Friday, April 27, 2007

Press release

Roman Dirge and Steven Daily set sail with Peter the Pirate Squid

We all find inspiration in the strangest places. Artists are inspired by stains on the ceiling, writers by misheard conversations. And now, from Roman Dirge, creator of Lenore (and we're a little afraid to guess what that was inspired by) comes a salty tale of a seaborne squid who draws his life mission from... pirates.
Peter the Pirate Squid pairs Dirge's writing talents with the keen artistic abilities of Steven Daily, telling the tale of an eight-legged cephalopod who wants nothing more than to rule his seventh of a sea with an iron hand – er, tentacle. And so, with a faithful crew of oysters, seahorses, crabs and other eyepatch-minded denizens of the deep, Peter sets forth in search of booty, baubles and grog-toting adventure!

The same size as a Little Golden Book, Peter the Pirate Squid is sure to be a hit with existing Lenore fans, younger readers, and kids of all ages.

Dirge says that after a decade of publishing the multimedia hit Lenore with SLG, the step to children's books (albeit children's books with unique sensibilities) comes naturally.

“Ya know, I like pirates and I like squids. It just seemed like it needed to happen," said Dirge. Steven is such an incredible artist and I'm proud to shove his work into more eye balls."

"Creating this world has been so challenging and fun. I have always wanted to work on a pirate story. When Roman had the idea of taking this Peter character, and make a book out of him, ideas just started to 'flow like Neptune's beard,'" Daily said. "Roman is a brilliant working with him is amazing."

Peter and his fellow subaquatic swashbucklers will live by the sword in July 2007. Peter the Pirate Squid will be a 32-page, 7.5" x 7.5" black-and-white storybook and will retail for $4.95. It is available for pre-order now at comic book stores through Diamond Comics and will soon be available on SLG's website,, and

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