SOURCE: Planetwide Media

January 09, 2007 08:00 ET

Planetwide Media Announces Hypercomics.com

Beta Launch of Online Social Network for Artists, Comic Book and Story Creators and Their Fans; Sign Up for a Free Hypercomics.com Account, Post a Comic and Receive a Free Comic Book Creator™ Software Digital Download

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 9, 2007 -- Planetwide Media, a leading provider of interactive entertainment and online software applications, announced today the official beta launch of www.Hypercomics.com, the next generation online social network for Online Comics and Storybooks. Membership to Hypercomics.com is free and allows anyone -- from a fan to a professional comic book creator -- the ability to create, upload their own personal comic creations and search officially licensed and approved content from various genres such as comic books, animations, manga and anime. Users can create and publish personalized digital comic books, storybooks, game comics or photo comics to share with friends, family and fans.

More than just an online social network, Hypercomics.com serves as a key resource for fans and content creators by providing an online destination to publish, search, create, showcase, review, rate and discuss new comic book and storybook creations. Hypercomics.com provides complete online social networking functionality including commentary, ratings, blogs, forums and groups. Hypercomics.com will allow comic creators to share their work, discuss others' work, enter contests and read interviews with Comic Book Industry professionals. Exclusively and for a limited time, the first 5,000 members to sign up for a Free Account during the Beta Launch of the Hypercomics.com and post one or more user generated creations (UGC) will receive a free digital download of Comic Book Creator™ software. A trial version of Comic Book Creator™ will let a new member design, create and post UGC's online to Hypercomics.com and will let "you" become the comic book creator. You will be able to share UGC's with your friends.

"Building a social network and community at Hypercomics.com is an outgrowth of our self-publishing digital comic book creation software 'Comic Book Creator™,' which puts user generated creations in the hands of everyone," said Kevin Donovan, President of Planetwide Media. "Hypercomics.com was created with the intent to connect entertainment brands directly to their fan bases who have been craving more and more interactivity with their favorite characters."

Several key market indicators suggest that Hypercomics.com is launching at the right place and the right time. Comic book inspired entertainment is reaching a broader audience. Comic books have made a comeback with the recent release of major Super Heroes films. NBC Television's new hit series "Heroes" integrates both comic book and graphic novel genres. Marvel Entertainment characters are being prominently featured in films, DVDs and video game releases throughout 2007 and running to the end of 2008. Through its patent pending Comic Book Creator™ software, Planetwide Media provides a unique offering in today's consumer driven marketplace. Hypercomics.com and the Comic Book Creator software embrace the "remix and mash up culture" by empowering consumers to create stories with a variety of branded/licensed art and digital assets. The Comic Book Creator software personal media platform allows users to remix and mash up artwork, photos and audio assets across multiple touch points -- from social networks to blogs and beyond -- while maintaining the original content owner's brand integrity through our Digital Rights Management system. Comic Book Creator is a next generation interactive solution for brands, licensors and advertisers seeking a platform to fully embrace today's digital mashup culture and engage consumers in ways never before possible.

About Comic Book Creator™

Planetwide Media's Comic Book Creator is the first truly intuitive drag and drop interactive entertainment software for creating comic books, personal, educational, and photo-album presentations. The self-publishing Comic Book Creator technology provides a complete digital art studio, packed with fully-licensed screen shots, characters, logos, clip art, caption headers, and word bubbles. There are several licensed versions of Comic Book Creator products available from Planetwide Media including Marvel, Sony Online Entertainment, and Paramount Pictures to name a few. The groundbreaking Comic Book Creator software blurs the line between static and animated art by the blending of screen shots with audio files, animated GIFs and a flash flip-book option. Comic Book Creator users can publish directly to www.Hypercomics.com with no special web tools, as well as to any printer, email, personal website, or blog.

About Planetwide Media

Planetwide Media (a division of Planetwide Games, Inc.) provides a unique and patent pending, interactive, self-publishing personalized media platform for a wide audience of emerging consumers in the digital media space. The company's signature product, Comic Book Creator™ is a best-of-breed digital media platform that embraces User Generated Content (UGC) and enables users to blend their creations into their social networks, their blogs and across the web. Comic Book Creator's web enabled tools and software applications provide consumers with a richly enhanced interactive digital experience and expands personal creativity. Planetwide Media is currently licensing the Comic Book Creator technology and partnering with world-class entertainment, video game, sports, music and lifestyle brands worldwide.

Visit http://www.hypercomics.com, http://www.myplanetwide.com, and http://www.mycomicbookcreator.com and for more information.

Comic Book Creator, Drag n'Drop Comics and Hypercomics are trademarks of Planetwide Games, Inc.

TM & © 2006 Planetwide Games, Inc. All rights reserved.

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