Editor's Note: Editor Matt McGloin was present at the NYCC and spoke to Stan Lee about "Romeo And Juliet: The War."
1821 COMICS, STAN LEE AND POW! ENTERTAINMENT’S NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK ‘ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR’ TAKES FLIGHT AT NEW YORK COMIC CON 2011
Futuristic Retelling of William Shakespeare’s Classic Story Re-imagined by Stan Lee and Terry Dougas Set To Hit Stores Nationwide On November 30
October 14, 2011-New York--- Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas founders of 1821 Comics (www.1821comics.com) the comic book and graphic novel company and Comic legend Stan Lee, Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment and his producing partner, President and COO of POW! Entertainment Gill Champion unveiled their new graphic novel book today ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR at New York Comic Con. ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR is a large coffee table graphic book with a futuristic and stylized retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet tale which is set to hit stores nationwide on November 30. ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR marks the first in a series of projects 1821 Comics and Stan Lee are releasing together.
Today’s presentation featured giant-sized portraits from the book, unveiling the main characters, scenes and themes that fans can expect when ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR hits stores. Following the presentation, Stan Lee signed mini posters of ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR for fans and enthusiasts.
ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR takes Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers and places them in the futuristic sci-fi/fantasy Empire of Verona, the most powerful territory on Earth. The MONTAGUES, powerful cyborgs made of artificial DNA, and the CAPULETS, genetically enhanced humans known for their speed and agility, worked in tandem to destroy all threats to the city. With no one left to fight, the Montagues and Capulets found themselves a new enemy: each other.
"This is the graphic novel I've always dreamed of doing. Take one of the world's greatest stories, known and loved throughout the globe, place it against the background of a future age, a more violent, science-gone-mad age--embellish it with the most powerful, dazzling, illustrations ever seen and produce it in the largest, most impressive format of all. Romeo and Juliet: The War! It's the crowning achievement in this, the age of the graphic novel."
Added Terry Dougas of 1821 Comics “Last year we announced the formation of our company and our plans to create the first in a series of graphic novel books and today we are proud to unveil one of the most highly anticipated books of our time ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR. We are treating this book like a studio tentpole release, and judging from the fan reaction today this property has a tremendous amount of sequel potential beyond just books. It is also an honor and privilege to be working with one of the most iconic and creative minds today comic legend Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment, we have the best partner in the business.”
“ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR exemplifies the kinds of high quality projects that we want to release at 1821 Comics, this is a beautiful re-telling of one of the most important classic tales of all time and we will now be entertaining an entirely new generation of audiences,” said Paris Kasidokostas Latsis of 1821 Comics. “We’d like to thank Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment for sharing our vision for this project and are excited for the upcoming national release.”
ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR is printed as a beautiful large coffee table book with the story re-imagined by Stan Lee and Terry Dougas, written by Max Work and artwork by Skan Srisuwan.
The book will be available as a hard cover collector’s edition and soft cover. As part of the launch, the book’s artist Skan Srisuwan will be signing limited edition posters at the 1821 Comics booth (#1458) on Saturday October 15.
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About 1821 Comics
1821 Comics is a comic book/graphic novel company based out of Los Angeles, California founded by entrepreneurs Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas. The company is devoted to bringing exciting eye popping new titles to the world of comics. Along with its own titles 1821 is teaming up with some of the top publishers on new cutting edge books. 1821 Comics will remain a diverse publisher with projects for men, women, and children spawning all age groups. The company is highly devoted to story, content, and artwork that will move readers from beginning to end.