Chicago, IL — July 25, 2005 — A host of retailers entered their stores in The Best DDP Retailer Display Contest. The winner? Lone Star Comics in Texas! We wish to congratulate Lone Star—and every store that participated—for working so hard in making their display creations. Lone Star wins their very own DDP creator signing pizza party, free product and related merchandise. They will also have their store’s information and winning entry published in upcoming titles from Devil’s Due.
“What’s tough is we can only pick one winner,” said Vice President of Marketing Susan Bishop. “We had so many terrific entries it was sad we could only pick just one. But Lone Star’s submission squeaked past the other stores to take the prize.”
“We love all of our retailers,” said DDP President Josh Blaylock. “We can’t thank them enough for their support over the years and with everything we have going on—what with the G.I. JOE relaunch, Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance and Chaos! Comics—we hope they continue to support us as much as they have.”
The Best DDP Retailer Display Contest coincided with the G.I. JOE July 4th weekend, celebrating the re-launch of the venerable heroes in the hot-selling G.I. JOE: America’s Elite. G.I. JOE: America’s Elite is written by Joe Casey, with art by Stefano Caselli. Two issues are on shelves now (if you can find them!): the 25-cent #0 (a second printing priced at $2.95 is also out) and issue #1. G.I. JOE is under license from the Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS).
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ABOUT DEVIL’S DUE PUBLISHING (DDP)
Devil’s Due Publishing was formed in 1999 as both a commercial art studio and a small press comic book publisher. DDP’s first breakout success was 2001’s revamp of G.I. JOE, returning the long-lost 1980s characters to comics. Fans bought over 100,000 copies per month, immediately propelling G.I. JOE to the top of the charts. Today, DDP’s lineup includes Army of Darkness, Hack/Slash, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, the newly resurrected Chaos! Comics, and the Aftermath universe, an imprint featuring super-powered heroes in titles Defex, Breakdown, Blade of Kumori and Infantry.
ABOUT THE HASBRO PROPERTIES GROUP
The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc., (NYSE:HAS), translates one of the industry’s richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun and excitement for children and adults globally. Through a host of publishing, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPG is able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expand Hasbro’s core brands, such as TRANSFORMERS, DUEL MASTERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY and CANDY LAND, beyond the toy and game aisle, creating rich lifestyle experiences.
Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. in the USA and other countries. Ã‚Â© 2005 Wizards.