A new line of kids graphic novels has launched today for iPhone and iPad from Hound Comics, including MY FAVORITE GIANT, about being Chewbacca and being tall by Peter and Angie Mayhew with art by Terry Naughton. There seems to be something terrifying about this so it fits in with the spirit of the season.
Hound Comics, Inc. President and CEO William ‘Brimstone’ Kucmierowski announced earlier today that the Hound Kids Division will have its official launch on October 31, 2011 – the one year anniversary of the launch of their flagship brand, ‘Brimstone and The Borderhounds’. Just in time for the holidays, the launch will offer the worldwide release of its four initial titles on B&N.com and Amazon. “The Hound Kids line up will consist of some very heavy-hitters within the world of entertainment.” says Hound’s Director of Operations, Etan Wish. Leading the celebrity based lineup is everyone’s favorite Wookiee, Peter ‘Chewbacca’ Mayhew. The Peter & Angie Mayhew Collection present the combined efforts of the man behind the iconic Star Wars character and his long time wife Angie. “We are proud to offer the ‘My Favorite Giant’ and ‘Growing Up Giant’ books to the public… what’s cooler for a Star Wars fan than being able to share a character they love with their children, while offering a positive message at the same time.” says Kucmierowski. ‘My Favorite Giant’ features the artwork of former seventeen year Disney animator, “Terry Naughton” who has had a large part in the animating of major characters including the Beast, Genie, Zazu and King Triton to name only a few. ‘Growing Up Giant’ features the art of Dawn DuJour who makes her debut on a grand scale.
Hound is extremely excited for their acquisition of Rich Arons who is best known for his work on Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Freakazoid and the legendary He-Man. Arons’ title, “Turbie the Turtle-Duck” will be among the four children’s titles available at month’s end. “Although Rich has lent his talents to so many successful projects over the years… we feel as though ‘Turbie’ is the perfect character to appease fans of Arons’ past while grabbing the attention of new fans that will quickly define and solidify his place within pop-culture history.” says Jerry Cates of Hound Publishing. Rounding up the explosive lineup is the first offering to the much anticipated, “Border-Pups” series. The Border-Pups are the juvenile versions of everyone’s favorite Borderhounds while each book teaches children an array of positive messages. “Border-Pups: CrashBat” features the illustrations of Theresa Finnelli with vivid colors by Thiago Castro. The series is authored by the talented Courtney Freeman who is currently putting the finishing touches on the next two Border-Pups books as of press time.
Hound Comics, Inc. has also announced that each of the titles will be made available in application format for the iPhone and iPad via their partnership with developers, “Blue Rocket Labs.” “We are looking to make each of the Hound Kids titles interactive in order to make each child’s experience memorable, fun and unique!” says Mike Hovland of Blue Rocket Labs. Continuing the trend of Hound branded products for children, Hound Comics, Inc. and Little Brass Bird have partnered in the release of the “Little Brass Borderhounds” plush toy collection. The plush toys consist of three major characters including Brimstone, Luscious and female Borderhound, Sasha. “We love the response we are receiving concerning the ‘Little Brass Borderhounds’ since their debut a couple of weeks ago.” says Marcello Carnevali, Hound Comics, Inc. VP. “While as of now our team is in talks with a handful of very recognizable retail chains concerning potential purchase orders, fans can look forward to picking them up at any appearance while we are on tour.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.