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He did what he did in each case for the good of humanity.

The last issue of the first series put him at the beginning of new life.

It flailed aborning, conscious of and confused by its existence.

It comprehended what it was, not why. )
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Doing so requires not only being able to understand all the actors involved in a given situation, but also how they interact with each other.

The protagonist of Charles Soule and Greg Scott's Strange Attractors remembered that a couple of times. One of them was at his girlfriend's soccer game.

He arrived halfway through it and asked her how it was going. )
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[personal profile] thanekos
What it wasn't was one immediately so.

When Archaia's take on Cyborg 009 opened, he didn't look like who he was.

He sounded like it when he was talking up the latest type of weapon he planned to sell, though.

He was as effective, but not as grandiose, as his counterpart in the original. )
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.. well, you do now.

It's the one where there's folks who've been unwillingly cyborgized and they're fighting against the Nazi-like super-terrorists that did unto them. It isn't the one, however, no doubt just crossing your mind as this sentence ends.

Unless, that is, Cyborg 009 is what you're thinking of right now. )
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Archaia Entertainment did something a little different for FCBD, rather than a comic, they released a hardback, bound compendium of some short stories serving as teasers or lures for their titles.

There's a charming "Labyrinth" short story about Hoggle and the Worm (Remember him?), an equally charming "Mouse Guard" tale. A visually interesting, but rather confusing "Dapper Men" story, an altogether odd "Cursed Pirate Girl" story, and a weird little tale called "Rust" teasing a longer story about a young boy trying to keep his family's farm together when his father is lost in a devastating world war, and another young kid, Jetpack Jones who crashes into the barn one day and stays to help out.

Some of those make me want to read more, some make me wonder what the creator is smoking, but I applaud the quality of the product throughout, and then there's this little gem of a quirky Western, which definitely makes me want to read the forthcoming graphic novel

Long while ago... )
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My love for the genius that was Jim Henson is fairly well known here I think.

So for Archaia Entertainment to have out, almost simultaneously, two different hardcover publications based on his work (and another to come in the shape of a Labyrinth novella) is a source of unparalleled joy (Well, pretty much unparalleled, within limits y'know) so I want to share these with you all!

First up

The Dark Crystal - Creation Myths )
And then

The Storyteller )
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Anyone looking at the Google homepage today will have seen that they are honouring the man too.

I've posted about him before, but make no apologies for posting to celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday, in some happy alternate universe where he is still with us, and probably still wowing us.

Alas, on our Earth, Mr Henson left the world over 20 years ago now, at an absurdly young age, but he achieved more creative output in his life than just about any other three artists you can name, and all thanks to a skill with puppets, a belief that children didn't need to be talked down to to be entertained and an unshakeable conviction in the fundamental decency of people.

Of course, he's still best known for the magnificent lunacy which was the (proudly UK financed and produced) magnum opus "The Muppet Show" which included everything from boomerang fish, to Peter Sellers playing the gypsy violin.

Unabashed sentimentality within )
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Early last month, [personal profile] icon_uk brought us news of a 100-page hardback called "Jim Henson's The Storyteller", due out from Archaia Comics in September this year.

Today via the tumblr of Nate Cosby, the person behind the project, I can bring you some work-in-progress interior art.

Here are two of the four pieces he's put online )

The other two (a piece by Jennifer Meyer for a story by Marjorie Liu and a piece by Tom Fowler for a story by Jeff Parker) are at this post on Cosby's tumblr. And stay tuned there if you're interested in possibly seeing the final cover art (which he describes as "GORGEOUS") soon.
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From Archaia Press charming Fraggle Rock series, Volume 2, issue 2..

Talking to the Fraggle Storyteller, Gobo has discovered a new quest, a quest even his Uncle Travelling Matt never managed to achieve, a quest for a map which will lead to.... THE MEANING OF LIFE ITSELF!!

Fascinated at the implications of this, or appalled in Boobers case, the gang decide to accompany him... but this means they need to go through one of the most terrifying, hideous places on the Rock...

And what might a Fraggle fear? )

There are certainly worse philosophies of life Wembely... )
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After a successful first miniseries, Archaia have started a second Fraggle Rock miniseries.

I always had a soft spot for that most indecisive of Fraggles, Wembley, and the first story of the first issue "Wembley and the Great Dream-Capade" is basically about a problem he's having.... He's not dreaming... well, he is, but he's dreaming about nothing... literally nothing, dark, empty nothing...

This is not a good thing for a Fraggle, who LOVE their dreams... and it also means that Wembley hasn't slept properly in days

Let's put our heads together and sort it out... )

On Fraggle Rock, there's always time for a song )
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In this issue a strange creature from Outer Space gets loose in the rock. Boober takes this about as well as you can imagine.

Warning: You may die of cuteness )

Suggested tags: creator: jake myler, creator: leigh dragoon, publisher: archaia studios press, title: fraggle rock
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Time for some more Fraggle Fun. Here's three pages from Archaia's Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock Free Comic Book Day Flip-Book.

Boober Tries Being A Doozer )

tags: series: fraggle rock, publisher: archaia, creator nichol ashworth, creator jake myler
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4 pages from three different stories. This surprisingly turned out to be one of the most talked about books this week at my local comic shop.

Dance Your Cares Away )

Tags: series: fraggle rock, publisher: archaia, creator heather white, creator jeff stokley, creator katie cook, creator jeffrey brown
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From Comics Worth Reading:

"What do you do when your book is popular and there’s demand for more but you can’t fulfill it yourself? You ask your friends to help.

David Petersen has created two Mouse Guard series collections so far: Fall 1152 (released in 2007) and Winter 1152 (2009). While we patiently wait for the next volume, publisher Archaia Comics has announced Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, a spinoff anthology miniseries in which other artists tell stories of the warrior mice."

Contributing artists include Jeremy Bastian, Alex Shiekman, and Ted Naifeh. First issue is out in May (24 pages, $3.50). Small previews can be seen at the linked article.

But wait! There's more! (spoiler under the cut) )

I'd ask for a "Hell yeah!" from the comm, but that'll have to wait until I'm done squeeing.

Suggested tags:

creator: David Petersen, genre: previews, title: Mouse Guard
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From Newsarama

Now that Doug Ramsey is back in the land of the living, I'm pleased to see my other blond role model is back too! :)

Wave hello to the nice people Wembley!

Yup, Archia Comics are launching the return of the place where you can ALWAYS dance your cares away...

title: fraggle rock
publisher: archia comics

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I've made a comic book wave on Google Wave. I don't have any invites to Wave itself to hand out just yet, but I did make this Wave publicly available so if you have it and want to drop by and hang out, come on by. The Wave's at...!w%252B4T4udwIsL.1

For legality, a (rather large) page from Days Missing #1 after the cut.

Btw, you should really be reading this book )
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Last night [ profile] kijikun informed me that David Petersen is at SDCC. I need to start going to cons. D: Petersen is the genius responsible for Mouse Guard. As some of you might remember, I'm freaking crazy about this series. Kij was kind enough to offer to send me a sketchbook and some pins. *twirl* For those of you out of the know, the official site actually has a good introduction to the series, including character profiles and original pages for sale.

Here are two pages from the Fall 1152 extras bit, and one page of lush interior art from the same book.


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