DeadEndia, a horror-comedy series of graphic novels from London artist and animation director Hamish Steele, has been been commissioned by Netflix.
The graphic novels were praised for the diversity of the characters’ identities and experiences, including main character Barney, a transgender teenager, and the non-neurotypical Norma. The new animated kids series will be launched in 2021
DeadEndia is set in a theme park and a haunted mansion. Barney, Norma, and magical talking-dog Pugsley face a barrage of supernatural forces—including demonic game show hosts and sleep-sucking witches. Courtney, a thousand-year-old demon, becomes their guide to the underworld multiplane.
Barack will voice Barney. He was the first trans actor to appear on-screen in a Disney Marvel movie, though he only showed up in a background capacity in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel.
Clinton Leupp is also involved, He featured multiple times on Will & Grace as drag persona Miss Coco Peru.
“DeadEndia is about terrifying demons, vengeful ghosts, and mysterious magic,” Steele said in a statement. “It is also about coming of age in a world that wasn’t made for you. It’s a drama about found family, identity, and making mistakes. And of course, it’s a laugh-out-loud comedy!”
“I’ve always dreamed of making the show I needed as a lonely, horror-obsessed closeted gay kid and thanks to Netflix and our ridiculously talented, diverse, and representative writers room and crew, we have shot way past my dreams and into wildest fantasy territory!”