Archaia Changes Name, Resumes Publishing
Archaia sent out a press release announcing that they would be resuming publishing in June. Also, “we are no longer called Archaia Studios Press or ASP. Please refer to us as simply Archaia or Archaia Comics from now on.”
Here is part of the press release:
“Our number one priority is to show our commitment to publishing by completing the great stories we have already begun to tell,” said Publisher Mark Smylie. In June, Archaia will release hardcovers of The Awakening and Some New Kind of Slaughter and has committed to put out at least two hardcover collected editions per month, thereafter, for the rest of the year. Making good on this promise, July will see the hardcover releases of The Engineer (which will be offered at an unprecedented $9.99 price point) and the second volume of the Eisner Award-winning Mouse Guard. Collections of the critically acclaimed Primordia and Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 2 are set to debut in August.
“We’re also moving forward with series that are ongoing, such as The Killer, Okko, The Secret History, and Artesia: Besieged,” added Smylie. “These titles will pick up with individual issues and eventually be collected into hardcover editions.”
“In addition, books like Robotika, Killing Pickman, and Titanium Rain, which had just started toward the middle and end of last year, will be relaunched in double-sized formats, with 48 to 64 pages of art for only a $4.99 cover price,” exclaimed Smylie. “And as the year goes on, we’ll be slotting in new titles we’ve recently signed, like God Machine, Days Missing, and others we’ve yet to announce,” the publisher teased.
An interview at Comic Book Resources attributes many of the publisher’s previous problems to late-shipping and uncompleted titles, so now they’re vowing not to solicit until the art for a book is completed.
Not mentioned are the following titles, which will not be returning: Cursed Pirate Girl has moved to Olympian Publishing. The Devil’s Panties will be self-publishing, as will Runners after web serialization.