Ape Entertainment to Develop Comic Series Based on Temple Run!
SAN DIEGO, CA – July 12, 2012 –- Ape Entertainment, developers of the massively popular Pocket God Comics and Cut the Rope Comic, along with Imangi Studios, developers of the hit mobile game Temple Run, announced a new licensing agreement to create a series of original digital comic books and graphic novels based on the popular game. In a global rights’ licensing agreement, initiated & brokered by Dimension Branding Group (DBG), the comics series will explore the yet untold backstory of the characters found within the game and delve into the mysteries surrounding the ancient temples they run through.
“The Temple Run game left a lot to the imagination, with more questions than answers. We look forward to exploring the world of Temple Run and the adventures of Guy Dangerous in more detail with Ape Entertainment and the comic series,” said Keith Shepherd, CEO of Imangi Studios.
Created by Imangi Studios, Temple Run® is the most exhilarating running game on the App Store. Players test their reflexes as they race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. They swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins to buy power ups, and run as far as they can through an ever more challenging terrain.
Ape Entertainment plans to release the full-color comic book series in print as well as through a standalone Temple Run Comics app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in the coming months.
“Temple Run is by far one of my favorite adventure games on the App Store,” said David Hedgecock, CEO of Ape Entertainment. “The thrilling gameplay plays into our plans very nicely for an extraordinary storyline that we know fans will enjoy.”
“In the fast paced world of apps, Temple Run gives “fast” new meaning,, delivering an exotic and ever changing world with characters ripe for story development,” says Marsha Armitage-Bristow, EVP Licensing at DBG
About Ape Entertainment
Founded in 2003, Ape Entertainment is the brainchild of lifelong comic book devotees David Hedgecock, and Brent E. Erwin. Ape Entertainment is the comic book home to innovative new titles such as LITTLE GREEN MEN, SCOUTS, and HERO WITHIN. Ape is also the North American publisher for licensed properties THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, KUNG FU PANDA, RICHIE RICH, CASPER, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, POCKET GOD, and CUT THE ROPE. To learn more visit the company’s website at http://apecomics.com. Ape Entertainment is also on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ApeEntertainment and Twitter http://twitter.com/ApeComics.
About Imangi Studios
Imangi Studios was founded by husband and wife team Keith Shepherd and NataliaLuckyanova in 2008. With the addition of artist Kiril Tchangov in 2009,the three person studio developed mega-hit Temple Run, which currently boasts over 90 million downloads since its release in August 2011. They also released the game Temple Run: Brave in partnership with Disney/Pixar, the perfect adaptation of the original game and the Disney/Pixae movie Brave. It quickly achieved worldwide success, hitting No. 1 in 49 countries and remaining in the top 2 of all paid apps for the first month of release. Based in Washington, D.C., the self-funded, fully independent studio previously developed Harbor Master, geoSpark, Hippo High Dive and Max Adventure for IOS. Temple Run launched in the Android Marketplace in 2012. www.imangistudios.com.
About Dimensional Branding Group, LLC:
The San Francisco Bay Area based brand extension agency focuses on brand licensing, business development and promotion services with a unique emphasis on the interactive and digital channels. DBG specializes in developing toys, games, iconic brands and digital trademarks into entertainment placement and new extension markets. Its clients include PlayStation, (including game titles such as God of War, Ratchet and Clank, and Little Big Planet), Jenga, Skee-Ball, Chronicle Books, Miniclip and its company owned titles, Worst-Case Scenario, Bob’s Space Racers, Fight My Monster & Temple Run. www.dimensionalbranding.com.