It’s the last Digital Wednesday of August 2012, and Archaia and comiXology are teaming up to bring you adventure, sci-fi, and mystery! Just like every week, we are making great Archaia titles just a click away. Want to read one of our comics before it comes out in print? Well now you can, with Archaia’s Digital First comics—titles that are available digitally before their print edition’s release—only available at comiXology.
Digital Firsts Titles for Aug. 29
Space: 1999 - Classics Remastered, Part 2:
Writer: Andrew E. C. Gaska and Various
A carefully selected body of original Space: 1999 comics from the 1970s, Space: 1999 - Classics is a celebration of the series that not only looks back in retro nostalgia—but also forward to the future of this dynamic space epic. After suffering the loss of Victor Bergman, Paul Morrow, and David Kano, John Koenig and Moonbase Alpha find themselves at the mercy of an alien mastermind and a biological computer, named PSYCHE, that eats minds. Their only hope is to appeal to the mercy of a madman’s daughter, a shapeshifting young woman called Maya, and convince her of her father’s sinister plan!
This is a two-part adaptation of the season two episode of Space: 1999, “The Metamorph,” expanded to include both new and cut dialogue, and utilizing the remastered art of comics legend Gray Morrow! Within these pages are not simply reprints, but remastered works, most in color for the first time. With respect to the intent and spirit of the original body of work, these comics have been enhanced and clarified within both the story and art, in order to bring these Alphan adventures more in line with both the established continuity of the original Space: 1999 original televised series and the new graphic novel series.
In Part 2 of this space adventure, Maya has chosen to confront her father about PSYCHE, but her father refuses to see reason. Now an alien among people she doesn’t know, Maya joins Koenig and his crew, but did Maya make the right choice? What adventures await her and the crew as they continue on their journey?
Other Digital Releases for Aug. 29:
The Dare Detectives! Vol. 1: The Snow Pea Plot, Part 7:
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?
In Part 7 of this crimefighting tale, Madame Bleu reveals that Mr. White warned her that The Dare Detectives and the cops would be coming…she prepared ahead of time for their appearance at her villain party. Furious, George is there working on a machine that, coupled with Bleu’s ring, would freeze the entire city. The Dare Detectives must fight to try and save the city from its frosty future, but will they succeed or will this just be another failure?
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Vol. 1, Complete:
Creator: Jim Henson
Writers: Katie Cook, Colleen Coover, Nate Cosby, Chris Eliopoulos, Roger Langridge, Marjorie Liu, Ron Marz, Jeff Parker and Paul Tobin
Artists: Ronan Cliquet, Katie Cook, Colleen Coover, Tom Fowler, Roger Langridge, Mike Maihack, Jennifer L. Meyer, Craig Rousseau and Evan Shaner
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! Witness worded wonderment from a cavalcade of craft creators, including Roger Langridge (The Muppet Show comic, Thor the Mighty Avenger), Marjorie Liu (Black Widow), Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Artifacts), Jeff Parker (Thor,Thunderbolts), Francesco Francavilla (Detective Comics), Chris Eliopoulos (Franklin Richards) and Janet K. Lee (Return of the Dapper Men). Plus: a never-before-seen story adapted from a screenplay by The Storyteller’s original author, Academy Award® winner Anthony Minghella (The English Patient).
The complete volume is now available on comiXology.
The Grand Duke, Part 6:
Artist: Romain Hugault
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.
In part 6 of our story, both Lilya and Wulf make it to their respected bases only to learn they are no longer trusted. Given impossible missions or sent away, they both must do their best as the war finally draws to a close.
Just a friendly reminder that Thursday, July 26 is the deadline to let your local comic book shop know if you’d like to order a bundle of Cow Boy: Hallows mini-comics to give away on Halloween! The mini-comic, written by Nate Cosby and illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos, contains an original story you won’t get anywhere else and the best part is, it’s only $4.99 for a bundle of 25! You can find more information at this link. For now, check out the cover and the first two pages, all colored and lettered!
Archaia and other publishers are once again teaming up with our distributor, Diamond Comics, to offer an alternative to give away to trick-or-treaters this Halloween. Instead of candy, why not encourage reading by giving out a 5.25” x 8.25” mini-comic instead! Or, okay, a mini-comic with the candy!
On pgs. 28-29 of this month’s Previews magazine, you’ll notice the ad for the Halloween Mini Bundles. For $4.99, you can buy a bundle of 25 mini-comics from your local comic book shop that you can give away to trick-or-treaters on Halloween!
Our mini-comic offering comes courtesy of Cow Boy creators Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos! This is an original story created exclusively for this mini-comic! Titled: Cow Boy: Hallow’s, the story is an account of Cow Boy 10-year-old protagonist Boyd Linney’s run-in with that famed gunslinger, Billy the Kid. Here’s the official solicitation:
COW BOY: HALLOW’S
One-shot (Halloween Ashcan)
Retail Price: $4.99 for a bundle of 25
Page Count: 16 pages
Format: staple bound, 5.25” x 8.25”, full color
Ship Date: September 2012
Written by Nate Cosby
Illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by Chris Eliopoulos
Rating: All Ages
Synopsis: All y’all step right up for the showdown of their century: Cow Boy vs. Billy the Kid!!! From the acclaimed team of Nate Cosby (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Pigs) and Eisner Award-nominated Chris Eliopoulos (Franklin Richards, Misery Loves Sherman) comes an all-new Cow Boy yarn from Archaia Entertainment, just in time for Halloween!
You can order this only through your local comic shop, so be sure to pre-order it this month! Let them know the Diamond Order Code is JUL12 0009. Supplies are limited so make sure you let them know as soon as possible to reserve your bundle!
Below is the cover and two uncolored pages for you to take a peek at.
Happy Early Halloween!
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!
The art style for Cow Boy is an endearing mix of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts and the grittiness of a Clint Eastwood western. How did you go about choosing the look of Cow Boy, and what are a few of your influences?
CHRIS: Actually, the look sort of chose me. I was playing around thinking I might try coloring the book in crayon, but that didn’t turn out so well. Then I just started playing with textures to give it that earth-worn feel and it just seemed right. It was all trial and error.
What’s your favorite part of making a comic?
CHRIS: My favorite part is when everything is put together and I can look at it as a whole. After I first read the entire script, my focus shifts down to page and panel with the whole story in the back of my mind. And when I see it all together I get a real kick.
Were you a troublemaker growing up?
CHRIS: I was always the good kid. Always did what I was told, obeyed my parents, ate my broccoli and did my homework. It’s kinda nice to live the adventures through Boyd on paper these days.
Did you ever want to be a cowboy when you were a kid?
CHRIS: I loved the Lone Ranger as a kid. I used to watch the old TV show over and over again. Thought he was so cool.
Get more info and a preview for Cow Boy here.
Advance copies are on sale this weekend at C2E2!