Friday, March 25, 2016

Tree Mail Changing Lives


Receiving mail in the trees is usually limited to kids playing in treehouses or Ewoks. Generally speaking though, whatever mail is received will likely be good news and the thought of tree mail bringing joy is something that Mike Raicht and Brian Smith are working on in tree Mail from Dark Horse. The work hits stores November 2.

“This book has been something Brian and I have been wanting to work on together for years,” says Raicht. “If you’ve ever been an underdog, or had an impossible dream that was just too big for the world around you to contain, then Rudy the Tree Frog is the story for you.”

Rudy—a determined, optimistic frog—hopes to overcome the odds and land his dream job delivering mail to the other animals on Popomoko Island! Mike Raicht and Brian Smith deliver a full-color, all-ages romp that shows that the hopeful Rudy always hops forward, no matter what obstacle seems to be in the way of his dreams. And there are plenty of speed bumps, challenges, and detours on the way to becoming a full-time member in the island’s Royal Air Delivery Corps!

“I think he can inspire people young, old, and in between to chase their dreams and to truly become who they were meant to be, no matter what they’ve been told they’re ‘supposed’ to be,” says Brian Smith. “I think that is what Rudy and his adventures are all about. Becoming more than those around us, and maybe even we ourselves, believe is possible.”

Full press release below.

RAICHT & SMITH Are Delivering Dreams and Changing Lives in “Tree Mail”


Rudy is hopping his way into your heart and inspiring your dreams this November!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Comics announces Tree Mail, a forthcoming all-ages graphic novel from the New York Times best-selling The Stuff of Legend creators Mike Raicht and Brian Smith.

From the creative team behind Finding Nemo: Losing Dory comes Tree Mail and the world of Rudy.
“This book has been something Brian and I have been wanting to work on together for years,” says Mike Raicht. “If you’ve ever been an underdog, or had an impossible dream that was just too big for the world around you to contain, then Rudy the Tree Frog is the story for you.”

Rudy—a determined, optimistic frog—hopes to overcome the odds and land his dream job delivering mail to the other animals on Popomoko Island! Mike Raicht and Brian Smith deliver a full-color, all-ages romp that shows that the hopeful Rudy always hops forward, no matter what obstacle seems to be in the way of his dreams. And there are plenty of speed bumps, challenges, and detours on the way to becoming a full-time member in the island’s Royal Air Delivery Corps!

“I think he can inspire people young, old, and in between to chase their dreams and to truly become who they were meant to be, no matter what they’ve been told they’re ‘supposed’ to be,” says Brian Smith. “I think that is what Rudy and his adventures are all about. Becoming more than those around us, and maybe even we ourselves, believe is possible.”

The acclaimed creative team delivers a full, standalone adventure for all fans!
Tree Mail arrives on November 2.  Preorder your copy today at your local comic book store or favorite retailer.
The Stuff of Legend is currently in development as a major motion picture at Disney Studios!

Praise for Raicht and Smith’s previous work:

“This is some of the loveliest artwork I’ve seen in a comic book in a long, long time, and a darkly beautiful story to boot.”—Brian K. Vaughan, Saga, Y: The Last Man

“I love it! It’s a real page-turner. Economical, effective storytelling, with story and art complementing each other perfectly and hinting at something darker. Very involving.”—Frank Quitely, All Star Superman, We3

The Stuff of Legend is a genuine revelation. Grabs the reader by the heart and never lets go. I absolutely adored it.”—Gail Simone, Batgirl, Red Sonja, Leaving Megalopolis

“I absolutely could not put this down. Stunning art, a heart-wrenching story, characters I truly root for—this should be on everyone’s reading list.”—Mark Waid, Kingdom Come, Daredevil, Irredeemable 

“Wonderfully sweet, and at the same time eerie and unsettling. A bedtime adventure by the way of Cronenberg or Lynch. Don’t miss it!”—John Layman, Chew, Gambit, Cyclops

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About Mike Raicht and Brian Smith
Mike Raicht is the author of numerous comics, including The Stuff of Legend, Wild Blue Yonder, Marvel Age: Hulk, Marvel Age: Spider-Man, X-Men Unlimited, Exiles, What if? World War Hulk, Joker’s Asylum: Killer Croc, Batman Incorporated Special, Superman, Redakai, Godzilla, Infestation: GI Joe, X-Files, Army of Darkness, Dark Shadows, and Finding Nemo: Losing Dory.

Brian Smith is the writer and/or artist behind such projects as The Stuff of Legend, SpongeBob Comics, Bravest Warriors, Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Celebration (Perfect Square Books), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Creepy Comics, Monsuno, Max Steel, and Ben 10.
Tree Mail has been developed and funded in collaboration with Noble Transmission, a comic book entertainment company for the digital age co-founded with the mission to deliver engaging content and “characters with character” that inspire.

About Dark Horse
For 30 years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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