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Review: The Beatles in Comics

The Beatles in Comics

I remember the first time I heard of the Beatles. It was when I discovered vinyl for the firs time. I was six years old and enamored with the way they looked. One of my parents many records in their collection was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club. When my Mom first put the record on there was no more distinct and beautiful a sound than that first spark you hear when the needle touches the record. When the music came on Ringo’s drumming and Paul and John’s vocals sounded like nothing I ever heard before.

I instantly understood why these luminaries influenced so many artists to this day. As the magic of “Yesterday,” says all you need to know of how poetic they were and for the surviving members, still are. Their dexterity when it came to speak to tapping on the nerve of the times and still making these songs timeless, is almost unfair. Their combined talents are enough to day for a supergroup. In this collection of stories and practical love letters to the group, Beatles In Comics, gives fans, a rare rendering of who these men were and are, and how hey still leave an indelible mark on music fans everywhere.

In” John, Paul & George,” we get to see how the initial band was formed. These three young men became a band and friends over their love of music. In “Astrid Kirchher,” we get to know the photographer who took their first professional photos and her impression of each band member. In “The Man who refused to sign the Beatles,” we find out about Mike Smith and how he thought they would not amount to much outside of Liverpool. In “The Queen’s Rebels,” we get a personal account of the very first time they played in front of Queen Elizabeth. In “The Ed Sullivan Show,” we get to see first hand how Beatlemania had taken over America and how they were one of Sullivan’s most popular guests. In “Yesterday,” we find about the genesis of this eternally loved song, one which has created many pale covers. In “The Beatles and Elvis,” talks about this rare meeting of the titans at Graceland.  In “New Musical Horizons,” we find out about the group’s experimenting with drugs, specifically LSD. In “Goodbye Brian,” the band loses their longtime manager and who was considered the “Fifth Beatle” as he is found dead at his house. As they struggle to move forward and record their first flop of an album. In “Yoko Ono,” John meets his soulmate and muse, Yoko, as this is also what lead ultimately to their breakup. In the last story I will highlight, “Post Beatles,” we find out what exactly happened to each member after their breakup and just how fractured their relationships became.

Overall, an engrossing and articulate collection of stories which captures the spirit of the group and the love the world had for them. The stories by Michels Mabel are well researched and endearing. The art by the different artists gives fans a gorgeous kaleidoscope of images to see the band through. Altogether, one of the best books about this gifted group and just how they affected everyone around them.

Story: Michels Mabel
Art: Lu-K, Vox, Anne Sophie Servantie, Ludivine Stock, Amandine Puntous, Romuald Gleyse, Julien Lamanda, Efix, Pierre Brallon, Ben Lebegue, Anthony Audibert, Bloop, Victor Gimenez, Akita, Laurent Houssin, Richard Di Martino, Piero Ruggeri et Filipo Neri, Martin Trystram, Clement Baloup, Edwna Cosmet et Christophe Billard, Patrick Lacan, Virginie De Lambert, Joel Alessandra and Odile Santi

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

SDCC 2018: Titan Comics Announces The Beatles Yellow Submarine Limited Edition Box Set!

At San Diego Comic-Con, Titan Comics announced The Beatles Yellow Submarine Limited Edition Box Set, limited to 1968 copies, contains the following items: the critically acclaimed Yellow Submarine graphic novel, a 6.5-inch Yellow Submarine figurine/vinyl, 16 Yellow Submarine lobby cards plus four Yellow Submarine posters (based on the originals), five Beatles badges, a replica Yellow Submarine movie premiere ticket, and an exclusive art card signed by Bill Morrison. This 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is lavishly presented in a beautifully illustrated box.

The box set will be available October 10, 2018.

The Beatles Yellow Submarine Graphic Novel Gets a Trailer

Titan Comics has released a brand-new The Beatles Yellow Submarine graphic novel adaptation to tie-in with the 50th Anniversary of the release of The Beatles iconic animated film, Yellow Submarine.

The Beatles are recruited by the Captain of the Yellow Submarine to help him free Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the world of Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies.

Written and illustrated by Bill Morrison, with colors by Nathan Kane, this fully authorized graphic novel adaptation hits stores on August 28, 2018.

Fashion Spotlight: All You Need is Hakuna Matata, Harry Love, Select Your Ninja

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Fashion Spotlight: Guardian ET’s, Super Brick Bros., English Walkers

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Syco Entertainment & IM Global Partner on The Fifth Beatle Film

the fifth beatleProlific independent entertainment studio IM Global, acclaimed writer Vivek J. Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment have announced they will partner to co-produce the feature film version of The Fifth Beatle.  The screenplay, written by Tiwary, is an adaptation of  his acclaimed graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.

The Fifth Beatle is a New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novel that recounts the true story of Brian Epstein, the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool and guided them to unimaginable success.  But it’s also the story of how Epstein, of whom Paul McCartney said, “if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian,”  overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and personal demons  while bringing the Beatles to the world’s attention and kicking off a cultural revolution in the process.

Tiwary, Cowell and IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford will serve as producers, and have already secured an unprecedented agreement with Sony/ATV Publishing for the use of Beatles music to be used in the film. IM Global President of Production Matt Jackson, President of IM Global Music David Schulhof, and Syco  Entertainment’s Head of Film Adam Milano will serve as executive producers. The producers also anticipate bringing a director onboard shortly.

Tiwary wrote the graphic novel, which was published by Dark Horse Comics, with art created by award-winning artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle BakerThe Fifth Beatle has  won many major literary awards, including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award (the comics industry’s Academy Award) and two Harvey Awards (the comics industry’s Golden Globes), including Best Original Graphic Album. It was named a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, and has been added to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives Permanent Collection.

This is a bit if a restart for the film which was announced as having director Peyton Reed attached in 2013 and was to begin production in 2014. Casting was reportedly underway at one point.

The graphic novel is a wonderful read, and you can read a review here.

Fashion Spotlight: Kingslayer, Let it (Zom)Be, and Ziggy Starlord

Ript Apparel has three designs that mix music with some geeky goodness. Kingslayer, Let it (Zom)Be, and Ziggy Starlord from alex.pawlicki, vo_maria, Piercek25 will be for sale on December 30, 2014 only!

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The Break-Up Director Peyton Reed To Direct The Fifth Beatle Film!!!

The Fifth BeatleIt was announced that Peyton Reed has signed on to direct The Fifth Beatle, the film adaptation of the recently released New York Times best-selling graphic novel chronicling the final years of The Beatles’ founder and manager, Brian Epstein. The film is being produced by Academy Award winning producer, Bruce Cohen and Tony Award winning producer, Vivek J. Tiwary who authored the graphic novel. This marks the first ever feature film about The Beatles to secure music rights to their songs granting unprecedented access to the Lennon/McCartney music catalog. The screenplay is written by Tiwary, the project is slated to begin production in 2014 and the casting of the Brian Epstein role will begin now that Reed is on board.

Reed’s big screen debut came in 2000 with the cheerleading sleeper hit, Bring It On. The film grossed $90 million worldwide, opening at number one and staying in the top 10 for seven weeks. Following the success of Bring It On, Reed was at the helm of 2003’s cult favorite Down With Love, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, and The Break-Up, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, in 2006, which debuted at #1 and has grossed over $203 million globally. Most recently, in 2008, Reed directed Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey. The film opened number one at the box office, bringing in $18.3 million on opening weekend, and eventually grossing over $225 million worldwide.

The Fifth Beatle recounts the untold true story of Epstein, the brilliant visionary who discovered The Beatles and helped guide the band to international stardom as their manager, securing their first record deal at a time when no one else was interested, and successfully bringing them to the world stage with a scale and scope no music impresario had ever attempted. Epstein’s boast—“The Beatles will be bigger than Elvis!”— seemed absurd in 1961, but proved humbly prophetic by 1967. When he died at the age of 32, he was an extremely successful artist manager and entertainment impresario, but a painfully lonely young man.

You can read our review of the graphic novel here.

Review: The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

The Fifth BeatleThe Fifth Beatle is the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided the Beatles—from their gigs in a tiny cellar in Liverpool to unprecedented international stardom. Yet more than merely the story of “The Man Who Made The Beatles,” The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Brian Epstein was homosexual when it was a felony to be so in the United Kingdom, Jewish at a time of anti-Semitism, and from Liverpool when it was considered just a dingy port town. He helped spread the Beatles’ message of love to the entire world, yet died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two, consumed by staggering ambition and the endless struggles that came with it.

I should start off to say I became a fan of the Beatles later in life and didn’t know at all who Brian Epstein was, so I went into the graphic novel pretty blank in what I could expect and what the story would be about. Writer Vivek Tiwary has put together a masterful and touching story that takes us through history with a narrative that’s not completely shackled by it. And by doing so, he gives us a graphic novel that’s a lesson in business, perseverance and an amazing human interest story that’s tragic and uplifting at the same time. It’s a story of what one person can make happen when they’re determined to do so and that anyone can dream big.

Tiwary pulls off an amazing balance that digs into Epstein’s personal life, mixing it with his experience managing the Beatles. Throughout it tugs at your heart strings while also showing off the excitement of the time and how amazing the Beatles were. While the story makes sure to point out the outsider status Epstein was in his personal life, it at no point becomes preachy, instead it fills you with a sadness over what he must have gone through. It’s a fantastic mix creating an entertaining and insightful historical account.

Joining Tiwary for the graphic novel is Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker on art and both just add to the package contributing amazing art to a story that’s taken too long to tell. The combination of it all is mesmerizing and creates one of the best graphic novels of the year. The choices in color and art style is well thought out adding to the understanding of the time and narrative. It’s truly an amazing thing that’ll have you linger on each page staring at the art long after you’ve finished reading the words.

Both heartbreaking and uplifting, The Fifth Beatle not only reveals an important, unsung chapter in the history of the Beatles—but it will inspire anyone who’s ever dared to believe in a dream. Brian Epstein’s story has been a long time coming, but this is so good, it’s been well worth the wait. This will go down as a must read graphic novel for it’s style and narrative, but also as a must read for Beatles history.

Story: Vivek J. Tiwary Art: Andrew C. Robinson, Kyle Baker
Story: 9.75 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The Fifth Beatle Launches With Events in New York City and Miami

With The Fifth Beatle hitting store shelves hitting shelves on November 19th,  the writer/producer Vivek Tiwary will be making some special launch-week appearances.

Tiwary will be making two appearances in New York City, one November 18 at Barnes and Noble and the other at Forbidden Planet on November 20.

Monday November 18, 2013 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
82nd & Broadway

2289 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Vivek Tiwary in conversation with Dave Marsh, founding editor of seminal rock magazine CREEM, pop culture critic and historian.

Wednesday November, 20th 6:00PM
Fifth Beatle SIGNING w/ Vivek Tiwary at FORBIDDEN PLANET NYC
Forbidden Planet
Broadway – between 13th and 12th

832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Vivek is thrilled to be signing at the shop where he’s been buying his comics since he was a kid!  If you can’t make it, signed copies are also available through the Forbidden Planet website.

Vivek will also be appearing in a panel Saturday, November 23 11am at the Miami Book Fair : Making Music with Comics: Ed Piskor on Hip Hop Family Tree and Vivek J. Tiwary on The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, with Peter Bagge and Paul Pope. Moderated by Joan Hilty.

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