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World Renowned Fantasy Artists Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell Showcase Video Game Key Art For MMORPG RYL: Path of the Emperor at San Diego Comic-Con

Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Bring the Fantasy World to Life in the Exclusively Commissioned Video Game Artwork of RYL: Path of the Emperor

San Diego Comic-Con 2005 - Booth #5204, San Diego, CA, July 15, 2005 - Planetwide Games, (http://www.PlanetwideComics.com) North America Publisher of RYL: Path of the Emperor MMORPG and Developer and Publisher of Comic Book Creator Self-Publishing Software for video games, today announced that Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell will showcase their creative video game artwork for RYL at San Diego Comic-Con International on July 15th and 16th. Boris and Julie will be in the Planetwide Games Booth during Comic-Con as well as make in-store appearances at Best Buy in Mission Valley in San Diego, CA.

World renowned fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell have delivered beautiful, original oil paintings commissioned exclusively for the video game key art and retail boxes for RYL: Path of the Emperor which is now available for sale in retail stores throughout North America (http://www.RYL.net). Both Vallejo and Bell are known for the quality of their work in the fantasy art world and have created various pieces of art work for motion pictures, album covers, video game box art, calendars, and posters (http://www.Imaginistix.com/paintings.cfm).

"Planetwide Games mission is to deliver a highly creative and uniquely different brand presence in all of our products", says Kevin Donovan, President of Planetwide Games. "We are excited to be working with such creative and critically acclaimed artists such as Boris and Julie. We know that their beautiful paintings of the characters within our RYL: Path of the Emperor video game will make a long-lasting and memorable impression in the minds of our gamers. Boris and Julie's oil paintings render realistic imagery into RYL: Path of the Emperor's virtual world. Only Boris and Julie's creative vision and artistry could masterfully portray the true fantasy world of RYL: Path of the Emperor."

About Boris Vallejo

Boris Vallejo attended the National School of Fine Arts in his native country of Peru and was recognized for his artwork while working at the Peruvian branch of McCann Erickson, a large advertising agency, before immigrating to the United States in 1964. He has since done a great volume of work for the Fantasy field, having worked for virtually every major publishing house with a science fiction/fantasy line. Boris is especially known for his memorable illustrations for album covers, video box art and motion picture advertising.

Fantasy painting for Boris came to pass when he painted a warrior fighting a creature from Greek mythology and sold the painting to Warren Publications where it was later published on the cover of an issue of Eerie Comics, a magazine often graced by Frank Frazetta paintings. A superb artist, Boris Vallejo was soon in demand to paint illustrations for book covers, movie posters, and record album jackets. His remarkable imagery engendered a worldwide fan following and a popular book, "The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo," first published by Ballantine in 1978. Boris calendars, produced yearly since 1981 by Workman Publications, are among the oldest continuously published theme calendars on the market.

About Julie Bell

Julie Bell began her artistic career in Beaumont, Texas, as she studied art centered on drawing, especially of the human figure. Her unique sense of color and dramatic composition puts her paintings in a class by themselves. Bell's legendary "metal flesh" technique has the fluency of water and the hardness of steel while maintaining the sensual softness of the skin. This magical effect has become her unmistakable trademark.

A former competitive bodybuilder, Julie applies the same discipline and intensity to her art career. At the heart of her art is an element of empowerment and independence. Collections of her paintings have appeared in book form, calendars, posters, trading cards, and various other products.

About Planetwide Games

Based in Costa Mesa, CA, Planetwide Games (a Bluetorch On-Line Games, Inc. company) is establishing itself as an innovative publisher of leading online video games and interactive entertainment. Planetwide Games also develops proprietary online technology, software products, has built a worldwide network of affiliates to distribute their games. Visit http://www.RYL.net or http://www.PlanetwideGames.com or http://www.PlandetwideComics.com.

Company contact:

Mark Politi

VP Sales and Marketing

Planetwide Games

(800) 560-2993 x202


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