Palm Beach Florida, July 20th 2006 – Selected to a record 84th film festival in under 15 months, Zoom Suit continues to introduce new fans to comics and bring former readers back into the fold. The latest major venues to screen the animated short include The Independent Film Forum, The Indie Gathering and Mania TV where from nearly a thousand entries Zoom Suit was selected the runner up to the Grand Prize. To date, Zoom Suit has screened to over 2 million fans of comics and animation.
The exposure has paid off! The hot new release has enjoyed tremendous sales success, and has been added to two prestigious industry lists by the largest magazines in the comic book industry. Wizard: The Guide to Comics listed Zoom Suit as #4 on their "Top Five Indies List", and Comics Buyers Guide reported Zoom Suit #1 as the best selling independent title on their "Heat Meter".
In Wizard: The Guide to Comics #177 Zoom Suit appears as #4 on the "Top Five Indies" list along with Mouse Guard, Walking Dead, Transformers and Red Sonja. (see the article here http://www.superverse.com/june08.html) Additionally, Comic Retailer Steve Baginsky of Yancy Street Comics is quoted on page 140 in the Wizard "Shop Talk" Section. (see the article here http://www.superverse.com/june08a.html)
"They are Zooming off the shelf as quick as we can put them out", said Baginsky. "Any shop caught without this book should be slapped with a chrome copy".
Zoom Suit's rank on the Comics Buyers Guide's Heat Meter proves even more impressive. The Heat Meter ranks what comic retailers reportedly sold in shops. This ranking shows which titles are performing better than what their initial orders indicate. Zoom Suit came in at #114 on Diamond Comics Order Estimates, but 41st in actual retailer sales. The largest gain on the list, and best selling independent comic for the month. (see the article at http://www.superverse.com/june15.html)
Ryan McClelland of NEWSARAMA recently reviewed Zoom Suit and labeled it, The Indy Comic of the Year". (http://www.superverse.com/june20.html)
Taddeo, a former intern at Marvel Comics, is director of the animated short film and writer of the comic which spins the tale of a latch key kid that mistakes an alien battle suit for a Halloween costume. Due to the nature of the armored suit and superstar talent roster, the series is often mistakenly compared to Marvel Comics Iron Man, but Taddeo describes the series differently.
"It's probably more Cinderella, Ultimate Spider-Man and Greatest American Hero", explained Taddeo. "I try to hide pop culture references, hidden codes and phone numbers as well so I guess there's a treasure hunt aspect as well. If you can find the clues in the book, Zoom Suit can be a very interactive comic experience".
Zoom Suit is currently on sale at over 1,200 comic shops worldwide. Issue #3 shipped July 5th. Diamond comics is completely sold out of Issues #1 and #2. Fans and retailers looking for copies should contact their local comic shop or Superverse directly via the website (www.superverse.com
For more information or to view the award winning animated short film please visit the Superverse website at www.superverse.com
About Zoom Suit:
Zoom Suit has appeared in over 80 festivals since the world premiere at the Palm Beach International Film Festival on April 18, 2005 where it won "Best Animation" from the Palm Beach Film Society. Since then Zoom Suit has been featured in film festivals across the country including New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Diego, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Michigan, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Zoom Suit has been viewed by over 1,00,000 fans of comics and animation.
The Zoom Suit the comic, written by John Taddeo with art by Billy Dallas Patton and featuring covers by Bill Tucci, Gene Colan, Jim Starlin, Bob Layton and Bart Sears, is currently on sale at comic shops. For more information or artwork, please visit the Zoom Suit web site at www.superverse.com.