The Fifth Beatle (graphic novel)
|The Fifth Beatle|
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Artist||Andrew Robinson & Kyle Baker|
The Fifth Beatle is a graphic novel by writer Vivek Tiwary, artist Andrew Robinson, and cartoonist Kyle Baker. It debuted in Italy as part as the tenth anniversary of the country’s Rolling Stone magazine and was published by Dark Horse Comics in November 2013.
The novel tells the true account of Brian Epstein, the manager of The Beatles, considered to be and coined as the "Fifth Beatle", so-called as he was the one who discovered the Liverpool band and was the driving force behind their worldwide success.
Despite being turned down by several record companies, Epstein believed the group would be "bigger than Elvis." As the group grew in popularity, Epstein struggled with his sexuality, being gay at a time when it was still criminalized, and there were few options for gay men to meet publicly, and his drug addictions. After The Beatles ceased touring in 1966, he feared about their future, and his role with the group.
The Fifth Beatle is in development to be adapted into a feature film in 2014. Peyton Reed is set to direct and it is being produced by Academy award-winning producer Bruce Cohen along with Tiwary, who also wrote the screenplay. The film has also acquired rights to Beatles songs from Sony.
The Fifth Beatle was released and became a New York Times Best Seller. It climbed to number one in its third week. USA Today called scenes of it "touching," as well as having some "fanciful aspects."
The Fifth Beatle was named as a finalist for the prestigious 26th Annual Lambda Literary Award ("The Lammys") for "Best LGBT Graphic Novel". 2014 marks the debut of the Graphic Novel Category. On March 14, 2014 The Fifth Beatle was named a finalist in Foreword Review's 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards.
In March 2014, Andrew C. Robinson, artist of The Fifth Beatle, was nominated for the 68th Annual National Cartoonist Society Divisional Reuben Award for “Best Graphic Novel.”  On May 25, 2014 it was announced that Andrew C. Robinson was selected as the Reuben Award Winner for “Best Graphic Novel.”
The Fifth Beatle was[when?] nominated for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Award under the category "Great Graphic Novels for Teens”. The winner of this award will be announced in January 2015.
The Fifth Beatle creative team, including writer Vivek J. Tiwary, and artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, have been selected as guests at the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on August 30, 2014 in Washington, D.C. U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event.
In June 2014, The Fifth Beatle was nominated for a True Believers Comics Award for "Favourite 2013 Original Graphic Novel".
The Fifth Beatle was also announced as an INDIEFAB 2013 GOLD Winner for Graphic Novels & Comics.
On July 25th, 2014, "The Fifth Beatle" received the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based work.
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