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 Post subject: "Graphic Elvis" illustrates King's love
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:08 am 
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USA Today July 18 . 2011

"Graphic Elvis" illustrates King,s love of the genre
Influence on his style is evident
by Brian Truitt

For many, Elvis Presley was a true marvel. But what he really wanted to be was Captain Marvel.

The King of rock 'n' roll love of super heroes and comic book is explored in 'Graphic Elvis", a collaboration between Liquid Comics and Elvis Presley Enterprises. The illustrated book will feature exemples of comic' influence on Presley's personal and professional lives, and it allows a new generation of artists to create works inspired by his music, his archives and his personal and public experiences.

"Comics influenced so much of his life and made him a larger-than-life hero to so many people. It's paying homage to that on the 35th anniversary of his death (in 2012) and allowing today's generation of artists to do the same to him", say Sharad Devarajan, co-founder and CEO of Liquid Comics.

A 12-by-12 inch limited-edition version (2,500 copies $195) will be available for the holiday season. A mass-market edition arrives in april, followed by an Ipad edition tentatively scheduled for mid-2012.

Artists from all over the world have been commissioned for Graphic Elvis, from Japanese animé to Indian artists to famous comic, illustrators such Paul Pope and Greg Horn. "It's about, a global icon being celebrated by Global artists", Devarajan says.

"It's exciting to see people who are this talented take Elvis and do their own spin on him to create something news", says Scott Williams, Vice President of Marketing for Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Many of Presley's loves has been documented over the years- from his affinity for peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches to his passion for karate and hip-shaking. Graphic Elvis is the first project to fully explore his penchant for comics, which Al Wertheimer and others captured in photos that will appear in the new book.

When he was named one of the Jaycee's Ten Oustanding Young Men in 1971, Presley told the crowd "When I was a child, I was a dreamer, I read comic books and I was the hero of the comic book... So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times"

Given access to the archives at Graceland , Devarajan was floored by the many relections and summations on life Presley had jotted down in his books. "He was much more of a seeker than I gave him credit for. He was clearly a guy who loved to read, loved to think about the world and loved to understand his place in it."


Growing up in Memphis, Presley was a fan of Captain Marvel Jr. and the rest of the Marvel family, and it showed in his hairstyle, his "TCB"lightning logo and his colorful 1970's concert jumpsuits with capes.

"The were very emblematic of classic costumes you'd see in comic-book creation", Devarajan says.

Presley's fondness for comics had found, it's way into Pop Culture over the years. The King appeared in an issue of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comic series, and a trampoline routine in Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis in Las Vegas was inspired by Elvis' love of flying superheroes who went up, up and away.

With Presley still influencing entertainment decades after his death. Williams is glad there's something like Graphic Elvis that offers a different take on the legacy.

"We never say what we think would do or not do, but because he loved comic books, this is absolutely something he would like", Williams says. "He would get into this big time".



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 Post subject: Re: "Graphic Elvis" illustrates King's love
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:36 pm 
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:hello: Liliane this sounds very Interesting, I just Hope with EPE Involved that this will be done with Dignity and Not to Make Fun of Elvis. :love:



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