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Archaia Blows Into the Windy City for C2E2 2012

ARCHAIA BLOWS INTO THE WINDY CITY FOR C2E2 2012

Over Two Dozen Creators, Two Panels and a Large Booth Highlight the Publisher’s Presence at the Midwest’s Largest Comic Book and Pop Culture Event

Chicago, IL (April 12, 2012) – Award-winning graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment announced its plans for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) (www.c2e2.com), which includes a 20’ x 30’ display with a huge selection of product for sale on the show floor; hosting over two dozen creators for free autograph signings, including Chad Michael Murray (Everlast), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Jim McCann and Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men), Nate Cosby (Cow Boy), Ramón K. Pérez (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand), and Royden Lepp (Rust: Visitor in the Field); presenting two panels, one making several exclusive announcements and one to advise aspiring storytellers on proper world-building; and distributing thousands of free giveaways, including single issue comics, mini-posters, and bookmarks. C2E2 will take place April 13-15, 2012 in the North Hall of McCormick Place in downtown Chicago.

In addition, C2E2 will mark the debut of exclusive, limited signed editions of the highly anticipated, all-ages graphic novel hardcover, Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse, by Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos. Attendees can also obtain the first of four, limited-edition Hawken posters featuring art by Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist Khang Le. Hawken is an upcoming, free-to-play mech FPS developed by Adhesive Games and published by Meteor Entertainment (12-12-12), and Archaia is producing an original graphic novel prequel (March 2013). The other three posters will be distributed at other key conventions later this year, and together, all four posters will join to form a QR code that will lead fans to a special feature when the game’s closed beta release debuts in October 2012.

Creators scheduled to appear at the Archaia booth (#529) throughout the weekend include:

–Andrew E.C. Gaska, writer, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, Critical Millennium, Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe
–Andrew Rostan, writer, An Elegy for Amelia Johnson
–Ben Templesmith, artist, Bleedout, Immortals: Gods and Heroes
–Brandon Thomas, writer, 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
–Dave Rodriguez, writer, Starkweather: Immortal
–David Petersen, writer/artist, Mouse Guard
–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
–Jeremy Bastian, writer/artist, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, Cursed Pirate Girl
–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
–Tom Pinchuk, writer, Hybrid Bastards!
–Yehudi Mercado, writer/artist, Pantalones, TX

Visit this link for a complete schedule of signing times: http://www.archaia.com/2012-c2e2-signing-schedule/. (Times and appearances are subject to change.)

Here are the descriptions of the two panels Archaia will present at C2E2:

Friday, April 13
Archaia Presents:  Coming Soon from Archaia Entertainment…
Room:
S401abc
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 titles is 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: Alice’s Adventures Through the ABC’s and What She Found There, Time of the Dapper Men), 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
Room:
N427bc
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.

“For the third year in a row, we are excited to return to C2E2 in Chicago with a strong presence to show our Midwest-area fans how much we appreciate their support,” said Archaia Marketing Manager Mel Caylo. “We look forward to a fantastic weekend, and hope you can join us!”

About Archaia

Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

Preview – Everlast

EVERLAST

Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Retail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 112 pages
Format: hardcover (paper over board), 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN-13: 978-1-932386-97-4
Written by Chad Michael Murray
Illustrated by Trevor Hairsine, Andrew Huerta, Robbi Rodriguez, J.K. Woodward and Danijel Zezelj
Cover by Danijel Zezelj

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? Created and written by actor Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill.”)

T – TEEN (12 and up, may contain mild violence or mild profanity)

Around the Tubes

My New York Comic Con coverage has begun to trickle out, along with a lot of reviews I wrote up over the weekend.  While you wait to see what today has in store, here’s news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

ICv2 – Amazon Poses a Threat to PublishersAnd this after they ruined it for people wanting to purchase physical copies of graphic novels. I wonder if Barnes & Noble will carry these books?

The Mary Sue – Grant Morrison Says His 2012 Wonder Woman Series “Needs Sex”Que controversy before people have read it in 3…2…1…

Gizmodo – Barnes & Noble Might Be Ruining Comic Books for EveryoneAn interesting take, but kind of ignores the hundreds of comic book stores you can purchase copies at or the fact you can get them cheaper online shipped to you.

ICv2 – ‘Dark Knight’ Rises to ‘Occupy Wall St.’?Bruce Wayne is SO joining the protest.

Kotaku – Batman: Arkham City Creators Will Compensate Those With Missing Catwoman CodesWell that’s nice, giving people something they paid for….

Wired – Batman: Arkham City Director Defends Controversial Catwoman CodeWhy shouldn’t new purchases get a bonus?

Kotaku – There’s a Mystery DC Superhero Game Coming in 2012 – Don’t get too excited, not like comic book based games have the best record as far as quality.

Con Coverage:

MTV Geek – Chad Michael Murray On His New Comic Book, ‘Everlast’ At NYCC

Bleeding Cool – Fifty Things I Discovered At New York Comic Con

IGN – NYCC: The Age of Apocalypse Returns

MTV Geek – Incredibly LARGE Cosplay Outfits From New York Comic Con!

Kotaku – New York Comic-Con Day Five Delivers Adventure Time, Silent Hill and Cosplay With A Side of Bacon?

Around the Tubes

The days are ticking down to New York Comic Con and the last convention of the year for me.  Last year was a blast and I expect no different this year.  While you wait for the coverage to begin, here’s thew news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

CBLDF – HeroesCon Sponsors CBLDF’s Fall Comics Grab Bag!It’s a good cause!!!

Kotaku – Comic Book Legend Marv Wolfman Lends His Writing Talents to PlanetSide 2I do wonder how many hop back and forth writing for the two mediums.

Kotaku – Here’s What You’ll Pay to be the (Officially Announced) Nightwing in Batman: Arkham City – Can’t wait for this game.

Con Coverage:

Bleeding Cool – NYCC Debut: Chad Michael Murray’s Everlast

The Mary Sue – NYCC – Panels You Might, But Shouldn’t, Miss

MTV Geek – The 10 Most Off-Beat Panels at New York Comic-Con 2011

Bleeding Cool – NYCC Debut: Z-Girl And The 4 Tigers #2

Bleeding Cool – NYCC Debut: Dead Man’s Party #1

IGN – IGN’s Guide to NYCC Swag

Bleeding Cool – NYCC Debut: The Independents

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Comics Alliance – Casanova: Avaritia #2

MTV Geek – Legion of Monsters #1

IGN – Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3

IGN – X-Men: Regenesis #1

Publishers Weekly – Comics Reviews: October 2011

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