LION FORGE COMICS AND STONE VILLAGE PARTNER ON ANDRE THE GIANT BIOPIC

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Los Angeles, CA – Lion Forge Comics and producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russellhave partnered to develop a feature film about the life of legendary pro wrestler Andre “the Giant” Roussimoff, based on the authorized graphic novel biography published last year,Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven. Roussimoff’s daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff will consult on the film and assigned the exclusive rights for the biography to the producers.
 

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“Andre the Giant rode the wave of the rse of wrestling in America, while suffering from the painful health condition of gigantism; there’s an Elephant Man story here,” Steindorff said.   

Lion Forge CEO David Steward II agreed, saying, “As a lifelong wrestling fan, I can say with conviction that no one was bigger than Andre. His presence and charisma were so powerful, and you could tell there was much more to him under the surface of his ring persona. It’s been an amazing experience telling that story in the book with Robin’s help. With all the spectacle, action, and emotion there on the page, a feature film just made perfect sense.”

Written by Eisner Award-nominated writer Brandon Easton and illustrated byDenis Medri, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heavenwas nominated for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity and three Glyph Awards. It recounts the famed wrestler’s life from his earliest days working on the family farm in France along with the rise of professional wrestling itself, from a global circuit of underground matches to the global phenomenon it is today, due in large part to Andre the Giant’s celebrity. It is being republished in a new edition this month.    

Steward and Lion Forge CCO Carl Reed will produce with Steindorff and Russell of Stone Village Productions, with Joel Falderon as a co-producer and Barry Alexander as an associate producer. Jimmy Thomas will executive produce.

“I’m really excited to watch this story come to life on the big screen,” Robin Christensen-Roussimoff said. “It’s been a labor of love for everyone involved, and we’re really looking forward to making it available to a larger audience.”

ABOUT LION FORGE

Lion Forge is a St. Louis-based new media company that revitalizes licensed franchises and develops exciting on-trend original properties through comic book publishing. Drawing on a diverse roster of talent from book publishing, print comics, animation, mobile apps, marketing, retail development, and brand management, Lion Forge titles are carefully curated and brought to market with focused attention and support. Committed to diversity in the entertainment field, and the comics industry in particular, Lion Forge aims to employ a wide array of staff and creators that reflect the makeup of our world and bring fresh voices to our titles. For more information, please visit lionforge.com or the Lion Forge Facebook (facebook.com/LionForge) and Twitter (twitter.com/lionforge) pages.

ABOUT STONE VILLAGE PRODUCTIONS

Stone Village Productions (“SVP”) is an independent, privately owned media finance and production company led by Producer and 18 year industry veteran Scott Steindorff and co-founder Dylan Russell.  The company specializes in the production of commercial, studio quality television and film content.  SVP has a premiere slate of commercial intellectual property and projects in development with A-level talent involved.  Drawing on its past experience to attract A-level stars to its content, SVP populates its television and films with renowned actors.  Past television success includes the syndicated NBC series “Las Vegas” which starred James Caan and Josh Duhamel and the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning HBO mini-series “Empire Falls” which starred Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt, Joanne Woodward and Robin Wright.  Recent films include The Weinstein Company film “Jane Got a Gun” starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Ewan McGregor; the Open Road film “Chef” starring Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, and Robert Downey Jr., the Lionsgate film “Lincoln Lawyer” starring Matthew McConaughey;  and the Lionsgate film “Gimme Shelter” starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson and Brendan Fraser.

“The Final Days of Superman” Have Begun The Last Son of Krypton Searches for Members of His “Super-League” to Continue his Fight for Truth and Justice Death waits for no man—not even a Superman.

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“The Final Days of Superman” Have Begun
The Last Son of Krypton Searches for Members of His “Super-League” to Continue his Fight for Truth and Justice

Death waits for no man—not even a Superman.

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The devastating effects of Apokolips’ fire pits in JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR, the A.R.G.U.S. Kryptonite chamber from “Savage Dawn” in SUPERMAN, and his battle with the would-be god Rao in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA all combine in a perfect storm of death for the Man of Steel. Determined to protect humanity, despite his impending death, Superman embarks on a quest to seek heroes from across the DC Universe to continue his role as humanity’s protector.

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DC Entertainment proudly presents “The Final Days of Superman.” Writer Peter J. Tomasi architects this epic saga, encompassing all four Super-titles in

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April and May.

SUPERMAN #51 AND #52
(Art by Mikel Janin)

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #31 AND #32
(Issue #31 art by Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza issue #32 art by Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza & Christian Alamy)

ACTION COMICS #51 AND #52
(Issue #51 art by Paul Pelletier, issue #52 art by Scot Eaton and Dale Eaglesham)

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #28 AND #29
(Art by Jorge Jimenez)

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“The Final Days of Superman” saga sets the stage for the DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH launch beginning on May 25, which will result in new identities, new costumes and…even more Supermen?!

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SUPERMAN #51 debuts Part One of the eight-part epic, “This Mortal Coil.” Superman seeks out his closest friends, including Lana Lang and Lois Lane, to let them know his end is drawing near. Meanwhile, at a secret installation in China’s Shanxi Province, the mysterious Dr. Omen performs strange experiments in order to create China’s very own Super-Man. While in Metropolis, an on-the-run parolee falls victim to a strange accident giving him incredible powers, and now he’s calling himself Superman! Check out the debut of this incredible story at your local comics retailer now!

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Part Two continues in BATMAN/SUPERMAN #31’s “Dark Discovery,” available now. Superman invades Gotham City to inform Batman that he’s dying—and to enlist the help of the World’s Greatest Detective in locating his cousin Supergirl, who’s mysteriously gone missing. In the process, the World’s Finest heroes must defeat the monsters of the Chinese Zodiac.

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Check out this sneak preview of ACTION COMICS #51 featuring “Dazed and Confused,” the third chapter in this explosive arc, available Wednesday, April 20. With Batman’s help, Superman is on his cousin’s trail—but he can’t believe where it’s led him or who she’s teamed with in the Man of Steel’s absence! Dr. Omen reveals more secrets of her experiments as she receives a crucial component—Superman’s blood!

DC ENTERTAINMENT’S JUNE PREVIEWS MAGAZINE AVAILABLE TODAY

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DC ENTERTAINMENT’S JUNE PREVIEWS MAGAZINE AVAILABLE TODAY

Get the Inside Look at DC Universe: Rebirth As Well As Vertigo Titles, Upcoming Collected Editions, Original Graphic Novels and Much, Much More

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Every Wednesday is a special day for comic book readers and today, April 13th, will beextra special as DC Entertainment is giving the fans the chance to tell their local comic book store what titles they want to pick up in June. DC Entertainment has turned its monthly PREVIEWS Catalogue into a 96-page, full color magazine that is available for free, starting today and while supplies last, at comic book stores nationwide. The PREVIEWS magazine features details on DC Comics Rebirth, as well as June Vertigo titles, new products from DC Collectibles and new original graphic novels like TEEN TITANS EARTH ONE VOL. 2 (on sale August 10), in addition to DC and Vertigo collected editions.

The magazine includes bonus, behind-the-scenes details on DC Universe: Rebirth, including a foreword/introducPlay from DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer andRebirth “architect” Geoff Johns, details on hisDC Universe: Rebirth Special (on sale May 25),Rebirth title roundups and interviews with the artists and writers that will help Geoff re-shape the DC Universe and usher in a new age of epic superhero storytelling.

 

Beginning in June, 17 titles will ship twice monthly, with an additional 14 titles shipping monthly, all at a new, lower price of $2.99. Throughout the summer and into October, additional titles will get the Rebirth treatment – a Rebirth one-shot, followed by a new issue #1.

More details on DC Universe: Rebirth, along with the new title lineup and creative teams can be found by checking out the recording of the WonderCon announcement, available at the DC Entertainment YouTube channel, or on the DC All Access app, available at theiTunes App Store and Google Play.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the PREVIEWS magazine at your local comic book store while supplies last today. For the address of your local comic book store, visit:www.comicshoplocator.com.

DC ENTERTAINMENT’S JUNE PREVIEWS MAGAZINE AVAILABLE TODAY

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DC ENTERTAINMENT’S JUNE PREVIEWS MAGAZINE AVAILABLE TODAY

Get the Inside Look at DC Universe: Rebirth As Well As Vertigo Titles, Upcoming Collected Editions, Original Graphic Novels and Much, Much More

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Every Wednesday is a special day for comic book readers and today, April 13th, will beextra special as DC Entertainment is giving the fans the chance to tell their local comic book store what titles they want to pick up in June. DC Entertainment has turned its monthly PREVIEWS Catalogue into a 96-page, full color magazine that is available for free, starting today and while supplies last, at comic book stores nationwide. The PREVIEWS magazine features details on DC Comics Rebirth, as well as June Vertigo titles, new products from DC Collectibles and new original graphic novels like TEEN TITANS EARTH ONE VOL. 2 (on sale August 10), in addition to DC and Vertigo collected editions.

The magazine includes bonus, behind-the-scenes details on DC Universe: Rebirth, including a foreword/introducPlay from DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer andRebirth “architect” Geoff Johns, details on hisDC Universe: Rebirth Special (on sale May 25),Rebirth title roundups and interviews with the artists and writers that will help Geoff re-shape the DC Universe and usher in a new age of epic superhero storytelling.

 

Beginning in June, 17 titles will ship twice monthly, with an additional 14 titles shipping monthly, all at a new, lower price of $2.99. Throughout the summer and into October, additional titles will get the Rebirth treatment – a Rebirth one-shot, followed by a new issue #1.

More details on DC Universe: Rebirth, along with the new title lineup and creative teams can be found by checking out the recording of the WonderCon announcement, available at the DC Entertainment YouTube channel, or on the DC All Access app, available at theiTunes App Store and Google Play.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the PREVIEWS magazine at your local comic book store while supplies last today. For the address of your local comic book store, visit:www.comicshoplocator.com.

YOUR NEW LOOK AT TA-NEHISI COATES & BRIAN STELFREEZE’S BLACK PANTHER #1 FROM MARVEL COMICS

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YOUR NEW LOOK AT TA-NEHISI COATES & BRIAN STELFREEZE’S

BLACK PANTHER #1 FROM MARVEL COMICS

    

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New York, NY—March 11, 2016 — A new era dawns for Wakanda and its ruler, T’Challa! Marvel is proud to offer your new look at BLACK PANTHER #1 written by national correspondent for The Atlantic, MacArthur Genius, and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend Brian Stelfreeze, BLACK PANTHER “A Nation Under Our Feet” is a story about dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther’s struggle to do right by his people as their ruler.

 

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The indomitable will of Wakanda — the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions — has long been reflected in the will of its monarchs, the Black Panthers. But now, the current Black Panther, T’Challa, finds that will tested by a superhuman terrorist group called The People that have sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda. T’Challa knows the country must change to survive — the question is: will the Black Panther survive the change?

 

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Exclusively revealing with The AtlanticCoates proposes a simple question that fueled his script forBLACK PANTHER, “Can a good man be a king, and would an advanced society tolerate a monarch? Research is crucial in both cases. The Black Panther I offer pulls from the archives of Marvel and the character’s own long history. But it also pulls from the very real history of society—from the pre-colonial era of Africa, the peasant rebellions that wracked Europe toward the end of the Middle Ages, the American Civil War, the Arab Spring, and the rise of ISIS.”

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“For centuries, Wakanda has been sending would-be conquerors home in body bags.  Now, it is about to face its biggest threat — and it comes from within,” says Marvel Comics Editor In Chief, Axel Alonso.  “Under Ta-Nehisi’s unflinching gaze, the Black Panther will grapple with a threat that can’t simply be beaten into submission, one that raises questions about life, liberty and honor that are especially relevant today.”

 

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Is this a bold new age for one of Marvel’s most classic heroes or his untimely downfall? Find out April 6th as BLACK PANTHER #1 arrives digitally and in local comic retailers.

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BLACK PANTHER #1 (FEB160736)

Written by TA-NEHISI COATES

Art and Cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE

 

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BLACK PANTHER #1 ALEX ROSS VARIANT (FEB160737)

BLACK PANTHER #1 BLANK COVER VARIANT (FEB160746)

BLACK PANTHER #1 COIPEL VARIANT (FEB160738)

BLACK PANTHER #1 DISNEY INFINITY GAME VARIANT (FEB160745)

BLACK PANTHER #1 FELIPE SMITH BLACK PANTHER 50TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT (FEB160742)

BLACK PANTHER #1 GREENE CONNECTING VARIANT A (FEB160740)

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BLACK PANTHER #1 SOOK VARIANT (FEB160743)

BLACK PANTHER #1 STELFREEZE DESIGN VARIANT (FEB160741)

BLACK PANTHER #1 STELFREEZE HIP-HOP VARIANT (FEB160739)

 

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FOC – 3/14/16, On-Sale – 4/06/16

Spider-Woman, Silk and Spider-Gwen Swing Into  Action in SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1!

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Spider-Woman, Silk and Spider-Gwen Swing Into 
Action in SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1!
Silk, Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen Unite For Can’t Miss Crossover!

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New York, NY – March 10th, 2016 – The Spider-Event of 2016 is here! This April, Silk, Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen unite for a story too big for any one of their titles to contain! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1– kicking off the epic 8-part universe hopping crossover! Blockbuster writers Jason Latour, Dennis Hopeless and Robbie Thompson are joined by a dazzling array of artists, including Vanesa Del Rey, Bengal, Javier Rodriguez, Tana Ford and more to bring you a story you won’t want to miss!

 

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A routine trip to Earth-65 to visit Spider-Gwen turns into a nightmare as Silk and Spider-Woman find themselves trapped on Gwen’s alternate Earth! And they’re not alone! The villainous organization S.I.L.K. is on their tails, and they’re dead set on using these interdimensional interlopers for their own gains. Now, it’s a race against time to get home in one piece! But while these Spider-Women struggle to find their way back, who’s keeping an eye on their universe? Plus – Cindy Moon comes face-to-face with her Earth-65 counterpart!  

 

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Don’t miss one minute of the excitement as these three wallcrawling warrior women swing into action in SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1 this April!

SPIDER-WOMEN #1 (FEB160774)

Story by JASON LATOUR, DENNIS HOPELESS & ROBBIE THOMPSON

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Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON

Art by VANESA DEL REY

Cover by YASMINE PUTRI

Connecting Variant A by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (FEB160775)

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Variant Cover by STACEY LEE (FEB160776)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (FEB160777)

FOC – 3/14/16, On-Sale – 4/06/16

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DC SUPER HERO GIRLS GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES GREENLIT FOR SECOND VOLUME

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DC SUPER HERO GIRLS GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES GREENLIT FOR SECOND VOLUME

 

After increasing anticipation from fans about the upcoming original graphic novel DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis, DC Entertainment announced today that volume two is not far behind!

 

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis is the first publishing product for the new superhero universe for girls from DC Entertainment, and will be available everywhere books are sold on July 5. To satisfy the excitement of fans, the publisher has greenlit a second volume, DC Super Hero Girls: Hits & Myths due out on November 2. Writer Shea Fontana and artist Yancey Labat will reprise their roles for the second volume.

 

While learning about The Odyssey in Mister Etrigan’s poetry class, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl and their friends go on their own Odyssey-inspired journey where they face off with a Cyclops, seek help from a Witch, and evade the Siren before journeying to the underworld. Can they help their teacher escape from Trigon’s prison and return home? Find out in DC Super Hero Girls: Hits & Myths. 

 

For a sneak peek of DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis, pick up a copy of the first two chapters at your local comic book shop on Free Comic Book Day, May 7. 

DC Entertainment Reveals WonderCon 2016 Variant Covers

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WonderCon 2016 makes its debut Friday, March 25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and DC Entertainment wants you to get the first look at some of the exclusives premiering at the show!

 

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On sale at the Graphitti Designs booth (South Hall, Booth #1403), these comics feature variant covers spotlighting some of DC Comics’ most popular titles, hottest artists and the highly anticipated feature film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Beginning Friday, DC Entertainment is excited to feature the following variant cover comic books for sale at WonderCon:

 

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Co-written with Brian Azzarello with art by Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson, DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE pits Batman, Carrie Kelley, Superman and Wonder Woman against a renegade priest and his maniacal followers from the newly-restored city of Kandor! The first three issues will be available for sale during WonderCon, each with its own unique variant cover and selling for $15 each.

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The issue #1 variant cover features art by Howard Porter (SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001). Issue #2 features cover art by Jill Thompson, while issue #3 includes a variant cover by Paul Pope. And if you’ve ever wanted your own one of a kind Dark Knight III cover from your favorite Bat-artist, then you’re in luck; DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE issue #1 will be available for $10, with a blank sketch cover you can take with you to artists’ alley!
 

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Another series of exclusive variant covers celebrates the upcoming feature film BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE with variant covers for issues #50 of SUPERMAN, BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN. Each sells for $10, and features a photo cover of each of the three principal actors in the film, Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman).

 

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WonderCon 2016 takes place March 25-27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Stay up to date on all things DC Entertainment by downloading the all-new DC Entertainment app on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. And be sure and stop by the DC Entertainment booth in South Hall (#1602) to meet some of your favorite writers and artists!