Elvis Presley Celebrated By Premiere Global Comic Book Artists

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Inspiration for art to come from Elvis’ music, movies, personal sense of style and the archives at Graceland creating a historic visual experience for fans of both Elvis and comic book art.

“Elvis Presley transcended every entertainment medium he touched, from music to movies to concerts, and now to graphic novels,” stated Liquid Comics Co-Founder & CEO, Sharad Devarajan.

Liquid Comics announced today that they have licensed the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley from Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. to produce a unique illustrated anthology of original artwork inspired by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The book, entitled “Graphic Elvis,” will combine rare quotes, photos, memorabilia and even notes written by Elvis himself with original pieces of artwork by leading international graphic novel artists.

With a release date timed to commemorate the 2012 35th anniversary of his death, “Graphic Elvis” will be an illustrated homage to Elvis’ lifelong appreciation of comic books. This was one of the sources of inspiration for his unique sense of personal style and his fashion choices both on and off the stage.

Elvis shared the impact of comic books on his life in his famous acceptance speech for the 1971 Top Ten Outstanding Men of America award. “When I was a child ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books and I was the hero of the comic book…so every dream that I’ve dreamed has come true a hundred times,” he said.

In the same way comic books inspired Elvis, this book will enable today’s premiere comic book artists to find inspiration from Elvis’ treasured archives at Graceland, creating a unique visual experience for his millions of fans. Acclaimed graphic novel artists, Paul Pope, Greg Horn, Jeevan Kang and Mukesh Singh will join dozens of artists being recruited from around the world to portray the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in unprecedented visual styles. Beyond the original illustrations, the book will also feature numerous hand-written notes and musings, rarely seen by the public and written in the margins of various books owned by Elvis.

“Elvis Presley transcended every entertainment medium he touched, from music to movies to concerts, and now to graphic novels,” stated Liquid Comics Co-Founder & CEO, Sharad Devarajan. “We are honored to be working with EPE, Inc. on this iconic celebration of Elvis’ legacy. Through his personal reflections and archives we hope to allow Elvis’ creativity to be channeled through the inspiring visuals from some of the most acclaimed creators in graphic fiction.”

“We are very excited to work with Liquid Comics on such a unique book that we are certain Elvis’ fans are going to love,” added Carol Butler, Vice President of Worldwide Licensing for EPE. “The images we’ve seen so far do an amazing job of representing the spirit, the energy and the passion of Elvis that continues to create new fans around the world today. We can’t wait to see what fantastic imagery will be created by the time the book is completed.”

The illustrated, oversized coffee-table book will be released in stores early April of 2012, with a more immersive digital iPad edition also planned for release later that year. The book will be edited by Devarajan and Liquid Comics Co-Founder, Gotham Chopra.

However, a premium hardcover, collectors edition, priced at $195 and limited to only 2,500 copies worldwide, is currently available for pre-order to be shipped early for this years holiday season in December 2011. More details are available at http://www.elvis.com/GraphicElvis and at http://GraphicElvis.com/

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