Exclusive: Josh Gad To Make Comic Debut with Occult Fantasy THE WRITER from Dark Horse


  • A star-studded creative team brings the thrilling saga of Stan Siegel to life in The Writer, blending folklore and demonic chaos for a high-octane adventure.
  • Josh Gad’s first foray into comics introduces a hero compelled to stop terror in a race against time.
  • Josh Gad, the Berkowitz brothers, Ariel Olivetti, and Frank Cvetkovic deliver a celebration of storytelling with The Writer, weaving personal stories of heroism and humor.

Screen Rant is excited to exclusively announce that actor Josh Gad has partnered with Dark Horse Comics for The Writer, an upcoming comic series. It features an all-star creative team including the actor and singer, as well as creative storytellers, and an artist known for their work on Marvel comics. This fantasy will blend cultural folklore and real-life challenges.

The Writer has the creative team of Josh Gad, Ben Berkowitz, Max Berkowitz, Ariel Olivetti, and Frank Cvetkovic. The series will span four issues and provide readers with a high-octane adventure. It will feature occult elements and demonic chaos to showcase a fun and thrilling fantasy story.

Josh Gad is best known as an actor and singer, portraying characters like Olaf in Disney’s Frozen (2013), Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (2017), and Hector MacQueen in Murder on the Orient Express (2017). He has also been on Broadway in the role of The Book of Mormon’s Elder Cunningham. This is his first foray into comics.


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The Writer Puts Classic Storytelling in The Hands of an All-Star Creative Team

A dragon being fought by a hero with a sword and red cape

It’s not just a comic; it’s a celebration of our storytelling, past and present, and our hope to inspire more tales of heroism and humor.

The Berkowitz Brothers are known for their media company, Not A Billionaire. They have previously announced a television project involving acclaimed comic creator Mike Mignola, as well as a picture book partnership with Fatima Faisal for The Incredible Docs vs Billy the Bad Virus. Ariel Olivetti has done variant covers for BRZRKR, Cable, The Space Between, and recently Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum. Frank Cvetkovic’s credits include Count Crowley, The All-Nighter, several Cyberpunk 2077 series, and an issue of Batgirls, among other comic titles. The synopsis for The Writer is as follows:

The Writer introduces readers to Stan Siegel, an established storyteller known for comic book stories of the heroic and fantastical. However, his life takes an unexpected and dark turn when he is plunged into a Nazi occult-fueled nightmare. In a whirlwind of folklore and magic, Stan’s hunger for answers unveils hidden identities amid demonic chaos and high-speed chases. This thrilling saga is a race against time, with Stan compelled to stop the rising tide of terror by becoming the hero from his pages.

Collectively, this creative team has a wealth of storytelling knowledge that spans screen, stage, and comic pages. Bringing all their expertise together should make for an exciting, fantastical adventure. Using a writer as the focus will also likely provide a window into the magic of the creative process. Writers are popular protagonists, but the team on The Writers is poised to present a fresh and fun take on the trope.

Josh Gad Calls New Comic Project ‘a Milestone’

Actor and singer Josh Gad smiles wearing glasses and a suit

Josh Gad says:

Teaming up with the brilliant Berkowitz brothers on ‘The Writer’ has been an absolute blast and an education. Here we are, diving headfirst into a universe where cultural folklore meets the high-octane adventures that defined our youth. It’s like all those Saturdays spent watching action flicks and dreaming up stories are finally paying off. What makes this project truly special, though, is the chance to celebrate personal stories. We’re talking about tales that not only entertain but resonate on a deeper level, reflecting a rich heritage and the kind of heroism that doesn’t always wear a cape. The Writer isn’t just a comic; it’s a milestone for nerds like us, proving heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. Can’t wait for you all to see what we have in store!

Series artist Ariel Olivetti adds:

I’ve lost count of how many comic books I’ve drawn over my career – artists and numbers aren’t exactly best friends. Now, I’m in the lucky position to choose projects that truly resonate, the kind that leave a lasting impression both on me and the readers. When I first read the script from Josh and the Berkowitz Bros., it was clear this was one of those rare, unforgettable projects.

As we approach the story’s climax, my pride in our work only grows, alongside my excitement for its future and my concern for our characters’ fates. Will they survive? Can the good prevail? These questions linger, but one thing is certain – I hope our readers find as much joy and anticipation in this journey as I have.


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Black and white photos featuring Ben Berkowitz on the left and Max Berkowitz on the right

Regarding The Writer, Benjamin Berkowitz says:

This all still feels unreal for my brother and I. We haven’t stopped marveling since joining forces with the legendary Josh Gad – yes, the ‘is there anything he can’t do?’ Josh Gad – and Ariel Olivetti, whose art made us believe superheroes could leap right out of the comics. The Writer is our tribute to the rich tapestry of our cultural folklore, a nod to the pioneering creators of the comic book industry, and an homage to the blockbuster adventures that ensured our action figures never saw the indside of a box. It’s as if Indiana Jones and ‘Back to the Future’ had a baby, sprinkled with Jewish mythology, all brought to vivid life by Ariel’s artistry.

We’re talking about tales that not only entertain but resonate on a deeper level, reflecting a rich heritage and the kind of heroism that doesn’t always wear a cape.

Max Berkowitz adds:

This series is our childhood dream realized, free of Dunkin’ coffee spills (we promise). It’s not just a comic; it’s a celebration of our storytelling, past and present, and our hope to inspire more tales of heroism and humor. Get ready for an exhilarating, laugh-filled journey through our most fantastical dreams. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this adventure.

The Writer #1 will be available June 19 from Dark Horse Comics.

The Writer #1 (2024)

The Writer holding a ring and standing over an open book as a dragon flies overhead faced by a knight with a sword wearing a red cape

  • Writer: Josh Gad, Ben & Max Berkowitz
  • Artist: Ariel Olivetti
  • Letterer: Frank Cvetkovic
  • Cover Artist: Ariel Olivetti