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Graphix Zone and Earthlink Network(TM) Introduce Line of 14 Low Cost Special Interest Internet Retail Products

SmartNet Singles Release Follows Graphix Zone's Successful Launch of

30,000 Units of SmartNet Internet Everything and Power Accessories

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Graphix Zone (Nasdaq: GZON), the leading Internet suite publisher, and EarthLink Network(TM), today introduced a line of 14 low cost special interest Internet retail products. Each of the SmartNet Singles feature hundreds of links and descriptions to the best sites on the Internet based on a particular subject. Topics include Golf, Basketball, Music, Football, Kids Only, Food and Drink, Small Business, Investing, Movies & Entertainment and others -- each within a fun, easy to use environment. Each "Single" also includes Internet Postcards by Howdy, Internet Coach by APTE, Starfish: WebQuick software, the hottest plug-ins, Internet access from EarthLink Network and Netscape Navigator 3.0 browser software. Two unique multimedia products are also part of the line: "Special Occasion" Internet Postcards and "Twisted" Internet Postcards. These allow users to send e-mail using audio, video and graphics chosen by the user. The multi-platform CD-ROMs are shipping now and will be in stores in time for the holiday season.

"We've personalized the Internet for a variety of special interests with this SmartNet Singles product line," said Norm Block, president of Graphix Zone, "By creating a simple navigational environment, anyone can get online, quickly target their favorite topic sites, and begin enjoying the vast benefits the Internet has to offer."

Additional Features

By providing over 100 of the best topic-related sites on the Internet for each targeted special interest, SmartNet Singles eliminate the time-consuming hassle of surfing the web for the best related information. The discs also include pre-loaded Freeloader and NetAngel Internet software, as well as Cyber Cash and Shockwave multimedia plug-ins.

"It is our goal to continually seek out new and entertaining content for our users," said Bob Johnson, vice president of marketing at EarthLink Network. "Offerings such as SmartNet Singles are just the kinds of topic- oriented online entertainment that consumers are demanding to get more value out of their Internet experience."

Pricing and Distribution

SmartNet Singles have a suggested retail price of $14.99 ($9.99 street), with the exception of the "Special Occasion" and "Twisted" Postcards, which have a suggested retail price of $19.99 ($14.95 street). All of the products are being distributed through traditional software retail stores and non- traditional channels such as sporting goods stores, drug stores and mass merchants, as well as other special interest marketing vehicles.

About EarthLink Network

EarthLink Network, a nationwide Internet access provider, couples reliable, uncensored and easy-to-use Internet access with content-rich services and engaging products to deliver an informative and entertaining online experience. Headquartered in Pasadena, the company provides access to thousands of cities in more than 334 locations in the U.S. and Canada; unlimited Internet access is available for $19.95 a month, with a $25 set-up fee. A free, twenty-four hour customer Help Line is accessible seven days a week. EarthLink has earned several industry service awards, which include Byte magazine's "Pournell's Reader's Choice" for EarthLink's personal Internet access service, Net magazine's "A" rating for EarthLink's Total Access Internet software package, and Yahoo/Internet Life's "*** 1/2" rating for EarthLink's home page (, judged to be the best among all Internet access providers. Additional product and pricing information can be obtained by calling (800) 395-8425 and through EarthLink's Web site at

About Graphix Zone

Founded in 1989, and based in Irvine, California, Graphix Zone, Inc. publishes interactive entertainment and Internet retail products on CD-ROM, and plans to publish on future platforms such as DVD. Graphix Zone is pursuing an aggressive Internet music strategy by building a music megasite through a series of acquisitions and strategic partnerships. The recent expansion of WILMA (, Graphix Zone's popular online live music venue and tour site, has led to agreements with America Online, Big Book and Lycos to provide content for their Digital Cities service. Graphix Zone is pursuing other opportunities to expand its Internet music presence and exploit the synergy between CD-ROM and the World Wide Web.

Graphix Zone recently released the latest version of ExpressNet Suite, the first two products from its SmartNet Internet suite line, Herbie Hancock Presents Living Jazz, Willie: The Life and Music of Willie Nelson and Under the Covers. Among Graphix Zone's acclaimed CD-ROM titles are the chart- topping Bob Marley Soul Almighty Enhanced CD, Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Interactive, (Prince) Interactive and The Crow: The Complete Interactive Collection. The Dylan and Prince titles both have become the highest selling music titles in the interactive music category. For further information, Graphix Zone's website is located at

SOURCE Graphix Zone, Inc.
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/CONTACT: Tila Pacheco of Graphix Zone, 714-833-3838, ext. 156 or; or Kirsten Kappos of EarthLink Network, Inc., 818-296-2467,


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