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Knights of the Living Dead – Zombies in King Arthurs Court from SLG Publishing

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Zombies Invade King Arthur’s Court
Knight of the Living Dead from SLG Publishing is Digital First Release

SAN JOSE, CA – 10/31/2011 – The dead have risen and they are walking in the time of King Arthur’s Round Table,  and one knight cursed with the “Walking Starvation” is one very close to Arthur and his court. So goes the premise of the new comic book series Knights of the Living Dead by Ron Wolfe and Dustin Higgins.

Knights of the Living Dead #1 coverKnights of the Living Dead goes beyond its zombie comic mash-up exterior to present a a Young Adult adventure tale that goes deep into the essence of what it means to be human.  “When Ron Wolfe first showed me his short story, Knights of the Living Dead I immediately loved it.” said Dustin Higgins, who is no stranger to stories featuring the undead as the co-creator and illustrator of SLG’s Pinocchio Vampire Slayer “Ron continues to surprise me with his stories that seem to pull at you like quicksand.”

Wolfe crafted his monsters to beyond the surface frights and steeped them in a central message.  In Knights of the Living Dead the message might be that, if you’re waiting for someone else to come along and save the day – don’t. Zombies aren’t after us: Zombies are in charge of us.”

Knights of the Living Dead is being serialized digitally as part of SLG Publishing’s digital first initiative and Wolfe, a newspaper writer by trade, supports the idea of making initial inroads through digital distribution “SLG’s digital-release plan makes sense. It extends the market with the latest technology to reach the newest generation of readers.”

As the artist of the series Higgins sees other advantages to digital “Knights of the Living Dead is my first attempt at drawing an entire book digitally. So when people purchase the book to read on their computer, or iPad or other device of choice they are, in a sense, looking at the originals… as much as they exist.” he also went on to point out the potential benefit to consumers “You get the story at a much cheaper price than you would the print version and if you decide the story is awesome enough you’d like to have a physical copy, you can still get that at some point”.

Knights of the Living Dead is currently available at the SLG Publishing digital store in three formats ePub, .cbz and .pdf (www.slgcomic.com/eyemelt) as well as at the iTunes store and will be coming soon to Comixology, iVerse and Graphicly for sale through those readers as well as to BN.com for Nook and Nook Color. Issue #1 is a free download, each subsequent issue will be 99¢.

Pinocchio Vampire Slayer Returns For Another Round From SLG Publishing

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Pinocchio Vampire Slayer Returns
The Great Puppet Theater Digs Deeper Into Little Wooden Slayer

San Jose, CA – 8/16/2010 – More Lies! More Vampires! More…Puppets.

Pinocchio The little wooden vampire slayer returns in an all new adventure from SLG Publishing.  Pinocchio: The Great Puppet Theater features more danger, more deceit, and truckloads more nose-shanked vampire. The much anticipated sequel to critically acclaimed graphic novel Pinocchio Vampire Slayer, follows the little wooden boy’s ongoing quest to find and kill the head vampire while he kills as many of his undead minions as he can along the way.
Now with an undead Master Cherry and the addition of his long lost marionette family in tow, Pinocchio might just be closer to getting his greatest wish granted than he ever thought possible. But, WHICH wish? And will Pinocchio’s life ever be the same afterwards? Both writer Van Jensen and artist Dustin Higgins raise the stakes as they reunite to continue the story of Pinocchio based on the legendary original version of the story by Carlo Collodi. “Collodi’s story is so rich that, if we wanted, we could fill dozens of books up with adventures spinning from his world,” says Jensen. “The challenge then really is in choosing the right pieces of his story to incorporate into ours without going overboard. While our story certainly spins off into totally different directions, I like to think it keeps up the tone of Collodi’s Pinocchio.”

It was midway through scripting the first graphic novel that Jensen had an idea about a larger mythos involving Pinocchio and the vampires.  “The trick with that book was to allude to a larger story while keeping it self contained, because we didn’t know if it would be popular enough to support a second volume. Thankfully fans really took to the story, and so now we’re able to explore this larger adventure.”

Volume one of Pinocchio was released to critical acclaimed and praised for its clever use of the concept. Named one of the top 10 Great Graphic Novel for teens by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Volume one remains in print and has become one of SLG Publishing’s great success stories.

Pinocchio: The Great Puppet Theater is a 176 page, $14.95 graphic novel written by Van Jensen and illustrated by Dustin Higgins. Scheduled for an October 2010 release from SLG Publishing Pinocchio Vampire Slayer Vol 2 will be available at better comics and bookstores as well as at Amazon.com and the publisher’s own website. A ten page preview appears on the SLG Website.

Pinocchio Vampire Slayer Vol Two: The Great Puppet Theater
isbn: 978-1-59362-2-039
Price: $14.95
Written by Dustin Higgins and Van Jensen
Illustrated by Dustin Higgins
Shipping: October 2010

Established in 1986, SLG Publishing is a San Jose, California-based publisher of comic books, graphic novels and related merchandise. Some of SLG’s more notable comics and creators have included Johnny the Homicidal Maniacby Jhonen Vasquez, Milk and Cheese by Evan Dorkin and Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks.
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