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.

Marvel Announces Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleword Box Set Slipcase

Marvel Comics is inviting fans to revisit the classic Secret Wars stories with the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld Box Set Slipcase, as the new Secret Wars event gets ready to kick off in 2015. The box set contains 11 hardcovers, spanning the history of one of Marvel’s most famous events.

The limited box sets will be released in June 2015, and come with a full-size poster of Alex Ross’s rendition of the cover to Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1!

“Our Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set was a huge hit with fans and retailers, selling out almost instantaneously. We knew we had to follow that up with something big,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Not only do you get the entire history of Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars along with a complete hardcover jam packed with extras and bonus material, but they are all presented in one of the most stunning packages we’ve ever produced.”

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Here’s the complete contents of the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld Box Set Slipcase, provided by Marvel:

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MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD BOX SET SLIPCASE is only available in extremely limited quantities, so don’t miss your chance to own a piece of Marvel history. This slipcase will arrive at local comic shops in June 2015 containing the following volumes:

MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS: TO BATTLEWORLD AND BACK PREMIERE HC
334 pgs. – collecting Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #251–252, Incredible Hulk (1968) #294-295, Iron Man (1968) #181-182, Thing (1983) #10, Uncanny X-Men (1981) #180-181, Captain America (1968) #292, Avengers (1963) #242-243, Thor (1966) #341 and material from Fantastic Four (1961) #265

MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS PREMIERE HC
328 pgs. – collecting Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-12

THING: BATTLEWORLD PREMIERE HC
328 pgs. – collecting Thing (1983) #11-22, and Fantastic Four (1963) #274 and #277

SECRET WARS II VOL. 1 PREMIERE HC
280 pgs. – collecting Secret Wars II #1-3, New Mutants (1983) #30, Captain America (1968) #308, Uncanny X-Men (1981) #196, Iron Man (1968) #197, Web of Spider-Man (1985) #6, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #268, Fantastic Four (1961) #282 and Avengers (1963) #260. 

SECRET WARS II VOL. 2 PREMIERE HC
296 pgs. – collecting Secret Wars II #4-6, Daredevil (1964) #223, Incredible Hulk (1968) #312, Alpha Flight (1983) #28, Dazzler #40, Avengers (1963) #261, Thing (1983) #30, Doctor Strange (1974) #74, Fantastic Four (1961) #285 and Cloak & Dagger (1985) #4

SECRET WARS II VOL. 3 PREMIERE HC
296 pgs. – collecting Secret Wars II #7-8, Power Pack (1984) #18, Thor (1966) #363, Power Man & Iron Fist #121, New Mutants (1983) #36-37, New Defenders #152, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #273, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #111 and Uncanny X-Men (1981) #202

SECRET WARS II VOL. 4 PREMIERE HC
288 pgs. – collecting Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #274, Avengers (1963) #265-266, Uncanny X-Men (1981) #203, and Fantastic Four (1961) #288 and#316-319

SECRET WAR PREMIERE HC
344 pgs. – collecting New Avengers: Illuminati (2007) #3, Secret War #1-5, Pulse #6-9 and Secret War: From the Files of Nick Fury

BEYOND THE SECRET WARS PREMIERE HC
352 pgs. – collecting Beyond! #1-6, Spider-Man & The Secret Wars #1-4, What IF? (1989) #4 and #114, What If? Secret Wars, and Venom/Deadpool: What If?

MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS: BEHIND THE SCENES PREMIERE HC
360 pgs. – The secrets behind the Secret Wars! Discover everything you ever wanted to know — and more — about Marvel’s history of covert combats in this compendious collection of bonus content and special features for MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS, SECRET WARS II, SECRET WAR, BEYOND! and more! From original art to design sketches to posters to MARVEL AGE articles to OFFICIAL HANDBOOK entries to alternate and reprint covers — if this volume doesn’t have it, you don’t need it! See Mike Zeck’s original pencils for MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #1, and the original version of SECRET WARS II #1 by Sal Buscema! Learn about the shield-slinging, secret-swapping action-figure line that tied in with the comic! Savor a gallery of rarities from Marvel UK! And prepare to get nostalgic as we shine a spotlight on the original epic, thirty years on! 

MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS ALEX ROSS POSTER

Hardcover: 3,568 pages

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-7851-9751-5

On Sale June 2015!

Masters Comic Cast 03: Fan Mail

Welcome to the episode 03 of Masters Comic Cast! The monthly podcast about all the Masters of the Universe comics in 2012!
This time the gang are discussing Fan Mail and are down one co-host with Jukka not being able to keep the peace.
Will chaos prevail?
Enjoy the show!
In this episode you have the usual roaster of Rob from AlternativeMindz, (In Spirit)  Jukka from Scrolls of Eternia and Joe from Joe Amato Custom Creations! Follow them on twitter @AltMindz, @ToonJukka and @JoeAmato2!
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NYCC 2011:It Gets Better: With Comics

By Cass Pineda

Speakers: Charles “Zan” Christiansen, Chris Shoemaker, Daniel Ketchum, Ivan Velez Jr., Jackson Martin, Rica Takashima

 

I was excited to see this event on the schedule, and I would do just about anything to make sure I was there to hear what was sure to be an important discussion about queer representation in comics and the importance of the medium to members of the queer community. I was not disappointed.

GeeksOUT.org, an outreach program dedicated to the queer comic-loving community, had a strong presence at the panel, outlining their mission and emphasizing what people like me (and you) can do to help at risk-teens. They were lead by Charles Christiansen, founder of Prism Comics and writer of The Power Within. Marvel Associate Editor Daniel Ketchum was also present, helping to illustrate the history of queer characters in comics. Creator of the semi-autobiographical manga Rica ‘tte Kanji!? Rica Takashima was there to put in her two cents as an author with stories centered around queer characters. They were joined by Ivan Velez Jr. of Tales of the Closet Ivan Velez Jr., along with NYPL Associate and Anti-Prom organizer Jackson Martin; moderated by Chris Shoemaker, the Young Adult Programming Specialist at the New York Public Library, it was a room with a friendly, jovial atmosphere, and for the first time in a long while I felt myself surrounded by people I could really relate to.

The first topic brought up concerned the increasing visibility of queer characters in comics, which is related to the increasing visibility of comics in general, resulting from the growing availability of media. The history of queer representation in comics is a rocky one, beginning with hyper-stereotyped, flamboyantly gay characters, though the same could be said of any minority that has found themselves within the pages of a comic book. This is where Ketchum jumped in, pointing out that Marvel has had a long history of diversity in their titles, beginning as far back as the X-Men, which some interpret as a gay or queer narrative. It isn’t difficult to see why: the X-Men are mutants, born with strange powers that set them apart from the “normal” people around them, often resulting in their persecution and mistreatment.

Marvel continues that pattern today. One of their recent series, Runaways, has a leading lady who happens to be a lesbian, Carolina. She discovers she is actually descendent from a race of aliens, and must cope with her extraterrestrial origins as well as her own emerging sexuality. Carolina struggles with something many teens also face, often without support groups to help them through it: am I normal?

A good point brought up by the panel following this line is that an important part of representing the LGBTQ community is reminding the audience that we are not “the other.” It is also important to reassure at-risk youth who are dealing with finding themselves that they are not alone, and that things really do get better.

Shoemaker and Martin expounded on the importance of libraries in reaching out to kids. Stories as tools are important, since people open up comics or novels and see themselves, or the people they want to be, written on those pages. Manga has become a growing trend in the states, and a force capable of convincing kids who normally wouldn’t be reading to come into libraries. Unfortunately, library books tend to be stolen or lost, and as funding is cut for critical programs across the country, many communities can’t afford to restock. But, like a caped crusader sweeping in with an ear-blasting sound effect, Christiansen is here to save the day: people can send messages to ThePowerWithin.org, where they will donate books to libraries and youth groups for free.

Of course, they can’t do it without help from readers, comic-lovers, LGBTQ communities and their allies. GeeksOUT.org organizes many events and outreach programs in New York City, and are open to donations to help fund them. You can find them, as well as ThePowerWithin.org, on Facebook, and learn how you can be involved. Don’t be afraid to also look closer to home, in community centers, GSA clubs at local schools, or, of course, donate to your own nearby library.

While the LGBTQ community grows, so do LGBTQ characters in comics. While in mainstream comics the ratio is still dismally low, independent publishers and authors provide the representations that at-risk youth (and even at-risk adults) and their allies yearn to see. Comics hosted on the internet are almost infinite, but with some searching, you can find a few gems. The panel assured us that the days of equality are coming; Ketchum even jested that he would like to see an “It Gets Better” campaign starring the Avengers, who in no small way have helped to bring comics to the fore of pop culture. Young and old alike can look up to these heroes and there is potential to spread positive, hopeful messages to those who really need it. Whether you hear it from all-powerful Thor, your family, your friends, or community leaders, there is a glimmer of hope and belonging when someone tells you that it really does get better.