YouTube Comedian Toby Turner Signs Three-Book Deal

The last place you would ever expect to find a YouTuber’s content is in a book store, but it looks like that’s about to change.

Toby Turner, better known as Tobuscus, just signed a three-book deal which would bring one of his animated series out of YouTube and on to the printed page.

The deal, which was signed with HarperCollins imprint Tegan Books, will see the YouTube comedian adapt his “Tobuscus Animated Adventures” web series for print as an illustrated journal-like trilogy chronicling the crazy adventures of clueless man-boy Tobuscus and his long-suffering common-sense-wielding companion Gabeuscus.

President Obama, Zombies, and Gryphon the zombie-killing Shih Tzu also feature heavily in the series.

“I’m excited to bring my characters to life in book form,” Turner told THR before adding, tongue-in-cheek: “Reading is what people did before YouTube, and I love retro stuff!”

The first book of the trilogy will be released as a hardcover in Fall, 2015; with the sequels planned for release in the summer of 2016 and winter of 2017.

The web series has been in production since 2011 and has been incredibly popular so far; earning over 73 million views across eight episodes.

The series makes up just a small part of one of Turner’s YouTube channels. Across the three channels he currently manages, he has amassed 14 million subscribers and an incredible three billion views.

With this release, Turner joins the likes of John Green, Kevin ‘Nalts’ Nalty, and Ze Frank as YouTubers that are also authors (or vice-versa in Green’s case…), and opens the door for many more YouTubers to leverage their online popularity launch a literary career.