Bex Cook and Dan Oakley write for Bleeding Cool:
Moderated by Mel Caylo and featuring Mouse Guard creator and driving force David Petersen and contributors Eric Canete and Jeremy Bastion, the Archaia panel began with a brief history of the Mouse Guard comics. David then proceeded to show some images of the highly detailed models he often creates of some of the key locations from the comic. He uses these to help visualise the locations in the Mouse Guard world for drawing as well as to provide a break from slaving over the drawing board or computer screen.
We were treated to some pages of art from the currently in progress second volume of Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard which will feature stories by the likes of Stan Sakai, Rick Geary, Eric Canete and, quite excitingly, one both written and drawn by Fables creator Bill Willingham. We were also shown, for the first time, the cover for the upcoming hardcover collection of this series due out in November:
The replica of the Black Axe already available, will soon be accompanied by more tiny mouse sized replica weaponry from the hands of Israel Skelton, who was unable to attend the panel but had sent a short video in his place. Design sketches were shown for the upcoming replicas of Rand’s shield, Ferrer’s forging hammer and tongs, Loukas’ sword, Lieam’s sword and Gwendolyn’s pike-axe.
Petersen ended the presentation section of the panel with two bits of news. Firstly, while he is about to take a short break from the Mouse Guard it will be continuing soon with a story entitled ‘The Weasel War of 1149‘, a prequel to the main series. Attendees to the panel were given limited prints of a promotional image for this next volume.
He also announced that a third volume of the Legends of the Guards is in the early stages of production as well, and that he has been in talks with talent including Fables’ Mark Buckingham and Skottie Young.