Official Press Release
BERKELEY, CA -- 15 APRIL, 2005 -- Within a few hours of stores opening on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, Diamond Comic Distributors reported that LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS #3 had completely sold out at the distributor level. With the first two issues sold out as well, fans and retailers have spoken and proved wrong all those who say there's no place in today's comic market for original all-ages material.
"Not only are many of our regular customers picking up LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS for their children or younger siblings, they're putting one in their own reading stack as well," said Brandon Huigens, manager of Samurai Comics in Phoenix Arizona. "This book doesn't simply say 'all ages' but truly is all ages and that's something that certainly doesn't come around often."
The third consecutive sellout cements the adventure through the Stuffed Animal Kingdom as one of the hottest all-ages titles to hit comic shops in years, as well as continuing the trend of sold out books coming from Image Comics in 2005.
Many retailers and fans alike view LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS as a breath of fresh air in a super hero dominated market. With the recent announcement of LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS being picked up by the largest Children's Literacy Program in the Southwestern United States for use in their summer programs, as well as other monumental announcements on the horizon, it seems that more than just comic fans and retailers share that view.
"Jack and I are simply in awe of how well this book has been received by not only comic readers, but everyone else we've managed to expose to the story," states series creator/writer Mike Bullock. "From school teachers to businessmen to entertainment moguls, LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARD has received praise from nearly every walk of life. We really love Joey and the Night Pride and we're just overjoyed that readers seem to feel the same way about our little band of adventurers."
With the conclusion to the first LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS mini series coming next month, Bullock is bracing for the response from readers.
"I've already received some emails regarding the neck breaking cliff hanger I wrote for the third issue," added Bullock. "I never really expected readers to get this attached to our characters, but judging from the comments directed my way from those who've read the third issue, I can honestly say, people have truly taken Joey and the Night Pride into their hearts."
Readers are encouraged to check with their local comic shops for remaining copies of the book.
What people are saying about LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS:
"This is one of the most delightful and original stories I've ever read within the pages of a comic book." - Robin Parrish, Infuze Magazine
"This has all the ingredients of a truly incredible story." -Mike Kunkel, HeroBear and the Kid
"Amazing concept, great script, gorgeous art, and a pure love of storytelling that permeates every page." -Gail Simone, Birds of Prey, Action Comics
"LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS stands proudly, shoulder-to-shoulder with books like Bone, HeroBear and the Kid, David and Goliath and The Dreamland Chronicles that help keep those very fires of wonder and imagination burning bright for all to see." -Mike Wieringo, Fantastic Four
"Like every great all-ages stories, LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS triggers that sense of wonder and imagination that's inside all of us, regardless of age."-Greg Thompson, Hero Camp
"It's a great idea, perfectly executed and drawn by Jack Lawrence in an exquisite, Nickelodeon-like animated style that leaps off the pages." -Joseph Szadkowski, The Washington Times
"[LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS] stirs memories of childhood boredom and the fun you can have with the greatest gift you were given, your imagination." -James Redington, Silver Bullet Comic Books
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