|You're in the right place|
As I predicted, tearing myself away from the bustle of the main floor was difficult, but I managed to make it to two out of the three panels I hoped to attend. The first, Archaia Presents, focused on the upcoming titles for the next year. The quality of their books continues to blow me away, and it's only a matter of time before they are giving Dark Horse and Image a run for their money as far as the independent market is concerned. I believe what sets them apart is their dedication to creating content that appeals to all kinds of readers, from hardcore sci-fi fans to young readers. Young or old, everyone can appreciate the well thought out design of their books, and creators are gravitating towards this publisher as a guarantee that their work will be presented as a unique and memorable final product. Among the many exciting books they discussed (really all of them sounded fantastic) included a graphic novelization of upcoming free-to-play PC game Hawken. Khang Le (Flight anthology), Stefano Gaudiano (Daredevil, Gotham Central), and Moritat (Elephantmen) will provide the art and Jeremy Barlow (Mass Effect) will provide writing. We'll have to wait a while to see this project complete as the game launches on 12-12-12 and the book will not be released until March of 2013. One book that fans won't have to wait too long for will be the highly anticipated Mouse Guard: Black Axe hardcover. This will include some new material, including a pinup by Mike Mignola. Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 will also be coming soon, with Bill Willingham doing double duty on story and art, as well as a story created by Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), among many others.
|"Raise your hand if you want another AvX tie in!"|
|An enthusiastic fan meets writer Gail Simone|
Stop back by the blog later this weekend as I'll continue to post coverage, including photos of my finished commissioned sketches. I already have a Picard by Gary Brown (Irredeemable cover artist), a Batman by Christopher Jones (Young Justice), and tomorrow I will pick up a Wonder Woman by Jenny Frison (Angel cover artist), and a yet-to-be-determined piece by Tony Akins (Wonder Woman). I've gotten a taste for this original artwork thing, so that list may grow by the end of this show.
|She may very well embody the overall spirit of this years show.|