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[07/26/07 - 10:23 PM]
Sci Fi Channel and Virgin Comics Unveil Groundbreaking First Joint Venture Property with Epic Adventure Comic 'The Stranded'
The comic book, created and written by Mike Carey, is expected to be released later this year and will be distributed by Diamond Comics.

[via press release from Sci Fi]

SCI FI CHANNEL AND VIRGIN COMICS UNVEIL GROUNDBREAKING FIRST JOINT VENTURE PROPERTY WITH EPIC ADVENTURE COMIC 'THE STRANDED'

SAN DIEGO, Calif. � July 26, 2007 - SCI FI Channel, the television network that fuels the imagination, and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Comics today announced the first original title under the SCI FI/Virgin Comics banner. The Stranded, created and written by Mike Carey, is an epic adventure spanning two worlds as seen through the eyes of five ordinary people and whose extraordinary abilities may ultimately spell doom or salvation for the entire universe. The comic book is expected to be released later this year and will be distributed by Diamond Comics.

"As SCI FI evolves and expands its business beyond the television screen, we're thrilled to be partnering with Virgin Comics to create compelling characters and stories that are designed to live across multiple media platforms, " said Dave Howe, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SCI FI. "The Stranded is the first original concept to be born out of this new joint venture. Mike Carey has created an incredibly rich and mysterious world and a unique cast of characters with the power and potential to come to life everywhere their story is told."

"This partnership with SCI FI creates an opportunity for comic writers to develop stories that move far beyond the printed page," said Sharad Devarajan, CEO of Virgin Comics. "From the concept stage, Mike Carey has been able to craft his story with some of the top creative and marketing minds in television today."

With new comic book titles serving as the creative genesis, SCI FI/Virgin Comics are developing fresh properties that integrate the unique spirit and vitality of both brands. Delivering innovative, multi-platform projects, original concepts are being considered across all mediums from publishing, film and television to digital and gaming.

Utilizing the global creative and synergistic resources that exist at SCI FI Channel, part of NBC Universal, and Virgin Comics, the partnership aims to attract some of the biggest names and talent from the worlds of comic books, television and movies. SCI FI and Virgin Comics have brought together a multimedia, creative editorial board with members representing comic books, television, movies, digital, gaming, licensing and merchandising.

"The fact that we are seeding our new imprint with an original idea from Mike Carey gives me great confidence that this is going to be an awesome collaboration," added Gotham Chopra, Virgin Comics Chief Creative Officer. "Further nurturing that idea with the minds of SCI FI's creative team and having Stuart Moore as editor to guide it makes me believe that we are at the start of a story that many people in comics and beyond will enjoy for a long time."

What if your entire world � your childhood, your family, all your memories � was a lie? The Stranded cast: Sisera, a conceptual artist; Endo, an art gallery worker; Drum, a new York City librarian; and Cullen, a Washington DC lawyer are all secretly from a world called Standfire � and now their past is returning to try and kill them.

One by one, The Stranded are assaulted by Janus, an altered human working for a mysterious, otherworldly force that seeks their destruction. Their only hope: Tamree, a dark, mysterious woman sent to Earth to protect them. She must awaken the buried individual memories of The Stranded -- along with their powerful, unique psychic and physical abilities. But even if they can defeat Janus and his unseen masters, they must also deal with one of their own...who, damaged and unable to deal with her incredible new powers, cuts a swathe of incredible destruction across the Earth.

The Stranded's writer/creator Mike Carey is one of the most acclaimed and prolific comics writers of our time. His current work includes X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Voodoo Child and his own creations Faker, Crossing Midnight, and The Re-gifters. His long runs on Lucifer and John Constantine, Hellblazer have been particularly well received. He has just completed a coast-to-coast book tour for his first novel, The Devil You Know.

The first issue of The Stranded will boast two covers with artwork from Marc Silvestri (Cyberforce, Witchblade, The Darkness and the X-Men) and Greg Horn (Elektra, Emma Frost).

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 89 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

Virgin Comics LLC is a character entertainment company creating original stories and epic myths for worldwide audiences. The company was founded in November 2005 by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Enterprises Ltd., alongside author Deepak Chopra, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman. Among Virgin Comic's titles are the breakthrough new comics and graphic novels: Devi, Ramayan 3392 AD, Walk In, John Woo's Seven Brothers, Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper, Weston Cage and Nicolas Cage's Voodoo Child. www.VirginComics.com





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