A child’s instinctual need for the comfort of a stuffed animal is rooted in a
reality long forgotten by the adult world. The hidden truth is that these companions have been defending
children since the dawn of time. Follow young Joey on the adventure of a lifetime as he travels through
the Stuffed Animal Kingdom, a journey that puts the fate of all the world's children in his hands and
brings him face to face with his destiny.
CREATED and WRITTEN by MIKE BULLOCK
ARTWORK by JACK LAWRENCE
LETTERED by DAVE LANPHEAR
EDITED by RON MARZ
"For me, comic books have always been about escapism. They're a place to retreat
to and forget about the mundane problems of my every day life. But in recent times, there's been a
movement afoot to bring the cynicism and tedium of the real world to the printed page of today's comics--
particularly the output from the "Big Two". That's why it's so exciting and refreshing for me to see a
book like LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS come along. Mike Bullock and Jack Lawrence have created a book that
touches on the fears and sense of upheaval that seems to suffuse so much of what childhood is. But at
the same time, they also remind us of that feeling of wonder and discovery-- the thrill of the unknown--
that sharp sense we have as children that there just might be something more to our world than we can see
with our "every day" eyes. There might be something scary in the shadows or maybe something wonderous
just around the corner. Mike and Jack have crafted a book that confirms to the youngest of us the
possibilities of magic in our world-- and touches the hearts of the oldest of us to remind us of the
power and importance of imagination. LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS stands proudly, shoulder-to-shoulder with
books like BONE, HEROBEAR AND THE KID, DAVID AND GOLIATH and THE DREAMLAND CHRONICLES that help keep
those very fires of wonder and imagination burning bright for all to see."
"Well, let's take inventory here; amazing concept, great script, gorgeous art, and a
pure love of storytelling that permeates every page. First class all the way, and I want more NOW."
-Gail Simone, Birds of Prey
"This has all the ingredients of a truly incredible story."
-Mike Kunkel, HeroBear and the Kid
“This looks great, I’ll be buying it when it comes out!”
-David Finch, Avengers
It's a great idea, perfectly executed and drawn by Jack Lawrence in an exquisite,
Nickelodeon-like animated style that leaps off the pages."
-Joseph Szadkowski, The Washington Times
How many nights have you lain awake wondering if the monsters you imagine inhabiting your closet or
lurking beneath your bed are real? How many hours pass in the night while your sleepless mind creates
terrifying images of what lies just beyond your field of vision... out there, in the dark? How many
minutes have gone by while you wait in fear, dreading the noise you thought you heard? How many seconds
have pounded in your heart, as your imagination runs away to conjure the Beasties?
For those of you
who ponder those questions lay down your fear, for the denizens of the Stuffed Animal Kingdom are on
patrol, marshalling their forces and guarding your dreams.
Volume 1 Trade: FEAR AND PRIDE
Available July 2005
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