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Comic Preview:
CrossGen's Tales of the Realm
By Brian Jacks


What's the best dragon to ride to work? Is sharing a dressing room next to a sludge troll fun?

What if everything we knew about myth and fantasy were real? Readers will find out on September 3rd when MVCreations -- through CrossGen's CGE imprint -- presents TALES OF THE REALM, a six-issue mini-series that fuses the elements of sword and sorcery with the familiar hustle and bustle of modern life.

Set in Hollywood, this light-hearted adventure follows the lives of three characters that star in the hit TV show, Tales of the Realm. Now in its seventh season, Realm is one of the top rated TV shows in all the land, but sadly, the actors get paid squat and toil in horrible working conditions. To make matters worse, a troll is suing the studio because he thinks Realm is portraying his race in a negative light! Those anti-trollite jerks! How will our trio solve this dead-end dilemma...and make the jump to big-time movies?

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"From the get go, we tried to do something that was different than what you normally see in comics," said MVCreations Marketing Director Jonboy Meyers. "We set TALES OF THE REALM in a world that has everything our world today has around us, but with a fantasy twist. Orcs are Hollywood agents, ogres are blue-collar workers, and dragons... well, dragons are airplanes."

"Wanting to create a series that's unique -- and above all else, fun for any reader -- we came up with a concept that puts a unique twist on the fantasy story," stated MVCreations President Val Staples. "When it came time to bring the series to life, we wanted to make sure it captured all the comedy and tragedy that this kind of book would contain... well, mostly comedy."

"Writer Robert Kirkman was the obvious choice to deliver the humor," continued Staples. "Robert has an incredible grasp of comedic timing and knows how to write believable characters that fit into this environment. Next to his Invincible stuff, it's his best writing to date! Penciling the series is MVCreations Art Director Matt Tyree. Matt brings a very refreshing style to the series creates the perfect tone for the story."

"TALES OF THE REALM is an absolute blast to work on!" exclaimed Kirkman. "The concept by Val and Matt is absolutely brilliant, and to be quite honest... I wish I had come up with it; there literally is nothing out there today that is quite like it. There's just so much potential with this stuff to go into so many different directions. Honestly, if anyone has half as much fun reading this comic as I do writing it, it's going to be bigger than Watchmen... that's right... bigger than Watchmen! Readers have to be crazy not to pick up this book, and even that's not a valid excuse!"

"I couldn't imagine working on anything but TALES OF THE REALM," added Tyree. "Val and I developed the idea back in '99 to be a fun, creative story. It's my baby and all time favorite pet project! With the addition of Robert as the writer, the story can't get much better. Every script I read makes me laugh out loud. And Mike Garcia's colors are just amazing! I'm enjoying this book immensely and can't wait to see where the story takes us! If you want to be entertained and laugh your ass off, this is definitely the book for you!"

TALES OF THE REALM #1 goes on sale September 3rd, and can be ordered in the CrossGen section of the July Diamond Previews catalog. Just watch out for the orcs, trolls, ogres and dragons.


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