IF A WOLF AND A WOLVERINE GOT INTO A FIGHT, WHICH ANIMAL WOULD WIN?
Code of the Wild graphic novel offers an answer to this question with an entertaining and educational foray into the wild, featuring beautiful, hand-painted artwork that’s sure to leave readers hunting for more!
The comic book medium has traditionally been a showcase for big characters, epic conflicts, and super battles.
But what if instead of featuring superheroes, comic books featured fierce predators in the wild, locked in a battle for survival to determine “Who Will Win?”
It’s a question the new graphic novel series Code of the Wild promises to answer when it arrives on the shelves of bookstores and comic book stores in the Spring of 2009.
“Our goal in developing Code of the Wild is to offer readers something more than just another comic book,” said Sean J. Jordan, creator of the series. “We wanted this to be a story that anyone could pick up and enjoy, whether it’s children in grade school or adults who read comic books.”
The first book in the series, Code of the Wild: North American Wolverine Vs. Timber Wolf¸ features one of the most incredible clashes of all: a battle between two of the fiercest predators in the Alaskan tundra. The story seeks to educate readers about each animal while being a highly entertaining experience for children and adults alike.
“This isn’t a dull documentary about animals in the wild,” explained Jordan. “It’s a gripping story about two predators, battling for survival in one of the harshest environments in the world. You see the world through their eyes and understand what they’re fighting for.”
And in Code of the Wild, seeing is believing. The debut book features stunningly beautiful hand-painted artwork by comic book illustrator and fine artist Jason Maranto. Each and every page achieves a photorealistic quality that transports readers into the world of the wild… and brings a heightened level of intensity to the clash between a wolf and a wolverine.
“One of the purposes of this project is to teach readers more about these animals,” explained Maranto. “Most people know that wolverines are vicious and dangerous. But they don’t realize that wolverines can climb trees, or that they can break bones with their jaws. They’re going to learn that from reading this book, and they’re going to see what it takes for these predators to survive out in the wild.”
Both creators have a passion for portraying wildlife in an extremely exciting and realistic fashion. And it’s one of the greatest strengths of Code of the Wild.
“When I started working on the project, I immersed myself in as much reference material as possible to make sure that I understood every aspect of these creatures, and the environment around them,” said Maranto. “I wanted the artwork to make both characters seem like they were as real as the animals you’d see in an issue of National Geographic or on a documentary on The Discovery Channel.”
The format of each book in Code of the Wild is simple. While the first five pages offer basic information about each animal, the rest of the pages focus on a story that brings the characters into the featured showdown – and every book in the series promises a thrilling, and sometimes surprising, conclusion.
“We’ve certainly designed this format to be something that children can enjoy, but we want this series to be educational as well,” said Jordan. “We’ve worked hard to strike a balance between entertaining and enriching, and from the reactions we’ve gotten so far, the final product is going to do a great job of both.”
Jordan said that Army Ant Publishing plans to introduce Code of the Wild as a line of books in 2009, with the following schedule for the first wave:
- Code of the Wild: North American Wolverine Vs. Timber Wolf (Q1 2009)
- Code of the Wild: Indian Mongoose Vs. King Cobra (Q3 2009)
- Code of the Wild: Emperor Scorpion Vs. Horned Tarantula (Q4 2009)
- Code of the Wild: Bat Falcon Vs. Vampire Bat (Q4 2009)
“If this series is successful, we’ve got many more conflicts cooked up that we’d love to introduce in our next wave,” said Jordan. “We’re very excited to be introducing something so new and different to the world of comics, and we’re certain that we’ll see a lot of support from comic book readers and retailers when we launch the book in the spring.”
Code of the Wild: North American Wolverine Vs. Timber Wolf is a graphic novel paperback book that will contain 48 printed pages of material for a suggested retail price of $9.99. The book will be available in comic book stores and bookstores in North America. Army Ant Publishing will also offer the book online through online retailers and the book’s official website at http://www.codeofthewild.com .
For additional information, media inquiries, or investment opportunities regarding Code of the Wild, please contact Sean J. Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a preview of the book, please visit http://www.codeofthewild.com .
About Army Ant Publishing
Army Ant Publishing was founded by comic book industry professionals Sean J. Jordan and Stacie M. Ritchie in May, 2008. The company’s mission is to entertain, educate and enrich readers through graphic storytelling. The company’s focus is on developing books that children, parents, teachers and librarians alike will adore.
Army Ant Publishing is based in Belleville, IL. The company’s first book, Code of the Wild: North American Wolverine Vs. Timber Wolf, will debut in the spring of 2009, featuring an action-packed story by Sean J. Jordan and stunning, hand-painted artwork by Jason Maranto.
For more information about Army Ant Publishing, including investment opportunities, please contact email@example.com .
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