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LOS ANGELES (April15, 2014) – Vivek J. Tiwary’s debut graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle garnered two Will Eisner Comic Industry Award nominations for “Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Interior Art)” and “Best Reality-Based Work.” The Eisner Awards are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books, sometimes referred to the comic industry’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony held Friday, July 25 at Comic-Con International. The Fifth Beatle, published by Dark Horse, was a New York Times #1 Best-Seller upon its release last November.

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April 11, 2014, NEW YORK, NY—By Vivek J. Tiwary

Yesterday afternoon, hours before he would induct Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, my friend Peter Asher warned me that his induction speech would be short by necessity. I suspect Peter thought I’d be disappointed that Brian might not get his full due. And yet last night, Peter gave the most lovely, heartfelt, personal, poignant, and informative speech about Brian Epstein that the mainstream public has heard in years, perhaps since Paul McCartney told the BBC “If anyone was ‘The Fifth Beatle’ it was Brian” (and that was in 1999).

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