Official Press Release
SAN FRANCISCO (January 28, 2004) AiT/Planet Lar publisher Larry Young
announced today the appearance of Warren Ellis and Brandon McKinney's
SWITCHBLADE HONEY on the list of nominees for the14th Annual Diamond
Comics Distributors Gem Award in the Original Graphic Novel category.
"I couldn't be more proud of Warren and Brandon, and I'm glad Diamond's
crack team of product specialists singled out the book for this honor. I
know that lots of folks originally dismissed SWITCHBLADE HONEY as a
Warren-does-STAR-TREK kind of riff, but this really puts the kibosh on
that, and lets people see it as its own thing."
"The 2003 Gem Award nominees embody the finest of what the comics
industry has to offer," explained Diamond President and CEO Steve Geppi.
"While all of Diamond's suppliers and their products are important
facets of the specialty market overall, the Gems offer our customers a
wonderful opportunity to honor those that have been particularly
beneficial in helping their businesses grow during the past year."
Selected by a panel of Diamond product specialists, nominees were chosen
on the basis of their overall impact on the industry and merits of their
quality, creativity, and sales performance over the last year.
"Particularly gratifying about the SWITCHBLADE nomination," said
AiT/Planet Lar production coordinator (and SWITCHBLADE HONEY letterer)
Ryan Yount "is that it's in the Original Graphic Novel category. I mean,
that's what we're known for, and it's nice to see Diamond and our
retailer pals give our hard work the nod."
Retailers cast their votes for the Gem Award with ballots issued in the
February Previews Order Form or via the Initial Order Entry feature of
Diamond Online's Retailer Services Area, which also contains a complete
list of nominees.
AiT/Planet Lar is a pop-culture company dedicated to bringing
high-quality entertainment to the masses through the creation of
original projects or producing works deserving of wider recognition.
AiT/Planet Lar provides a full range of services from concept to
completion including writing, art management, lettering, advertising and
promotion, prepress production, ancillary merchandise, and print
management. Currently the company is focused on producing Original
Graphic Novels to be distributed through mass-market bookstores,
Amazon.com, and specialty bookshops around the world.
AiT/Planet Lar: Making Comics Better.