CHARACTER MEDIA ANNOUNCES WINNERS AT 18th ANNUAL UNFORGETTABLE GALA PRESENTED BY LEXUS



CHARACTER MEDIA ANNOUNCES WINNERS AT
18th ANNUAL UNFORGETTABLE GALA PRESENTED BY LEXUS

Hosted by Award-winning actor Simu Liu, Plus Keynote Speaker Daniel Dae Kim
And Performances by Amber Liu, Kodi Lee, MILCK, and MIYAVI

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (December 14, 2019) – Character Media, a subsidiary of the Imperial Family Companies, announced today the winners of 18th Annual Unforgettable Gala presented by Lexus, during a star-studded gala at The Beverly Hilton. The Gala is the preeminent awards show to recognize Asian American icons and changemakers in the entertainment industry, who are representing the community through their creativity and excellence. Nominees were voted on by Character Media’s selection committee of experts, who represent various fields and creative disciplines, including film, television, music, sports, digital technology and philanthropy.

The following are this year’s winners: 

Actor/Actress in TV:
Nico Santos – “Superstore”

Actor/Actress on Film:
Awkwafina – “The Farewell” 

Breakout Actor/Actress on Television:
Maya Erskine – “Pen15”

Breakout Actor/Actress on Film:
Charles Melton – “The Sun is Also a Star”

Comic Performance:
Ali Wong – “Always Be My Maybe”

Director:
Lulu Wang – “The Farewell”

Digital Influencer:
Bobby Hundreds 

Vanguard Award: 
The cast and crew of “The Farewell”

Lexus Legacy Award: 
The cast and crew of “Fresh Off The Boat”

Pechanga Athlete on Another Level: 
Kevin Na

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About The Unforgettable Gala:
The Unforgettable Gala was created by James Ryu, founder and publisher of award-winning magazines “KoreAm Journal,” “Audrey Magazine,” and “Kore Asian Media,” all of which now operate as Character Media.Founded in 2002, the black tie gala honors both established and upcoming talents in film, television and music.

For more information and the latest news, please visit the official website https://unforgettablegala.com/

ABOUT CHARACTER MEDIA
Character Media has been the premier source of news and events for the Asian American entertainment community for more than 25 years (under its former titles “Kore Asian Media,” “KoreAm Journal” and “Audrey Magazine”). Character Media traces its roots back to 1990, when the publication was founded by Jung Shig Ryu and his son, current publisher James Ryu, under the name “KoreAm Journal.”

All of Ryu’s publishing efforts are a subsidiary of Imperial Family Companies (formerly known as London Trust Media), a media group that highlights Asian Americans who are making their mark in the entertainment industry. 

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ABOUT LEXUS
Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its 
journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 241 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With seven models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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Big Apple Comic Con Releases Full Schedule of Events for This Weekend’s Spectacular Big Apple Christmas Con Holiday Party

Special One-Day Event Features Celebrity Guests, Fabulous Prize Giveaways, Exhibitions, Holiday-Themed Cosplay Contest & Auction of Original Artwork by World Renowned Artists to Benefit Covenant House New York

Big Apple Christmas Con Takes Place Saturday, December 14 at the New Yorker Hotel
Big Apple Comic Convention, New York City’s longest-running premier boutique comic books and popular culture show, revealed its program of events for the Big Apple Christmas Con holiday party this Saturday, December 14 at the New Yorker Hotel.

“This is the beginning of a new era for comics in New York!” says Big Apple Comic Con founder Michael Carbonaro.

This special one-day event will include everything the Big Apple Comic Con has become known for, as well as free gifts (with a focus on those under the age of 14), fabulous prize giveaways, an exhibition of Christmas-themed comic books, an auction of original comic artwork by some of the best-known artists in the world, with all proceeds to going to Covenant House New York (which provides residential services to homeless, runaway and exploited youth), a holiday-themed cosplay contest and an extra special appearance by the one and only Christmas super-hero: Santaman!

For those looking to slip away from the holiday hoopla, the Big Apple Christmas Con will offer fans an escape to another universe, while those looking to immerse themselves in the season can bask in special holiday-themed events and unique gift-shopping opportunities.

Big Apple Comic Con will feature appearances by dozens of artists, creators and independent publishers, and an Artist Alley filled with up-and-coming artists. Fans will also be able to participate in celebrity panels and programming with professionals from various fields. 

Confirmed celebrity guests Michael Uslan (JokerBatman film franchise), Sam J. Jones (Flash GordonThe Spirit), Peter Scolari (Bosom BuddiesGotham), Frank Romano (legendary Ben Cooper Costumes Art Director) and Cosplay Guest of Honor Barbie Chula will now be joined by additional Cosplay Guest of Honor NY Tony Stark. The convention will feature comic book creators Jim Steranko (S.H.I.E.L.DCaptain America), Joseph Michael Linsner (Cry For DawnConan), Larry Hama (G.I. JoeAvengers), Neal Adams (X-MenGreen Lantern/Green Arrow), Erica Schultz(DaredevilM3), Mark Texeira (Black PantherWolverine), Kristen Gudsnuk (HenchgirlModern Fantasy), Billy Tucci (A Child is BornShi), Paul Levitz (The VisitorBatman), Tom DeFalco(Spider-ManArchie), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Dawn & VampirellaSin Boldly), Bob Rozakis(‘Mazing ManJoker’s Daughter), Paul Kupperberg (SupergirlDoom Patrol), Michael Jan Friedman (Star Trek: The Next GenerationDarkstars), Peter Kuper (The New YorkerMAD Magazine), Russ Braun (The BoysBatman), as well as recently announced guests Barbara Friedlander (Swing with Scooter), Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man), Jim Salicrup (AvengersThe Uncanny X-Men), Sy Barry (The Phantom), Nancy Silberkleit (Archie), Cliff Galbraith (Rat Bastard). Additional guests include The Kubert SchoolHeidi MacDonaldParis Cullins, Gary Cohn, Brian KongZeea Adams, Bob WiacekMike DianaSteve SaffelSteve BuncheZorikh Lequidre, Robert J. Sodaro, and Dan Fogel, with more to be announced.

Exhibitors will be selling original comic artwork and some of the most sought-after collectible comic books in history, and attendees can fulfill their holiday shopping lists with goodies from all aspects of pop culture including: science fiction, fantasy, film, television, cosplay, animation, anime, manga, toys, horror, collectible card games, video games, web comics, and fantasy and graphic novels. 

The full schedule of events is as follows:

11 a.m. - Captain Marvel Culture      
Moderator: Captain Zorikh
Big Apple Con’s Mightiest Mortal Captain Zorikh speaks truth (and what's false) about all the heroes named Captain Marvel.

11:40 a.m. - Investing in Comics/Frank Romano Spotlight    
Moderator: Mike Carbonaro 
Founder Mike Carbo and Price Guide authors Dan Fogel & Robert J. Sodaro on how to buy & sell. Special appearance by Ben Cooper Costumes Art Director Frank Romano!

12:20 p.m. - Michael Uslan: The Boy Who Loved Batman     
Moderator: Michael Uslan     
Michael Uslan, Originator/Executive Producer of the Batman film franchise and much more, enlightens us on the past, present and future of the Dark Knight and the Joker.

1:20 p.m. - NYC-Comics Connection 
Moderator: Paul Levitz         
NYC's Coolest Creators on the special bond between the City and Comic Books. Paul Levitz is joined by Michael Uslan, Tom DeFalco, Steve Saffel, Steve Bunche, & Peter Kuper.

2:20 p.m. - Visiting with Paul Levitz  
Moderator: Heidi MacDonald 
The Beat's Heidi MacDonald celebrates the Super Career of DC's Paul Levitz & previews his Valiant series The Visitor.

3 p.m. - Big Apple Writers' Round Table       
Moderator: Erica Schultz      
Writer Without Fear Erica Schultz grills her peers Larry Hama, Michael Jan Friedman, Paul Kupperberg, & Bob Rozakis on Comics Word Craft.

3:40 p.m. - (Flash) Gordon's Alive!    
Moderator: Heidi MacDonald
Sci-Fi Superhero Sam J. Jones tells Heidi MacDonald all about his epic films Flash Gordon, Ted, Ted 2, and his new documentary Life After Flash.

4:30 p.m. - Covenant House Benefit Art Auction       
Moderator: BACC Staff        
Big Apple Comic Con & Covenant House New York's Manny Rios conduct a Special Benefit Auction for homeless youth. Art & cool swag donated by our awesome guests and vendors!

5 p.m. - Big Apple Comic Con Holiday Party 
Moderator: BACC Staff        
Join us in a Festive Holiday Party with: Gifts! A Sing-Along! And a Special Appearance of Santaman, Big Apple Con's own Season's Superhero!

5:20 p.m. - Costume Contest Sign-Up 
Moderator: Captain Zorikh   
Final Registration for the Event called "The Most Fun Costume Contest on the East Coast"!

5:30 p.m. - Big Apple Comic Con Holiday Costume Contest  
Moderator: Captain Zorikh   
Judges Barbie Chula & Bronx Spidey pick the best, most fun Holiday/Comics/Fantasy/SF Cosplay. Captain Zorikh hosts with Special Guest NY Tony Stark. Prizes & Fun!

All day long, guests can become a super hero with free caricatures by Daniel Perez, have their faces painted by Bianca: A Princess Like Me, and enjoy the comedy stylings of Retired Wonder Womanand holiday and superhero music from DJ Jason Martin in the Grand Ballroom.

The New Yorker Hotel, an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1929 and recently renovated to its suggestively stylized splendor, will play host to future Big Apple Comic Cons, including the group’s annual two-day Spring extravaganza. Big Apple Comic Con is a convention with a truly unique NYC feel and a dedicated base of attendees from its 23-year history. The move to the New Yorker allows the established Big Apple Comic Con community to open its arms to even more attendees.

The New Yorker Hotel is located at 481 8th Avenue, New York, NY. Big Apple Comic Con runs from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. with VIP Early Admission at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Tickets are available at https://big-apple-comic-con.ticketleap.com/bacc-pop-culture-christmas/.

Big Apple Comic Con online:

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Adrenaline PR is a boutique independent public relations firm founded in 2003 by acclaimed PR and music industry professional Maria Ferrero. Adrenaline PR utilizes decades' worth of effective PR techniques to execute a project's targeted focus, all the while enhancing the potency of a campaign by extending outside the realms of traditional promotions and applying beneficial marketing and branding methods to reach various new media territories. Although Adrenaline PR's longstanding credibility is rooted in their successful representation of notable brands, festivals, artists, and beyond, the firm also specializes in securing noteworthy placements and creating a high-profile buzz for up-and-coming talent and brands.
 
The team at Adrenaline PR has represented wide range of projects - ranging from bands, fine artists, films and books, to labels, tours, festivals, award shows, conventions, photographers, and tattoo artists. Adrenaline PR has represented notable artists such as, but not limited to: American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, All That Remains, Anthrax, As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Dethklok/Brendon Small's Galaktikon, DevilDriver, Drowning Pool, Down, Europe, Every Time I Die, Five Finger Death Punch, GWAR, Hank3, Harley Flanagan, Hatebreed, John 5, KMFDM, Lamb of God, Mac Sabbath, Machine Head, Motorhead, Mudvayne, Norma Jean, Otep, Pentakill, Peter Murphy, Sevendust, Suicidal Tendencies, Superjoint Ritual, Tech N9ne, Testament, The Aristocrats, Twiztid, Uli Jon Roth and more. Adrenaline PR has had the pleasure of supporting press campaigns for Good Fight Music, InsideOut Music, Metal Blade Records, Minus Head Records, Napalm Records, Nuclear Blast Records, Prosthetic Records, Razor & Tie, and others. Adrenaline PR has promoted films, soundtracks and compilations including As The Palaces Burn (Lamb of God documentary), HesherREPO! The Genetic OperaSuper Duper Alice Cooper, the Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life tribute compilation (2014 Best Metal Performance Grammy winner for Tenacious D's "The Last In Line"), Dimebag Darrell's Dimevision, and The Punisher (soundtrack), and books such as Louder Than Hell; The Oral History Of Heavy Metal and The Merciless Book of Metal Lists. Artists represented include Paul Booth - The King of Rock and Roll Tattoo, Vincent Castiglia (tattoo artist and surrealist) and Derek Hess. Adrenaline PR is recognized for publicizing various events such as the "Astronomicon" Pop Culture Convention, the Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards and the Alternative Press Magazine 20th Anniversary (My Chemical Romance, The Used and Say Anything), MTV2 Headbanger's Ball Tours I and II, REPO! The Genetic Opera Film and Road Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Ronnie James Dio: Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund charity events, Scott Ian's "Speaking Words" tour, Sounds of the Underground, various Live Nation NYC club events, and many more. Adrenaline PR has also booked guest judges for BRAVO's Top Chef and assisted with Grammy Award/The Recording Academy events.

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First Look: X-O MANOWAR #1 Inks

Art by Emilio Laiso
Feast your eyes on stunning new artwork from X-O MANOWAR #1!

Aric of Dacia, a 4th-century Visigoth warrior bonded with a powerful sentient alien armor, is facing a whole new kind of threat in the new series by best-selling writer DENNIS “HOPELESS” HALLUM (Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Visions) and amazing artist EMILIO LAISO (Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity). Can Aric become the hero the world needs today?

Check out some of Emilio's gorgeous pencils and inks below!
 

Art by Emilio Laiso

"What Dennis is exploring with Aric in regards to the ramifications of X-O Manowar's actions and how they affect 'normal' people in this new series is not only very poignant for our current social climate, but makes for a powerful new chapter in the Valiant universe," teased Editor HEATHER ANTOS. "The level of detail and world-building that Emilio brings into the visual storytelling only strengthens Aric's personal frustrations with not only the world, but also himself."
 
Art by Emilio Laiso 
 
Assistant Editor DREW BAUMGARTNER is excited for fans to read the captivating conflict. "Aric's attitudes, morals, and solutions to problems can feel totally out-of-step with the modern day. Dennis has found some unique ways of finding new tension within the basic premise of the character." Drew added, "He's introducing himself to his neighbors, which makes it an easy jumping-on point for anyone else who isn't familiar with the character. Plus, Emilio is bringing his A-game on the massive superhero action."



Art by Emilio Laiso

 
X-O MANOWAR #1 launches on March 25th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond, letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and covers by Christian WardJeff DekalRod ReisGreg Smallwood, and Raúl Allén.

 

About Valiant Entertainment
Valiant Entertainment, a subsidiary of DMG Entertainment, founded by Dan Mintz, is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns and controls the third most extensive library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC. With more than 80 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com. For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com

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Meet John Petrie, Valiant's Senior Sales Manager!


 
With more than thirty years of experience in the book and comic retail industry, John Petrie is joining Valiant Entertainment as the Senior Sales Manager!

John has already begun expanding Valiant's presence in the bookstore, library, and educational markets. In addition to helping Valiant reach new readers, John is also working closely with comic retailers across the country.

"With decades of experience in the book and direct markets, John joining Valiant is a big deal," said Matthew Klein, VP of Sales & Marketing. "There's literally no corner of retail he doesn't bring expertise from and an impeccable reputation. Not only does Valiant have the largest sales team in comics, we just added a lot of fire power. Valiant 2020 is looking even brighter."


John is thrilled to join Valiant right before the company has one of its most ambitious years yet. "With Valiant 2020, a movie out in a few months, and the opportunity to be a part of community building with Valiant outreach to library and educational venues into 2020 and beyond, this is an amazing time for Valiant and I'm so excited to be a part of it."

Retailers interested in talking to John can contact him at johnp@valiantentertainment.com


About Valiant Entertainment
Valiant Entertainment, a subsidiary of DMG Entertainment, founded by Dan Mintz, is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns and controls the third most extensive library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC. With more than 80 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com. For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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HOT OFF OF HOUSE OF X, JONATHAN HICKMAN & MIKE HUDDLESTON LAUNCH NEW IMAGE COMICS SERIES DECORUM THIS MARCH

The bestselling, comics titan Jonathan Hickman (House of X, Powers of X, East of West) teams up with fan favorite artist Mike Huddleston (Middlewest, House of X) for an all-new, ongoing science fiction epic in Decorum. The series is set to launch this March from Image Comics.

Decorum will blend the high impact, event level storytelling of Hickman’s recent re-envisioning of X-Men with the sprawling, addictive worldbuilding of the recently concluded East of West.

"We’ve been quietly working on this book for over a year and I’m having the time of my life," said Hickman. "Mike is one of those ridiculously talented artists who is both technically proficient and insanely stylistic—everyone is just going to love what he’s done here."

There are many assassins in the known universe. Decorum is the story of the most well-mannered one.

Huddleston added: "I told Jonathan early on that just wanted to both draw cool stuff and tell a good story, and good news! We’re doing both in spades."

Decorum #1 Cover A by Huddleston (Diamond Code JAN200108) and Decorum #1Cover B by Huddleston (Diamond Code JAN200109) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 11.

Decorum #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
 www.imagecomics.com.

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X-O MANOWAR #1 Covers by Christian Ward, Rod Reis, and More!

Cover A by Christian Ward
X-O MANOWAR #1 launches this March with stunning covers by all-star artists!

The debut issue by Harvey Award-winner DENNIS “HOPELESS” HALLUM (Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Visions) and breakout star artist EMILIO LAISO (Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity) will feature captivating covers by CHRISTIAN WARDJEFF DEKALROD REIS, and RAÚL ALLÉN! Take a look at the cool covers below.

Cover B by Jeff Dekal

Cover C by Rod Reis
 
"There's nothing quite as intimidating as following up a defining run of a flagship character with a new #1. Which is why for 2020's launch of X-O Manowar, I wanted to pull out all the stops," said series editor HEATHER ANTOS. "From Christian Ward to Jeff Dekal, Rod Reis, Greg Smallwood and more, the industry's top talent have joined forces to kick off Dennis Hopeless and Emilio Laiso's take on the Alien Armor-donning Visigoth warrior!"
 
Preorder Edition Cover by Greg Smallwood

1:250 Bronze Variant Cover by Raúl Allén

 

The blockbuster adventure begins in X-O MANOWAR #1 on March 25th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
 
 


About Valiant Entertainment
Valiant Entertainment, a subsidiary of DMG Entertainment, founded by Dan Mintz, is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns and controls the third most extensive library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC. With more than 80 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com. For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com

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ROBERT KIRKMAN & MARC SILVESTRI’S MINISERIES STEALTH IN DEVELOPMENT WITH UNIVERSAL & SKYBOUND, PERFECT FOR FANS OF BLACK PANTHER & IRON MAN

Image/Skybound Entertainment presents an action-packed, six issue vigilante miniseries this March—Stealth—from the minds of Robert Kirkman (Oblivion Song, The Walking Dead) and Marc Silvestri (Cyber Force, Witchblade), written by Mike Costa, drawn by Nate Bellegarde, and colored by Tamra Bonvillain.

The series features covers by Jason Howard (Cemetery Beach, Trees) and is concurrently in development with Universal Pictures and Skybound entertainment.

Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby will write the script for the forthcoming Stealth adaptation. The writing duo’s credits include Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens. Oscar-nominated Lee Daniels will direct and produce along with his partner Pam Williams. The film will be produced by Skybound’s film team—including Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst—and Universal Executive Vice President of Production Matt Reilly will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

For decades, Stealth has waged war on crime in Detroit, but now he’s taken his pursuit of justice too far. Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth’s reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer’s—his father. A father unwilling to accept that he’s no longer the hero this city needs…with enemies all too eager to force his retirement.

This pulse-pounding new series is Black Panther meets Iron Man and is a must-read for Dead Eyes fans.

Stealth #1 (Diamond Code JAN200138) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 11.

Stealth #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
 www.imagecomics.com.
ABOUT SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT
Founded in 2010, Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform entertainment company specializing in television, comics, film, digital content, interactive, gaming, and merchandise. The company is led by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and his longtime producing and business partner David Alpert.

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