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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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If there were a fifth Beatle, most fans would assume it was Pete Best, the drummer Ringo Starr replaced. But Vivek J. Tiwary’s graphic novel (a finalist for a 26th Annual Lambda Literary Award in the graphic novel category) recognizes Brian Epstein as the fifth band member–a silent partner, the brains behind the Beatles’ concept. Tiwary admits telling Epstein’s story has been his life work, adding, “Why shouldn’t he have a life in comics?”

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May 9, NEW YORK, NY— “The Fifth Beatle” creative team, including writer Vivek J. Tiwary, and artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, have been selected as guests at the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event. This year’s festival will feature 100 authors, poets and illustrators participating in several exhibitions on the National Mall. “The Fifth Beatle” team will be giving a 30-minute presentation followed by a book signing. The festival is free and open to the public.

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