updated 2/7/2011 10:16:47 AM ET 2011-02-07T15:16:47

FORT WAYNE, Ind., Feb. 7, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mike The Pike Productions, Inc.(Pink Sheets:MIKP) ( www.mtpprods.com ) is thrilled to announce that its Graphic Novel partnership, Spokefish, LLP, has attached artist Pawel Sambor as inker/colorist on its fire-breathing fantasy, 'Bulderlyns,' about a town besieged by mythical beasts as a result of a well-intended gift gone wrong from a business man to his young son after a trip overseas.

Sambor is no stranger to Spokefish as he is also currently working on the title design for the company's 'R.E.M.', which the team hopes will give a new meaning to the term 'sleeper hit'. As well, Sambor and Bulderlyn's writer, Spokefish co-founder Ryan Colucci, have recently collaborated on the success which is 'Harbor Moon' ( www.harbor-moon.com ). 

Harbor Moon is receiving countless reviews with flattering remarks on the work overall with several nods to Pawel Sambor's talents. The most recent review ( http://www.comicbookbin.com/Harbor_Moon001.html ) by Comic Book Bin reviewer, Andy Frisk, says that "Harbor Moon will rightfully take its place with the greats of sequential art gothic literature." The review goes on to state, "Sambor crafts a setting and atmosphere reminiscent of the moody setting of an early X-Files episode (another example of gothic literature actualized in cinematic form). Sketchy background details (usually something that I abhor) and heavily painted shadows set the tone magnificently, as if the reader is constantly attempting to pierce the darkness and mystery surrounding the town and its inhabitants. Sambor's art powerfully highlights the theme of mystery and discovery that is central the story of Harbor Moon. Rarely does Sambor give us a complete view of the werewolves that populate the town of Harbor Moon. This goes a long way in leaving the horror up to our imaginations, and our imaginations are far worse than anything visualized on the printed page."

Spokefish partner and project manager, Ryan Colucci, comments in his blog last week: "Some really good news to share.  Pawel Sambor, who did everything on Harbor Moon has come onboard my graphic novel Bulderlyns as an inker/colorist.  It is safe to say that the one thing about Harbor Moon everyone raves about (over everything else) is the coloring.  So to get him for this book is a major coup.  Igor Wolski's pencils with Pawel's colors are going to be killer."

Mike the Pike Productions CEO, Mark B. Newbauer, is thrilled with the progress being made on the Spokefish slate: "This is a highly advantageous undertaking for MTP as it not only positions us in the Graphic Novel industry, but also adds to potential success in the feature film realm, which is our supplementary goal with each of the projects we take on with Spokefish. We have exciting news on that note later this month."

According to a presentation by Griepp at a ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference (part of New York Comic-Con), dollar sales of graphic novels have increased more than five-fold since 2001:

  •  2001 = $75 million
  •  2002 = $130 million
  •  2003 = $195 million
  •  2004 = $245 million
  •  2005 = $295 million
  •  2006 = $330 million
  •  2007=  $375 million 
  •  2008=  $395 million

Pawel Sambor is an alumnus of Poland's top art school, receiving his Master of Arts from Radom University of Technology. Since then, he has put his skills to the test as co-founder of B5, a Polish comic magazine. Pawel, specializing in photorealism, burst onto the comic scene at San Diego Comic-Con 2010 with his unique vision for the graphic novel Harbor Moon (www.harbor-moon.com).

Bulderlyns is written by Spokefish partner and project manager, Ryan Colucci, an alumnus of the prestigious Peter Stark Producing MFA Program at USC. He received his BA in Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University, graduating Suma Cum Laude. Before that he pursued a degree in Accounting from Villanova University and spent a year at Cambridge University in England studying Economics. He has over eight years of experience in the film industry, having worked in development for Artisan/Lion's Gate (Blair Witch Project, The Punisher) and Disney (Pirates of the Caribbean, Freaky Friday). Ryan's recent success, Harbor Moon, published by Arcana Studios, is currently receiving phenomenal reviews after its debut last year at Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego, California

Bulderlyns- A small town just outside of Chicago is turned upside down when a businessman brings his son a rare Bulderlyn egg from a trip overseas. The egg hatches and the town is besieged by one of the two mythical creatures inside. The small boy and the smaller, remaining creature learn the true meaning of trust and courage as they attempt to save the town from destruction.

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MTP Producers Ryan Colucci, Beth Newbauer and Mark B. Newbauer present: George R.R. Martin's THE SKIN TRADE: From the best-selling author of the Song of Ice and Fire series comes this white knuckle chiller with a string of unsolved murders immersed deep in lycan lore : When a series of grotesque killings strikes her small hometown, private detective Randi Wade becomes suspicious. The grisly murders remind her all too much of her own father's death nearly 20 years ago. Now there is a killer in town who not only slays his victims, but also takes their skin. Undaunted, Randi takes the case head-on as the murders continue, each more brutal than the last. When a close friend suddenly becomes a target, he is forced to reveal a startling secret about himself and Randi is quickly pulled into a dark world within her own town where monsters do exist and even they have something to fear...

MTP & Horseplay, LLC present: HORSE - a wild ride through the streets of Ft. Wayne on a night no one will forget…if they live to remember…as they take part against some not-so-friendly parties on the prowl for a missing bag of Heroin. It's a race against time for a club-owner, a drug mule, two college kids and a sadistic Irish kingpin in from Chicago to reclaim his stake.  SHOOTING 2010/2011 ON LOCATION IN FORT WAYNE, INDIANA!

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