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Dark Horse Deluxe and HBO to Preview New “Game of Thrones” Products at Toy Fair

Dark Horse is pleased to announce the continuation of its highly successful Game of Thrones products line in partnership with HBO Licensing and Retail. New products and figures will be previewed for the first time ever at Dark Horse’s booth during Toy Fair in New York City February 17-20, 2018.

The new Game of Thrones products which will be revealed for the first time ever include the Targaryen Throne Replica, Dragonstone Gate Bookends, Cersei’s Map of Westeros Puzzle, and Daenerys Targaryen’s Map Markers from season 7 that include Houses Targaryen, Stark, Lannister, and Greyjoy along with the Unsullied, and the Dothraki.

We will have plenty more coverage of NY Toy Fair this weekend, including a visit to Dark Horse’s booth. Until then, enjoy these preview pics the company sent along.

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Gaumont has optioned the iconic, multi-generational comic book series Usagi Yojimbo from the series creator, writer, and illustrator Stan Sakai, to be developed into an animated TV series. First published in 1984, the multiple award-winning Usagi Yojimbo is to be co-produced by Gaumont, Sakai, James Wan’s Atomic Monster, and Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg who will serve as executive producers, with Chris Tongue as co-executive producer. The announcement was made today by Gaumont’s President of Animation, Nicolas Atlan.

“Usagi Yojimbo has been much sought after for many years, and we are honored to work with Stan Sakai to translate his multi-generational stories into the first ever TV series,” commented Atlan. “Usagi Yojimbo’s blend of history and mythology, clever balance between action and comedy, and real-world touchpoints combined with the supernatural, together with the passionate fan base that Stan has already amassed, makes this an incredibly exciting property to develop with our partners Atomic Monster and Dark Horse Entertainment.”

“We get fan mail from readers of all ages across the globe who have been asking to see Usagi Yojimbo in his own TV series,” added Sakai. “With Gaumont, James Wan and his team at Atomic Monster, and Dark Horse Entertainment, we have the best creative talent on board to bring the adventures I have been creating for over 30 years to life.”

“I’ve been an admirer of Stan’s comic series for a long time and it’s an honor to have the opportunity to bring this character and the rich world that Stan’s created to life for a new generation,” said James Wan.

“I’ve long admired Stan Sakai and his storytelling abilities,” said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Entertainment President. “Stan built an amazing world that Dark Horse has enjoyed exploring in comic book form. We’re thrilled to be part of further exploration in a new, exciting medium.”

Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo takes place amidst a rich fantasy setting in 17th century Japan and features a diverse world of anthropomorphic characters. Miyamoto Usagi, otherwise known as Usagi Yojimbo, is a ronin warrior with the heart of a hero. A skilled swordsrabbit, and one-time bodyguard for a Japanese War Lord, he’s now masterless, and explores his world of immense castles and humble villages, encountering dinosaurs, Yokai (ghosts/monsters), cats, bats, bounty hunters, giant snakes, and even aliens, facing exciting adventures at every turn, always ready to help.

Usagi Yojimbo is no stranger to the TV screen having appeared in all three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. Usagi debuted in TMNT in 1987 and he most recently appeared in Nickelodeon’s three-episode arc in the summer of 2017.

Usagi Yojimbo has amassed numerous awards and recognition over the past three decades. In the kid’s arena, the comics books have received a Parents’ Choice Award, an American Library Association Award, and the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) award. Other accolades and awards include Usagi Yojimbo being named among the Top 50 comic book characters of all time by Empire Magazine, the top 100 comic book characters of all time by IGN, and the top 50 best non-superhero graphic novels by Rolling Stone magazine. Mr. Sakai is a five-time Eisner Award-winner and multiple Haxter (Spain) Award-winner, and he earned the “Best Cartoonist” Harvey Award in 2016. The Usagi Yojimbo comics have been translated into 15 languages and are available in 21 countries in English.

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Explore the StarCraft Universe in new mini-series from Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse and Blizzard Entertainment are excited to announce a new four-issue comic series: StarCraft: Scavengers. This comic series is the latest addition to Dark Horse and Blizzard Entertainment’s line of critically acclaimed publications, preceded by The Art of Overwatch, Overwatch Anthology: Volume 1, and World of Warcraft Chronicle (volumes I and II).

Writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Faith) and artist Gabriel Guzmán (Star Wars) join forces for StarCraft: Scavengers, a new comic series further exploring the expansive universe of Blizzard’s acclaimed science-fiction real-time strategy game series. In StarCraft: Scavengers, a group of terrans hopes to pull off the job of their lifetimes: pillaging a derelict protoss ship in a decaying orbit above an uninhabited planet. The scavengers’ dangerous mission is seen from the point of view of a young, inexperienced engineer. The team must scavenge the ship’s priceless tech before it burns up in the planet’s atmosphere, but can they beat the clock and avoid being busted by Dominion police forces?

Originally released by Blizzard Entertainment in 1998, StarCraft is a real-time strategy game that chronicles the interstellar war between three galactic species: the protoss, the zerg, and the terrans. The saga continues in the acclaimed sequel StarCraft II, which is now available free-to-play—including the epic, award-winning Wings of Liberty™ campaign.

The first issue (of four) of the StarCraft: Scavengers comic series goes on sale July 25, 2018, and will be available for preorder at your local comic shop soon. Visit DarkHorse.com for more information.

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Today, Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to announce a new three-issue miniseries to release this August titled Disney Frozen. Disney Zootopia Comics and Disney DuckTales: Treasure Trove writer Joe Caramagna and artists from the Kawaii Creative Studio both return to bring some fan-favorite Disney characters to the world of comics.

Disney Frozen #1 finds Queen Elsa and Princess Anna trying to get to the bottom of things when the peace of their beloved kingdom is disrupted. There’s a wild animal loose in the village, destruction in the forest, and unrest brewing in a nearby kingdom. Luckily, Elsa and Anna will have the help of Olaf, Kristoff . . . and a mysterious, adventurous young woman to restore peace in their kingdom.

“We are incredibly excited to collaborate with Disney on this great project,” explained Mike Richardson, Dark Horse president and founder. “Frozen has legions of fans, many of whom are here at Dark Horse. I’ve personally enjoyed repeated viewings with my granddaughter, and I look forward to sharing this new series with her.”

The first issue of Disney Frozen is scheduled for a summer 2018 release. Dark Horse and Disney will announce additional comics in the coming months.

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Nerdy Loves Stories For All – “The Secret Loves of Geeks” Review

If you are a reader of this site, chances are you classify yourself as a nerd, geek, or something similar. You like comics, video games, movie franchises, cartoons, anime – any combination of those or others. That also means many of you know the sting of Cupid’s arrow, or when it misses you altogether. Fret not, because there is a new anthology for you to give you hope, a few chuckles, and some serious thought about what it means to be a geek and be in love.

The follow-up to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, this edition expands on its premise and goes beyond gender to give everyone a chance to tell their story of romance. This book filled with comics and prose features many prominent nerdy creators (over 50 if you can believe they squeezed that many stories into this), who tell you all about their love life (and sometimes lack of one). When we say there is something for everyone, we mean it – as this book has tales from across the spectrum of sexuality and genders, and is very LGBTQ+ friendly.

Edited once again by Hope Nicholson, “The Secret Loves of Geeks” includes stories by Margaret Atwood, Mariko Tamaki, Trina Robbins, Marguerite Bennett, Noelle Stevenson, Marjorie Liu, Gabby Rivera, Gerard Way, Amy Chu, Tini Howard, and an enormous list of others.

Being the comic lover I am, I was initially drawn to just the illustrated stories. However, after reading a few stories from creators I knew or whose work I liked, I found myself digging through everything. I really enjoyed Gabby Rivera’s story of coming to terms with understanding her sexuality, and Hope Nicholson’s entry about hooking up with fellow comic creators at Comic Cons (and the problems with that). This anthology also opened my eyes up to many artists I was previously unfamiliar with, but now consider myself an intrigued fan. “Smudged” by Letty Wilson, “Deceptively Normal” by Dana Simpson, and “Love in Alderaan Places” by JP Larocque come to mind in particular.

The inclusiveness of all genders and sexualities in this book is not a gimmick, but a sincere effort to give everyone a voice. It’s a reminder to geeks from all worlds to remember that though we may be into different genres of fandom and different types of people, we all face the same battle when it comes to romance. It can be heartbreaking, it can be funny, but it’s always optimistic and hopeful. It’s a unifying element for all geeks to want to be loved and accepted by not just their own people but a significant other, and this anthology is a great way to connect yourself into the universal nerd collective.

The Secret Loves of Geeks is available February 14 from Dark Horse Comics. If you liked “The Secret Loves of Geek Girls,” you will love this second entry into the series that is bigger and better than the previous anthology. Are there plans for more of these in the works? Time will tell, but I have high hopes that this is not the last we have seen of this series.

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Dark Horse Proud to Release “Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander” in April 2018

Dark Horse is proud to reveal art from Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, the highly anticipated companion to Frank Miller’s award-winning series 300. Comics legend Frank Miller, creator of Sin City and 300, writes and draws this sprawling historical epic, twenty years in the making. Alex Sinclair, the colorist for Miller’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race, provides his stunning colors to Miller’s latest comics conquest.

Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander follows Persian King Xerxes as he sets out to conquer the world to avenge his father Darius’s defeat and create an empire unlike anything the world has ever seen . . . Until the hardy Greeks produce a god king of their own, Alexander the Great. This five-issue series boasts issues with thirty plus pages of story and features wrap-around covers in a deluxe collector format.

“300 was an interlude in the great story of the Persian Wars. The battle of 300 represented one episode in a much greater series of wars,” said Xerxes creator Frank Miller. “This series tells the story of the first great clash of civilizations, the first bloody contest between east and west. The odds vastly favor the Persian forces, but the Greeks have Alexander, the greatest military commander of all time.”

The first issue of Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander will invade comic stores on April 4, 2018. This gorgeous collector’s item retails for $4.99 and is available for preorder at comic shops later this month.

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The Play’s The Thing with Aragones – “Groo: Play of the Gods” Review

If all the world’s a play, then consider Groo the Macbeth of barbarians. Say his name out loud and prepare to be cursed on your adventure!

In Sergio Aragone’s latest series from Dark Horse, “Groo: Play of the Gods,” the wandering swordsman and his canine companion – Rufferto – hit the high seas for a tale of gold, greed, gods, and even a little socio-political satire. Continuing where the last series, “Fray of the Gods” left off, Groo goes from accidentally joining a farmer’s rebellion to accidentally joining clergymen (AKA men with impressive hats) on a quest to convert natives in a faraway land discovered by Ahax, a recurring character whose seafaring escapades are often ruined by our titular character. Making their way to the island, the happy locals are accosted by followers of Diothos to convert, while Ahax and a money-hungry pirate try to con the indigenous folk for their gold – all in the name of their god. Meanwhile, up in the heavens, the actual Gods observe from afar and lament how people use their names in vain, while also combating with overpopulation from this newly discovered polytheistic people. Oh, and Groo hunts for cheese dip while searching for something to slay. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s truly a powerhouse team behind Groo, with Sergio Aragones handling the art and writing, lettering by the masterful hands of Stan Sakai, and signature coloring by Tom Luth. I remember the first time I read a Groo book when I was a kid, back when Marvel was handling it, and I enjoyed and remember it to this day. That feeling remains, as I still love Aragones’ drawings. My favorite are his splash pages, packed with whimsical characters plucked straight out of a fantasy setting and tossed into this farcical world of Groo. There is so much happening in every vibrantly colored panel, it’s definitely the type of book worth re-reading just to see what you missed the first time around.

What did surprise me was that this series tackles some satire about religion and even a dash of politics. Satire, like cheese dip, is best served hot and spicy, and Aragones delivers. His pointed exploration of the abuse of religion adds some depth to this all-ages book, and will give you something to think about.

Groo: Play of the Gods is available on February 7 from Dark Horse Comics. It’s an easy read and meant for readers of all ages, and I highly recommend it if you are a fan of funny cartoons, barbarians, and fantasy. What will happen next for this buffoonish barbarian? Only his creator knows, but I will be waiting with some fresh cheese dip for him once the next volume is released.

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Legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is returning to Hell, along with acclaimed artist Ben Stenbeck and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart, for Koshchei the Deathless, a new six issue mini-series from Dark Horse Comics. Sent to kill Hellboy by the Baba Yaga in Darkness Calls, Koshchei the Deathless hinted at a long and tragic life before being enslaved to the Russian witch. Now Koshchei relives every horrible act on his road to immortality and beyond, with none other than Hellboy himself—in Hell. Here Mignola returns to Hell and to the bizarre folklore that’s filled some of his greatest books, reuniting with one of his favorite collaborators, Ben Stenbeck (Frankenstein Underground, Witchfinder: In The Service of Angels, Baltimore) and Dave Stewart. The debut issue of Koshchei the Deathless is on sale on January 3, 2018.


Koshchei the Deathless #1 (of 6)
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Ben Stenbeck (A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Jan 03
FC, 32 pages

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A Psychedelic Autobiography without the Psychotropics – “Inside Moebius” Part 1 Review

As a lover of fantasy and sci-fi art & comics, it didn’t take long to learn who Moebius was. Born jean Giraud in France in France, Moebius is one of the best and most prolific artists in his genre, while also a bit of an enigma. We should consider ourselves lucky that his final long-form work is now being released in English by Dark Horse Comics, as “Inside Moebius.”

Originally written as a journal for himself to document his journey to stop smoking marijuana, the book took a life of its own and emerged as an autobiographical outlet for the legendary artist. Crafted between 2000 and 2009, we get glimpses of not just who Moebius is, but his perspective on 9/11 and his own mortality following a traumatic event. It’s an existential look at life and beyond, and using the unconscious to understand the conscious. In dreamlike states, Moebius believes one can effectively reveal more about who they are. Translating that into a state of consciousness, however, is the challenge.

Part 1 represents the first two chapters in this improvised tome, meaning Moebius never had a script or any guidelines other than to start working as quickly as possible. His rationale, be as spontaneous as he could with his thoughts and create a stream of consciousness. Moebius drew the book as “finished sketches,” without any planning and a Bob Ross approach to happy little mistakes.

Taking place inside the clearly-fictitious Desert “B,” Moebius explores this desert wasteland (while sometimes being on the outside looking in). At times, the journal can transform from a comic-style book into a deconstruction of a comic, showing you just how internal and personal this story is to the author. Makes sense, after all, because this book is not just about Moebius – it is Moebius. How many other comic creators will sit down to a salad with their past-self and characters, resulting in a nearly violent intervention about Moebius’ drug use? Who else will sit down with that same past-self and reveal their concern and worry for the future immediately after the 9/11 attacks? Moebius.

If you think of other autobiographical comics that relate to drug use, typically it’s about their minds being altered through it. “Inside Moebius” flips the concept, giving us the fantastical story of a man trying to kick the habit and going on a spiritual journey into himself while not under the influence of a mind-altering narcotic. It’s a unique reversal of the trope that comic artists are all on something, but this time it’s about getting off of that something. Moebius withdraws into himself and his iconic characters to explore his inner-workings, and look beyond at and intangible concepts like life, death, guilt, and shame.

I greatly enjoyed the fast-and-loose style of drawing in this book. It’s clearly still Moebius, but seeing the sketches adds energy and immediacy to the work. The color palette is just as classic, but instead of hyper-detailed rendering, it’s getting a sense of the person as opposed to more realistic. I have never seen a bad Moebius drawing, and these loose illustrations showed me a side that I never knew I wanted to see so badly from him. It all ties together seamlessly to show us a psyche that is trying to clean itself out from not just weed, but the negativity that bogs Moebius down in order to free himself to soar to great heights.

Inside Moebius Part 1 will be available February 7 from Dark Horse Comics, so check it out if you are a fan of the great Moebius or autobiographical works. Fans of Moebius will really enjoy this side of him, and people new to this artist who may not have been interested in his other genres may be more keen to check out this unseen side of an artist whose legacy just became even more fascinating.

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Dark Horse to Debut “Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition” in 2018

Kazuo Koike’s samurai epic Lone Wolf and Cub has long been considered a masterpiece of graphic fiction. And Dark Horse is thrilled to announce the release of the oversized gallery edition coming in 2018!

Lone Wolf and Cub is a staggering, sprawling epic, and a tour de force of storytelling, both in the complex, emotional narrative of writer/creator Kazuo Koike and the explosive kineticism and subtle expressiveness of artist Goseki Kojima. Featuring Kojima’s spectacular illustrations at original size on heavy-stock art paper, the Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition is a must-have for collectors and enthusiasts of the finest comic art ever created. Reproduced from high-resolution full-size scans of the original art created over forty years ago, fans will have the opportunity to experience this spectacular body of work in as close to its original format as has ever been possible.

Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition HC goes on sale May 23, 2018, and is available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop.

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