Archaia’s The Joyners in 3D

Publisher Archaia (now part of BOOM! Studios) have been producing gorgeous graphic novels with great production values, and this tome, (a rare 3D presentation) will hit stands next month.

 

ARCHAIA INNOVATES WITH FIRST 3D GRAPHIC NOVEL WITH 

‘THE JOYNERS IN 3D’

 

Award-winning publisher Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the February debut of THE JOYNERS IN 3D, the first, full-length, original graphic novel presented in red-blue anaglyph 3D. The book is the culmination of almost three years of research, development, and painstaking execution by writer R.J. Ryan (SYNDROME) and New York Times best-selling artist David Marquez (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, All-New X-Men).

 

“THE JOYNERS IN 3D is not only a labor of love and storytelling for R.J. and David, but a crowning achievement in presentation,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Archaia has consistently pushed the boundaries with the types of stories it publishes, and JOYNERS is no exception. I love that the use of 3D here is not a gimmick. It’s an essential tool for the narrative, and one you’ll enjoy discovering while reading the book.”

 

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’ve been fans of R.J. Ryan and David Marquez ever since we published their first collaboration (along with co-writer Daniel Quantz), SYNDROME. When they came to us with this idea—with Marquez proclaiming he and his studio assistant, Tara Rhymes, were going to teach themselves how to do all the 3D conversion—we knew it was exactly the ambitious challenge we love to take on. Add to that the fantastic book design by Eisner Award-nominated Jon Adams (TRUTH SERUM), and the final result simply blew us away.

 

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: On the surface, you’ll be attracted to THE JOYNERS IN 3D for its 3D novelty, but once you read it, you’ll be engrossed by Marquez’s line work, the visions of a possible future (flying cars, floating skyscrapers, and robot butlers!), and the haunting story of a successful businessman whose deteriorating life at home leads to a tragic conclusion. This is the idyllic 1960s Jetsons-inspired vision of the future turned on its head with a deconstructive eye in the spirit of Warren Ellis.

 

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Regardless of the technological advances made by the year 2062, people are still just as fallible as they’ve been for thousands of years. Brilliant engineer George Joyner and his team have just invented a revolutionary device that will change the course of human history, yet George is teetering on the edge of self-destruction thanks to his selfishness, narcissism, and relentless pursuit of success in the business world. THE JOYNERS IN 3D is the complete account of the sudden unraveling of the “perfect” family of the future, and the hubris that brings about George’s professional demise.

 

THE JOYNERS IN 3D arrives in comic shops on February 19th with a cover price of $29.95 under Diamond order code SEP130875. Every copy ships with a pair of custom “his” and “hers” 3D glasses. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

The Joyners 3D

 

 

 

BOOM! Buys Archaia, Relaunches Site & Signs George Perez

BOOM! Studios surprised the industry two weeks ago by announcing they had purchased independent, and critically acclaimed publisher Archaia, which you can read more about here. Now they’ve unveiled their shiny new website. Official lowdown about that below. Oh, and they’ve also just announced that they’ve signed legendary artist George Perez to an exclusive deal. Wow.

BOOM! Studios is pleased to unveil their newly redesigned website (boom-studios.com) today. Beginning today, fans will find a fresh, modern look with an easier-to-navigate interface along with more social media integration.

The new boom-studios.com was designed by At Play Creative, the same design agency responsible for the redesigned BOOM! Studios logo that debuted earlier this year. The design team, led by Founder and CCO Gary M. Smith, worked closely and collaboratively with BOOM! to deliver a design that showcased the comic art first and foremost. At Play clients include ABC, Disney, and Hasbro among others.

In addition to a comprehensive online store, the relaunched website incorporates live feeds from BOOM!’s Twitter, Facebook, and BOOM!Pen Tumblr on a new Trending page with spotlighted Featured posts. The site includes information for Press and Retailers, with more to be added in the future. An Events page adds an easy reference point for all BOOM! convention appearances, signings, and launch parties.

BOOM! Studios New Site

Tale of Sand Wins Three Eisners

Congrats to publisher Archaia for the three Eisner Award wins at San Diego Comic-Con on the weekend. It’s a luscious book that we spoke about on the Extra Sequential podcast right here, and below is the press release. And yes, it is an awesome book and you should buy it.

ARCHAIA’S ‘JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND’ WINS THREE WILL EISNER COMIC INDUSTRY AWARDS

Publisher wins coveted Best New Graphic Novel award for second straight year;Ramón K. Pérez and Eric Skillman also honored for Best Penciller/Inker and Best Publication Design

The 24th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (“The Eisners”) was held last night in the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, showcasing the best in comics for 2011, and publisher Archaia is happy to announce it was honored with three awards for its original graphic novel hardcover, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand.

The awards won were:

Best Graphic Album – New
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, adapted by Ramón K. Pérez

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Ramón K. Pérez, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

Best Publication Design
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, designed by Eric Skillman

This is the second straight year that Archaia has won the top prize of Best Graphic Album – New. It previously won in 2011 for Best Graphic Album – New for Return of the Dapper MenJim Henson’s Tale of Sand was also honored with nominations for Best Lettering (Deron Bennett) and Best Coloring (Ian Herring and Ramón K. Pérez).

The Eisners, named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit and several award-winning graphic novels), are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. The finalists on the ballot are selected by a blue-ribbon committee that considers thousands of entries submitted by publishers and creators. The nominees are then voted on by all parts of the comic book industry: writers, artists, and other creators; publishers; editors; and retailers and distributors.

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, written by Henson and his frequent writing partner, Jerry Juhl, is based on a dark, existential feature-length screenplay that built off of ideas Jim Henson had been developing around the time he produced his Academy Award-nominated short film “Timepiece.”

It tells the story of a young man who hears, “Run, boy… run!” as he is kicked out of a dusty town in the middle of the desert. There’s nothing but sand in every direction, but run he does, with only a rucksack of odds-and-ends to his name, as he embarks on an oddball journey. Under the supervision of The Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson, team Archaia and artist Ramón K. Pérez adapted the screenplay into a colorful, marvelous tribute to one of the most creative minds who ever lived.

“This is a wonderful honor and we are simply overjoyed by this recognition,” said Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy. “Tale of Sand was an ambitious undertaking when we started the project in 2010, and to see Ramón and Eric honored, along with the team here at Archaia, makes it all worthwhile. I want to thank Lisa Henson for allowing us access to her father’s archived materials, and for believing we could do his legacy proud with this fantastic graphic novel. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who worked on Tale of Sand and everyone on team Archaia, especially our president PJ Bickett. On behalf of everyone at Archaia, thank you to our distributors Diamond Comics and PGW, and to all of the retailers, journalists, reviewers, and fans who supported this book. Most of all, thank you to Jackie Estrada and Comic-Con International for making the Eisner Awards even possible!”

For a complete list of winners, visit Comic-Con International’s Eisner Awards website at http://comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_main.php.

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (hardcover, full color, 152 pages, 8.25” x 11”, ISBN: 978-1-936393-09-1, Diamond Code JUL110825, $29.95) is available for sale now in your local comic book shop or wherever books are sold. 

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Siegfried Trailer

Archaia are known for producing great looking OGNs, and Siegfried from creator Alex Alice, certainly fits that bill. Below is the new trailer for the first book, which has had success in France and has now been translated for us English speakers. In fact we devoted an entire episode of the Extra Sequential podcast to the great Jim Henson books that Archaia have created recently, and so far, Siegfried (which will be released in June) seems to be getting the same kind of deserved buzz.

ARCHAIA ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF ANIMATED ‘SIEGFRIED’ TRAILER

Feature-Quality Animation Heralds Release of Alex Alice’s Epic Graphic Novel ‘Siegfried’


Eisner Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment is proud to announce the online premiere of the English-language trailer for their upcoming release of Alex Alice’sSIEGFRIED, the first volume in an epic trilogy of graphic novels inspired by the Richard Wagner operatic cycle, “The Ring of the Nibelung.”

Based on the medieval Germanic mythology of the Nibelungenlied, SIEGFRIED tells the story of a child discovered in the woods by a dwarf-goblin who raises the boy in protective secrecy.  As he grows older, however, the boy discovers that he is more than just a lost orphan—he has a destiny planned by Odin, the father of the Norse gods, to fight the dragon Fafnir, guardian of the forbidden Rheingold. This beloved tale of high fantasy and epic heroic discovery is known to have inspired countless well-known classics, including J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

To introduce the series to a North American audience, Archaia has released a feature-quality animated trailer created by Pendragon Imageforge and directed by series author and artist Alex Alice. Originally created as a stylistic proof-of-concept for an animated feature film, plans for the full production are set to resume now that Alice has completed the trilogy of graphic novels.

Volume 1 of the SIEGFRIED graphic novel will release in June, with the second and third volumes to follow in 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.archaia.com/archaia-titles/siegfried/.

Eisners, Archaia and Total Recall

This year’s nominations for the prestigious Eisner Awards are now up, right here. Voted by industry professionals, the winners will be announced at July’s San Diego Comic-Con. It’s an impressive and diverse list including a few faves of mine like Who Is Jake Ellis? and Atomic Robo. Daredevil, Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand and many more have also been given nods, from creators to overseas works.

There’s a great interview at CBR here with Archaia’s Stephen Christy and P.J Bickett about the publisher’s plans and upcoming releases. The pair discuss their Eisner wins last year, forthcoming film adaptations and their generous Free Comic Book day offering on May 5.

Bickett: Some of the other high profile books we have are the second volume of “Rust” and “Cursed Pirate Girl” by Jeremy Bastian, a lifelong friend of David Petersen. “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” with Rachel Hope Allison who is an amazing talent. It’s just all pictures telling a story, it’s amazing and coming out on Earth Day. We have “The Grand Duke” which is a Father’s Day tale coming out around the same time. We have a lot of great stories and books that people this year will hopefully get into even more than they did in years past. At the end of the year, we have — at high anticipation from many fans — “Labyrinth” and the second volume of “The Dark Crystal.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, directed by Underworld’s Len Wiseman and starring Colin Farell is the Total Recall film based on the Arnie actioner from 1990, and the Philip K. Dick short story, We Can Remember It For you Wholesale. It opens in August. Here’s the sleek trailer.

Extra Sequential Podcast #82-Jim Henson

55 mins. We look at recent work inspired by the late, great puppet pioneer Jim Henson including a Dark Crystal prequel, and a Storyteller anthology. Also, French midgets, VHS memories and the sentence,  “Oh my God! Stuff happens before he plays his flute in the forrest?!”

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Submarine. Quirky indie film set in Wales in 1986.

Hell Yeah #1 from Image Comics. Superpowered teen Ben Day’s mysterious parents, and a good cliffhanger. Oh, and it looks great too.

Conan #2 from Dark Horse. Young Conan teaches us the proper archery technique.

Saga #1 from Image Comics. An interesting, though not yet entirely captivating sci-fi/fantasy mashup.

He Died with a Felafel in His Hand comic

Rocky Balboa. Go Sly!

13: 10 NEWS

Concept artist Ralph McQuarrie dies

Webcomics based on classic video game properties at ShiftyLook

50 million downloads on comiXology

DC Comics’ new site

Wolverine’s next film next year

David Mazzucchelli’s unhappy about the new Batman: Year One TPB

Two new Perth comics podcasts! Panel2Panel, and How I Got My Boyfriend To Read Comics

21:02 FEATURE TOPIC – JIM HENSON

The man behind the creatures of The Muppets, Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and more, and the recent Archaia OGNs inspired by his creations. See previews at the links below.

Jim Henson’s Storyteller. An anthology based on the first season of the TV show.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1. The first of a prequel trilogy to the 1982 film.

Fraggle Rock Classics Vol. 1. Recoloured tales of the original 1985 comics based on the TV series.

Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand. A trippy, visually dazzling adaptation of an unproduced screenplay.

And keep your eye out on May 5 for Archaia’s sure to be popular Free Comic Book Day offering.

 

 


 

Extra Sequential Podcast #72-Best Comics of 2011

60 mins. What a crazy good year it’s been for comics. We talk about what has impressed us the most from breakout talent, to new series to movie adaptation. Also, Star Trek: TNG’s Riker, and which superhero series resembles Breaking Bad.

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1:20 NEWS 

The Hobbit, and The Dark Knight Rises trailers

Jail time for Wolverine movie pirate

6:20 THEME-BEST COMICS OF 2011

Reprint:
Mladen – Fantagraphics’ ‘Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes’
Kris – IDW’s ‘Artist’s Edition’ series

Film:
Mladen – ‘Gantz’
Kris – ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Australian Comic
Mladen – Bobby N’s ‘Digested’ (Gestalt)
Kris – ‘The Deep: Here be Dragons’ (Gestalt)
Honorable mention – ‘Zorro’ (Silver Fox comics)

Foreign Language Comic (in English)
Mladen – ‘The Drops of God’
Kris – ‘The Zombies that Ate the World’
Honorable mention – ’20th Century Boys’, ‘AX Manga Anthology’

New talent:
Mladen – Ian Bertram 
Kris – Mike Huddleston
Honorable mention – Nick Spencer

Continuing series:
Kris – ‘Green Lantern’ (DC Comics)

New ongoing series or mini
Mladen – ‘Blue Estate’ (Image comics)
Kris – ‘Who is Jake Ellis?’ (Image comics)

One-shot or OGN
Mladen – Joseph Lambert’s ‘I Will Bite You’
Kris – Jim Henson’s ‘Tale of Sand’

Best comic overall
Mladen – Anders Nilsen’s ‘Big Questions’
Kris – ‘Who is Jake Ellis?’