Dark Horse Comics’ San Diego Wrap-UP: FIVE EISNER AWARD WINS!


comic-con_logoJuly 28th, 2014 - San Diego, CA – This past Friday, Dark Horse Comics, the number-one independent publisher in the industry, took home an impressive number of awards at this year’s Eisner Awards ceremony.

Below is a list of the company’s wins.

Congratulations to all winners and nominees!

eisnerawards_logoNamed for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the Eisner Awards are in their twenty-sixth year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels.


BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS (UP TO AGE 7): Itty Bitty Hellboy, by Art Baltazar and Franco


IDW Publishing Comic-Con International 2014 Announcement Re-Cap! “All Eyes on IDW at SDCC”

New Series, Archival Collections, And Monumental Crossovers Announced!


IDW LogoSan Diego, CA (July 28, 2014) – The eyes of the world were watching San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 for major announcements and this year IDW Publishing took the stage to reveal an impressive array of projects that are coming soon! Behold, the cure for the post-convention blues is here:

New at IDWStar Trek / Planet of the Apes
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters
The crossover of the year comes to IDW when two of the most legendary teams come face-to-face in the new mini-series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters! Written by top IDW talent, Tom Waltz, and Erik Burnham, the series will feel right at home with art by Dan Schoening.

Grammy Award Winning Artist Alicia Keys Makes Her Children’s Book Debut This August At IDW Publishing!

‘Blue Moon: From The Journals Of Mama Mae And LeeLee’ Is An Adventure Fit For All-Ages

IDW LogoSan Diego, CA (July 28, 2014) – Today, 15-time Grammy® award winning Alicia Keys announced the expansion of her groundbreaking storytelling app Mama Mae & LeeLee into an upcoming children’s book from IDW Publishing. In 2012, Keys debuted her digitally interactive app The Journal of Mama Mae & LeeLee, immersing users in a vibrant and heartfelt tale. The first story from the acclaimed app, Blue Moon: From The Journals Of Mama Mae And LeeLee, will published in book form this August.

BlueMoonSMThe Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee offers a poignant and interactive experience that revolves around LeeLee, a creative young girl who struggles with moving to a new city. Aided by her grandmother Mama Mae, LeeLee is introduced to tales built around Mama Mae’ four pillars: authenticity, empowerment, self-confidence, and exploration. With these stories opening her eyes to new characters and circumstances, LeeLee learns to recognize her inner potential. Featuring original and exclusive music from Alicia Keys herself, the app provides a truly dynamic experience for child users.

Dark Horse To Publish The Art Of He-man & The Masters Of The Universe!

Dark_Horse_ComicsThe first official Masters of the Universe Art Book Ever!

comic-con_logoJuly 25th, 2014 - SAN DIEGO, CA – As announced today at Comic Con International, Dark Horse and Mattel are teaming up to deliver the biggest art book of 2015 – The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!

Made in close cooperation with Mattel and He-Man® historians, The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe collects over 30 years of behind-the-scenes material, lore, and classic imagery!

In 1982, the world was introduced to He-Man® and Masters of the Universe®. What followed was a cultural sensation that changed the landscape of children’s entertainment forever! Join Mattel and Dark Horse in this comprehensive retrospective chronicling the decades-long epic journey of He-Man® from toy, to television, to film, to a true pop culture phenomenon!

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe includes rarely seen images of concept sketches, prototypes, and more from Mattel’s archives. Featuring beautifully restored art from master illustrator Earl Norem—celebrated artist of the most memorable He-Man® images!

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe arrives in comic shops on April 1, 2015 and in bookstores April 14, 2015. Preorder your copy today!


Dark Horse Reveals An All-new Game Of Thrones® Figure At Comic Con International!




Dark_Horse_ComicsJuly 25th, 2014, SAN DIEGO, CA – The doors are open at the pop culture event of the year! To celebrate, Dark Horse is kicking things off with the reveal of the latest figure to join the growing line of figures based on characters from the smash hit HBO® series, Game of Thrones!

Tywin Lannister, father of Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion and known as the wealthiest man in the seven kingdoms and Hand of the King, is a perfect addition to the upcoming group of detailed collectible Game of Thrones figures produced by Dark Horse Comics.

“We just couldn’t say no to Tywin,” said Dark Horse VP of product development David Scroggy. “It didn’t seem like a smart idea to deny him.”

SDCC: “The CHAIR” Reaches Kickstarte​r Goal; 1st Feature Film Based on an Alterna Comics Title!

The CHAIR reaches its Kickstarter goal; Alterna Comics title will be the first feature film for the creator-owned publisher


July 24th, 2014 — Levitown, NY – Alterna Comics has been making a lot of waves in the past three years.

FUBAR Vol.2 European Theater of the Damned hit #6 on the New York Times Best-Selling Graphic Books list, a catalog of 50+ titles in print and digital, a string of successful Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns have funded books like Horror in the West, Monstrosity, FUBAR: American History Z, FUBAR: Mother Russia, The Last West Vols. 1 & 2, Lilith Dark, Metaphase, and many more.

Now, the creator-owned indie publisher can add their first feature film to that list of successful Kickstarter projects.

THE CHAIR, created and written by Alterna founder & publisher Peter Simeti, started off as a graphic novel in 2008. Penciled by Kevin Christensen and edited by Erin Kohut (who would go on to write the screenplay for the film), THE CHAIR follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the torture and murder of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison’s sadistic and psychotic Warden, Sullivan decides that the only way to survive is to fight back. But as he matches the savagery and brutality occurring in the prison, Sullivan is forced to come face to face with his own sanity.

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX Pre-Order Incentives Announced!


Free Upgrade from the Standard Edition to the Limited Edition While Supplies Last

SQUARE ENIX, INC. LOGOKH2_5RemLogoLOS ANGELES (July 24, 2014) – For the devoted followers of the KINGDOM HEARTS series, SQUARE ENIX, Inc. today announced the Limited Edition for KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX. Fans that pre-order the Standard Edition of the game at participating retailers will also receive a free upgrade to the Limited Edition (while supplies last), which includes the exclusive Disney collectible pin featuring Sora and Mickey Mouse.

KH25_preorderKINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX will be available for North America on December 2nd, 2014 for the
PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and will be priced at $39.99.


New KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded screenshots:

Original Alien Movie Cast Reminisce in the Latest Alien: Isolation Trailer

AlienIsolationThe latest Insider Video for Alien: Isolation™, ‘The Cast of Alien™’, features exclusive behind the scenes interviews with key cast members of the 1979 Ridley Scott masterpiece, Alien. Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winner Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett) and Yaphet Kotto (Parker) discuss reprising their roles in a video game and the legacy of one of the most enduring horror franchises in movie history.

SQUARE ENIX Products Reveals New Batman Figure at San Diego Comic-Con!


BATMAN Action Figure Envisioned by Designer Tetsuya Nomura

LOS ANGELES (July 23, 2014) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, announced today a new line of collectible Batman figures for the high-end PLAY ARTS -KAI- series under licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment. The new line features original designs by Tetsuya Nomura, the designer/creator behind the renowned FINAL FANTASY® and KINGDOM HEARTS video game series.

new batman

The Barbarian Brothers!

Written by Charles Meier

250px-Conan01Conan the Barbarian is the most influential fantasy character of all time. There, I said it. I’m not just short-selling JRR Tolkien because I don’t like The Lord of the Rings, either. Tolkien had a very definite impact on fantasy, both good and bad, but I’d argue that the “good” mostly consisted of window dressing and the “bad” resulted in a calcification of the genre. In any given work of fantasy, Tolkien’s influence tends to be limited to the overall pseudo-medieval aesthetic and the racial politics. Pointy-eared jerks living in the forest (to Tolkien’s credit, when his elves were dicks they always got called on it), stocky salt-of-the-earth types with axes living in the caves, pleasant hairy-footed ninjas living in the places resembling rural England, generic round-eared ubermensch living everywhere. All of which lends itself to parody and deconstruction–George R.R. Martin in particular, with his accurate portrayals of feudal European culture, has been especially damaging.

Conan, on the other hand, has weathered the test of time and literary progression fairly well. He may be weirdly well-educated for a barbarian, but that’s explained away easily enough, as the word “barbarian” is basically a racist term anyway–it translates more or less as “baas like a sheep”. Besides all that, he set an archetype that has retained cultural resonance even into the present day, that of a fantasy character who is basically amoral, making his way as a mercenary and bandit, who nonetheless has an undeniable ethical core. I can’t name a single work of modern fantasy literature, and especially not a session of Dungeons & Dragons I’ve ever been party to, that hasn’t used this basic concept to a very large extent.


The way things stand now, this series may very well turn out to be the best crossover event since Archie Meets The Punisher. - Charles Meier

Something that’s also stood the test of time? The work of Sergio Aragones. I believe that I have in the past referred to him as the greatest gag cartoonist of the past century, and I mean it. Look up “goofy charm” in the dictionary and you’ll see…just a bunch of words, because dictionaries don’t have pictures. And even if they did, you’d probably just see that fucking boring Disney dog, possibly in jewelry form. But by rights, you should see an example of Aragones’ work. Aragones is something rare among comic artists, in that he is completely organic. He’s been billed as “The Fastest Cartoonist Alive”, and yet for all that his work never once feels rushed and remains completely infused with every ounce of his immense personality and talent. That’s a rare thing indeed. This sort of naturalism is seen only among a very few other artists in the field–Jack Kirby comes to mind, and that is not the sort of thing I say lightly. MAD has always been very hit-or-miss with me, but any issue that features Aragones to any great extent has always been a must-read for me. And Sergio Aragones Funnies, of course, was an absolute delight, becoming the token complete Bongo series of my collection. Still hope to see it revived someday.