PLANET OF THE APES: VISIONARIES -- Graphic Novel Release Event

August 22, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

BOOM! Studios, 20th Century Fox, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts,
invite you and a guest to attend to special presentation of

Planet of the Apes: Visionaries

Graphic Novel Signing and Q&A with Author Dana Gould
and Dafna Pleban, POTA Comics Editor at BOOM! Studios


7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
USC School of Cinematic Arts
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Copies of Planet of the Apes: Visionaries will be available for purchase at the venue.

About Planet of the Apes: Visionaries

We all know that the first Planet of The Apes (1968) film is an adaptation of the French novel La Planète des singes. On the road to making the landmark science-fiction classic, 20th Century Fox commissioned Rod Serling to adapt the source material. Serling’s first draft, which was drastically revised before filming, is a radically different vision of the franchise than the one the world has come to know and love.

But now, BOOM! Studios and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products present PLANET OF THE APES: VISIONARIES, a new Original Graphic Novel, releasing in August 2018 as part of the 20th Century Fox Uncovered collection.

BOOM! Studios searched the 20th Century Fox film archives and unearthed the first screenplay for the original Planet of the Apes (1968) movie, written by Rod Serling, and adapted into comic book format for the first time as a part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the film from acclaimed actor/comedian/writer Dana Gould (The Simpsons) and Chad Lewis (Avengers Origins).

This is the world you know from the acclaimed Planet of the Apes film series, but with key differences - Taylor is Thomas, and Ape City isn’t a crude, primitive grouping of huts; instead, it’s a bustling and urbane metropolis filled with cars and skyscrapers and a vibrant Ape culture. In a world where Apes wear modern clothes, drive modern cars and rule the late night talk show scene, the arrival of one man will forever change how Apes – and Humans – view themselves.

PLANET OF THE APES: VISIONARIES is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, WWE, Abbott, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus. This landmark original graphic novel arrives in comic shops on August 22nd and in bookstores on August 28th.

About the Guests

DANA GOULD (Author, Planet of the Apes: Visionaries)

Dana Gould began his professional comedy career at the age of seventeen. Between Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime, Dana has six solo stand-up comedy specials to his credit. He has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, Maron, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

As an actor, Dana has had memorable turns on Seinfeld, Parks and Rec, and is one of the few actors to play his live-action self on Family Guy. He was a cast member of Frank Darabont’s 1940s crime drama Mob City, in addition to numerous roles in films such as last year’s cult horror anthology Southbound.

Dana was a writer/performer on the original Ben Stiller Show and maintains an equally active career as a writer. After creating the pilot World on a String (with Jay Kogen), he co-created MTV's late, lamented Super Adventure Team with his old Ben Stiller office-mate Rob Cohen. Dana then joined the staff of The Simpsons, where he was a Co-Executive Producer and performed several voices for the show. He was also a producer on NBC's Parks and Rec.

Dana is the creator and executive producer of the IFC horror-comedy Stan Against Evil starring John C. McGinley. Stan Against Evil premiered in October of 2016 to strong reviews and stronger ratings.

In addition, Dana is also developing a hour-long series based on the comic book series The October Faction with that series’ creator, Steve Niles. He also recently adapted Rod Serling’s early, original, draft of the screenplay for Planet of the Apes as a graphic novel for Boom! Comics.

Despite all this, stand-up remains a focal point of Dana’s career, and he continues to perform regularly across the country. His most recent album, Mr. Funnyman, was released in October, 2017 and is one of the top rated comedy albums on iTunes. His monthly podcast, The Dana Gould Hour, frequently resides in iTunes' top ten comedy downloads.

DAFNA PLEBAN (BOOM! Studios POTA Comics Editor)

Dafna Pleban is a comic book editor with BOOM! Studios, and has worked on Planet of the Apes comics for over 7 years. She's also worked on everything from Lumberjanes to Power Rangers and definitely has a difficult time explaining to her Jewish mother exactly what it is she does. She's now well-versed at explaining the difference between the comics in the newspaper and the ones you buy in the store to relatives over the age of 60.

Check-In & Reservations

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago