BOOM! Studios made a sound equal to its name today when it announced it had acquired indie comic book publisher Archaia Entertainment, creating what is according to BOOM!’s press release, the largest library behind Marvel and DC.
According to the press release, the acquisition means the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Archaia — the publisher of graphic novels including “Mouse Guard,” “Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand,” “Rust,” “Spera,” “Cow Boy” and “Gunnerkrigg Court,” was founded in 2002 — will exist as a BOOM! imprint and that “key items” from its catalog will be put back into print.
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, BOOM!’s comic book and graphic novel business model allows creators to share IP with the company. This has attracted notable industry names like writer Paul Jenkins and Brian Stelfreeze, along with horror icon Clive Barker, whose “Next Testament” was created for the publisher.
“Our creator-friendly model ensures that creatives are rewarded financially as they generate the franchises of tomorrow,” said Richie in the press release. “Archaia operates with the same philosophy and objectives, which is one of the many reasons this combination is such a great fit.”
On the Archaia front, President and Chief Operating Officer Jack Cummins will continue in his same role and ensure readers that they can expect the same editorial approach, but on a stronger platform.
“BOOM! is very committed to maintaining the brand we’ve worked so hard to build and preserving our relationship with our creators, fans, and retailers,” Cummins said. “They’re fans of Archaia first and foremost, and are avidly working behind the scenes to expand our market penetration and carry our catalog deeper into retail channels … I am personally looking forward to bringing our team together with the fantastic team Ross has built.”
The acquisition adds to BOOM!’s roster which already includes Mike Carey’s “Suicide Risk,” Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ “Fairy Quest,” “Planet of the Apes,” Mark Waid’s “Irredeemable,” and the KaBOOM! all-ages imprint that publishes Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts,” Jim Davis’ “Garfield” and Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” and “Regular Show.”
The growing company is also making its foray into film this Aug. 2 with the Universal Pictures-distributed “2 Guns,” starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg based on Steven Grant’s book – and is prepping “Jeremiah Harm” for a film directed by Timo Vuourensola of “Iron Sky” based on the comic book by Keith Giffen, Alan Grant, and John Mueller.
The press release also notes that Archaia has optioned Royden Lepp’s graphic novel “Rust” to Twentieth Century Fox, and other announced deals include the development of “Lucid” (Warner Bros.), “Bolivar” (Warner Bros.), and “Feeding Ground” (Pressman Films).