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MALIBU COMICS ENTERTAINMENT SECURES EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO COMIC BOOK VERSION OF 'STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE'

 MALIBU COMICS ENTERTAINMENT SECURES EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS
 TO COMIC BOOK VERSION OF 'STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE'
 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Malibu Comics, a division of Malibu Comics Entertainment Inc., has secured the exclusive rights to create and publish a regular series of comic books based on "Star Trek(TM): Deep Space Nine(R)," Paramount Television's much- anticipated companion series to the hugely successful "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The announcement was made today by Scott Rosenberg, president of Malibu Comics, publisher of the current and previous best-selling comics in the country.
 Under the new arrangement, Malibu Comics -- one of the nation's largest comic book publishers and a leader in the realm of television and motion picture-inspired comics -- will publish full-color "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" comics on a monthly basis, commencing a few months after the launch of the syndicated series in January. Malibu Comics will also create special issues and independent "mini-series" based on the new show, most likely for publication on a quarterly basis. Noted Andrea Hein, Paramount Pictures' senior vice president, "The new arrangement reflects Malibu Comics' commitment to bringing an ideal blend of artistic and editorial skill, as well as personalized attention, to this new extension of the 'Star Trek' franchise."
 Commented Rosenberg, "As long-time admirers of both 'Star Trek' and 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' we are extremely pleased to be a part of the launch of 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,' which promises to be every bit as compelling as the two previous series. Obviously, we are gratified that Paramount, along with the creators and producers of 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,' recognized our desire to present the most authentic and highest quality version of the series possible. Most importantly, we are confident that the 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' comic books will be enjoyed by 'Star Trek' fans and comic book enthusiasts alike."
 The new "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" comic books, to be sold at stores and newsstands throughout the nation and also available on a direct mail order basis, will be edited by Chris Ulm and Tom Mason, editor in chief and creative director of Malibu Comics, respectively. All of the editing and artwork for the new books will be done solely by Malibu Comics' own writers and artists. No specific retail price for the monthly comics has yet been determined.
 "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," starring Avery Brooks and Rene Auberjonois, will take place at the same time as "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and revolve around the inhabitants (including a "shape-shifter") of a space station located near a "wormhole" that provides a coveted pathway to other universes.
 Under the new arrangement, Malibu Comics will be able to create all-new stories and adapt actual scripts from the series. Like the series' premiere episode itself, the debut edition of the "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" comic book series will feature crossover visits from Capt. Picard and other characters familiar to fans of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
 Based in Westlake Village, Calif., Malibu Comics Entertainment is a multimedia company which resulted from the recent merger between Malibu Graphics Publishing Group and Acme Interactive, a leading video game creator and developer. Malibu Comics publishes comic books spanning such diverse stylistic realms as super-heroes, science fiction, humor, adventure, action and fantasy. When seven of Marvel Comics' top artists formed their own company earlier this year, they selected Malibu as their comic book publisher. The two debut releases to result from this arrangement both became immediate best- sellers and set sales records nationwide.
 In addition to "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," Malibu Comics also publishes authorized comic book versions of such television- and film-based titles as "I Love Lucy," "Alien Nation," "Perry Mason," "Planet of the Apes" and "The Three Stooges."
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 /CONTACT: Peter Berk of The Lippin Group/Los Angeles, 213-965-1990, or Mitch Zamarin of The Lippin Group/New York, 212-986-7080, both for Malibu Comics/ CO: Malibu Comics Entertainment Inc.; Paramount Television ST: California IN: ENT PUB SU: PDT


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