'Hedge Knight' stays at Image

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA -- 16 September, 2003 -- In a joint statement, Image Comics and Roaring Studios have announced that, despite rumors to the contrary, Image will continue to publish GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S THE HEDGE KNIGHT.

Following last week's announcement that Roaring Studios would be producing the all-new Dragon Lance for Devil's Due, Internet message boards caught fire with the rumor that GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S THE HEDGE KNIGHT would be uprooted from Image in favor of such a move as well. Roaring Studios' Les Dabel has pointed out, however, that such a move is not taking place.

"We will be continuing THE HEDGE KNIGHT with Image," stated Dabel. "I feel bad about any negative comments that might have been made on any message boards. After speaking with Jim and Eric on Friday evening, I can honestly say we have an open line of communication, and if something is wrong, they'll do their best to rectify the situation."

"As I stated online, I have always loved the ideals of Image," added HEDGE KNIGHT penciler Mike S. Miller. "I may have said some things online out of frustration that may have hurt people's feelings, if so, then I apologize as publicly as I made the statements. I look forward to working with my friends at Image more closely, to ensure a greater and more profitable relationship between our two companies in the time to come."

"Possibly the most confusing aspect of this entire episode was the misconception that Roaring Studios was 'leaving' Image," noted Image's Director of Marketing, Eric Stephenson. "Dragon Lance was never an Image title, and any Image creator is always free to do work for other publishers, whether it's creator-owned work or otherwise. There's absolutely nothing to prevent Dragon Lance from being published by Devil's Due while GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S THE HEDGE KNIGHT continues at Image."

Based on a novella by acclaimed fantasy author George R.R. Martin, THE HEDGE KNIGHT is written by Martin and Ben Avery, with artwork by Mike S. Miller and Mike Crowell. The first issue, which featured a trio of covers by Miller, Michael Kaluta and the Brother Hildebrandt, quickly sold out and the second issue, on sale now featuring covers by Miller and Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell, is anticipated to be out of stock at Diamond by week's end.

"I've been a fan of George R.R. Martin's books for year," said Image VP-Publisher Jim Valentino. "I think this is a great comic and we're proud to be publishing it. My relationship with Les Dabel and his brothers has always been good and we trust it will continue for years to come."

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S THE HEDGE KNIGHT #3, featuring covers by Miller and Tom Mandrake, is available for order now in the August issue of Previews.

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