LOS ANGELES (April 15, 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.
Written and produced by Vivek J. Tiwary, The Fifth Beatle is about Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager and essentially the man behind their great success. Paul McCartney said, “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.” A film version of the graphic novel will be produced by Tiwary and Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“Milk,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) with unprecedented access to Beatles’ music. Production is currently casting for the lead role of Brian Epstein and Peyton Reed (“The Break-Up,” “Bring it On”) is attached to direct.
Said Tiwary, “I learned to read by reading comics, so I’m a longtime true believer in the medium’s ability to powerfully sing an inspiring, unsung true story — like that of The Fifth Beatle‘s Brian Epstein. It’s with a great sense of accomplishment and joy that we receive these Eisner nominations!”
Added Robinson, “After twenty years in the biz I’m extremely excited and honored that The Fifth Beatle has been nominated, and I myself for best painter/multimedia interior artist.”
This weekend, Tiwary and The Fifth Beatle artist, Andrew C. Robinson, will make appearances during WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center. On Friday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m., both are panelists for the “Comics and Pop Music: Beatles and Beyond!” discussion. On Saturday, April 19 at 5:00 p.m., they will be signing copies of The Fifth Beatle at the Dark Horse booth on the convention floor. For more information, visit http://thefifthbeatle.com/appearances/
Ballots for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are open to professionals in the comic book industry at www.eisnervote.com and votes must be submitted by June 13. More information about the awards may be found at: http://www.comic-con.org/awards/eisners-current-info.
For The Fifth Beatle graphic novel trailer, visit http://thefifthbeatle.com/.
ABOUT VIVEK J. TIWARY
Vivek J. Tiwary is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning producer of Broadway shows, film, television, and graphic novels.
Currently, Vivek is lead producing the Broadway adaptation of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill.” The production will include Morissette’s participation, with Pulitzer and Tony award winner Tom Kitt attached.
Vivek is the writer and producer of the graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle, about Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager and essentially the man behind their great success. Paul McCartney said, “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.” A film version of the graphic novel will be produced by Tiwary and Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“Milk,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) with unprecedented access to Beatles’ music. Production is currently casting for the lead role of Brian Epstein and Peyton Reed (“The Break-Up,” “Bring it On”) is attached to direct.
For television, Vivek sold a sitcom pilot “Punk Rock Dad” to CBS, based on the bestselling memoir/parenting manual by Pennywise lead singer, Jim Lindberg. He is developing a number of additional series including “Amelia Rules!”, a children’s film franchise and television series based on the series of tween graphic novels by New York Times best-selling author Jimmy Gownley.
On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards and garnered a total of 44 Tony nominations. Every single one of his shows have been honored, including: “The Addams Family”; Green Day’s “American Idiot,” the groundbreaking adaptation of the superstar rock band’s multi-platinum album; Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (which has garnered the most Tony Awards ever) and “Young Frankenstein”; “A Raisin In The Sun,” starring Sean Combs; and “A Little Night Music” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury. Off-Broadway, Vivek produced a theatrical collaboration between electropop/performance artists Fischerspooner and avant-garde theatre collective The Wooster Group (founded by Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray, and others) that launched the 2008 Sao Paulo Art Bienal.
Vivek also serves on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment( www.valiantentertainment.com), a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest and most-loved universe of comic book characters and has been hailed by the New York Times as “Marvel 2.0.”
Prior to founding Tiwary Entertainment Group (www.tiwaryent.com) and online music education/empowerment company StarPolish, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions, including launching and heading the Alternative Marketing Department at Mercury/PolyGram Records and managing Video Promotion for Mercury/PolyGram, where he worked closely with MTV and VH1. Vivek has worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum including Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Kiss, LL Cool J, John Mellencamp, Allen Ginsberg, Oasis, Hanson, 311 and The Mighty Mighty BossTones to name a few.
Among many charitable pursuits, Vivek is the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call (www.musiciansoncall.org), a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process.
Vivek is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. He also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio.