"Tales from the Bully Pulpit" debuts this August from Image Comics.

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA -- 21 May, 2004 -- This August, writer Benito Cereno and artist Graeme McDonald answer the age-old question, "What if Teddy Roosevelt and the ghost of Thomas Edison teamed up to tackle crime on Mars?"

TALES FROM THE BULLY PULPIT, a 64-page original graphic novel with full color by Ron Riley (NOBLE CAUSES), provides that answer, once and for all.

As an added bonus, the book is wrapped in a Tony Moore (WALKING DEAD, BRIT) cover that needs to be seen to believed.

Writer Benito Cereno, previously spotted providing side-splitting back-ups for Robert Kirkman's INVINCIBLE, explains what led him to tackle the tale.

"Why does a man climb a mountain? Because he likes climbing things and mountains are the tallest things for climbing? No. Because the mountain is there," says the Kentucky scribe. "And there was this story about a president and a ghost traveling through time and visiting other planets just sitting there on the shelf. It's one of those old time plots, recycled since the time of Aeschylus. But no one had used it in a while, and I figured I should beat Grant Morrison to it."

In TALES FROM THE BULLY PULPIT, Teddy Roosevelt and the ghost of Thomas Edison travel to the far-flung future on a wager, only to discover the terrible secret of space! It's a rough-and-tumble tale of science with both fists as the two race through time to liberate the Red Planet from its foreign invaders.

Kirkman encouraged Benito on the book, and also led Image to Benito's doorstep.

"Bully Pulpit is something new, different, and refreshing, and I think this industry can always use some more of that," explains Kirkman. "Benito has impressed me with his work on numerous occasions and when he told me about this new idea I just HAD to bring it to Erik and Eric's attention. Besides... I owe the guy, he bought me lunch once."

Publisher Erik Larsen was eager to chime in with his opinion on the book.

"When a talented young creator comes to me with a project like this I just have to say, 'What--are we dusting off this old chestnut again? I thought people were sick to death off this time-worn tale. Ah, well--let's run it up the flagpole again and see if anybody salutes," says Larsen. "At least the art is new."

Image Comics Managing Editor Eric Stephenson finds it hard to believe there are people out there who wouldn't give the book a shot:

"It's Teddy Roosevelt teaming up with the ghost of Thomas Edison. How does that NOT get even the most jaded comics fan interested in cracking the cover?"

TALES FROM THE BULLY PULPIT is available for order in the June issue of PREVIEWS and will go on sale August 18.

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.

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