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‘Liberty Meadows’ leaves Insight Studios and moves under the Image banner

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‘Liberty Meadows’ leaves Insight Studios and moves under the Image banner

[NOTE: The following press release was issued by Insight Studios Group yesterday. Following this release Image put out their own today detailing the move.]

Official Press Release

[Liberty Meadows]

Baltimore, Maryland – Insight Studios Group is simultaneously proud and
sorry to announce that Frank Cho’s Liberty Meadows is leaving the studio
to fly solo. The last Insight issue will be Liberty Meadows #26 for May
2002.

Debuting in 1995 as newspaper strip from Creators Syndicate and 1999 as
a comic book from Insight Studios Group, Liberty Meadows has been a hit
with audiences in both formats. Cho recently ended the syndicated strip
to concentrate on the comic book version and other projects.

“Back when we first saw University2, the strip that Frank did in
college, we knew he was an amazing creative talent from the word ‘go.’
We’ve been extremely proud to produce the Liberty Meadows comic and the
best-selling Frank Cho Illustrator and Liberty Meadows: The Big Book of
Love hardcovers under the Insight banner,” said Mark Wheatley, publisher
of Insight Studios Group.

In addition to his own strip, comic book, art book and collections, Cho
has also contributed to Insight’s Titanic Tales, IS Art: The Art of
Insight Studios, Jimgrim and the Devil at Ludd, Hammer of the Gods, and
other projects. In addition he has provided pin-ups and covers for many
other titles during his tenure with Insight.

“Liberty Meadows is still gaining readers with each issue, and we know
that Frank’s fans will be looking forward to it at its new home with
Image Comics,” Wheatley said. “At Insight, we’ve had the opportunity to
watch Frank become a very popular artist, and I’m sure that he’ll
continue to attract an incredible fan following wherever he goes. We’ll
definitely be watching him, and we are pleased that he has indicated
he’ll be contributing to several of our upcoming projects, so fans
should stay tuned.”

In January 2002, Cho addressed many of the plot threads left hanging
from the strip’s December 31, 2001 cliffhanger ending in the newspapers
with a comic book special, the Liberty Meadows Wedding Album, a special
edition published by Insight Studios Group. The Liberty Meadows Wedding
Album has sold out of its first printing and is now available in a
second printing.

The current Insight Studios printings of Liberty Meadows comic books
will be the last, so retailers are advised to check their stock now to
prevent shortages during the transition. Cho’s books Frank Cho
Illustrator (soft cover) and Big Book of Love (hard cover) are in
limited supply but presently remain available from Insight. Frank Cho
has won or been nominated for The Eisner Award, The Ignatz Award, The
National Cartoonist Society Award For Book Illustration, Scripps Howard
Award And The Charles Schulz Award.

Official Press Release

Liberty Meadows Gets a New Image

Frank Cho’s Award-Winning Series Moves to Image in July

ORANGE, CA — 13 February, 2002 — Frank Cho’s award-winning independent
series, Liberty Meadows, has moved to Image Comics and is set to debut in
July with an all-new trade paperback collection. The ongoing series will
follow in August with issue #27.

Liberty Meadows joins Image in the midst of a creative resurgence that has
included the addition of the Joseph Michael Linsner library, Leave it to
Chance, Bastard Samurai, Guardian Angel, The Micronauts, Athena, Inc.,
Creed: Utopiate, Noble Causes, Nowheresville, and G.I. Joe to an already
diverse line of comics that includes Spawn, Powers, The Red Star, Age of
Bronze, Savage Dragon, and A Distant Soil.

“Image is the perfect home for Liberty Meadows,” said Cho. “It’s THE best
place for today’s comic artists and writers to be in now. Image has the
creative freedom and the big company resources that Liberty Meadows need to
grow on.”

Image VP/Publisher Jim Valentino added, “Liberty Meadows is a perfect fit
for us here at Image, filling in an enormous gap in our line — humour. I
have long been an admirer of this strip and Frank’s work, and I am
absolutely delighted he has chosen to come to Image.”

Along with the change in publishers, Liberty Meadows will also be undergoing
a slight change in format: The Image series will be published in landscape
format ala The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book. The covers,
however, will continue to be run in the standard vertical format used by
most comics, for ease of display in comics shops. Liberty Meadows will
continue to be published in black and white on a bimonthly basis.

The trade paperback collection, entitled Liberty Meadows, Volume One, will
be published in the same format as Cho’s recent art book, The Frank Cho
Illustrator, and will feature all the daily strips reprinted in Liberty
Meadows #1-9. The Sunday strips will be collected in a separate book.

Frank Cho has enjoyed amazing success since releasing a collection of his
college comic strip, University2, in 1996. Upon graduating from the
University of Maryland in 1996, Cho signed with Creators Syndicate Inc. for
a continuation of Universty2 as Liberty Meadows. Since then, the comic book
version of Liberty Meadows has been a consistent bestseller with early
issues now in their fourth printings. Cho has won the Charles Schulz Plaque
for Excellence in Cartooning, the Scripps-Howard Award for Best College
Cartoonist and the Ignatz Awards for Outstanding Artist and Outstanding
Comic. Cho has also been nominated for Eisner, Harvey, and National
Cartoonist Society awards.

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