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Lincoln Butterfield Taps Mike Vosburg to Ink RIP, M.D. Graphic Novel

Press Release from Lincoln Butterfield Animation

Burbank, CA -- May 27, 2009 -- On the heels of signing its publishing deal with Fantagraphics, Lincoln Butterfield Animation has secured one of the industry's preeminent comic book artists to ink its new RIP, M.D. graphic novel. Mike Vosburg, whose multifaceted background is steeped in horror and fantasy projects, has been tapped to work on the edgy, teen-targeted series.

Vosburg will work closely with veteran animation producer Mitch Schauer, who not only created RIP, M.D., but is writing and penciling the book as well. A graphic novel that spins a comical tale about the real-life problems of monsters, RIP, M.D. follows the adventures of Ripley Plimpt, an ordinary boy whose life turns upside-down when he discovers that monsters are not only real, but are also in need of his unique services.

"As Mitch began to conceptualize RIP, M.D., Mike was a natural choice," said Michael Lessa of Lincoln Butterfield. "Having worked with Mike in the past, I knew that his background, artistry and sensibilities would be the perfect fit to complement Mitch's pencils. Mike also brings his own witty touch that is sure to enhance our monster story's already playful edge."

Mike Vosburg's illustrious career has included several years of work for Marvel and DC before branching into the fields of animation, advertising and film. He has produced artwork for the LA Museum of Tolerance, has drawn the entire run of cover inserts for the HBO TALES FROM THE CRYPT series, and won an Emmy as director on the HBO animated series SPAWN. Vosburg has done music video storyboards for such notable artists as Eminem, Marilyn Manson and Gwen Stefani. Most recently, he storyboarded THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, PRINCE CASPIAN and JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. Vosburg continues to create and produce his own comic book graphic novels LORI LOVECRAFT and RETROWOOD.

"It's a delight to be involved in a project that is a charming mixture of childhood whimsy in a noir setting," said Vosburg.

RIP, M.D. is part of Lincoln Butterfield's growing catalogue of animation properties with the potential for multiplatform extensions. Other titles include the tween properties TAN and NIT: NEIGHBORHOOD INVESTIGATION TEAM, and mature titles VENTURE PROBE and WHEN IN ROME.