Official Proclamation Begins Carnival Season for New Orleans Mardi Gras

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Rex, King of Carnival and the New Orleans Tourism Industry Issue Official Invitation to Mardi Gras

To alert the world that Mardi Gras and the carnival season is upon us, Rex, King of Carnival is issuing his proclamation via the New Orleans tourism industry to the world.

Carnival begins each year on “Twelfth Night,” so the city is delivering the proclamation, created by the Rex organization’s School of Design, to citizens of the planet, beckoning them to attend the 2014 Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

“It is a great honor to announce the city’s most famous event with Rex, King of Carnival,” said Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NOTMC. “The Rex 2014 Royal proclamation continues a carnival tradition more than a century old.”

The Rex organization began creating its Royal Invitation in 1872 when a group of young New Orleans leaders decided to issue invitations and a proclamation, inviting all to come to the Crescent City to join in its unique Mardi Gras celebration. In the days before mass media, broadcast, and tourism industries, the beautiful art posters and brochures were distributed in railroad stations, plastered on train cars, posted in centers of commerce, and placed in public buildings around the nation in major U.S. cities.

“We are pleased to build on the tradition of the Rex organization in inviting the world to the ‘Grand Celebration’ of Mardi Gras,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the NOCVB. “It is a great time for visitors to experience the cultures and traditions of New Orleans as the city comes alive with festivity for Carnival Season.”

The 2014 Royal Invitation incorporates artwork from 1886, inviting visitors to “gather, from far and near, to join in the many celebrations and processions which will shortly unfold under the joyful Carnival banner.”

Each year, both the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau issue an electronic version of the Invitation to the nation and to international destinations, as well as over 60,000 travel trade professionals and tour operators. Both tourism corporations will feature the Royal Invitation on their website homepage.

About New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC)

The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation promotes the city as a leisure tourism destination throughout the year.  Annually, NOTMC’s marketing campaigns include strategic print, broadcast, Internet advertising, and public relations.  Websites:;;;; Social media:;

About the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB)

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,100-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. We help create $5.47 billion in new capital each year- more than any other business sector- by attracting millions of visitors, special events and conventions. The CVB and its members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters and offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Phoenix and five countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrated its 53rd anniversary in 2013. For more information, please visit

About the School of Design Since Rex first paraded in 1872, millions and millions of happy residents and visitors have enjoyed the pageantry of Carnival Day in New Orleans.  The official name of the Rex Organization is the “School of Design,” but it is generally referred to as Rex or the Rex Organization. “Pro Bono Publico,” the Rex motto, means “for the public good” and appears on all official Rex documents. Rex places great emphasis on this motto and uses it as a basis for all of its policies, activities, and community initiatives, including the work of the Pro Bono Publico Foundation, formed in 2006. More information on the Rex Organization can be found at;


Dogs Vs. Apes Vs. Zombies In The New “Rex, Zombie Killer” Miniseries


The Gorilla with a Baseball Bat Returns!

rzk-ms-cover-01-600x916This Halloween, three dogs, a cat, and a gorilla with a baseball bat continue their battle against the walking dead in the new four-issue miniseries REX, ZOMBIE KILLER from publisher Big Dog Ink.

And if the zombies weren’t bad enough, Rex and his pack are now also being pursued by an aggressive group of primates from a zoo!

“It’s going to be dogs versus apes versus zombies in the first issue…and then things are going to get REALLY crazy from there,” said writer Rob Anderson.

REX, ZOMBIE KILLER tells the story of a hyper-intelligent Golden Retriever named Rex, a sign language-speaking gorilla, and a small pack of animals making a perilous cross-country journey to find safety…and a home.

Rex is trying to reach the doctor who raised him, but the doctor’s been relocated to an underground military bunker in Nevada,” Anderson said. “So even if they make it across a zombie-infested California, there’s not necessarily a cozy fireplace waiting for them.”

Issue #1 picks up right from the end of the one-shot from 2012, and will make a great jumping-on point for new readers.

“We’re extremely pleased to have REX, ZOMBIE KILLER back on the stands,” said Big Dog Ink Publisher Tom Hutchinson. “The double-sized one-shot received acclaim from both horror and comics outlets, and fans have been asking for more, so here it comes!”

REX, ZOMBIE KILLER #1 is written by Rob Anderson (MY LITTLE PONY: SPIKE MICRO, GREAT ZOMBIES IN HISTORY) with interior and cover art by DaFu Yu (GRIMM FAIRY TALES, WONDERLAND ANNUAL), interior colors by Juan Romera, cover colors by Kevin Volo, letters and design by E.T. Dollman, and edited by Paul Allor (TMNT: FUGITOID MICRO, ORC GIRL).

Issue #1 of the bi-monthly four-issue miniseries ships on October 30, 2013, just in time for Halloween! Each issue will be a full-color, 28-page, standard trim comic book, priced at $3.50, and may be pre-ordered at your local comic shop. (Diamond Previews Order Code: AUG131097) It is rated TEEN+ (13 & up) for mature themes and zombie violence.


About Big Dog Ink

Founded in 2009, Big Dog Ink ( is the publisher of comic book properties such as the acclaimed monthly ongoing series, THE LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST, along with diverse titles like PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL, CRITTER, URSA MINOR, and the all-ages title SERUSIS.

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