LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Platinum Studios, Inc.
(www.PlatinumStudios.com), an entertainment company that controls the
world's largest independent library of comic book characters, and KISS
Catalog Ltd., the billion-dollar merchandising empire created and managed
by original members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, announced the creation
of a new worldwide comic book entertainment company, the KISS Comics Group
(www.KissComicsGroup.com). This is the first time KISS will be producing
its own comic book-based characters; this co-run venture will enable KISS
and Platinum Studios to publish and expand the comic book characters'
images onto numerous multi-media platforms including print, mobile, online,
film, television and licensed merchandise products.
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KISS 4K, the story of the transformation of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley
and the other KISS band members from rock stars to world-protecting warrior
spirits, is the first branded property released by KISS Comics Group. KISS
4K will debut as the world's largest comic book priced at $50. Limited
edition preview book, character merchandise and mobile comic art are
available now online at www.KissComicsGroup.com. This is the first comic
book-based property to simultaneously launch all of its merchandise in the
United States, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
"We have been talking with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley about doing
something together for years and when Gene approached me with the idea of
creating the KISS Comics Group co-venture, we knew we could build something
massive," said Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Platinum Studios' founder and
chairman. "Platinum Studios has been working with independent comic book
creators for years creating record breaking box office numbers and comic
book sales. With more than 4,000 KISS fan sites worldwide supported by
cross generations of fans, we have a built-in global audience for the KISS
"We've had licensed KISS comic books before but never our own imprint
and never with the wide reach across so many multi-media platforms," said
Gene Simmons, a founding member of KISS. "Paul Stanley and I are personally
involved in all day-to-day decisions and we are looking forward to
extending the KISS legacy, images and sound to our fans around the world."
"As the iconic KISS characters have continued to evolve far beyond our
beginning in rock music, we have always looked for the ideal situation for
a KISS comic book outlet that was as far reaching as we originally
conceived and intended. Platinum fills that slot perfectly," said KISS
co-founder Paul Stanley.
Signatures Network and Dell Furano will be handling worldwide licensing
for KISS Comics Group and for KISS 4K on behalf of the co-venture.
Characters from Platinum Studios library of more than 3,800 will appear in
the KISS books.
About Platinum Studios www.platinumstudios.com
Platinum Studios is an entertainment company that controls the world's
largest independent library of comic book characters, which it adapts and
produces for all forms of media. Platinum Studios' library contains more
than 3,800 characters and a full range of genres and styles including
DrunkDuck.com, the largest Web comics community. With deals in place with
some of the entertainment and new media's top players, Platinum is a
recognized leader in the creation of new content across all media. For more
information, please see www.platinumstudios.com.
About KISS Catalogue Ltd www.kissonline.com
For 34 years, KISS has been and continues to be the juggernaut of
licensing and merchandising. Through its own company, KISS CATALOG, it has
leveraged its iconic name and world famous logo, images and makeup designs
to produce the most extensive range of licensed products of any rock band
in history. For more information, please see www.kissonline.com
About Signatures Network www.signaturesnetwork.com
Signatures Network is the leading entertainment licensing and
merchandising company, holding the merchandising and marketing rights to
more than 125 top celebrities, entertainment properties and lifestyle
brands including: KISS, The Beatles, John Lennon, U2, Madonna, Aerosmith,
Ozzy Osbourne, Woodstock, among many others. For more information please
SOURCE Platinum Studios, Inc.