NBA star Rudy Gobert teams up with Titan Comics for BASH! graphic novel
Rudy Gobert is a three-time NBA All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year, and next year he’s gearing up for another accolade with the release of a standalone graphic novel. TO HIT! is a young adult graphic novel Gobert is publishing through Titan Comics, and it’s an anime-influenced basketball adventure that also launches Titan’s new young adult imprint, Titan Nova. Rudy Gobert is a member of the France team and the Minnesota Timberwolves. He joined Wolves after being traded by the team that originally signed him to the NBA nine years ago, the Utah Jazz.
Artist Vince Serrano (Adidas, Sacramento Kings, Young Nudy) provides anime-inspired art for TO HIT!which tells the story of young Rudy, a poor kid from the planet Nelilia, who dreams of being a star player in BASH – a brutal, high-octane, intergalactic version of basketball, whose players are rockstars, legends and gods.
“It was surely a crazy feat when we launched it,” said Rudy Gobert. “I wanted to tell a story that reinforces the dedication and courage that were so essential to my personal journey. I hope it will encourage readers to overcome their challenges and pursue their dreams.”
“We were so impressed with Rudy and Vince’s infectious passion for the medium of comics,” said Titan Comics co-publishers Vivian Cheung and Nick Landau. “With TO HIT!readers of all ages can expect a powerfully told story with incredible illustrations that draw on a wide range of influences across all mediums.”
TO HIT! launches Titan Nova, a new imprint of Titan Comics, which seeks to appeal to mid-level readers and young adults ages 8-16 and curious minds of all ages.
“This is an exciting development for Titan!” said Duncan Baizley, editor of Titan Comics Acquisitions, “It was always an ambition to create something that spoke to an increasingly sophisticated and engaged YA audience, so Titan Nova is the destination I dreamed of when I was that age! We have amazing books for the launch and Rudy Gobert’s TO HIT! is the perfect title to show the way. And we have many, many more to come that I’m sure will become future classics for this generation of readers.”
TO HIT! is set to hit bookstores, comic shops, and digital platforms on February 14, 2023. You can pre-order now at Amazon (WE), Barnes & Noblesand forbidden planet (UK/Europe). The Titan Nova logo and TO HIT! the cover art and preview can be found below.