A week before the print edition is scheduled to hit, award-winning graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment and free-to-play video game publisher Meteor Entertainment™ have teamed up with comiXology to debut the Digital First version of HAWKEN: GENESIS, the hotly anticipated anthology graphic novel based on the online, free-to-play (F2P), first-person shooter (FPS) video game, HAWKEN™. It can be accessed at this link for $9.99: http://cmxl.gy/11jsjg6.
This hard-hitting OGN establishes and explores the exciting world of Illal, the backdrop for the HAWKEN™ video game universe. Developed alongside Khang Le (Project Offset, Flight), the game’s Creative Director and lead conceptual designer at developer Adhesive Games, and featuring the talent of some of the industry’s top conceptual artists, comic illustrators, and painters, HAWKEN: GENESIS is both a prequel and sourcebook to the epic warfare that players will experience firsthand in the HAWKEN™ video game. Readers will get an amazing look at the vast post-apocalyptic mythology behind HAWKEN™ and follow the stories of the pivotal individuals that determine Illal’s fate!
HAWKEN: GENESIS is written by Jeremy Barlow based on the original concept by Khang Le, with original story by Dan Jevons, and illustration by Kody Chamberlain, Federico Dallocchio, Nathan Fox, Michael Gaydos, Bagus Hutomo, Sid Kotian, Khang Le, Christopher Moeller, Alex Sanchez, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Francisco Ruiz Velasco. The print version ($19.95, hardcover, 136 pages, full color, Diamond Order Code: JAN130839, ISBN: 978-1-936393-92-3) will reach store shelves on March 27th.
Archaia and Meteor have previously released four, free, individual preview issues on comiXology to get fans excited for the complete graphic novel being released today. They can be found at this link: www.comixology.com/Hawken-Genesis/comics-series/9515.
HAWKEN™ is a F2P, multiplayer, mech, FPS video game developed by Adhesive Games and published by Meteor Entertainment. HAWKEN™ entered Open Beta on December 12, 2012 (12.12.12). It creates an intense and enjoyable battle experience that captures the feeling of piloting a heavy war machine while keeping the action fast-paced and strategic. HAWKEN™ brings the quality of a AAA title to the free-to-play sector. HAWKEN™ has been called one of the most anticipated games of 2012, winning more than 22 press awards at industry events. For more information, visit www.playhawken.com.
About Archaia Entertainment, LLC
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Rust, Cow Boy, Cursed Pirate Girl, Gunnerkrigg Court, and Artesia. Archaia has also published an entire line of graphic novels in partnership with The Jim Henson Company, including the multiple award-winning Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and such beloved tales as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. Alongside these celebrated titles, Archaia has released English translations of numerous renowned foreign titles to much fanfare, including The Killer, Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-De, and The Secret History.
In 2012, Archaia was honored with six Harvey Award nominations, two Harvey Awards, six Eisner nominations, and three Eisner Awards (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand won for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Penciller/Inker, and Best Publication Design). Also in 2012, Archaia earned both Gold and Silver awards from ForeWord Reviews. Archaia was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology.
In addition to its partnership with The Jim Henson Company, Archaia has forged creative partnerships with storytellers in all facets of the entertainment industry, resulting in print and digital expansions of such noted properties as Bleedout and HAWKEN™ (video games); Immortals and Planet of the Apes (film); and Space: 1999 (television).
Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation within the creator community for producing meaningful, transformative content, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels.
About Meteor Entertainment™
Based in Seattle, Meteor Entertainment is focused on successfully publishing free-to-play games globally, with an emphasis on compelling content and setting the standard for customer service and community engagement. Meteor Entertainment’s first title, HAWKEN, developed by Adhesive Games, entered Open Beta on December 12, 2012 (12.12.12). To learn more about Meteor Entertainment, visit www.meteor-ent.com.
Founded in 2007, comiXology has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View™ reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become one of iTunes top 10 grossing iPad apps in both 2011 and 2012. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from the top 75 publishers, and including independent creators as well, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. A privately held company, comiXology is based in Gotham City.