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Interview: Women of BOOM! – Chandra Free

Chandra Free 2It’s Thursday which brings us a new interview and our 13th “Women of BOOM!” feature, 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.

Chandra Free is an independent creator, writer, illustrator, artist, and is up to the plate this week. She released her creator owned series The God Machine through Archaia, acting as both artist and writer. She’s been an illustrator on Fraggle Rock Vol. 2 and artist for Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, both for Archaia.

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

Chandra Free: It was always destined to happen. When I  got out of high school, I already wanted to put my book The God Machine out there. Of course, college got in the way, and I grew as an artist. In 2005, I “took a break” from college and started to discover my own artistic voice…  one that wasn’t my professors. With this, I was producing new digital illustrations, and one in particular was a piece of fanart for Gloom Cookie. I sent it along to Serena Valentino (the writer of Gloom Cookie) for her to see. She was so excited about my artwork that she asked me to try out for her upcoming comic, Hell’s Cafe! I did sample pages and everything! Sadly the project didn’t go forward during that time for many reasons, but it was my sample pages that she ended up posting online that caught the eye of Drew Rausch. Now, Rausch wanted me to do a pin-up for him, which I did. So impressed, he asked me to be his colorist on his book, Sullengrey. I did the first two issues of his second volume. This was my “initial” involvement with the comics industry. All creator-owned endeavors.

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

CF: I did, all kinds of comics too. When I was in grade school I read things like Garfield, newspaper comics, Disney Adventure, then later the weird stints Marvel had with the “then current” Disney movies. My mom always collected weird comics like Tom & Jerry, Heckel & Jeckel, The Three Stooges, and a bunch of old Marvel and DC titles that I’d always look through when I was a kid– but I never read them, just gazed at the pictures. I tend to gaze even to this day! FYI My mom also bought several copies of the Death of Superman when that came out…hahaha! Oh…

When I was about thirteen years old (this is around 1995), Marvel put out 11 issues of Disney’s Gargoyles. Oh man! I LOVED that comic so much! It featured Amanda Conner as the initial artist, and it was a more adult story. Conner made Elisa look so cool! Like kick your ass kind of cool. I would try and draw Conner’s version of Elisa all the time! I wanted to get an edge to my drawings (granted I was in middle school at the time.) The writing in that series made Elisa a multifaceted character, more fleshed out, filled with guilt and justice, and she wasn’t afraid to right the wrongs of her past by putting herself in danger! I collected all of those issues! I still have them bagged and boarded too. I was heartbroken when the next issue didn’t come out. I’d visit all the comics shops and turnstyle racks to no avail!

Around the time Gargoyles was coming out I was also getting into X-men, and I needed to know everything about them. I had seen the cartoon, but I really wanted to know what i was missing out on– the real lore! I don’t know how we did research back then; there was internet, but that was all bbs’ and various pages with info on them! In addition to all of that, I wanted everything with Psylocke! Don’t ask me why… maybe because she reminded me of anime characters? The issue that stands out the most was Psylocke vs. Sabertooth with Joe Madureira doing the art – and you can really see the anime influences there! I was so infatuated by Psylocke that I wanted the Sega Saturn game with her in it, until I learned it was a terrible port of the original arcade version, then I snubbed it and went on with my life!

I picked up the early issues of Archie’s Sonic comics. I didn’t make it past #50, I was getting tired of the story! I think I was mainly into those comics because I was going nuts over the original 16-bit games. They’re still making Sonic comics…

I never stopped reading comics. I had my time with manga and SLG titles during my teens and early ‘20s.

Currently when I find the time, I will read my friends’ comics, slice-of-life comics, and dark bizarre comics. My all-time favorites currently are Daytripper, DE:Tales: Stories from Urban Brazil, In the Flesh, Fell, Sleepwalk (Optic Nerve), Shortcomings, The Killer, From Hell, Courtney Crumrin, Paradise Kiss, and Critical Millennium (that has nothing to do with the fact my boyfriend wrote it, it was in my pullbox before I even met him! PLUS! It’s an original science fiction story! You don’t find those that often!)

The God MachineGP: How did you come to work with BOOM!/Archaia?

CF: In 2007 I was pitching The God Machine at New York Comic-con. I had six packets to give to potential publishers. Each packet had everything in it, my black and white comic pages, my synopsis, character designs, full color illustrations– the works! I pitched to Mark Smylie (then owner of Archaia), and he immediately wanted to publish me based on my pitch package and my colorful illustrations! The only thing was that I needed to make my pages like those color illustrations in order to make it happen (Archaia only did color books at the time). I was mortified! I had picked out black and white as the format so I could be quick and produce my pages at a fast rate. Color wasn’t a fast thing for me to do. I wouldn’t take up Mark’s offer to publish me until seven months later when I had a break-down about what I wasn’t doing with The God Machine. I contacted my friend Alex Eckman-Lawn about what he thought of Archaia, and he said Mark had been asking about me the week before! I made that much of an impression. I took this opportunity immediately! If Mark Smylie wanted full colored pages, then by golly that’s what he was going to have! In late 2007 I would sign with Archaia as my publisher for The God Machine. It’s worth mentioning that Mark was right. My book looks and reads much better than it ever did in black and white. I have never regretted making it this way.

GP: How would you describe your job for people?

CF: I’m a freelance creator and illustrator. I create my own stories, in which I write and draw them. My primary focus is my title, The God Machine. I have done other projects , as well. On Fraggle Rock, I worked as an illustrator, and for Mice Templar, I have been a cover colorist.  I have adapted two stories for the anthology series Graphic Canon, and illustrated for Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes. I have done numerous pin-ups, album covers, and personal commissions. I’m also the Art Director at BLAM! Ventures, for books like SPACE:1999, and FRENZY. I’ve also made sure there was visual continuity with SPACE:1999 with dealings of likeness rights.

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

CF: Make sure you understand what it is to tell a sequential story. It’s more than pretty pictures, it’s about capturing the right moment. It’s more than a battle scene with zippy dialog, it’s about capturing character and story arcs that will bring your readers further into your story. Know the jargon– what’s a panel? What’s line weight? What’s a splash page… all this and more! Educate yourself! There are tons of books out there that are literally titled, “Understanding Comics.” Pick them up, read them! Make sure you know how to write and/or draw, too. The fundamentals!

Moving on from basics– so you want to break in?

Have a great portfolio! Find out what the publisher you’re pitching to wants from you, and make sure you have that. Meet the editor of the publisher you’re looking to pitch to at a convention. You’ll more than likely you’ll get more out of that than by sending in a submission. Be prepared for criticism from the editor! It is not an attack on you personally; it’s to help you get better or even understand what the publisher is looking for. Most importantly, NEVER show work that you’re not happy about, that’s  incomplete, old, or anything that shows your insecurities. Show them your best and newest stuff. Exude confidence in your work, but not to the point of smugness. Listen to what they have to say, be receptive, and courteous. All of these things will take you far.

Don’t expect fame, fortune, and an easy ride. It’s hard, laborious work that will tax your nerves, your esteem, your free-time, and will barely reward you in the end. But I have to say, there’s something to be said for making your own title and reaching people. Something that is intangible and amazing! Trust me on this, it’s worth all those tears smeared all over your comic page at 3am when your deadline is at 10am.

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?

CF: Companies like BOOM!/Archaia, and other indy comics companies, seem more geared to diversity and unique titles that usually comes from one creator or a small group of people. Gender doesn’t have anything to do with their selection, but instead, its what  title the creator is bringing to the company. It’s based on: 1.) if the title is right for them, 2.) if it’s great, 3.) and if the market is looking for something like it (or even if they want to strike out with something different and daring!). Indy companies are interested more in stories than meeting status quo, otherwise they would be in direct competition with the big two who have corner the market in a lot of ways.

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?

CF: I haven’t exactly faced it internally in the industry itself, yet, but externally online, and at conventions, I have.

I once had a book review that focused on me, personally, where the reviewer said he was in love with me and messed up my lead character’s name in the process. Not sure how I feel about that. It wasn’t professional at all. I have no issue with somebody saying they loved my work, but don’t make it about me.

I’ve also been confused as being a “booth babe” instead of the creator, so much so that a dude went behind my table at Archaia and came and kissed me on my arm! He went back to the front of the table and asked me why I was there. I never felt so violated before! It wouldn’t have been cool of him to do that even if I had been a booth babe! That kind of behavior is unacceptable. Learn some respect for your fellow humans, who happen to have different sexual organs than you.

Other times, when I had my ex-husband at my booth, everybody would go to him first and ask if he did my work. This would happen a lot. I can also be the only person at the booth, explain my book, have by banner with my name on it, and still be asked if I did it. In some cases, I don’t know if it’s just that the people didn’t use common sense, or if I’m being discriminated against. I often do get surprised looks, though, as if I just blew their minds. I hate it.

In all of these instances, I haven’t had much in the way of handling it, other than to continue on. But you know what’s really awesome? When a father continues to bring his daughter back every year to show her that, she too, could be a comics creator… and all the BS of all the other events melts away. It’s the other girls and young ladies that I have effected in one way or another, and have inspired to create their own comics, that make everything okay. Heck, I think I’ve inspired some boys out there, too! That’s what really matters at the end of the day.

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

CF: Don’t give up hope. This industry will try and test you, but you have to come out stronger. Your gender has nothing to do with your skill, talent, and intellect. Focus on what matters the most to you, whether it’s creating your own epic, writing a webcomic, or drawing a fantastic comic– you do it! Don’t let anybody else tell you otherwise. Be wise and take real criticism in mind, but don’t let it drive you away.

And most of all, LOVE what you do. It will take you far.

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Review – The God Machine


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The God MachineThe God Machine is an adult fairly tale along the lines of a twisted tale envisioned by Tim Burton.  Written and illustrated by Chandra Free the story focuses on Guy Salvatore who is struggling after the death of his girlfriend Sith.  It’s a tale of loss and gain with weird gods and a weirder style.

Stricken with grief from the death of his girlfriend, Sith, Guy Salvatore struggles to make sense of his world.  Enter a strange old man who share with Guy a story of two Gods who govern all of existence; two Gods who took Sith away, and left her to wander aimlessly in and out of the dimensional planes known as the “Dream Worlds.”

Join Guy as he begins to unravel the truth about the world he lives in, and learns what really happened to Sith!

The art and story reminds me a bit of a certain comic creator with a Homicidal bent, but mix that with a Alice in Wonderland through the looking glass sort of mix and you have this story.  It’s a love story for the goth/Hot Topics set.

I definitely will be the first to admit I didn’t quite get all of it, but for what the story lacks, the art makes up for it by the dozens.  The character design, page layout, color choice, everything about it visually is top notch.  It’s a beautiful book to look at, and that’s what drove me through it.

This is clearly just the first chapter as there’s no resolution at all to the story.  This is all set up, but it’s a hell of a spiral.  The hardback book is a bit pricey, but its visuals and unique story make it worth it.

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Archaia: October 2010 Solicitations

Official Press Release

DAYS MISSING: KESTUS #2 (of 5)
1-Days Missing-Kestus 002Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Phil Hester
Illustrated by David Marquez
Cover by Jorge Molina

Archaia and Roddenberry Productions continue the history-making series DAYS MISSING! Since the dawn of mankind, the enigmatic Steward has guided our destiny in solitude. But during his attempt to prevent raging fires from consuming Egypt’s legendary Library of Alexandria, he discovers he’s not alone. A mysterious figure from the Steward’s past reveals herself, and alters The Steward’s existence in ways he never thought possible.

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


FEEDING GROUND #2 (of 6)
Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 64 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Chris Mangun and Swifty Lang
Illustrated by Michael Lapinski
Cover by Michael Lapinski

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 are 24 pages of bonus content in Spanish!

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

LUCID #3 (of 4)
3-Lucid 003Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 24 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Michael McMillian
Illustrated by Anna Wieszczyk
Cover by Anna Wieszczyk

LUCID barrels toward an explosive climax as Agent Dee is pulled deeper into a dark conspiracy fraught with bold, unbridled evil! After a dangerous Magical Artifact created by Matthew’s infamous ancestor disappears from the archives of The School of Black, Matthew travels to London to team up with England’s Combat Mage, the beautiful and enchanting Wren, to hunt it down before all Hell breaks loose. LUCID is Archaia’s first title published in association with Zachary Quinto (“Heroes,” “Star Trek”) and his company, Before the Door.

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


THE KILLER: MODUS VIVENDI #6 (of 6)
4-The Killer-MV 006_NOT FINAL ARTRetail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Matz
Illustrated by Luc Jacamon
Cover by Luc Jacamon

The latest volume in this Eisner Award-nominated series comes to a sharp and violent end as our Killer tries to extricate himself from the American plot against Venezuela…

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


MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 1 Collected Edition Hardcover
5-MG-Legends Vol 001 HRetail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 144 pages
Written by David Petersen, Jeremy Bastian, Alex Sheikman, Ted Naifeh, Mark Smylie, Katie Cook, Terry Moore, Alex Kain, Lowell Francis, Guy Davis, Karl Kerschl and Craig Rousseau
Illustrated by David Petersen, Jeremy Bastian, Alex Sheikman, Ted Naifeh, Mark Smylie, Katie Cook, Terry Moore, Sean Rubin, Gene Ha, Guy Davis, Karl Kerschl, Craig Rousseau and João Lemos
Cover by David Petersen

Collects the first volume of LEGENDS OF THE GUARD, a new MOUSE GUARD anthology series featuring the work of artists and storytellers handpicked by series creator David Petersen. Bonus content includes an all-new Epilogue illustrated by João Lemos (AVENGERS FAIRY TALES), cover gallery, character lineup, floor plan of the June Alley Inn and creator bios.

All Ages


AWAKENING VOL. 2 Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
6-Awakening Vol 002 HCRetail Price: $24.95 U.S.
Page Count: 176 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Nick Tapalansky
Illustrated by Alex Eckman-Lawn
Cover by Alex Eckman-Lawn

The truth is unavoidable: There are zombies in Park Falls and, seemingly, the rest of the world. As the situation in the city spins out of control, Detective Derrick Peters and others search for answers amid a mass exodus and murders perpetrated by monsters of a different sort. Follow the conclusion of Park Falls’ harrowing year in the second volume of the critically acclaimed zombie noir series!

Mature Readers
(contains Adult Content and Graphic Violence)

THE GOD MACHINE Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
7-The God Machine HCRetail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 144 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Chandra Free
Illustrated by Chandra Free
Cover by Chandra Free

Stricken with grief from the death of his girlfriend, Sith, Guy Salvatore struggles to make sense of his world. He’s plagued with hallucinations of monsters that torment him with outrageous requests. Enter Satan: a strange, old man who implores Guy to call upon his latent power to break through his world’s plane to rescue Sith, who he claims is floating aimlessly in and out of dimensional planes known as the “Dream Worlds.” But is Satan to be trusted? Is he ever?

Mature Readers (contains Nudity and Adult Content)

MOON LAKE Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
8-Moon Lake HC_NOT FINAL ARTRetail Price: $19.95 U.S
Page Count: 112 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Dan Fogler, Brian Holguin, Stef Hutchinson, Blake Leibel, Tim Seeley, R.H. Stavis and Nick Tapalansky
Illustrated by Tommy Castillo, Jim Daly, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Robbi Rodriguez and Jeffrey Zornow

From the hilariously demented mind of Tony Award-winning actor Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Balls of Fury,” “Fanboys”) comes MOON LAKE! Moon Lake isn’t just any normal body of water—it’s a mysterious portal into the weird, drawing all manner of macabre mysteries to its shores. In the spirit of classic horror tales from EC Comics, MOON LAKE combines comedy, horror and adventure into a fantastic anthology, where each story is centered on the strange happenings of Moon Lake.

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

THE GRAVE DOUG FRESHLEY Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
9-The Grave Doug Freshley HC_NOT FINAL ARTRetail Price: $24.95 U.S.
Page Count: 168 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Josh Hechinger
Illustrated by mpMann
Cover by mpMann

Douglas Freshley, a former schoolmaster, is hired by his longtime friend, Shane McNally to tutor their rambunctious son, Bat. But when the Delancey gang raids the McNally ranch, killing all the adults, it’s up to the corpse of Doug to rise up, protect Bat and exact some good ol’ frontier justice. Little does he know, however, that he is being stalked by the Deadliest Gun in the West (or anywhere): the Grim Reaper himself.

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

Archaia San Diego Comic-Con Signing and Appearance Schedule

Official Press Release

ARCHAIA’S SIGNING AND APPEARANCE SCHEDULE FOR SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

OVER 40 ARCHAIA WRITERS AND ARTISTS WILL BE ON HAND TO MEET FANS, SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AND OFFER EXCLUSIVE ITEMS

Los Angeles, CA (July 20, 2010) – In anticipation of the largest gathering in North America of comic book and pop culture fans, Archaia Entertainment announced it will be hosting over 40 writers and artists for autograph sessions and meet-and-greet opportunities at its booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., to be held July 22-25, 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Guests of special note include Brian Froud, a veteran of The Jim Henson Company, who will be on hand to sign exclusive posters for the upcoming Dark Crystal comics; actor/writer Michael McMillian (“True Blood”), who will sign copies of Lucid #1, the first comic to come from the partnership between Before the Door and Archaia; actor/writer/producer/director Dan Fogler (“Fanboys,” “Balls of Fury”), who will be signing a preview book of the upcoming Moon Lake, a hardcover anthology of comedic horror stories; Eisner Award-winning creator David Petersen, who’ll be on hand to sign copies of Mouse Guard; Tom Siddell, who will sign copies of the two volumes of  Gunnerkrigg Court; Matz, the Eisner Award-nominated writer who will sign copies of The Killer, a popular series originally published in France that has captivated American readers; and Eisner Award-nominated writer Phil Hester, who will sign copies of the Archaia and Roddenberry Productions hardcover, Days Missing. Plus, writers and artists who contributed to the Fraggle Rock comic book will be around all weekend to sign copies of the new hardcover collection.

“Our mission for San Diego Comic-Con is twofold: to thank our loyal readers by rewarding them with the opportunity to meet their favorite Archaia writers and artists, and to reach out to those who may have not yet heard of us but are willing to try something different,” said Archaia Marketing Manager Mel Caylo. “By having over 40 creators rotating at the Archaia booth throughout the weekend, I believe we’ll accomplish just that!”

Archaia will be located at Booth #2635. Here is the schedule* of signings and appearance times:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Table 1
5:30-7 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
7:30-9 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey, Jesse Labbé)

Table 2
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
7-8 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
8-9 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose)

Table 3
5:30-7:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
7:30-9 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)

Table 4
5:30-7:30 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
7:30-9 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)

Featured Table
5:30-9 p.m. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Table 1
9-11:30 am. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)
11-30 a.m.-1 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
1-3 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
3-5 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
5-7 p.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)

Table 2
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Grace Randolph)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
12-1:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
1:30-2:30 p.m. FRAGGE ROCK (Katie Cook)
2:30-4 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Michael DiMotta)
4-5:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Nichol Ashworth)

Table 3
9-11:30 a.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
2-4 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
4-6 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)
6-7 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)

Table 4
9-11 a.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
12:30-1:30 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
1:30-2:30 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)
2:30-4 p.m. ARTESIA (Mark Smylie)
4-7 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)

Featured Table
9-10:30 a.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
12:30-1:30 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
1:30-2:30 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
2:30-3:30 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)
3:30-5 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
5-6 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
6-7 p.m. ARTESIA (Mark Smylie)

Friday, July 23, 2010
Table 1
9-11:30 a.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
2-3 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
3-5 p.m. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)
5-7 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)

Table 2
9-10:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Michael DiMotta)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
12-1:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Amy Mebberson)
1:30-3 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)
3-4:30 FRAGGLE ROCK (Nichol Ashworth, Leigh Dragoon)
4:30-5:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Katie Cook)
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Grace Randolph,

Table 3
9-10:30 a.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
12:30-2:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
2:30-4 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
4-5 p.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)
5-7 p.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)

Table 4
9-10:30 a.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)
1-2 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
2-3:30 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
3:30-4:30 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
4:30-5:30 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)
5:30-6:30 p.m. THE KILLER (Matz)

Featured Table
9-10:30 a.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
12:30-2 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
2-3 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
3-4 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
4-5:30 p.m. THE KILLER (Matz)
5:30-6:30 p.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)

Saturday, July 24, 2010
Table 1
9-10:30 a.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
1-3 p.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)
3-4:30 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
4:30-7 p.m. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)

Table 2
9-10:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
10:30-11:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Katie Cook)
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)
1-2:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Michael DiMotta/Bryce P. Coleman)
2:30-4 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Amy Mebberson, Sam Humphries)
4-5:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Nichol Ashworth)
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)

Table 3
9-10:30 a.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)
12-1:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
1:30-4 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
4-5 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)
5-6 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
6-7 p.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)

Table 4
9-10 a.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)
10-11:30 a.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
1-2:30 p.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)
2:30-4:30 p.m. THE KILLER (Matz)
4:30-6 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
6-7 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)

Featured Table
9-10:30 a.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
12:30-1:30 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
1:30-3 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
3-4 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)
4-5:30 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
5:30-7 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)

Sunday, July 25, 2010
Table 1
9 a.m.-12 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
12-2:30 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
2:30-5 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)

Table 2
9-10 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Katie Cook, Nichol Ashworth)
10-11 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
1-2 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
2-3 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Bryce P. Coleman)
3-4 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
4-5 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)

Table 3
9-10:30 a.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
10:30-11:30 a.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
12:30-2 p.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)
2-3:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
3:30-5 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)

Table 4
9-11 a.m. THE KILLER (Matz)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
1-2:30 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
2:30-4 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
4-5 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)

Featured Table
9-11 a.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)
11 a.m.-12 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
12-1 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
1-2 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
2-3:30 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
3:30-5 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)

*Schedule is subject to change.

About Archaia

Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. Archaia is: An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, Artesia, Awakening, Beautiful Scars, Berona’s War, The Black Knight, Critical Millennium, Cyclops, The Dark Crystal, Dark Fall, Days Missing, The Devil’s Handshake, The Engineer, Everlast, Feeding Ground, Fraggle Rock, God Machine, The Grave Doug Freshley, Gunnerkrigg Court, Hybrid Bastards!, Inanna’s Tears, 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, The Return of the Dapper Men, Robotika, Saga, The Secret History, Some New Kind of Slaughter, Starkweather: Immortal, Syndrome, Titanium Rain, Trial By Fire, Tumor and 10 more new titles in 2010.

Archaia Panels at Comic-Con

Official Press Release

ARCHAIA GRANTED FIVE PANELS FOR SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

FEATURED GUESTS INCLUDE BRIAN FROUD, ZACHARY QUINTO, MICHAEL McMILLIAN, DAN FOGLER, DAVID PETERSEN OF ‘MOUSE GUARD’, TOM SIDDELL OF ‘GUNNERKRIGG COURT,’ MATZ OF ‘THE KILLER’ AND PHIL HESTER OF ‘DAYS MISSING: KESTUS’

Los Angeles, CA (July 8, 2010) – Looking to deliver the best experience for their fans attending Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif. and to capture an even larger audience of its high-quality line of publications, the show organizers granted Archaia Entertainment five diverse panels at the convention, loaded with special guests, exclusive sneak peeks and advance information on upcoming titles.

Over a dozen projects and up to 20 creators will be highlighted during Archaia’s panels. Guests of special note include Brian Froud, a veteran of The Jim Henson Company who will be on hand to discuss his involvement in the forthcoming Dark Crystal and Labyrinth comics; actor/producer Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek, “Heroes”) and actor/writer Michael McMillian (“True Blood”), who will speak about Lucid, the first comic to come from the partnership between Quinto’s company, Before the Door, and Archaia; actor/writer/producer/director Dan Fogler (“Fanboys,” “Balls of Fury”), who will unveil a sneak peek of the upcoming Moon Lake, a hardcover anthology of comedic horror stories; Eisner Award-winning creator David Petersen, who’ll be on hand to talk about the current Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard series and preview the upcoming Mouse Guard: The Black Axe; Tom Siddell, creator of the popular Gunnerkrigg Court Web comic and books; Matz, the Eisner Award-nominated writer of The Killer, a popular series originally published in France that has captivated American readers; and Eisner Award-nominated writer Phil Hester, who will talk about his involvement with the sequel to the critically acclaimed Archaia and Roddenberry Productions series, Days Missing: Kestus.

“I’m super stoked that Archaia is able to bring all these talented individuals together and have them speak to their fans, as well as help make new ones,” exclaimed Archaia Marketing Manager Mel Caylo. “I’d like to thank Comic-Con International for being very gracious in granting us five panels so that we’re able to give all our creators an opportunity to speak about their projects.”

Here’s a detailed look at the five panels Archaia will host during Comic-Con International, which takes place July 22-25, 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.:

Thursday, July 22, 6-7 p.m., Room 9
Archaia: BLACK LABEL — The new Archaia Black Label specializes in co-developing intellectual properties with prestigious partners who are seeking to realize their ideas through the use of Archaia’s resources. Join us as we show exclusive preview images and discuss the first of the Archaia Black Label titles, including: Days Missing: Kestus with Roddenberry Productions’ Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth, writer Phil Hester (Days Missing) and artist David Marquez (Syndrome); Moon Lake with creator Dan Fogler (“Fanboys,” “Balls of Fury”), writer R.H. Stavis (Demons of Mercy) and artist Robbi Rodriguez (Hazed); and Syndrome with Fantasy Prone’s Blake Leibel (United Free Worlds), writers Daniel Quantz (Marvel Age: Spider-Man) and R.J. Ryan (Marvel Studios), and artist David Marquez.

Friday, July 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Room 25ABC
Archaia: LUCID — Lucid, the first comic book project from Archaia’s partnership with Before the Door, arrives in stores in August! Join Lucid creator and writer Michael McMillian (“True Blood”) and BTD partners Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”), Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa as they share cool behind-the-scenes info and other interesting tidbits about the making of the comic. Moderated by Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy.

Friday, July 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room 9
Archaia: ALL ACCESS — Get updates and new information on a host of Archaia titles, including: Awakening with writer Nick Tapalansky and artist Alex Eckman-Lawn; Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier with writer Andrew E. C. Gaska and artist Daniel Dussault; Feeding Ground with creators Chris Mangun, Swifty Lang and Michael Lapinksi; The God Machine with creator Chandra Free; Gunnerkrigg Court with creator Tom Siddell; Hybrid Bastards! with writer Tom Pinchuk; The Killer with writer Matz; Killing Pickman with writer Jason Becker; Starkweather: Immortal with writer David Rodriguez and artist Patrick McEvoy; and Titanium Rain with writer/artist Josh Finney and artist Kat Rocha.

Sunday, July 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Room 25ABC
Archaia: THE JIM HENSON COMPANY — The first series of Fraggle Rock comics was a rousing success, so what does Archaia and The Jim Henson Company have in store next? Find out exclusive information on upcoming Archaia/Henson comic book and graphic novel ventures from Archaia Editor-in Chief Stephen Christy and special guest Brian Froud, who worked closely with Jim Henson on “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth” movies as a concept artist. Joining them will be The Jim Henson Company Senior Vice President of Marketing and Publicity Nicole Goldman, Fraggle Rock comic book editors Tim Beedle, Paul Morrissey and Joe LeFavi, plus Fraggle Rock comic book writers Heather White and Sam Humphries, and artist Heidi Arnhold!

Sunday, July 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 3
Archaia: ALL AGES — All ages books are not necessarily children’s books—they’re books that readers of all ages can enjoy! Join Archaia for updates, previews and exciting new information on several of its All Ages titles, including: Berona’s War with creators Jesse Labbé and Anthony Coffey; Fraggle Rock with The Jim Henson Company; Gunnerkrigg Court; Mouse Guard: The Black Axe and Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard with creator David Petersen and contributors Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Katie Cook (Fraggle Rock) and Karl Kerschl (The Abominable Charles Christopher); and Return of the Dapper Men with artist Janet Lee. Moderated by Archaia’s Mel Caylo.

Many of the creators listed above will also be available at the Archaia booth at Comic-Con International (#2635) for autograph signings. A schedule will be distributed and posted on the Archaia website soon.

About Archaia

Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. Archaia is: An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, Artesia, Awakening, Beautiful Scars, Berona’s War, The Black Knight, Critical Millennium, Cyclops, The Dark Crystal, Dark Fall, Days Missing, The Devil’s Handshake, The Engineer, Everlast, Feeding Ground, Fraggle Rock, God Machine, The Grave Doug Freshley, Gunnerkrigg Court, Hybrid Bastards!, Inanna’s Tears, 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, The Return of the Dapper Men, Robotika, Saga, The Secret History, Some New Kind of Slaughter, Starkweather: Immortal, Syndrome, Titanium Rain, Trial By Fire, Tumor and 10 more new titles in 2010.

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