NYCC 2015: MŒBIUS LIBRARY ARRIVES AT DARK HORSE

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NYCC 2015: MŒBIUS LIBRARY ARRIVES AT DARK HORSE

JEAN GIRAUD’S GROUNDBREAKING WORK TO BE COLLECTED IN NEW HARDCOVER VOLUMES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse is proud to announce that the library of Mœbius, one of the most influential and respected artists in the history of comics and cartooning, will arrive on store shelves in a gorgeous series of hardcover volumes available for the first time in nearly 20 years.

With a vast array of work showcasing his mastery of realist drawing, Jean Giraud—better known as Mœbius—is one of the most influential bandes dessinées cartoonists in history, with work that helped to define the landscape of science fiction and fantasy comics. His expertise was also showcased on work in film, with credits including AlienTronThe Fifth Element and more.

“As a true visionary in the comics medium, it is a pleasure to once again publish collections of Mœbius’ work,” said Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson. “His influence on contemporary comics is undeniable, and it’s a true honor to be working with Isabelle Giraud, his wife and partner, to help ensure that his legacy will continue to live on for a new generation of readers.”

More information on The Mœbius Library will be available soon.

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.

“PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES” BOXED SET COMING FROM DARK HORSE!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Just in time for Halloween, Dark Horse Comics and PopCap Games are releasing a spooktacular Plants vs. Zombies™ boxed set collecting three critically acclaimed graphic novels!

Eisner Award–winning writer Paul Tobin and artist Ron Chan deliver hilarious, action-filled zombie romps to your neighborhood as young adventurers Patrice Blazing and Nate Timely join forces with Crazy Dave to fend off several fun-dead invasions!

This deluxe boxed set includes Plants vs. ZombiesVolume 1: LawnmageddonPlants vs. ZombiesVolume 2: TimepocalypsePlants vs. Zombies Volume 3: Bully for You, and an exclusive Plants vs. Zombies double-sided poster!

In fall 2014, Dark Horse announced record sales of over 500,000 copies of Plants vs. Zombies books following multiple sold-out print runs! Tobin (Bandette) and Chan (The Guild, Husbands) take readers on original Plants vs. Zombies escapades that’ll charm the young, the old, and Crazy Dave, too!

The Plants vs. Zombies Boxed Set hits comic shops October 14 and bookstores November 3. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop or through these fine retailers:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
IndieBound

Praise for Plants vs. ZombiesLawnmageddon andTimepocalypse:

“Laugh-out-loud funny.”—IGN

“Charming, enjoyable, and wholly worthy of the Plants vs. Zombies name.”—GamesRadar

“This series would appeal to anyone who enjoyed the game and I would say this is suitable for young readers as well as old.”—How to Love Comics

Also available:

The Art of Plants vs. Zombies HC
978-1-61655-331-9 | $9.99

Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon HC
978-1-61655-192-6 | $9.99

Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse HC
978-1-61655-621-1 | $9.99

Coming soon:

Plants vs. Zombies: Bully For You HC
978-1-61655-889-5 | $9.99 | 10/28/2015

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare HC
978-1-61655-946-5 | $9.99 | 1/13/2016

DARK HORSE SET TO RELEASE “FATE/ZERO” MANGA

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Dive into the prequel to Type-Moon’s “Fate” saga!

MILWAUKIE, OR, August 26, 2015—Expanding on the hit anime, novel, and game series Fate from Type-Moon, Gen Urobuchi and Shinjiro’s Fate/Zero is a faithful manga adaptation that also offers extended scenes and never-before-seen content!

The Fourth Holy Grail War has begun, and seven mages must summon heroes from history to battle each other to the death. Only one mage-and-hero pair will remain to claim the Grail and have their wishes granted! Kiritsugu Emiya was once an assassin but now fights in this war to save the world from those who would destroy it with the Grail’s power.

Fate/Zero Volume 1 is in stores February 10, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop or through these fine retailers:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
IndieBound

Praise for Fate/Zero:

“It has dynamic, multifaceted characters, explores great philosophies and themes, and tops it off with large helpings of action. It also has the will to go deep into dark, psychological territory to improve both its characters and story.”—Kotaku

Fate/Zero has well more than enough great scenes and great dialogue . . . its strong ending does an impressive job of setting up Fate/Stay Night. As both a standalone project and a prequel, the series is an unqualified success.”—Anime News Network

Fate/Zero Volume 1
2/10/16 | $11.99 | 978-1-61655-919-9

Fate/Zero Volume 2
6/8/16 | $11.99 | 978-1-61655-954-0

DARK HORSE UNVEILS THE 2014 CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE GAME OF THRONES® ITEMS!

DARK HORSE UNVEILS THE  2014 CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE  GAME OF THRONES® ITEMS!

 MILWAUKIE, OR  – Following up on last week’s announcement of the first wave of Dark Horse’s 2014 Comic-Con exclusives comes the full slate of exclusive items based on the massively popular HBO series Game of Thrones! We have created not one, not two, but all three of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons, an exclusive new map marker, and a new shield wall plaque! These items will make their debut at Comic-Con International, when doors open to the public on July 23!

 

Game of Thrones: Convention Exclusive Bolton Map Marker

 

4″ tall hand-painted polyresin Bolton Map Marker. In Game of Thrones, we see Robb Stark plotting the movements of opposing armies using a map of Westeros and a set of map markers, each hewn into a representation of one of the house symbols. With our Map Marker Set, we have reproduced these items in their true size, using the actual props as reference. This limited-edition Bolton Map Marker is an additional piece only available at San Diego Comic-Con International.

  • Price: $25.00
  • Production Run: 1,200
  • Limit: Two per person

Game of Thrones: Convention Exclusive Lannister Shield Wall Plaque

 

Limited-edition 8″ x 5″ polyresin replica of Lannister shield. Packaged in full-color box. Includes hook for wall mounting.

  • Price: $30.00
  • Production Run: 2,300
  • Limit: Two per person

Game of Thrones: Convention Exclusive Dragon—Drogon

 

3″ tall, 6″ wingspan limited-edition pewter replica of Drogon, the black dragon commanded by Daenerys Targaryen.

  • Price: $35.00 each / $90.00 for Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion
  • Production Run: 1,250
  • Limit: Five per person

Game of Thrones: Convention Exclusive Dragon—Rhaegal

 

3″ tall, 6″ wingspan limited-edition pewter replica of Rhaegal, the emerald green and bronze dragon commanded by Daenerys Targaryen.

  • Price: $35.00 each / $90.00 for Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion
  • Production Run: 1,250
  • Limit: Five per person

Game of Thrones: Convention Exclusive Dragon—Viserion

 

3″ tall, 6″ wingspan limited-edition pewter replica of Viserion, the cream-colored dragon commanded by Daenerys Targaryen.

  • Price: $35.00 each / $90.00 for Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion
  • Production Run: 1,250
  • Limit: Five per person

Plastic Paper Realm: Usagi Yojimbo

by Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood

Welcome to the first article in a series talking about great comics that never had a truly great toy franchise.

Today I want to talk about a book that’s pushing 30 years now.

 Usagi Yojimbo  by Stan Sakai

 

A brief history

 

兎用心棒 Usagi Yōjinbō (pronounced oo-SA-gi) “The Rabbit Bodyguard” created by Stan Sakai that first appeared in Albedo Anthropomorphics #2 published by Thoughts and Images in November 1984.

Stan Sakai accepted an offer to move his warrior rabbit to Fantagraphics Books where he appeared in several issues of the new anthropomorphic anthology series, Critters.

 

Usagi’s popularity influenced Fantagraphics to then release the Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special in October 1986.

Finally, Fantagraphics gave the ronin rabbit his own on-going series with issue #1 being published in July 1987.

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The adventures of this talented anthropomorphic biped have captivated comic fans for a long time yet he has never seen a proper toy line.

 

Don’t get me wrong he was made into a few figures over the years. In the TMNT vintage line, he appeared twice. Nothing that was groundbreaking.

 

One issue that diehard fans have is that Usagi is neither dressed nor resembles his comic book counterpart other than the ears in a bun.

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I make exceptions for toys that are really out there and Space Usagi gets the pass for just being too quirky and over the top!

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When characters who are basically in the same vein as Usagi, like Bucky O’Hare, get a full fledged toy line, why didn’t our beloved Rabbit warrior?

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In the late 90’s, Antarctic Press released an Usagi Yojimbo figure that did its best to capture the comic book.

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Of course, being it was the 90’s, comic book fans couldn’t escape the dreaded variant versions.

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In the early 2000’s, the return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (redubbed “TMNT”) brought new and more adult themes into the world of the Fab Four. With their return, they brought their totally awesome rabbit friend in to the modern toy world.

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Needless to say that with the rise of direct market and high end action figures, Usagi and the gang could very well be made into an awesome toy line in the year 2013.

In 2003 Dark Horse released a PVC of Usagi.

Unfortunately, this has almost no articulation but does retain a lot of what makes Usagi who he is.

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Who would I pick to handle such a monumental undertaking event?  Minimates! Having a full line of 2 inch figures makes me smile from ear to ear.  Mininates, who first out could capture the cartoon style of Sakai and give a robust collection which could then be incorporated into any preexisting Minimates toy line.

 

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With its parent company Diamond Select, we could also get a 7 inch tall highly detailed collectors figure of Usagi to add as well.

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We have been treated to Usagi in statue form but a proper figure still alludes us. With Sakai doing Usagi right for so long and his new series, 47 Ronin, being a modern masterpiece, plus Usagi getting his own hack and slash app game, a proper figure would just be the icing on the cake.

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Let us also not forget that in 2011, IGN ranked Miyamoto Usagi 92nd in the top 100 comic books heroes.

 

There is no time like the present to bring action figures back to Usagi Yojimbo.

DARK HORSE SET TO RELEASE CAMILLA D’ERRICO’S HELMETGIRLS!

 

Camilla d’Errico is a powerful voice in pop surrealism, her work combining diverse influences in imagery is both singular and hauntingly familiar. Compelling and deeply personal, Helmetgirls documents Camilla’s art and lifestyle brand that fuses manga, steampunk, and fine art into an original and meaningful aggregate. 

Gargantuan biomechanical headgear adorns beautiful, wide-eyed, and seemingly fragile girls. More than just decoration, the helmets express each girl’s character, needs, and desires. Look deeply into the Helmetgirls’ eyes—they have a story to tell.

 

The first volume of d’Errico’s work, Femina and Fauna, was released by Dark Horse and has gone into multiple printings and can be found in a diverse array of retail venues, such as bookstores, art galleries, pop-culture and designer-toy emporiums, and comic shops.

 

Praise for Camilla d’Errico:

 

“She is part of what may be the first art movement in Western history where women are not second-class citizens, but may even have an edge in the mind of the public, especially when it comes to capturing the essence that is woman.”—Juxtapoz

 

 

Helmetgirls hits bookshelves everywhere on February 27th, 2013!

 

Comics Corner #11

Welcome to the Comics Corner!  There’s a long list of comics to get through this week and the debut of a new segment: ‘Good, but not good enough’!  What comics are on the chopping block this week and what comics continue to impress?  The world didn’t end with new Watchmen material last week but can it survive the collision of the Traditional and Ultimate Marvel Universes?  And what is the deep, dark secret of the Wayne family?  Find the answers to these burning questions, as well as the reveal of the comic at the Top of the Stack, in this week’s Comics Corner!

 

Audio:

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