The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story chronicling the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, of whom Sir Paul McCartney said, “If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian.” The graphic novel is released in the UK on 19 November and available to pre-order now via Amazon. It has also been announced this week that Academy Award® winning producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) is attached to produce the feature-film adaptation of the graphic novel, which has already signed a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing (who control the Lennon/McCartney music catalog), giving the film unprecedented access to Beatles songs – a first for any film about the Beatles. The Fifth Beatle is written by multiple Tony Award–winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day’s American Idiot, The Addams Family, Mel Brooks’ The Producers) and painted by fanboy favorite Andrew C. Robinson (Dusty Star, King Conan, Starman, Superman) and multiple Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Kyle Baker (Why I Hate Saturn, Plastic Man, Nat Turner.) The graphic novel from M Press Books, a division of Dark Horse Comics, recounts the untold true story of Brian Epstein in a truly visual and striking way – making this an absolute necessity for music and comic book fans. More than merely the story of “The Man Who Made the Beatles,” it is ultimately an inspirational human story about the desire to leave behind a legacy, amidst the struggle to overcome crushing personal obstacles and insurmountable odds. Creator Vivek J. Tiwary comments: “Telling the Brian Epstein story is a true labor of love. The Fifth Beatle really is my life’s work—as I’ve been researching Brian’s life for more than half my own. So it’s with great excitement and anticipation that I can finally share this little-known story about one of the great architects of modern pop culture with the rest of the world.” This truly unique book also features a special section paying homage to the 1960s Beatles cartoons, lovingly drawn by multiple Eisner and Harvey Award–winning cartoonist Kyle Baker (Why I Hate Saturn, Plastic Man, Nat Turner) and forewords by friends of Epstein and true music legends Billy J. Kramer and Andrew Loog Oldham. Released just in time for the Christmas rush, The Fifth Beatle is the perfect gift for any Beatles fans, lovers of music or comic books aficionados.