Official Press Release
NEW YORK, NY — ibooks, distributed by Simon and Schuster, announced today the signing of a deal with Classic Media, the New York-based family entertainment company that is home to UNDERDOG and THE LONE RANGER, to publish new graphic novels and ebooks based on the classic Harvey Comics characters, CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST, RICHIE RICH and HOT STUFF.
Through the deal, ibooks will launch a series of $14.95 full color deluxe graphic novel collections featuring these legendary Harvey Comics characters. ibooks will also release the electronic book versions – the first ever for the Harvey characters -through its sister website, leading comics portal www.komikwerks.com.
“As parents, schools and libraries clamor for more comics that are fun and appropriate for young children, the addition of the classic Harvey characters CASPER, RICHIE RICH and HOT STUFF is just what the teacher ordered,” said Byron Preiss, President. “We will be publishing these new comic collections on glossy paper and in full color befitting their status.”
AMELIA RULES by Jimmy Gownley, for the same age audience, was nominated for 2003 Eisner and 2004 Harvey Awards, the highest honors in comics.
“Harvey original editor and ‘keeper of the flame’ Sid Jacobson is the consulting editor hired to guide ibooks in selecting the very best of the comics that will appear in these special collections,” explained Leslie Levine, Classic Media’s Vice President Consumer Products.
The first volume, tentatively titled, THE ULTIMATE CASPER, will contain 176 pages at normal graphic novel 7×10 inch trim size, perfect bound and priced at $14.95 in trade paperback. A library binding hardcover edition will also be available and a Spanish language edition is planned.
About Classic Media
Classic Media manages some of the world’s most recognizable family properties across all media including feature film, television, home video and consumer products. The company’s extensive library features a diverse collection of popular animated and live-action characters such as: Casper the Friendly Ghost, Hot Stuff, Mr. Magoo, Richie Rich, Peter Cottontail, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, The Lone Ranger, Lassie, Underdog, Little Lulu, pat the bunny, Lamb Chop and Rocky & Bullwinkle. For more information on Classic Media, visit us online at www.classicmedia.tv.
ibooks, founded in 1999, and headquartered in New York, has published several distinguished graphic novels; include 2004 Eisner/Harvery nominees Yossel by Joe Kubert and Blacksad by Canales and Guarnido. It also publishes children’s books by such luminaries as Isaac Caldecott Winners Leo and Diane and David Wiesner.
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