If there’s one thread that connects the two titles being released from Archaia this week, it’s that both are entirely new takes on classic stories. In fact, that’s exactly what both of them are, so we’ll try not to repeat ourselves too much! Mild spoilers ho:

The Sigh

Though Marjane Satrapi is justly best known for her autobiography Persepolis, she hasn’t exactly sat on her hands and twiddled her thumbs for the past few years, because that would be physically impossible. Instead, she’s continued to explore many of the same themes and settings as her first graphic novel success in books like Chicken With Plums, and now the illustrated children’s book The Sigh. Read More...

The most surprising thing about writer Nate Cosby and artist Chris Eliopoulos’ new webcomic/graphic novel Cow Boy isn’t that it’s funny, or well written, or extremely well drawn. Nope, it’s how durn sad the whole thing is.

The set up – which you can get pretty easily from the title and any shot of the main, ten year old hero Boyd Linney – is that he’s like a Clint Eastwood style gunslinger, but really little and young. Could this be played for laughs? Sure, and it sometimes is, like when you get a look at what his gun can really do, or he tries to sit in a rocking chair all by himself. But Cosby instead mines Boyd for the heartache and pathos of being a kid. Read More...

I’m embarrassed it took me so long to fall in love with Mouse Guard… But like everybody else who has read David Peterson’s fantasy series, I have, and you will too if you pick up Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #3.

The idea is pretty simple: Mouse Guard is hard fantasy, but with animals instead of humans. And there’s some mysticism, but magic (other than the talking animals thing) is by the wayside, if there at all. Also? Though Peterson constantly creates adorable characters throughout, they are hard-core. Characters die, are maimed, and heartache happens non-stop. Basically, Mouse Guard is Game of Thrones, but with cute little animals.

Black Axe is (I believe) a stand-alone adventure following a member of the Mouse Guard – Celanawe – and his long lost relative Em, as they search for the fabled weapon of the title. Last issue, the duo (along with a very Han Solo-esque boat captain) were washed into the ocean. We pick right up, with Celanawe waking up on the beach of a strange land. Unlike the previous two issues, this time out we’re mostly dealing with talking and emotion, rather than action… But Peterson knows how to amp up the tension in scenes, as well as make you connect with characters who often look like tiny little fuzzballs. So you won’t even notice there’s less swordplay than usual… And don’t worry, there will be plenty more next month. Read More...

By Danica Davidson

Inspired by the movie Immortals, Archaia has created the graphic novel anthology Immortals: Gods and Heroes. The graphic novel is already out, and on November 11, the same day the movie is released, Archaia and Panelfly are bringing out Immortals: Gods and HeroesHD to your iPad and iPhone for a more behind-the-scenes experience. MTV Geek spoke with ten of the people who worked on the graphic novel, wanting to know what story they worked on, what their experience was like, and how they did their research. (you can check out all the latest news on Tarsem Singh's Immortals at MTV Movies)

Ben McCool
MTV Geek: How would you describe the story you worked on?
Ben McCool: Well, for starters, it's very gory. Quite fittingly, too, as the movie is an absolute bloodbath! My tale sees Prometheus, an all-powerful Titan, showcasing his hatred of humanity by torturing a group of hapless humans. None too impressed by this, Zeus decides to pay Prometheus a visit to discuss the grisly goings-on, and that's where things get REALLY heated. I had an absolute blast writing it, and Trevor Hairsine did a wonderful job bringing it all to life.

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At New York Comic Con the One Tree Hill and Dawson's Creek star discussed his new comic, Everlast, a part of Archaia's new mature readers Black Label imprint.
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The former Vogster producer and writer talks to MTV Geek about his post-apocalyptic comic book tie-in to the MMO Crimecraft.
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Did you know that the 300th issue of The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury came out last year? If the title sounds a little unfamiliar, then it's because Miranda Mercury, the creation of writer Brandon Thomas and artist Lee Ferguson, hasn't really been around all that long. First, she knocked around as an idea for a sci-fi, space patrolling vigilante in the minds of Thomas and Ferguson, finally reaching the page at Archaia. The first volume of stories, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury: Time Runs Out was just recently released, and we thought we'd pick Thomas' brain on the process of creating the character, why he and Ferguson chose to start the series at issue 294, and the challenges of reaching a broader audience with a black, female, science adventurer character.
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Archaia Comics jumped in the sack with comiXology a few weeks ago and kicked things off with a nice sale. Now, the publisher behind awesome titles such as Mouse Guard has added 14 new series’ to their digital line-up on comiXology (listed in the image above) and they‘re not done yet. Read More...


Recently, we brought you news that Archaia would be making their first foray into prose with the July 25th publication of Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes. The book, penned by writer Andre E. C. Gaska, is an illustrated novel whose story weaves in and out of the events of the first PoTA story, with art by the luminaries such as Jim Steranko (who provides the book's cover), Joe Jusko, and Mark Texiera among others.

But enough about the book from us. Gaska, the writer behind Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier and consultant on Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and Midnight Club series recently provided MTV Geek with some insight into the upcoming novel through a series of questions via e-mail. Read More...

The name of this new weekly column is "New Comics I'm Excited About!" because I just don't blog about comic books...I'm also a fan and go to the comic shop every week to pick up my stack.

Let's look at my pull list for this week...

PICK OF THE WEEK:

I chose Strange Adventures from Vertigo as my pick of the week not just because of the content, but the fact that I'd really like to see more anthologies like this and Dark Horse Presents on the stands. These books often serve not only as forums for familiar creators to let loose and try something new (Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso's "Spaceman"), but edgy indie talents who deserve more exposure to get their work out there (Kevin Colden's “Postmodern Prometheus”). Books like Strange Adventures are the cauldrons from which we might all get those exciting new concepts, characters and talent fans are always requesting instead of the "same-old, same-old" -- too bad it's only a one-shot, and here's hoping DC puts out more of the same in the future. Read More...


It's a weird-pleasant surprise that in 2011 we're talking about Planet of the Apes in a big way. Of course, the big deal is the upcoming release of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie this August which is a reboot of the franchise, plus we told you earlier this year about BOOM!'s comic series penned by Daryl Gregory. Now, we have a new illustrated prose novel tied into the PoTA mythology coming from Archaia, dropping a week before the film.

The new novel, penned by Andrew E.C. Gaska (consultant on Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, the Midnight Club series) is the first new prose entry in the series since the original novel by Pierre Boulle, and--from the press release--appears to be an exploration of the events in and around the first film. It's unclear how--if at all--the novel will tie into the new continuity being sprung from the upcoming film.

What is clear is that Archaia has picked up a crazy diverse list of talent to provide the illustrations, including the legendary Jim Steranko on the cover and the likes of Joe Jusko and Mark Texeira on the other painted and black and white art included in the book.

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Archaia Entertainment’s CEO PJ Bickett announced today that they will be joining comiXology’s digital ranks with the debut of Days Missing on May 18th! Days Missing reveals The Steward as an all powerful being that has shaped the course of human history to his liking. He has used his powers of time and intellect to literally remove days from the pages from our past -- those stories are finally being revealed. Read More...

On November 11, visual impresario and director Tarsem Singh's swords, sandals, and gods epic Immortals is hitting the big screen, but in September, Archaia will be providing fans with a glimpse of the world behind the story in the anthology Immortals: Gods and Heroes. Featuring talents like Francisco Francavillia, David Mack, Jock, Chris Roberson, and David Gallaher, it's a new title through Archaia's recently-created Black Label line of books, which are high-end multimedia tie-ins to film and television properties, joining Jim Henson's The Storyteller and The Dark Crystal later this year.

Recently, our own Alex Zalben had a chance to talk to Archaia editor, Nate Cosby about the book, but for those of you who didn't take the opportunity to check the piece out (what, you can't make one little click?), both Immortals and its companion book Gods and Heroes are a gritty retelling of Greek myth, where the heroic Theseus (played by Superman-to-be Henry Cavill in the film) rising up to challenge a mad King Hyperion played by Mickey Rourke, a haunted villain who is seeking a weapon which will allow him to unleash great evil upon the world.

Gods and Heroes weaves in stories around the film--as these things tend to go--taking place as a prequel without trampling on the events of the movie. Archaia has announced that this hardcover will be a flip book with stories featuring the gods on one side and humans on the other. During WonderCon, Cosby explained that it was about characters "fighting not because they can win but because it's better to fight than not" --


                   WonderCon 2011: Nate Cosby Talks Immortals: Gods and Heroes

We'll know more about Immortals closer to its release. Until then, enjoy the new images by Jock!

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Former Marvel Editor, and current Bulldog enthusiast Nate Cosby is editing two anthologies for Archaia, and writing an ongoing series for Image Comics with newly hot scribe, and all around charming Englishman Ben McCool. The former are both anthologies, a collection of stories inspired by Jim Henson’s Storyteller, and one inspired by the upcoming movie Immortals. The latter is a thriller about what happens when a KGB spy sleeper cell is awakened, and charged with overthrowing the American government.

To find out more about all these projects, how he got there, and how many times his bulldog Daffodil will show up in these books, we chatted with Cosby:

MTV Geek: For those who don’t know you, give ‘em a little introduction – what’s your background?

Nate Cosby: Hello. I’m Nate Cosby from Columbus, Mississipi. I was an editor at Marvel for a while. I oversaw THOR THE MIGHTY AVENGER, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, PET AVENGERS, MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN and SUPER HEROES, SENSE & SENSIBILITY, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, FRANKLIN RICHARDS, MINI-MARVELS, DAMAGE CONTROL aaaand like a bazillion other things. I was Associate Editor on also worked on AGENTS OF ATLAS, WORLD WAR HULK, INCREDIBLE HERCULES, WHAT IF…? ?…and I edited the Custom Publishing projects (tie-ins to the Iron Man and Hulk flicks, the Eminem/Punisher project for XXL Magazine, etc).

I’ve also been a producer/writer for children’s television on PBS, and written a few storybooks/movie novelizations for Disney. These days…I write and edit other stuff while my bulldog (Daffodil) sleeps beside me.

Geek: At Marvel, what I always heard from people was this surprise that this “dude” was in charge of the All-Ages titles… Did you ever wish you were a cuddly old guy with glasses on the end of your nose and beard? Or were you fine with that dichotomy?

NC: I dunno, I can embrace my inner Comic Book Geek when I need to (I can ’ll talk about The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck for hours). I’m passionate about a lot of things that don’t necessarily mix… Hip-hop, college football, romantic comedies, long-distance running, accessible storytelling, meat…When I started at Marvel, I actively worked to be placed in the All-Ages department. All-Ages books are really important to me… You’re making something that can entertain young people whose perception of a narrative is still developing, as well as veteran fans with experience in entertainment absorption. It’s a strange, tricky, fun thing to do, especially when you’re trying to make it personal and clever, not dumbed-down.

Geek: Skipping ahead, it seems your new projects are playing to all your strengths: the “dude” side, and the strong love for all-ages projects. Yes? No? Maybe?

NC: I love playing with genres and projects with different demographics. If I hit a wall on an adult conspiracy project, I’ll jump over to a book for kids. Or if I’m feeling too sappy and sugary on a romantic story, I’ll hop over and tinker with a crazy action script. I don’t feel the need to limit myself to one genre or demographicspeed. It’s all storytelling to me.

Geek: You also seem to really be easing into things. I know you have a lot of projects in the works – which we’ll get to in a second – but rather than saying, “Here I am, I’m launching my own solo projects right off!” You’re editing two anthologies, and co-writing a book. Was that the plan, or is that just how things worked out?

NC: I was offered an offered an opportunity to help develop a couple projects for TV, which kept me busy at first. But after a couple months, my comic itch got to tingling, so I started scratching out a few ideas in my spare time, talking to people I knew at other companies, listening to a few offers. Everything I’m doing, both announced and still-being-developed, has grown pretty organically. Taking a little time off comics was good for me, let me clear my head, get off the never-ending comics-production carousel and , make a long-term plan. It’s been really positive so far. Read More...

Additional reporting by Valerie D'Orazio

Archaia announced their continuing commitment to bringing the classic works of Jim Henson to comic books at WonderCon this weekend. Not only will they be bringing back The Dark Crystal, but The Storyteller and a lost treasure from the Henson vaults.

Every "80s Kid" remembers the 1982 fantasy film The Dark Crystal, about the quest by Gelflings Jen and Kira to locate a mystical shard of crystal. It was, in a sense, a darker Henson project than people were used to -- sort of the link between the Muppets and 1986's Labyrinth. What will Archaia do with the property? Will it be a movie adaptation, or a continuation of the story? I've no doubt Henson fans find the possibilities intriguing!

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