Welcome to August! We would like to celebrate the first day of the month by making sure you are the first to get a glimpse of our newest Digital First title,Space: 1999 Classics Remembered! Archaia and comiXology have continued to team up and are glad to bring you more exciting titles, as well as some complete volumes!
Digital Firsts: Titles That Are Available Digitally Before the Print Edition’s Release
Space: 1999 Classics Remastered, part 1:
Writer: Andrew Gaska and Various
Reprinting the best of the Charlton Comics series, the British LOOK-IN issues and Annuals, The German Zack Issues, and the Italian AMZ stories from the mid 1970s, these editions will feature restored and recolored art, showcasing the work by such comics luminaries as Gray Morrow, John Byrne, and Joe Staton. The restoration project, designed to return the original art to its former glory through the digital retouching of the actual printed comic pages, will be executed by a team led by Vanguard Production’s senior restoration artist, BLAM!s own creative director Andrew E. C. Gaska. Gaska has worked on several of Vanguard’s restored art books in this fashion, and these volumes have received critical acclaim in preserving the past of comic and pulp art. The same techniques will be applied here.
But these will not be straight reprints, these will be remastered. The art will be corrected where the ships were drawn wrong, and character likenesses will be altered as well to fit the continuity (and legality) better. Finally, the written stories will be remastered as well—essentially, taking the same premise of each story and updating them to appeal to an adult 1999 audience while maintaining the spirit of the originals.
Other Archaia Digital Releases:
Black Charity, Complete
Writer/Artist: Bal Speer
A dark, cynical thriller set in the urban UK. When Charlie moves into his new flat, he meets a colorful array of new characters, including a dominatrix and a skinhead yabo, witnesses a murder, and finds himself on the run from assassins and fixers sent by the highest levels of government. Shades of Howard Chaykin’s Black Kiss and the hard-boiled style of 100 Bullets, all with a very British (as in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels British) accent.
Writer: Chad Michael Murray
Artists: Danijel Zezelj, Robbi Rodriguez, J.K. Woodward, Andrew Huerta, Trevor Hairsine
A pre-apocalyptic tale, Everlast follows Derek Everlast, a man whose destiny in life is guiding others to a place of rebirth for mankind called Haven. Following an instinct called the Nudge, bestowed on him by a higher power, Derek is guided to the next chosen human destined to survive, a little girl named Melissa. In a harrowing adventure, he must deliver her safely to Haven before the End of Days. Everlast tells a story of choice, love, friendship, and, most of all, survival. Will you be chosen?
Hopeless, Maine Vol 1, Complete
Writer: Nimue Brown
Artist: Tom Brown
Being Hopeless isn’t just a state of mind.
Trapped on an island off the coast of Maine, the people of Hopeless find life a little darker and more dangerous with everyday that passes. The number of orphans rises continually, but who can say what happens to their parents? Plenty of the bodies are never found. This is not the stuff of happy, careless childhoods, it is instead fertile ground for personal demons. In Hopeless, the demons are not always abstract concepts. Some of them have very real teeth, and very real horns.
The island has been isolated for a very long time. Partly because of being small and forgotten, partly because the rocks and currents do not encourage visitors, Hopeless is surrounded by fog and overrun with nightmarish creatures, from small things with tentacles to demons and vampires. It’s a peculiar place. Here, almost anything can happen, from the weird and unsettling to the darkly funny. With a cast of freaks, nutters and the odd power crazed psychopath, life in Hopeless is seldom dull.
Hopeless is also about who you choose to be. The tale is a protest against apathy, and against the small evils that everyone takes for granted. The worst monsters frequently aren’t the ones with the obvious teeth – who are merely dangerous by nature – but the apparently ordinary people who choose to do hideous things.
Cow Boy, part 4
Writer: Nate Cosby
Artist: Chris Eliopoulos
Justice ain’t got no age.
‘COW BOY’ is the all-ages story of a young bounty hunter determined to send his entire outlaw family to jail. He travels the Old West on a horse that ain’t his, and won’t stop til every one’a his kin’s in the clink. In part four of our tale, Boyd heads past the border to turn in his no good brother Zeke. Join Boyd and his horse as they try to get justice the only way they know how.
The Dare Detectives Vol. 1: The Snow Pea Plot, part 6
Writer/Artist: Ben Caldwell
Reformed crook Maria Dare has assembled a team of misfits to crack the world’s weirdest cases! They have brains…they have guts…but they don’t have a clue! And in their first adventure, the Dare Detectives are finished! Rent’s due and their license is suspended, but Dare’s going-out-of-business festivities are interrupted by Madame Bleu—whose abominable snowmen pets are on a chef-stealing, radio-robbing, snowpea-swiping crime wave! Dare races against the clock to hunt down Madame Bleu with the help of corrupt cops and Chinatown’s old crime boss. But can these bunglers really prevent the most audacious—and inexplicably convoluted—crime of the century?
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, part 4
Creator: Jim Henson
Artist/Writers: Roger Langridge, Marjorie Liu, Ron Marz, Jeff Parker, Francesco Francavilla, Chris Eliopoulos, Janet K. Lee
The much-loved, live-action/puppet combination TV show is now a graphic novel series! Archaia and The Jim Henson Company are proud to present ALL-NEW tales of fantastic wonder and extraordinary myth, as told from the tongue of The Storyteller and his loyal canine companion! Part four of the Storyteller is an adaptation by “The Witch Baby,” based on the unproduced Storyteller teleplay written by Anthony Minghella, Susan Kodieck, and Anne Mountfield. It has been realized here by Nate Cosby, Roman Cliquet, and Adam Street.
The Grand Duke, part 5
Artist: Romain Hugault and Yann
The Eastern Front during WWII: Oberleutnant Wulf, a young Luftwaffe pilot, is horrified by Nazi barbarism and at odds with his fellow pilots, even as he finds himself taking to the skies to fight the infamous “Night Witches” — the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, the most decorated female unit in the Soviet Air Force. Motivated only by his desire to return home to his daughter, Romy, Wulf tries to survive the increasingly desperate and ferocious Eastern Front, while Lilya, the “Red Witch,” leads her comrades against the German invaders. A Romeo-and-Juliet story set against the backdrop of WWII aerial dogfights
Join us next week! We will have the exciting new chapters for City in the Desert, Last Days of an Immortal and Mumbai Confidential!
Can you believe July is almost over? We’ve been trying to make the most of our summer and certainly hope you have, too! This week we have some great digital releases for you guys available at comiXology, from Digital Firsts to completed volumes to some exciting continuations of a few of your favorite Archaia titles!
Digital Firsts: Titles That Are Available Digitally Before the Print Edition’s Release
Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell #1
Writer/Artist: Royden Lepp
In creator Royden Lepp’s follow-up to his widely popular debut graphic novel, Rust: Visitor in the Field, the adventures of Jet Jones—the mysterious boy with the jet pack—continue.
After a second robot attack on the Taylor farm, Roman’s younger brother Oswald becomes more and more suspicious of Jet’s connection to the robots, while Jet himself tries to connect with the flesh and blood family that has harbored him. What they don’t know is that a new evil may be looming on the horizon. Will they be ready when it comes?
Spera Vol. 2 #1
Writer: Josh Tierney
Artists: Giannis Milonogiannis, Kyla Vanderklugt, Timothy Weaver, and Afu Chan
In this sequel to the critically acclaimed first volume of Spera, exiled princesses Pira and Lono travel to the bustling city of Kotequog to avoid the clutches of Pira’s mother, the Evil Queen. Obtaining jobs as adventurers, the two best friends set out on a series of quests that land them in perhaps more excitement than they’d bargained for. Told in four chapters and a series of stand-alone shorts, each drawn by a different rising talent in comics, Spera: Volume 2 brings the same gorgeous artistry as its debut installment. The series, based off the original webcomic experiment, brings artists together from around the globe to showcase their talents as some of the premier fantasy artists in the industry. Spera will appeal to art lovers and children of all ages, especially fans of The Legend of Korra, Patricia Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons, Disney’s Tangled, and the Flight series.
Iron: Or, the War After #3
Writer/Artist: S.M. Vidaurri
Download and enjoy the third chapter of the beautiful work that is Iron: Or, The War After.
It is the aftermath of a long war, in a world of constant winter. An intelligence spy from the Resistance—the rabbit, Hardin—steals secret information from a military base of the Regime. His actions set off a chain of events that reverberate through the ranks of both sides, touching everyone from Pavel the crow to Giles the goat, from the highest-ranking officials to the smallest orphaned child. When the snow finally settles, who will be the true patriot and who the true traitor?
In this spellbinding, beautifully illustrated anthropomorphic tale, the actions of a spy set off a chain reaction that affects both sides of the struggle, making each animal question their loyalty to their side.
Other Archaia Digital Releases
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1, complete
Writers: Brian Holguin and Brian Froud
Artists: Alex Sheikman, Lizzy John, and Brian Froud
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1 is an original graphic novel set 1,000 years before the crystal cracked, before the world of Thra fell to strife and destruction. Original Dark Crystal movie concept designer Brian Froud plots, provides the cover, designs characters, and art directs this beautiful story. This complete edition contains bonus material.
Rust Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field, complete
Writer/Artist: Royden Lepp
This complete adventure can finally be found on comiXology! Rust is a high-octane adventure set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot! Oldest son Roman Taylor struggles to keep his family’s small farm afloat as the area heals from a devastating world war. While the rest of his family may not trust the mysterious boy with the jetpack, Roman believes the secrets of Jet’s past may be the key to their survival. Contains bonus material.
Spera Vol. 1, complete
Writer: Josh Tierney
Artists: Emily Carroll, Afu Chan, Hwei Lin Lim, Olivier Pichard and Kyla Vanderklugt
Lono’s life as a princess consisted of sitting, reading, and dreaming—until the day Pira, princess of a neighboring kingdom, arrived with news of a waking nightmare! With the help of Pira’s best friend—a fire spirit in the form of a dog named Yonder—the princesses now find themselves in a race against evil. The goal: Spera, a magical realm of which the princesses had only ever heard the tallest tales. The prize: their very lives!
Spera: Vol. 1 is illustrated by Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei, Emily Carroll, Olivier Pichard and Afu Chan, and also includes short comics by Jordyn F. Bochon, Cécile Brun, Luke Pearson, Leela Wagner and Matt Marblo.
That’s all for this week! Check back next week for more new releases, including the complete versions of Black Charity, Everlast, and Hopeless, Maine!
Archaia and Comixology are working together to give you the latest issues of your favorite comics in a digital format! Good news, right? Well, it gets even better! Not only can you get digital issues of the graphic novels you already know and love, but with our “digital first” line-up you can get titles before they’re printed!
Today’s digital releases include rootin’-tootin’ cowboys, high-flying pilots, cursed pirates, and more!
DIGITAL FIRST RELEASES
CURSED PIRATE GIRL #2 - Jeremy Bastian
Ahoy, landlubbers! The Cursed Pirate Girl is on the search for her lost father, one of the dreaded Pirate Captains of the mythical Omerta Seas! This swashbuckling adventure starts in Port Elisabeth, Jamaica, in the year 1728, and will take her on and under the high seas as she faces the strange and sensational creatures of the deep!
THE GRAND DUKE #3 - Romain Hugault, Yann
Set in the Eastern Front during WWII, the young Luftwaffe pilot Oberleutnant Wulf is disgusted by Nazi barbarism and at odds with his fellow pilots, even as he takes to the skies to fight the “Night Witches”—the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, the most decorated female unit in the Soviet Air Force. Motivated only by his desire to return home to his daughter, Romy, Wulf tries to survive the increasingly desperate and ferocious Eastern Front, while Lilya, the ‘Red Witch,’ leads her comrades against the German invaders.
HOPELESS, MAINE: PERSONAL DEMONS #3 - Tom and Nimue Brown
Trapped on an island off the coast of Maine, the people of Hopeless find life a little darker and more dangerous with every day that passes. The number of orphans rises continually, but who can say what happens to their parents? In Hopeless, the demons are not always abstract concepts. Some of them have very real teeth, and very real horns.
OTHER DIGITAL RELEASES:
BLACK CHARITY #3 - Bal Speer
When Charlie moves into his new flat in urban Britain, he’s only trying to get over his girlfriend. He certainly isn’t expecting to meet a dominatrix and a skinhead yabo, or witness a murder that has him on the run from assassins and fixers sent from the highest levels of government!
COW BOY #2 - Nate Cosby, Chris Eliopoulos
Ten-year-old Boyd is a young bounty hunter determined to bring his no-good, yella-bellied family to jail. He travels the Old West on a horse that ain’t his, and he won’t stop ‘til every one’a his kin’s in the clink!
DARE DETECTIVES: SNOW PEA PLOT #4 - Ben Caldwell
Reformed crook Maria Dare has assembled a team of misfits to crack the world’s weirdest cases! They have brains, they have guts, but they haven’t got a clue! Rent’s due and their license is suspended, but Dare’s going-out-of-business festivities are interrupted by Madame Bleu, whose abominable snowmen pets are on a chef-stealing, radio-robbing, snowpea-swiping crime wave!
EVERLAST #3 - Chad Michael Murray
A pre-apocalyptic tale, Everlast follows Derek Everlast, a man whose destiny in life is guiding others to a place of rebirth for mankind called ‘Haven.’ Following an instinct called the Nudge, bestowed upon him by a higher power, Derek is guided to the next chosen human destined to survive, a little girl named Melissa, who he must deliver safely to Haven before the End of Days.
Archaia and The Jim Henson Company are proud to present ALL-NEW tales of fantastic wonder and extraordinary myth, as told from the tongue of The Storyteller and his loyal canine companion! Witness worded wonderment from a cavalcade of crafty creators, including Roger Langridge, Marjorie Liu, Ron Marz, Jeff Parker, Francesco Francavilla, J.L. Meyer , Tom Fowler, Chris Eliopoulos, Colleen Coover , Janet Lee and many more!
From start to finish, Black Charity is an incredibly dark book–both in the writing and the artwork. What inspired the tone of this story?
The tone just came about as I wrote and illustrated the book. I had little idea of how the book was going to pan out other than having a skeleton plot to work around; the meat and muscle of it was made up as I went along, it kind of happily wrote itself. I did set out with the idea that I wanted to write something that I have never seen out in the comics world before, something I would like to read. To me language is very important. In the visual mediums (comic, film and TV) I very rarely experience language as I hear it in my everyday life. Casual swearing for instance is rife in the UK, and is viewed by most as inoffensive and humorous. I’ve also tried to show violence as it is in real life. I hate casual violence in films and TV where characters manage to take inordinate amounts of beatings and still get up for more. Violence to another human being is a hideous thing in any form, and for me it should be shown as real as possible. It should be sickening and not celebratory as it is normally portrayed.
My inspirations are mostly film, book and music based. I’m an avid film watcher and I have 2500 films on DVD at home. I love foreign language films, as they tend to tell their stories in interesting ways without the encumbrance of trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator in order to maximise profit. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels or comics. I do however, like Robert Crumb, George Herriman and Dave Cooper’s work.
I needed characters, and have always thought of using interesting people I admire, as actors for my story. I don’t understand why people don’t do it more often. Imagine Marilyn Monroe in a comic strip story with Johnny Depp. Quite simply at the time of writing the book those three were uppermost in my daily life. Smith and Cave still are I suppose. They are geniuses at what they do. Peel was for many, me included, the best radio DJ ever. There was an old show in Britain called ‘The Professionals,’ about two secret service blokes and their Scottish boss, I used that as a rough guide for the relationship between the three characters. The show was rubbish, mind you!
Why did you choose to make those three characters into the bad guys?
The England of Black Charity feels both familiar and novel. How would you describe the world this story takes place in?