Hellboy Is So Cute!

See? Official details below.

DARK HORSE DELUXE PARTNERS WITH TOY2R TO DISTRIBUTE LIMITED EDITION HELLBOY MINI-QEE VINYL TOYS!

At this year’s International Toy Fair, Dark Horse revealed what is sure to be one of the year’s most-talked-about toy releases! Hong Kong’s innovative designer-toy company Toy2R will produce a new range of 5” vinyl figures in their popular “Mini-Qee” format, putting their unique design spin on Mike Mignola’s popular Hellboy character.

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy has emerged as one of the classic comic book characters of the modern day, spawning a successful series of graphic novels, motion pictures, animation, interactive games, and toy lines. Excitement around this character is at an all-time high, as Mignola takes him back to whence he came in the smash-hit series Hellboy in Hell, currently in its third issue.

Raymond Choy’s Toy2R is recognized as being among the first companies to explore the potential of the designer/art toy movement since their arrival in 1995. Choy managed to turn his passion for collectible toys into an internationally known company, which today continues to push the boundaries of product design, art, and graphics.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be involved in this program,” Dark Horse Product Development head David Scroggy said. “We have worked with Toy2R for many years, and to see their fun take on Hellboy is a thrill. These vinyl figures will be in very tight edition quantities, so we expect a quick sellout of most of the variants.”

Toy2R’s trademark Qee format gives Hellboy a new look, altering his appearance in several ways, all of which were personally approved by Mignola. The results have already gotten comics fans and toy collectors alike talking, after they were revealed on Tomopop last week. All three were  on display at the Dark Horse exhibit booth at this year’s Toy Fair at the Jacob Javits Center.

Dark Horse Comics is the exclusive North American distributor of the Hellboy Mini-Qee line and will handle sales to the specialty market in Europe and other territories. Toy2R will be the exclusive sales entity to Asian territories.

Slated for release in July 2013, the figures will be produced in various limited edition sizes, all with a retail price of $19.99.

 

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New Conan and Tomb Raider From Dark Horse

No, it’s not  across-over, although that’d be pretty cool. Publisher Dark Horse have been pumping out some great new, and reprints of classics, focused on the sword swinging barbarian for a while now, and they’re next two Conan series have great creative teams attached. Press release below.

DARK HORSE COMICS TO PUBLISH

KING CONAN: THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON!

ADAPTING ROBERT E. HOWARD’S ONLY CONAN NOVEL!

Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to announce the return of a fan-favorite Conan creative team.  Writer Timothy Truman, artist Tomás Giorello, and colorist José Villarrubia are set to adapt Robert E. Howard’s only Conan novel in two six-issue miniseries.

The first series, titled The Hour of the Dragon will run through October 2013 and continue in a second arc titled King Conan: The Conqueror starting in February 2014.

More about The Hour of the Dragon:  King Conan has faced many threats to his throne in Aquilonia—but none more deadly than a traitorous alliance backed by the resurrected sorcerer Xaltotun, at whose command mountains crumble!

With The Legend of Conan announced for 2014, King Conan is essential reading!

Praise for Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello, and José Villarrubia:

“With both King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel and King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword Truman, Giorello, and Villarrubia have been making some the greatest Conan adaptations ever made.  I look forward to their next series. Hour of the Dragon, Dark Horse. Twelve issues. It will be beautiful” – Comics Bulletin

For a sneak peak at the variant cover and a full-color interior page, check out the exclusive on MTV Geek!

King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #1 is on sale in comic stores everywhere May 29!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next month sees a new Tomb Raider game, which looks at Lara Croft’s origins. It actually looks pretty great, and it may just be the first Tomb Raider game I buy. Lara is also returning to the comic shelves. Press release below.

CRYSTAL DYNAMICS AND DARK HORSE 

BRING LARA CROFT BACK TO COMIC BOOKS STARTING WITH 

TOMB RAIDER: THE BEGINNING

Crystal Dynamics™, a Square Enix® studio, and Dark Horse Comics, today revealed they have partnered to bring the re-imagined Lara Croft back to print in the world of comics. Look for news on the new series following the release of TOMB RAIDER®, the highly anticipated origin story for Lara Croft®, available March 5, 2013, and will chronicle Lara’s journey after her harrowing adventure in the Dragon’s Triangle.

To kick off the partnership, Crystal Dynamics and Dark Horse have teamed up to create “TOMB RAIDER: The Beginning.” This will be the first installment in the new TOMB RAIDER comic book series, and is a prequel to the events in TOMB RAIDER. “TOMB RAIDER: The Beginning,” was written by lead game writer Rhianna Pratchett. Fans can get the first series early when they pre-order TOMB RAIDER at Best Buy.

A 48-page, six-part hardcover omnibus, “TOMB RAIDER: The Beginning” follows the story of how the crew came together for The Endurance’s fateful mission to discover the lost Japanese kingdom of Yamatai. Originally intended to feature as the latest instalment of Dr. James Whitman’s successful archaeology show, Whitman’s World, the show-biz archaeologist gets more than he bargained for when he enlists the help of Captain Conrad Roth. As Roth’s unique and eccentric crew gradually come together and share their stories and secrets, the expedition faces unexpected threats before it’s even begun.

“Lara Croft is an icon across all forms of media, including comic books,” said Karl Stewart, global brand director for TOMB RAIDER and Crystal Dynamics. “The team at Crystal Dynamics has worked closely with Dark Horse on ‘The Beginning’ to bring the relatable, re-imagined Lara Croft back to the comic book world.”

“Whilst penning Lara’s origins story for the game I had lots of ideas about the world she and the other characters inhabited, and the story behind their voyage: as great to be able to flesh out the world of TOMB RAIDER and work with the talented team at Dark Horse to bring Lara Croft back to comics,” said Rhianna Pratchett, lead game writer for TOMB RAIDER.

“The bold new vision of the game demanded we bring an equally fresh approach to the comics,” said Dave Marshall, editor at Dark Horse. “We’re excited for TOMB RAIDER fans to experience a new side of Lara Croft as they accompany her on the earliest parts of her first adventure.”

To celebrate the partnership, Crystal Dynamics and Dark Horse revealed four pages from “TOMB RAIDER: The Beginning.” The full comic is available as a bonus when you pre-order TOMB RAIDER at Best Buy. More news on Tomb Raider comics will be available in the coming months.

Related Links

Official Homepage: www.TOMBRAIDER.com  

Official Twitter: @TOMBRAIDER

Official Facebook page: http://facebook.com/TOMBRAIDER

Official Tumblr: http://officialTOMBRAIDERblog.tumblr.com/

Official YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/TOMBRAIDER

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The Massive #1 Review

At Broken Frontier you can catch my review of Dark Horse’s new series The Massive from Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson. It’s a great read. The comic, not my review.

Dark Horse’s Vampires

Vampires and zombies are the darlings of pop culture at the moment, and regarding the former, Dark Horse have you covered. I must say, the Horse are publishing some superb horror titles right now and they always have a new, accessible series on the go.

Dark Horse Does Vampires Right Digital Sampler

If you’ve got a taste for bloodsuckers, then look no further! Dark Horse does vampires right and gives readers who crave creatures of the night a crypt full of creepy comics!

Step into the world of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9, as everyone’s favorite Slayer adapts to her new life in San Francisco. Then check out Angel & Faith, where the vampire with a soul and the once-evil Slayer work to atone for past sins.

This preview issue also features Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s Baltimore, which follows a vampire hunter living in a world beset by a post–World War I vampire infestation; samples from P. C. and Kristin Cast’s story of a vampyre boarding school in House of Night; and Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain, in which Manhattan suffers from a vampiric plague!

• Issue features selections from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1,Angel & Faith #1, Baltimore: The Curse Bells #1, The Strain #1, and House of Night #1. Plus, the entirety of a short story entitled “Magical Mystery Tour Featuring the Beetles,” a previously unreleased, digital-only retailer exclusive from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9.

Top Shelf and Dark Horse Digital Sale

I forgot to mention this a couple of days ago, but Top Shelf are having a huge digital sale. Make the most of it. There’s also two new, and cheap, digital comics, and to make it a hat trick, Top Shelf are also giving the curious a free sampler. Official lowdown of all these cheap and free goodies below.

To spread the joy around, we’re offering a slew of hot books in digital form at crazy-low prices — so fans who can’t make it to Portland or NYC aren’t left out, and fans who DO come to the shows can try out everything before buying signed copies this weekend!

Blue – $0.99
Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland – $7.99
The Pterodactyl Hunters – $1.99
Lost Dogs – $1.99
Essex County – $4.99
Any Empire – $5.99
Swallow Me Whole – $4.99
Infinite Kung Fu – $5.99
Too Cool To Be Forgotten – $2.99
Box Office Poison – $4.99
Liar’s Kiss – $4.99
Underwire – $1.99

That’s a dozen of the industry’s greatest graphic novels for under fifty bucks! Do yourself a favor and load up — these prices are only valid through Sunday, April 29!

Digital exclusives: Rob Walton’s RAGMOP & Alex Robinson’s LOWER REGIONS: DEFENSE OF THE WEST GATE!

Two veteran indie cartoonists have released their first ever digital-exclusive graphic novels with Top Shelf! First, Rob Walton presents the new edition of his cult favorite RAGMOP, a completely loony romp through time and space jam-packed with talking dinosaurs, evil popes, fallen angels, balsa wood spaceships, interstellar coffee corporations, rival assassins from competing global conspiracies, countless sight gags and pop-culture parodies, and debates over everything from politico-economic theory to quantum physics to the merits of mid-century animators. (whew!) It’s 422 massive pages for only $7.99!

Also, Alex Robinson returns with a sequel to his exuberant fantasy dungeon-crawl LOWER REGIONS! The new book,LOWER REGIONS: DEFENSE OF THE WEST GATE, switches perspective to the neurotic, terrified bug-creatures assigned to guard one particular dungeon gate. Plus: a brand-new bonus story, “FIGHT!!” in which our barbarian heroine battles an undead curse! These hilarious and thrilling tales are only$1.99 for 25 pages.

 

FREE Digital Action Pack available now!

 

Savvy to digital comics and looking for something new to read? Curious about e-reading and hesitant to take the plunge? Look no further than the Top Shelf Action Pack, packed with 168 pages of our most thrilling comics, and yours for the price of ZERO!

Inside are full chapters from seven graphic novels: Infinite Kung FuThe Homeland DirectiveLost DogsFrom Hell,SuperF*ckersBighead, and Any Empire!

It’s available on Comixology and iVerse now, with more formats coming soon. Check it out!

 

Finally, Dark Horse are celebrating their one year digital anniversary. Details below.

DARK HORSE DIGITAL ANNIVERSARY SALE

DARK HORSE DIGITAL CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR! 

Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark, turning one year old this Friday. To thank our loyal fans, Dark Horse announces an anniversary appreciation discount.

This weekend, Dark Horse Digital is offering 10% off all titles in the web store, with an additional coupon to newsletter subscribers and new subscribers who have signed up by this Thursday. And yes, the coupon stacks with an even greater discount off your order!

The sale starts this Friday (April 27) and ends Sunday (April 29) at midnight PST—so head over to Dark Horse Digital and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize your discount on some incredible comics.

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011 and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.

Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership featuring it’s most popular, best selling titles including Star Wars, Buffy, Serenity, Hellboy, Conan and Mass Effect as well as exclusive digital only comics such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2 & Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its reader base on a weekly basis. We currently offer thousands of comics and are continuing to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both theAndroid (beta) and iOS apps.

Extra Sequential Podcast #89-Fave Comic Book Films

70 mins. How many movies based on comic books have there been in the last few years? Heaps. How many of them have been awesome? Far less. We offer our ten fave films, and not many of our selections feature superheroes! Also, Katrina and the Waves, and a dancing Emperor Palpatine.

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Eric Powell’s The Goon #39. Funniest superhero pardoy. Ever.

Star Wars: Blood Ties-Boba Fett is Dead #1 from Tom Taylor and Chris Scalf. A cool whodunit in space.

Joe Sacco’s journalistic comic Footnotes in Gaza.

Seizure magazine writing competition.

China Mieville’s Embassytown.

11:30 NEWS

Fox announced an Axe Cop animated series! Oh yeah.

Carla Speed McNeill’s Finder: Voice becomes LA Times’ Best Graphic Novel

Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 5

15:28 THEME – BEST COMIC BOOK FILMS

We choose our 5 fave films each and offer a few surprises, as well as some that almost made our lists, guilty pleasures, and the worst comic films.

The Avengers. A fun, and funny superhero epic.

American Splendor. Curmudgeon Harvey Pekar’s life.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World. A charming video game aesthetic, and many pop culture references.

Blueberry. Based on Moebius’ Wild West adventure. Also known as Renegade, and also featuring great trippy sequences.

X-Men: First Class. Groovy baby.

Ghost in the Shell anime. A Sci-fi classic. Perty too.

30 Days of Night. Thrilling, and with truly scary vampires.

Ghost World. Two girls befriend a sad Steve Buscemi.

Justice League: Doom. Animated film in which Batman betrays the Justice League. Accidentally.

Persepolis. French animated film about coming of age in Tehran.

 

 

Dark Horse Comes to Kobo

And the digital express continues, with Dark Horse extending their digital comics availability to the Kobo eReader. Official lowdown below.

DARK HORSE COMES TO KOBO!
THE COMPANY MAKES DIGITAL LIBRARY OF GRAPHIC NOVELS AVAILABLE ON THE KOBO VOX eREADER! 

Dark Horse continues to make headlines today, with news that the company’s best-selling titles are going beyond the iOS platform! Now, the largest independent publisher of graphic novels is pleased to announce a partnership with the top-selling eReading company, Kobo, to offer a library of nearly 100 titles available from Kobo.com to be read on the Kobo Vox eReader! This move follows an incredibly successful year of distributing titles digitally through Dark Horse’s proprietary iOS app, and corresponding digital storefront at Digital.DarkHorse.com.

“Kobo is the perfect partner for Dark Horse, because like us, they established themselves on the basis of innovation,” said Matt Parkinson, Dark Horse’s senior director of Marketing. “We couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of reaching new readers around the world with what we still believe to be some of the most exciting and dynamic storytelling the comics medium has to offer.”

“All of us at Kobo are thrilled to be adding Dark Horse’s amazing titles to our library,” said Michael Tamblyn, Kobo’s EVP of Content, Sales, and Merchandising. “Based on strong visual storytelling, comics are a great fit for the e-reading industry. This partnership truly marks a continuation of Kobo’s ‘Read Freely’ philosophy, where we’re dedicated to providing a world-class catalog of titles suitable for any market.”

The recently released Kobo Vox represents a new kind of eReader. Not only can book lovers read their favorite books, magazines, and newspapers in vivid color, but they also can connect with other readers to share their favorite passages via Facebook.

As of today, Kobo users can now read their favorite Dark Horse titles, including Mass EffectStar Wars,SerenityBuffy the Vampire SlayerHellboySin City, and more, on their Kobo Vox e-reader anytime, anyplace. Look for Dark Horse comics and graphic novels available now at kobobooks.com/darkhorse, with new titles to be added every month!

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