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Archaia’s Adventures in WonderCon!

Archaia will be at WonderCon Anaheim, taking place March 29-31, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California!

Many of these Archaia creators will be on hand to sign copies of their books or promotional items at the Archaia booth (#609), including:

Chris Northrop (writer: the upcoming The Reason for Dragons)
F.J. DeSanto (writer: Immortals: Gods and Heroes, the upcoming Cyborg 009)
Heather Nuhfer (writer: Fraggle Rock)
John Chandler (writer/artist: The Skrumps)
Khang Le (creator and story: HAWKEN: GENESIS)
Moro Rogers (writer/artist: City in the Desert)
Paul Morrissey (writer: Fraggle Rock)
R.J. Ryan (writer: Syndrome, the upcoming The Joyners in 3D)
Sam Humphries (writer: Fraggle Rock)
Saurav Mohapatra (writer: Mumbai Confidential)
Tom Pinchuk (writer: Hybrid Bastards!)

Fans who visit the booth will get sneak peeks of “look books” of several forthcoming Archaia titles in production, including Cyborg 009, The Reason for Dragons, and The Joyners in 3D.

In addition, a limited number of advance copies of Mumbai Confidential will be available for author Saurav Mohapatra to sign!

Promotions going on at the Archaia booth include:

  • Using FourSquare, fans have a chance to win a Henson/Archaia graphic novel prize pack containing copies of Fraggle Rock Vol. 1, Fraggle Rock Vol. 2: Tails and Tales, The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1, and The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 2. Just be sure to check in at the Archaia booth through the FourSquare app on your iOS or Android phone once you’re at the show and you’re automatically entered! Winners will be contacted to receive their prize.
  • Using Instagram, fans have a chance to win an all-ages prize pack containing copies of Mouse Guard Vol. 1: Fall 1152, Rust Vol. 1, and Cursed Pirate Girl. Take creative photos of the Archaia booth at WonderCon (#609), upload it using the Instagram app on your iOS or Android phone, and use the hashtag #ArchaiaWC13. Archaia will choose the best photo and contact the winner to receive their prize! Photos will be posted on the Archaia Facebook page!
  • Customers who buy a copy of the recently released HAWKEN: GENESIS graphic novel at the Archaia booth will receive a scratch-off card containing a code they can redeem for 10,000 HAWKEN Credits in the HAWKEN video game!
  • Fans who attend Archaia’s WonderCon panel (see below) will receive a coupon they can bring to the Archaia booth to receive a free copy of Archaia’s 2012 Free Comic Book Day hardcover, Mouse Guard, Labyrinth and Other Stories.

Archaia will put on an exciting, entertaining panel for aspiring comic book writers at the show:

Archaia Presents: Writing for Comics
Saturday, March 30, 11:30am – 12:30pm, Room 208AB
Writing a script for comic books and graphic novels is not unlike writing one for a film or TV show, but there are marked differences. Telling an artist to “go crazy” on a panel isn’t always the best option. What are some of the things aspiring comic book writers should know, and what are some resources they have available to them? Join a lively discussion with Archaia graphic novelists R.J. Ryan (Syndrome, The Joyners in 3D), Chris Northrop (The Reason for Dragons), Saurav Mohapatra (Mumbai Confidential, Devi), F.J. DeSanto (Immortals: Gods and Heroes, Cyborg 009), Mike Kennedy (Bleedout, Star Wars), and Tom Pinchuk (Hybrid Bastards!) as they talk about their experiences and give their advice on how you can write a really great comic script!

See you at WonderCon!

Review – Hawken Genesis

HAWKEN GENESIS CoverOn a distant planet colonized by corporations, combat rages over precious resources, survival, and glory. As one man rises to power, another is tragically ruined in the process. But who will truly emerge victorious in the end? Based on the Free-to-Play online mech shooter Hawken, this original graphic novel serves as both prequel and sourcebook for the game world, offering players a glimpse of what came before the game, and what might come in the months ahead.

I’ve been reading the Hawken free digital comics on comiXology, and have really enjoyed them. Though short, they gave a great feel to the world, they were teasers and acted as such. They did so in a really solid way. So, going into this graphic novel, I knew the general setting (I’ve also been checking out the video game at the same time). I like mechs, a lot, so the setting and battle scenes already had a cool factor to me. But, when I read the graphic novel, I was in for so much more.

The story is a prequel and how the world Hawken is based in got the way it is. The story is fairly simple in rival corporations battling things out over resources and something goes wrong in the arms race. It’s pretty cool sci-fi, but we’ve seen it before.

What really stands out to me is the details and how this graphic novel is put together. In between each chapter (each chapter has a different artist) there’s small tablets or computer screens or cell phones with more details on the world around it. Instead of just getting chapter breaks with some pin-up image, we get richer detail on this world. And it’s a cool world, so I dug learning more. It’s a great touch that adds to the overall package. And since this ties into a video game, that synergy of “technology” helping advance the story works well with the fact it’s a video game. Something just feels right about that.

In fact, I want to see more of that. I’d like to see more synergy of this product. More comics, maybe push a text based story or snippets to fans. There’s so much potential here. But, that seems like something for another post.

Overall, if you’re a fan of giant robots, future worlds, battles between corporations, or a fan of the video game, absolutely check this graphic novel out.

Story: Jeremy Barlow Original Concept: Khang Le Original Story: Dan Jevons Art: Kody Chamberlain, Federico Dallocchio, Nathan Fox, Michael Gaydos, Bagus Hutomo, Sid Kotian, Khang Le, Christopher Moeller, Alex Sanchez, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Francisco Ruiz Velasco

Story: 8.35 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview – Hawken Genesis

Hawken Genesis

Writer: Jeremy Barlow
Original Concept: Khang Le
Original Story: Dan Jevons
Art: Kody Chamberlain, Federico Dallocchio, Nathan Fox, Michael Gaydos, Bagus Hutomo, Sid Kotian, Khang Le, Christopher Moeller, Alex Sanchez, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Francisco Ruiz Velasco
Price: $19.95 print or $9.99 on comiXology
136 pages, Full Color
Diamond Order Code: JAN130839, ISBN: 978-1-936393-92-3)
Out: March 27th

On a distant planet colonized by corporations, combat rages over precious resources, survival, and glory. As one man rises to power, another is tragically ruined in the process. But who will truly emerge victorious in the end? Based on the Free-to-Play online mech shooter HAWKEN, this original graphic novel serves as both prequel and sourcebook for the game world, offering players a glimpse of what came before the game, and what might come in the months ahead.

HAWKEN GENESIS Cover

Archaia Is Off to Emerald City Comicon!

ArchaiaArchaia Entertainment is excited to announce it will be exhibiting at Emerald City Comicon, taking place March 1-3, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington!

Several Archaia creators will be on hand to sign copies of their books or promotional items at the Archaia booth #808, including: Andrew E. C. Gaska; Chandra Free; Charles Soule; Dave Marquez; David Petersen; Royden Lepp; Yehudi Mercado.

Special advance copies of the Hawken: Genesis anthology graphic novel hardcover, which is based on the hit online, free-to-play mech game from Meteor Entertainment, will debut at ECCC and be available for sale. Writers Khang Le and Jeremy Barlow will be on hand to sign copies at the Archaia booth and at the Meteor booth in the Gaming Area.

In addition, a promotion through FourSquare will give fans the chance to win a prize pack comprised of autographed copies of Mouse Guard Vol. 1: Fall 1152, Rust Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field, and Hawken: Genesis. Just be sure to check in at the Archaia booth through the FourSquare app on your iOS or Android phone once you’re at the show and you’re automatically entered!

For programming, Archaia will put on an exciting, entertaining panel at the show:

Archaia Presents: How I Broke in to Comics (and How You Can, Too!)
Friday, March 1, 4-5pm, Room 3AB
Ever wonder how some of your favorite creators broke in to comics, or were curious how some up-and-comers get to be “up-and-comers”? Join some of Archaia’s creators for a lively discussion of how they got their first break in comics, and to hear their advice on how you can, too! Panelists include Chandra Free (The God Machine, Fraggle Rock), Andrew E.C. Gaska (Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes), Royden Lepp (Rust), David Marquez (Syndrome, The Joyners in 3D), Yehudi Mercado (Pantalones, TX), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), and Charles Soule (Strange Attractors).

Free Hawken: Genesis Teaser #3 Released Today!

Hawken_Genesis_03_Archaia_comiXologyFollowing the successful launch of the free-to-play online video game Hawken in December, Archaia Entertainment and free-to-play video game publisher Meteor Entertainment rewarded fans for their dedication and support by offering an exclusive, digital-only issue of Hawken: Genesis for FREE.

This latest installment will only be made available through comiXology, with no plans for a printed edition. Previous installments have offered an early look at chapters featured in Archaia’s forthcoming hardcover graphic novel, Hawken: Genesis which will go on sale March 27 in comic shops. The full-length original graphic novel is written by Jeremy Barlow with concept by Khang Le, story by Dan Jevons, and illustration by Kody Chamberlain, Federico Dallocchio, Nathan Fox, Michael Gaydos, Bagus Hutomo, Sid Kotian, Khang Le, Christopher Moeller, Alex Sanchez, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Francisco Ruiz Velasco.

This exclusive short story is available through comiXology. “No Witness So Dreadful” features story and cover by the game’s creator and creative director, Khang Le, with illustration by Hoang Nguyen and Kinsun Loh.

Hawken is a free-to-play multiplayer mech first-person shooter developed by Adhesive Games and published by Meteor Entertainment. Hawken entered Open Beta on December 12, 2012. Hawken creates an intense and enjoyable battle experience that captures the feeling of piloting a heavy war machine while keeping the action fast-paced and strategic.

Get Hawken and Access to a Closed Beta

Archaia Entertainment and Meteor Entertainment have teamed up with comiXology to debut four, free exclusive digital preview issues of Hawken: Genesis, a hardcover graphic novel based on the highly anticipated online video game, Hawken! This week marks the release of the first exclusive preview throughout comiXology’s digital comics platform available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and the Web. This exclusive digital preview includes a special access code for Hawken’s third closed beta event, happening November 20th – December 6th, 2012. Adhesive and Meteor have been so thankful for the fan feedback in the first two closed betas they couldn’t wait to extend the invite to the graphic novel audience.

The Hawken: Genesis full-length graphic novel arrives March 2013 and will be published by Archaia Entertainment. This hard-hitting original graphic novel establishes and explores the exciting world of Illal, the backdrop for the Hawken video game universe. Developed alongside Khang Le, the game’s Creative Director and lead conceptual designer of Adhesive Games, and featuring the talent of some of the industry’s top conceptual artists, comic illustrators, and painters, Hawken: Genesis is both a prequel and sourcebook to the epic warfare players will experience firsthand in the Hawken video game. Readers will get an amazing look at the vast post-apocalyptic mythology behind Hawken and follow the stories of the pivotal individuals that determine Illal’s fate!

The first exclusive comiXology digital preview, “Prelude to Ruin,” is written by Jeremy Barlow and illustrated by Francisco Ruiz Velasco. It can be accessed at this link: http://cmxl.gy/HawkenGenesis-1.

Three more exclusive digital previews will premiere monthly only through comiXology, and ultimately leading to the hardcover’s release this March.

Hawken: Genesis is written by Khang Le and Jeremy Barlow and illustrated by Kody Chamberlain, Federico Dallocchio, Nathan Fox, Michael Gaydos, Bagus Hutomo, Sid Kotian, Khang Le, Christopher Moeller, Alex Sanchez, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Francisco Ruiz Velasco. It will debut March 2013.

NYCC 2012 – Archaia and Hawken

Archaia Entertainment and Meteor Entertainment announced their plans to promote the upcoming Hawken video game and prequel graphic novel at New York Comic Con.

At the Archaia booth, #1520, Meteor Entertainment and Adhesive Games will set up a playable, multiplayer demo of Hawken, a first-person mech shooter that is catching a lot of buzz as one of the most anticipated, free-to-play titles coming to PC. Attendees will get to pilot their mech to collect energy, protect their base, and take out their enemies in this fast-paced game.

Fans can also meet Adhesive Co-founder and Creative Director Khang Le as he signs free, limited-edition Hawken autograph cards, the fourth in a series of four. You can check at the Archaia booth for a signing schedule.

Le will also be demoing in the Wacom/Epson booth #1765 on Thursday and Friday from 5-6pm.

In addition, famed rock poster artist Justin Hampton will have an exclusive silk-screen Hawken poster for sale in Artists Alley at booth DD6 for $40 each. Hampton’s poster is the first piece of art available to the public as part of the transmedia approach for Hawken.

Two, separate panels at New York Comic Con will further the Hawken experience. “Meteor Entertainment Presents Hawken” panel will take place on Friday, Oct. 12 from 6:45-7:45pm in room 1A07. Attendees will receive closed beta access for Hawken and get to take a walk through the game and hear about the various transmedia components for the game from Khang Le and other panel participants. And at the “Archaia Presents: Transmedia in Graphic Novel Publishing” panel—taking place Saturday, October 13 from 6:30-7:30pm in Room 1A06— attendees will hear from Khang Le and Archaia Publisher Mike Kennedy the latest developments on the Hawken: Genesis graphic novel, an original story Archaia will publish in March 2013 that will delve into the world of the game and enhance the user’s experience. Never-before seen pages from the book will be presented for the first time for fans, so this is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the work in progress!

Archaia Announces Partnership with Meteor to Publish ‘Hawken’ Graphic Novel

HAWKEN and Archaia Get Graphic Together

Graphic Novel Will Explore the Rich World Behind the Eagerly Anticipated, Free-To-Play Mech Game

SEATTLE, WA (EMERALD CITY COMICON/March 31, 2012) – Meteor Entertainment and Eisner Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment have teamed up to produce and publish a hardcover graphic novel for HAWKEN, Meteor’s upcoming First-Person-Shooter (FPS).  HAWKEN is already generating major online buzz as a fan-favored underdog within the gaming community. Produced by Adhesive Games, an independent game studio based in Pasadena, HAWKEN has been praised for groundbreaking gameplay and visuals that rival most AAA console titles. HAWKEN is the first title from indie publisher Meteor Entertainment.

Meteor is holding a panel at Emerald City Comic Con in their hometown of Seattle, WA on Saturday, March 31st from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM in Room TCC 102 in the Washington State Convention Center. Representatives from both Meteor and Archaia will share more details about their publishing partnership and hint at some big announcements for Archaia’s next appearance in Chicago, IL at C2E2, in Chicago April 13-15, 2012.

HAWKEN is the story of a post-apocalyptic, human-colonized planet that has been industrialized to the point of collapse. This crumbling world is the setting for a hunt for vital resources and a brutal battle for survival. Writing the graphic novel for Archaia is Jeremy Barlow, whose recent work on the Mass Effect 3 comic books made him an easy choice for another high-profile games-to-comics translation. In addition to Barlow’s script, Archaia is assembling a team of popular artists, including Moritat (Elephantmen, Transmetropolitan), Stefano Gaudiano (Daredevil, Amazing Spiderman), and Khang Le (Flight), with more names to be announced at C2E2.

Eisner Award-nominated Flight writer/artist and Adhesive Games co-founder Khang Le crafted HAWKEN’s vast mythology, which was later extrapolated alongside DJ2 Entertainment, a new LA-based production company that specializes in transmedia brand development.  “It’s amazing to look around and see so many trusted friends behind HAWKEN. With 1.2 million views on YouTube and 250,000+ users already registered for our 12/12/12 beta release, it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come,” said Le. “Just goes to show that, with a great team behind you, anything is possible.”

The graphic novel is set to release in March 2013 following the 12-12-12 beta release of HAWKEN the game. While the game showcases the visually stunning and high action FPS experience, the graphic novel will expose the world’s vast mythology and explore the key characters and events motivating the war in-game. Reading the graphic novel is designed to not only serve as a narrative counterpart to the game, but also enrich the gaming experience with secret clues and codes that unlock special features in-game. “We wanted to do something special in publishing, but we needed a partner with enough artistic integrity and proven quality to pull it off,” said Mark Long, game veteran and CEO of Meteor Entertainment.

The Meteor-Archaia partnership was facilitated by Joe LeFavi of Quixotic Transmedia, who spearheads business development for Archaia’s Black Label division, a unique development pipeline designed to work alongside entertainment brands eager to launch and expand into publishing. “What excited us most about Hawken was their determination to revitalize, if not redefine, how people see and appreciate mechs,” said LeFavi, who will serve as executive editor and Archaia’s transmedia producer on the book. “Boasting influences from Blade Runner and Tekkonkinkreet to Nausicaä and Ghost in the Shell, Hawken is a breathtaking portrait of a war-torn world where greed is good, war is life, and survival is for the few with the most ammo. To find such a gritty and grounded vision of our future was inspiring. Sure, the game is gorgeous and really fun, but Meteor isn’t simply creating a great game. They’re creating an entire universe fans can enjoy and explore for years to come.”


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.

About Meteor Entertainment
Based in Seattle, Meteor Entertainment is a newly formed video game publisher focused on building out a top tier roster of talent to successfully publish F2P games globally, with an emphasis on compelling content and setting the standard for customer service and community engagement.  Meteor’s 12/12/12 launch of HAWKEN, created by Adhesive Games, will be its first tentpole title. To learn more about Meteor Entertainment visit www.meteor-ent.com <http://www.meteor-ent.com>  and be sure to check out www.playhawken.com.

About DJ2 Entertainment
Based in Santa Monica, California, DJ2 is an independent, multi-platform production company that develops and produces content for theatrical, television, mobile and videogame platforms. DJ2 is also a full service management company representing a roster of top writers, actors, directors, artists and creatives. Leveraging decades of experience and outstanding industry relationships with film and TV studios, comic publihers, talent agencies, game developers and game publishers, DJ2  provides a one stop shop for project development, career guidance and management.  www.dj2.co/

About Quixotic Transmedia
Quixotic is an entertainment consultancy that specializes in transmedia brand development, formulating innovative strategies and turnkey creative solutions that inspire brands to unearth their cross-platform potential. As the business of storytelling continues to evolve, Quixotic Transmedia is committed to serve as a trusted guide for brands eager to develop, produce, and promote their ideas across multiple forms of media. Here we provide a friendly and informed perspective on the transmedia space, enabling our clients to overcome the bewildering learning curve and seize the many opportunities of this ever-evolving marketplace. Our unique process is designed to educate brands on how to produce rich content incorporating media both new and old, utilize emerging technologies and social media as dynamic storytelling and marketing tools, and open an array of accessible entry points that engage fans on multiple levels. In support of this mission, Quixotic has fostered a vast network of quality vendors in every facet of the industry, ensuring that clients make the right friends and align their brands with industry pioneers capable of bringing their ideas to life. Learn more about how you can change the way that you share stories with the world at www.quixotictransmedia.com.

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