DC Comics and EA enter 9 circles of Hell with Dante's Inferno comic

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EA announced today that they've signed a deal with DC Comics for a comic mini-series adaption of Dante's Inferno, which will be making it's debut at comic-con. Which, for everyone who doesn't know, is from July 23rd to the 26th.. Keep reading for all the little details.
Visceral Games Invades Comic-Con with Special Edition Preview Issue
Giveaways, Limited Edition Signings, the World Premiere Trailer for
the Starz Media Animated Feature and More

Redwood City, Calif. – July 20, 2009 – Visceral Games™, a studio of
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced a collaboration
with DC Comics/WildStorm to develop a comic book mini-series based on
Dante’s Inferno™, EA’s video game adaptation of part one of “The
Divine Comedy.” The comic will make its world debut at Comic-Con
International in San Diego from July 23 – 26. Also at the show,
Visceral Games™ and Starz Media will screen the world premiere trailer
of the “Dante’s Inferno” animated feature, which will be released on
home entertainment platforms day-and-date with the EA game in 2010.
These two brand extension projects are based on EA’s adaptation,
telling Dante’s epic story from a fresh, contemporary perspective and
further exposing the classic to an ever wider pop culture audience.

A special “Issue 0” preview edition of the Dante’s Inferno comic will
be given away at Comic-Con International 2009 in San Diego next week
July 23rd through July 26th at the EA (Booth #5213) and DC Comics
(Booth # 1915) booths. The game will also be featured at the following
events during the show:

· “Go to Hell With Dante’s Inferno” Panel – EA, DC/WildStorm
and Starz Media present a panel discussion about how each group has
translated the various aspects of “The Divine Comedy” into a video
game, a comic series, and an animated feature. Find out from the
creative minds behind each adaptation, where they were faithful and
where they invented and get a peek at EA’s game in development, and be
among the first to watch the world premier trailer for the animated
feature “Dante’s Inferno” co-produced by EA and Starz Media’s Film
Roman animation studio. The panel is at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM on
Thursday, July 23rd in Room 8.

· Dante’s Inferno Comic Preview Issue Signings – Artist Diego
Latorre and writer Christos Gage will be at the DC Comics booth
signing free copies of the Dante’s Inferno comic preview issue. The
signings will take place at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Friday and Saturday
and at Christos Gage will be signing them at the EA booth on Thursday
from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

· Dante’s Inferno Limited Edition Lithograph Signing – Diego
Latorre has created a special, limited edition lithograph exclusively
for Comic-Con, with only 750 copies available. He will be signing
these copies at the EA Booth. These signings will take place on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 12:00PM.

· Play the Dante’s Inferno Game – One of 2010’s most highly
anticipated action-adventure games will be playable for all show
attendees at the EA booth during all exhibition hours!

Illustrated by Diego Latorre (The Incredible Hulk) and written by
Christos Gage (X-Men/Spider-Man, Wildcats) the Dante’s Inferno
six-issue comic miniseries will go on sale beginning in December 2009.
Created by Visceral Games, Dante’s Inferno is set in the poem’s
vividly imagined nine circles of hell – limbo, lust, gluttony, greed,
anger, violence, heresy, fraud and treachery. Players take Dante on an
epic descent through hell, battling their way through a terrifying
gauntlet of demons to reclaim the soul of his beloved Beatrice. The
Dante’s Inferno comic will highlight the action-packed moments in the
game, and will also deliver more perspective on Beatrice’s experience,
adding more depth to the game’s story and exploring more of the poem’s
dramatic depiction of the underworld.

“Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy” is an incredibly rich piece of
source material. It is a literary classic teeming with demons,
monsters, danger and doom. It is the perfect backdrop to our
action-adventure story,” said Jonathan Knight, executive producer of
Dante’s Inferno. “We are extremely excited to be working with great
partners like WildStorm and Starz Media to expand the story and
deliver our adaptation to other powerful media.”

“When Christos and I saw the early gameplay demo of the game, our jaws
just hit the floor,” said Hank Kanalz, Vice President and General
Manager, WildStorm. “The nature of this game, as well as the original
work, inspired WildStorm to take a unique approach in the creative.
Diego Latorre’s art is outstanding and atypical for a game-based
comic. EA has really set the bar high, and we strive to achieve or
surpass the mark with this book.”

EA’s Dante’s Inferno will be in stores in 2010 for the Xbox 360®
videogame and entertainment system, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer
entertainment system and the PSP® (Sony PlayStation® Portable). The
game has not yet been rated by the ESRB or PEGI. For more information
about EA’s Dante’s Inferno, please visit www.dantesinferno.com and
follow the Dante’s Inferno team at Visceral Games on Twitter at


About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California,
is a leading global interactive entertainment software company.
Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes
interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal
computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets
its products under four brand names: EATM, EA SPORTSTM, EA Mobile TM
and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion
and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's
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Internet at http://info.ea.com.

About DC Comics

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest
English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such
iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman.
These DC super heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies,
television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace,
thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site
is located at www.dccomics.com.

About Starz Media

Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company
operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay
Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create
animated and live-action programming -- including theatrical films --
and programming created under contract for other media companies. It
distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside
producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad
supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless
video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media
(www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media
Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.

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Dead Space are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts
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of companies. “PLAYSTATION”, “PSP” and “PlayStation” are registered
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