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MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, ROCKY & BULLWINKLE, and More Return to Comics with IDW April 27, 2013

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Classic Jay Ward properties will be reintroduced for fans of all ages this fall!


San Diego, CA (April 27, 2013) – IDW Publishing, along with DreamWorks Classics and Bullwinkle Studios, have teamed up to bring Jay Ward’s classic characters and stories back to comics! Beginning this fall, fans will see the return of Rocky & Bullwinkle, Boris & Natasha, Snidely Whiplash, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Dudley Do-Right, just to name a few.

In anticipation of DreamWorks Animation’s  3D comedy adventure Mr. Peabody & Sherman coming to theaters on March 7, 2014, IDW will release a comic series. ,Additionally, IDW is planning a brand-new Rocky & Bullwinkle series for early 2014 release.

While creative details have yet to be announced, there are also plans for reprints of the wealth of previously published comics based on Ward’s colorful characters.

Jay Ward’s characters and concepts are landmarks in animation storytelling, and they remain as funny and relevant as ever,” said IDW President Greg Goldstein. “The phrase ‘fan-favorite’ is often overused, but in this case, it’s well earned and justified. We’re thrilled to add these brands to our ever growing list of all-ages titles.”

At once hilarious, heart-warming, and ahead of their time, this cast of characters, first introduced by Jay Ward in 1959, have delighted generations of all ages, and needless to say, IDW can’t wait for fans to see their return to comics!

About IDW

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 and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

Free Comic Book Day May 4th – From Capstone: Mr Puzzle April 25, 2013

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Did you know that Capstone is a Silver Sponsor of this year’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY? On May 4 comic book fans will be introduced to Mr. Puzzle, a superhero who’s a perfect fit for all problems. With his incredible powers, Mr. Puzzle can stretch, bend, shrink, grow, and will work hard to keep the folks of Busyville safe from trouble. What a nice guy!

Mr. Puzzle is written and illustrated by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos, creator of popular all-age comics from Oni Press, Kogama Press, Boom!, V12 Kids, Namco Bandai, and Top Shelf including Okie Dokie Donuts.

You can download a preview of the comic on the FCBD site here.

Capstone will release a full, 128-page graphic novel Mr. Puzzle Super Collection! this August. We already have a digital galley up on NetGalley here, and a book trailer here.


(W/A/CA) Chris Eliopoulos
Who is Mr. Puzzle, you ask? Well, he’s the perfect fit for any problem, of course! And Capstone brings him to you for the perfect price…FREE! Follow Mr. Puzzle on two exclusive, never-before-seen adventures by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos. Watch the superhero stretch, bend, shrink, and grow, all to keep the folks of Busyville safe. Don’t miss this two-for-none of fun with Mr. Puzzle!!

Garfield Comics on iTunes April 24, 2013

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April 24th, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – KaBOOM! Studios is proud to announce the official launch of the iTunes app GARFIELD COMICS by KaBOOM! The new GARFIELD app allows for fans to have fun, interact with other fans, get the most up to date information, and purchase GARFIELD comics.


GARFIELD COMICS by KaBOOM! is free to download through Apple’s iTunes app marketplace. Digital comics and graphic novels can be purchased directly through the app using the user’s iTunes account. BOOM! Studios has a long history of groundbreaking initiatives in the digital comic space including being the first independent comic publisher to launch its own branded digital comic app with the PEANUTS COMICS APP which launched early November 2012. The GARFIELD Comics by KaBOOM! App was developed by Snapplify (https://www.snapplify.com/), a mobile solutions provider that enables publishers, authors and content providers to package their books, magazines and brochures into digital publications for company branded Mobile Apps.


Issue #1 of GARFIELD is free to download in its entirety through the GARFIELD COMICS by KaBOOM! app and all other singles are at their usual pricing of $3.99. Four weeks after a new GARFIELD comic is released, the price of the issue purchased through the app will drop $1.99.


About BOOM! Studios

Founded by Ross Richie, 2009 and 2010’s “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s HYPERNATURALS, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, and Sam Humphreys’ HIGHER EARTH. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME, and 20th Century Fox’ ICE AGE. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER, and just released SPACE DUCKS, the first comic book from indie musician legend Daniel Johnston.

About Garfield

GARFIELD was born on the comics pages on June 19, 1978. The brainchild of cartoonist Jim Davis, GARFIELD is a humorous strip centered on the lives of a fat, lazy, cynical orange cat who loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control; Jon Arbuckle, his owner; and Odie, a sweet-but-dumb dog. GARFIELD was

introduced to the world in just 41 newspapers and is now the most widely syndicated comic strip ever, appearing in 2400 newspapers. The success of the comic strip spawned a popular animated TV show, “Garfield and Friends,” which appeared on CBS-TV from 1988 to 1995, and is currently in worldwide syndication.  In 2009, “The Garfield Show” debuted on Cartoon Network USA and now airs in 135 countries.  PEOPLE magazine called the show, “One of the Year’s Best New Kids’ Shows” in 2009.

In 2004, Twentieth Century Fox invited Garfield to star in his first-ever full-length feature film, Garfield: The Movie. A sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties was released in June 2006.  The movies earned over $340 million at the box office.  Garfield has also starred in three CGI animated movies, all penned by Jim Davis.  Fox released Garfield Gets Real (2007), Garfield’s Fun Fest (2008), and Garfield’s Pet Force (2009) on DVD and in limited theatrical release.

Garfield also entertains his fans on a popular website, garfield.com, and engages kids in interesting and pedagogically sound activities to promote literacy at professorgarfield.org.  English, Science and Life Skills are among the topics Garfield and his pals address atlearninglab.org, a public service of the Virginia Department of Education.

Garfield has long been considered a “classic” or “evergreen” property because he has not only endured, but continues to be fresh and funny after 35 years in the limelight.

Follow Garfield, along with 8.7 million other fans, on Facebook (facebook.com/Garfield) and Twitter (twitter.com/Garfield).

About Paws, Inc.

Cartoonist Jim Davis’ company, Paws, Inc., located near Albany, Indiana, was founded in 1981 to handle the creative end of the Garfield licensing business. Today, Paws is the sole owner of all copyrights and trademarks for the Garfield property, and controls not only the creative angle of the fat cat’s flourishing empire, but also the licensing, marketing, and brand management of Garfield and the Garfield characters.

Along with purchasing comics through the app, the app includes a live feed from the official Garfield Facebook page as well as a link to the KaBOOM! website. Both features will be accessible directly in the app. Additional features will be added to the app in the future.

Capstone Picture Book Benefits Families Affected by Disasters April 23, 2013

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Link: www.capstonepub.com/aspx/press.aspx?EntityKey=13April23


Capstone’s New Picture Book to Benefit Families Affected by Natural Disasters

Publisher Partners with Save the Children for Emergency Relief


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – April 23, 2013 – Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, is partnering with Save the Children, a leading independent nonprofit organization for children in need, to raise money for the organization’s domestic emergency fund which helps children and families during times of severe crises and natural disasters with food, medical care, and education.


Capstone is making a substantial donation to Save the Children’s domestic emergency fund, from the sale of its wordless picture book, Flood, by Argentinean illustrator Alvaro F. Villa. The critically acclaimed tale follows a family through the emotional experience of surviving and rebuilding in the face of nature’s devastating force.


Flood is an intense look at the effects of natural disaster on a family, but it also carries a simple message of hope and recovery. This book can be used as a powerful tool, especially for families and communities affected by disaster, for beginning a discussion with children about the experience of such a traumatic event,” said Ashley Andersen Zantop, Capstone Group Publisher and General Manager. “Save the Children is an incredible charity, and Capstone is proud to partner with them on this title to support their emergency relief efforts in the U.S.”


Reviewers are praising Flood for the poignant wordless narrative, beautiful illustration and discussion value: “leaves an impression that no child will quickly forget” (Wall Street Journal), “a wordless narrative of epic proportions” (ForeWord Reviews), “gripping story of loss and regeneration” (School Library Journal), and “a useful resource for adults to use with children, especially given the damaging hurricanes in recent years” (Publishers Weekly).


“The children who have recently experienced Hurricane Sandy came immediately to my mind. This is a really smart and non-threatening approach to help children open up about their feelings and fears after a traumatic event. It’s a very therapeutic and healing resource,” said Roxanne Davidson, M.Ed., elementary school counselor in Portland, Ore., and blogger at Books That Heal Kids.


A free reader’s guide offering reading and discussion tips, as well as writing prompts, is available at www.capstoneyoungreaders.com/products/flood.



By Alvaro F. Villa

Publication Date: February 2013 ● Ages 6-8 ● Grades 1-3

32 pages ● Trim 11” x 8 ½”

Trade hardcover: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-62370-001-0

Available from Capstone Young Readers

Reinforced library binding: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-4048-8006-1

Available from Capstone


About the Author/Illustrator

Alvaro Fernandez Villa lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has a degree in fine arts. He became interested in art as a very young child, and has developed skills in both digital and traditional art forms.


About Save the Children

Save the Children works in nearly 120 countries, including the United States. They give children the best chance to fulfill their potential – a healthy start in life, nutritious food, the opportunity learn and protection from harm. They save children’s lives. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


About Capstone

Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books in nonfiction and fiction, digital products and services and literacy programs. Capstone publishes content in a variety of print and digital formats including board books, picture books, interactive books, apps, audio and databases. Imprints under Capstone include Capstone Young Readers, Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Heinemann Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, Capstone Classroom and Maupin House. For more information, visitwww.CapstonePub.com. Connect with them at http://Connect.CapstonePub.com.