REVIEW: Double Great Art in HELLHEIM #3 & THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

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Tweet[*spoilers throughout] I’ve been following Oni Press’s HELHEIM since it started and have been impressed with it all along, but some of the plot elements have finally started emerging that make it not only an interesting story, but a very promising one for a longer run. HELHEIM follows the life, death, and undead life of […]

FYI, RIPD is not MIB. IMO.

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TweetThe official trailer for upcoming movie R.I.P.D. hit the internet last week, and sparked a stampede of people rushing to label the supernatural buddy cop romp as stepping a little too neatly into the swanky shoes of the Men in Black. Some went so far as to write R.I.P.D. off as a poor MiB rip-off. Here’s […]

TREKKER omnibus is coming with intro by Gail Simone

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Tweet Looking for a strong comics heroine who wears a reasonable amount of clothes and has a lot of kick-ass adventures? Look no further than TREKKER, Ron Randall’s long running SF bounty hunter who debuted many moons ago in Dark Horse Presents. Mercy St. Clair has been back as both a webcomic and a new […]

MEGA-INTERVIEW with Matt Kindt: ‘find the territory that nobody has staked out yet’

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Tweet Interviewing Matt Kindt at WonderCon brought with it some unusual circumstances. Just prior to speaking to Kindt, I had the opportunity to hear him talk about his career history in a mammoth 90 minute panel interview, which I later covered for The Beat. This posed a serious question: what could I possibly ask him […]

Weekly news wrap-up: Catalyst, Red Giant, Superman

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Instead of Kibbles ‘n’ bits, we present a bunch of things I had tagged that I never got to write up in all the excitement. The news never sleeps!

300: Rise of an Empire is actually happening and here are some photos to prove it

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Tweet In 2006, Zack Snyder’s 300 was a innovative blockbuster that gave America’s frustration over the war in Iraq an acceptable outlook, made Gerard Butler’s codpiece an enduring movie star, and put the Frank Miller/comic book/high contrast esthetic on everyone’s radar. Since then a sequel was considered problematic becuase—spoiler! —everyone died in the end, but […]

Dark Horse Show You How To Make… Dream Thief Paper Dolls

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TweetI love strange publicity bits, and Jai Nitz has released something ace in advance of the publication of Dream Thief — his new Dark Horse series with Greg Smallwood. Paper dolls! Dolls what you can make! Dolls what you can dress up! Dolls what you can awkwardly pretend are dating your other dolls! Publicised as […]

On the Scene: WonderCon 2013 Recap and Photo Gallery

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TweetAs I suggested in my early con impressions, WonderCon had a reasonable amount of space and handled the numbers of attendees pretty well. It was no surprise that Saturday brought bigger numbers than Friday, and the crowding was more obvious, but still never reached that feeling of pushing and shoving that can easily erupt at […]

On the Scene: WonderCon 2013, Matt Kindt on MIND MGMT and Being Happy

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TweetYou’d be forgiven if you think of Matt Kindt as a breakaway success, since the “slow and steady” approach that’s defined his career so far looks like a sprint to the finish line with the explosive success of MIND MGMT from Dark Horse. Educator and author Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology) sat down with Kindt […]

On the Scene: WonderCon 2013, Indie Marketing Tips from ComiXology, Dark Horse, IDW, Archaia, Valiant

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TweetComiXology’s Chip Mosher of Marketing and PR moderated a panel with Jeremy Atkins of Dark Horse, Dirk Wood of IDW, Mel Caylo of Archaia, and addition Hunter Gorinson of Valiant Comics with the goal of sharing tips and pro experience with indie creators and future marketers on Friday, March 29th at WonderCon. The result was […]

On the Scene: WonderCon Hasn’t Lost Its Mojo

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TweetThe biggest topic of discussion leading up to WonderCon has been the location. Most WonderCon goers have been very disappointed by the move to Anaheim, CA, over San Francisco. There’s ongoing chatter about whether it will move back to San Francisco in 2014, but no clear news on that possibility yet. If location alone is […]

Axe Cop Season Two webisodes have begun

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TweetBut it’s the Rugburn-produced motion comic AXE COP—not the yet-to-premiere animated version that will debut in July as part of Fox’s ADHD adult animation block. Whoa, are you confused yet? Perhaps. But the bottom line is…there can not be too much AXE COP. You’ll recall that the webcomic is written by 5-year-old Malachi Nicolle and […]

REVIEW: When the Going Gets Tough in HELHEIM #1, TRIGGER GIRL 6, SLEDGE-HAMMER 44

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TweetI noticed a common feature in the comics I was reading this week, a feature that made them all compelling as stories: the role of the underdog pitted against overwhelming odds. Seeing the psychological reactions of the characters was an important part of the ride, but excellent artwork, particularly in executing fight scenes, left me […]

Review: The Adventures of Superhero Girl

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TweetSometimes a book comes out that I’m so ridiculously excited about I get paranoid that I’m going to be disappointed in some way. And then it arrives and turns out to be even better than I hoped for. It becomes the book I take everywhere with me to thrust in people’s faces and say, “READ”. […]

Dark Horse Editorial changes: Gibbons promoted, Edidin goes freelance

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Tweet A couple of changes at Dark Horse as Jim Gibbons has been promoted to assistant editor. Gibbons, one of about 12 trillion former Wizard staffers now working in the comics industry, has worked in DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Brian Wood’s THE MASSIVE, and Guillermo del Toro’s THE STRAIN, as well as Francesco Francavilla’s THE BLACK […]

REVIEW: On the Road with Paul Pope’s THE ONE TRICK RIP-OFF +DEEP CUTS

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TweetFor those savvy enough to have read Paul Pope’s (BATMAN: YEAR 100, HEAVY LIQUID, BATTLING BOY in 2013) ONE TRICK RIP-OFF when it first appeared serially in DARK HORSE PRESENTS from 1995 to 1996, or even in its collected edition from Dark Horse in 1997, they experienced the raw power of an unusual story and […]