Official Press Release
BERKELEY, CA – September 23, 2005 – Backbone Entertainment and Image
Comics announced today the forthcoming publication of the “Death, Jr.”
Trade Paperback. The paperback will include all three previously
released and critically-acclaimed issues of “Death, Jr.” Comic legend
Mike Mignola (Hellboy) has signed on to draw the cover of the trade.
“I picked up “Death, Jr.” for my daughter. I thought the character was
very cute, and that, combined with the whole death and monsters thing
would go over well with her,” says Mignola. “I was right. She loved
it. So how could I say no to doing the cover for the trade paperback?
Featuring the art of Ted Naifeh (“Courtney Crumrin,” “Gloomcookie”) and
the writing of Gary Whitta (“Reaper”) “Death, Jr.” tells the story of the
son of the grim reaper and his band of misfit friends. Part of the
appeal of the book is the quirky cast of friends: Pandora, a little
goth girl, Smith & Weston, conjoined twins, Stigmartha, a girl who
bleeds when she gets nervous, and The Seep, an armless, legless,
foreign exchange student in a jar.
“Image Comics is proud to be associated with “Death, Jr.” The comic
itself is funny, clever and inventive – Ted Naifeh’s art is
expressive and clean, while Gary Whitta’s script is sharp and appeals
both to a younger and an older audience, a rare feat. We look forward
to doing more “Death, Jr.” comics in the future!” said Jim Demonakos,
PR & Marketing Coordinator for Image Comics.
In addition to the comic series, “Death, Jr.” is also an exclusive
title for the Sony PSP Handheld Entertainment System. T-shirts
developed by Ripple Junction are already available in stores, and
action figures developed by Gentle Giant are scheduled to ship by the
end of the month.
“We’re thrilled with the success of the “Death, Jr.” franchise,” says
Mike Mika, studio head of Backbone’s Emeryville office. “The comic
has been extremely successful, and now that Mike Mignola has drawn
the cover of the trade, we couldn’t be happier.”
The “Death, Jr.” trade (SEP051675) is available for preorder now in the
September issue of Diamond PREVIEWS magazine and will hit shelves in
November. Ask your local retailer to preorder now!
About Backbone Entertainment:
Part of Foundation 9 Entertainment (www.F9E.com), the largest
independent game developer in North America, Backbone specializes in
developing original and licensed IP for all platforms and creating
merchandising opportunities in diversified entertainment genres.
Backbone is based in Emeryville, CA, and Vancouver, BC and can be
found on the web at: www.backboneentertainment.com.
Backbone, along with The Collective, Pipeworks, ImaginEngine, and
Digital Eclipse make up Foundation 9 Entertainment. The company’s
studios have developed more than 250 titles, including more than 50
in 2004 alone. Foundation 9 Entertainment employs more than 325
employees, and has offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Emeryville,
Vancouver, Boston, Eugene, and Honolulu. For more information on
Foundation 9 Entertainment, please visit: www.F9E.com.
About Image Comics:
Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992
by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has
gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United
States. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik
Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image
is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane
Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central).
Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre
and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror,
crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest
artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit
www.imagecomics.com for more information. Image Comics – Putting the
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