We are happy to announce a Three-Day Sale on Archaia Digital Firsts on comiXology, running August 25-27!
Archaia Digital First titles are chapters and complete collections of Archaia graphic novels that can be read in advance of their print editions, available exclusively through the comiXology platform. The three-day sale will offer discounts on individual chapters and complete collections.
The Archaia Digital First titles included in the sale are:
CITY IN THE DESERT #1-4
CURSED PIRATE GIRL#1-3
CURSED PIRATE GIRL VOL. 1 Complete
THE GRAND DUKE #1-5
HOPELESS, MAINE #1-4
HOPELESS, MAINE Complete
IRON: OR, THE WAR AFTER #1-3
LAST DAYS OF AN IMMORTAL #1-4
MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL #1-2
SPERA VOL. 2 #1
SPACE: 1999 – AFTERSHOCK AND AWE #1-2
SPACE: 1999 – CLASSICS REMASTERED #1
Click on this link to start downloading discounted Archaia Digital First titles now!
Just like every Digital Wednesday, Archaia and comiXology are teaming up to bring your favorite comics straight to you! This week’s lineup gives you a Digital First dose of adventure from the high seas to outer space! That’s right, you can get your favorite graphic novels in a digital format, including our exclusive line of Digital First comics. That means you can check out some of Archaia’s hottest new comics before they’re printed!
Digital Firsts: Titles That Are Available Digitally Before the Print Edition’s Release.
Cursed Pirate Girl Vol. 1 (Complete Special Edition):
Writer/artist: Jeremy Bastian
Adventures on and under the high seas lead a cursed pirate girl to encounter mythic creatures, gnarled and crusty pirates, and ghostly apparitions as she tries to find her lost father, one of the dreaded Pirate Captains of the mythical Omerta Seas. A whimsical swashbuckling tale of wonderland journeys and unimaginable dangers, starting in Port Elisabeth, Jamaica in the year 1728, and quickly heading across – and beneath – the waves. The first three issues are collected with an all-new epilogue.
Space: 1999 - Aftershock and Awe, Part 2:
Writer: Andrew E. C. Gaska
Artists: Gray Morrow, David Hueso, and Miki
In an alternate universe where JFK was never assassinated, mankind has already suffered through World War III, everybody is unified into a single world government, and a base is built on the moon by the year 1999!
In Part 2, Commander Koenig goes out to investigate the strange magnetic radiation coming from Area One only to suddenly have his ship go down. After surviving the crash he and the rest of his crew try to learn more only to realize the dangers are growing. In an attempt to break apart the radiation and stop it from occurring, they decide their only option is to bomb it. An accident causes the moon to be blown out of orbit and hurled into the unknown, launching the survivors of the lunar base stationed there toward the stars. But what of the cataclysm caused to the Earth in its wake?
Other Digital Releases for Aug. 15:
Judge Bao, Vol. 1 (Complete Edition):
Writer: Patrick Marty
Artist: Chongrui Nie
In China under the Northern Song Dynasty, the Empire saw tremendous growth and prosperity. But with great riches come great temptations, and the Emperor must constantly fight against the corruption of renegade military officers, abusive governors, corrupt businessmen, and regular bandits and thieves. To fight against this scourge, Emperor Ren Zong gave broad magistrate powers to a judge whose reputation would extend well beyond the borders of the Empire: Judge Bao (999-1062 CE).
Mandated by the highest court of the Empire, Judge Bao becomes a symbol of justice for the people of the land. His aversion to corruption and dedication to justice make him a popular hero, but with many enemies. Accompanied by his bodyguard Zhan Zhao, his page Bao Xing, and his assistant and coroner Gongsun, he travels the length and breadth of the Middle Kingdom, crusading against corruption and all forms of injustice.
In this first volume, Bao finds himself in a small village where a mother mourns her son, languishing in prison, caught in a complicated love triangle and accused of a murder he says he did not commit. Will Judge Bao find the real murderer?
Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 3 Chapter 27:
Writer/artist: Tom Siddell
Gunnerkrigg Court is a series of books about Antimony Carver, a girl who attends school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court. The story is about the people she meets, the strange things that happen, and the events she causes to happen as she and her new friend, Kat, unravel the mysteries of the Court and deal with the everyday adventures of growing up at a school that has robots running around alongside body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature.
In Chapter 27, Jack leads Annie and Reynardine to the power station across the lake. They learn that there are various power stations throughout the court that filter and transmit ether.
Thank you! Next week look forward to a collection of Digital Firsts! Archaia and comiXology will be teaming up once again to bring you the next chapters of Iron: Or, the War After, Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell, and Spera Vol. 2!
We might all be busy at Comic-con but that doesn’t mean we don’t have digital releases for everyone, regardless if they’re at the con or not. We have got some special digital premieres of two very special projects that Archaia has been working on for a while.
You better be excited. We definitely are!
You already know about Archaia and comiXology’s team-up, and you know that we are making sure to bring your favorite comics straight to you! That’s right, we’ve made getting comics easier by bringing you your favorite graphic novels in a digital format.
This week has some exclusive digital premieres that we know you will love!
Space: 1999 #1
The sci-fi classic series returns! September 13th: 1999 – An atomic accident causes the moon to be blown out of orbit and hurled into the unknown, the survivors of the lunar base stationed there launched towards their destiny across the stars. But what of the cataclysm and wanton destruction caused to the Earth in its wake?
In an alternate universe where JFK was never assassinated, mankind has already suffered through World War III, unified into a single world government, and built a base on the moon by the year 1999!
The story continues in AWE, which adapts the pilot episode of SPACE: 1999 “Breakaway,” as seen through the personal logs of Commander John Koenig and Professor Victor Bergman on Moonbase Alpha — expanded to include both new and unfilmed material, and utilizing the remastered art of comics legend Gray Morrow as a basis for this revolutionary retelling of a sci-fi classic.
Based on the classic science fiction television series SPACE: 1999 – and set in the continuity of the original series, AFTERSHOCK AND AWE steals a glimpse at an alternate history of mankind, and jump-starts humanity’s eventual destiny far out in space.
Once Kadam was a rising star in the ranks of the Mumbai Encounter Squad, a secret unit tasked with carrying out extrajudicial executions of wanted criminals that turned it into a business for contract killings and extortion. However the death of his pregnant wife at childbirth triggers a downward spiral that leaves Kadam a pale shadow of his former self. When Kadam is the victim of a hit-and-run that also claims the life of a street urchin, he goes into a coma for a month. After waking up, he finds a new sense of purpose and pursues the investigation into the identity of the driver on his own, when the police close the case for lack of leads. Kadam finds out that the driver was Balwan Khan, an over-the-hill Bollywood B-Movie actor. This brings him into direct confrontation with his ex-colleagues, who are now de factor gangsters in uniform and use Khan’s movies to launder their money…
A hardboiled crime-noir tale set in Mumbai and told though the eyes of Arjun Kadam, a washed-out drug-addicted ex-cop.
DIGITAL FIRST RELEASES:
A monster hunter is suddenly out of a job when a religious sect supposedly rids the world of them, but is the sect’s noble deed too good to be true?
Monster hunter Irro is perhaps the only person in Kevala making a good living. The city pays him and his tailed assistant, Hari, a bounty for each monster carcass they bring in. But one day a religious sect called The Way of the Sacred Peace comes to Kevala to solve the monster problem by capping the city’s Spirit Fountain. Out of a job with all the monsters gone, Irro and Hari are determined to prove that there is a more sinister plot behind the Sacred Peace’s plan.
Adventures on and under the high seas lead a cursed pirate girl to encounter mythic creatures, gnarled and crusty pirates, and ghostly apparitions as she tries to find her lost father, one of the dreaded Pirate Captains of the mythical Omerta Seas. A whimsical swashbuckling tale of wonderland journeys and unimaginable dangers, starting in Port Elisabeth, Jamaica in the year 1728, and quickly heading across – and beneath – the waves.
In the distant future, Elijah is a member of the “Philosophical Police,” who must solve conflicts that arise out of ignorance of the Other. Two species are fighting a war with roots in a crime committed centuries ago, and Elijah must solve the crime and bring peace between their species, while also confronting his own immortality in a world where science provides access to eternal life. In a world where death no longer exists, why do so many want to give up on life? Serious, heavy duty science fiction, with shades of author J.G. Ballard and the films Gattaca, Solaris, and George Lucas’ THX 1138.
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!
It is the Spring of 1110 in the official calendar of the Pajan Empire. Okko is called upon to assist the daughter of Lady Mayudama, who has retreated into a profound silence. The best doctors have been unable to provide even a diagnosis of her condition. Okko may prove to be her last resort. But a strange force that has been prowling around the region for over a week has also arranged a meeting with the ronin for a duel of incomparable violence…
Until next Wednesday!
Archaia hopes you are having great week and if you are at San Diego Comic-Con make sure you stop by our booth, #2635!
The big week has finally begun. As you make your final plans for the convention (picking out the panels you want to hit up, highlighting the booths you will visit on your map, and whose signatures you will be hunting for), make sure you take note of the Archaia Entertainment booth’s location.
We are in booth #2635, located on the east side of the Exhibit Hall. You can find the full map on SDCC’s website.
Also, don’t leave home without reading our signing schedule to know when Archaia creators, artists, and writers will be there.
And of course, take note of our panels:
Archaia Presents: How to Effectively Pitch A Story
Thursday, 7/12/12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Room 32AB
Archaia editors and creators offer their advice on how to better pitch a story. In this interactive panel, 9 volunteers will be put into 3 teams to come up with a pitch in 15 minutes. The winning team with the best pitch will get a prize pack of Archaia hardcover books.
Archaia Presents: Transmedia in Graphic Novel Publishing
Friday, 7/13/12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Room 23ABC
Get the scoop on Archaia’s latest projects that break the barriers between media, such as graphic novels, video games, and films. This panel will feature titles like Hawken, the prequel to the story of a free-to-play mech first-person-shooter; Cyborg 009, a new interpretation of Shotaro Ishinomori’s groundbreaking manga; and, Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe, the first of a series of hardcover graphic novels based on the late 1970s sci-fi TV series.
Archaia Presents: How to Tell a Better Story Through World-Building
Saturday, 7/14/12, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Room 9
Hear established graphic novel creators talk about how world-building strengthens storytelling through character development, settings and environment, choosing the right era, etc. Also, see some rarely seen sketch art, concept designs, and models during the presentation. Presenters will include David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), and Royden Lepp (Rust).
For more info, click here.
Also stop by our booth, #2635, for some free give-a-ways, signings, and convention-only sales on our hardcover books. There will be some great deals and even better comics!
FOUR reasons (2 Cs and 2 Es) you NEED to check out Archaia in Chicago this weekend:
1. Cow Boy debuts!
Cow Boy, written by Nate Cosby and drawn by Chris Eliopoulos, is the 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.
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, a limited number of copies of Cow Boy will be on sale! Wrangle one of them up before they run out!
2. Creators, Creators, Creators!
Andrew E.C. Gaska, writer, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, Critical Millennium, Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe (forthcoming)
Andrew Rostan, writer, An Elegy for Amelia Johnson
Ben Templesmith, artist, Bleedout, Immortals: Gods and Heroes
Brandon Thomas, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury
Brent Schoonover, artist, Mr. Murder Is Dead
Chad Michael Murray, writer, Everlast
Chandra Free, writer/artist, The God Machine, Fraggle Rock
Charles Soule, writer, Strange Attractors (forthcoming)
David Petersen, writer/artist, Mouse Guard
David Rodriguez, writer, Starkweather: Immortal
Dennis Calero, artist, Immortals: Gods and Heroes, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller
Gene Ha, artist, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard
Janet Lee, artist, Return of the Dapper Men, The Wonderland Alphabet: Alice’s Adventures Through the ABC’s and What She Found There (forthcoming)
Jeremy Bastian, writer/artist, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, Cursed Pirate Girl (forthcoming)
Jim McCann, writer, Return of the Dapper Men
J.K. Woodward, artist, Everlast
Joanna Estep, artist, Fraggle Rock
Joe LeFavi, writer, Fraggle Rock
Katie Cook, writer/artist, Fraggle Rock, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard
Mike Kennedy, writer, Bleedout
Nate Cosby, writer, Cow Boy, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller
Phil Hester, writer, Days Missing; artist, Immortals: Gods and Heroes
Ramón K. Pérez, artist, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand
Royden Lepp, writer/artist, Rust
Sam Humphries, writer, Fraggle Rock
Sean Rubin, artist, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard; writer/artist, Bolivar (forthcoming)
Tom Pinchuk, writer, Hybrid Bastards!
Yehudi Mercado, writer/artist, Pantalones, TX (forthcoming)
Visit the Archaia booth to find out when they are signing!
3. Excellent panels!
Friday, April 13
Archaia Presents: Coming Soon from Archaia Entertainment…
Time: Friday, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
The publisher behind Mouse Guard, The Killer, Return of the Dapper Men, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, and other great titlesis gearing up for another spectacular year, and here’s where you get to hear all about it! Get the inside scoop on upcoming titles, new projects, and exclusive announcements as Archaia sets its sights on the rest of 2012 and beyond. Join Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy, Nate Cosby (Cow Boy), Andrew E. C. Gaska (Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe), Joe LeFavi (Hawken), Janet Lee (The Wonderland Alphabet),Royden Lepp (Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell), Jim McCann (Time of the Dapper Men),David Petersen (Mouse Guard Vol. 3: The Black Axe, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2), and Charles Soule (Strange Attractors) as they give you a sneak peek of what’s to come!
Sunday, April 15
Archaia Presents: How to Tell a Better Story Through World-Building
Time: 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Are you an aspiring storyteller? Want to know the keys to world-building and telling a good story? David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), and Sean Rubin (Redwall, the upcoming Bolivar), three accomplished storytellers that have published or are publishing books through Archaia, present an informative, entertaining panel to see how world-building can help you write and/or draw a better story.
4. Editor Tay!
Most of the brilliant Archaia staff is headed to C2E2, including Editor Tay! If you see her hanging around the booth, be sure to say “hi” and give her a huge, enthusiastic “high-five” for us interns.
We hope to see you there!
Bonus points if you know what “C2E2” actually stands for!