Mohawk Media has provided CBR News with an exclusive preview of the first 21 pages of Mr. T: Limited Advance Edition Graphic Novel, the new official Mr. T comic book, currently available for sale now in the Mohawk store. A regular edition will be available in stores this summer.
Official Press Release
Author: Christopher Bunting
Artist: J.L. Czerniawski
Color Artists: Digikore Studios & Nifu
Typographer and Book Designer: Matias Timarchi
Layout and Pre-Press Designer: Chris Studabaker
Editor: Stuart Buckley
Design and Creative Director: Christopher Bunting
Executive Editor: Mr. T
Publisher: Mohawk Media
Mr. T, the ultimate entertainment icon, is back!
Youll know him from your TV and movie screens, including the likes of The A-Team; Rocky III; WrestleMania; his cartoon show; the recent I Pity the Fool reality show; and an upcoming Sony Pictures animated CGI movie. And not forgetting his multitude of guest appearances ranging from The Simpsons to music videos alongside Busta Rhymes and P. Diddy.
You may even remember Darth Vader finally being unmasked on the cover of MAD Magazine to reveal Mr. T! Or more recently, Mr. T coming fourth in the BBC-led global debate on Who is the greatest American?, muscling in front of the likes of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton.
Now the Mohawk muscleman with a heart of gold jumps into the literary world by way of graphic novel!
The Mr. T: Limited Advance Edition Graphic Novel has been released by publisher Mohawk Media to celebrate the major worldwide launch of the Mr. T graphic novel in summer 2008. Limited to a total number of only 4,000 copies, the Mr. T: Limited Advance Edition sees the renaissance of a household name, making this a very special celebration indeed.
In this book, his first foray into the world of mainstream literature, Mr. T takes on the role of bodyguard.
Armed only with his fists, acumen, and a business card that reads, Next to God there is no better protector than I, Mr. T becomes as renowned as many of his clients. But will even the moniker of The Greatest Bodyguard in the World! make any difference when old enemies return and new foes and unseen faces conspire against him?
The graphic novel uses its real-life star as a platform to address controversial hot potato real-life issues, such as kidnap, gun crime and se offenders.
The story also mixes in all the adrenaline-fuelled action normally associated with the television tough guy, including a dejected armor-clad maniac, an unstoppable lumberjack, mysterious costumed adversaries, and someone who appears far too familiar for comfort.
With his assignments taking him around the world, including the USA and England, Mr. T soon becomes embroiled in the center of a complex web of events. This leads to a shocking conclusion, as Mr. T begins to realise that perhaps the true target isnt his clients, but himself! By author Christopher Bunting and illustrator J.L. Czerniawski, with Mr. T himself as Executive Editor, and published by Mohawk Media, this graphic novel marks the start of Mr. Ts big comeback.
Mr. Ts a real-life action hero, says writer Christopher Bunting: And like the best action heroes, he was always going to return! When I talk to Mr. T, his enthusiasm and warmth show why hes known and loved across the world. Such a great character will make for a special and exciting story indeed. The amazing illustrations of J.L. Czerniawski will woo a lot of people too.
Mohawk Media says: Most so-called graphic novels are one of two things: reprints of comics; the equivalent of cobbling together a bunch of episodes of a TV show and calling it a movie; or works that, in their desire to be highbrow, determinedly distance themselves from their comic forefather (and perhaps by turn, the audience of mainstream entertainment).
Neither type makes full use of the inherent potential in graphic novel storytelling. This book Ð an all-original like Mr. T himself Ð does, and to fantastic effect.
As well as being the books Executive Editor, Mr. T is also on hand to give world-exclusive interviews about his personal and professional life in the books recurring column, Ten Rounds with T!
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