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Marvel Custom Solutions and The Children’s Hearing Institute Partner to Produce Educational Comic Book and Teacher’s Guide for NYC Department of Education

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY – October 8, 2014 – The Children’s Hearing Institute has announced a unique partnership with Marvel Custom Solutions to produce a custom comic book entitled “SOUND EFFECTS” along with a Teacher’s Guide for children in grades 3-7. To be released in late October, the Marvel custom comic book and Teacher’s Guide will reach approximately 150,000 students in the New York City schools using Marvel’s In-School Network Distribution System with plans for further expansion outside of the New York five boroughs

SOUNDS EFFECTSfeatures the world famous Marvel Comics’ Avenger, Iron Man as he teams up with Blue Ear (a Super Hero with hearing aids) and a newly created Super Hero, Sapheara (a super girl with bilateral cochlear implants.) In an action-packed storyline, they work to save New York City while addressing some very important issues such as: bullying, hearing loss awareness, and hearing loss prevention. To further enforce the message of our Marvel custom comic book, CHI has created a Teacher’s Guide that will be distributed along with the custom comic book that will have fun facts and activities that directly relates to the comic.

“Current research is proving that with today’s new technology such as ear buds/iPods, and media gaming consoles, a younger generation is experiencing some degree of hearing loss. Part of our message is to educate this population (in an exciting way) on the potential dangers of technological and environmental noises.” says Dr. Simon Parisier, Founder of The Children’s Hearing Institute. “What’s unique is that Marvel helps translate the impact of this message by using Iron Man along with two other superhero characters who have already experienced hearing loss and use hearing aids and cochlear implants to hear.”

About Blue Ear: In 2012, this character was inspired by a true story about a four year-old boy who decided he didn’t want to wear his blue hearing aids because “super heroes don’t wear hearing aids.” In response, Marvel then created Blue Ear who was featured in an educational poster by a hearing aid manufacturer, but was never officially written into a story line. After receiving many inquiries over the past two years, Marvel and The Children’s Hearing Institute are proud to produce a Custom Comic Book to deliver our message. Blue Ear Comics

Jonathan Rheingold,Vice President of Marvel Custom Solutions stated that_ "After the overwhelming response to the wave of Blue Ear press, Bill Rosemann, out Creative Director, was determined to find a partner to underwrite a comic story that would cater to children who are hearing impaired. He came to me to identify a potential partner. I reached out to CHI knowing someone whose child received a cochlear implant from Dr. Parisier, giving her the miracle of hearing. CHI wanted to educate the world about the hearing impaired and about the dangers of loud audio that this generation is exposing themselves to. The rest is history."_

"For 75 years, Marvel has shown the _world that everyone can be a hero, and we are honored and proud to prove that again by teaming with the Children's Hearing Institute on this all-new, action-packed adventure," Marvel Custom Solutions creative director Bill Rosemann. "Not only will readers of all ages see Iron Man streak into action against his diabolical foes Klaw and Blackout, but they'll also witness Blue Ear's first comic book appearance and the dynamic debut of Sapheara, the world's first Cochlear implant-wearing Super Hero! Modern Marvel thrills combined with a positive message that can help kids around the globe...does anything sound better than that?"Please join CHI for a preview of the finished Comic Book at our SOUND EFFECTS Launch Party on Saturday, October 18th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm with a special guest appearance by Iron Man. The Launch Party will be held at the Ear Institute of the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mt. Sinai at 380 Second Avenue – 9th Fl (Corner of 22nd Street).

About CHI: The Children’s Hearing Institute was founded in 1983 by noted Otolaryngologist Dr. Simon C. Parisier and his wife Elaine. The mission of CHI is to raise awareness to fund programs that benefit infants and children with deafness, hearing loss and other auditory disorders in order to: * Provide them with hearing. * Empower them to develop essential auditory and speech and language skills * Enable them to achieve academic success and join the mainstream of education.

About Marvel Custom Solutions Custom Solutions is Marvel’s in-house creative agency that leverages all the greatest talent within Marvel Entertainment to create highly dynamic and compelling content and campaigns for global brands. Marvel Custom Solutions has the ability to deploy the work it creates through its robust print, digital, social and theatrical platforms, adding scale to the programs it creates.

About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2014 MARVEL

For more information: Melissa A. Willis, Executive Director, The Children’s Hearing Institute
Tel: (646) 438-7858 - Email: mwillis@nyee.edu