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Image Comics' "Death Jr." trade to feature Mignola Cover

Official Press Release

width="235" height="188" alt="" align="right" border="0">BERKELEY, CA - September 23, 2005 - Backbone Entertainment and ImageComics announced today the forthcoming publication of the "Death, Jr."Trade Paperback. The paperback will include all three previouslyreleased and critically-acclaimed issues of "Death, Jr." Comic legendMike Mignola (Hellboy) has signed on to draw the cover of the trade.

"I picked up "Death, Jr." for my daughter. I thought the character wasvery cute, and that, combined with the whole death and monsters thingwould go over well with her," says Mignola. "I was right. She lovedit. So how could I say no to doing the cover for the trade paperback?I couldn't."

Featuring the art of Ted Naifeh ("Courtney Crumrin," "Gloomcookie") andthe writing of Gary Whitta ("Reaper") "Death, Jr." tells the story of theson of the grim reaper and his band of misfit friends. Part of theappeal of the book is the quirky cast of friends: Pandora, a littlegoth girl, Smith & Weston, conjoined twins, Stigmartha, a girl whobleeds when she gets nervous, and The Seep, an armless, legless,foreign exchange student in a jar.

"Image Comics is proud to be associated with "Death, Jr." The comicitself is funny, clever and inventive - Ted Naifeh's art isexpressive and clean, while Gary Whitta's script is sharp and appealsboth to a younger and an older audience, a rare feat. We look forwardto doing more "Death, Jr." comics in the future!" said Jim Demonakos,PR & Marketing Coordinator for Image Comics.

In addition to the comic series, "Death, Jr." is also an exclusivetitle for the Sony PSP Handheld Entertainment System. T-shirtsdeveloped by Ripple Junction are already available in stores, andaction figures developed by Gentle Giant are scheduled to ship by theend of the month.

"We're thrilled with the success of the "Death, Jr." franchise," saysMike Mika, studio head of Backbone's Emeryville office. "The comichas been extremely successful, and now that Mike Mignola has drawnthe cover of the trade, we couldn't be happier."

The "Death, Jr." trade (SEP051675) is available for preorder now in theSeptember issue of Diamond PREVIEWS magazine and will hit shelves inNovember. Ask your local retailer to preorder now!

About Backbone Entertainment:
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Part of Foundation 9 Entertainment (www.F9E.com), the largestindependent game developer in North America, Backbone specializes indeveloping original and licensed IP for all platforms and creatingmerchandising opportunities in diversified entertainment genres.Backbone is based in Emeryville, CA, and Vancouver, BC and can befound on the web at: www.backboneentertainment.com.

Backbone, along with The Collective, Pipeworks, ImaginEngine, andDigital Eclipse make up Foundation 9 Entertainment. The company'sstudios have developed more than 250 titles, including more than 50in 2004 alone. Foundation 9 Entertainment employs more than 325employees, and has offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Emeryville,Vancouver, Boston, Eugene, and Honolulu. For more information onFoundation 9 Entertainment, please visit: www.F9E.com.

About Image Comics:
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Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image hasgone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the UnitedStates. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (ErikLarsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Imageis currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlaneProductions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central).Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genreand style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror,crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finestartists and writers working in the medium today. Visitwww.imagecomics.com for more information. Image Comics - Putting theNEW back in to New Comic Book Day!(tm)

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