Arcadia Set To Give Boom Its Next Breakouts

Boom Studios has had quite a bit of success over the last few years breaking relatively unknown talent in the comic book market. New artists like Jeff Stokely, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Daniel Bayliss and Brooke Allen quickly gained attention. And writers early in their mainstream comic career like Noelle Stevenson, James Tynion IV, Christopher Sebela, Ryan Ferrier and Curt Pires have also found success at the publisher.

In May, Boom has a new ongoing series, Arcadia, launching from two debut creators, Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer. Arcadia is an ambitious, complex Sci-Fi concept rife with social commentary in the spirit of The Massive, Transmetropolitan and The Matrix. In the ultimate reversal of the have and have-nots, the world of Arcadia is one where 99% of the population was wiped out by a pandemic. As a last resort, the survivors uploaded the personalities of the four billion infected people into a simulated reality called Arcadia. Now the 1% remaining population, must toil in "The Meat" to keep the servers running to keep the rest of humanity alive in a virtual paradise. The main character is the one person to have survived the plague and now exists in both worlds. It's a concept and a story with the kind of world-building and possibilities that you expect from the likes of Warren Ellis, Brian Wood, and Brian K. Vaughn, which makes it all the more impressive that it's coming from two first time creators. And I'm not just saying that because Paknadel is a Brit.


Today is the last day for retailers to place finalize their orders on the first issue. Your call. It will be out on May 6th.


About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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