Archaia announced today in a press release that the forthcoming project from Alyssa Milano, previously reported to be coming out in graphic novel format, will instead hit shelves as a four-issue, limited series starting in January.
Why Archaia (under parent company Boom! Entertainment) chose to stretch the series out is anyone’s guess, but the monthly format may be more wallet-friendly for readers who are unsure whether or not to test the waters on the rookie writer’s first graphic outing.
Details on the project can be found in the press release below.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
|December 30, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce that Alyssa Milano’s Hacktivist will debut as a new, four-issue limited series in January. Set in the world of tech entrepreneurs and social media, Hacktivist is the story of two friends who operate one of the largest social media firms by day, but by night, use their hacking skills to help important social causes all over the world. That is, until the U.S. government finds out!“Hacktivist brings Archaia back to its roots as our first 2014 series in the imprint to debut in single-issue form,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Imagine if the head of Twitter was also Anonymous. That’s the intriguing concept that Alyssa Milano brought to us. We’re very excited to bring readers this thriller and deliver Archaia’s excellence in production design to the single-issue format. Writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly have crafted a dynamic and authentic story. And it’s fantastic to be working with Marcus To and Ian Herring again. Their work on Cyborg 009 was absolutely incredible.”“Hacktivistcombines my love of tech, social media, and philanthropy,” said actress and producer Alyssa Milano (Charmed, Mistresses). “This idea sprang from my friendship with Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter, and my fascination with how one person can single-handedly bring about positive change in the world. It’s a concept I felt Archaia was the right publisher to help me develop. They understood the potential and assembled a great team in Jackson, Collin, Marcus, Ian, and [letterer] Deron [Bennett] to create a story that had no limits. I can’t wait for people to read it!”WHY WE LOVE IT: From the creative mind of Alyssa Milano, with artist Marcus To (Cyborg 009, Huntress, Red Robin), and writers Jackson Lanzing (Freakshow) and Collin Kelly, Hacktivist is a fast-paced cyber-thriller about friendship and freedom in a time of war.WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT: Fantastic characters and stunning action set pieces, beautifully illustrated by Marcus To and Eisner Award-nominated colorist Ian Herring (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand).
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are young, brilliant, and the co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world stays connected. In secret, these best friends are also “.sve_Urs3lf,” the largest, white-hat hacking group on the planet, exposing information and sparking revolutions across the globe.
“Hacktivist #1” arrives in comic shops on January 22 with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code NOV130890. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia (archaia.com) is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Rust, Cow Boy, Cursed Pirate Girl, Gunnerkrigg Court, and Artesia. Archaia has also published an entire line of graphic novels in partnership with The Jim Henson Company, including the multiple award-winning Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and such beloved tales as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. In addition to its partnership with Henson, Archaia has forged creative partnerships with storytellers in all facets of the entertainment industry, resulting in print and digital expansions of such noted properties as Bleedout and Hawken (video games), Immortals and Planet of the Apes (film), and Space: 1999 (television). Alongside these celebrated titles, Archaia has released English translations of numerous renowned foreign titles to much fanfare, including The Killer, Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-De: Tales from Arabian Nights, and The Secret History. In June 2013, Archaia was acquired by BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com). Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent.
About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk, Clive Barker’s Next Testament and Hellraiser, Paul Jenkins’s and Humberto Ramos’s Fairy Quest, Planet of the Apes, Max Bemis’s Polarity and Mark Waid’s Irredeemable. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Jim Davis’s Garfield, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Regular Show, Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning Snarked. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, Spera, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Return of the Dapper Men, and other many great titles.
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