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“TIMEOUT!” as Zack Morris would say. Lion Forge Comics, under new all-ages imprint, ROAR Comics, launched two new digital comic books today based on the iconic 1980s and 90s TV shows “Saved by the Bell” and “Punky Brewster”. The digital publisher acquired the licensing rights to the properties from NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products in 2013.

“Lion Forge has made remarkable inroads in the comics space in such a short amount of time”

Lion Forge also announced the creation of ROAR Comics, the new digital imprint focused on publishing high-quality, all-ages comics for the ever-expanding digital audience, and appointed Adam Staffaroni as senior editor to supervise its continued development. The comics are currently available through the Amazon Kindle Bookstore. They will be sold through additional outlets, including ComicsPlus, in the coming weeks.

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In celebration of this show’s 25th anniversary this year, Saved by the Bell, which aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993, includes everyone’s favorite Bayside High characters — Zack, Slater, Kelly, Jessie, Lisa, Screech and Mr. Belding. The digital comic returns to freshman year in all-new, present-day adventures. Chynna Clugston Flores (Blue Monday) is handling the artwork.

Punky Brewster, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, takes the quintessential precocious youngster back to the beginning of her story. Abandoned and homeless in the middle of Chicago, Punky’s search for her family leads to a long-lost cousin, the world-traveling photographer Henry Warnimont, and possibly a new home. Lesley Vamos is on board as artist and colorist for the title. “Punky Brewster” aired on NBC from 1984 to 1986.

Both comics are penned by Joelle Sellner, who is also known for writing Teen TitansBen 10 and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, as well as Lion Forge Comics’ original title, Wonderous: The Adventures of Claire Sinclair.

“These shows and their characters are so well-loved. We are excited to share them with the fans and introduce them to a new generation, but with present-day issues and challenges,” said David Steward II, founder and CEO, Lion Forge. “Don’t worry. Some things always stay the same, such as Zack Morris will still be attached to his cell phone and Punky will still wear her purple vest.”

“We’re so pleased that Lion Forge Comics is recreating these beloved series for modern day fans,” said Chris Lucero, director of Global Consumer Products Licensing, NBCUniversal Television. “Both these classic shows have been favorites to a lot of people for so many years. We hope longtime fans and new readers alike will really enjoy and relate to the new situations in which these iconic characters find themselves.”

ROAR Comics, Lion Forge’s new digital imprint, will concentrate on comics for children and teens and will be managed by Adam Staffaroni, an expert in comics and graphic novels. After earning his M.F.A. at the Center for Cartoon Studies, Staffaroni went on to positions at DC Comics and BOOM! Studios, where he was instrumental in launching the Eisner Award-winning “Adventure Time” program. Recently, he co-wrote a digital comic adventure for the music group Pistol Annies and their front-woman, Miranda Lambert, in conjunction with the band’s new album, Annie Up!. As senior editor, Staffaroni will manage the development of Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster, as well as upcoming licensed titles like Denver, the Last Dinosaur, and a slate of yet-to-be-announced original titles.

 

 

Max on Movies interviews The Forge Force

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Maxamillion Foizey interviews our very own Dave Steward Jr. and Miami Vice artist Carl Reed

You can folllow Max of twitter @maxonmovies

Lion Forge debuts Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier at Comic-Con International

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Lion Forge Comics is launching three digital comic books in conjunction with Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC). The properties, Rampage Jackson: Street SoldierWonderous: The Adventures of Claire Sinclair and The Joshua Run are based on Bellator MMA fighter and TNA “IMPACT WRESTLING” star Quinton “Rampage” JacksonPlayboy’s 2011 “Playmate of the Year” Claire Sinclair and actor/comedianFlex Alexander, respectively.

  • Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier follows the adventures of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as he gains powers from a meteorite and decides to use them for good. When good people end up in bad situations, Rampage has no problem getting ugly to set things right!
  • Wonderous: The Adventures of Claire Sinclair focuses on Claire Sinclair, a broke college student who gets a dose of superpowers after volunteering for a medical study. She begins to test out her abilities, eventually going head-to-head with a sinister super villain – who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend.
  • The Joshua Run, created by actor/comedian Flex Alexander, focuses on David Joshua, a computer hacker for hire who specializes in smoothing out the inconveniences of modern life. The cyber-thriller comic explores the nature of power in an information-driven world.

Rampage Jackson and Claire Sinclair will attend SDCC and will be available for press interviews on Thursday, July 18, and Saturday, July 20, respectively. The Lion Forge Crew will be available for interviews throughout the duration of the event and Flex Alexander also will be available for interviews via phone. Members of the press interested in booking an appointment or securing review copies should contact LionForge@wonacottpr.com.

Additionally, Lion Forge will host a panel from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 20, in Room: 26AB, where they will discuss upcoming NBCUniversal-licensed properties, announced earlier this month, as well as the properties launched today and more.

NBCUniversal Taps Lion Forge Comics to Develop Digital Comic Books Based on Beloved 80s TV Shows

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Digital Publisher to Re-imagine Iconic Properties Including “Knight Rider”, “Miami Vice” and “Saved by the Bell”

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NBCUniversal, one of the world’s premier media and entertainment companies, has partnered with digital publisher Lion Forge Comics to develop licensed comic books based on popular TV shows from the 1980s and 90s. Under the agreement licensed through the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group, Lion Forge will write, develop and publish digital comics based on the following shows:

“We here at Lion Forge are looking forward to extending that influence by creating visually appealing and entertaining experiences on mobile devices for a whole new generation of fans.”

“Partnering with the team at Lion Forge to bring classic TV properties to life in graphic novel format was a natural step for us as we continue to identify new ways to entertain our fans in the digital space,” said Chris Lucero, director of Global Consumer Products Licensing for NBCUniversal Television. “We’re excited to give fans a chance to revisit some of their favorite shows and characters in a completely new way.”

Well-known writers currently signed on to work on the projects include: Joelle Sellner (Teen Titans, Jackie Chan Adventures, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi); Jonathan London (Geekscape); Geoffrey Thorne (LeverageBen 10) and David Gorden (Catalyst Prime: Accel and Catalyst Prime: Quincredible).

Currently, Jason Johnson (Wetworks, Godstorm) and Lion Forge’s own Carl Reed and Lorenzo Lizana are on board as artists.

“From hugely popular characters such as Crockett and Tubbs, Zack Morris and Punky Brewster to highly stylized music and clothing choices, these TV franchises have had a significant impact on pop culture,” said David Steward, CEO, Lion Forge. “We here at Lion Forge are looking forward to extending that influence by creating visually appealing and entertaining experiences on mobile devices for a whole new generation of fans.”

The comics are planned for distribution in Q3 and Q4 2013, and will be available through the Amazon Kindle Bookstore, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble’s The Nook Book Store and Kobo.

Lion Forge executives will participate on a panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 20, in Room: 26AB (SDCC), where they will discuss these and other properties in development. Members of the press interested in booking an appointment with a Lion Forge executive while at SDCC should contact LionForge@wonacottpr.com.

Claire Sinclair explores adventure & fun with new Lion Forge series

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wondrous webLion Forge is proud to announce that Wondrous – The Adventures of Claire Sinclair will be debuting at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, July 18 -21.  Wondrous is an offbeat adventure based on 2011 Playmate of the Year; Claire Sinclair.  It features the writing of Joelle Sellner (Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Teen Titans) and features art from Eisner Award winning artist Rick Burchett (Batman & Robin Adventures).

Wondrous is the story of a financially unstable college student who receives super human powers while volunteering for a medical study.  The hilarious set up comes with one serious twist as her arch nemesis, an evil criminal mastermind, turns out to be her ex-boyfriend.  The book follows Claire’s sometimes hilarious struggle to juggle her new life as a super hero while still maintaining her old one as a broke college student.

Wondrous is another addition to the Lion Forge stable of unique and exciting titles and will be available on Amazon Kindle Bookstore, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble’s The Nook Book Store and Kobo.  Make sure to stay locked in on www.lionforge.com and visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LionForge to get more updates on Wondrous and all of the other great titles coming from Lion Forge.

Flex Alexander teams with Lion Forge Comics to present Joshua Run

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joshuaTelevision and movie star Flex Alexander (One on One, Snakes on a Plane) has teamed up with Lion Forge Comics to release his original concept The Joshua Run.   Originally Flex wanted to pitch the idea as a television series but after a conversation with Lion Forge decided to release his idea as an original digital comic book series.  Joining Flex who masterminded this creation is writer Brandon Easton (Thundercats, Shadowlaw) and artist JR who created the book’s distinct and gritty look.

The Joshua Run centers around a hacker named David Joshua that makes his money by using his skills to enter computer systems and take care of life’s little inconveniences such as speeding tickets or bad grades.  Things change for Joshua when he stumbles upon information that leads him into the thick of a vast conspiracy.  It’s another fast paced action adventure in the vein of Eagle Eye and Enemy of the State.  It’s a powerful cyber thriller that will explore the nature of power in a world driven by information.

The Joshua Run is slated to debut at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International July 18 -21.  It will then be available through the Amazon Kindle Bookstore, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble’s The Nook Book Store and Kobo.  Look for more updates on this website and also visit us on Facebook and twitter

WonderCon

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The Saga continues! Lion Forge comes to WonderCon, and attendees have the exclusive opportunity to be there at the start of it all! Debuting in 2013, bringing epic new narratives told with wit, diversity and passion.

Fans can preview some of the new comics at the Lion Forge booth (No. 501).

Lion Forge partners with World Events bring back classics

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Lion Forge Comics and World Events Productions will be working together to bring back two classic 80’s television shows Saber Riders and Denver the Last Dinosaur as digital comic book series.  The plans are to update the looks and storylines of these classic shows and the new books will be coming out Fall of 2013.  Look for them on Amazon Kindle Bookstore, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble’s The Nook Book Store and Kobo.

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