It’s official. Cats are our lords and masters, and we shall all bow before their greatest heroes… or at least be able to read about them in the funnybooks.
BOOM! Studios and Dynamite Entertainment today announced that they have selected the creative team to helm their forthcoming Garfield/Grumpy Cat crossover.
Writing chores will be handled by Mark Evanier, who won multiple Emmy awards for his work on the Garfield and Friends television show, while art will be taken over by Steve Yuy, a veteran of mainstream titles such as Avengers: The Initiative.
The limited series will debut in comic shops the first week of August, and will feature a broad slate of variant and incentive covers.
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MARK EVANIER AND STEVE UY ANNOUNCED AS CREATIVE TEAM FOR GRUMPY CAT/GARFIELD, THE EXCITING CROSSOVER FROM DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT AND BOOM! STUDIOS
The Epic Face-Off for Finickiest Feline Finds its Way to Stores This August!
May 24, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ:
This summer, the world’s foremost finicky felines will come face-to-face in the epic crossover, Grumpy Cat/Garfield, as three-time Emmy Award nominee Mark Evanier (Garfield and Friends) steps back into the paws of the most iconic cat in comics for this three-part mini-series worthy of more than just nine lives! Joined by artist Steve Uy (Avengers: The Initiative), Grumpy Cat/Garfield will pounce its way into stores August 2, 2017!
Thanks to an exclusive partnership between Dynamite Entertainment and BOOM! Studios’ award-winning imprint, KaBOOM!, Jim Davis’ iconic comic strip cat Garfield will meet internet sensation Grumpy Cat in a limited series with a story inspired and approved by icon Jim Davis, himself!
It’s the inevitable meeting of these two loveable sourpusses! Garfield, the reigning cynical cat of newspapers and TV will cross paths with internet sensation Grumpy Cat, whose memorable scowl endeared herself to the world. Who’s the most sarcastic? Well, he hates Mondays…and she hates any day ending in “y!” Is there enough room to accommodate both truculent tabbies within the pages of the same comic book, let alone the same universe? You’ll find out in this three-issue mini-series that will have you purring that it’s the cat’s meow!
Artist Steve Uy says, “Garfield was my favorite comic strip growing up in the ’80s. When I was doing the art for Grumpy Cat last year, there was a Halloween special where I decided to dress Grumpy up as Garfield, and her brother Pokey as Heathcliff in a panel. That didn’t make it to print, and ended up being revised to a Star Wars theme instead, so when I found out there was going to be a Grumpy/Garfield crossover, it seemed like fate had stepped in and given me another chance to draw them all together again!”
Steve Uy is the artist of such Marvel/ DC series as Uncanny X-Men, Avengers Initiative, Legion of Superheroes Animated, JSA Classified, and many more. He is the artist/creator of his very own creator-owned series, Feather and Jova’s Harvest, currently available on Comixology, and has most recently released his mobile games Oasis: Path to Redemption and Evil Brown Eggs.
Writer Mark Evanier met the legendary Jack Kirby in 1969, and began working as his assistant only one week after graduating high school, eventually going on to become his official biographer. A writer and historian, Evanier has written over 500 comics for Gold Key, DC, and Marvel Comics, several hundred hours of television (most notably Garfield and Friends and Groo the Wanderer) and is the author of several books including Mad Art. He has received three Emmy Award nominations, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for animation from the Writers Guild of America.
“When we first began toying with the idea of a crossover between Grumpy Cat and Garfield, the entire team thought there could not be a more perfect fit,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “As the idea grew, so did our excitement. When we reached out to our dear friends at BOOM! we were delighted to find they were as excited by the idea as we were. Once we received the blessing of Grumpy Limited, Jim Davis and his team at PAWS, we knew this would be a successful project thanks to the passion of everyone involved!”
“We’ve been honored to publish the adventures of Garfield for many years now and are excited to be partnering with our friends at Dynamite Entertainment to bring Jim Davis’ creation together with another heavyweight of the cat world – Grumpy Cat,” says Filip Sablik, President of Publishing and Marketing for BOOM! “Mark Evanier is crafting a hilarious, fun-filled story that’s sure to please fans of both of these feline franchises.”
Grumpy Cat found her adopted home with Dynamite in 2015 with her comic book debut, The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat. Selling more than a half million copies and winning the hearts of readers of all ages, the ever-griping Grumpy has become one of the world’s most recognized felines. Now, her infectious charm and witty quips come face-to-face with the original cartoon cat, Garfield!
The debut issue of Grumpy Cat/Garfield features a wide selection of exciting cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of options! The cover artwork features the talents of Andy Hirsch (Garfield, Adventure Time, Regular Show), interior artist Steve Uy, Fernando Ruiz (Animal Jam), Tony Fleecs (Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened), and Phil Murphy (Regular Show), respectively. Limited variant editions in “Black & White,” “Virgin Art,” “Coloring Book,” and “Comic Strip” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.
Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ June 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in August. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1 with their local comic book retailers. Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.
About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
About BOOM! Studios:
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints – BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia – BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Adventure Time and Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with Fox Television for the small screen.
Paws, Incorporated was founded in 1981 by cartoonist Jim Davis as a creative house to support Garfield licensing. Today, the company, located in rural Indiana, handles not only the creative angle, but also the business concerns of the corpulent kitty worldwide. Paws, Inc. is a privately held company and the sole owner of the copyrights and trademarks for GARFIELD and GARFIELD Characters.
GARFIELD was born on the comics pages on June 19, 1978. The comic strip is centered on the lives of a quick-witted orange cat who loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control; Jon Arbuckle, his owner; and Odie, a sweet but dumb dog. GARFIELD was introduced to the world in just 41 newspapers and is now the most widely syndicated comic strip ever, appearing in 2100 newspapers. The strip, distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication, is read by over 220 million people each day and is translated into 42 languages.
The success of the comic strip spawned an entertainment empire including television: Garfield and Friends, The Garfield Show, and a dozen primetime specials; movies: Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties; hundreds of best-selling books, and thousands of licensed products.
About Grumpy Cat:
Grumpy Cat’s global following includes 8.7 million Facebook fans, 650k Twitter followers, 2.1 million followers on Instagram, and over 40 million YouTube views. Since her photo first went viral in 2012, Grumpy Cat has gone from Internet star to real-life celebrity. She has two New York Times bestselling books, her own merchandise line, and a hit Lifetime movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (voiced by actress Aubrey Plaza). Grumpy Cat has made numerous appearances around the world including: MTV Movie Awards, American Idol, The Bachelorette, The Today Show, SXSW, Good Morning America, and WWE Monday Night Raw. Grumpy Cat is Friskies’ official “Spokescat”; has filmed videos with Disney, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Street; and appears in commercials for McDonald’s and Honey Nut Cheerios.
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He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.