Official Press Release
BERKELEY, CA — Backbone Entertainment and Image
Comics today announced that DEATH, JR. will return to comic book
shelves later this year in a second 3-issue, full-color series. The
series will feature the return of both Ted Naifeh as illustrator and
Gary Whitta as writer.
“The first series of the DJ comic received an unbelievable amount of
attention from critics and comic book fans,” says Mike Mika, studio
head of Backbone Entertainment’s Emeryville location. “We’re thrilled
to have Ted and Gary back on board to further the world of DEATH, JR.”
DEATH, JR. follows the teenage of son of the grim reaper and his band
of “unusual” friends as they always seem to find themselves in
trouble. The first series of the comic generated impressive sales and
attracted the interest of some of the top talent in the industry,
such as Mike Mignola, who drew the cover for the trade paperback.
“Image Comics is very excited to once again be bringing the
adventures of DEATH, JR. and his pals to the printed page,” says Jim
Demonakos, Image Comics’ PR & Marketing Coordinator. “Another series
is just what the fans have been asking for – after the overwhelmingly
positive response to the first series, we’re happy to partner up with
Ted, Gary and Backbone to oblige!”
After a tumultuous school year in which DJ and his friends had to
band together to fight DJ’s evil uncle Moloch, the second series will
find the gang on their summer vacation. DJ gets his wish and starts
working a summer job with his dad, but he’s disappointed to learn he
has to work his way up from the bottom, while the rest of the gang is
headed for a less-than-savory summer camp experience.
Backbone Entertainment will be premiering the first new piece of art
from the comic as a poster for this month’s WonderCon in San
Francisco, where the company will also be selling copies of the first
trade paperback, the PSP game, and brand new t-shirts. In addition,
Backbone will host a trade paperback signing at their booth with
Naifeh, Whitta and Mignola.
The first issue of the second series is slated to hit shelves in July.
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 300 titles, including more than 40
in 2005 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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