Expanding their partnerships with proven digital comics distributors to meet the growing demand for more digital content, Archaia and Roddenberry Productions announced that the â€œdigi-butionâ€ of all five issues of last fallâ€™s critically acclaimed, science fiction miniseries Days Missing is now exclusively on iVerse Comicsâ€™ free application. Issue #1, written by Phil Hester (Firebreather, The Darkness, Green Arrow) and drawn by Frazer Irving (Batman and Robin, Seven Soldiers of Victory), is currently available for free on the site and issues #2-5 will be available for $1.99 in the coming weeks.
Days Missing tells the stories of a mysterious being known as â€œThe Steward.â€ His ability to literally â€œfoldâ€ days of time has allowed him to secretly remove critical days from our shared history that have forever changed the course of mankindâ€¦or so he thinks. In these missing days, The Steward battles Frankenstein, the Spanish conquistadors and artificial life forms, among other history-shaping forces.
Days Missing digital issues #2-5 will each be available for $1.99 and will roll out weekly starting Jan. 27. The schedule is as follows:
Days Missing #2 â€“ Jan. 27
Days Missing #3 â€“ Feb. 3
Days Missing #4 â€“ Feb. 10
Days Missing #5 â€“ Feb. 17
â€œArchaia is committed to reaching the mass audience with our sophisticated content in multiple formats,â€ said PJ Bickett, President of Archaia. â€œWith digi-bution, we are able to reach an audience 10 times larger. Now throw in the fact that it is Days Missing, co-developed with Roddenberry Productions, and you have an instant winner!â€
â€œRoddenberry has always been a name associated with technology and innovation. We are thrilled to continue this journey with Archaia and offer fans the opportunity to consume this extraordinary story on a unique digital platform,â€ said Roddenberryâ€™s Head of Development and Days Missing Creator Trevor Roth.
â€œArchaia is the perfect kind of publishing partner for iVerse,â€ said iVerse Media CEO Michael Murphey. â€œArchaia has a rich and diverse catalog with some amazing properties like Days Missingâ€¦which weâ€™re very excited to release on the iPhone.â€
The digi-bution of Days Missing will ramp up to the debut of the Days Missing deluxe hardcover ($19.95, 160 pages, ISBN 1-932386-84-X), which will feature a host of extras and back-matter material, including a foreword by the legendary Warren Ellis. It is scheduled to be on sale in comic shops on Feb. 24 and in bookstores on March 2.
Archaiaâ€™s digital strategy will continue with the launch of an Archaia Store app at the end of February, powered by iVerse Media. The store will contain a complete list of Archaiaâ€™s archived products as well as exclusive digital content. More information to follow soon.
About â€˜Days Missingâ€™
Archaia and Roddenberry Productions brought together four all-star creative teams to each work on standalone, reader-friendly issues of Days Missing that tie into the overall mini-series story arc. The writer/artist teams include: Phil Hester (Firebreather, The Darkness, Green Arrow) and Frazer Irving (Batman and Robin, Seven Soldiers of Victory) for issues 1 and 5; David Hine (Batman: Battle for the Cowl) and Chris Burnham (X-Men: Divided We Stand) for issue 2; Ian Edginton (Stormwatch) and Lee Moder (Legion of Super-Heroes) for issue 3; and Matz (The Killer) and Hugo Petrus (Wolverine: First Class) for issue 4. The legendary Dale Keown (The Incredible Hulk, Pitt) provided the main covers to each issue. Blair Butler from G4â€™s â€œFresh Ink Onlineâ€ said Days Missing was â€œone of the best things that came out this yearâ€ and Aint It Cool Newsâ€™ Ambush Bug said it â€œis sci fi at its best and well worth checking out.â€
About Archaia Entertainment, LLC
Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. With a slate including such popular Eisner-Award winning titles as Mouse Guard and The Killer, as well as Awakening, Gunnerkrigg Court, Robotika, Killing Pickman, Artesia and the Publisherâ€™s latest additions of Titanium Rain, God Machine, Roddenberry Productionsâ€™ Days Missing, The Jim Henson Company library and Mr. Murder Is Dead and Lucid with Before the Door Pictures, Archaia has become synonymous with quality content.
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About Roddenberry Productions
Roddenberry Productions is a science-fiction leader with a tradition of groundbreaking entertainment and quality merchandise. Originally founded in 1967 by Gene Roddenberry, the company has since led a steady stable of science fiction successes including Gene Roddenberryâ€™s Earth: Final Conflict, Gene Roddenberryâ€™s Andromeda and, most notably, the Star Trek brand. Roddenberry Productions continues to produce entertainment for all audiences, employing a viewer-centric creative process and resulting in insightful visions of humanity. Its merchandising business is based on quality and authenticity providing memorabilia for fans in todayâ€™s new multimedia generation. Roddenberry Productions has set itself apart by creating content that surpasses mere entertainment; it acknowledges the intelligence of audiences by challenging them to think, question and explore the world, and those potentially beyond.
About iVerse Media, LLC
iVerse Media, LLC is a digital distributor of comic books for mobile platforms. Established in 2008, iVerse has quickly emerged as an innovator and leader in the mobile publishing field. Partnerships with high-profile brands like Archie Comics, and leading industry publishers like IDW Publishing (â€Star Trekâ€), BOOM! Studios (â€Farscapeâ€), Ardden Entertainment (â€Flash Gordonâ€), Red 5 Comics (â€Atomic Roboâ€), Ape Entertainment (â€Super Human Resourcesâ€), and many more have made it possible for iVerse to surpass one million downloads in under 9 months of releasing content into the iPhone App Store. iVerse is principally located in Waco, Texas.