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We are super grateful to our fans, collaborators, and industry friends for the fab reception you’ve given The Fifth Beatle. As we gear up for the film and continue our book tour, please join us in relishing some highlights since our launch in November. Below are selected accolades, reviews, and features. If you’re a comics creator, please consider voting for The Fifth Beatle in the HARVEY AWARDS.

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NEW YORK (July 29, 2014) – In something of an upset, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, the acclaimed New York Times #1 Best-Selling graphic novel by writer/producer Vivek J. Tiwary and artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, published by Dark Horse Comics, won the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for “Best Reality-Based Work” at the 26th annual Eisner Awards, which took place last Friday at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

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Two alumni entrepreneurs break into an entertainment field perhaps never before tapped by Wharton grads.

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The alumnus in the story is Vivek J. Tiwary, C’96, W’96, whose latest project, the graphic novel—and soon to be major motion picture—The Fifth Beatle tells Brian Epstein’s story and explores the inspiring and tragic aspects of his largely unknown life.

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NEW YORK (July 21, 2014) –“The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story” by writer/producer Vivek J. Tiwary and artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, has garnered two Harvey Award nominations for “Best Graphic Novel – Original” and “Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation.” One of the most established and prestigious comics honors, the Harvey Awards are the only awards that are fully nominated and granted by fellow comic book creators. Voting is open to “those who write, draw, ink, color, letter, design, edit or are involved in the creative aspect of comics.”

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July 1, NEW YORK, NY— Vivek J. Tiwary’s debut graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, with art by Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, is the 2013 IndieFab Award Winner for the Foreword Reviews’ 16th Annual Book Of The Year Awards in the Graphic Novels & Comics category. Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the winner on Friday, June 27th at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference. Each year, Foreword Reviews highlights a small group of indie authors and publishers whose innovative work stands out among the crowd.

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(In Memory of Michael Jackson, who passed away 5 years ago today, we’re reposting this blog written by Vivek J. Tiwary after he heard the news.)

I was shocked when I heard that Michael Jackson had died– partially because he was so young and, to me, his death so unexpected… and partially because I felt much sadder than I thought I would. I didn’t think I cared so much about Michael Jackson anymore.

But in the days that followed, I realized that to pretend I didn’t care about Michael Jackson was like trying to pretend I didn’t care about youth. And I don’t mean my youth– I mean the concept of youth itself.

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Vivek Tiwary, C’96, W’96, conquered Broadway as its youngest, only producer of color. Now, he’s won over Beatles fans, the Beatles themselves, the comics world … and Hollywood. His best-selling graphic novel The Fifth Beatle, released last November, is in the works to become a major motion picture. We chronicled how Tiwary came to write the history of the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein—as have countless media outlets, including the Penn Gazette.

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RT @conventionscene: Publisher @ValiantComics is heading to @baltimorecomics with @JamesAsmus, @plasticfarm, @ReberVision, @VivekJTiwary. …
Brian Epstein passed away 8/27/67|"In the Beatles, he saw a message of love to be shared with the world"@VivekJTiwary http://t.co/DBn0iQks28
BRITISH INVASION 50th Anniversary Tour! Billy J. Kramer, Gerry &The Pacemakers, Chad &Jeremy, PeterAsher, DennyLaine http://t.co/17NQg1WzIW
RT @VivekJTiwary: Excited for this homecoming for me & @FifthBeatle @PawlingLibrary in 1 hr! http://t.co/FQbW4ILJCR
TY! RT @MovieTheatrGoer: @VivekJTiwary the @FifthBeatle book has arrived! I’m loving it already!!!! =) http://t.co/SLNKlR8twO
We say thanks! RT @MovieTheatrGoer: @fifthbeatle WOW I say WOW!! http://t.co/PSmezDpQfS
RT @claudioalvarez: Si a ud le gustan los Beatles y los cómics, esta es la novela gráfica que necesita. @fifthbeatle es una joyita. http://…
TONIGHT! 7pm EST @FifthBeatle writer / producer @VivekJTiwary live @PawlingLibrary NY http://t.co/MXjR5rTMib http://t.co/B6T55gKVmv
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RT @deanhaspiel: Calling all The Doors fans! Check out the comic I drew for the official DOORS App: http://t.co/MIfOsEMDjn http://t.co/Rwrv