Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hacktivist Collected in Hardcover


July is as good a month as any to celebrate the hacking culture. The always exciting area of expertise pits savvy minds against seemingly impenetrable electronic safeguards, for a variety of reasons. In some cases, that reason involves bringing down an oppressive government, as is the case in Hacktivist from Archaia and BOOM! Studios and the brainchild of Alyssa Milano. The book was written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, illustrated by Marcus To, colored by Ian Herring and lettered by Deron Bennett, all of whom must be psyched that it's getting the hardcover treatment.

“HACKTIVIST is such a great concept, and we’re all thrilled that it was so well received when it came out as a miniseries,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “For those who may have missed out the first time, this hardcover edition is a beautiful collection of the entire series. And even if you’re already familiar with the story, we’ve packed in a bunch of great additions and extras. The overall presentation is gorgeous, as everybody has come to expect from Archaia.”

The world knows Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft as the young, brilliant co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world connects with each other. The world knows “.sve_Urs3lf” as the largest white-hat hacking group on the planet, exposing information and sparking revolutions across the globe. What the world doesn’t know is that this is a lie. Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are .sve_Urs3lf. When their operation is discovered by the US Government, and their company is taken over by military contracts and the CIA, Ed and Nate must face the real world beyond the code and choose between friendship and what they believe to be right.

The Hacktivist hardcover collection arrives from Archaia in comic shops on July 16th and bookstores on July 22nd with a cover price of $24.99 under Diamond Order Code MAY141168 and ISBN 978-1-60886-409-6. Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and co-creator of Twitter and founder and CEO of Square, who inspired Milano to create the story, provides a Note to Readers in the book, which also contains an interview with real-life hacker and inventor Pablos Holman and commentary and early process work from the creative team.

Full press release below.
ARCHAIA ANNOUNCES ALYSSA MILANO'S 'HACKTIVIST' COLLECTED IN HARDCOVER


HACKTIVIST Hardcover Cover by Marcus To and Ian Herring
June 23,  2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Coming this July, Archaia, an award-winning imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the HACKTIVIST hardcover, a collection of the hit four-issue miniseries created by actress, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Alyssa Milano (Mistresses, Project Runway All Stars). Written by the team of Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, penciled and inked by Marcus To (New Warriors, CYBORG 009), colored by the Eisner Award-nominated Ian Herring (JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND), and lettered by fellow Eisner Award nominee Deron Bennett (JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND), HACKTIVIST asks, What if the founders of the largest social media network in the world were also hackers who used their skills and resources to help social causes around the world? Then what if the U.S. Government found out?

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and co-creator of Twitter and founder and CEO of Square, who inspired Milano to create the story, provides a Note to Readers in the book, which also contains an interview with real-life hacker and inventor Pablos Holman and commentary and early process work from the creative team.

“HACKTIVIST is such a great concept, and we’re all thrilled that it was so well received when it came out as a miniseries,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “For those who may have missed out the first time, this hardcover edition is a beautiful collection of the entire series. And even if you’re already familiar with the story, we’ve packed in a bunch of great additions and extras. The overall presentation is gorgeous, as everybody has come to expect from Archaia.”

The world knows Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft as the young, brilliant co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world connects with each other. The world knows “.sve_Urs3lf” as the largest white-hat hacking group on the planet, exposing information and sparking revolutions across the globe. What the world doesn’t know is that this is a lie. Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are .sve_Urs3lf. When their operation is discovered by the US Government, and their company is taken over by military contracts and the CIA, Ed and Nate must face the real world beyond the code and choose between friendship and what they believe to be right.

The HACKTIVIST hardcover collection arrives from Archaia in comic shops on July 16th and bookstores on July 22nd with a cover price of $24.99 under Diamond Order Code MAY141168 and ISBN 978-1-60886-409-6. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! 
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 and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ 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’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ 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, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox's vast catalog of films.

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