Archaia ships new volumes of HOPELESS MAINE and OLD CITY BLUES

by Jeff

aug130970 Archaia ships new volumes of HOPELESS MAINE and OLD CITY BLUESMedia Release — Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the launch of two original graphic novels on Nov. 13 that are both sequels to popular titles. Hopeless, Maine Vol. 2: Inheritance by Tom and Nimue Brown and Old City Blues Vol. 2 by Giannis Milonogiannis are follow-ups that readers have long been anticipating, and are releasing just in time for the holidays!

Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Retail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 96 pages
Format: Hardcover, 6″ x 9″, full color
Genre: Fantasy
On-sale Date: Nov. 13 in comic shops, Nov. 26 in bookstores
Written by Nimue Brown
Illustrated by Tom Brown
Cover by Tom Brown
Rating: T – TEEN (12 and up, may contain mild violence or mild profanity)

WHY WE LOVE IT: In HOPELESS, MAINE VOL. 1: PERSONAL DEMONS, the husband-and-wife team of Tom and Nimue Brown hooked us with their spooky tale of the mysterious, young Salamandra and their Gothic-inspired artwork, so we’re ready for more!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Fans of stories like Tom Siddell’s GUNNERKRIGG COURT, Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin, and Roman Dirge’s Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl will see parallels, but the Browns have created an engaging universe in which a young woman becomes empowered—so to speak!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Continue with the adventures of young Salamandra, the orphaned, mysterious, witch-in-training on the haunted island of Hopeless, Maine. When Sal discovers she might have a grandfather living on the island, she seeks him out, only to find him full of even more mystery than the rest of her past. Before she can unravel the secrets of her family’s past, however, her best friend, Owen, is thrust into a family trauma of his own. Salamandra must choose between helping Owen and finding the home and family she has always longed for.

Original Graphic Novel Softcover
Retail Price: $12.95 U.S.
Page Count: 200 pages
Format: Softcover, 5″ x 7.5″, black and white
Genre: Sci-Fi
On-sale Date: Nov. 13 in comic shops, Nov. 26 in bookstores
Written by Giannis Milonogiannis
Illustrated by Giannis Milonogiannis
Cover by Giannis Milonogiannis
Rating: T – TEEN (12 and up, may contain mild violence or mild profanity)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Milonogiannis’ style is “Ghost in the Shell” meets “Blade Runner,” with an energetic grittiness all of its own. Straight off an acclaimed run on Image Comics’ Prophet, we’re excited for Milonogiannis to dive back into the world of New Athens to bring us a brand-new story from the OLD CITY BLUES universe.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you liked OLD CITY BLUES VOL. 1 for its hard-boiled, sci-fi cop action, you’ll love this new volume with more of Milonogiannis’ fast-paced, supercharged storytelling of a post-apocalyptic society, reminiscent of stories like “Akira” and “I, Robot.”

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The next chapter in the critically acclaimed OLD CITY BLUES series! The year is 2049. Southeastern Europe. Built on the ruins of the country once known as Greece, New Athens is a city crawling with life—low-life, that is. From mech smugglers and drug dealers, to corrupt politicians and all-too-powerful corporations, the city is at the mercy of high-tech criminals. And it’s up to Detective Solano, Thermidor, and the rest of the New Athens Special Police to keep the city in order. This edition collects “Private Enemy” and the brand-new “Prosthetic Corpus” story arcs.

About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia ( 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 THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, and THE SECRET HISTORY. In June 2013, Archaia was acquired by BOOM! Studios ( 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.

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