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Neymar Jr. Comics Launches New Sci-Fi Series “Red Card”

The cover of the first issue of Red Card, the newest sci-fi title from Neymar Jr. Comics. (Photo: Business Wire)

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New Title is First to Debut on Fan the Flame’s Enhanced Digital Comics Platform

Fan The Flame Concepts LLC, an independent comic and graphic novel producer, today announced the first issues of Neymar Jr. Comics’ latest science fiction title Red Card, the first new comic series to debut on their enhanced digital comics platform and available to read for free.

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Developed by New York Times-bestselling author and comic and graphic novel creator Jason M. Burns, Red Card’s sci-fi plot begins after a mission into space leads to alien spores – known as Shuttle Dust – being released into the atmosphere. As a result, the majority of the population transforms into mindless, insect-like creatures. The world falls into disarray and those who remain turn to a man named The Zoltan who hosts dangerous, gladiator-style soccer games where players must face off with the Shuttle Dusters. Junior, his star player and the story’s protagonist, attempts to master the games and liberate the camp of survivors.

“The creative forces at Fan The Flame have done another amazing job of bringing my passions to life,” said Neymar Jr. “Red Card combines my love of science fiction, superheroes, comic books, and of course, soccer. I believe the new platform will make the readers’ experience even more enjoyable.”

Aiming to expand on its already impressive audience—more than 2.6 million followers in just a year since its launch—Red Card is the first title of several planned to take advantage of an entirely new model for comics, tailored to its digital-native audience’s mobile-driven habits and preferences. Short episodes of content will be available five days or more per week, in a free, ad-supported user interface that publishes in six languages and utilizes multiple reading capabilities, including the Digitoons vertical scrolling format, which is similar to other popular reading systems such as Webtoons.

Featuring art by Ramon Espinoza and colors by Dustin Evans, Red Card can be accessed online at https://www.neymarjrcomics.com or through the dynamic, immersive experience of the Neymar Jr. Comics app. This breakthrough app for comic book fans is available in either iOS format through the App Store or Android format in the Google Play Store.

Neymar Jr. Comics also offers options for the traditional comic book reader: print editions will be available in the coming months to buy, and the purchase option in the digital platform allows a reader to view and download the entire book at once, without any advertising present or having to wait for the full series to be released weekly over a two month period.

Like all Neymar Jr. Comics titles, Red Card donates a portion of its proceeds to the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr., Neymar’s non-profit social organization. INJR aims to expand opportunities for children, adolescents and their families living in situations of social vulnerability through education, culture, sports and health.

Neymar Jr. Comics is also available for partnerships with entertainment ventures looking to license new, original stories, and the new platform is designed to be a new, high-engagement avenue for advertisers and brands looking to reach new audiences in an intuitive new way.

About Fan The Flame Concepts, LLC

Fan The Flame Concepts is part comics and graphic novel studio and part technology solution. In addition to Neymar Jr. Comics, the team has over 30 years combined experience creating, publishing and distributing content for dozens of high profile names, including Sesame Street, Shrek, Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Pocket God, Fruit Ninja, Pirates of the Caribbean, Skylanders and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

About NR Sports

NR Sports specializes in image management, with exclusive representation rights of Neymar Jr. It was founded in 2006 by Neymar da Silva Santos and Nadine Gonçalves, the player's parents, who saw the need for professional image management, given the interest that their son inspired in the football and commercial markets. Leveraging the athlete’s popularity, NR Sports has built a world-class brand that is one of the most sought-after in sports marketing.

About INJR

The Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr. (INJR) is a non-profit social organization that aims to expand the opportunities for children, teenagers and their families who are living in situations of social vulnerability through education, culture, sports and health. Founded in 2010, INJR began construction of its facilities two years later, and the more than 8,400 square meter (90,000 square feet) institute opened in December 2014. Today, the institute assists children and teens in the surrounding area, impacting more than 10,000 people. The institute is located in Jardim Glória, in São Paulo’s Praia Grande, a community that has several difficulties and limitations already experienced by Neymar Jr. and his family, who were residents of the neighborhood.

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