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Screenings and New Graphic Novel Mark ‘Yellow Submarine’ 50th Anniversary

Famous 1968 animated Fab Four fantasy hits theatres this month, with book adaptation 20 years in making coming in August.  

'Yellow Submarine.'

Yellow Submarine, the 1968 animated fantasy inspired by music from The Beatles, is back in U.S., Canadian and U.K. theatres this month in celebration of the film’s 50th Anniversary. Directed by George Dunning, with Bob Balser and Jack Stokes directing the animation, Yellow Submarine was a visual tour de force and critical success that many credited with bringing needed attention to animation as a serious art form.

Coinciding with the film’s theatrical return is next month’s release of cartoonist Bill Morrison’s graphic novel, Yellow Submarine. As noted in the New York Times, Morrison, co-founder of Bongo Comics and since June 2017, editor of Mad Magazine, started work on the graphic novel 20 years ago, producing 25 pages of an animated film adaptation for Dark Horse Comics. Ultimately, that publishing deal fell through and the project lay dormant. Enter Titan Comics, who acquired the rights and asked Morrison to finish the book. The 128-page graphic novel will hit bookshelves on August 28th with a cover price of $29.99.

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.