From Zuda to ACT-I-VATE

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Fresh off a commanding fourth-place finish in Zuda Comics' March 2008 Competition, Sam & Lilah will be making a move to its new home as part of the online comics collective ACT-I-VATE, beginning with new pages on May 1. Dougan and Park will be joining a long and growing list of comics luminaries at ACT-I-VATE, including Nick Bertozzi, Pedro Camargo, Mike Cavallaro, Nikki Cook, Molly Crabapple, Mike Fiffe, Simon Fraser, Dan Goldman, Dean Haspiel, Jason Little, Josh Neufeld, Leland Purvis, and former Zuda contestants Kevin Colden and Paul Maybury.

"We are thrilled to have Jim Dougan and Hyeondo Park's myth-bending Sam & Lilah join the ranks of ACT-I-VATE," says Dean Haspiel, one of ACT-I-VATE's founding members.

"How could we not be excited to be such excellent company?" asks Dougan. "I've been a fan of AIV and its creators for years, and to join the ranks is a great honor. Hyeondo and I first worked together at The Chemistry Set, and will continue to contribute there, but this is a great chance to broaden our audience even further."

Sam & Lilah is romantic modern-day mythology with a touch of manga flavor. When a budding love affair between two fashionable urban twentysomethings is imperiled by a gypsy curse, slice-of-life meets the supernatural - in Technicolor.

Says Simon Fraser: "I'm really looking forward to seeing this story develop on AIV. It was easily the best thing on Zuda last month."

ACT-I-VATE is anticipating a site relaunch during April, which will involve new material from the creators currently on board, as well as the debut of new members of the team. The last week in April, Dougan and Park will post the original eight "screens" currently featured on the Zuda site, to be followed by new material beginning May 1.

"Many, many people at Zuda have been chiming in and telling us that they really want the story to continue," said Dougan. "Some of these people are not even related to us, so it's a real thrill to be able to give them what they want."

So if what you want in your comics is - Romance! Adventure! Fashion! Curses! Cupcakes! - Then join Sam & Lilah at ACT-I-VATE starting May 1!

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