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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Beatles are back, - as an audio comic!

Thanks to John Freeman of ROK Comics for the press release and image. Take it away, John....

Lancaster, England 5th November 2012: ROK Mobile Comics is pleased to announce the audio comics release of the first issue of its THE BEATLES STORY for iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices.

The series will collect, for the first time in its entirety, the classic and highly-acclaimed Beatles strip created by Angus Allan and Arthur Ranson for the British weekly comic, Look-In.

The digitally-enhanced audio comic includes rare Beatles videos and other material to complement the comic, including audio commentary memories from writer and radio broadcaster Angie McCartney.

Working closely with artist Arthur Ranson and the estate of writer Angus Allan, ROK will release THE BEATLES STORY as an eight-issue digital comic for iPad, iPhone, Android and other mobile devices later this year, the strip complemented by fully authored audio enhancements that will further bring this unique comic biography of The Beatles to life.

The launch will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's beginnings back in 1962, when The Beatles - John, Paul, George and Ringo - took the charts by storm in 1962 with their first official release, Love Me Do, quickly followed by Please Please Me and From Me to You. Beatlemania soon swept across the globe as the Fab Four recorded a staggering 12 studio albums, 13 EPs and 22 singles from 1962 to 1970. It is estimated they have sold over one billion records worldwide.

The Beatles continue to influence many musicians and artists today, attracting a new generation of fans. 

Beautifully realized, THE BEATLES STORY charts the history of the band from their struggle for success in the early 1960s through their entire career until the band's split in 1970. 

DJ Mike Read has called it "the only worthwhile strip record of the Beatles" and the creator-owned comic, first published in British comic Look-In has only ever been reprinted in an abridged form, both in the UK and in Europe.

THE BEATLES STORY is the latest audio comic project from ROK, who launched their first audio adventure comic Team M.O.B.I.L.E. earlier this year, with several new titles, including Houdini, new adventures of the world's greatest escape artist soon to follow, along with spy adventure Tomorrow We Live, written and drawn by Mike Collins. 

The company is also working on a number of music comics featuring up and coming bands, and a collection of Angus Allan and Arthur Ranson's other creator-owned strip for Look-In, The Elvis Story.

The Beatles Story by Angus Allan and Arthur Ranson, with new covers by Martin Baines
• From iTunes:
• Android Edition:

1 comment:

John Freeman said...

Thanks, Lew! Although the strip has been collected before we discovered that four pages were omitted from the English collection. So this is the first full English presentation since its first publication.

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