ADV Announces Lady Death Premiere at Otakon


HOUSTON, July 19, 2004 —ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., today announced the world premiere of the highly anticipated movie, Lady Death®: The Motion Picture, the company's first animated feature length film. Attendees at this year's San Diego Comic Con will have the first opportunity to see the movie on Friday, July 23. Director Andrew Orjuela and creator Brian Pulido, among other members of the Lady Death creative team, are scheduled to be on hand at the screening Friday night. The creators will also be signing autographs and talking to fans at the ADV booth at 1pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the convention!

And Lady Death herself will be there in the flesh at Comic Con mingling with her fans! Attendees can also receive a free Lady Death movie-sized poster at the ADV booth (#3628) while supplies last. There will also be a “Behind the Scenes” discussion panel on Friday, July 23rd with director Andrew Orjuela and ADV Sr. Marketing Manager Rod Peters, along with other members of the creative team, dishing up behind-the-scenes tidbits.


THURSDAY, JULY 22nd, 1pm ADV Booth #3628, Lady Death director Andrew Orjuela and creator Brian Pulido

FRIDAY, JULY 23rd, 1pm ADV Booth #3628, Lady Death director Andrew Orjuela and creator Brian Pulido

FRIDAY, JULY 23rd, ADV Panel: LADY DEATH “Behind the Scenes”, 2:30-3:30pm ROOM 9


SATURDAY, JULY 24th, 1pm ADV Booth #3628, Lady Death director Andrew Orjuela and creator Brian Pulido

Visit the Lady Death website at for the latest production updates, amazing character gallery and to view the upcoming movie trailer.

The Making of the Film

ADV Films took great pains in bringing to life Chaos! Comics' popular character, Lady Death! To ensure this film would deliver a unique and original vision, ADV Films brought together some of its finest talents and incorporated them with some of the best animators and musicians in the business.

This animated masterpiece was directed and produced by first-time director Andrew Orjuela, who also conceptualized the stunning animation. The screenplay was written by renowned writer Carl Macek, developer and story editor for Robotech; producer of the English-language version of Miyazaki's classic My Neighbor Totoro; and producer and director of the English language version of Vampire Hunter D. ADV Films also, worked closely with Lady Death creator, Brian Pulido in capturing the true essence of the diva of death herself. Known for composing music for such directors as Steven Spielberg, Clive Barker and Oliver Stone in films like Any Given Sunday, Ali and Finding Forrester, famed composer Bill Brown took command of composing the original musical score for this epic tale.

The Story

Set in 15th Century Sweden, Hope, the beautiful daughter of Matthias—believed to be a skilled mercenary, but who in actuality is Lucifer, the Lord of Lies—is accused of being the devil's consort following a hellish incident witnessed by local villagers. Ultimately, Hope is sentenced by the town priest to be burned at the stake. Writhing in pain and unable to think clearly, she accepts Lucifer's offer of life in Hell—presented by the malevolent Pagan—over a hideously painful death.

Lucifer's grand plan to corrupt a soul of pure innocence meets unanticipated resistance, as Hope rejects Lucifer's scheme and eventually, transformed into the powerful warrior LADY DEATH, challenges the Lord of Lies for control of Hell itself. A powerful story of innocence lost, savage betrayal and glorious rebirth.

Creator: Brian Pulido is best known as the founder of Chaos! Comics, the place “where darkness dwells” with titles such as Lady Death, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity and The Chosen. Nominated by Diamond Comic Distribution as new publisher of the year in 1994, Chaos! was Wizard Magazine's publisher of the year in 1996 and winner of two Comic Buyer's Guide Awards in 1997 and 1998. Chaos! Comics was also known as the number one publisher of supernatural comics, appealing to a range of readers who like their comic fiction with teeth.

Producer / Director: Andrew Orjuela also served as producer and art director of ADV Films' animation co-production, SIN, and has over ten years experience with ADV Films. In addition to taking the wheel for the first time as a director, Mr. Orjuela was also responsible for fashioning an original environment populated by unique characters that are both fresh and familiar at the same time.

“It's a very exciting time for ADV Films and myself,” said Orjuela. “As a huge fan of comic books and anime films, I hope to incorporate the best of both worlds and deliver a film that will entertain fans by staying true to the integrity of the character, while using both old and new animation techniques to tell an epic story that all people can relate to.”

Screenwriter: Carl Macek began his career in 1984, and has amassed credits as a writer, producer and story editor for animation. Hailed as one of the early proponents of anime, Macek contributed to anime's rise as a pop culture phenomenon in Western society. Joining Harmony Gold in 1985, Macek's television work includes producing, story editing and script writing, most notably for Robotech. In fact, Macek also authored the screenplay for Robotech: The Movie, which he co-produced and co-directed. He was the scriptwriter for the original C.O.P.S. while at DIC, and worked on Mattel's Computer Warriors. In 1989, he served as artistic director/producer for Streamline Pictures. Macek also produced the first English-language version of Miyazaki's classic My Neighbor Totoro and produced/directed the English language version of Vampire Hunter D. In 2000, he joined ADV Films, where he developed and scripted the feature film Lady Death.

About ADV Films:

In the 12 years since its inception, ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) for the North American market and has also developed a leadership position in the UK. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films' extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. ADV Films' library also includes popular live-action science fiction programs such as The Jim Henson Company's Farscape, the nationally syndicated Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and the Saturn Award-nominated Mutant X.

Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses a multitude of complementary media divisions, spanning publishing, television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Its Anime Network™ is America's first and only television network dedicated to bringing anime and anime-related programming to consumers nationwide via digital cable 24 hours a day. The company has two publishing arms: Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly magazine, and ADV Manga, dedicated to publishing graphic novels. Most recently, the company formed ADV Toys, creating exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's extensive original content holdings. Headquartered in Houston, the company has offices in Europe and Japan. For more information, visit

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