Lions, Tigers & Bears #2 Sells Out

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On Wednesday March 16th, 2005 Lions, Tigers & Bears #2 hit stores and by the following day Diamond Comic Distributors had completely sold out. With the first issue selling out in 18 days and the second selling out in 18 hours, it seems Image Comics and Alias Enterprises have a bona fide hit on their hands.

The story, chronicling the adventure of young Joey Price on his trip through the Stuffed Animal Kingdom has become one of the hottest all-ages titles in years. Retailers present at this past weekends’ Wizard World Los Angeles comic convention were exclaiming the virtues of this series to everyone who would listen.

“This book is wonderful,” said Gail Burt, owner of Metropolis Comics. “We're always searching actively for titles that are all-ages friendly, not strictly geared for young kids, but good for EVERYONE, and Lions, Tigers and Bears certainly qualifies. It’s one of the hottest selling books we’ve had in a long time.”

Retailers and fans alike lined up at the Image Comics and Alias Enterprises booths to get copies of the book as well as have copies signed by series creator, Mike Bullock.

“I was overwhelmed and overjoyed at the response we received at WWLA,” stated Bullock. “Not only was it one of the best conventions I’ve ever been to in terms of attractions from other publishers and creators, but it was hands down the best reception Lions, Tigers and Bears has received at any one time.”

Advance copies of Lions, Tigers & Bears #3 were on hand for convention goers and the limited amount of issues were sold out by the end of the convention, as well as the promotional posters Alias Enterprises brought with them.  If retailer reactions at WWLA are any indication, expect Lions, Tigers & Bears #3 to sell out before it even ships.

Lions, Tigers & Bears is a four issue, all-ages monthly mini series launched in 2005 from Image Comics. Created and written by Mike Bullock, with art by Jack Lawrence, Lions, Tigers & Bears has quickly become one of Image Comics most critically acclaimed debuts of 2005.

Here’s what others have to say about Lions, Tigers & Bears:

"Well, let's take inventory here; amazing concept, great script, gorgeous art, and a pure love of storytelling that permeates every page. First class all the way, and I want more NOW." -Gail Simone, Birds of Prey

“Mike and Jack have crafted a book that confirms to the youngest of us the possibilities of magic in our world-- and touches the hearts of the oldest of us to remind us of the power and importance of imagination.” -Mike Wieringo, Fantastic Four

“This has all the ingredients of a truly incredible story." -Mike Kunkel, HeroBear and the Kid

“It's a great idea, perfectly executed and drawn by Jack Lawrence in an exquisite, Nickelodeon-like animated style that leaps off the pages." Joseph Szadkowski, The Washington Times

“I don't like giving books a score higher than 9.0, but I really had no choice with this one. At this rate, this mini will easily be a 10.” -Michael Maillaro, Comics Nexus

“If you haven’t picked up this book yet, go find it and give it a try. It is distinctive and charismatic, and you can share it with younger readers..” –Heidi Meeley, 4-Color Review

“This is one of the most delightful and original stories I've ever read within the pages of a comic book.” – Robin Parrish, Infuze Magazine

More information regarding Lions, Tigers and Bears, Mike Bullock, Jack Lawrence and Runemaster Studios, Inc., its members, services, properties and other projects can be found at http://www.runemasterstudios.com.

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