Thursday, June 18, 2015

Action Lab Offers Dungeons, Dragons and Dice


Action Lab Entertainment knows a thing or two about fantasy titles. Their work on books such as Princeless, Beyond the Western Deep and Vamplets all boast elements of sword and sorcery and now Action Lab is capitalizing on those works to go one step further. Archon: Battle of the Dragon is a new series by ohn Parez and Marco Maccagni delves deep into the mythos that accompanies dragons and knights.

"It's a 1980s sword and sorcery fantasy/thriller set in a medieval themed Las Vegas Casino,” according to Perez. “When Gareth Thompson, a hard accented Southerner, Vietnam veteran and single father accepts a security job at the Archon he soon discovers all his orc, elf and dragon coworkers are not people in costumes but actual creatures of myth and legend. It's a world where dwarves are bartenders, gnomes are valets, elves are accountants, dragons are Wall Street hustlers and everyone is looking for a slice of the American dream.”

Joining Perez on the title is artist Marco Maccagni. Says Perez, “He stood out immediately when I did a general call looking for an illustrator choosing the most difficult pages for his proof of concept. His style works brilliantly for Archon, which at its core is a whimsical contemporary fantasy tale.”

There is an added bonus in every issue of Archon...that of an actual tabletop gaming campaign. “The supplemental material in the back is for obsessives, like myself. It gives additional info on the world, albeit its written under the guise of a D&D dragons manual meant for kids, but it’s actually doublespeak.”

Archon: Battle of the Dragon is currently available for pre-order in Diamond’s Previews catalog, under the Action Lab Entertainment section and ships with two covers. The Marco Maccagni cover (JUN150854) and the Erin Fusco cover (JUN150855), which is limited to 2000 copies. Full press release below.
DRAGONS, DUNGEONS AND DICE
Action Lab Entertainment bets on new series, ARCHON

Pittsburgh, PA - Action Lab Entertainment is no stranger to fantasy titles. Princeless, Beyond the Western Deep, and Vamplets all have an element of sword and sorcery, but never has a title brought that into the real world. That is, until now. ARCHON: BATTLE OF THE DRAGON is a, “1980s sword and sorcery fantasy/thriller set in a medieval themed Las Vegas Casino,” according to series creator, John Perez. “When Gareth Thompson, a hard accented Southerner, Vietnam veteran and single father accepts a security job at the Archon he soon discovers all his orc, elf and dragon coworkers are not people in costumes but actual creatures of myth and legend. It's a world where dwarves are bartenders, gnomes are valets, elves are accountants, dragons are Wall Street hustlers and everyone is looking for a slice of the American dream.”

Joining Perez on the title is artist Marco Maccagni. Says Perez, “He stood out immediately when I did a general call looking for an illustrator choosing the most difficult pages for his proof of concept. His style works brilliantly for Archon, which at its core is a whimsical contemporary fantasy tale.”

There is an added bonus in every issue of ARCHON...that of an actual tabletop gaming campaign. “The supplemental material in the back is for obsessives, like myself. It gives additional info on the world, albeit its written under the guise of a D&D dragons manual meant for kids, but it’s actually doublespeak.” This added element makes ARCHON an immersive experience for the reader.

ARCHON: BATTLE OF THE DRAGON is currently available for pre-order in Diamond’s Previews catalog, under the Action Lab Entertainment section, and ships with two covers. The Marco Maccagni cover (JUN150854) and the Erin Fusco cover (JUN150855), which is limited to 2000 copies.
For more information, retailers can contact Vito Delsante at vdelsante@actionlabcomics.com. For press and conventions you can reach Jamal Igle at jigle@actionlabcomics.com.

ABOUT ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT- Formed in 2010 with the purpose of pooling their collective talents into a single, powerful entity, the members of Action Lab Entertainment have countless years in multimedia publishing, design, and business.  Their first release, Fracture, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and since then they have continued their mission to produce high quality, genre-spanning entertainment.  Since its formation, the accolades for A.L.E continue to build on a daily basis.  Among its more popular titles are all ages material like the Eisner, Glyph, Shel Dorf Award nominated series PRINCELESS, NFL RUSHZONE (based on the Nickelodeon Television series), Jamal Igle's MOLLY DANGER, Artist/ Writer Jeremy Dale’s hit series SKYWARD, and Gayle Middleton’s (My Little Pony, The Littlest Pet Shop) monstrously adorable VAMPLETS. Action Lab’s Mature Readers imprint ACTION LAB DANGER ZONE continues to push the envelope of comics entertainment with titles as varied as EHMM THEORY and Dan Mendoza’s over the top horror-comedy ZOMBIE TRAMP, THE FINAL PLAGUE and BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA.

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