Thursday, February 4, 2016

Motley Crue and Russell Wilson Comics

You knew it had to happen. Motley Crue coming off the road opens the door to help preserve their legacy. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the maker of the Motley comic book Darren G Davis. As the Seattle Seahawks finish their football season, the teams leader, quaterback Russell Wilson is the focus of STORM Comics’s comic book treatment. “Fame: Russell Wilson” is released this week. Written by Michael Frizell and art by Angelito Amaro Bernuy and Chris Canibano, “Fame: Russell Wilson” will be available in print and on various digital platforms. Wilson’s meteoric career from college sensation at the University of Wisconsin to star quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, is both inspirational and engaging. Named rookie of the year in 2012, Wilson led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl Victory, forever cementing his reputation as an exemplary athlete well-worth his four-year, $87.6 million contract. “Fame: Russell Wilson” explores his life – his ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies – as he rose to fame. STORM is a multifaceted multimedia production company with the mission of delivering dynamic storytelling in a variety of forms by developing graphic and literary fiction and nonfiction, audio, film, and more. Publisher Darren G. Davis, known for innovative biographical comics and the creator of the fictional “The 10th Muse” and “Insane Jane” comic books, strives to produce graphic fiction that appeals to all readers. “Comic books are an exciting mix of words and pictures,” Davis explained. “Once, I was a reluctant reader, but my attraction to the form was undeniable. I hope that other reluctant readers find the joy I do in reading comic books and graphic novels.” Practicing what he preaches, Davis ensures his publications reach libraries and schools. Writer Michael Frizell, an educator at Missouri State University in Springfield, also discovered the power of comic books at an early age. “When I was in fourth grade, my father moved us from East Brunswick, New Jersey, a bustling city, to Cherryvale, Kansas, a small town surrounded by wheat and corn. I was miserable.” However, a trip to a grocery store changed everything. “My father knew I was bored, so he brought home a giant comic book – called a treasury – published to coincide with the release of Star Wars. I was hooked because I knew how Luke felt,” Frizell said. “I’ve been an avid reader ever since.” The decision to include an athlete like Wilson was an easy one for both Davis and Frizell. “STORM Comics’s mission is to tell compelling stories,” said Davis. “Wilson’s story is certainly compelling.” Frizell agreed. “I’m not a football fan, I’ll admit it,” Frizell continued. “Prior to researching Russell Wilson, the only football biography I ever read was on Joe Namath, but there was something that grabbed me about Wilson’s story. I found him to be fascinating. I’m certain you will, too.” STORM Comics has focused their biographies on previous athletes in the past such as Alex Rodriguez, Jackie Robinson, David Beckham and more. STORM Comics series of biographical comic books have been featured on ESPN, CNN, Sports Illustrated, The Today Show, Fox News, and in Time Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, as well as thousands of other places – places where comics aren’t normally advertised – while carving a unique place for the company in popular culture. Print copies of the titles start at $3.99 and can be ordered at Comic Flea Market via their website, STORM Comics vast catalog of titles can also be downloaded on Scribd, EPIC!, Madefire, BiLo,ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, iTunes, Kindle, Biblioboard, ComicBin, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold. A band known as much for their talent onstage as their antics offstage, Mötley Crüe epitomized the drug-fueled, sex-riddled excess of 1980’s metal acts. In the process, they forged a rock dynasty few other bands have been able to achieve. Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, and Vince Neil became household names, the scourge of the Christian right, and the darlings of the Billboard charts. Out this week is the newest illustrated biography called “Orbit: Mötley Crüe”. Illustrated by Jayfri Hashim and written by Hashim with assistance from Michael Frizell, “Orbit: Mötley Crüe: Livin’ the Fast Life” chronicles the band from their formation to present while highlighting some of the more fanciful aspects of their mythology. Hashim, a native of Singapore, and Frizell, an educator at Missouri State University, have collaborated on several projects. “Jayfri has an enthusiasm for American rock bands unlike anyone I’ve ever met,” said Frizell of his collaborator. “He’s a walking encyclopedia of song lyrics and facts.” Heavy Metal Magazine artist Stefano Cardoselli as well as covers by Jayfri Hashim and Vincenzo Sansone offers three different covers for print. Hashim’s love the American music compelled him to visit the United States this year as he was drawing the book, visiting the famous Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Though Hashim is a lifelong Jon Bon Jovi fan, he recognizes the influence Mötley Crüe had on popular music in the 1980’s. “Their story is fascinating and powerful,” said Hashim. “I’m honored to chronicle their story for Storm Entertainment.” Storm Entertainment is a multifaceted multimedia production company with the mission of delivering dynamic storytelling in a variety of forms by developing graphic and literary fiction and nonfiction, audio, film, and more, and biography comics are important to President and Publisher Darren G. Davis continued. “Comics can promote literacy,” said Davis. “Once, I was a reluctant reader, but comic books fired my imagination, the combination of striking visuals and succinct narration compelled me to learn to read. However, this particular comic book is aimed at adults.” About “Orbit: Mötley Crüe: Livin’ the Fast Life,” Davis, states, “Storm has published well-received biographies of other musicians, such as Bono, Prince, Metallica, and even Miley Cyrus, so why not the iconic bad boys who make up Mötley Crüe?” The “Orbit” series was launched in 2010 and serves as a pop culture companion to Storm Entertainment’s successful “Female Force,” “Political Power,” and “Fame” series. “Orbit: Mötley Crüe: Livin’ the Fast Life” is available for $3.99 on your e-reader from iTunes, Kindle, Nook, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, ComicBin,Axis360, Blio, Entitle, Comicblender, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold. Print copies can be ordered exclusively at

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