The Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Archaia Entertainment (MOUSE GUARD, A TALE OF SAND) is merging with BOOM! Studios. According to the publisher's press release, the acquisition makes BOOM!'s catalog the largest independent company-controlled selection of comic books and graphic novels. BOOM!'s Chief Executive Officer and founder, Ross Richie, says their "creator-friendly model" guarantees talent is rewarded financially as they create future franchises and will share the intellectual property. He says Archaia follows the same idea and that's just one of the reasons the team-up works so well. Jack Cummins, Archaia President & Chief Operating Officer, says fans can expect more of the same, but with 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. 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. Archaia readers can expect the same editorial approach that has garnered industry-wide awards but we will have a much stronger platform to deliver our content in all forms and channels. I am personally looking forward to bringing our team together with the fantastic team Ross has built."
Also, BOOM!'s Executive Chairman, Scott Lenet, states they have "ambitious plans" to help the company expand not only in comics and graphic novels, but also in other media as well.