social media platform and original entertainment content provider for children under 13, providing safe and secure digital environments for children who may be monitored by their parents or guardians. The company has several operating subsidiaries, including Grom Social, which distributes its content through mobile and desktop environments (web portal and applications) that entertain children, allow them to interact with friends, access relevant information and to play proprietary games while teaching them how to be good. digital citizens. The company owns and operates Top Draw Animation, which produces award-winning animated content for some of the world’s largest international media companies. Grom also includes Grom Educational Services, which provided web filtering services for K-12 schools, government, and private businesses. For more information, visit gromsocial.com.

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