1821 Comics, Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment Team Up to Co-Create and Co-Publish "Romeo and Juliet: The War"

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Futuristic and Stylized Retelling of Shakespeare's Classic Tale Unveiled Today at New York Comic Con 2010; 1821 Comics Launches With A Three Book Deal with Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment.

Entrepreneurs Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas have partnered to kick-start a new comic book and graphic novel company 1821 Comics http://www.1821comics.com. The company officially launched today at New York Comic Con 2010 with a three book agreement with Comic legend Stan Lee, Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of POW! Entertainment and his producing partner, President and COO of POW! Entertainment Gill Champion. With the deal, 1821 Comics, Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment will work together to co-create and co-publish three new books. The first book will be a futuristic and stylized retelling of William Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet tale titled ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR, which will be printed as a beautiful giant-sized coffee table book with the story reinvented by Stan Lee and Terry Dougas.

The announcements were made today during a special unveiling ceremony at the 1821 Comics booth on the New York Comic Con show floor. During the event hosted by Stan Lee and Terry Dougas, 1821 Comics and POW! Entertainment unveiled exclusive artwork, images and the official cover of ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR. ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR will be printed in a stylistic manner with breathtaking imagery. The book will be available in spring 2011.

"I am delighted to be working with Terry, Paris and 1821 to bring audiences and fans around the world a retelling of such a classic tale with ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR," said Stan Lee, Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of POW! Entertainment. "Terry and I have been working on the story and images for over a year and we have kept it secret until today's unveiling with the fans, we are all really excited to bring this project to life!"

Skan Srisuwan is creating the artwork and Max Work is writing for ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR. The book tells the story of two groups of superhuman soldiers who turn the Empire of Verona into 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, who work in tandem to destroy all threats to Verona. With no one left to fight, they have a new enemy, each other.

When a young Montague boy and Capulet girl fall in love, they secretly plan to marry, hoping their union can be what brings peace between the warring factions. But forces beyond their control begin to conspire against them, threatening their love, their lives…and the Empire of Verona. The official artwork from the new book can viewed now at http://www.1821comics.com.

"We are both honored and delighted to launch 1821 Comics today at New York Comic Con with a three book agreement with the iconic storyteller Stan Lee a comic legend and Lee's POW! Entertainment," said Terry Dougas, Co-Owner and Co-Publisher of 1821 Comics. "We look forward to embarking on this journey with Stan to produce and release these three new books. It's been an amazing experience working with Stan and judging from the fan reactions today to ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR, we are hoping that this will be a highly sought-after book and that we do justice to the original masterpiece play."

Stan Lee's producing partner, President and COO of POW! Entertainment Gill Champion commented: "The agreement with 1821 Comics enables Stan and POW! to introduce a new set of storylines and characters to fans and we look forward to bringing the new Romeo and Juliet book to the marketplace next year as we work together to produce the next two projects that Stan and Terry are creating."

"Terry and I are thrilled to launch 1821 Comics this week and couldn't ask for a better business partner than Stan Lee," said Paris Kasidokostas Latsis, Co-Owner and Co-Publisher of 1821 Comics. "At 1821 Comics we want to make comics with great stories and amazing artwork that appeal to all genres and genders alike including Sci Fi, action, horror, children's books and much more."

1821 Comics is in active production on 10 graphic novels which will all be released by the end of 2011. 1821 Comics will develop and release graphic novels with a wide variety of genres for both men and women spawning all age groups from terrifying stories, to Sci Fi tales and children's projects. 1821 Comics is highly devoted to story, content, and art that will move readers from beginning to the end of its books.

1821 has already completed the following three graphic novels which are currently available:

  •     "Abiding Perdition" Written and Created by Nick Schley, co-published with Arcana. In a barren world where looming darkness stretches its prevailing grasp across the land, Little Red is starving humanity's only hope. Yet will her contempt for evil be the catalyst to this demise, or will evil once again spread its hatred?
  •     "Hero Petz" Written by Dale Mettam with art by Juan Fleites, Co-Published with Viper Comics. Action, adventure, and masked crime fighting animals in fun stories that will excite kids and might even have the parents sneaking a look.
  •     "Warlords: Brotherhood" Created by Paris Kasidostas Latsis and Max Work, Written by Max Work, with Art by Anthony Winn. When society crumbles…the Warlords rise.

An advanced media and entertainment company, POW! was founded by Stan Lee, together with award winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property attorney Arthur Lieberman, Esq., to create, produce and license original intellectual properties. POW! Specializes in franchises for the entertainment industry, including animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, video games, merchandising and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. Walt Disney Studios has a first-look deal with POW! For more information, visit http://www.powentertainment.com.

About 1821 Comics
1821 Comics is a new 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 both men and women spawning all age groups. The company is highly devoted to story, content, and artwork that will move readers from beginning to end.

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