Darkstalkers Art Tribute Contest


Surely this will be of interest to the  artistic minded readers out there. Darkstalkers is like Street Fighter, but not as popular, you could say. It’s mired more in fantasy than anything else, but like most of Capcom’s franchises, it has its fans. Udon produced a successful Street Fighter tribute book recently, and now they’re opening up the doors for entries for their Darkstalkers tribute book. The deadline is March 1 and the official skinny is below.


Given the success and fan glee generated by last year’s Street Fighter Tribute book, many of you asked us whether or not we’d do another Tribute book. Finally, we can answer that question.

Talking at length with Capcom and checking the dates, we saw that Capcom’s other popular fighting game franchise was celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2009, and it all fell into place. 

So… after much speculation/expectation, we’re very proud to announce Darkstalkers Tribute!

Go here for contest details and a standardized entry form for art sample submissions. Please help us spread the word about this contest by sending the link around and telling all your friends.

Darkstalkers is not as well known as Street Fighter but the fanbase is rabid and the characters are just as distinctive and engaging. Considering that Street Fighter Tribute arrived to rave reviews, we’re very excited to see the artwork we get this time out.

Even if you won a spot in the Street Fighter Tribute book you’ll have to push yourself even harder this time. Expect the competition to be stiff as even more artists from around the world send us their artwork. Go for quality and a distinctive approach. Show us what you can do.

Archaia Is Back

logoNow, this is exciting news. Indie publisher, Archaia Studios Press is back. They’ve been on hiatus for quite a few months now due to some restructuring, but they now have books available on the shelves. It happened all rather quickly, but now you can pick up  a collection of the web-comic Gunnerkrigg Court, the Mouse Guard role playing game, based on David Petersen’s popular creation, or the not as bad as it sounds Devil’s Panties. I’m relieved ASP has returned. Hopefully Titanium Rain, Miranda Mercury and a few other MIA titles will pick up where they left off soon. Official press release below.


The long-awaited release of several key titles from Archaia is over. Tom Siddell’s GUNNERKRIGG COURT: ORIENTATION, Jennie Breeden’s THE DEVIL’S PANTIES VOL. 2, and the MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME hit stores Wed, Jan 7. Make sure your store got them in and spread the word.

“I am very excited for these titles to have made the shelves,” glowed Mark Smylie, Publisher of Archaia. “We’ve been lucky to work closely with our creators who always give us their best. Thanks to Tom, Jennie, David and all of their fans for their patience. But we believe the wait was worth it. The books look beautiful. And who wouldn’t want to play a mouse in an RPG?”

Mark continued: “As for our other titles…we’ll soon be releasing the rest of our publishing schedule. Archaia is coming back in a big way with new and exciting projects, as well as our critically acclaimed titles. Yes, including Artesia.”

gunnerkrigg_court_coverGUNNERKRIGG COURT: ORIENTATION (Creator: Tom Siddell, ISBN: 1-932386-34-3, Diamond Order Code: FEB083463, $26.95, 296-page hardcover, all ages). Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed girl starting her first year at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around alongside body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature. The opening volume in the series follows Antimony through her orientation year: the people she meets, the strange things that happen, and the things 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.

THE DEVIL’S PANTIES, VOLUME 2 (Creator: Jennie Breeden, ISBN:  1-932386-36-X, Diamond Order Code: FEB083471, $19.95, 296-page hardcover, black-and-white, Mature Readers). The Devil’s Panties is NOT in fact, satanic porn.  It is actually an autobiographical online comic strip about a girl in flame boots who works at a comic shop and occasionally hangs out with a pirate. Follow Jen as she goes kilt hunting at conventions with her leaf blower and discovers sparkly butterfly toys that no child should play with.  When her boyfriend has LAN parties in their garage, she hits the clubs.

MOUSE GUARD ROLE-PLAYING GAME (Designer: Luke Crane, Writers: Luke Crane and David Petersen, Illustrator: David Petersen, ISBN-13: 978-1-932386-88-2, Diamond Order Code: JUN083656, $29.95, 240-page 8 x 8 hardcover roleplaying game core rulebook). Join the Mouse Guard and defend the Mouse Territories against predators and dangers, in this roleplaying game for the Mouse Guard comic book series!  The game is intended for all levels of game-playing experience by award-winning game designer Luke Crane and is based on a simplified version of his Burning Wheel rules system.  Includes art and extensive background material on the Mouse Territories specially prepared by Mouse Guard creator David Petersen. Ages 10+ (Mild mouse-on-mouse violence.)

Be on the lookout for MOUSE GUARD: FALL 1152 LIMITED EDITION BLACK-AND-WHITE HARDCOVER to hit the shelves in February.

As always, all Archaia titles are available worldwide at finer comic book shops, bookstores, amazon.com, the Archaia Store at Indie Press Revolution.