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It’s a pretty quiet weekend with most people focused on the aftermath of the Japanese earthquakes.  For the geek end of things this weekend also saw both SXSW and PAX East going on.  For fans of both, what is one supposed to do!?  I decided to couch surf all weekend instead.  But that begs a bigger question.  Who would win in a fight, SXSW Hipsters or PAX East Video Game Geeks?

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An Elegy for Amelia Johnson CoverAn Elegy for Amelia Johnson had me bawling by the end.  Over two metro rides I read this original graphic novel written by Andrew Rostan.  It’s a story about death and life, and as you’d expect with that, the comic can be depressing at times.  But damn is it good and worth being bummed.

In her 30 years on earth, Amelia Johnson has touched many lives with her compassion, intelligence and spirit. Now, at the end of a yearlong battle with cancer, she asks her two closest friends to take her final messages to the people who have touched her life the most. Henry Barrons is a cocky, Oscar Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose demeanor hides deep insecurities. Jillian Webb is an acclaimed magazine writer with an inability to make long-term commitments. They set out across the country to fulfill Amelia’s dying wish…and end up learning more about her—and themselves—than they ever imagined. Andrew Rostan, Dave Valeza and Kate Kasenow deliver a meditation on loving and forgiving those close to us in their moving graphic novel debut.

There’s just so much here.  It’s a great story about what you’ll do for friends and examining our lives and what we want to accomplish.  For a debut graphic novel, it’s even more impressive.  There’s just so much to love, the art is fitting, story touching, it’s just fantastic in so many ways.

I think this is an absolute buy, and deserves such and audience.  Many folks have talked about how you get women to read comics, and this is “chick lit” in graphic novel form, but don’t let that hold you back from checking it out.  I know I’m a sap at times, but even if you’re not, you’ll enjoy this.

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AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON Original Graphic Novel Hardcover

Retail Price: $14.95 U.S.
Page Count: 128 pages
Format: hardcover, 5.25” x 8.25”, black and white
On-sale Date: March 2, 2011
Written by Andrew Rostan
Illustrated by Dave Valeza and Kate Kasenow
Cover by Dave Valeza

In her 30 years on earth, Amelia Johnson has touched many lives with her compassion, intelligence and spirit. Now, at the end of a yearlong battle with cancer, she asks her two closest friends to take her final messages to the people who have touched her life the most. Henry Barrons is a cocky, Oscar Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose demeanor hides deep insecurities. Jillian Webb is an acclaimed magazine writer with an inability to make long-term commitments. They set out across the country to fulfill Amelia’s dying wish…and end up learning more about her—and themselves—than they ever imagined. Andrew Rostan, Dave Valeza and Kate Kasenow deliver a meditation on loving and forgiving those close to us in their moving graphic novel debut.

T+13 (contains material suitable for teen readers ages 13 and above)

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Archaia Announces First OGN for 2011, ‘An Elegy for Amelia Johnson’

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‘AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON’ LEADS THE WAY FOR ARCHAIA’S 2011 ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL SLATE

COMPASSIONATE STORY OF A CANCER PATIENT TELLS A TRUE TALE OF FRIENDSHIP AND IS ALREADY BEING HAILED AS ‘ONE OF THE BEST GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2011’

Los Angeles, CA (January 24, 2011) – Following the critical acclaim and success of titles like Tumor, Return of the Dapper Men, Syndrome and Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard in 2010, Archaia is excited to announce the first title that will kick off its original graphic novel slate for 2011: AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON, written by Andrew Rostan with art by Dave Valeza and Kate Kasenow.

AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON (digest-sized, 5.25” x 8.25”, black and white, 128 pages, $14.95) tells the story of a young woman dying of cancer who asks her two best friends to travel across the country to hand-deliver personalized goodbye messages to individuals from her past. A moving portrait of friendship, hope, coping and loss, AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON speaks to all readers who have ever had to say goodbye to a loved one.

Known for delivering stories of depth, this black-and-white, slice-of-life drama continues the publisher’s tradition of putting out unique graphic novels that readers can only find at Archaia.

“With gorgeous art, beautiful production, and a story that anyone who has ever lost a loved one can relate to, I can’t think of a better book to kick off Archaia’s 2011 graphic novel slate than AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON,” says Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy. “A terminal illness is definitely not your run-of-the-mill comic book fare, and I’m really proud of the positive message of love and hope put forth in this book by Andrew, Dave and Kate. I promise this will be an entirely different reading experience than any other graphic novel you’ll buy this year.”

With AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON, Archaia once again debuts new graphic novelists to the world. This is writer Andrew Rostan, Dave Valeza and Kate Kasenow’s first graphic novel work. Rostan, a former champion of the TV game show “Jeopardy,” even used a portion of his winnings to help produce AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON. The beautifully rendered but simple and clean style of artists Valeza and Kasenow bring Rostan’s triumphant freshman script to life and make it accessible for all readers.

AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON is a story about the best of humanity; of how people need each other, love each other, live for each other,” says Rostan. “It seems only appropriate that a story about our connections is a magnificent collaborative effort.  To have people like Dave and Kate bring my words to life is an honor beyond measure. And to be working with Archaia, a publisher which not only prizes innovative graphic storytelling but also collaborates to the fullest with their talent, is the dream of any artist.”

Newsarama’s Jill Pantozzi raves, “It’s still early in the year but don’t miss out on [AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON]. Trust me when I say it will be named one of the best graphic novels of 2011.”

AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON is currently available for pre-order in comic shops (Diamond Order Code: JAN11 0937) and wherever books are sold (ISBN: 978-1932386837). It is scheduled for release in March.

About Archaia

Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. Archaia is: Artesia, Awakening, Beautiful Scars, Berona’s War, The Black Knight, Critical Millennium, Cyclops, The Dark Crystal, Dark Fall, Days Missing, The Devil’s Handshake, An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, The Engineer, Everlast, Feeding Ground, Fraggle Rock, God Machine, The Grave Doug Freshley, Gunnerkrigg Court, Hybrid Bastards!, Inanna’s Tears, Johnny Recon, The Killer, Killing Pickman, Labyrinth, The Lone and Level Sands, Lucid, Miranda Mercury, Moon Lake, Mouse Guard, Mr. Murder Is Dead, Okko, One in a Million, Primordia, Return of the Dapper Men, Robotika, Saga, The Secret History, Some New Kind of Slaughter, Starkweather: Immortal, Syndrome, A Tale of Sand, Titanium Rain, Trial By Fire, and Tumor.

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Archaia: March 2011 Solicitations

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THE SKRUMPS One-Shot

Skrumps NOT FINAL ARTRetail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by John Chandler
Illustrated by John Chandler
Cover by John Chandler

First introduced as a bonus strip in the FRAGGLE ROCK VOL. 1 hardcover collection, The Skrumps are back in their own special issue! This is the very first ever, full-length SKRUMPS comic by creator John Chandler, brought to you by Archaia and The Jim Henson Company. The Skrumps are a uniquely colorful troupe of hilarious characters that live in the imaginary world of Skrumpland. In this issue, the Mooch finds that his mooching ways might not make him as cool as he thought he was, and he gets rejected by all the Skrumps. So, he decides to start giving back by adopting an unusual pet in need of a home. But he’s in way over his head as he realizes this is maybe too much for a Skrump like him to handle!

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THE SECRET HISTORY Book Fifteen

The Secret History #15 NOT FINAL ARTRetail Price: $5.95 U.S.
Page Count: 48 pages
Format: perfect bound, 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Jean-Pierre Pécau
Illustrated by Igor Kordey
Colors by Leonard O’Grady
Cover by Manchu & Olivier Vatine

The Amber Room. 1946. The world is licking its wounds. At the border of the two Germanys, a group of Jewish partisans are trying to move to the West to reach the promised land, aided by Erlin’s protégé, Curtis Hawk. In Princeton, NJ, a scientist opens a door to a parallel dimension. And in the ruins of Nuremburg, the Cold War begins, as the grand alliance between the Houses is shattered, and Erlin sides with the Allies, and Dyo with the Soviets…

Mature Readers (series contains Nudity, Graphic Violence and Adult Content)

CYCLOPS VOL. 1 Collected Edition Hardcover

Cyclops Vol 1 Hardcover NOT FINAL ARTRetail Price: $19.95
Page Count: 120 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Matz
Illustrated by Luc Jacamon
Cover by Luc Jacamon

In 2054, a man looking for work gets a job at a private military contracting firm that has just won a bid to handle the UN’s peacekeeping missions, propelling him into a highly sophisticated war broadcast worldwide by the soldiers themselves thanks to the micro-cameras in their helmets. But how far will he go in exploring the boundaries between war and peacekeeping, news and entertainment? From the same creative team that brought you the Eisner Award-nominated crime noir THE KILLER comes this new look at war and the media in the near future… Collects the first four issues of CYCLOPS.

Mature Readers (series contains Nudity, Graphic Violence and Adult Content)

AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON Original Graphic Novel Hardcover

An Elegy for Amelia JohnsonRetail Price: $14.95
Page Count: 128 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 5.25” x 8.25”, black and white
Written by Andrew Rostan
Illustrated by Kate Kasenow and Dave Valeza
Cover by Dave Valeza

In her 30 years on earth, Amelia Johnson has touched many lives with her compassion, intelligence and spirit. Now, at the end of a yearlong battle with cancer, she asks her two closest friends to take her final messages to the people who have touched her life the most. Henry Barrons is a cocky, Oscar® Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose demeanor hides deep insecurities. Jillian Webb is an acclaimed magazine writer with an inability to make long-term commitments. They set out across the country to fulfill Amelia’s dying wish…and end up learning more about her—and themselves—than they ever imagined. Authors Andrew Rostan, Dave Valeza and Kate Kasenow deliver a meditation on loving and forgiving those close to us in their moving graphic novel debut.

T+13 (contains material suitable for teen readers ages 13 and above)