As part of its ramp-up to San Diego Comic-Con, BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce that James Tynion IV (The Woods, Batman Eternal) and Eryk Donovan (The House in the Wall), the creative team behind the award-nominated Memetic, will come together once again for a new apocalyptic tale in the three-issue over-sized event Cognetic. This fall, Tynion and Donovan explore the fundamental human desire for control and how absolute power can topple civilization.
In Cognetic, every human believes they are a self-reliant, self-determined individual, each set on their own course. They’ve built civilizations, they’ve built culture, they’ve built lives…but what if that isn’t the right track? What if there is a singular mind ready to take back control and finally right the destiny of mankind and build a better tomorrow?
Cognetic is the story of a powerful psychic being that once controlled one-third of the world’s population as a part of its hivemind, and his return to humanity in modern-day New York City. It’s a psychic action thriller, precariously positioned on the edge of outright apocalypse. It’s also the story of a young woman, the assistant to the director of the FBI, who might be the only one who can save humanity, but at a terrible, terrible cost.
Cognetic #1 (of 3) contains an oversized 48 pages of story and will arrive in comic shops this October. Further details will be available closer to the release date.
In other news, yesterday BOOM! announced the addition of Sierra Hahn to its staff as Senior Editor, starting in July. Hahn will oversee and develop several of the company’s upcoming original series, licensed comics, and original graphic novels. She will also assist in seeking out new projects to develop into comics. She will report directly to BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon.
Hahn is a former Editor at Dark Horse Comics where she worked for eight years, having edited projects like Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Joss Whedon, the Eisner Award-winning Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case, and the forthcoming Two Brothers by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. The impressive list of creators in comics she’s worked with includes such industry greats as Neil Gaiman, Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Guillermo del Toro, Gerard Way, and Brian Wood.
Hahn began her career in comics in 2005 at DC Comics/Vertigo, where she served as Publicity Representative under then Vice President of Publicity David Hyde and worked with notable talents like Brian Azzarello, Becky Cloonan, Bill Willingham, Brian K. Vaughan, Jason Aaron, and Cameron Stewart. In 2007, she realized her dream of becoming a comics editor and moved to Portland, Oregon to work for Dark Horse under Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie.
“Sierra not only brings with her years of expertise as an editor, but also the respect and admiration of some of the industry’s greatest creators,” said Gagnon. “Sierra is a phenomenal addition to our team who will make an impact on day one. In her role as Senior Editor she’ll be bringing in new projects, helping mentor some of the younger editors on our staff, and be an important voice for our company on new projects, initiatives, and throughout the industry at large. One of our core missions at BOOM! is to help build a better, healthier industry for everybody who loves comics; Sierra not only shares that sensibility, she’s an important part of helping all of us move closer to our goals.”
“With titles like Lumberjanes, Bee and Puppycat, Giant Days, The Fiction, and the upcoming Strange Fruit, BOOM! Studios consistently delivers fun, edgy, and unexpected books,” said Hahn. “Their growing backlist brings a wide range of exceptional talent to readers of all ages and tastes, but their monthly titles for kids and young adult readers are especially compelling for me. I’m honored to be part of this innovative, tight-knit publishing house.”
When asked what she considers to be her greatest achievement while working in comics thus far, Hahn said, “It’s the relationships I’ve made over the last 10 years. Good editing only really works when there is a foundation of trust between the artists and the editor, and there can be this incredible, unspoken bond between the storyteller and the person advocating for that story. I’ve finally reached a place in my career where I’ve learned enough to have built those connections and recognize them as they happen.”
Hahn will begin her new position at BOOM! Studios on July 1st.