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.

LION FORGE UNVEILS BLOCKBUSTER YEAR TWO BOOKS AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

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Madballs™ Relaunch Tops Announcements and Events

New York, NY – Hot off of a debut year with one of the most diverse and fun-focused lineups in the comic book industry, Lion Forge Comics will be celebrating its star-studded 2016 releases with fans at New York Comic Con, here at the Jacob K. Javits Center next week.

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Roar Comics, the young readers imprint of Lion Forge, will unveil artwork from its 2016 Madballs™ comic book series which updates the smash hit American Greetings franchise with modern interpretations from over one dozen superstar artists including Scarecrowoven, Gunsho, and Matt Crabe. The team — joined by Madballs designer Jim Groman — will be on-hand to sign a convention-exclusive oversized art comic and two limited edition screen prints before a launch party Friday night at Brooklyn’s Desert Island Comics.    

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Actor Flex Alexander (Snakes on a Plane, One on One, Flex & Shanice) makes his first appearance at New York Comic Con at two signing events throughout the weekend, with free prints showcasing art from his new graphic novel, Joshua Run. The high-tech hacker thriller launches today as an eBook exclusive on all digital comics platforms.

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Lion Forge also has a special event in store for wrestling fans — an encore performance of its standing-room-only retrospective on Andre the Giant at this summer’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. The WWE Hall of Famer’s daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff will field questions about her father’s legacy along with comics editor and journalist Heidi MacDonald, cartoonist Jarrett Williams, writer Mike Kingston, and Shannon Eric Denton, editor of next month’s graphic novel biography, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.

“Our first year was even bigger and better than I imagined it would be,” said Lion Forge CEO David Steward II. “It’s important that we give back to our fans and build on the huge response to our first books like Knight Rider, Miami Vice, and Saved By the Bell with an even more robust slate in 2016. New York Comic Con is going to kick things off perfectly.”

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PANELS & EVENTS

Andre the Giant: The Man Behind the Legend — Thursday, October 8, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. — Room 1A24

The beloved pro wrestler’s daughter Robin Christensen Roussimoff joins Shannon Eric Denton, editor of Lion Forge’s authorized graphic novel biography, to discuss the real man we all know as the Eighth Wonder of the World. With special guests Jarrett Williams (SuperPro K.O.) and Michael Kingston (Headlocked). Join us for fond reminiscences of one of sports entertainment’s most legendary figures! Hosted by Heidi Macdonald (ComicsBeat)

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Madballs Comics Launch Party — Friday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. — Desert Island Comics, 540 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn

Join the superstar artists of next year’s brand new Madballs comics series (and this year’s Madballs convention-exclusive art book!) for a rousing good time at Brooklyn’s own Desert Island Comics. Featuring Jimmy Giegerich, Matt Crabe, Sean Dove, Sacrecrowoven, Gunsho, Jenny Zych, Chuck Forsman, Ulises Farinas, Lale Westvind, and Jim Groman!

SIGNINGS

Signings and free sketch sessions for fans will be held throughout the weekend at Lion Forge Booth #1659. Below times are subject to change and more events to be announced — stop by the booth for up-to-the-minute news!

Thursday

11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. — JOSHUA RUN Signing —  Flex Alexander

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. — ANDRE THE GIANT Signing —  Robin Christensen Roussimoff and Shannon Eric Denton

Friday

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. — MADBALLS Signing —  Jimmy Giegerich, Matt Crabe, Sean Dove, Sacrecrowoven, Gunsho, Jenny Zych, Chuck Forsman, Ulises Farinas, Lale Westvind, and Jim Groman

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. — JOSHUA RUN Signing —  Flex Alexander

Sunday

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — SAVED BY THE BELL Signing — Joelle Sellner

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. — PUNKY BREWSTER Signing — Joelle Sellner

EXCLUSIVES AND GIVEAWAYS

Additional posters, ashcans, and giveaways will be distributed throughout the weekend at Lion Forge Booth #1659. Featured items below are extremely limited and subject to availability.

MADBALLS OOZING ART WAD

— Limited Print Run of 800

— Two collectible dust jackets

— $25

— 44 Pages

The Madballs invasion has begun! We found eight of the most reprehensible artists in the world to share their visions of an Earth overrun with these pus-filled, drool-spewing monstrosities, and the results are enGROSSingly disturbing! Flippable and reversible dust jackets envelop this oversized comic, with disgusting stories from Scarecrowoven, Dan Zettwoch, Gunsho, Jimmy Giegerich, Jenny Zych, Sean Dove, Matt Crabe, and Jesse Balmer. The Madballs Oozing Art Wad collects all eight backup stories and variant covers from the upcoming 2016 mini-series, adding artwork you’ll find in this edition ONLY, from James Groman (one of the original Madballs designers), Ulises Farinas (Judge Dredd: Mega City Two), Derek Ballard (Adventure Time), and up-and-coming alt-comix star Lale Westvind.

MADBALLS LIMITED EDITION SCREEN PRINTS

— Two different prints by Scarecrowoven and Gunsho

— Limited print run of 75 each

— $50

MADBALLS TEMPORARY TATTOOS

— Two different tattoos by Matt Crabe and Sean Dove

— Limited print run of 500 each

— Free!

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AIRWOLF DOG TAGS

— Replica “Stringfellow Hawke” dog tag

— Limited print run of 500

— Free!

About Lion Forge Comics

Lion Forge is a St. Louis-based transmedia studio with a focus on digital publishing. With both original and licensed titles, Lion Forge brings together the brightest talent to acquire and develop content and character franchises within the comic book, television, film, and interactive gaming industries. Lion Forge applies cinematic elements to each property to create compelling, story-driven experiences from start to finish, bringing unique entertainment experiences to both traditional and digital marketplaces. For more information, please visit lionforge.com or the Lion Forge Facebook and Twitter pages.

About AG Properties

AG Properties (AGP) is the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation.  Built upon the successful re-launch of Care Bears™, AGP develops multi-platform campaigns for its properties through digital media, entertainment, marketing and merchandising.  In addition to Care Bears, AGP’s active classic brands include Holly Hobbie™ and Madballs™, as well as new properties Boofle™, Packages from Planet X™ and Twisted Whiskers™.  Children can experience AGP online at www.agkidzone.com. For more information on AGP, visit www.agpbrands.com.

Lion Forge Comics And IDW Publishing Revamp An ’80s Classic With Miami Vice Remix

Lion Forge Comics And IDW Publishing Revamp An ’80s Classic With Miami Vice Remix 
Joe Casey And Jim Mahfood Bring Vibrant New Energy to Legendary Franchise 

San Diego, CA (December 10, 2014) – Mixing new school with old, comics publisher Lion Forge Comics has partnered with award-winning IDW Publishing to bring the classic TV series Miami Vice to print with Miami Vice Remix this February. Now anyone who loves the iconic characters, pastels, fast cars and over the top action of Miami Vice can get their hands on the comic based on the renowned ‘80s classic television show.

Writer Joe Casey (Uncanny X-Men, Adventures of Superman) teamed up with comic book industry veteran Jim Mahfood to create Miami Vice Remix. The comic follows the Metro-Dade Police Department detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs through modern-day Miami as they go undercover facing dangerous encounters with voodoo, zombies and Crockett’s mysterious past.

“Working with Jim is always a trip and taking on ‘80s TV icons like Crockett and Tubbs was too good to pass up,” said Casey, Miami Vice Remix co-creator and writer. “Whether you’re familiar with ‘Miami Vice’ or not, this book will burn a hole in your brain.”

“Comics should be for everyone, regardless of how fans prefer to access and consume content,” saidDavid Steward II, Lion Forge CEO. “With IDW’s innovative spirit, Lion Forge will reach more readers and bring new life to classic properties like ‘Miami Vice.’”

Miami Vice Remix is the latest Lion Forge title crossing over from digital to hard copy through IDW. The comic joins licensed and celebrity titles Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier and Saved By The Bell, which also are based on hit NBC television series.

“IDW is pleased to help re-imagine one of the most timeless TV shows of our generation,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW Publishing president. “The vibrant artistry and high-quality story telling in Miami Vice Remix is sure to bring readers all the energy and style from the original series.”

Miami Vice Remix #1 will be available at your local comic book stores February 2015.
Diamond code JAN150433.

About Lion Forge Comics
Lion Forge is a St. Louis-based transmedia studio with a focus on digital publishing. With both original and licensed titles, including all-ages books from their ROAR Comics division, Lion Forge brings together the brightest talent to acquire and develop content and character franchises within the comic book, television, film and interactive gaming industries. Lion Forge applies cinematic elements to each property to create compelling, story-driven experiences from start to finish, bringing unique entertainment experiences to both traditional and digital marketplaces. For more information, please visit www.lionforge.com or the Lion Forge Facebook and Twitter pages.

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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.