Dark Horse San Diego Comic-Con 2008 Announcements

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Dark Horse offers you a recap of this past week’s SDCC announcements!


AppleGeeks vol. 1 – A collection of the webcomics published on applegeeks.com in 2003 and 2004. Drawn by Mohammad F. Haque (Hawk) and written by Ananth Panagariya, AppleGeeks falls in the category of computer humor about college students and their homemade robots. The book will include creator commentary and other bonus material, including a pinup gallery. It will be printed in full color and will go on sale in June 2009 for $14.95.

Mister X Archives and New Series – Dean Motter’s alternative comics masterpiece Mister X is being reprinted and bound in a brand-new hardcover archives series, along with brand-new stories to be written. Mister X Archives will feature the artwork of young superstars Jaime Hernandez and Dave McKean. And now, after 25 years of waiting, fans get a new taste of Mister X. Motter returns to write and draw an all-new story starring his most influential creation. Archives will be released in the fall of 2008. Pre-order yours here.

Spawn of Domo – This spring saw the release of an 8″ limited-edition flocked vinyl Domo in a myriad of custom colors (including the SDCC Exclusive Yellow Domo) that was met with extreme enthusiasm from the vinyl toy community—in many cases selling out before they hit the shelves. This fall, Dark Horse will release a new collection of brilliant custom-colored flocked Domo in 5.5″ vinyl figures. In addition to the Classic Brown Domo, the 5.5″ figures will be available in Olive Green, Ruby Red, Earl Grey, and Polar White. Each of the custom colors will be limited to 800 pieces worldwide, except the white variant, which is capped at only 500 pieces. Look for additional custom color variants from at least two selected retail partners.

The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century – A masterpiece nearly twenty years in the making, this hardcover volume contains the complete life story of Martha Washington, the twenty-first century freedom fighter created by comic book megastars Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen). It is a collection of every Martha Washington story and features an extensive behind-the-scenes section. The Life and Times of Martha Washington Omnibus will be released in the summer of 2009.

Vampire Hunter D Bust – Dark Horse Deluxe has just announced they will be releasing a black-and-white variant of the Vampire Hunter D bust scheduled for release in November 2008. Based on the character by Japanese author Hideyuki Kikuchi and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano, the 8.5″ variant bust will be limited and numbered and will include a certificate of authenticity. Edition size to be determined.


B.P.R.D.: 1947 – After the overwhelming praise from fans and critics alike, Josh Dysart returns to the Hellboy universe for B.P.R.D.: 1947, the follow-up to this year’s acclaimed B.P.R.D.:1946 series, chronicling the early exploits of this organization, founded by Professor Bruttenholm—occult investigator and guardian of the infant Hellboy. This new series picks up the following year, after the Nazi Project Vampir Sturm threatened to destroy the fragile peace following the end of the second World War. A year later, the fledgling B.P.R.D. learns that there are creatures far older—and far more dangerous—than Hitler’s creations, as a lone vampire nobleman ruthlessly hunts the survivors of the Third Reich. Mike Mignola, along with Josh Dysart, plot out the next chapter in the history of comics’ not-so-secret organization. This time, sequential heartthrobs Gabriel Bá (Umbrella Academy) and Fábio Moon (Sugarshock) come on board to handle the artistic duties. Arriving on shelves in June 2009.

Boris Karloff’s Tales of Mystery – Dark Horse will be collecting this long-gone, but not forgotten, Gold Key series, bearing the namesake of one of the earliest and most recognizable faces of horror. The newest addition to the Dark Horse Archives program, and following on the heels of the legendary Creepy and Eerie, these highly sought-after comics are most well known for their stunning cover art. All 97 issues will eventually be collected in a series of beautifully bound hardcover books. The first volume hits the shelf in 2009.

Cages TPB – Dark Horse Comics is reprinting Dave McKean’s masterpiece, Cages, in a ten-issue comic book limited series. It was originally released between 1990 and 1996 and Cages is the only work that McKean has both written and drawn. McKean is possibly the most widely known of the current artists creating comics for adults; he painted the covers of all 75 Sandman issues and has also drawn The Black Orchid and Violent Cases. Cages is due to be released in the summer of 2009.

Eerie Archives vol. 1 – The first volume of the Eerie Archives will collect the first five issues of the classic Eerie horror series. This first volume will include stories by Archie Goodwin, Alex Toth, Reed Crandall, John Severin, Gene Colan, Gray Morrow, Angelo Torres, Steve Ditko, Roy Krenkel, and others. Eerie vol. 1 will be released in February 2009.

New Creepy comic – The new Creepy will be a quarterly black-and-white anthology closely mirroring the aesthetic of the original magazine, but in standard comic-book size. This will be the first new Creepy story in more than 25 years and will be published on MySpace Dark Horse Presents in October. The comic book will come out in the spring of 2009. There will also be a two-page introduction to the newly extended “Creepy family,” illustrated by Jeff Preston.

The Marquis – Guy Davis’s creator-owned masterpiece comes to Dark Horse, with a new deluxe edition collecting both of the previously released Oni volumes. This upcoming collection, entitled The Marquis: Inferno, collects both TPBs, Danse Macabre and Intermezzo, and will feature a new cover design, as well as an introduction by Mike Mignola. Dark Horse will also announce the upcoming third volume, The Marquis and the Midwife, to be released in 2010.


Frank Miller: The Spirit Storyboards – Dark Horse proudly presents an insight into what promises to be one of the hottest films of the year, and the directorial mind of Frank Miller. This book will collect every single storyboard drawn by the comics legend himself, as well as the full screenplay for the film. Featuring beautiful, fully inked and detailed artwork in Frank’s inimitable, larger than life style, this book will be an essential edition to any collection. Arriving in stores in 2009.

Shinjuku – Dark Horse Comics is proud to introduce Shinjuku, the first totally original project by Yoshitaka Amano in nearly a decade. Set in the year 2020, Shinjuku is the story of Daniel Legend, an American Special Forces soldier turned licensed private bounty hunter. He is a loner who travels the globe capturing criminals and now must journey to Shinjuku, Tokyo, to save his sister. Armed with his wits, metal storm pistol and a mysterious, cryptic five-year-old postcard, Simon sets out to save his family and accidentally saves the world. Shinjuku is set for release in the summer of 2009.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Dark Horse Comics will showcase the first look at the highly anticipated The Clone Wars comics and digest series! Each will be the perfect compliment to Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated CGI-animated The Clone Wars movie and television programs! With Henry Gilroy handling the story for both new series, the digests will feature art by Matt and Shawn Fillbach, with Scott Hepburn penciling the comics. While the digests feature standalone stories designed to be read in any order, the comics will tell an ongoing story set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Both new series are sure to please a whole new generation of Star Wars fans of all ages. Each is set for release in the month of September.

The Adventures of Blanche HC – Dark Horse Comics and iconoclastic cartoonist Rick Geary are proud to present The Adventures of Blanche. Long out of print and collected here for the first time, these quirky and nostalgic tales of Blanche get the deluxe treatment in this hardcover volume featuring an all-new introductory story. From New York to Hollywood, and all the way to Paris, Blanche embarks on the extraordinary adventures of an equally extraordinary woman of the early twentieth century. Blanche is due to be released in early 2009.


Dark Horse Celebrates 20 Years of Aliens, Predator, and Aliens vs. Predator with a Major Announcement – On this eve of the 20th anniversary of the release of the first groundbreaking Aliens comic, Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce the 2009 relaunch of the Aliens, Predator, and Aliens vs. Predator comics franchises, with a new original series for each. This major event will kick off with a new Aliens series to coincide with the May 2009 30th anniversary of the 20th Century Fox science-fiction film blockbuster Alien, with new Predator and Aliens vs. Predator comics series to release on the 20th anniversaries of their first appearances at Dark Horse.

Rex Mundi: Hill of MartyrsRex Mundi returns to its roots with a brand-new Brother Matthew mystery. A servant girl is brutally murdered in an elite Paris hotel. Mystified by the horrific crime, the Inquisition puts Brother Matthew on the case. Matthew’s partner? None other than the cheerful Inquisitor Moricant! In celebration of the final chapter of this critically acclaimed series, Dark Horse, in conjunction with Comic Book Resources, will present Brother Matthew: Hill of Martyrs completely free online, every week in between Rex Mundi issues 13 and l4. The story will begin on CBR exclusively on August 20.

Umbrella Academy: Dallas – Gerard Way’s critically acclaimed series following the cast of misfit geniuses bent on saving the world returns with an all-new chapter this fall. Umbrella Academy: Dallas #1 arrives in November, reuniting the creative power team of Way and Brazilian artist Gabriel Bá, with a special variant cover by the legendary Jim Lee! The first issue hits stands on November 19.

World Embryo – Dark Horse is proud to present World Embryo, the latest creation by Daisuke Moriyama (Chrono Crusade). This is a majorly dark seinen series. In a time where heroes are unrecognized and forgotten, viruses can be transmitted by a cell-phone call, and unseen monsters hunt the innocent, the fate of the world rests in the hands of a secret organization called FLAG and on the shoulders of a high-school teen. World Embryo is scheduled for release in the summer of 2009.


Devil – Dark Horse Comics and Madhouse Studios (Trigun, Hellboy Animated, Tenjho Tenge) team up to release a series by Japanese manga author/illustrator Torajiro Kishi, created exclusively for publication in the United States. An incurable disease called Devil’s Possession is rapidly infecting the population with symptoms that cause slow and painful death. The discovery of a unique category of the infected, the Class-S Devils, raises the question of whether the infected are victims of the virus or a new breed of human predator.

RaptureRapture is a story that takes place one year after a century-long war between superheroes and villains nearly decimated the earth . . . then they all disappeared. Like a Rapture, the Powers were just gone. Everything else, no matter how crazy or fantastic, is really the backdrop to the love story between Evelyn and Gil—two mortal survivors of the superhero apocalypse. Rapture is about how Love and Power are forces that can possess you and make you do things you don’t want to do. You would destroy everything to keep it and even destroy yourself to get rid of it. This story is about the worst breakup ever.


Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project – Dark Horse is proud to present Osamu Takahashi’s manga Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project. Inspired by the final episode of the Evangelion TV show, this manga series imagines a story where the anime’s lead characters, Shinji, Rei, and Asuka, didn’t live the brutal existence of the main saga, but, rather, lived in an alternate world where friendship and romance could be as important as their task to pilot the Evangelion. The series is slated to kick off in summer of 2009 and carry a cost of $9.95.

The Spirit – DH Deluxe presents two highly collectible items from Frank Miller’s film adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. There will be a full-size, limited-edition statue, sculpted by character artist Kolby Jukes, as well as a limited-edition bust sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson, both depicting the likeness of Gabriel Macht as the Spirit, in a dramatic pose envisioned in the moody “neo-noir” palette Miller brings to the screen. In addition, there will be a unique, light-up journal featuring a classic Spirit silhouette on a background of twinkly snow illuminated by a timed sequence of concealed LED lights embedded in the cover.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:15:10+00:00 July 31st, 2008|Dark Horse, Press Releases|0 Comments

Liberty’s Kids: The Complete Series on DVD from Shout! Factory



Walter Cronkite, Annette Bening, Whoopi Goldberg, Dustin Hoffman, Billy Crystal, Ben Stiller, Liam Neeson, Michael York, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and General Norman Schwarzkopf Headline the All-Star Voice Cast

All 40 Adventurous Episodes in a Collectible 6-DVD Box Set, Packed with Colorful and Entertaining Bonus Features

Arrives on DVD October 14, 2008 from Shout! Factory

For the full press release, check below.

By | 2009-11-30T21:21:57+00:00 June 19th, 2008|Press Releases|0 Comments

New Naruto Chapter Book Series from Viz to Debut


Showcase Of The Newest VIZKIDS Format Introduces The Exciting World Of Ninja To Young Readers In Booth #1647

Los Angeles, CA, May 30, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, showcases its first Chapter Book series based on NARUTO, the wildly popular animated and manga (graphic novel) series, at the 2008 Book Expo America (BEA) show which takes place May 30-June 1, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. BEA is the preeminent yearly trade event for publishers and booksellers in North America. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #1647.


By | 2017-09-24T23:18:27+00:00 May 30th, 2008|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ArtFX Theatre from Kotobukiya

A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! The quest for fortune and glory continues with the second ARTFX Theatre – an innovative new concept which combines a movie’s key elements into a hyper-detailed, three-dimensional collage. There will be four different Indy Theatres, with one based on each film in the series. The second release in is actually the first chronological adventure of the greatest adventure hero of all time: INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM.


By | 2010-12-11T09:23:50+00:00 May 23rd, 2008|Press Releases|0 Comments

Viz Media Launches Six New Manga Series for 1Q 2008


Diverse New Titles To Kick Off The New Year

San Francisco, CA, January 8, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the launch of six highly anticipated new manga comic series for the First Quarter of 2008.

The new releases are designed for Teen and Older Teen readers and include SAND CHRONICLES, HIGH SCHOOL DEBUT, HONEY AND CLOVER and MONKEY HIGH, to be published under the popular SHOJO BEAT imprint, RAL Ω GRAD, under the SHONEN JUMP ADVANCED imprint, and SWITCH, to be offered by the VIZ Media imprint.

“We open 2008 with an exciting and diverse collection of new manga titles designed for fans of everything from gritty crime dramas and fantasy/action tales to bittersweet romance stories and zany high school comedy,” says Alvin Lu, Vice President, Publishing VIZ Media, “The debut of DEATH NOTE artist Takeshi Obata’s latest manga series RAL Ω GRAD continues to show the versatility of this very talented creator as he tackles the genre of fantasy adventure manga. New teen-oriented series like SAND CHRONICLES and HONEY AND CLOVER present softer but equally intriguing stories about growing up, entering adulthood and dealing with life’s dramas. The unique stories and characters presented in our newest collection of titles should strike a chord among even the most discriminating fan and we look forward to their success in the New Year.”


By | 2017-09-24T23:22:48+00:00 January 10th, 2008|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments

Sonic Underground’s Volume 1 Provides Both Juice and Jam

Sonic Underground Vol. 1 DVD cover art

SHOUT! FACTORY AND Dic entertainment bring you…


Available for the First Time ON DVD

This special 3-DVD set also includes a CD Soundtrack
Featuring 8 of Sonic Underground’s Greatest Hits!

The heroic hedgehog is back! As told in an ancient prophecy, Sonic is reunited with his two siblings, Sonia and Manic, to form a band – Sonic Underground – using their electric guitar, keyboard, and drumset (which seamlessly transform into weapons during battle) to fight the evil Dr. Robotnik, all while searching for their mother, Queen Aleena Hedgehog. But there’s still one more problem: the queen doesn’t want to meet her children at the wrong time, thus altering the fate of her family – but only when the prophecy is fulfilled can the planet Mobius return to a world of peace and harmony!

Sonic Underground is the third animated series based on the popular Sega video game character, featuring Family Matters’ Jaleel White as the voice of Sonic and Sean Connery as the voice of Great-Grandfather Athair. Each of the 40 episodes in the series also featured a Sonic Underground song in music video form. Rock on with Prince Sonic, Princess Sonia, and Prince Manic as they travel to planet Mobodoon, elude captivity by the robotic hands of bounty hunters Sleet and Dingo, and battle ART – Dr. Robotnik’s most horrible henchman yet! Sonic Underground: Volume 1 will be available for the first time in a 3-DVD set on December 18, 2007 for $34.99 SRP.


By | 2017-09-24T23:24:21+00:00 December 2nd, 2007|Press Releases|0 Comments

Sneak Peak at The Switches EP

Our friends at Filter tell us the following:

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek when the likely lads from Switches swung by the Filter offices for an impromptu acoustic set and they kicked out the jams! This London-based quartet will be releasing their debut album, Lay Down The Law, produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) on Interscope Records in March 2008 but meanwhile we have a 4-song EP to wrap our ears around, as fresh as fresh sounding can be.

And here’s the set in question:

Found here.


By | 2017-09-24T23:24:27+00:00 November 28th, 2007|Press Releases|0 Comments

Beatles Podcast for “Help!” Narrated by Michael Palin

Help! album cover art

In honor of the DVD release of Help! on November 6, 2007, the FIRST EVER Beatles podcast has been created! Narrated by Michael Palin, click on the this linkto check out the 2-part installment (with a 3rd part coming soon).

Update: It says there’s five parts on the site but there’s only three in reality.

About Help!:

Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band’s debut feature film A Hard Days Night, Help! made its theatrical debut in 1965. The story follows The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo‘s possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Austrian Alps and the Bahamas by religious cult members, a mad scientist and the London police.


By | 2017-09-24T23:24:30+00:00 November 26th, 2007|Press Releases|0 Comments

Takehiro Inoue’s “Real” Announced


Best Selling Manga About Wheelchair Basketball To Be Released Domestically In 2008

Takehiro Inoue

NEW YORK, NY, November 20, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, announced the upcoming 2008 release of Takehiko Inoue’s basketball manga comic, Real, last night at a special in-store event attended by the acclaimed artist/creator to inaugurate the new Kinokuniya Bookstore in Bryant Park, New York City. Inoue is also the creator of the mega-hit masterpieces Slam Dunk and Vagabond. Event attendees got a sneak peek at original wall art in the Kinokuniya store illustrated by the artist featuring some of his best-known characters.

The Real series is scheduled to debut July 2008 and is the third manga series created by Takehiko Inoue set to be released by VIZ Media. The company plans to debut his long-awaited Slam Dunk basketball series, Rated T for Teens, in September 2008 and VIZ Media will also publish a pair of beautifully illustrated art books; Sumi and Water.

VIZ Media currently publishes Inoue’s acclaimed samurai series Vagabond, rated M for Mature.


By | 2017-09-24T23:24:53+00:00 November 25th, 2007|Press Releases, Viz Media|0 Comments