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Austin writer Evan Narcisse joins Rooster Teeth animated show

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com
Evan Narcisse with his daughter, signing the first issue of “Rise of the Black Panther” at Dragon’s Lair Comics in Austin on Jan. 6. The six-issue Marvel Comics miniseries tells a new origin story for the hero, who is also featured in a new movie coming out this week. Contributed by Evan Jellison/Dragon’s Lair

Evan Narcisse, the Austin writer whose “Rise of the Black Panther” mini-series was one of the spring’s buzzier Marvel comics, has joined the writing staff of “gen:LOCK,” the upcoming anime-style sci-fi series from Austin content mega-provider Rooster Teeth.

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In “gen:LOCK,” Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a diverse team of young pilots to control the next generation of mecha (a.k.a giant robots in the classic Japanese style).

The announced voice cast includes Michael B. Jordan as Julian Chase (the lead character), Dakota Fanning as mech pilot Miranda Worth and Koichi Yamadera  as a new recruit transferring from Japan’s military forces. 

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According to Rooster Teeth, Narcisse has been providing feedback on scripts written prior to his joining the team, participated in brainstorming and punchup sessions with showrunner Gray G. Haddock and the Rooster Teeth Animation writing staff.

Narcisse recently wrapped up a two-year tenure as a senior staff writer at io9. His credits include “The Atlantic,” “Time Magazine,” “Kotaku” and outlets.