Diamond Select Toys Reveal Panels and Events for Comic-Con International 2016

 
Comic-Con International in San Diego is one of the largest gatherings of toy lovers known to mankind, and every year DST leaps at the chance to interact with their customers at the event, as well as introduce themselves to new fans! This year, DST will be all over Comic-Con, with a booth (#2607) full of prototypes and exclusive toys, two panel presentations that break down our upcoming products, and they are once again taking over Taste & Thirst in the Gaslamp Quarter, turning the popular eatery into a hive of Alien goodness!

On Thursday, July 21, DST will open up their Alien Lounge at 715 4th Avenue (the home of Taste & Thirst on 4th) with a kick-off event from 11 PM to midnight, for ages 21 and up. Alien-themed door prizes will be given out at the kick-off, and the Lounge will be open all weekend, with numerous DST Alien products on display, as well as a photo backdrop featuring Alien Minimates for scary selfies! Stop by for a bite to eat – the chicken wings are to die for – and stay for the xenomorphic atmosphere!

On Saturday, July 23, DST will host the panel “Minimates Mini-Figures: Marvel, TMNT & Beyond” from 1:30 to 2:30 in Room 8 at the convention center. After a slide presentation, DST president Chuck Terceira and prototype painter Brian Felgar will discuss what’s coming up for the long-running 2-inch Minimates mini-figure line and the 4-inch Vinimates vinyl line, including more Aliens, Predator, Gotham, and the reveal of Marvel Animated Minimates Series 3. Marketing supervisor Zach Oat will moderate the Q&A, and give out prizes for the best questions!

Then, on Sunday, July 24, DST will present “Inside DST: Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Marvel & More” from 3:00 to 4:00 in Room 24ABC. DST sculptor Eli Livingston and prototype painter Jason Wires will discuss upcoming action figures, statues, ships and banks from Star Trek, Gotham, Marvel, Justice League and more, and a slideshow of upcoming product will showcase unreleased items. Once again, DSTZach will moderate the Q&A and award prizes!

And in addition to the long list of exclusives that will be available at DST’s booth #2607 – including products based on Marvel, DC, Ghostbusters and Star Trek – there will also be two DST items on sale at the Entertainment Earth/Toys”R”Us booth, #2343. One is a marshmallow-covered Ghostbusters Select Ray Stanz figure, the companion to our Peter Venkman, and the other is an exclusive two-pack of Muppets Minimates, Kermit and Miss Piggy, in formal wear!

See you on the show floor! Next stop: New York Comic-Con!

 

SDCC 2015: DARK HORSE TAKES HOME MULTIPLE EISNER AWARDS

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DARK HORSE WINS FOUR EISNER AWARDS PLUS ONE SHARED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—This year at the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Dark Horse Comics was honored with awards for Best Single Issue, Best U.S. Edition of International Material, Best Writer, Best Coloring, and Best Lettering.

Dark Horse was awarded the largest number of Eisners in 2015, with four wins plus one shared.

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson

Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido

Best Writer: Gene Luen Yang, Avatar: The Last Airbender (Dark Horse), The Shadow Hero (First Second)

Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, Hellboy in Hell, B.P.R.D., Abe Sapien, Baltimore, Lobster Johnson, Witchfinder, The Shaolin Cowboy, Aliens: Fire and Stone, Dark Horse Presents

Best Lettering: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist

Congratulations to all the Eisner winners and nominees for 2015!

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

IDW GAMES TO ADAPT TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES INTO BIG BOX ADVENTURE BOARD GAME!

IDW GAMES TO ADAPT TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES INTO BIG BOX ADVENTURE BOARD GAME!
TMNT CO-CREATOR KEVIN EASTMAN AND DESIGNER KEVIN WILSON ON BOARD FOR LANDMARK GAME
San Diego, CA (July 11, 2015) – Today, IDW Games announced a big box Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesadventure game complete with sculpted miniatures that is going to shell shock gamers. Debuting in early 2016, the game will let players step into the roles of their favorite Turtle or ultimate villain, Shredder. Designed by Kevin Wilson with input from IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creative team, franchise co-creator Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz, the game will be available in a standard and special limited-edition format, featuring artwork by Eastman.“I’m so excited to participate in this game!” said TMNT co-creator, Kevin Eastman. “Working with IDW on their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics has been amazing, and now to get the chance to go even deeper into the story and have fans play out key moments from the series for themselves is something that’s really going to blow people away.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past will be a scenario-driven campaign game that features story content from the hit ongoing IDW comic. Two to five players will battle their way through a series of 60-90 minute missions where players develop their characters strengths, fighting styles, and equipment along the way to create a lasting story arc. Fan-favorite characters like Casey Jones and Alopex will appear throughout the missions, as the Turtles call on their closest allies for help in battling their deadliest foes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has 30 years of history, and we plan on tapping into all of it with this game,” said IDW’s Director of Business Development, Jerry Bennington. “Whether you’ve been a fan since the beginning or you’re just starting to realize how special these characters are, this game is a great way to dive into the sewers and start exploring!”

Expect to see plenty of overlap between the ongoing comic and the board game as game previews and exclusive content begin to show up in the back of the hit ongoing series. Contributions from the creative staff of IDW’s hit TMNT comic will make this board game come alive in ways not seen in past adventuring games. From expansions based on different micro-series and ongoing events, to character expansions featuring IDW’s awesome line-up of heroes, mutants, and miscreants, the turtles have never been more ready for adventure!

For a more in-depth preview visit http://www.idwgames.com/TMNT, “like” facebook.com/idwgames and follow @idwgames for more updates and spoilers.

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About IDW Games
IDW Games publishes both creator-owned and licensed tabletop games. The division was launched in 2014 and has quickly found success with one of the top-selling card games of the year with the Japanese import card game 
Machi Koro. IDW Games offers a mix of popular licensed games such as The X-Files and CHEW as well as strategic hobby games such asTammany Hall and Yedo.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Disney’s classic characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Zombies vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal. 

IDW Entertainment was started in 2014 to fund, develop, and oversee brand extensions across IDW Publishing’s portfolio of comics and graphic novels for the global television market. IDW Entertainment is currently in development with a slate of properties for television including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V Wars, by New York Times Best Seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (Dexter, Smallville); Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle); and many others.

SDCC ’15: Titan To Publish Creator-Owned Series, Bloodthirsty!

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SDCC ’15: Titan To Publish New Creator-Owned Series, Bloodthirsty! 

 

​(San Diego, USA, Friday July 10) Titan Comics were thrilled to announce they will publish Bloodthirsty; a visceral revenge thriller that merges the real-world hopes and horrors of a post-disaster community with an engaging thread of political corruption, class divide and blood-curdling terror! The series was announced during the SDCC 2015 Diamond retailer presentation this ​Friday​

.From Louisiana native and Disney screenwriter Mark Landry, Bloodthirsty is illustrated by Interview With The Vampire artistAshley Marie Witter, and has received public support from none other than superstar artist Georges Jeanty (Serenity, Buffy The Vampire Slayer). The giant-sized issue #1 comes with two covers to collect, one of these is created by Star Wars cover artist Nick Runge.

Haunted by the catastrophe that tore his city apart ten years ago, Coast Guard veteran, Virgil Lafleur, struggles daily with the hardships of a post-Katrina New Orleans. But when his younger brother’s murder leads him into a vortex of intrigue, corruption, and violence, Virgil becomes obsessed with bringing the killers to justice and exposing the horrific secret hiding beneath the Mississippi.

Bloodthirsty #1 hits comic stores in September and will be available digitally to read on your digital devices.

Retailers can order now from ​ the​ August ​edition of PREVIEWS

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IDW Publishing Brings Home Three Eisner Awards At The 2015 Ceremony!

IDW Publishing Brings Home Three Eisner Awards At The 2015 Ceremony!

San Diego, CA (July 11, 2015) – The annual award ceremony held during San Diego Comic-Con International wrapped its 2015 celebration on Friday night honoring IDW with three awards! With 11 nominations, IDW, The Library of American Comics, and Top Shelf Productions would like to thank the judges and the voters of this year’s Awards.

Winning the award for Best Limited Series was the captivating series Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland fromEric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. This marks Rodriguez’s first, much-deserved Eisner Award.

For the fifth year in a row IDW’s landmark Artist’s Edition series was awarded the Best Archival Collection/ Project – Comic Books Eisner Award for the Steranko Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition. Spearheaded by IDW Special Projects Director, Scott Dunbier this groundbreaking format continues to highlight acclaimed creators’ original artwork.

Rounding out the Genius trilogy of in-depth looks into the life and work of Alex Toth, Genius Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth edited by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell, won Best Comics-Related Book!

“We’re once again honored and thrilled by the Eisner Award recognition,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “As with every year, our books are nominated against many other worthy contenders and anything like the Eisner Awards puts so much more attention on the great books being produced across all levels of comics, as well as the inventive, talented creators who make those books, is a great thing.”

The Eisner Awards judges selected six individuals to be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2015, one of which was John Byrne. “Just as John Byrne was honored to be admitted to the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, I was similarly honored to accept on his behalf,” said Ryall. “John’s four decades in comics has inspired both storylines of immensely popular movies as well as legions of comic readers and creators, and I look forward to him continuing his creative with IDW.”

Thank you once again, to the judges and congratulations to all of the nominees and winners at this year’s awards!

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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Disney’s classic characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Zombies vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, and Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal. 

IDW Entertainment was started in 2014 to fund, develop, and oversee brand extensions across IDW Publishing’s portfolio of comics and graphic novels for the global television market. IDW Entertainment is currently in development with a slate of properties for television including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V Wars, by New York Times Best Seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (Dexter, Smallville); Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle); and many others.

THE ACTIONVERSE HAS ARRIVED

THE ACTIONVERSE HAS ARRIVED

Action Lab debuts it’s new imprint with a crossover of top superhero characters

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Pittsburgh, PA – The superhero has been a mainstay of comic books since 1938 and is synonymous with wall crawlers, dark knights, and other four color characters. This Halloween, Action Lab Entertainment presents its first ever superhero crossover, ACTIONVERSE, which also doubles as a new branding initiative for it’s creator owned superheroes.

 “We’d been sort of talking about it before San Diego last year and I loved the idea; It just seemed like a natural match,” said MOLLY DANGER creator, Jamal Igle. “The idea of having Molly Danger, Midnight Tiger and Stray all connected as characters came out organically. They compliment each other as characters and at the same time bring different elements of the traditional superhero dynamic to the story.” When asked about how four different creators could pull a story like this together, Igle said, “A lot of it has to do with the relationships I have with Vito, Sean, and Ray, and over the course of our planning, we’ve created a history between Molly and Rodney Weller that goes back years to his sidekick days. It’s been a lot of fun to put together.”
HALLOWEEN COMICFEST: ACTIONVERSE begins with a preview of the Actionverse mini-series with a story done by Igle (MOLLY DANGER), Vito Delsante and Sean Izaakse (STRAY) and Ray-Anthony Height (MIDNIGHT TIGER). This story will be fully available in November.

“Actionverse #0 gives the fans such a great snapshot of how the lives of Molly Danger, Stray, and Midnight Tiger intersect both in the past and the present,” said MIDNIGHT TIGER creator, Ray-Anthony Height. “Some very juicy backstory will be laid down in this issue. The fact that these heroes operate within the same universe will get fans of all three characters pumped for the entire event while opening the door for several superpowered characters from Action Lab’s other titles.”

 “Working so closely with such talented and passionate creators that have put so much love and heart into these characters that is just inspiring and so much fun,” said STRAY co-creator, Sean Izaakse. “It’s basically like creating works of art with friends who feel like you do. Not to mention it’s a blast getting to draw these characters, and seeing how they interact and form relationships has been a blast to develop and I think everyone, from fans of the individual titles as well as newcomers of all ages, will love them.”
HALLOWEEN COMICFEST: ACTIONVERSE also previews a new all-ages comic book called, ACTION LAB: DOG OF WONDER, written by Delsante and newcomer, Scott Fogg. In the vein of HERO CATS, ACTION LAB will focus on dogs, specifically, the Labrador retriever in the company’s logo!

“ACTION LAB: DOG OF WONDER is not only unlike anything else in the diverse and thrilling Actionverse line-up, it’s unlike anything else on the rack!” exclaimed series co-writer, Scott Fogg. “It’s the family-friendly tale of Percy and his league of misfit dogs as they seek to rescue innocent dogs who have been wrongly imprisoned. One part Scarlet Pimpernel, one part Looney Tunes cartoon, it has something for everybody.” He added, “Except cats. Cats will hate it.”

HALLOWEEN COMICFEST: ACTIONVERSE is currently available for pre-order in Diamond’s Previews catalog as one of the many ComicFest comics offered this year (JUL150017) and comes with a cover by Igle, Height and Izaakse.

ABOUT ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT- Formed in 2010 with the purpose of pooling their collective talents into a single, powerful entity, the members of Action Lab Entertainment have countless years in multimedia publishing, design, and business.  Their first release, Fracture, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and since then they have continued their mission to produce high quality, genre-spanning entertainment.  Since its formation, the accolades for A.L.E continue to build on a daily basis.  Among its more popular titles are all ages material like the Eisner, Glyph, Shel Dorf Award nominated series PRINCELESS, NFL RUSHZONE (based on the Nickelodeon Television series), Jamal Igle’s MOLLY DANGER, Artist/ Writer Jeremy Dale’s hit series SKYWARD, and Gayle Middleton’s (My Little Pony, The Littlest Pet Shop) monstrously adorable VAMPLETS. Action Lab’s Mature Readers imprint ACTION LAB DANGER ZONE continues to push the envelope of comics entertainment with titles as varied as Charles Band’s PUPPET MASTER and Dan Mendoza’s over the top horror-comedy ZOMBIE TRAMP, THE FINAL PLAGUE and BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA.

SDCC 2015: ‘THE ART OF MIRROR’S EDGE’ COMES TO DARK HORSE

GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF ‘MIRROR’S EDGE CATALYST’ IN A NEW COMPREHENSIVE ART BOOK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Hot on the heels of an incredible E3 2015, DICE and Dark Horse are set to give Mirror’s Edge™ Catalyst fans the inside track on the artistry and skill on display in the game.

Set for release on February 23, 2016—the same release day as Mirror’s Edge CatalystThe Art of Mirror’s Edge will take fans on a behind-the-scenes journey into the richly detailed yet minimalist totalitarian futuristic universe of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst with this oversized hardcover art book. Each glossy page includes some never before seen art, commentary, and insight from the creators of the game. See the concepts behind Faith and her world take shape.

From free running up the tallest skyscrapers to delving into the secrets of the city of Glass, both fans and newcomers alike won’t want to miss this beautiful art book experience.

The Art of Mirror’s Edge
$39.99, 978-1-61655-911-3
On sale February 23, 2016
Preorder now on Amazon.com

ALSO AVAILABLE
Mirror’s Edge: Exordium #1
Christofer Emgård (W) Mattias Häggström, Robert Sammelin, Henrik Sahlström, Eric Persson (A)
Robert Sammelin (Cover)
$3.99, 32 pages
On sale September 9

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

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