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NYCC: Vivek J. Tiwary’s “The Fifth Beatle” Graphic Novel From Dark Horse Comics Gets Movie Adaptation

Posted on October 10, 2012 AT 08:24pm

Dark Horse Comics and their subsidiary M Press Books made a terrific announcement in time for the upcoming New York Comic-Con. Acclaimed writer Vivek J. Tiwary’s upcoming graphic novel The Fifth Beatle is being scheduled to be adapted into a feature film, adding yet another spin to the biggest band in rock history, The Beatles.

Tiwary, who also signed a deal with Sony/ATV (allowing for access to a plethora of Beatles songs) wanted to focus the project on a far less known, but incredibly important man in the inner circle of the band. Brian Epstein, the manager for the band, was integral to the success of The Beatles, to the point where Paul McCartney has been recorded saying “If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian.” The film will mark the first time Beatles songs have ever been used in a film.

The graphic novel itself, due out sometime next year, should also be a crowd pleaser, featuring artwork from renown artists Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker.

The story of Epstein is an interesting one, getting little recognition before his death at the age of 32, but playing an incredibly profound role in the success of the biggest band in the world. While little is really known about Epstein, Tiwary aims to change that with these releases.

To promote the project, on Wednesday, October 10 at 7pm, Tiwary and Robinson will appear on the panel “A Celebration of Pop Music Comics” at Jim Hanley’s Universe store. They will then sign exclusive artwork from The Fifth Beatle at New York Comic Con’s Dark Horse booth at the Javitz Center on Friday, October 12th at 5pm.

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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