Media Release — If you are going to Comic-Con International in San Diego this year, here’s a rundown of the four panels that Archaia will be putting on during the event. People whose names are in boldface are scheduled to attend, but please note that this is subject to change. See you there!
1:00-2:00pm Archaia Entertainment Presents: IMMORTALS, the Graphic Novel— Before you watch Relativity Media’s epic 3D film Immortals when it opens on November 11, dive into Archaia’s prelude graphic novel, Immortals: Gods and Heroes, coming in September! Featuring original tales that expand upon the movie’s characters and written and illustrated by some of the top names in comics, Immortals: Gods and Heroes promises to prepare you for the visionary film directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and starring Henry Cavill (Superman: Man of Steel), Luke Evans (Robin Hood) and Kellan Lutz (Twilight). Join Editor Nate Cosby (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller) and contributors Dennis Calero (X-Factor), F.J. DeSanto (The Spirit), Jim McCann (Return of the Dapper Men), Ben McCool (Captain America) and more surprise guests to be announced as they give you a sneak peek of the graphic novel, plus provide some cool behind-the-scenes info of its production. Meet the two winners of the “Become Immortal” contest, whose likenesses will be drawn into the book. Plus, everyone in attendance will receive a voucher for a cool Immortals: Gods and Heroes giveaway at the Archaia booth (#2635)! Moderated by Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy. Room 32AB
1:00-2:00pm Zachary Quinto, Before the Door and Archaia Entertainment Present: A Graphic Partnership—The Debut of the Lucid and Mr. Murder Is Dead Graphic Novels
[Please note this panel is NOT being held at the San Diego Convention Center. A Comic-Con badge is NOT required to attend this event, but you MUST purchase a ticket in advance. All ticket sale proceeds go toward Operation Smile.]
At Comic-Con International in San Diego, Zachary Quinto, Before the Door and Archaia Entertainment are supporting Zachary Levi’s (“Chuck”) Nerd HQ “Conversations for a Cause” to benefit Operation Smile, a foundation dedicated to helping children born with cleft palates. For a minimum donation of $20, join Zachary Quinto (Margin Call, Star Trek) and his Before the Door partners Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa for a spirited discussion about their two, new graphic novels published by Archaia: Mr. Murder Is Dead, a “who didn’t do it” mystery set in the fading world of Golden Age comic strips, with writer Victor Quinaz (Chinese Dream) and artist Brent Schoonover (Astronaut Dad); and Lucid, about a combat mage assigned to protect the nation from evil forces, with writer Michael McMillian (True Blood). Moderated by Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy. The panel will be followed by a signing of the Lucid and/or Mr. Murder Is Dead graphic novels ONLY. Jolt’N Joe’s, 379 4th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101. For information on how to buy tickets, visit http://www.thenerdmachine.com/nerd-hq/.
6:00-7:00pm Archaia Entertainment Presents: The Making of a Graphic Novel—Behind the Scenes on Bleedout, Everlast and Mr. Murder Is Dead— Three new graphic novels coming from Archaia Entertainment’s Black Label have some very interesting stories behind them, and if you ever aspire to create your own graphic novel someday, you may pick up some pointers! Join Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy as he goes behind the scenes on: Everlast, a pre-apocalyptic tale about one’s Destiny, created by Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill); Bleedout, based on Vogster Entertainment’s MMO RPG franchise CrimeCraft, with writer Mike Kennedy (Star Wars); and Mr. Murder Is Dead, a clever whodunit that evokes memories of the classic Golden Age comics of yesteryear, with writer Victor Quinaz (Before After) and illustrator Brent Schoonover (Astronaut Dad). PLUS, get your first look at Archaia’s first illustrated prose novel, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, with writer Andrew E.C. Gaska, and special announcements from Mouse Guard creator David Petersen and Rust creator Royden Lepp! Room 9
10:00-11:00am Archaia Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company Present: THE EARLY WORKS OF JIM HENSON Screening with Special TALE OF SAND Discussion— Jim Henson was a creative genius responsible for some of the most iconic properties today, including The Muppets, Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal. But what was he like leading up to that success? Join Archaia and The Jim Henson Company as they explore his early works and creative process, complete with archival, rarely seen footage, brought to you by Henson archivist, Karen Falk. Then, get an advance look at A TALE OF SAND, the new original graphic novel coming this fall, based on a never-before-seen screenplay written by Jim Henson and his longtime collaborator, Jerry Juhl. Falk, Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy and A Tale of Sand artist Ramón Pérez will discuss the behind-the-scenes production of the book and debut some new images! Moderated by Archaia CEO PJ Bickett. Room 4