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Archaia

Interview

The Mary Sue Interview: Moro Rogers On Her Adventure Graphic Novel City in the Desert

“A world without monsters is a dangerous place”

In a world where monsters are very real, City in the Desert opens on a hunter, Irro, and his assistant, Hari, a girl with, as Irro put it, “some of the best attributes of a monkey”—clever, quick, agile, and, uh, a prehensile tail. The father-like Irro appears to be on some sort of solo monster safari—packing unique, homemade weapons, he seems more concerned with taking down the beasts than with studying them. Riding a part-robot part-beast yak-like creature with a monkey-girl at his side, the story seems at first almost like Curious George meets Victorian-era wild game hunters. Had that been the case I would have been perfectly satisfied to read a delightful child-like exploration of this desert world full of strange and mythical beasts and strange, wonderful treasures.

What I got was vastly better and more sophisticated.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Maleficent Kiddie Couture

Angelina Jolie and Stella McCartney have a created Maleficent-inspired fashion line. Women’s Wear Daily writes, “The collection of eight styles includes princess dresses and sandals, as well as edgy T-shirts and sneakers, for boys and girls ages four to 14.” Ok, but what size does it go up to because I have a mighty need. (via Jezebel

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Review

An Aurora Grimeon Story Review and Creator Interview!

An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will o’ the Wisp is a brand-new Archaia title coming in November, by newcomers Tom Hammock and Megan Hutchison.  Clocking in at over 200 pages, this graphic novel is a doozy for a couple of first-timers, and fortunately it does not disappoint. An all-ages comic set in the Louisiana swamps, it manages to mix mystery and voodoo tradition in a haunting atmosphere, culminating in a tense showdown between malevolent forces from the spirit world and our determined young protagonist, Aurora Grimeon, as well as a cadre of friends and family to help seal the deal.

I admit, I’m always a little leery when something mentions references to voodoo traditions in the south, largely because too often it turns into a racist caricature rather than actual representation. I know that I, myself, would never touch that as a topic because I’m about as far from southern Louisiana as you can get as far as background goes, and no matter how much research I put into it I’d always be an outsider looking in, indulging in voyeurism instead of respect, and I’ve made it a personal mission to try really hard not to be that guy. So it was with some reticence and hesitation that I approached this graphic novel, and I was happy to be largely relieved to see its characters treated like human beings and not cartoon characters.

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I'll Allow It

Brontëception: There’s Going To Be A Movie Version of a Modern Day Graphic Novel Adaptation of Jane Eyre

Well, this caught my eye: Aline Brosh McKenna, the screenwriter behind The Devil Wears Prada, and the upcoming Quvenzhané Wallis-starring Annie remake, has been hired to write the movie adaptation of a yet-unreleased Jane Eyre graphic novel.

Let Bertha out of the attic, we’re going to the movies.

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Insidery

Archaia Studios Acquired by Boom! Studios: Fraggle Rock, Mouse Guard, Adventure Time All Under Same Comics Roof

If you’re familiar with Boom! and Archaia as comics publishers, it could be for any of more than two dozen licensed lines of comics based on television, animation, movies and kids fare, as well as any of the original creator owned books the two comics publishers put out. Boom! especially, has acquired the comic making rights to a lot of our favorite stuff, like Adventure Time, The Muppet Show, and The Regular Show, and done very good work with them. Any fans of genderswap Adventure Time characters Fionna and Cake really owe it to themselves to check out their comic book miniseries, for example. Today, Boom! announced that they’ll be expanding with the acquisition of Archaia Studios, the publisher behind Mouse Guard and the comic adaptations of Jim Henson Productions IP like Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Mike Mignola Draws Mouse Guard

Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #6 will be released by Archaia next week and will feature a special pin-up by Hellboy’s Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart. (via The Beat

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Skelton Crew Studio Grabs Mike Mignola’s Hellboy License To Create Awesome Props!

Just in time for the apocalypse, some tools to stop that kind of thing from happening. Skelton Crew Studio, the folks who have been producing amazing replicas of the keys from Joe Hill’s IDW horror series Locke & Key, the recent Chew project, and the just announced Mouse Guard line, have acquires the rights to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. Specifically to create the “Artifact Archive Collection.” Above are the first prototypes of Bog Roosh’s Nail, Bishop Zrinyi’s Button and the Elf Shot. “I’m approaching these as pieces that would have been in the pouches of Hellboy’s belt orpicked up in B.P.R.D. members’ travels,” said Israel Skelton, owner of Skelton Crew Studio.“The possibilities are almost endless and so awesome.” Mignola himself said he’s “very excited” about the project. Expect to be able to purchase the finished props winter of 2013 and check out all of Skelton Crew Studio’s products here.

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it's time to play the music

Ben Folds Five Welcome The Fraggles To Their New Music Video!

If you’ve been missing Fraggle Rock, you’re in luck. Not only does Archaia Entertainment publish a Fraggle Rock comic, Ben Folds Five is giving them another spotlight (with a few Hollywood so-and-sos along for the ride). Check out their new music video for the song “Do It Anyway” after the jump!

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It's A World of Laughter A World of Tears

Comic-Con: While You Were Sleeping, Part 2

If you were at Comic-Con International in San Diego today, this is what you’d see. Here we have the aerial view of Hall H taken by Kara Warner from MTV. I’m speechless. Moving on, yesterday we brought you a roundup of the first day’s biggest announcements and we’re back to fill you in with what went down on Day 2 of the pop-culture show. Hit the jump to read about what went down at the Firefly reunion panel, some interesting stories from the DC and Marvel Comics panels, check out a new Walking Dead trailer, hear about new Game of Thrones cast members and a whole lot more!

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Winter Time

A Game of Thrones/Adventure Time mash-up featuring Jon Snow and Ghost as Finn and Jake? Someone make Daisy Edwardscreation happen for real. (via Ashley Hay)

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