"Switchblade Honey" Nominated for Diamond Gem Award

Official Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO (January 28, 2004) AiT/Planet Lar publisher Larry Youngannounced today the appearance of Warren Ellis and Brandon McKinney'sSWITCHBLADE HONEY on the list of nominees for the14th Annual DiamondComics Distributors Gem Award in the Original Graphic Novel category.

"I couldn't be more proud of Warren and Brandon, and I'm glad Diamond'scrack team of product specialists singled out the book for this honor. Iknow that lots of folks originally dismissed SWITCHBLADE HONEY as aWarren-does-STAR-TREK kind of riff, but this really puts the kibosh onthat, and lets people see it as its own thing."

"The 2003 Gem Award nominees embody the finest of what the comicsindustry has to offer," explained Diamond President and CEO Steve Geppi."While all of Diamond's suppliers and their products are importantfacets of the specialty market overall, the Gems offer our customers awonderful opportunity to honor those that have been particularlybeneficial in helping their businesses grow during the past year."

Selected by a panel of Diamond product specialists, nominees were chosenon the basis of their overall impact on the industry and merits of theirquality, creativity, and sales performance over the last year.

"Particularly gratifying about the SWITCHBLADE nomination," saidAiT/Planet Lar production coordinator (and SWITCHBLADE HONEY letterer)Ryan Yount "is that it's in the Original Graphic Novel category. I mean,that's what we're known for, and it's nice to see Diamond and ourretailer pals give our hard work the nod."

Retailers cast their votes for the Gem Award with ballots issued in theFebruary Previews Order Form or via the Initial Order Entry feature ofDiamond Online's Retailer Services Area, which also contains a completelist of nominees.

AiT/Planet Lar is a pop-culture company dedicated to bringinghigh-quality entertainment to the masses through the creation oforiginal projects or producing works deserving of wider recognition.AiT/Planet Lar provides a full range of services from concept tocompletion including writing, art management, lettering, advertising andpromotion, prepress production, ancillary merchandise, and printmanagement. Currently the company is focused on producing OriginalGraphic Novels to be distributed through mass-market bookstores,Amazon.com, and specialty bookshops around the world.

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