Dark Horse Comics Single Issues Comes To ComiXology & Amazon Kindle Store

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ComiXology and Kindle release all Dark Horse books same-day-as-print

More than 2,000 Dark Horse Comics single issues are now available on comiXology and Amazon Kindle Store including Fight Club 2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tomb Raider, The Witcher, Plants vs. Zombies, Halo, The Goon, Archie vs. Predator, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and B.P.R.D. and more!

October 7th, 2015 – New York, NY / Portland, OR – Today Dark Horse Comics, comiXology and Amazon announced an agreement to bring the full catalog of Dark Horse Comics’ single issues to the comiXology platform and Amazon’s Kindle StoreNow, all Dark Horse Comics’ digital single issues will be available on comiXology and the Kindle Store the same-day-as-print versions arrive in comic shops.

This past June, comiXology and Dark Horse Comics announced an agreement to bring Dark Horse’s collections, graphic novels and manga to comiXology. As of today, Dark Horse Comics’ full digital catalog is now available on both comiXology and Amazon’s Kindle Store.

“We launched our graphic novel catalog through comiXology last June and the sales have been incredible,” noted Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.  “Now readers will have full access to our monthly comics for the first time ever and comiXology will never be out of stock on your favorite Dark Horse titles.”

“This is huge,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “Our fans were thrilled when we added Dark Horse Comics on comiXology earlier this year. I’m very excited that we’re now able to offer new releases the same-day-as-print and the incredible Dark Horse Comics catalog of back issues to readers through both comiXology and Amazon’s Kindle Store.”

More than 2,000 single issues launched today on comiXology and Amazon’s Kindle Store from Dark Horse Comics, including Fight Club 2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tomb Raider, The Witcher, Plants vs. Zombies, Halo, The Goon, Archie vs. Predator, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and B.P.R.D. and more!

The Kindle Store gives readers access to millions of books on the most popular devices and platforms, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, iOS, Android and more.

With over 75,000 comics, graphic novels and manga from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience make it the best digital platform for comic fans worldwide.

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 Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The MaskGhostXand Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanTomb RaiderHalo,The Witcher, SerenityGame of Thrones,and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

About comiXology
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit www.comixology.com.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Interview with Amber Benson at Midtown Comics

By Steven Biscotti

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With snow still on the ground and temperatures in the thirties, to wait online for Amber Benson you’d need to wear gloves, a hat, and a scarf.  However, once a few feet away from the actress it would seem as if you were completely overdressed.

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Benson, famous for her role as Tara Maclay on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, radiates warmth.  She’s sweet, friendly, and completely adorable as the adjective seemed to be the word of the day.  These are just a few things learned from today’s signing at Midtown Comics downtown location in New York City.

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The Witches of Echo Park released this past week on January 6th and has created a bit of a whirlwind tour for Ms. Benson.  Arriving in New York City  after a signing at Chicago’s Challengers comic book store, Benson survives off a steady supply of coffee.

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“Sorry for the awful coffee breath.  I’ve been downing cappuccino’s like no one’s business” she says in between signing a copy of her book and taking a picture with a fan.  She actually endlessly apologizes for the coffee breath (it wasn’t noticeable) yet no one seems to mind.  After all, for some, this is a dream come true.  New York 7th graders, Molly, Arianna, and Emily have been longtime Buffy fans.  “I’ve loved Buffy from the show.  I’ve read all the comics and I enjoy the fan fiction” says Molly while she waits with her mother.  Molly has read an excerpt from The Witches of Echo Park  and is excited to read the entire novel when she’s not busy with school.
When it’s her turn to meet Amber Benson she giddily approaches the actress/author/director and tells her of how much a fan she is.  Benson is extraordinarily gracious and responds well to the “adorable girl” as the word is used to describe not just her, but so many on line.

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She has a picture taken with her, along with one that is promised to be published on Penguin’s Twitter.  Before the friendly exchange is over, Benson kindly warns Molly’s mother in regards to a mid story sex scene that should be skipped over.  She then jokingly yet genuinely finds the passage in The Witches of Echo Park and marks it for her.

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As it was just Amber Benson’s birthday a few days ago (January 8th), some fans bring belated gifts, but nearly all bring appreciative fandom for the hardest working an overachieving Buffy alum.

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Not one person goes unnoticed by Benson as she generously and graciously spends time with each fan.  Both young and old leave rewarded for their wait which results in the signing running over its scheduled 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. time frame.

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Afterwards, in speaking with Ms. Benson, we find an extraordinarily down to earth and completely approachable talent who is as real as they come.

Alternative Mindz:  The Witches of Echo Park released this week.  What has your experience and response been from the fans as you’ve promoted your book?

Amber Benson:  There was a lot of adorableness.  [Did you see] that little girl with the button, and her mom?  [Referring to Molly]  That makes me so happy [when I see] people finding each other over that show.  It’s a t.v. show yet it transcends somehow.  It’s mind blowing.  You make stuff in a vacuum and then you step out into the real world and you’re like “Woah, this has an impact on people.  This is crazy.”  You know, it’s kind of a hodgepodge.  First of all it’s been sort of like a whirlwind so it all sort of blends together.  I feel like I was in one giant signing that’s lasted for 72 hours.  But I have to say the highlight of it has been this little girl [named] Molly that came through, who’s 12, and she was just so excited.  Just to see that excitement on someone’s face; to see that what you do has an impact [and] whether it’s a book like The Witches of Echo Park, which I had to dog-ear the scene that has the naughty bits in it so her mom could make sure that she doesn’t read that part, it’s not integral to the plot; a little bit [maybe] but she doesn’t need it.  She’ll be fine.  It’s moments like that that when you meet fans who are just smitten with the show or smitten with something that you’ve done;  it just makes you feel like you’ve had an impact on the world.

Alternative Mindz:  During an AMA you had on reddit a few days ago, you described Witches as “naughty, smart ladies.”  Would you care to elaborate on that?

Amber Benson:  (Laughs) It sounds like a porn site; a porn site for librarians.  I wanted to write a book, “The Witches of Echo Park” is sort of my mash note to my neighborhood where I live in Echo Park, Los Angeles which is super magical and wonderful and also sort of a mash note to the women in my life.  I have all these amazing, intelligent, thoughtful, empathetic, compassionate women in my life who are like my rocks and my support system and without them I don’t think I would make it through.  You need those people in your life and so I wanted to write about those relationships and how important they were to me.  So those were the intelligent ladies.  The naughty stuff is that there might be some sex scenes in the book. There might.  And by there might, there are.

Alternative Mindz:  Have you found a particular aspect, possibly the naughty or smart ladies, that fans and newcomers have been responding to?

Amber Benson:  People seem to be excited about the magical realism aspects of the book [and] because I didn’t want to do something that was just supernatural [with] crazy fighting ladies, I wanted to do something that had more of a magical realism quality to it.  More of like a “Practical Magic” or like a Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but mix it with urban fantasy so that I’m doing a hodgepodge hybrid of the genre because we have so much of that first person, women kicking butt, and they’re wonderful and I love those books, but I wanted to change the genre up a little.  That’s why I decided to do this and I think that’s what people are connecting to; that sort of aspect, the real quality of these women and their relationships, and the witchcraft and the magic.

Alternative Mindz:  Buffy was well established for much of the same qualities.  Have you found your relationships with the crew, writers, and Joss Whedon from your time on Buffy being influential in your writing career?

Amber Benson:  I think it would be impossible not to have been heavily influenced by my time on “Buffy.”  The writing was so stellar, so beautifully done, so smart, so funny and snarky, and the characters!  There was a character for everybody.  The archetypal aspects of the show are amazing because you could find someone who you could click with.  Shy?  Feel a little like you don’t fit in? You’re Tara.  Angry?  Want to suck a little blood?  You’re Spike, but in all seriousness, I think everything you do creatively in the world, whatever you experience in this world, impacts your creative process.

Alternative Mindz:  There is currently a campaign on Indiegogo for a film you’ve directed, “Shevenge.”

Amber Benson: Yes, we’ll be done in a few days and we are raising money to finish it.  It’s a lot of ladies involved in the project; the women that came up with the concept, that star in it, I directed it, a lot of our crew were women and our producers our women.  We just wanted to do something fun and girl centric so that’s “Shevenge.”

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It’s [a] dark action comedy about three girls who may or may not be getting revenge on their bad boyfriends.

Alternative Minds:  If you visit the campaign on Indiegogo for “Shevenge” you’ll find different perk levels for those that donate x amount to the film; the top perk being “The Amber Benson Level.”  Did you come up with that?

Amber Benson:  Megan Lee Joy, one of the producers and actresses came up with a lot of that stuff so I have to take my hat off to her.  The Amber Benson level – nobody wants to get on The Amber Benson Level.  It’s 12 year old potty humor level.  That’s really what it is.

Alternative Mindz:  I have to say I feel like I’ve been scooped with some really great questions today.  You’ve had people ask some pretty interesting ones that go beyond the standard “What was it like kissing Alyson Hannigan?”  You also had some pretty great ones on that AMA session on reddit.

Amber Benson:  I love the wild, awesome questions.  I didn’t want it to be a boring AMA.  I wanted it to be special and fun and I think I accomplished that.  I think my fans, who are amazing; I have to say the Buffy fans are probably the best around.  They are dedicated, and they are smart, and we were really blessed to have the people that we’ve had involved in the show and the people that love the show.  It’s just a good group all around.

This nice guy Daniel that came through [to the signing] he was like “So, uh, I saw like you’ve been getting all these questions and I just wanted to ask you what question do you want to get asked? “  And I was like “Huh, that’s great because no one ever asked me that so I wanted to know what kind of yogurt I liked.  No one ever asked me what kind of yogurt I like so he was like “What kind of yogurt do you like?” I like peanut butter.  I like peanut butter yogurt.

Alternative Mindz:  Josh Horowitz of MTV News interviewed Nathan Fillion during Joss Whedon’s rendition of “Much Ado About Nothing” a few years ago.  He demonstrated his guide to hugging.  If you look that up, you’ll find in the comments that a user mentioned “Amber Benson gives good ones, too.”  There’s been a lot of hugging here today so I thought I should ask what you’re technique is?

Amber Benson:  If I could give as good a hug as Nathan Fillion, then I am doing a good job because that man knows how to hug.  You know, you just have to hug with love.  If you hug with love, love just conquers all.  You have to give a good grab around the shoulders and lots of love.  That was really embarrassing what I just said.  (laughs)

Alternative Mindz:  That was possibly the best thing I’ve heard in 2015.

Amber Benson:  It’s been a very short 2015. (laughs)

Alternative Mindz:  I normally like to finish up by asking “So, what’cha reading?”  But instead I thought it’d be interesting to alternatively ask why you think others should respond with The Witches of Echo Park when asked what they’re reading.

Amber Benson:  The last thing I read was “1Q84” (*One Question 84).  The [Haruki] Murakami book.  That was the last thing that I read and that’s a big mother of a book and it’s really quite wonderful.   And the reason people should read “The Witches of Echo Park” is that they’re going to get lost in a magical world.  You just get sucked in and I’m all about atmosphere.  I want people to just be lost; I want them to step into the world and spend the rest of the book going “Is this place real?  Wait, is this place real?” and looking it up online.  The best comment I got was from my ex-boyfriend Adam Busch’s dad, who is a proofreader for me for the books.  He said, and this was the best comment I got – “I spent half the book stopping and looking stuff up on google to see which place was real vs which places you had made up.  Because I want to go there!”  So I want people to just get lost in a good book and enjoy “Echo Park” and its magic.

With a few closing words on love and of how much Midtown Comics and her past signings have been filled with love, we part ways.  Amber Benson thanks Alternative Mindz for taking some time to spend with her at her signing for The Witches of Echo Park.  If you haven’t read her current book, it’s available now.

To order Amber Benson’s book go down to the links below.

Amazon: http://bit.ly/TWOEP_Amazon 
Murder by the Book: http://bit.ly/TWOEP_MurderByTheBook  
Mysterious Galaxy: http://bit.ly/TWOEP_MysteriousGalaxy
Indiebound: http://bit.ly/TWOEP_Indiebound

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DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES THE BIGGEST FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EVER!

FOUR GREAT STORIES, TWO AMAZING BOOKS,

ONE HECK OF A SATURDAY!

 

Dark Horse rolls out the announcement of all four titles that will be featured in two different comics to be given away to thousands of fans on May 5, 2012.

First comes a special flip book featuring both Felicia Day’s gaming web series turned comic, The Guild, and Dark Horse’s best-selling comics continuation of Joss Whedon’s iconic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Buffy has never needed a vacation as badly as she does now, with the world overrun with zompires and other fallout from Season 8. After an old friend suggests a relaxing getaway from all things that go bump in the night, it turns out to be harder than she could ever expect for a Slayer to get a day off!

Felicia Day, creator of The Guild, continues to bring on the funny with high jinks from her diverse group of gamers when the Guildies struggle to find a meeting place they can all agree on. A little in-game battle becomes the deciding factor, and the circle follows the decree of the winner: the beach?!

Next up is one of the biggest flip books we’ve ever published, when Zack Whedon brings you tales of the coolest guy in the galaxy and the most charming rebel in the ’verse! That’s right; we’ve paired Star Wars with Joss Whedon’s Serenity! 

Han Solo and Chewbacca have a falling-out after a deal with their slickest—and shadiest—customer goes bad. But when the client gets designs on the Millennium Falcon, Han and Chewie present a united front that can’t be beat!

Meanwhile, Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds is no stranger to jobs gone wrong himself. But when the chips are down, he’s able to rely on the amazing, odd, and diversely talented crew of Serenity.

Dark Horse Free Comic Book Day 2012: Four great stories for the price of, well, none!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine #3 “Firefall Part III” review

By Juan C Pineda

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine #3 “Firefall Part III”
Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Michelle Madsen

I like Joss Whedon’s work. I may even consider myself  a Joss Whedon fan…wait, is there a name for Whedon fans? Whedoners? Whedonites? Whedonoes? Either way, I would faithfully run home to watch “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” on Mondays and then Tuesdays nights on the WB and loyally jumped to the UPN when Buffy switched networks. Life was difficult before DVRs, my friend. But when the series ended after seven seasons in 2003, I didn’t keep up with the Scoobies in comic book form, despite the fact Dark Horse had been publishing BtVS comics since 1998. Fortunately for ardcore…Whedonists…Dark Horse continued the TV show in a comic book series they called “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight”, providing the further adventures of Buffy, Dawn, Xander, Willow and others. It picked up where the TV show ended in stories that can be considered canon, because fans love it when things are officially canon.
But somehow I missed all 40 issues. I am not making a strong case for myself as a…Whedonologist.
Lucky for me, Dark Horse is still creating Buffy comics in a new series called “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine” and now I can find out what has happened to my favorite slayer family since the end
of the TV series. Let’s see what I can gather from reading “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine” #3 “Firefall, Part III”…magic is gone from the world because Buffy destroyed something called the Seed in Season 8, therefore Willow is powerless as are all the other slayers and they all hate Buffy. Xander and Dawn are now romantically together. Buffy is continuing to slay vampires but this attracts the attention of the San Francisco Police and now she is a wanted fugitive and no one is willing to hide her. Wait! What? Xander and Dawn are now together? Ew. I missed a lot. So Buffy has to slay vampires in a world where vampires are cool (thanks Twilight!) and people are volunteering to become fanged. But
with the lack of magic, the newly sired vampires are more vicious, so Buffy calls a Scooby Gang meeting to figure out how to deal with the consequences of her actions from Season Eight. Although Buffy may now be alone, she may get help from Severin an enigmatic dude with seemingly magical powers.
Oh and look, Spike is here too. He hears that someone is going after Buffy…really Spike? That shouldn’t be news to you.
BtVS:S9 #3 did a good job of bringing me up to speed on the status of the Buffyverse, color me intrigued. The story, despite it being part 3 of a 4 part storyline, is a good jumping on point for those familiar
with the TV show. The dialogue could have easily been filled with exposition but it flows. Sometimes it reaches for that familiar Whedon trademark of quick quips and witty banter, however writer Andrew
Chambliss (Dollhouse, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Vampire Diaries) keeps his own voice and is able to keep a good rhythm throughout the issue.

Handpicked by Joss Whedon, Artist Georges Jeanty has been working on Buffy since Season Eight, so his likenesses of the characters are spot on to their TV counterparts. This is especially important to a licensed property and it added to my enjoyment of reading the series. This particular issue didn’t have any fight scenes so I can’t comment on how he handles those but for a story where it’s mostly people
talking, Georges did an excellent job of storytelling.
So for me, a Whedontot and a Buffy fan, I was intrigued and entertained to see how Buffy had been doing (not so good actually, life is rough for her, as usual) Season Nine is set to run 25 issues so get in on it while it’s still early. I recommend picking this up if you are a Buffy fan, it still maintains the feeling of the show. If you’re not familiar with Buffy, give it a try. She still is a strong character, fleshed out and re-boot free. Although I would probably recommend one of the trades from Season Eight so you can read a complete story arc. However if you are expecting some gratuitous T & A, move on folks…nothing to see here. So get it, read it and pass it on, if you have a friend who is a big Buffy fan but they never read Buffy comics, or comics in general, this would be a great way to introduce them to the medium.