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Titan Publishing to Launch WWE Comics

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Titan Publishing has announced its partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment® in the launch of WWE Comics. Over the course of the agreement, 20 issues will be produced and distributed to comic retailers and specialty stores in the US and Canada. The comic’s flagship title will be WWE Heroes featuring WWE Superstars and Divas, with the first issue debuting on March 23, 2010.

The series will take the biggest WWE Superstars and Divas beyond the spotlight of the squared circle and into a brand new fictional universe.

“Each week more than 1.6 million teens watch WWE programming on television in the U.S. This is an important demographic for the comic book industry and vital for a successful launch in the industry,” stated Ned Hartley, Editor, WWE Heroes. “We’ve got some truly amazing stories to tell – our first issue is going to blow you away! The “in-your-face, no-holds-barred” attitude of the WWE works so well as a comic, we just can’t wait for people to see the great surprises that we’ve got in store.”

WWE Heroes series features Superstars Triple H®, Undertaker®, Randy Orton®, Batista®, Shawn Michaels®, Big Show®, John Cena®, CM Punk®, Kane®, Edge®, Chris Jericho®, Matt Hardy®, Rowdy Roddy Piper™, Carlito™, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler® and Kelly Kelly®. The WWE Heroes cycle is written by Keith Champagne, who has penned acclaimed comics such as Justice Society of America, Green Lantern Corps, World War III and Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters.

Issue #1 reveals an eternal rivalry set against the backdrop of the history of WWE. Why is the ruthless Shadow King so obsessed with WWE? What is the reason for his eternal and supernatural war with the Firstborn? And could his ancient opponent really be a member of the WWE roster?

Artwork is provided by comics’ artist, Andy Smith, who has worked as a penciller for major comic publishers such as Marvel, DC, Image, Acclaim, and CrossGen Entertainment.

An alternate cover exclusive to comic stores of issue #1 features a specially-commissioned cover by comics’ artist Liam Sharp, who has worked on titles including Hulk, X-Men, Spider Man, Venom, Gears of War, Superman, Batman, and Spawn: The Dark Ages.

WWE Heroes #1 on-sale March 23rd 2010
Available from all good retailers and specialist comic stores.

For more information on WWE Heroes comic, visit:

http://www.wwecomics.com

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Ned Hartley, editor and Keith Champagne, writer of WWE Heroes comic are both available for interviews. For more information and to book an interview contact Ricky Claydon at Titan Publishing on:
ricky.claydon@titanemail.com

Notes for editors:

* Attached
-Newsstand cover
-Alternate cover
-Four pages of strip

* About Titan Publishing:
Titan Publishing is the largest and most experienced publisher of licensed entertainment properties in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Past and present official titles under the worldwide Titan Magazines umbrella include:
• Alias Magazine • Angel Magazine • Babylon 5 Magazine • Battlestar Galactica Magazine • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Magazine • Charmed Magazine • CSI Magazine • Farscape Magazine • Grey’s Anatomy Magazine • Heroes Magazine • Indiana Jones Magazine • Lost Magazine • Prison Break Magazine • Smallville Magazine • Stargate Magazine • Star Trek Magazine • Star Wars Insider • Supernatural Magazine • Torchwood Magazine • 24 Magazine • Xena Magazine • The X-Files Magazine

One-off movie tie-in titles under the worldwide Titan Magazines umbrella include:
• Alien 3 • Avengers • Barb Wire •Batman •Batman Returns • Batman Forever • Batman & Robin • Fantastic Four • GoldenEye • Hellboy • Independence Day • The Island of Dr Moreau • Judge Dredd • Jurassic Park • Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World • King Kong • Madagascar • Planet of the Apes • Shrek 2 • Spawn • Spider-Man • Spider-Man 2 • Starship Troopers • Star Trek Generations • Star Trek First Contact • Star Trek Insurrection • Terminator Salvation • Tomb Raider • Tomorrow Never Dies • Twister • X-Files Movie • X-Men 2

Past and present titles under the UK-only Titan Comics umbrella include:
• Batman Legends • Dreamworks Tales • Futurama Comics • Indiana Jones Comic • Simpsons Comics • SpongeBob SquarePants Comic • Star Trek Comic • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic • Superman Legends • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic • Terminator Salvation Comic • Transformers Comic • Wallace & Gromit Comic

For more information on Titan Publishing’s titles, visit:
Magazines – http://titanmagazines.com
Comics – http://titancomicsuk.com
Pre-School – http://titantots.com

* About WWE Heroes comic editor, Ned Hartley
A comic book editor with experience publishing originated and reprint UK comics. Previous titles include: Batman Legends Comic, Simpsons Comic, SpongeBob SquarePants Comic, Superman Legends Comic and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic.

* About WWE Heroes comic writer, Keith Champagne
Keith Champagne is an American comic artist, who has also moved into writing, and is best known for his work at DC Comics.

Titles he has contributed to (as writer) include: Justice Society of America, Green Lantern Corps, and World War III. Recently he wrote Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters, with the license subsequently acquired by Dynamite Entertainment.

Upcoming work includes Ghostbusters for IDW Publishing and The Mighty, a creator-owned title for DC Comics, co-written with Peter Tomasi.

For more information on Keith Champagne, visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Champagne

* About WWE Heroes comic artist, Andy Smith
Andy Smith has been working as a professional artist since 1991. Mostly working in the field of comic books for major publishers such as Marvel, DC, Image, Acclaim and CrossGen Entertainment.

For more information on Andy Smith, visit:

http://www.andysmithart.com/

* About WWE Heroes comic artist, Liam Sharp
Liam Sharp made his debut in the 1980s for the famous science-fiction magazine 2000 AD. He drew the famous mini-series Death’s Head II for Marvel UK and has worked in the US on titles as diverse as X-Men, Spider-Man, Man-Thing, Superman, Batman, and Spawn: The Dark Ages.

More recently, Sharp has set up his own company specializing in alternative independent comics. This saw the launch of the critically acclaimed and award-winning anthology, Mam Tor: Event Horizon. Sharp went on to illustrate the controversial and critically well-received DC Vertigo comic Testament, and the Countdown-related title, Lord Havok and The Extremists. He is now providing the art for the Wildstorm title based on the video game Gears of War.

For more information on Liam Sharp, visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liam_Sharp

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