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If your mind were uploaded to a computer, would you still be considered a person? Debut creators Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer pose this question and more in the upcoming sci-fi thriller series Arcadia from award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios this May.

“Alex and Eric have taken the detailed world-building of series like Astro City and Game of Thrones and given us a sci-fi story that’s massive in scope,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Arcadia hits you with the hard questions about humanity in a technologically advanced world. It’s a story that explores the value of human life, how we define it, and the connection between family across the very planes of existence. This is a series you can get lost in.”

When 99% of humankind is wiped out by a pandemic, four billion people are “saved” by being digitized at the brink of death and uploaded into Arcadia, a utopian simulation in the cloud. But when Arcadia begins to rapidly deplete the energy resources upon which the handful of survivors in the real world (aka “The Meat”) depends, how long will The Meat be able—and willing—to help?

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“Smart, challenging sci-fi world building. Stick around. It gets weirder.” – Andy Diggle (Thief of Thieves, Uncanny)

“Arcadia is sci-fi with intellect and social conscience mixed with spectacle and danger and a fugue dream state. Turns out it’s not just our data that’s getting uploaded to the cloud, it’s our souls. Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer are creators you’re going to be hearing a lot more from in years to come. Get in early.” – Rob Williams (2000 AD)

Arcadia #1 arrives in comic shops on May 6th with the first of a five-part connecting main cover by Matt Taylor (Deep State) for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR151040. Also available in a limited quantity are a 10 Years incentive cover by Frazer Irving (Annihilator, Uncanny X-Men), and a retailer incentive cover by series artist Eric Scott Pfeiffer. A new cover by W. Scott Forbes (Spider-Woman, Silk) has been added to the Final Order Cutoff (FOC) deadline, and it can be ordered in any quantity.

The FOC deadline for retailers is April 13th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use or to find one! It’s also available for order directly from

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. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment ( Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

via BOOM! Studios


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