A free preview of Robert Kirkman’s Super Dinosaur will launch via comiXology, the leading digital comics distributor, on Wednesday, February 23, 2011.
Super Dinosaur is the story of Derek Dynamo, age 10 and his best friend, a genetically-altered 9-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex, who team up to save the world. Kirkman, author of The Walking Dead, previously announced that that he will release the first full issue of Super Dinosaur – digitally and in print – on April 1, 2011.
“Kirkman’s imagination seems to have no boundaries and Super Dinosaur really shows his range of creativity,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “This will be a great series that the whole family can enjoy and we look forward to giving our community a sneak peek of it.”
Kirkman describes the book as “a Pixar movie on paper” and has wanted to create a children’s book for a long time. Super Dinosaur will be published under Kirkman’s own Image Comics imprint, SKYBOUND. The free preview will be available February 23rd, the first issue will be available April 20th and the second issue will be Kirkman’s choice for Free Comic Book Day on May 7, 2011.
2010 was a big year for Kirkman and The Walking Dead. Besides the overwhelming success of the AMC TV series based on the books, The Walking Dead compendiums occupy 5 of the Top Ten Bestselling Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks of 2010; the comic series also won the Will Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series in 2010.
ABOUT ROBERT KIRKMAN:
Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author known for being the cultural zeitgeist of the comic book industry. Following the grassroots success of the self-published Battle Pope (2000), Kirkman caught the eye of Image Comics founding partner Erik Larsen. After several short-term projects (SuperPatriot and TechJacket), he achieved superstar status in 2003 with Invincible and The Walking Dead. During a subsequent stint at Marvel Comics, he gained many new fans with the haunting and hilarious Marvel Zombies. MTV translated Kirkman’s Invincible into a motion comic — one of the first in a growing industry trend. Kirkman’s SKYBOUND imprint, under the Image Comics umbrella, is committed to fostering up-and-coming talent in the industry, and all acquisitions are hand-picked by Kirkman himself. Kirkman won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series for The Walking Dead. AMC’s interpretation of the comic, helmed by Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd, has received glowing reviews from critics and fans alike, and continues to garner the highest ratings for the network, making it a game changer for groundbreaking television on cable.
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A division of Image Comics founded in July 2010, SKYBOUND is helmed by Robert Kirkman, who handpicks and publishes up-and-coming comic creators for publication and development. Kirkman and SKYBOUND management maintain an active role in the promotion and expansion of their talent pool’s projects, and artist and company alike will be fully vested in the development of their properties into new mediums (e.g. television, film) globally. The first SKYBOUND Original, Witch Doctor, will be published in early 2011, and will be followed by a collaboration between Kirkman and Nick Spencer (Morning Glories) entitled Thief of Thieves.
Since 2007 comiXology has been developing the technological infrastructure to bring comics into the digital mainstream and expose new audiences to the rich history and culture of the industry. Through partnerships with top comic book publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, Image Comics and TOKYOPOP as well as their own mobile and web apps which hosts over 6000 digital titles, comiXology has become a leader in digital comic book proliferation. Also focused on creating strong ties with retail stores through its technology solutions, comiXology continues to transform the previously fragmented comic ecosystem into a vibrant and cohesive marketplace.