The Fifth Beatle

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November 2013

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• 2014 Eisner Award Winner for Best Reality-Based Work

This tribute to Brian Epstein is spot on and will inspire … The music lives on. And, with this book, the story of Brian Epstein lives on in this compelling work.” –
Comics Grinder

The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story is the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided The Beatles – from their gigs in a tiny cellar in Liverpool to unprecedented international stardom.

Yet more than merely the story of “The Man Who Made The Beatles”,
The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Brian himself died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two, having helped The Beatles prove through Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that pop music could be an inspirational art form. He was homosexual when it was a felony to be so in the United Kingdom, Jewish at a time of anti-Semitism, and from Liverpool when it was considered just a dingy port town.

“It’s a brilliant comic, in every aspect, from script to art to lettering to production; it is beautiful.” –
 IGN

“Positively exquisite illustrations … an astonishing book; it deserves repeated readings to capture all of thoughtful nuances of Robinson’s gorgeous work. Every page, or two-page splash, of the book is so carefully constructed and rendered. Robinson has meticulously adapted Tiwary’s script to produce one of the most stunningly illustrated graphic novels of the past year.” –
Comics Authority

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•Comics website

“[Tiwary] crafts a story that's every bit as engaging as that of The Fab Four themselves … it's captivating, brilliant, funny, and tragic, and it artistically captures every mood and locale associated with this era of Beatlemania. It's a must-have for Beatles fans and fans of great storytelling.”

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“Presenting a new facet of Beatles biography is a challenge. Tiwary and Robinson break new ground by spotlighting the Beatles’ discoverer and manager, Brian Epstein, telling his story in graphic novel form … there’s nothing to find fault with here.”

The New York Times

•American daily newspaper

“It abounds with emotional moments … [this] graphic novel presents Epstein as the outsider he was: Jewish and gay, at a time in England when the first wasn’t very popular and engaging in homosexual activity was a criminal act.”