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 […]

Dark Horse to publish Legend of Korra art book

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Following the great success of their Avatar: The Last Airbender comics and the Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Art of the Animated Series art book, Dark Horse and Nickelodeon have come up with a no brainer: a new art book that has even MORE art from the Legend of Korra animated series.

Review: Emily (and the) Strange(rs) #1

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TweetIf we can trust editor Rachel Edidin (and who wants to live in a world where we can’t?) then Emily Strange is a pretty big deal. And indeed, looking at the history of the character, something pretty fascinating has been going on here. Originally created by Rob Reger as a mascot for his clothing company, […]

Tomb Raider is back at Dark Horse

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Continuing the parade of 90s media giants coming back to life, Dark Horse has just announced a team up with Crystal Dynamics™, a Square Enix® for TOMB RAIDER: The Beginning, a prequel to the upcoming Tomb Raider video game reboot due March 5. A 48-page hardcover, “TOMB RAIDER: The Beginning,” was written by lead game writer Rhianna Pratchett, lead game writer for TOMB RAIDER, with art by Nichola Daniel Sela, and Andrea Mutti, if the poster is to be believed. The cover art is by Tomb Raider art director Brian Horton.

Preview of the Legend of Zelda: HYRULE HISTORIA

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A few months ago Dark Horse announced they were publishing The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia an authorized art book of the storied video game franchise. Such was the excitement for this book that it knocked off Shades of grey from the Amazon best seller list for a while week, and money from The Beat’s Amazon affiliate link paid for all our Christmas presents.

Your Friday Francavilla: SUPER NOIR

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Tweet A PR piece for the upcoming Black Beetle series by our beloved Francesco Francavilla. Friday Francavilla needs to be a regular feature here.

Mary and Bryan Talbot win Costa Award for biography

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A nice capstone for a year of graphic novel triumph as Dotter of Her Fathers Eyes by Mary and Bryan Talbot has won the Costa Award for best biography. The Costa is a respected UK literary prize, and the Talbots win is emblematic of wider acceptance, says the Guardian

REVIEW: THE BLACK BEETLE #0, “Night Shift”

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TweetTalk about an anticipated comic! While enthusiasts are waiting impatiently for the launch of THE BLACK BEETLE #1-4, “No Way Out”, starting on January 16th from Dark Horse, those who missed the three part installments of “Night Shift” in DARK HORSE PRESENTS #11-13 can catch it in rather glorious collected format in issue 0. Eisner […]

Report: Star Wars comics going to Marvel in 2015

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Tweet Well the other power converter has dropped, as respected Disney site Blue Sky Disney has some inside poop on the Star Wars comics license, which everyone assumed would be moving from Dark Horse to Marvel once Disney purchased Lucasfilm: One of the things that many people wondered after Disney bought Lucasfilm was how long […]

Review: Richard Corben’s THE CONQUEROR WORM from Dark Horse

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TweetRightly speaking, the title of this review should read, “Richard Corben’s Edgar Allen Poe’s THE CONQUEROR WORM”, but that seemed particularly wordy for an article header.  It introduces the nature of Richard Corben’s latest works, however, to have layers of authorship and titling. Based on Corben’s notes provided in the back of THE CONQUEROR WORM, […]