DARK HORSE CELEBRATES FOUR-YEAR DIGITAL ANNIVERSARY!
from Bill, April 23rd, 2015 9:31 pm, comic book

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark when the digital store celebrates its fourth anniversary starting this Thursday. As a thank-you to fans, Dark Horse announces four special promotions!

Have a free comic on Dark Horse! Beginning Thursday, April 23, Dark Horse will issue a two-dollar credit to allconfirmed Dark Horse Digital newsletter subscribers with a registered Dark Horse Digital account! This credit can be used toward downloading a free digital comic or toward the purchase of any bundle or graphic novel.

The very same day, Dark Horse Digital will also be offering 50 percent off all purchases made in the app or through the web store, including thousands of comics, graphic novels, manga, and more! And it doesn’t stop there! Confirmed Dark Horse Digital newsletter subscribers will receive an exclusive coupon for an additional 10 percent off purchases. The newsletter coupon stacks with the web store discount, offering an even greater savings on your entire transaction.

And if that’s not all, Dark Horse will be giving four lucky winners an iPad mini loaded with Dark Horse digital comics! Dark Horse will randomly pick one winner per day over the course of the weekend. The winners will be given the digital collection of their choosing the following week.

To enter to win, all you need to do is download a comic to your collection! And with over fifty free comics to choose from, there is no purchase necessary to be entered to win!

The fourth-anniversary sale starts Thursday, April 23, and ends Sunday, April 26, at midnight PST—so head over to Digital.DarkHorse.com today and sign up for a Dark Horse Digital account and for the Digital Newsletter to maximize your savings!

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011, and has received incredible accolades from the continuously growing worldwide digital-comics fan base. Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership while featuring its most popular and best-selling titles, including Plants vs. Zombies, Halo, Tomb Raider, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Conan, and Mass Effect. Dark Horse Digital regularly hosts weekly sales, discounts, and other special promotions for its reader base. It currently offers thousands of comics and continues to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers, features in-app purchasing and cloud storage through both the Google Play and  iOS apps, and provides a first-class digital-comics-reading experience. Download the free app today!

iPad Sweepstakes Fine Print
No purchase necessary. One entry per person per Dark Horse Digital account per day. Any digital comic entitlement added to a Dark Horse Digital account during April 23, 2015, to April 26, 2015, will constitute an entry to win. Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older as of entry date. Entries only accepted if submitted by 11:59 p.m. (PST), April 26, 2015. Four winners will be selected randomly (as determined at Dark Horse’s sole discretion) from all applicable entries and will be notified by April 30, 2015. Entry constitutes agreement by winners to be publicized and permission to use each winner’s name for the purposes of promotion of the Sweepstakes without further compensation. Sweepstakes void where prohibited. Odds of winning dependent on number of entrants.

About Dark Horse Digital
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. In 2011, the company that revolutionized the comic industry proudly presented its groundbreaking digital-publishing program, Dark Horse Digital.

Dark Horse Digital offers its most popular titles at an unprecedented value, while providing the highest-quality reading experience possible. Single-issue comics are priced as low as just $0.99, and there is also an extensive list of free introductory #1 issues. Additionally, DH Digital’s “bundles” group together story arcs spanning multiple issues into affordable packages, allowing readers to get all the issues that comprise a complete narrative, starting at just $3.99 and up. And through cloud-based technology, Digital Store purchases can be read and enjoyed online on your computer or, mobile browser, and through the Dark Horse Bookshelf apps, available on iTunes App Store and Google Play.

To get started, simply log on to Digital.DarkHorse.com or download the app to create an account, and begin building your collection today.

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‘GREEN RIVER KILLER’ STRIKES AGAIN IN PAPERBACK
from Bill, April 23rd, 2015 9:03 pm, Comic Book News

‘GREEN RIVER IN PAPERBACKER KILLER’ STRIKES AGAIN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—This October, experience the story of one of America’s most notorious killers as Green River Killer heads to paperback for the first time.

Throughout the 1980s, the highest priority of Seattle-area police was the apprehension of the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. In 1990, with the body count numbering at least forty-eight, the case was put in the hands of a single detective, Tom Jensen. After twenty years, when the killer was finally captured with the help of DNA technology, Jensen spent 180 days interviewing Gary Leon Ridgway in an effort to learn his most closely held secrets—an epic confrontation with evil that proved as disturbing and surreal as can be imagined.

Written by Jensen’s own son, acclaimed entertainment writer Jeff Jensen, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story presents the ultimate insider’s account of America’s most prolific serial killer.

Sure to appeal to fans of True Detective, Green River Killer features a story by Tomorrowland writer Jeff Jensen and gorgeous art by Jonathan Case and is priced at an affordable $19.99. Preorder today fromAmazon.com, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your local comic shop.

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story TPB
Jeff Jensen (W), Jonathan Case (A/Cover)
$19.99, 978-1-61655-812-3
On sale October 21

Praise for Green River Killer:

“Terrific. It’s got the scariest opening sequence I’ve read in years, and the novel as a whole makes compelling stay-up-late reading. Great, creepy stuff.”—Stephen King

“Disturbingly true and refreshingly original . . . My gut was wrenched and I loved every second of it.”—Damon Lindelof (Lost)

“Jeff Jensen’s journalistic eye for detail and Jonathan Case’s exquisitely paced visual storytelling combine to make a true-crime epic.”—Brian K. Vaughan (Saga)

Also available for preorder:

The New Deal
Jonathan Case (W/A)
$16.99, 978-1-61655-731-7
On sale September 23
Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

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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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DARK HORSE TO OFFER ADAM HUGHES ‘BARB WIRE’ #1 VARIANT TO RETAILERS IN EXCHANGE FOR ‘STAR WARS’ #1 COVERS
from Bill, April 6th, 2015 8:03 pm, comic book

DARK HORSE TO OFFER ADAM HUGHES ‘BARB WIRE’ #1 VARIANT TO RETAILERS IN EXCHANGE FOR ‘STAR WARS’ #1 COVERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse’s number-one bounty hunter, Barb Wire, is back, and even more audacious! She’s ready to take no prisoners, and to celebrate her return, Dark Horse is offering retailers a special opportunity to get their hands on a rare variant cover.

For every twenty covers of Marvel’s standard Star Wars #1 that retailers send to Dark Horse, they’ll get an ultra-rare Barb Wire #1 variant by Adam Hughes for FREE, with a clear message: don’t f*** with Barb Wire.

Additionally, in a related promotion for the recently announced King Tiger miniseries, Dark Horse is planning to present a fully grown Bengal tiger to one lucky fan. The tiger, whose name is King (naturally), is a three-year-old male, nine feet, nine inches in length, and weighs approximately 470 pounds. (Please note: tiger refuses to wear crown.)

Look for more information on both these promotions in the coming weeks!

Barb Wire #1
Chris Warner (W)
Patrick Olliffe (P), Tom Nguyen (I)
Adam Hughes (Cover)
On sale in July

King Tiger #1
Randy Stradley (W)
Doug Wheatley (A/Cover)
On sale in August

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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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ADAM WARREN’S SUPREME CREATIVE INTELLECT THREATENS WORLD SERIOUSNESS!
from Bill, April 2nd, 2015 9:25 pm, Uncategorized

ADAM WARREN’S SUPREME CREATIVE INTELLECT THREATENS WORLD SERIOUSNESS!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Get ready to patch up your supersuit for a new challenge, because Adam Warren’s Empowered is back, and the stakes are higher than ever for Emp!

Already under official suspicion and suspended from her superteam, costumed crime fighter Empowered finds herself the bewildered target of every major supervillain in the capes-and-tights field for her supposed access to alien technology. With a trick or two up her tattered supersuit’s sleeve, can our tirelessly plucky but sadly underestimated heroine outwit her army of tormentors—and escape the long-simmering revenge of the sinister Fleshmaster?

Called “a fantastically rendered book on every conceivable level” by Comic Book Resources, Empowered Volume 9 takes Adam Warren’s long-running series to a whole new level. Garnering critical acclaim from fans and critics alike, Empowered is not only a fantastic story—it’s one of the longest-running American graphic novel series currently in publication.

Don’t miss your chance to find out what happens to Empowered! Preorder your copy today from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your local comics retailer.

Empowered Volume 9
Adam Warren (W/A/Cover)
$17.99, 978-1-61655-571-9
On sale August 19

Coming April 1:
Empowered Unchained Volume 1 | $19.99 | 978-1-61655-580-1 | NOV140075
Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Available Now:
Empowered Volume 8 | $16.99 | 978-1-61655-204-6 | AUG130070
Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Empowered Volume 7 | $16.99 | 978-1-59582-884-2 | JAN120091
Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

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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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KIM W. ANDERSSON’S ‘LOVE HURTS’ BRINGS SWEDISH HORROR-ROMANCE COMICS TO AMERICA
from Bill, April 2nd, 2015 9:22 pm, comic book, Comic Nation

KIM W. ANDERSSON’S ‘LOVE HURTS’ BRINGS SWEDISH HORROR-ROMANCE COMICS TO AMERICA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Comics master Kim W. Andersson has received Sweden’s most prestigious comics award, and in October, his horror-romance comics will be collected by Dark Horse for the first time in Andersson’s US graphic novel debut, The Complete Love Hurts.

Tennyson wrote, “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Well, Tennyson never met these lovers!

In this massive tome of romance comics with brutal, terrible twists, Swedish comics creator Kim W. Andersson, whose graphic novel Alena is currently being adapted into a movie, delivers a shocking series of short stories about love gone horribly wrong! Featuring lovelorn supervillains, psychopathic online daters, murderous reality TV show stars, and heartbroken cowboys, samurais, and astronauts, Love Hurts shows that no matter who you are or what you do, love can be one deadly bitch!

With a foreword by Peter Snejbjerg (B.P.R.D., Starman, Preacher), The Complete Love Hurts hits stores October 28 at a bargain price of $19.99, and will collect over 200 pages of Andersson’s horror-romance comics with material from Dark Horse Presents, Swedish alternative comics anthology From the Shadow of the Northern Lights, and many more.

Preorder your copy today from Amazon.com, IndieBound, or your local comics retailer.

The Complete Love Hurts
Kim W. Andersson (W/A/Cover)
$19.99, 978-1-61655-859-8
On sale October 28

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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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Dark Horse to Publish ‘The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot’ Hardcover Collection!
from Bill, April 2nd, 2015 9:02 pm, comic book

Dark Horse to Publish ‘The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot’ Hardcover Collection!

Hearts of gold, fists of steel!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Front and center, kiddos! Here comes action! Here comes adventure! Here comes The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot—a roller-coaster ride through the minds of Geof Darrow and Frank Miller, the tag team that set you reeling with their hard-hitting series Hard Boiled!

Everything you remember about being eight years old and watching monster movies is right here, but with all the magnified detail that you always wanted to see, collected in hardcover for the first time ever!

With remastered color by the inimitable Dave Stewart, this stunning edition includes the Dark Horse Presents special and surprise extras!

Preorder your copy of the Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot hardcover edition, coming in October 2015, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound, or contact a local comic shop through Comic Shop Locator.

Read the exclusive interview with Geof Darrow only on Newsarama!

Praise for The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot:

“A futuristic all-ages romp.”—Comic Book Resources

“Darrow’s art: fine-lined, tight and knotty, beautiful detail bestowed in every nook and cranny.”—ComicsAlliance

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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, Geof Darrow, 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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#1 ‘NEW YORK TIMES’ BESTSELLER ‘THE FIFTH BEATLE’ HEADS TO PAPERBACK
from Bill, March 26th, 2015 10:03 pm, comic book

INCLUDES NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN SKETCHES AND ESSAYS,
PLUS BONUS MATERIAL FROM THE SOUGHT-AFTER COLLECTOR’S EDITION

Paul McCartney: “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—This October, Dark Horse Comics invites you to experience the award-winning The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story in a whole new format, as the incredible original graphic novel written / produced by Vivek J. Tiwary with art by Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker, heads to trade paperback for the first time.

This edition of the gorgeous, Eisner Award–winning original graphic novel recounting the untold story of visionary Beatles manager Brian Epstein—who engineered Beatlemania and guided the band from basement gigs to unprecedented international stardom— also includes bonus background material from the sought-after collector’s edition, including a revised sketchbook and Beatles memorabilia bonus section with insights from Vivek Tiwary and Andrew Robinson.

The new paperback edition will also include new art and concept material from artist Kyle Baker, such as the never-before-seen Sgt. Pepper piece pictured here, as well as an excerpt from Vivek Tiwary’s TEDxFultonStreet talk, “The Birth of the Beatles and Impossible Dreams,” and his essay, “The Curtain Rising,” detailing Brian Epstein’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Winner of the Eisner and Harvey Awards, and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, the number-one New York Times bestseller The Fifth Beatle recounts the untold story of visionary Beatles manager Brian Epstein—who created Beatlemania and guided the band from basement gigs to unprecedented international stardom. Paul McCartney said, “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.”

Winner of the Eisner and Harvey Awards, and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, the number-one New York Times bestseller The Fifth Beatle has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, and is currently being adapted into a major motion picture. The Fifth Beatle film adaptation, written and produced by Tiwary, is the first-ever feature film about the Beatles to secure music rights to their songs and has been granted unprecedented access to the Lennon/McCartney music catalog. It is scheduled to begin shooting in 2015. More info can be found at FifthBeatle.com.

Experience Brian Epstein’s rise with the Beatles, lauded by critics from the New York Times to the Hollywood Reporter, for the incredible price of $14.99. Preorder your copy today from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble,IndieBound, or your local comics retailer.

Praise for The Fifth Beatle:

“10/10 . . . Brilliant in every aspect.”
–IGN’s Best Graphic Novel, 2013

“Heartbreaking, exhilarating and unexpected . . . A complete triumph.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“A wonderfully eccentric telling of one of the great unsung architects of 20th Century culture, with luminous art by two modern masters of the field.”
—Warren Ellis (Gun Machine, Red)

“Reveals an unexpected side of the Beatles’ manager and renders the Beatles’ story in a fresh, sophisticated way—full of poetic variation and surprising delicacy.”
—Dave Marsh (Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story, The Beatles’ Second Album)

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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.

ABOUT VIVEK J. TIWARY
Vivek J. Tiwary is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of multi-platform arts and entertainment company Tiwary Entertainment Group.

Vivek’s graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, based on the untold life story of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, received worldwide critical acclaim and won a number of prestigious literary awards including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Reality-Based Work and two Harvey Awards including Best Original Graphic Novel. It is a Lambda Literary Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, an American Library Association Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Permanent Collection.The Fifth Beatle is now being adapted into a feature film that has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music and is on-track to shoot in 2015. Vivek is writing its screenplay and will serve as a producer.

On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards over 44 Tony nominations—every single one of his shows has been decorated. They include such groundbreaking work as Green Day’s “American Idiot,” “A Raisin In The Sun,” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers”. Vivek is currently working with Alanis Morissette and Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Tom Kitt to adapt Morissette’s breakthrough album “Jagged Little Pill” for Broadway.

Vivek also serves on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment, a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest and most-loved universe of comic book characters and has been hailed by the New York Times as “Marvel 2.0”.

Prior to founding TEG and online music education/empowerment company StarPolish, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions and has worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum from Bruce Springsteen to Britney Spears.

Among many charitable pursuits, Vivek is the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process.

Vivek is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences, and a cum laude graduate of the Collegiate School in New York City. He also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio.

He lives in New York with his inspiring wife Tracy, their delightful children Kavi and Nandini, and a feisty papillon named Sukhi.

Vivek is represented by Lawrence Mattis and David Alpert at Circle of Confusion, and for speaking engagements by Zach Radoski at APB Speakers.

www.circleofconfusion.com
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DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES EMERALD CITY COMICON 2015 SCHEDULE!
from Bill, March 26th, 2015 9:56 pm, Comic Con

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR— Dark Horse Comics is headed to the Pacific Northwest’s foremost and now sold out pop culture convention – Emerald City Comicon.

Visit Dark Horse Comics at ECCC booth #802 for free swag such as comics, buttons, posters, and more!  Check out our show exclusives, signings, and panels, too!

EMERALD CITY COMICON EXCLUSIVES
A set quantity will be available at opening each day of the show. Limit of 5 per person per day while supplies last. Each comic is $5.00.

Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola (1,000 copies)

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Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds (500 copies)

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Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joelle Jones (500 copies)

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Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins (500 copies)

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Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian (1,000 copies)

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We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

SIGNING SCHEDULE
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.  FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND: Mike Mignola
Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola available for sale

1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. THE WHITE SUITS: Frank Barbiere

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
MURDER BOOK: Ed Brisson, Simon Roy
TIGER LUNG: Simon Roy
HIGH CRIMES: Christopher Sebela, Ibrahim Moustafa

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
THE MASSIVE: Garry Brown
EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara
GRINDHOUSE: Chris Peterson

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.
CONAN RED SONJA, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER: Gail Simone
LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Jim Calafiore
CONAN RED SONJA: Jim Zub
Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian available for sale

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.
FINDER: Carla Speed McNeil
NEVERBOY: Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.
ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Sebela
ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Chris Roberson, Patric Reynolds
PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Mooneyham
PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE: Paul Tobin
Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds available for sale
SATURDAY, MARCH 28

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Georges Jeanty
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Megan Levens
GIRLFIEND: Pander Brothers

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones
Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joëlle Jones available for sale
BUZZKILL, THE GHOST FLEET, THE PAYBACKS: Donny Cates
THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson
THE PAYBACKS: Eliot Rahal

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook
BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
THE WITCHER, COLDER, PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES:
Paul Tobin

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack, Dave Stewart (Ticketed Event)*
4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*
5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*
6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*

Fight Club 2 artists Cameron Stewart, David Mack, and Dave Stewart will be present for part of the 3:00 p.m. signing, depending on their schedules.

*WRISTBAND REQUIRED: Wristbands will be distributed in the Dark Horse booth at show opening on Friday, March 27, andSaturday, March 28. One wristband per person. Separate wristbands will be assigned for each 50-minute signing and may only be used during that time period. Fight Club 2 #1 is on sale May 27. One free print and one sampler minicomic per wristband will be provided for the signing. No other items allowed. Other restrictions may apply.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.   MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.
PAST AWAYS: Matt Kindt, Scott Kolins, Bill Crabtree
Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins available for sale
BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
ITTY BITTY COMICS, AW YEAH COMICS!: Art Baltazar, Franco
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan, Jeremy Vanhoozer

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
HALO: Duffy Boudreau
THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
DEEP GRAVITY: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko
POP: Curt Pires
APOCALYPTIGIRL: Andrew MacLean
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Cat Farris

PANEL SCHEDULE

Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visithttp://emeraldcitycomicon.com/programming/ for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.  Hall C  Behind the Scenes: Making Comics

Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to this beloved medium. Topics include creating engaging characters with Gail Simone (Leaving Megalopolis), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), business management with Christine Mignola (Hellboy), going from self-publishing to book deal with Colleen Coover (Bandette), breaking into coloring with Kelly Fitzpatrick(Neverboy), and fostering a fan base with online content with Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Hall D Dark Horse Comics Builds Characters!

Join Dark Horse Comics and a panel of their incredibly talented artists, writers, and creators to discuss independent comics, creators’ rights, and brand-new projects and hear what’s coming up for the powerhouse publisher for the remainder of 2015. Moderated by Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver and featuring Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook (Harrow County), Curt Pires (POP), the Pander Brothers (Girlfiend), Tyler Jenkins(Neverboy), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins (Past Aways), and Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks), this is a panel you won’t want to miss!

SATURDAY, MARCH 28
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Hall D Fight Club 2

Acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk continues one of his most beloved works with Fight Club 2! Join Dark Horse for a discussion of the creation of this story with Chuck Palahniuk, editor Scott Allie, artist David Mack, artist Cameron Stewart, and colorist Dave Stewart.

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Hall C  The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and Beyond

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola returns to Emerald City Comicon! With recent launches like Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. and Frankenstein Underground, there’s never been more ways to get into Mignola’s world. Join Mignola for news on Hellboy in Hell and a Q&A with some of the writers and artists who help him bring his characters to life—Max Fiumara, Scott Allie, Dave Stewart, and Tyler Crook.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29

11:00 a.m.11:50 p.m. Hall C Dark Horse Presents Kids and Comics: Plants vs. Zombies, Itty Bitty Hellboy,Avatar: The Last Airbender, and More!

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! JoinSteve Sunu (publicity coordinator, Dark Horse Comics), Paul Tobin and Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies),Jeremy Vanhoozer (Plants vs. Zombies creative director, PopCap), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), and Joan Hilty (comics editor, Nickelodeon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

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‘AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER—THE RIFT LIBRARY’ HITS #1 ON ‘NY TIMES’ BESTSELLER LIST!
from Bill, March 18th, 2015 10:27 pm, Uncategorized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Just like its paperback counterpart, Dark Horse Comics’Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Library Edition soared to the top of the New York Times bestseller list last week!

Written by Gene Luen Yang (author of the National Book Award–nominated American Born Chinese), Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Library Edition is the official continuation of Airbender from its creators and the perfect companion to The Legend of Korra!

Avatar Aang and friends honor an Air Nomad holiday that hasn’t been celebrated in over one hundred years, but when cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen lead Aang to a refinery operating on land sacred to the Airbenders, they soon find themselves in peril as a dangerously powerful ancient spirit awakens with vengeance and destruction on its mind! Collects The Rift Parts 1–3.

Features annotations by Eisner Award–winning writer Gene Luen Yang, series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, and artistic team Gurihiru—and a brand-new sketchbook section!

The library editions of Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Promise, The Search, and The Rift are must-have stories for any Airbender fan! This is the latest release in an ongoing partnership between Nickelodeon and Dark Horse to bring you the very best in Airbender books.

Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Library Edition is available in bookstores everywhere.

Also available:
Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Promise Library Edition HC
Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (W), Gurihiru (A)
$39.99, 978-1-61655-074-5

Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Search Library Edition HC
Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (W), Gurihiru (A)
$39.99, 978-1-61655-226-8

Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Library Edition HC
Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (W), Gurihiru (A)
$39.99, 978-1-61655-550-4

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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.

About Nickelodeon Consumer Products
Nickelodeon Consumer Products manages the world’s number-one TV-based licensing business, representing leading properties such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, and managing merchandising for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTVN International, and Spike TV.

Nickelodeon is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visithttp://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

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‘PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES’ MONTHLY COMIC SERIES COMING FROM DARK HORSE!
from Bill, March 12th, 2015 11:18 pm, comic book, Comic Book News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—With an all-ages Free Comic Book Day story right around the corner, Dark Horse Comics and PopCap Games are thrilled to announce Bully for You, a new, ongoing Plants vs. Zombies™ miniseries coming to comic shops, beginning in June!

Eisner Award–winning writer Paul Tobin and artist Ron Chan join forces to uncover who’s really behind the mysterious Anti-Bully Squad. Nate, Patrice, and Crazy Dave investigate a strange college campus to keep the streets safe from zombies. And Dr. Zomboss’s crime-filled college years are revealed! This hilarious educational escapade also features two bonus stories illustrated by Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li’l Gotham, Descender). Future issues will feature bonus strips by Peter Bagge, Jennifer Meyer, Karim Friha, Nneka Myers, and others!

In spring 2014, Dark Horse Comics released The Art of Plants vs. Zombies. Part zombie memoir, part celebration of zombie triumphs, and part anti-plant screed, it is a treasure trove of never-before-seen concept art and material from Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.

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

The print collections of Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse, Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon, and The Art of Plants vs. Zombies are available now in finer comic shops and bookstores! Plus, all three books are available for download today from Digital.DarkHorse.com!

Preorder your copy of Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You #1 at your local retailer today.
Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon
Paul Tobin (W), Ron Chan (A)
$9.99, 978-1-61655-192-6

Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse
Paul Tobin (W), Ron Chan (A)
$9.99, 978-1-61655-621-1

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

Praise for Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon and Timepocalypse:

“If you like Plants vs. Zombies this comic adds to its appeal. It’s a good clean read for all ages.”—Eat Your Comics

“This is one of the more fun video game adaptations that I’ve read and the most fun I’ve had with a zombie story since Zombieland.”—Front Towards Gamer

“Wonderful fun and silliness await you in this book, and you’ll be sure to leave it with a smile on your face and zombie bits on your lawn.”—Fanboy Comics

“This good book, except all ugly plantz and peeples who get in the way. But full on hansum zombies. Leave door open whle reading. Do not wear a hat.”—The Zombies

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Plants vs. Zombies is a trademark of Electronic Arts Inc.

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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