Mouse Guard on NPR
Archaia Studios Press and creator David Petersen were thrilled to see NPR select MOUSE GUARD: FALL 1152 for its "Summer Reads for Former Recess Rebels" book list. As one of the twelve books on the list, MOUSE GUARD got a bonus as an interior panel of a reclining grain merchant led off the column. A short excerpt from the book is also featured.
As part of the list, writer Glen Weldon offered a review, as well, calling MOUSE GUARD: FALL 1152 "Gorgeous, Sweeping, Inch-High Adventure" and "beautifully rendered." The full article can be found at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10579115
David Petersen was also nominated for the 2007 Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award which is presented July 27 as part of Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony. The Manning award has been given out annually at the San Diego Comic-Con since 1982 and is given in the name of Russ Manning, the artist best known for his work on the Tarzan and Star Wars newspaper strips and the Magnus, Robot Fighter comic book. Past Manning winners have included Dave Stevens, Jan Duursema, Steve Rude, Scott McCloud, Art Adams, Eric Shanower, Dan Brereton, Jeff Smith, and Gene Ha.
"Wow," was all David Petersen could utter. "I mean, wow." Once his composure was regained he said, "The Russ Manning nomination already floored me...it's such an honor. But then the NPR list? Just the sheer reach of NPR and my little mice getting such national exposure is terrific. And it's even on the same list as Tolkien! Wow."
The hardcover edition of MOUSE GUARD: FALL 1152 collects the first 6-issue MOUSE GUARD series and includes 12 pages of bonus material. In MOUSE GUARD: FALL 1152 we are introduced to the fearless guards Saxon, Kenzie, and Lieam, dispatched to find a missing merchant mouse that never arrived at his destination. In this fanciful, dangerous and medieval world, where mice struggle to live safely and prosper among all of the world's harsh conditions and predators, Saxon, Kenzie, and Lieam stumble onto much more than they bargained for...intrigue, betrayal, and a deadly, traitorous plot to overthrow the stronghold of Lockhaven.
Archaia Studios Press's MOUSE GUARD: FALL 1152 (ISBN 978-1-932386-57-8; $24.95; a 192-page, full-color, hardcover graphic novel) is recommended for ages 10 and up.