Starting life as an independent comic book published in the United Kingdom, TALES OF MIDNIGHT soon gained global awareness, thanks to the Singapore based internationally distributed PLAY TIMES magazine.
The publishers of PLAY TIMES magazine so loved the look and feel of the characters that they sought a license from the creator Francis Lee, to serialise the TALES OF MIDNIGHT story. PLAY TIMES printed episodes of the comic book story every month in their magazine.
Such was the instant appeal of the characters to PLAY TIMES readers that the publishers flew Francis Lee out to Singapore to sign copies of PLAY TIMES for their TALES OF MIDNIGHT fans. The signing took place at the international launch of TREXI, the magazine’s own range of urban vinyl toy.
This international coverage of the TREXI launch raised the awareness of TALES OF MIDNIGHT to a whole new level.
This increased awareness led to other licenses being sought for TALES OF MIDNIGHT in the merchandise industry, including one from the world famous collectibles giant CORGI. At the time, CORGI were approaching their 50th anniversary celebrations and looking for a special hot new property to license, which in their view would be strong enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with their own CORGI brand and also have the staying power to still be popular many years into the future.
So after seeing just how strong the appeal of the imagery was amongst the global fan base, CORGI chose TALES OF MIDNIGHT and produced a superb range of highly collectable limited edition statues.
Those TALES OF MIDNIGHT statues and die cast metal figures, now sit proudly alongside the MARVEL figures produced by CORGI for their 50th anniversary celebrations.
As part of CORGI’s worldwide 50th anniversary marketing plans, they arranged to fly Francis Lee to major Comic and Toy Conventions across the USA to meet the fans, sign autographs and promote the statues.
CORGI started the promotion tour by putting on a stunning display of statues at the SAN DIEGO Comic Con and then moved on to do the same thing at other Comic Conventions throughout the USA, before ending with the NEW YORK Comic Con and the NEW YORK Toy Fair.
These USA and other International convention appearances, resulted in a truly global awareness drawing in legions of TALES OF MIDNIGHT fans of all ages and genders, stretching all the way from SAN DIEGO to SINGAPORE.
Such was the impact of Francis Lee’s creation that the BBC sent ADIL RAY and a film crew to interview him about the TALES OF MIDNIGHT phenomenon and to explore why it gained such a widespread international following in such a short space of time.
The BBC interview was broadcast as part of a special programme featuring rising star comic book creators and publishers. The programme drew such positive feedback from viewers, that the BBC posted a report of that interview on the BBC website.
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FILM and TV
Even in those early days of owning and running a comic book store in London, Francis Lee had the dream of seeing his TALES OF MIDNIGHT characters on the screen in both Film and TV, but more importantly he had the vision and the drive to achieve that dream.
Now thanks to the amazing advances in technology and the opportunities that they offer, he now has both the roadmap and the tools with which to realise that dream.
Francis Lee has written a script which he intends to produce and direct as a LIVE ACTION proof of concept short film.
That short film will be used to use to pitch TALES OF MIDNIGHT to streaming giants like NETFLIX, to show them exactly why TALES OF MIDNIGHT is worth commissioning as a series.
FRANSLAND Studios believes in his vision and his ability to deliver on his dream.
The studio therefore has developed and is launching a series of projects that will fund the LIVE ACTION proof of concept short film.
The first project is the launch of a beautiful NFT range on OpenSea.
The second project is a wonderfully simple to play TALES OF MIDNIGHT mobile GAME.
The third project is the exciting move into the world of CRYPTO with the launch of the MIDNIGHT Token.
Our fourth project sees FRANSLAND Studios now developing TALES OF MIDNIGHT for the METAVERSE.
The ultimate aim of this Roadmap is to create the necessary funding to produce the LIVE ACTION proof of concept short film that can truly showcase the huge potential for TALES OF MIDNIGHT as a successful FILM and TV property.
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