Official Press Release
This November, Zorro returns to the big screen with an all-new, big-
budget motion picture, once again starring Antonio Banderas and
Catherine Zeta-Jones. Papercutz, the mass-market division of
respected graphic novel publisher NBM, has announced plans to publish
all-new, full-color comics and graphic novels featuring Zorro.
"The timing is perfect for Zorro's return to comics," said Terry
Nantier, Papercutz publisher. "With the excitement being created by
the upcoming film, the awareness for Zorro will be at an all time
high. Part of the Papercutz philosophy is to produce high quality
comics material featuring well-known characters, for the ever-growing
tween comics and graphic novel market."
Writer Don McGregor, who has previously written Zorro for both comics
(Topps) and comic strips (collected by Image Comics), was the obvious
choice to write the new Papercutz series. "Besides contributing Lady
Rawhide to the Zorro mythos, Don is great at coming up with deadly
new villains to pit against Zorro. In `Scars,'- the title of the
first story- we meet Lucifer Trapp and Ripklaw – the two latest, and
greatest additions to Zorro's colorful Rogues' Gallery," reports
Papercutz editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup. "Don's devised all sorts of
death traps for Zorro – pitting him against both sadistic foes and
the uncontrollable forces of nature in the frigid but breath-taking
Yellowstone Park. All while Zorro attempts to liberate the beautiful
Eulalia Bandini from the clutches of Captain Monasterio."
Artist Sidney Lima's style combines the best elements of many top fan-
favorite superhero artists with a manga influence. This is essential
in appealing to today's discriminating young comics fans. While
maintaining the classic swashbuckling style and humor of Zorro, Lima
creates a look for Zorro that is new and contemporary. Creating
exciting fresh visuals is a Papercutz priority!
"With the continuing success of manga graphic novels, and such manga-
sized paperbacks of popular tie-ins such as "SpongeBob SquarePants"
and "Lizzie McGuire," can there be any doubt that Zorro will be major
hit?" says Nantier. "While our Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew graphic
novels are flying out of the bookstores, the comic book market has
been a little slow to realize just how powerful the Papercutz titles
really are. With traditional comic book sales still not what they
used to be, savvy comic shop owners know that Nancy Drew and Zorro
can attract new customers. But it only works if comic shops position
our books where potential new customers can see them."
The quarterly Zorro graphic novels will be pre-serialized in comic
book form, with the first 32 page, full-color issue coming out in
Previews and more info can be found at www.papercutz.com.