Friday, April 10, 2015

Archaia and Macrocosm Bring Steampunk to Monthly Comics with Lantern City

Lantern City #1 Main Cover

One of Archaia latest forays into top-quality works is a partnership with Macrocosm Entertainment. That partnership will come to fruition in May with the debut of Lantern City, a new ongoing comic series created by Trevor Crafts, Bruce Boxleitner and Matthew Daley. Written by Daley and Paul Jenkins and illustrated by Carlos Magno, Lantern City combines the imagination-rich world of steampunk with an espionage thriller, while posing the question: How far will a person go to protect the ones they love? The series marks Archaia’s first ongoing series since the debut of The Secret History in 2007. The Lantern City comic series is the newest extension of a larger transmedia universe. An illustrated novel, Rise (also available as an app), was published, and a television show is in active development.

“The world of Lantern City is massive, and we’re incredibly excited to be diving in,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Whether you’re a longtime fan of steampunk or are just now discovering it, there’s something here for you, from the richly detailed world Carlos has drawn to the characters who are desperately trying to protect their loved ones.”

In the Lantern City comic series, Sander Jorve just wants to keep his wife and son safe. Living in the brutalized lower class of Lantern City means living in near constant darkness, the enormous walls of the city always looming overhead, while the upper class enjoys the elevated, interconnected towers and airships above. When Sander’s brother-in-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he’s set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste.

“It has been fantastic to see the world of Lantern City come to life” said Macrocosm CEO and Lantern City Creator Trevor Crafts. “We have the most loyal fans, and we are all so happy to be able to have them get their hands on Issue #1! Seeing is believing and what they will see will blow their minds!”

Lantern City #1 arrives in comic shops on May 13th with a main cover by Benjamin Carré for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR151070. Also available in a limited quantity are a Jackpot Variant by series artist Carlos Magno, a 10 Years Anniversary incentive cover by Ben Caldwell (1 for every 10 copies ordered) and a retailer incentive cover by Dave Dorman (1 for every 20 copies ordered). Also just added are a 10K Variant cover by Bagus Hutomo (1 in 10 intermix) and a FOC variant cover by Brett Weldele, which can be ordered in any quantity by the FOC date. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is April 20.

Full press release below.
Archaia and Macrocosm Bring Steampunk to Monthly Comics with 'Lantern City'

Lantern City #1 Cover by Benjamin Carré

Lantern City #1 10 Years Cover
Lantern City #1 10 Years Cover by Ben Caldwell (full wraparound image shown)

Lantern City #1 Jackpot Variant Cover
Lantern City #1 Jackpot Variant Cover by Carlos Magno

Lantern City #1 Incentive Cover 
Lantern City #1 Variant Cover by Dave Dorman

Lantern City #1 10K Variant Cover
Lantern City #1 10K Variant Cover by Bagus Hutomo

Lantern City #1 FOC Variant Cover
Lantern City #1 FOC Variant Cover by Brett Weldele
April 8, 2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Archaia, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, and Macrocosm Entertainment are excited to announce the May debut of Lantern City, a new ongoing comic series created by Trevor Crafts, Bruce Boxleitner, and Matthew Daley. Written by Daley and Paul Jenkins (Fairy Quest), and illustrated by Carlos Magno (RoboCop), Lantern City combines the imagination-rich world of steampunk with an espionage thriller, while posing the question: How far will a person go to protect the ones they love? The series marks Archaia’s first ongoing series since the debut of The Secret History in 2007.

The Lantern City comic series is the newest extension of a larger transmedia universe. An illustrated novel, Rise (also available as an app), was published, and a television show is in active development. Lantern City combines the epic scope of the Star Wars series with the street-level intensity and attention to detail of The Wire. The series blends action, romance, unique sci-fi, and political upheaval in an engaging narrative.

“The world of Lantern City is massive, and we’re incredibly excited to be diving in,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Whether you’re a longtime fan of steampunk or are just now discovering it, there’s something here for you, from the richly detailed world Carlos has drawn to the characters who are desperately trying to protect their loved ones.”

“It has been fantastic to see the world of Lantern City come to life” said Macrocosm CEO and Lantern City Creator Trevor Crafts. “We have the most loyal fans, and we are all so happy to be able to have them get their hands on Issue #1! Seeing is believing and what they will see will blow their minds!”

In the Lantern City comic series, Sander Jorve just wants to keep his wife and son safe. Living in the brutalized lower class of Lantern City means living in near constant darkness, the enormous walls of the city always looming overhead, while the upper class enjoys the elevated, interconnected towers and airships above. When Sander’s brother-in-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he’s set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste.

Lantern City #1 arrives in comic shops on May 13th with a main cover by Benjamin Carré (Star Wars) for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR151070. Also available in a limited quantity are a Jackpot Variant by series artist Carlos Magno (1 in 100 intermix), a 10 Years Anniversary incentive cover by Ben Caldwell (Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures) (1 for every 10 copies ordered), and a retailer incentive cover by Dave Dorman (Star Wars) (1 for every 20 copies ordered). Also just added are a 10K Variant cover by Bagus Hutomo (Hakwen) (1 in 10 intermix), and a FOC variant cover by Brett Weldele (Pariah), which can be ordered in any quantity by the FOC date.

The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is April 20. 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 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 comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey's Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV's The Woods; Mark Waid's Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was 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, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri's Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!'s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. 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, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. 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. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.
ABOUT MACROCOSM ENTERTAINMENT
Founded by Trevor Crafts in 2013 Macrocosm (macrocosm.tv) is a new voice in transmedia entertainment. The Emmy® Award winning Macrocosm brings dynamic engaging content to all global and multi-platform distribution models. Film projects have included Deep in the Heart starring John Gries, and the 2015 Sundance Film Festival selection Experimenter starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder. Creators of the Lantern City (lanterncitytv.com) franchise, Macrocosm published its first Lantern City illustrated prequel novel Rise in 2013 and shortly after released the iOS and Android app, as well as the audio book read by Bruce Boxleitner. In October 2014 Macrocosm announced its partnership with Archaia an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios to create the monthly LANTERN CITY comic, which will be an extension of the television series currently in development.

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