a) To publish and distribute wholesome, nurturing
literature to young readers from the ages of 4 to 94
years of age.
b) To brand and license the artwork associated with
c) To provide independent artists/writers an opportunity to
publish their works.
Jack Lake Productions Inc. has been
republishing and distributing the
Classics Illustrated line of comics-
internationally, since 2003. The
company also produces and distributes
other related print media products
such as coloring books, stickers,
posters and other printed material
that utilize the Classics Illustrated
comic artwork. This is a retro line
of comics dating back to the 1940's,
50’s and 60’s and is
quite different in it's appearance
and subject matter compared to the
superhero and Japanese manga style
of adult comics which currently
permeate the market today. Many
of our customers have embraced this
relaunch in the same way as you
greet an old friend.
The goals the company
has set forth are as follows:
2004, Jack Lake Productions Inc.
started republishing and distributing
the Classics Illustrated Special
Edition line of comics in first-time-ever
2005, Jack Lake Productions Inc.
republished #124 The War of the
Worlds to celebrate the 50th anniversary
of the first publication of this
title from 1955.
2006, Jack Lake Productions Inc.
in partnership with First Classics
Inc. began licensing internationally
all artwork associated with the
Classics Illustrated series of
2007, Jack Lake Productions Inc.
began republishing the regular
titles of Classics Illustrated.
Jack Lake Productions Inc. operates
out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
distribution channels for these retro comic
set up partners in education, fundraising,
charities, promotions and sub-licensing
brand the artwork under the Classics Illustrated
have fun while doing all of the above.
Lake Productions Inc. also actively
seeks promotional opportunities
in the corporate realm, particularly
in networking with children's product
manufacturers. Jack Lake Productions
Inc. will also establish partnerships
with educational, fundraising and
charity organizations to provide
support material. Through talented
freelance artists, all Classics
Illustrated titles are either redrawn
and recoloured from digital scans
of original comics or original Gilberton
printer’s blackline proofs.
The titles are printed in Ontario
and shipped to various channels
of distribution. The channels of
distribution are as follows:
2005, Modern Times S. A. (Greece)
has been republishing The Classics
Illustrated Junior series with comics,
stickers and coloring books.
Since 2006, Egmont Scandinavia has
been publishing the regular Classics
Illustrated hardcover 4-title volumes
for subscriptions in the Norwegian
2007, Papercutz from New York, USA
has been introducing new adaptations
of classic literature under the
Classics Illustrated banner as well
as republishing the First/Berkley
series of titles from the early
2008, the Classic Comic Store Ltd.
(UK) started publishing the Gilberton
CI series in the Commonwealth and
2009, !Editions (France) started
publishing the CI First-Berkley
series in the French language worldwide
with an additional music CD provided
as background music for the reading
2009, RCS Libri S.P.A. (Italy) started
publishing the CI First-Berkley
title “Behind the Looking
Glass” in Italian.
2010, HQ Maniacs (Brazil) started
publishing the CI First- Berkley
title “Behind the Looking
Glass” in Portuguese.
2010, Znanje d.d. (Croatia) started
publishing both the Gilberton CI
and CI Junior series in the Croatian
2010, Tanti Lesmana (Indonesia)
started publishing the Gilberton
CI in the Bahasa and Indonesian
2010, Arvee SDN BHD (Malaysia, Singapore
and Brunei) started publishing the
Gilberton CI Junior series in the
English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese
2012, Comic Club Hanover (Germany)
started publishing the
CI JES series (Joint European Series) in the
School & Library Distribution-
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Book Store Distribution - Tony
Amazon.com/Jack Lake Productions
Jack Lake Productions Inc. own
sales force for distribution into
other channels such as grocery,
hardware, drug, convenience, specialty
and independent retailers.
Tim Lasiuta email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gil Matte email email@example.com
Illustrated Fan Club- Mike Gagnon
Asia- Empire Multimedia Inc- Hubert
Jaak Jarve, BSc. Grew up on a dairy
farm in Tottenham, Ontario, Canada,
reading Classics Illustrated comics
and chewing bubble gum all the time.
Background included being a Product
Development and Marketing Manager
for the Okee Dokee Sticker Company
– developed licensing agreements
and products with the NHL, Universal
Studios-The Grinch, Woody Woodpecker,
Garfield, Franklin and The Land
Before Time properties, Merchandising
Manager for a direct-mail company
Regal Greetings and Gifts, and a
Visual Merchandising Coordinator
for Granada Canada- a rental company
for home entertainment equipment.
Hobbies include art, photography,
chess, military history and hockey.
Things that are important: Family,
Friends and Rock n’ Roll!
Lake Productions Inc. through their
own market research have identified
a niche market which includes fairytales
and historical/classical tales in
a comic book format. Even though
the comics are retro, in respect
to publishing, they still hold an
allure to the first time reader.
What makes this line of comics so
unique is that, they do not imitate
any of the current formats or themes
of today's comics (such as super
hero, Japanese manga and animé
comics). Like legends which endure
over time, these fairytales also
are classics in children's literature.
Children's authors like the Brothers
Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen,
Charles Perrault are just a few
of the well known authors represented
by this line. They have already
been accepted by the many generations
of fairy tale readers. With the
regular Classics Illustrated series,
great authors like Dumas, Cooper,
Hugo, Stevenson, Dickens, Hawthorne,
Twain, Verne, Shakespeare and Wells
are represented in beautifully rendered
graphic re-adaptations of their
works. Especially in a current world
filled with terror, war, disease
and corruption- what a great time
to launch a wholesome, nurturing
escape from the harsh realities
of the world as we know it.