Big Blast Entertainment signs Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn's Image Comic 'Firebreather'

[Firebreather]Culver City, Calif., January 2, 2003 – Big Blast Entertainment has recently partnered with creators Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn for all media rights to Firebreather, their comic book series published by Image Comics.

Big Blast Entertainment is best known as the media rights holding and production company for comic book publisher Oni Press. Firebreather marks the first time Big Blast Entertainment has optioned a book outside the Oni Press stable.

"We had a great working relationship from the time when we set-up Phil's The Coffin at 20th Century Fox with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment. When Phil showed us Firebreather, we freaked. It's fresh and wild and so right up our alley that it just seemed natural to work together again," said Chip Mosher, producer at Big Blast along with partners Joe Nozemack, publisher of Oni Press, and Bob Chapman of merchandising company Graphitti Designs.

"It's always been Big Blast's goal to create long-term relationships with unique, creative voices, such as Phil and Andy, and to work with them on a variety of projects," Mosher added. "The fact that Firebreather is an Image title and not an Oni Press publication just proves that point."

"BBE is the perfect partner for Firebreather. I can't think of any group I'd rather have holding our hands in the dark, scary wilds of Hollywood," commented Phil Hester.

Firebreather #1 hits comic book stores this Friday, January 3rd and tells the story of the anything-but-ordinary teenager Duncan Rosenblatt. What makes Duncan so different? He just happens to be the son of your typical suburban soccer mom and Belloc, a 300 foot tall, city trampling, battleship-devouring monster. While his mom is concerned that he goes to college and become a productive member of society, his dad is determined to get him to join the family business - which revolves around conquering the earth and ascending to his rightful place as king monster.

"I guess in layman's terms it's like doing a gene splice of Kramer vs. Kramer, Godzilla, and Buffy. Throw in a little DeGrassi Jr. High and you're there," commented Hester when asked to describe his and Kuhn's creation.

"Our next step is going to be searching for the right partner who is as amped as we are at unleashing this quirky combination of humor, action, and teen drama to the world at large. Whether that's a creative entity such as a writer and/or director, another production partner, or a studio/network, you'll have to wait and see," added Joe Nozemack, Big Blast president and Oni Press publisher. "Either way, this is a project with broad appeal and huge potential that is going to be a blast to work on."

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