The Fifth Beatle Creators to be at HeroesCon 2013; Limited Prints Available at BookExpo America Saturday
THE FIFTH BEATLE TO BE PUBLISHED IN THREE STUNNING EDITIONS!
“If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian.”—Paul McCartney
MAY 31, MILWAUKIE, OR—Ever since its announcement last fall, there has been buzz about THE FIFTH BEATLE. Written by multiple Tony Award–winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day’s American Idiot, The Addams Family, Mel Brooks’s The Producers), The Fifth Beatle, chronicling the life of the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, will officially be released on November 19.
The Fifth Beatle, from M Press Books, a division of Dark Horse Comics, recounts the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided the Beatles to unprecedented international stardom—yet died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two. More than merely the story of “The Man Who Made the Beatles,” The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the desire to leave behind a legacy, amidst the struggle to overcome crushing personal obstacles and insurmountable odds.
This marks the first full-length graphic novel painted by fanboy favorite Andrew C. Robinson (Dusty Star, King Conan, Starman, Superman). The book also features a special section paying homage to the 1960s Beatles cartoons, lovingly drawn by multiple Eisner and Harvey Award–winning cartoonist Kyle Baker (Why I Hate Saturn, Plastic Man, Nat Turner).
“Telling the Brian Epstein story is a true labor of love. The Fifth Beatle really is my life’s work—as I’ve been researching Brian’s life for more than half my own,” says Tiwary. “So it’s with great excitement and anticipation that I can finally share this little-known story about one of the great architects of modern pop culture with the rest of the world.”
Vivek J. Tiwary is also set to write and produce a feature-film adaptation of his graphic novel. Tiwary has signed a deal with Sony/ATV (who control the Lennon/McCartney music catalog) which gives him unprecedented access to Beatles songs for the film.
The standard hardcover edition will be available for $19.99 in an oversized library format. A collector’s-edition hardcover of this groundbreaking graphic novel will also be available, featuring a wraparound, textured cover and a section of bonus materials including Beatles and Brian Epstein memorabilia, artist sketches, and alternate covers, for $49.99.
The limited edition (1,500 copies) features a tip-in sheet signed by creators Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker, along with a twenty-four-page bonus section including rare Beatles and Brian Epstein memorabilia and behind-the-scenes sketches, a unique, textured cover, and a special slipcase, for $99.99.
Tiwary will be signing limited prints of The Fifth Beatle at BookExpo America in New York City this Saturday, June 8th at the Dark Horse booth #1003 at 11 a.m.
Additionally both Tiwary and artist Andrew Robinson will be delivering a panel presentation at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC on June 9th titled: Comics of the Fab Four: The Fifth Beatle and Beyond. The panel begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.
“The Beatles will be bigger than Elvis!”—Brian Epstein, 1961
Tiwary is represented by David Alpert and Lawrence Mattis at Circle of Confusion.
ABOUT VIVEK J. TIWARY
Vivek J. Tiwary is an award-winning producer, writer, and financier for film, television, theater, music, and graphic novels. He is the producer and writer of “The Fifth Beatle,” a feature film and graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. “The Fifth Beatle” has secured unprecedented access to Beatles’ music and is in development to shoot in 2013. In television, Vivek sold a sitcom pilot “Punk Rock Dad” to CBS, based on the bestselling memoir/parenting manual by Pennywise lead singer Jim Lindberg, and he is developing a number of additional series including “Ascension,” a historical fiction / thriller juxtaposing the history of astronomy with mankind’s future in the stars. On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards from 44 Tony nominations—every single one of his shows have been decorated. They include “The Addams Family,” Green Day’s “American Idiot” (the groundbreaking adaptation of the superstar rock band’s multi-platinum album), Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (the most Tony Awards ever) and “Young Frankenstein”, “A Raisin In The Sun” (starring Sean Combs), and “A Little Night Music” (starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury). Off-Broadway, Vivek produced a theatrical collaboration between electropop/performance artists Fischerspooner and avant-garde theatre collective The Wooster Group (founded by Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray, and others) that launched the 2008 Sao Paulo Art Bienal. Vivek also serves on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment (www.valiantentertainment.com)
ABOUT DARK HORSE COMICS
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.
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Tom Batiuk signs at Chapel Hill Comics on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 2:00 until 4:00 pm!
Chapel Hill Comics is proud to announce that as part of our 10th/35th Anniversary Festivities, we will host Tom Batiuk on Saturday, June 8, from 2pm until 4pm, when he will sign The Complete Funky Winkerbean books one and two!
From Comic Book Resources:
For more than four decades, Tom Batiuk’s “Funky Winkerbean” has been a fixture in the comics page of newspapers nationwide. Initially set in high school centered around a group of students and a handful of teachers and employees — including the secretary who actually ran the school and Harry L. Dinkle, the self-proclaimed “world’s greatest band director.” In 1992, Batiuk relaunched the strip, jumping forward in time, something he did again in 2007.
During this time Batiuk has received both praise and criticism for combining dramatic and comedic elements and tackling issues ranging from bullying to teen pregnancy to cancer and death. In 2007, Batiuk was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for “Lisa’s Story,” a story arc in which the character succumbed to cancer. In addition to his work on “Funky,” from 1979-1990 Batiuk wrote the strip “John Darling” and since 1987 has been writing “Crankshaft” for his former classmate Chuck Ayers to draw.
Come meet the creator of one of the nation’s most recognizable comic strips!
Chapel Hill Comics
316 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Kelly Sue DeConnick appears at Ultimate Comics on Friday May 10th for a signing and writing workshop!
Come in this Friday, May 10 for a special event with the writer of Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble & Ghost, Kelly Sue DeConnick!
Kelly Sue will be in the store signing Friday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and hosting a Writing Workshop & Discussion Session starting at 6:00 pm! Now is your chance to sit down with one of the industries most innovative creators! Don’t miss out!
6120-A Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Mur Lafferty signs at Chapel Hill Comics on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 7:00 until 9:00 pm!
Chapel Hill Comics is proud to announce that as part of our 10th/35th Anniversary Festivities, we will host a release party for Mur Lafferty’s new book, The Shambling Guide to New York City! The event will be from 7pm until 9pm on Saturday, June 1. What’s the book about? Here you go:
A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead!
Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human.
Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle.
We’ll have copies of the book on hand, and we’d love you to come down and meet the author! This is a prose novel, not a comic, though it does sport a fantastic cover by noted comic artist Jamie McKelvie!
Plus, check it out: the book is already getting good reviews! Publisher’s Weekly listed The Shambling Guide as one of the best summer books of 2013!
Mur Lafferty is an author and podcaster based in Durham, NC. She is the host of the I Should Be Writing podcast and a two time John W. Campbell Award nominee.
Chapel Hill Comics
316 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Cartoonist Lucy Knisley signs at Chapel Hill Comics on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 1:00 until 3:00 pm!
Chapel Hill Comics is proud to announce that as part of our 10th/35th Anniversary Festivities, we will host Lucy Knisley on Saturday, May 18, from 1pm until 3pm, when she will sign her new memoir, Relish!
We’ll have copies of Relish, as well as her previous memoir, French Milk, and copies of the Adventure Time comics for which she has provided stories! Here is our Facebook page for the event if you want to RSVP or invite your friends!
Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life.
Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe-many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions. In this book, you’ll learn how to cook everything from chai to chicken. A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.
Chapel Hill Comics
316 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Marvel Comics editor and comics publisher Bill Rosemann appears on April 16th, at 7:00 pm in McKnight Hall as he discusses the behind-the-scenes history of Marvel , how comic book creators use their characters to comment on modern life, and how to BE THE HERO OF ONE’S OWN STORY!
This is a FREE event.
Reception and comic/book signing to follow!
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
NC COMICON ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH COMICS CREATOR TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
The North Carolina Comicon is pleased to officially welcome world renowned artist Tommy Lee Edwards as the Senior Director and Partner in the NC Comicon. A Raleigh-Durham native, Edwards has been a driving creative force behind a vast array of multimedia projects from comics and video games to animation and motion pictures. He has illustrated and even co-created several internationally published comics and magazines. His designs have been an integral part of films from such industry giants as Lucasfilm, Disney, DreamWorks, and Warner Bros. Now he is officially adding NC Comicon to that staggering resume.
“Tommy has been involved with the convention and its planning since our first one-day show,” said convention organizer and Ultimate Comics President Alan Gill, “Now we’re moving to make the partnership official. Tommy has been an amazing friend to the convention and to me personally. I want this con to mirror what he has brought to it and what I believe makes his work so great.”
“Working with Ultimate Comics to bring such a fun weekend to my community is a real joy,” adds Edwards. “I believe that, as a seasoned comics, games, and film professional, I can bring a unique perspective to NC Comicon and help it thrive as an annual event that celebrates creative storytelling like no other.” Today’s announcement is the beginning of a series of changes that reflect a commitment to bringing a larger, more diverse, and more artist-driven approach to the NC Comicon. Along with his years of experience,
Edwards brings with him some notable friends from the world of comics and film. On Tommy’s behalf, NC Comicon has recently announced some incredible additions to this year’s guest lineup including Neal Adams, Geof Darrow, Adam Hughes, Phil Noto, Daniel Way, Ron Marz, Tony Harris, Josh Adams, Bob Keen, with many more to come.
Tommy is instrumental in planning the new NC Comicon Film Festival, in partnership with Durham’s historic Carolina Theatre, which will bring convention goers a weekend of 35mm cinematic excellence all under the same price of admission. With Tommy’s involvement and commitment to a creator-friendly and fan-driven experience, we feel confident in saying that this year’s NC Comicon (Nov. 8, 9, 10) will be like nothing North Carolina has ever seen. For more, please visit www.NCcomicon.com
Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Jacob Chabot, Annie Wu, Chrissie Zullo, and many more sign at Acme Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!
Come out an help us celebrate our 30th anniversary serving the Triad as the area’s original and largest comic specialty store! Now in its 11th year, FCBD 2013 at Acme will give you the opportunity to try out 52 different titles, meet with more than a dozen comic creators, take photos with your favorite costumed heroes, and try your hand at trivia contests with the biggest door prizes in town!
You might wonder how we can improve on our internationally recognized festivities, but we’ve got a few ideas and partners to strive and top ourselves!
*We’ve ordered in excess of 32,000 books this year, over 5,000 more than 2012, all to be given away for FREE!
*Learning from last year’s temporary rain-out, we’ve waterproofed and cooled off the Sketch Cave by housing it in the brand new Acme Comics Presents location next to the main store, so you can duck in and get a break from the elements while getting your books signed and commissioning a personalized sketch from your favorite artist for FREE!
*Swap stories and get your picture taken with Spider-man, Green Lantern, Cheetara, Lion-O, the Joker, members of the Star Wars 501st Stormtrooper Legion and MORE for FREE!
*Hang out all night and all day and all night again at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema as our pals down the sidewalk will be open straight through on Friday for the food, beverage, and facility conveniences of anyone camping out over night, all day Saturday to provide refreshments and entertainment to event-goers, and until 2 AM Saturday night for the after-party to beat all after-parties!
*Get down with the band provided by Don’s Music City! It’s a superhero dance party!
Creators appearing at Acme Comics will include:
- Thomas Boatwright - Cemetery Blues, Zeke Deadwood
- Jacob Chabot - Mighty Skullboy Army, Voltron Force
- Jeremy Dale - Skyward, G.I. Joe
- Chris Giarrusso - G-Man, Tales from the Con
- Joe Quinones - Wednesday Comics, Joker’s Asylum Harley Quinn
- Amanda Rachels - Clown Town, the Book
- Andy Runton - Owly, FCBD Owly & Friends
- Gregg Schigiel - SpongeBob Comics, Pix Teenage America Fairy
- Brian Smith - the Stuff of Legend, the Intrepid EscapeGoat
- Maris Wicks - Primates, SpongeBob Comics
- Annie Wu - Venture Bros., Wired
- Kelly Yates - MonstHer, Doctor Who
- Chrissie Zullo - Fables: Cinderella, Womanthology
Long-time Acme ally Thomas Boatwright will be returning to Free Comic Book Day in 2013! Acme subscribers will instantly recognize T.A.’s style as the look of Geeksboro’s Mixed Tape Film Series, and its that same unmistakable sense of left-of-center humor and unadulterated purity that you’ll find in his series Cemetery Blues from Image Comics and Zeke Deadwood: Zombie Lawman from SLG, , co-created by Acmecast guest Ryan Rubio as well as the original Image graphic novel The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo!
Thomas’s most recent book is Orc Girl, written by Paul Allor, he garnered a rave review from recent Acme guest Gail Simone! He can be found online at Boatwright Artwork.com!
Jacob will be making his third Free Comic Book Day appearance at Acme, and his fifth in Greensboro overall! Since his last visit in 2012, Jacob released the second collection of his Eisner-nominated comic the Mighty Skullboy Army from Dark Horse as well as knocking out volume six of the Voltron Force original graphic novels for Viz Media and contributing to Avengers vs. X-Men Versus #6 from Marvel.
Find out more about Jacob the Mad Scientist at Beetle Bug Comics.com!
Jeremy Dale is a comic book artist best known for his work on G.I. Joe comics for Hasbro with creator Larry Hama as well as the Harvey Award-winning Popgun v.1 from Image Comics and Miserable Dastards (recently optioned as a feature film). He is currently working on several projects, including the creator-owned Skyward series. He is a featured guest at several shows, conventions, and signings every year.
Skyward will be officially debuting the NFL Rush Zone Season of the Guardians Free Comic Book Day offering from Action Lab Entertainment! Jeremy will be coming up from Atlanta for his fifth(!) Free Comic Book Day appearance, along with his lovely wife Kelly, the anchor of our FCBD book line!
A master of his style and craft, Chris first burst onto the comic industry’s radar with Bullpen Bits for the Marvel Comics letters pages, which evolved into the beloved Mini Marvels, running in the back of Marvel event books, specials and all-ages titles for most of this century’s first decade. Have you seen the Hawkeye cartoon intro?
In January 2003, Giarrusso debuted his signature creation, G-Man, in the back of Savage Dragon #104 for Image Comics during a feature called Comic Bits! Since finding their family’s magical heirloom cape in the linen closet, Mikey G and his brother Dave have completed two adventures, “Learning to Fly” and “Cape Crisis”!
Since his last visit to Acme for Free Comic Book Day 2012, Chris has been diligently working on the next installment in the saga of G-Man & Great Man, “Coming Home”, the first chapter of which has been made available via Comixology and to legions of new Chris G. fans for FREE through the Read 2 Succeed program, sponsored by Acme and WFMY News 2! Chris can also be found drawing weekly strips for Tales from the Con, written by Brad Guiger for Seattle’s premiere convention, Emerald City!
Chris makes his internet home at Chris G. Comics.com!
Joe Quinones is a relative newcomer to the industry, having first been published by DC comics for their now defunct Teen Titans GO series in 2007. He is probably best known for his collaboration with writer Kurt Busiek on the Green Lantern serial for Mark Chiarello’s Eisner Award-winning Wednesday Comics. Since then, Joe has illustrated a number of covers and short stories for DC, Marvel and Dark Horse, with a current cover run on Captain Marvel. Joe also has some unannounced interior work on the horizon, as well as a Zatanna/ Black Canary graphic novel, written by Paul Dini, due out at the end of 2013.
As the breakout star of the Free Comic Book Day 2012 festivities and a stalwart companion to Jermaine, Stephen and Riley during Comic Con International this past summer, it’s no wonder Amanda Rachels has quickly become a part of the Acme Comics family and Free Comic Book Day wouldn’t be the same without her!
Amanda’s star continues to rise in the comic industry with projects like the self-published Clown Town and her web comic the Blind Eye, written by her frequent collaborator Kevin LaPorte. She just celebrated the release of The Book original graphic novel from Arcana!
Hey there! My name is Andy. I’ve always loved to draw and always loved comics. After college and a career in corporate America, I finally followed my heart, started drawing comics, graphic novels, and books and I haven’t looked back since.
In 2001 I created the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, which features a kind-hearted little owl who’s always searching for new friends and adventure. The Owly series has earned praise from fans and critics alike, winning multiple awards including the Howard E. Day Memorial Prize, the Harvey Award, two Ignatz Awards, and the 2006 Eisner Award for “Best Publication for a Younger Audience.”
I rely on a mixture of symbols, icons, and expressions to tell my silent stories, and my work showcases my love of wildlife and the outdoors. I currently reside in the greater-Atlanta area where I work full-time on my Owly comics, books, and graphic novels.
Andy has made one previous trip to Acme back in 2011, and we’re psyched to have one of the most-travelled creators in comics with us for FCBD!
Gregg Schigiel is a regular Acme partner in crime, as well as a frequent contributor to SpongeBob Comics from Bongo and United Plankton Press, having drawn the cover and Merman and Barnacle Boy story for this year’s FCBD SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies and. For over a year now, he’s produced Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel, his cartoonist conversation podcast and a member show in the Acme Wave Projector podcast network. He continues to work on his creator-owned series Pix, Teenage American Fairy from his home in NYC and he blogs at Hatter Entertainment.com.
Smitty’s been a part the comic industry since the late ’90s, spending several years as an associate editor at Marvel Comics. After going to work for himself, Brian began illustrating the Adventures of Daniel Boom, a.k.a. Loud Boy for Grosset & Dunlap and penning the adventures of the Voltron Force and Max Steel for Viz Media, as well as debuting his own creations, like the aforementioned Stuff of Legend from Th3rd World Studios, co-created by Mike Raicht and drawn by fan-favorite Charles Paul Wilson III!
Over the last year, Brian has edited various titles at DC Comics, including New 52 runs on Batgirl and Savage Hawkman, but he’s recently gone back to the life he was meant to lead, freelance creation of the adventures of Thomas Fleet and humor strips like the Basics!
Maris Wicks lives with fellow primate Joe Quinones and their cat Biggs, in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has used her opposable thumbs to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and “Spongebob Comics”, and written stories for Image and DC Comics. When she’s not making comics, Maris works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is also an avid tool user and is particularly fond of bananas. Maris will have a story in the FCBD SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies and her new graphic novel Primates is due out in June from First Second!
Grew up in central Florida, studied Illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, moved to New York City. Enjoys improv, Buster Keaton’s early films, and making things.
Work has been recognized by the likes of SPECTRUM 17 and 18, Society of Illustrators 2009 Student Competition, American Illustration TRIBUTE, and Adult Swim for a few weird seconds. Clients include Vertigo, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, WIRED Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine, ELLE Magazine, M-Edge, Coca-Cola Brazil, Titmouse Inc. and others.
Currently working on projects of the comic book variety and doing character/prop color design for the upcoming fifth season of The Venture Bros.
In addition to being a Wednesday Acme Comics customers just like many of you, Kelly has worked closely with fellow creators Craig Rousseau and Rich Woodall throughout 2012 to launch Artist Alley Comics as a viable, creator-focused alternative to digital distribution! Yates debuted his newest project, MonstHer, via Artist Alley in June, alongside new stories from guys like Richard Case, Chris Kemple and Tim Sale.
Even though he’s a life-long Star Wars fan, Kelly has gained worldwide notoriety as a favorite artist on IDW Publishing’s Doctor Who books, having tag-teamed with Y the Last Man artist Pia Guerra on the 10th Doctor Forgotten storyline and knocking out the entirety of the 11th Doctor’s A Fairytale Life himself. In 2008, he launched his creator-owned, sci-fi, female-lead adventure series from Image Comics, >Amber Atoms>, which was met with much critical acclaim and very warm fan reception!
Since breaking into comics via San Diego Comic Con International 2009, Chrissie has been putting together some of the most well-designed and beautiful covers of the century for Fables spin-offs Cinderella From Fabletown with Love andFables are Forever! She’s shown off her sequential narrative chops on books like Madame Xanadu, written by Matt Wagner, and Heroic: A Womanthology. She also draws a mean Samus Aran from Metroid! This will be her second visit to Acme as a creator, the first being the Heroic: A Womanthology Summit!
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408