Hercules to be Unveiled at Comic Con 2010
(Los Angeles) Los Angeles sculptor, Chris Ingram has been commissioned by graphic novel giant, Radical Publishing to create the Companyâ€™s very first limited edition statue of their most popular hero, Hercules. More information on how to purchase this collectible and photos will be available after the unveiling in July, 2010.
For Immediate Release
RADICAL PUBLISHING TO UNVEIL
BRONZE HERCULES STATUE
AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON
July 15, 2010, Los Angeles, CA â€“ For San Diego Comic-Con International 2010, Radical Publishing and Radical Toyz are pleased to unveil their very first bronze, limited edition statue on display at Radical Publishingâ€™s panel on Thursday, July 22nd at 2:00 P.M. in room #32AB and later the Radical Publishing booth #3735 from July 22nd â€“ 25th at the San Diego Convention Center. The statue is based on the iconic cover art by comic book hall of famer, Jim Steranko, for HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS. Radical Toyz commissioned artist Chris Ingram to bring to life the art that represents Radicalâ€™s flagship title. The statue, cast in bronze, will stand 20 inches in height and is cast in solid bronze with a solid marble base.
For this extremely limited run, Radical Toyz will pour only 25 casts of the statue. Of these, three will be studio proofs and two will be artistâ€™s proofs. The remaining 20 will be available for purchase, with each one numbered and signed by the artist. Furthermore, each statue will come with a watermark Certificate of Authenticity signed by Ingram, as well as Radical Publishingâ€™s President and Publisher, Barry Levine and Executive Vice President, Jesse Berger. Each statue will then be individually wrapped in suede, carefully nestled in a hand-poured clamshell and placed in an exquisitely crafted brass handled wooden box. The box will also contain four color-glossy pictures of Radical Publishingâ€™s famous Grecian hero as envisioned and created for the graphic novel by artist, Jim Steranko.
â€œThis image by Jim Steranko is more to me than just a piece of artwork,â€ states Levine. â€œBesides being created by one of the greatest living artists, it was the first image for our debut comic title. Matter of fact, it holds such a special place for me, that I had it tattooed on my arm! Hercules was also our first project to be sold as a major motion picture. This maquette is reflective of what Radical is doing with our characters in regards to merchandising.â€
Ingram adds â€œThe wonderful part about working with Radical is that they have a specific message that they communicate in their art and this makes it easier for a sculptor. No one does â€˜facesâ€™ like Radical! This is true with all of their graphic novels- the emotion and the realism is unlike other publishers today. The guys at Radical have backgrounds in many art fields like photography and film so they understand that a face is not just a hole poked in clay to make an eye. I am just so happy to be a part of it!â€
About Chris Ingram
While working towards a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Sculpture, Chris Ingram was introduced to the process of lost wax bronze. Under the direction of sculptor, Robert Gottschall, Chris prepared clay and wax sculpture molds and watched his first castings come to life. Ingram is also an award winning art director for music videos and high profile print campaigns. He has also worked as a special effects artist for Fox Sports and Disney and worked as an interactive director for Activision.com, FoxKids.com, AllSports.com and Playboy.com.
About Radical Publishing
Radical Publishing is founded by Barry Levine (producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir, Oblivion, The Last Days of American Crime, Legends, Damaged and executive producer for the in-development Rex Mundi movie for Warner Bros., written by Jim Uhls and starring Johnny Depp) and entrepreneur Jesse Berger (executive producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir, Oblivion, The Last Days of American Crime, Legends and Damaged).
For their quality and excellence in 2008, Radical Publishing was granted the Gem Award for â€œBest New Publisher of the Yearâ€ from Diamond Comic Distributors. Radical brings the best writing, storytelling, and fully painted cover and interior art to the global comic book market, from prominent international talents such as Yoshitaka Amano, Keith Arem, Rain Beredo, Marc Bernardin, John Bolton, Darren Lynn Bousman, Ron L. Brinkerhoff, Bing Cansino, Matt Cirulnick, Tomm Coker, Clayton Crain, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Flint Dille, Marko Djurdjevic, Ian Edginton, Warren Ellis, James Farr, Adam Freeman, E. Max Frye, Antoine Fuqua, Justin Gray, Paul Gulacy, David Hine, Taka Ichise, Joseph Kosinski, Clint Langley, Adam Lawson, David Lapham, Richard Lee, Rob Levin, David Liss, Alex Maleev, Leonardo Manco, David Manpearl, Stephan MartiniÃ¨re, Francesco “Matt” Mattina, Peter Milligan, Steve Moore, Arvid Nelson, Wayne Nichols, Steve Niles, Jimmy Palmiotti, Nick Percival, Troy Peteri, Vincent Proce, Steve Pugh, Patrick Reilly, Rick Remender, Terry Rossio, Luis Royo, Nick Sagan, Kirsi Salonen, Sam Sarkar, Stjepan Sejic, M. Zachary Sherman, Bill Sienkiewicz, Wesley Snipes, Jim Steranko, Arthur Suydam, Patrick Tatopoulos, J.P. Targete, Greg Tocchini, Andree Wallin, Rich Wilkes, Dave Wilkins, Concept Art House, Haberlin Studios, Meduzarts Digital Environment Studio, Weta Workshop, Zombie Studios, and many more.
Currently, Radical Publishing has production deals with Spyglass Entertainment and Peter Bergâ€™s Film 44 for Hercules, with Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil for Caliber, New Regency and Bryan Singerâ€™s Bad Hat Harry Productions for Freedom Formula as well as Ron Howard and Brian Grazerâ€™s Imagine Entertainment for Legends.
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