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Interview: Women of BOOM! – Janet K. Lee

Janet Lee_2That’s eight weeks and eight “Women of BOOM!” features, spotlighting the many kick-ass women that work at BOOM!, Archaia and KaBOOM! We’re focusing on everyone, editors, designers, writers, artists, you name it! We’re making sure to include the hard-working folks whose contributions are often overlooked in the process.

BOOM! (and KaBOOM! and Archaia) has given us unprecedented access and the chance to ask questions to their staff, and creative teams, to find out why the publisher is so successful in hiring women and their experiences in the comic industry as women.

Up this week is Janet K. Lee, an artist, cover artist, inker, colorist (and all around cool person) who has worked on Return of the Dapper Men, Wonderland Alphabet and Feeding Ground among others publishing by the company.

Graphic Policy: How did you get involved in the comic book industry? 

Janet K. Lee: I worked for several years as a graphic novel buyer for one of the US’s largest book industry wholesalers and met a number of people in the comics industry, including Jim McCann. Eventually I was promoted away from buying graphic novels, and found I had a creative hole in my life.  I started showing my artwork in galleries around the US. Jim McCann saw some of that art, was inspired to write a book called Return of the Dapper Men based on my art, and asked me to illustrate.  At SDCC ’09, Jim pitched the project to Stephen Christy, and voila! I was in!

Sometimes I feel like the “Lana Turner” of comics, but in truth I spent years networking behind the scenes.  That old adage “It takes ten years to become an overnight success” is just about right.

GP: Did you read comics growing up? Do you read them now?  

JKL: I did and I do!

I got into comics when I was five or so.  My best friend’s neighbor was a novelty salesman (you know: wax lips, pencils, cheap plastic yo-yo’s, and all that) who kept us supplied with bound collections of classic strip comics.  I started out reading Heathcliff, Denis the Menace (which I still blame for my poor performance as a babysitter), Garfield, Peanuts, Family Circus, and Bloomsbury. Eventually, I had a boyfriend who introduced me to The X-Men, and then I discovered anime and manga and eventually the amazing indie scene with books like Blankets and BOP and From Hell.

My preference still leans toward graphic novels and limited series over ongoing—I just prefer a story with a clear arc end and didn’t even go through the normal “soap” period for teenage girls. But there are exceptions: Mind the Gap, Chew, Unwritten, Invincible, Saga, Mouse Guard.  My favorite Christmas gift was a fabulous book called The Nao of Brown—stunning watercolors!

GP: How did you come to work with BOOM!/Archaia?     

JKL: Jim McCann and I considered publishers very carefully before pitching Return of the Dapper Men.  Archaia always produces such beautiful books, and we knew we wanted to do something really different with Dapper, so they just made sense.

GP: How would you describe your job for people?   

JKL: My job is to make the story come to life. If I were working on a novel, I would be writing all the narrative prose. If I were working on a movie, I would be casting, location scout, set design, costuming, and acting coach. If I were a musician, I would be the vocalist singing the writer’s hit tune. My job is to take the actions, dialog, and rough (or sometimes detailed) descriptions of the writer and express them visually.  We are a team of collaborators, and if we do our jobs correctly, together we create something more wonderful than any of us could have made alone.

GP: For people who want to pursue a career in what you do, what advice would you give them? 

JKL: Make the best art that you can possibly make. It is your calling card to the industry, so treat every project as if it were your first and last.

Be polite and kind to absolutely everyone you encounter—this is a small, small industry and every single person in it is important. Always thank people who took time to review your work; even if they hated it, they took the time to read. Network, meet, follow-up.

Know when to take advice and when to ignore it.

And MOST IMPORTANTLY: MAKE COMICS! Just do it! Learn by making mistakes. Learn by trying new things. Some of it will work and some won’t but nothing happens until you make the art.

GP: Did you have a mentor to help you break into the industry? Do you mentor anyone yourself?      

JKL: I’ve had incredible help and encouragement along the way. Jim McCann took a raw gallery artist (who thought she knew everything about making comics, and really knew almost nothing) and taught her the ropes. Jonathan Hickman pulled me aside and helped me understand business pitfalls. My editors at Boom!/Archaia, Marvel, and Image have always challenged me to try something new.

I try to pay it back where I can. I pick projects based on how I feel about the story and the way the script is written (probably a holdover from my buying days), so I find myself often working with new recruits. I love talking with people about their art and about the industry. We all succeed or fail together.

GP: Do you think women have a more difficult time breaking in and making it in the comic industry, if so why? And if yes, how do you think that can be overcome?   

JKL: I think most of the time when we ask this question, we are limiting the industry at large to just Marvel and DC- just superhero comics- and yes, there are issues there with diversity among the mainstream comics creators. But we do ourselves a HUGE disservice by defining comics by a single, limited genre, and if we open the discussion to include ALL of comics, ALL around the world, we get an entirely different picture. Female comic creators are EVERYWHERE, and we’re amazing. This week the NYT Bestseller list for Graphic Novels (top 10) includes Fairest, Saga, Drama, Persepolis (which has been there for YEARS), and Primates.  Women helped to make (or solely made) all of those.

Here’s the thing: for a long time, the direct market for comics was almost entirely focused on superheroes, and superheroes were written for men and boys. They were fantasies about heroism and empowerment and taking control in a bad, bad world—things that people in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, even 70’s and 80’s, didn’t realize women wanted too. So the heroes are men (mostly), and the stories center around men (mostly), and the shops where the stories are sold cater to men (mostly), and the children who grew up drawing superheroes and writing stories about superheroes and dreaming about superheroes were male (mostly). And so now (most) of creators who draw and write in a “house style” are male. And the cannon is (mostly) based on stories for men.

That’s why independent comics are so important.  I may not have grown up drawing Superman and writing stories about Spider-Man, but I did grow up making my own comics, my own way. My art is geared toward a different type of story, and these are stories that need to be told in different ways, and be published in different formats, and maybe be sold into different markets.  Right now, right this minute, we are reinvigorating genres of comics that have languished for years. We are letting the world know that comics are a storytelling medium rather than a single genre.  This is the best time to be a woman in comics.

GP: We notice that when it comes to women in the comic industry, BOOM!/Archaia has a lot of diversity present. Why do you think have they succeeded when so many other publishers struggle with this?

JKL: BOOM!/Archaia have a simple formula, I think: they publish interesting, high quality books, and they make sure people hear about them.  They prove my point: female creators are everywhere making comics, and if you open yourself to diverse types of stories, you will find the statistics are much more equal than a single genre of fiction might lead you to believe. Women make comics.Women read comics.

GP: We’ve heard horror stories concerning women in the industry, have you ever seen or been discriminated/harassed and if so, how did you handle it?

JKL: I don’t have any stories to share. Maybe I’m just lucky, I don’t know.

GP: What advice do you have for women looking to break into the comic book industry? 

JKL: Define your goals. Be true to yourself. Value yourself. Make the art you want to make—the path may take a longer, but will be more rewarding in the end. Read, read, read, read. Learn everything you can about the BUSINESS of making comics. And get out there and meet people!

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Producer Edward R. Pressman (‘The Crow’) Options Archaia Graphic Novel ‘Feeding Ground’

EDWARD R. PRESSMAN TO PRODUCE FEATURE FILM ADAPTATION OF ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HORROR GRAPHIC NOVEL ‘FEEDING GROUND’

ALFONSO GOMEZ-REJON (‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’) TO DIRECT AND CARLOS COTO (‘24’) TO WRITE IMMIGRATION PARABLE SET ON THE U.S./MEXICO BORDER

New York, NY (May 10, 2012) – Edward R. Pressman, producer of such classic films as Wall Street, American Psycho, The Crow, Bad Lieutenant, and Das Boot, announced today that he has optioned the feature film rights for Archaia Entertainment’s acclaimed graphic novel Feeding Ground. Created by Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, and Chris Mangun, Feeding Ground was the first full-length graphic novel to be published in hardcover simultaneously in English and Spanish. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is set to direct and screenwriter Carlos Coto will adapt for the screen.

Feeding Ground tells the story of a “coyote,” a trafficker of illegal immigrants, forced to smuggle his family into America by crossing the most forbidding part of the Arizona/Mexico border, a searing no-man’s-land known as “The Devil’s Highway.” Along the way, he and his family clash with U.S. Border Patrol agents, only to realize that the entire party is being hunted by the real monsters that roam the countryside—werewolves.

Feeding Ground is an intense and terrifying thriller with a subtle but pointed commentary on immigration in modern America,” said Pressman. “The graphic novel is so cinematic in nature—as soon as I read it, I knew we could make a film that would resonate with a wide audience. Alfonso and Carlos are the perfect talents to bring this vision to the big screen.”

Born and raised in Laredo, Texas on the US/Mexico border, Alfonso began his career as personal assistant to Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron, Robert De Niro and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu. He became a sought-after 2nd Unit director (Babel, State of Play, The Eagle, Eat Pray Love, Argo) before directing critically acclaimed episodes of Glee (“Asian F”) and American Horror Story (“Birth”), as well as numerous national commercials. He also conceived and wrote Chanel’s worldwide “Bleu de Chanel” campaign directed by Scorsese. Carlos Coto is currently a writer and co-executive producer of Nikita. He has previously written and produced for 24, Heroes, Journeyman, The Dead Zone, NCIS, and was a consultant on the Emmy-winning HBO film, For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.

Pressman is currently in development of a reinvention of the 1994 hit film The Crow to be written by Jesse Wigutow (The Osterman Weekend) and directed by Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) with Relativity, a reinvention of the iconic action film Bloodsport written by Robert Kamen (Taken) and to be directed by Phillip Noyce (Salt), and The Monkey Wrench Gang to be written and directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3). The latest feature from Pressman, The Moth Diaries, written and directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho) was recently released by IFC Films and is available in theaters and through VOD.

Pressman Film COO Jon Katz and Archaia’s Stephen Christy and PJ Bickett will serve as Executive Producers along with Jason Carpenter, a former Pressman staffer, who brought the property to Pressman. Stephen Cavaliero is a Co-Producer.

Katz negotiated the deals on behalf of Pressman Film. CAA and Aaron Baumel of Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder LLP represented Archaia. CAA and Corinne Farley of Morris, Yorn, Barnes, Levine, Krintzman, Rubenstein & Kohner represented Coto. WME and Christine S. Cuddy of Kleinberg, Lange, Cuddy & Klein LLP represented Gomez-Rejon.

About Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation
Founded in 1969, Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation has produced more than 75 world-class motion pictures and helped launch the careers of many of the most prominent figures in the movie industry. The company’s extensive body of work includes groundbreaking films by directors such as Oliver Stone, Terrence Malick, Sam Raimi, David Byrne, Kathryn Bigelow, Alex Proyas, Brian De Palma, David Mamet, Charles Burnett, Abel Ferrara, Wayne Kramer, Mary Harron, Jason Reitman, and Werner Herzog. Led by true industry veteran, Edward R. Pressman, the company is dedicated to producing quality theatrical motion pictures and will continue its 40-year tradition, forging new territory in both the independent and Hollywood arenas.

For more information on Pressman Film, please visit www.pressman.com. Pressman Film can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/PressmanFilm) and on Twitter (twitter.com/pressmanfilm).

About Archaia Entertainment
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, Feeding Ground, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company 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 and two Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology. 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.

For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com. Archaia can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/archaiaentertainment), Tumblr (archaiaentertainment.tumblr.com), and Twitter (twitter.com/archaia).

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The Hollywood Reporter – ‘The Crow’ Producer Tackling Graphic Novel ‘Feeding Ground’It could be a pretty solid movie.

Bleeding Cool – The Eight Year Old Batman Of UtahAwe.

CBLDF – Join CBLDF Executive Director for Program Discussing PROTECT Act – Wish I could be at this.

Bleeding Cool – Your Friendly Neighbourhood Stan LeeBut, can I play as Jack Kirby?

Kotaku – Avengers: Battle for Earth Video Game Assembling on Xbox 360 and Wii U This FallOnly six months after the movie comes out… fantastic timing.

Grantland – The Inquisition of Mr. Marvel – A great read about Stan Lee.

 

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Preview – Feeding Ground

Official Press Release

FEEDING GROUND Collected Edition Hardcover

Retail Price: $24.95 U.S.
Page Count: 184 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Genre: Horror
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-02-2

Created by Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski and Christopher Mangun
Written by Swifty Lang
Illustrated by Michael Lapinski
Cover by Michael Lapinski

A new nightmare plagues the Mexico-Arizona border. A famine caused by Blackwell Industries drives Diego Busqueda, a noble coyote, to lead a band of Mexican border crossers across the unforgiving Devil’s Highway, a desert cursed with blistering days and deadly nights. Back home, Diego’s daughter, Flaca, discovers that something hungrier prowls the factory fields. Stalked and persecuted, can the Busqueda family maintain their dreams of immigration or will the unspeakable horrors of the desert tear them apart? On the Feeding Ground, there is no freedom without sacrifice… Collects Feeding Ground #1-6 and supplemental material, and features an introduction by Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway.

Mature Readers (series contains Graphic Violence and Adult Content)

Archaia: May 2011 Solicitations

Official Press Release

CYCLOPS #5 (OF 8)

Cyclops 005 CoverRetail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Matz
Illustrated by Jamin de Meyere
Cover by Jamin de Meyere

The Rebel, Part One. Douglas Pistoia is a new kind of soldier, his missions broadcast live on television for ratings and profit, and he’s becoming a media star. After a few days relaxing in Mexico City, Doug and his unit return to the field, arriving at a deserted village on the border between Argentina and Chile—deserted, because its inhabitants have been methodically massacred… New artist Jamin de Meyere takes over for Luc Jacamon in the second half of this critically acclaimed miniseries.

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

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FEEDING GROUND #6 (OF 6)

Feeding Ground 006Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 64 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Created by Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski and Chris Mangun
Written by Swifty Lang
Illustrated by Michael Lapinski
Cover by Michael Lapinski

Sheep’s Clothing. The epic conclusion to the story Ain’t It Cool News calls “one of the most interesting werewolf [tales] in years.” Blood has been spilled and now is the time for vengeance. As the Border Patrol invades the Blackwell Industries compound, young Flaca is forced to choose between her father and her dark benefactor, Alejandro Blackwell. The rest of her family have won a new life in the United States, but, will the hunger overtake them as well? The outcome will forever change the American landscape. Included is the story told in Spanish at no extra cost!

Mature Readers (Contains graphic violence)

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THE SECRET HISTORY BOOK SEVENTEEN

The Secret History 017Retail Price: $5.95
Page Count: 48 pages
Format: perfect bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Jean-Pierre Pécau
Illustrated by Igor Kordey
Colors by Leonard O’Grady
Cover by Manchu & Olivier Vatine

Operation Kadesh. 1956: In the Egyptian desert, Curtis settles accounts and conducts his personal crusade to avenge the death of this wife Nimue, the mother of Pandora, putting him on a collision course with General Nasser and the Condor as they try to retrieve the secrets buried in the Red Fort, where it all began. But the Archons do not control events they way they once did. Meanwhile, in Budapest, a new player arrives and changes the course of history. The critically acclaimed historical fiction series with an occult bent continues!

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

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BERONA’S WAR VOL. 2: FIGHT FOR AMITY Original Graphic Novel Hardcover

Berona's War Vol 2 Fight for AmityRetail Price: $19.95
Page Count: 144 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75” x 8.75”, full color
Written by Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé
Illustrated by Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé
Cover by Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé

You’ve met the characters, you’ve seen their weapons, you’ve witnessed their war in BERONA’S WAR: FIELD GUIDE. And now, you can know their stories. BERONA’S WAR VOL.2: THE FIGHT FOR AMITY brings to life the blood-hungry warriors and races of Berona and takes you deep within their individual tales. Follow the soldier as he enters his final battle. Witness the elite teams at work behind the scenes. Learn the savage ways of the Condyle warriors, and the vicious speed of the Ele-Alta Slayers. Watch as the brave struggle for glory, obtain it, then live to see it stripped from them. Will it be a glorious death, or will it be the death of a coward? The battles have just begun to rage, and the War has so much left to claim.

T +13 (Contains material suitable for teen readers age 13 and above)

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DAYS MISSING VOL. 2: KESTUS Collected Edition Hardcover

Days Missing Vol 2 KestusRetail Price: $19.95
Page Count: 144 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Phil Hester
Illustrated by David Marquez
Cover by Alex Ross

Archaia Black Label and Roddenberry Productions are proud to present the thrilling sequel to the critically acclaimed series DAYS MISSING. DAYS MISSING: KESTUS continues the saga of The Steward, a mysterious being whose ability to “fold” days of time has resulted in critical human events being absent from our historical record. Their existence is not remembered…but the occurrences of these days have forever changed the course of our evolution. Since humanity’s birth, The Steward has stood as a guiding force for our species. But now, he is not alone! The emergence of the ancient being, Kestus, may put everything he knows in question, and the future of those he means to protect in jeopardy. DAYS MISSING: KESTUS spans the ages, featuring adventures about ancient China, the burning of Egypt’s Alexandria, the 1969 moon launch, Y2K, and the Large Hadron Collider.

T +13 (Contains material suitable for teen readers age 13 and above)

Preview – Feeding Ground #4

Official Press Release

FEEDING GROUND #4 (OF 6)

Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 64 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
On-sale Date: February 23, 2011
Created by Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski and Chris Mangun
Written by Swifty Lang
Illustrated by Michael Lapinski

FEEDING GROUND launches an entirely new werewolf mythology, set on the Mexico-Arizona border! All forces collide in a battle that forever changes the Busqueda clan. The family is divided over their daughter’s uncertain future as Border Patrol agents and a ruthless pack converge on The Devil’s Highway. One of the Busquedas will not survive. Pitting real-world border politics against a boldly re-imagined werewolf mythology, FEEDING GROUND questions the very nature of survival. Included on the flip side is the issue in Spanish at no extra cost!

Mature Readers
(series contains Graphic Violence)

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Archaia: April 2011 Solicitations

Official Press Release

FEEDING GROUND #5 (Of 6)
Feeding Ground #5Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 64 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Created by Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski and Chris Mangun
Written by Swifty Lang
Illustrated by Michael Lapinski

FEEDING GROUND is a horror tale set on the Mexico-Arizona border that launches an entirely new werewolf mythology! After the carnage of the previous issue, all are forced to pick through the bones. Salazar and the NACO forces team up to avenge the loss of their brethren. Bea and Miguel finally taste freedom only to discover the U.S. is more nightmarish than imagined. As Diego battles the Devil’s Highway itself, Alejandro Blackwell embraces the future of his empire. Tugged between her family and her newfound powers, which will Flaca choose?

Mature Readers (Contains adult content)


THE SECRET HISTORY BOOK SIXTEEN
Secret History #16Retail Price: $5.95 U.S.
Page Count: 48 pages
Format: perfect bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Jean-Pierre Pécau
Illustrated by Igor Kordey
Colors by Leonard O’Grady
Cover by Manchu & Olivier Vatine

Zion. 1946. The Navarro woman Nimue gives birth to a baby girl she names Pandora. 1948. The United Nations votes to create the modern state of Israel, sowing the seeds of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In Jordan, Curtis Hawk crashes his old Messerschmitt and runs across an odd group of confederates destined to seek the archaeological site of Qumran: Joachim, an Ashkenazi Jew; Moshe Dayan, in the service of the Zionist Haganah paramilitaries; and Reka, who reveals secrets of divided Jerusalem.

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


BLEEDOUT Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Bleedout HC_NOT FINAL DESIGNRetail Price: $14.95
Page Count: 96 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Mike Kennedy
Illustrated by Tim Bradstreet, Howard Chaykin, Gary Erskine, Glenn Fabry, Nathan Fox, Zach Howard, Sanford Greene, Trevor Hairsine, Vince Proce, Ben Templesmith and David Williams
Cover by Tim Bradstreet

Eight years ago, every oil well on the planet ran dry, utterly dissolving the cornerstone of modern civilization. Global economies withered and nations fell like bone-dry dominoes, including the seemingly impervious United States. Caught in a zenith of chaos, Sunrise City now lies in the hands of a criminal cabal who may or may not hold the key to the future and the secrets behind the planet’s tragic ruin. BLEEDOUT tells the frighteningly plausible tale of a world destroyed by its own greed and shortsightedness. Based on the Massively Multiplayer Online Shooter video game from Vogster Entertainment, this deluxe hardcover volume collects chapters drawn by some of the comic industry’s hottest superstars. Written by Mike Kennedy (AEON FLUX, GHOST), this graphic novel presents the world of BLEEDOUT in all of its grim, pulp noir glory, with page after page of supplemental graphic and story material that further explores this tragic future, and the frighteningly familiar current events that led there in the first place.

Mature Readers (series contains Graphic Violence and Adult Content)

FRAGGLE ROCK VOL. 2 Collected Edition Hardcover
Fraggle Rock v2 HC_NOT FINAL DESIGNRetail Price: $19.95
Page Count: 112 pages
Written by Tim Beedle, Jason M. Burns, Katie Cook, Jake Forbes, Joe LeFavi, Paul Morrissey, Grace Randolph and Katie Strickland
Illustrated by Heidi Arnhold, Nichol Ashworth, Ross Campbell, Lindsay Cibos, Katie Cook, Chandra Free, Cory Godbey, Chris Lie and Mark Simmons
Cover by David Petersen

Get ready to rock—Fraggle style! Archaia and The Jim Henson Company follow up their highly acclaimed FRAGGLE ROCK anthology series with a brand-new collection of stories, featuring the antics of Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober and Red! Worry is indeed for another day, as this new series features a stellar lineup of talent, including: Grace Randolph (MUPPET PETER PAN, MARVEL HER-OES), Chris Lie (RETURN TO LABYRINTH), Jake Forbes (RETURN TO LABYRINTH) and Ross Campbell (WET MOON, SHADOWEYES)! Featuring a cover by MOUSE GUARD’s David Petersen and activity pages from fan-favorite writer and artist Katie Cook!

All ages


LUCID Collected Edition Hardcover
Lucid v1 HCRetail Price: $19.95
Page Count: 112 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Michael McMillian
Illustrated by Anna Wieszczyk
Cover by Anna Wieszczyk

Welcome to the world of LUCID, the action-packed pop-fantasy that draws inspiration from the spy genre, Arthurian legend and 21st-century folklore! Dark forces are conspiring to prevent humankind from reaching its true potential. Thankfully, as newly appointed “Protector of the Realm,” Agent Matthew Dee uses his skills as a covert spy and Combat Mage to ensure America’s freedom from the grip of evil. Written by “True Blood” actor Michael McMillian and illustrated by newcomer Anna Wieszczyk, LUCID is Archaia’s first title published in association with Zachary Quinto (“Heroes,” “Star Trek”) and his company, Before the Door. Features a Foreword written by Alan Ball (“TRUE BLOOD,” “SIX FEET UNDER”). Collects LUCID #1-4.

T +13 (Contains material suitable for teen readers age 13 and above)

Preview – Feeding Ground #3 (of 6)

Official Press Release

FEEDING GROUND #3 (OF 6)

Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 64 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
On-sale Date: Jan. 19, 2011
Created by Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski and Chris Mangun
Written by Swifty Lang
Illustrated by Michael Lapinski

FEEDING GROUND launches an entirely new werewolf mythology, set on the Mexico-Arizona border! A famine drives Diego Busqueda, a noble “coyote,” to lead his family across the unforgiving Devil’s Highway, a desert cursed with blistering days and deadly nights. However, they are not alone among the desert sands. An ancient evil that has plagued the region for generations has emerged from the shadows. Pitting real-world border politics against a boldly re-imagined werewolf mythology, FEEDING GROUND questions the very nature of survival! In this issue: Cursed with a dying bloodline, Alejandro Blackwell hunts for young Flaca as the Busquedas trek through the nasty Mexican border town of Altere—a broken back door to America. Included on the flip side is the issue in Spanish at no extra cost!

T +13 (Contains material suitable for teen readers age 13 and above)

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Review – Feeding Ground #2


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Feeding Ground 002 CoverOk, I’ll admit, I was a bit rough on the first issue earlier today.  Feeding Ground #2 was leaps above the first issue and really dives into the werewolf plot that’s hinted at in the solicit.

FEEDING GROUND, a horror tale set on the Mexico-Arizona border, launches an entirely new werewolf mythology! A local enforcer, Don Oso, terrorizes the Busqueda family as their father Diego makes a solitary trek home through the horrors of the Devil’s Highway. Meanwhile, US Border Patrol agents unearth a shocking discovery that threatens to reveal a secret buried in the desert for generations. Also included as bonus content on the flip side of the book is the story in Spanish!

Written by Chris Mangun and Swifty Lang with art by Michael Lapinski, the series picks up and explains what the hell happened in the first issue.  There’s much more action and intrigue and the various plots in the first issue are moved forward to a point I want to see more.

It’s a complete 180 for me between the two issues.  The first one was a pass, and the second is a buy.  Pretty crazy jump for one issue.

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Review – Feeding Ground #1


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Feeding Ground #1I missed the first issue of Feeding Ground #1 and caught up yesterday, and I’m a bit mixed.  Along with the first issue I read the second and so far together they’re better than separate, the second issue is much stronger of the two.

Written by Swifty Lang with art with Michael Lapinski the story seems to be a werewolf story but in the first issue I’m not quite clear on it.  It’s not necessarily the start that’d get me excited to read it.  Here’s the solicit text for the second issue:

FEEDING GROUND, a horror tale set on the Mexico-Arizona border, launches an entirely new werewolf mythology! A local enforcer, Don Oso, terrorizes the Busqueda family as their father Diego makes a solitary trek home through the horrors of the Devil’s Highway. Meanwhile, US Border Patrol agents unearth a shocking discovery that threatens to reveal a secret buried in the desert for generations. Also included as bonus content on the flip side of the book is the story in Spanish!

The first issue, I’ll admit, had me scratching my head a bit.  I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, other than a bunch of folks sneaking across the U.S./Mexican border.  I loved the art though, there’s a very cool feel to it, but I can’t say that alone won me over.

This is a weird one, the second issue (reviewed later today!) did what the first issue didn’t, set up a mystery I’m interested in.

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