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1821 Comics www.1821comics.com, comic legend Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment have set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Graphic Novel ever published with a scaled up version of their New York Times Best Selling graphic novel ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR.

The giant version of the graphic novel was unveiled last week in a special celebration held at the Vault Gallery in Culver City that included a silent art auction with proceeds from the event benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Institute. The official certificate from the Guinness World Record organization was presented to Lee and 1821 Comics co-founder Terry Dougas by actor Thomas Jane, star of HBO’s Hung and Marvel’s Punisher. Michael Wayne, John Wayne’s grandson and Chair of the John Wayne Cancer Institute also attended the event and addressed the attendees.

ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR is one of the most sought after coffee table books with the original editions available on both hardcover and paperback. Both versions of the book have hit the New York Times Best Sellers list several times. ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR is the brainchild of Lee, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas, founders of 1821 Comics and Lee’s producing partner Gill Champion, President and CEO of POW! Entertainment. ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR is printed as a beautiful large coffee table book with the story re-imagined by Stan Lee and Terry Dougas, written by Max Work and artwork by Skan Srisuwan.

The book is available as a hard cover collector’s edition and soft cover. The book is available at local comic retailers, book stores and online. The limited edition giant book stands 25 inches tall, 33 inches wide and is 2 inches thick.

The donated art which was on display from the event included a limited edition Turbie Breaks The Frown Barrier by two-time Emmy Winner Rich Arons, Anticipation for Andy by Anthony Win, Brock Hamilton’s Spider Man, Mary Jane by Jamie Tyndall, and 6 giant pieces of artwork from ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR by Skan Srisuwan. The Vault Gallery will hold a viewing of the artwork from the event today for the general public.

1821 Comics is taking pre-sales of the record setting book for fans who want to personally own a copy. For additional details please email info@1821comics.com.

The event’s sponsors included: Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo Presented by POW! Entertainment, Sun Drop, Veev and Whosay.

Commented 1821 Comics co-founder Terry Dougas on the World Record “It’s truly an honor to first hit the New York Times best-sellers with ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR, and now to be setting a new world record for the largest graphic novel published with our limited edition scaled up version. I’d like to thank Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment for partnering with us on this project and to all of our sponsors and donors who attended last night’s event benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Institute.”

Stan Lee said: “It’s incredibly gratifying to be able to merge an entertainment project with a charitable endeavor. I’m delighted to have been able to combine the occasion of our graphic-novel ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR being included into the world-famous Guinness Book of Records with a perfect opportunity to aid the splendid work of the John Wayne Cancer Institute. It’s just one more example of art aiding life and I’m extremely proud to have been a part of it.”

“Publishing remains a core part of POW!’s business. We are always looking for creative, exciting ways to reach our fans and consumers, and this event exemplifies that perfectly,” remarked POW! Entertainment’s Gill Champion.

ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR story takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers and places them in the futuristic sci-fi/fantasy Empire of Verona, the most powerful territory on Earth. The MONTAGUES, powerful cyborgs made of artificial DNA, and the CAPULETS, genetically enhanced humans known for their speed and agility, worked in tandem to destroy all threats to the city. With no one left to fight, the Montagues and Capulets found themselves a new enemy: each other.

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