The Fifth Beatle to Partner With Rolling Stone

Tenth anniversary
issue of Rolling Stone Italy will include Italian version of Brian Epstein
graphic novel three weeks prior to official release date
MILWAUKIE, OR, – Thanks to
a collaboration between Dark Horse Comics and Panini Comics, the world premiere
of the long-awaited graphic novel written by Vivek J. Tiwary, drawn by Andrew
C. Robinson and Kyle Baker and dedicated to the manager of the Beatles, Brian
Epstein, is arriving in Italy. The Fifth
is the latest addition to the prestigious 9L Panini catalogue and will
be released in Italy in partnership with Rolling Stone Italy to celebrate the
tenth anniversary of the magazine.
With this joint venture between Panini Comics and Rolling Stone, The Fifth Beatle will be first made
available at newsstands in Italy at the beginning of November, three weeks
before it is released in other territories. A special Italian version of The Fifth Beatle will be sold bundled
with the tenth anniversary special edition of Rolling Stone Italy – the Italian
version of the most popular music magazine in the world.
The graphic novel chronicles the early years of The Beatles seen through
the eyes of the brilliant Brian Epstein, an entrepreneur, but above all a
friend of the Fab Four. His tragic and inspiring human story is meticulously
reconstructed by Tony Award-winning Broadway  producer, Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day’s “American
Idiot”, “The Addams Family”, “A Raisin In The Sun”) and is made ​​concrete
by the beautiful drawings of Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker. The graphic
novel is being adapted into a feature film which will be produced by Tiwary and
Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (AMERICAN BEAUTY, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.) Tiwary
will be a Panini Comics special guest at Lucca Comics and Games, an Italian
event held in the heart of the Tuscan city from October 31st until November present “The Fifth Beatle” to Italian readers and press and
give fans an opportunity to meet the author.
“I’ve been researching The Fifth
for more than two decades,” says Tiwary, “it’s a true labor of love!
And since Italy is a country passionate about the Beatles, music and graphic
novels, I’m simply honored that we are debuting The Fifth Beatle in partnership with Rolling Stone Italy. I could
not be happier that our Italian fans will be the first in the world to read The Fifth Beatle and to learn the untold
true story of the Beatles manager Brian Epstein. It’s a story that I know will
inspire them as much as it has inspired me.”
The Fifth Beatle follows the
Liverpool quartet from obscurity to the release of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely
Hearts Club Band, the album that marked a watershed in the history of rock
music and established The Beatles as true cultural icons. But The Fifth
 is above all the story of a visionary– Brian Epstein, the man
who, with his intuitions, led the Fab Four to unprecedented international
stardom. A life of triumphs and tragedies, ambitions and fears – Epstein
suffered to hide his homosexuality from the world – friendship and loneliness,
until his premature death at the age of 32. It is a story full of dreams and
music, the greatest music of all time 
The Fifth Beatle will be available
outside of Italy on November 19th in a hardcover, oversized library
format for $19.99. In addition, both a collector’s edition and limited edition
hardcover of this groundbreaking graphic novel will also be available,
featuring a wraparound, textured cover and a section of bonus materials including
Beatles and Brian Epstein memorabilia, artist sketches, and alternate covers,
for $49.99 and $99.99.
“If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian,” said Paul McCartney in

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