Posted by MissJ (423 posts) - - Show Bio

This January, Archaia Entertainment/BOOM! Studios will be launching HACKTIVIST, a new miniseries created by actress, philanthropist, and activist Alyssa Milano. HACKTIVIST -- hacker + activist -- centers on two friends with a powerful social network, and explores the consequences of making information open to the world. Joining Milano for the four-issue series are writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and artist Marcus To (HACKTIVIST also features colors by Ian Herring and letters by Deron Bennett).

Today at Stan Lee's Comikaze, Milano, Lanzing, and Kelly took to the stage to talk about the series, their inspiration, and their target message. HACKTIVIST explores, in sequential format, how technology can be used to effect social change -- Milano had come across the concept of hacking for good, and extended the idea into a setting that might not be too unrealistic. Inspiration for the miniseries is taken directly from current events in tech and activism, but at its core, it's a story about people and how they interact with each other.

The HACKTIVIST team did extensive research during the series' creation, reaching out to experts from all angles of the story. On the "hacktivist" side, the creators spoke with software developers and self-styled "hackers" to get a feel for what's really happening in terms of coding for change, and on the "authority" side, they ran scripts by acquaintances with government security gigs. The idea, as Lanzing mentioned, was not to vilify groups like Anonymous, nor to turn them into heroes, but instead to use their space as a setting for a compelling story.

A 12-page preview of the series can be found on -- what else but -- a secret site. If you'd like some hints about cracking into sve_Urs3lf, check out Alyssa's -- or her hacker's -- tweets:

HACKTIVIST is available in January 2014, and will be collected in hardcover in Summer 2014.

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#1 Posted by AllStarSuperman (21698 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool idea. But if they expect me to figure out some code. They can forget it.

#2 Edited by MissJ (423 posts) - - Show Bio
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#3 Edited by bob808 (6767 posts) - - Show Bio

cool

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#4 Posted by AllStarSuperman (21698 posts) - - Show Bio
#5 Posted by RazzaTazz (9611 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks interesting, I will definitely check it out.

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#6 Posted by ptigrusmagus (487 posts) - - Show Bio

Fake twitter hacking, how very trite

#7 Posted by G-Man (32427 posts) - - Show Bio

@ptigrusmagus: Cheer up, it's not the end of the world. Check out the preview.

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#8 Posted by ScarletWitchFever (69 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool idea. But if they expect me to figure out some code. They can forget it.

"Open your eyes. Rethink impossible."

If that's the code, it wasn't very difficult.

#9 Posted by _Marc_74 (164 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't get it

#10 Posted by DonFelipe (1096 posts) - - Show Bio

@allstarsuperman said:

Cool idea. But if they expect me to figure out some code. They can forget it.

"Open your eyes. Rethink impossible."

If that's the code, it wasn't very difficult.

Yup, pretty easy to guess - it's openyoureyes/rethinkimpossible btw.

The preview's pretty cool and definitely worth hacking the site.

#11 Posted by DonFelipe (1096 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh, another cover...

#12 Posted by wmwadeii (3248 posts) - - Show Bio

Think I'll pass

#14 Edited by flameboy298 (1887 posts) - - Show Bio
#15 Edited by haydenclaireheroes (9003 posts) - - Show Bio

I want to see what Alyssa Milano can do. I will check it out =)

#16 Edited by blur1528 (1055 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty cool concept. Especially with marketing. You had me at To.

#17 Posted by ptigrusmagus (487 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm ashamed my crappy comment incited a response, apologies as it does reflect anything about the comic itself.

#18 Posted by JairamGanpat (952 posts) - - Show Bio

@blur1528 said:

Pretty cool concept. Especially with marketing. You had me at To.

Did you check out Cyborg 009? To's work is phenomenal there.

#19 Edited by Samimista (20671 posts) - - Show Bio

Woah! =O Alyssa Milano is creating this? Cannot wait! I love her!

#20 Posted by TitanTempest (347 posts) - - Show Bio

Can't wait to check this out!

#22 Posted by TheDjinn_SeasonalEvilevent (34 posts) - - Show Bio

Can't wait.