Official Press Release
ORANGE, CA — October 14, 2004 — “A child’s instinctual need for the
comfort of a stuffed animal is rooted in a reality long forgotten by the
adult world. The hidden truth is that these companions have been defending
children since the dawn of time.”
With those words, creator Mike Bullock kicks off his new four-issue
mini-series, LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS, debuting in January from Image Comics.
Created and written by Runemaster Studios’ Bullock, with pencils, inks and
colors by studio partner Jack Lawrence, LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS is a
four-issue mini-series that critics have dubbed “Monsters Inc. meets The
Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.”
The series revolves around young Joey Price as he discovers that the noises
he hears at night aren’t just figments of his imagination. Those noises come
from the monstrous Beasties, who spend every night trying to “get” little
children. Luckily for Joey, his stuffed animals are more than he ever
thought they were, as they come to life to defend him from the Beastie
perils. Follow young Joey on the adventure of a lifetime as he travels
through the Stuffed Animal Kingdom, a journey that puts the fate of all the
world’s children in his hands and brings him face-to-face with his destiny.
“I really wanted to create something timeless with this story, something
anyone of any age could enjoy today, a year from today, ten years from
today,” says Bullock. “Hopefully, Jack and I have done just that.”
LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS was first previewed at the San Diego Comic-Con
International in July of 2004. After receiving several offers from various
publishers, Bullock met with Image publisher Erik Larsen and asked Larsen to
look through the promotional kit. Larsen was quick to jump on the all-ages
book, and wasted no time in snatching up the property for Image Comics.
LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS is set for release in January of 2005 and can be
found in the Image section of the November Diamond Previews. For more
information on the book, please drop by www.runemasterstudios.com.
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 three
major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions 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.
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