Award-winning graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is proud to announce a new original graphic novel coming this November: An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will o’ the Wisp. The fantasy tale about a young girl who is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, located in the eerie swamps of the Louisiana bayou, is the debut for first time graphic novel writer Tom Hammock and artist Megan Hutchison. Once there, she is introduced to and begins practicing Hoodoo, a form of magic that deals with elements of the supernatural.
“Readers can expect plenty of wicked delights and dark things to envelope Aurora Grimeon,” explained Hammock, who also works as a production designer in the film industry. (His most recent credit, “You’re Next,” opens in theaters August 23.) “Like any big life change, she will have to contend with the usual things: finding new friends, getting used to a new place to live… but in this case the swamp and its island of tombstones brings with it its sinister residents, supernatural occurrences, disappearances, and murder… to go with unsavory new chores, an unexpected new pet, and maybe even a cute boy.”
“We did extensive research into ancient tools, weather, plants, Hoodoo, and a lot of other aspects to come up with Aurora’s extraordinary world,” added Hutchison. “Aurora’s character was the most fun to design. She is strong, smart, yet vulnerable. Again, through research—and my own closet—I came up with some fun ways for Aurora to express herself to the audience as a young girl finding her voice through her own creativity.”
An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will o’ the Wisp ($24.95, hardcover, 208 pages, full color, 6” x 9”, ISBN: 978-1-936393-78-7) will go on sale in comic book shops and wherever books are sold this November. It can be pre-ordered through comic book shops using Diamond Order Code SEP130877. Keep up with sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes information on the book’s official website at ossuaryisle.com.
About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia (archaia.com) 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. In addition to its partnership with Henson, 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). 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 June 2013, Archaia was acquired by BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com). Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent.