NEKO PRODUCTIONS makes waves worldwide with Ofir Lobel’s debut graphic novel and companion animated series 101 REASONS WHY

Marlene Sharp
3 min readSep 22, 2023

Los Angeles-based Neko Productions’ first foray into graphic novel publishing and original animation is available in fall 2023.

101 REASONS WHY excerpt courtesy of Neko Productions

Amidst the perfect storm of fan-con, confab and festival season, Los Angeles-based Neko Productions performs extra swimmingly. Riding high is the studio’s debut, original kid-lit graphic novel series entitled 101 REASONS WHY. The broadly humorous tome, created by writer/director/comedian Ofir Lobel (Keshet/Netflix’s BLACKSPACE; A WONDERFUL COUNTRY), edited by Peyton McDavitt, and with comics art direction from Bobbo Andonova (BOBBO DRAWS), is a high-concept comic that’s destined for animated adaptation. Additionally, Neko founder and executive producer Lirit Rosenzweig Topaz has relocated Neko’s former Burbank headquarters into a souped-up facility in Sherman Oaks, California. With this move comes the engagement of graphic novel development guru John Shableski (Myra and the Drawing Drama; Manga Classics; We Survived the Holocaust: The Bluma and Felix Goldberg Story).

Multi-hyphenate Ofir Lobel enjoys an extraordinary swell of pre-MIPCOM and New York Toy Fair positivity. Besides authoring 101 REASONS, Lobel has a new Netflix spy drama series on the horizon. TRUST NO ONE (9 x 60") is set for international streaming — including USA, UK, and Israel — in late 2023 and early 2024. Lobel is both co-creator and episodic director.

101 REASONS WHY excerpt courtesy of Neko Productions

Established in 2010, Neko is known as the animation studio behind video game giant Sega’s infectious fan favorite web series SONIC MANIA ADVENTURES and its equally appealing companion TEAM SONIC RACING OVERDRIVE. Both shows star the Blue Blur himself: Sonic the Hedgehog.

Tyson Hesse, director of the aforementioned Sonic content, exclaims, “Throughout several different projects, Neko Productions proved themselves to be a hard-working and dedicated team that delivered exceptional animation quality in a short timeframe. They are a team that is willing to go the extra mile to deliver a great product.”

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Marlene Sharp

Marlene Sharp is a creative and business-savvy entertainment multi-hyphenate who originally hails from New Orleans but is now a (San Fernando) Valley girl.