It’s a NICE day here at American Gothic Press, where Echo Lake Entertainment has landed for a four-issue mini-series adaptation of its latest screenplay!

This is super exciting for us and comes in the midst of a brand new era for AGP. We’ve got more MONSTER WORLD and KILLBOX coming as well as this year’s Silver Scream Fest award winners, and NICE fits in, shall we say, “nicely” alongside the rest of our slate.

The official press release is below. More information and teaser art to follow!


The independent comic book publisher of Famous Monsters will adapt Echo Lake’s startling new screenplay by Dagen Walker and Joseph Ettinger into a four issue mini-series.


May 24, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA


The increasingly direct link from comic book to film property has prompted at least one studio to go straight to comic books with their best new story. Echo Lake Entertainment has partnered with American Gothic Press for its new assassin mystery NICE.


Originally penned as a pilot with Rockne S. O’Bannon to showrun and John Terlesky to direct, NICE is about two hipster assassins who begin to realize the organization they kill for is attempting to take over the United States. When the grizzled, gun-slinging female detective hunting them down realizes there is a greater evil at play, they join forces to topple the most powerful syndicate in the world.


The writers are Dagen Walker and Joseph Ettinger. Walker was one of the original contestants on Project Greenlight for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, then went on to write and direct BENEATH for Paramount and other feature films like BROKEN HILL, MURDER IN THE DARK, and ATOMICA for Syfy Films. Ettinger recently worked in editorial on Netflix’s FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE and SANTA CLARITA DIET, as well as Hulu’s SHUT EYE.


American Gothic Press is the publisher of world-building genre series such as KILLBOX, BROKEN MOON, and MONSTER WORLD. They frequently collaborate with screenplay writers as part of their yearly Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival, and they recently published adaptations of the original unaired teleplays for Irwin Allen’s classic show LOST IN SPACE (rebooted by Netflix in April).


“Following the notable success of KILLBOX and its sequel KILLBOX: CHICAGO, it became clear that grim city stories are very much at home at American Gothic,” says Philip Kim, Publisher. “Intense crime noir has the potential to be just as edgy and scary as any horror book.”


“We are thrilled to have a template with American Gothic Press that will allow for further collaborations with our clients. This new relationship will provide another interesting avenue clients to bring their ideas and work to life,” said Amotz Zakai, literary manager at Echo Lake Entertainment.


NICE will hit comic store shelves in late 2018.

Go here to learn more about Echo Lake, including their production division, which is responsible for films like YOU KILL ME and 13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING.