Broken Saints at San Diego Comic-Con

Jul 6th 2005
The Saints are Marching in…
to San Diego!
Groundbreaking animated comic creators to premiere award-winning DVD and announce future partnerships at the San Diego Comic-Con.

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VANCOUVER July 6, 2005 – Creator/Director/Writer/Producer Brooke Burgess, the Canadian maverick behind the critically acclaimed animated ‘cinematic literature’ epic Broken Saints, will be splashing down next week at North America's largest pop-culture event – the San Diego International Comic Convention. Having recently added the Canadian New Media Award for Producer of the Year to an ever-growing list (Broken Saints' original online version won the 2003 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Online Animation, and the DVD edition recently captured the “Best of Show” nod at The 2005 Horizon Interactive Awards), Burgess hopes to spread the saintly gospel amongst the 85000 comics, sci-fi, and fantasy diehards expected to attend.
Burgess and series artist Andrew West will be on hand from preview night on Wednesday, July 13th to the show's close on Sunday, July 17th to sign copies of their DVD epic, hold a Q and A panel on the future of Broken Saints (Thurs, July 14th – 11AM – Room 8) and negotiate international distribution and licensing deals with interested publishers and media representatives.
Burgess, a former producer at software giant Electronic Arts, began Broken Saints as an online graphic novel that used Macromedia's Flash technology to tell the dark, thought-provoking story of four strangers who discover that their souls are cryptically linked to each other…and a techno-spiritual conspiracy to enslave humanity.
Along with winning awards and rave reviews, Burgess has been winning mainstream attention north of the 49th; his Broken Saints 4 DVD-set was just recently released (May 10th) exclusively at Future Shop (the Canadian subsidiary of Best Buy) stores across Canada and online.
"This DVD is a true Work of Art... We love it and highly recommend it!"
- by Jens C. Brynildsen, Flash Magazine, April 3, 2005-

The online version of Broken Saints received so many accolades that Telefilm Canada – the government grant agency for film and new media - awarded Burgess with $250K to develop the saga into a deluxe 4-disc DVD set. Swelling from the core team of three web pioneers to nearly 100 artists, volunteers, technicians, and industry professionals – and completed in less than 9 months – there is already talk with major publishers and studios of a Broken Saints video game, full print comic and even a live-action television series. Glowing reviews of the DVD set are coming in fast-and-furious:

“One of the first ambitious attempts to bring a graphic novel to interactive life on the Internet continues to thrive.”
- Chris Marlowe, Hollywood Reporter February 14, 2005

“Once in a while a DVD comes along that has the ability to pick you up out of your comfy chair and hurl you into a bold world of thoughtful imagination. Such a DVD is Broken Saints.”
- Randall Cyrenne, DVD Toons.com February 10, 2005 http://www.dvdtoons.com/reviews/375

“It's a movie that, superficially, seems to have infinite factors going against it, yet some how managed to not only over come those obstacles, but set a new bar in the process.” “It's brilliant…BUY THIS DVD!”
- William M. Nash, CHUD.com February 8, 2005 http://chud.com/dvd/1450

(Many more high-profile reviews are included in a the presskit link below.)

Broken Saints is now being featured on CBC's On Demand service, and will be available for direct digital download and viewing for the majority of Canadian cable subscribers for three years. While enjoying the early success of his project after four years of hard work - and seeing his distribution dreams steadily becoming a reality – Brooke continues to push for development of the series across all entertainment platforms, in the hopes that its profound message of hope and sacrifice will reach and inspire even greater audiences in the months and years to come.

To receive a copy of the “Broken Saints” presskit and screening sampler for your own story or review, please contact the numbers listed below.

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