Nice art: Afu Chan draws brawls like no one's business

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Who the heck is Afu Chan? He drew a story in SPERA, the fantasy anthology by Josh Tierney that also sports art by Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei, and Emily Carroll, and was published by Archaia. But a glance at his Deviant Art page reveals an illustrator very much in the modern, pan-comics Moebius-inspired vein, but with violent, pastel brawls breaking out all over the place.

24 Hours of Halloween: MR MURDER IS DEAD

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Writer Victor Quinaz and illustrator Brent Schoonover, the creative team behind the recent Archaia and Before the Door graphic novel, Mr. Murder Is Dead, have created a brand-new strip just for Halloween.

NYCC News rewind: SPERA by Josh Tierney, Emily Carroll and more

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Webcomic sensation Emily Carroll has joined the team on Spera, the graphic novel edition of a long-running online comic by Josh Tierney. Arachaia is publishing the print edition, which includes art by Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei Lin Lim and Carroll.

Archaia switches to PGW, publishes APES

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Archaia is making some moves, both with a new distributor — PGW — and its first illustrated novel, strong>Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes.

Buried in a PR on the Ape book is the news that Archaia is leaving Diamond for PGW, which already distributes Cartoon Books. PGW distributes over 100 independent publishers, so picking up a few GN publishers makes sense. And Archaia’s new books-only plan is also a good bit for a books-only distributor.

Preview: AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON

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While comics dealing with cancer have usually been true life tales — Mom’s Cancer or Our Cancer Year — AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON takes a more unusual tack, following the two best friends of a dying woman — a slightly egotistical documentary director and a self-absorbed journalist — as they journey to bring her last words to the people she cares about. But if you think this is going to be a weepy about a saintly sick person…you are wrong.

Nice Art: DAPPER MEN pin-up by John Tyler Christopher

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RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN is a very unusual-looking graphic novel by Jim McCann and Janet Lee that comes out later this year — Lee’s wooden board collage art has been quite a conversation topic on the convention circuit this year. Prior to the book’s debut, McCann has released pin-up art; here’s one by illustrator John Tyler Christopher.

Nice Art: RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN cover

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The cover for RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN by Jim McCann and Janet Leehas just been released. If you’ve ever seen Lee’s art in person, you know it is fantastic multi-level mixed media, created on thick pieces of plywood — crazy. We’ve never seen a lettered page but the story itself looks wild as well.

SD10: Archaia

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Panels on imprint, their Henson and Lucid projects and All Ages comics highlight the Archaia panels, and guests include Brian Froud and David Petersen.

Archaia Free Comic Book Signings

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Archaia Comics provided us with a list of their PCBD signings across the land: