Pre-order Harry Potter 7: I Mean, You're Going to Buy it Anyway...

Yes, that's right...as being discussed on the Gabfest (along with Radcliffe's theatrical debut--cough), the seventh and last Harry Potter book is slated to hit July 21st. And we're all going to wind up with a copy--so you might as well pre-order it from Amazon. Why? Because it's $19 pre-ordered through Amazon. And we get kickbacks. What more can we say?

Update: The deluxe edition is now available for pre-order as well. You can snag that here.

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By |March 21st, 2007|Archives|0 Comments

The True Reason the DC Universe Went All Dark on Us...

Batman and Twinkies

...is that Zatanna made all the heroes forget how important Hostess snacks were to everyone's happiness. Ah well.

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By |March 20th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

Win a Spidey Bust From Diamond Select Toys

That's right...Diamond Select Toys, your friend and mine, has offered up a slick black Spidey bust for you to win. To see the bust, to read the rules, and to enter, proceed...

By |March 19th, 2007|Contests, Toys|1 Comment

Wagner tells lost story of Hunter Rose in Grendel: Behold the Devil!

For the first time in over a decade, comics pioneer Matt Wagner writes and draws a miniseries starring his most influential creation—Hunter Rose, the original and most feared assassin known as Grendel!

Launching this July with a fifty-cent prologue issue, Grendel: Behold the Devil chronicles an untold chapter in the life of Hunter Rose over the course of eight intrigue-laden, blood-soaked issues.

A child prodigy, Rose grew up to become a bestselling novelist by day and a criminal mastermind by night. It was only after his death that Rose's step-granddaughter, the noted journalist Christine Spar, discovered his private journals and uncovered Grendel's true meaning as a symptom of society's mediocrity and ceaseless lust for violence.

Now, the final missing pages of Rose's journals, long thought lost, have been discovered.

"For the first time, readers will be privy to a narrative that even Christine Spar was never able to uncover," said Wagner. "We will not [...]

By |March 19th, 2007|Dark Horse, Press Releases|0 Comments

Uncut, uncensored, and until now, unavailable – MPD-Psycho is here!

MPD-Psycho was deemed too shocking for other publishers, with violent images that most thought were too graphic for the American public.

But coming this June, the most-requested manga series in recent memory will be presented uncut and uncensored from Dark Horse Comics. Brace yourself for a dark journey into madness: Eiji Otsuka and Sho-u Tajima's MPD-Psycho.

Police detective Kobayashi Yousuke's life is changed forever after a serial killer notices something "special" about the detective. Kobayashi is stable police detective until he witnesses the killer he's hunting mutilate Kobayashi's own girlfriend. The event triggers several dormant personalities that push Kobayashi into a complex tempest of deviants and evil forces, ultimately creating a multiple personality detective.

Earning praise for its consistently shocking plotlines and Sho-u Tajima's clean, arresting art style, MPD-Psycho is the manga event of the decade. The title was rated the eighth most wanted Japanese [...]

By |March 19th, 2007|Dark Horse, Press Releases|0 Comments

Dark Horse announces second printing of Buffy: Season 8!

Following the book's release yesterday, Dark Horse will be going back to print on the much anticipated first issue of Buffy: Season 8. Since the book was announced last summer, Dark Horse has garnered a great deal of attention both in and outside of the comic market. With high profile press coverage, buzz among fans, and excitement from direct market retailers, orders exceeded the initial printing of over 100,000 copies!

"Admittedly, our expectations were already gigantic, but this has surpassed even those" says Dirk Wood, Director of Marketing. "We couldn't be happier about how this has launched, and have high hopes for upcoming issues."

"We've done something unique here. We've taken something really popular from the most mainstream of media, television, and we've transplanted it with total authority into comics" says Managing Editor, Scott Allie. "This is Buffy, by Joss, as much as the show [...]

By |March 19th, 2007|Dark Horse, Press Releases|0 Comments

VIZ Media's Narutoâ„¢ Does It Again!

MANGA AT NUMBER 25 ON USA TODAY'S TOP 150 BEST SELLER LIST

Property Continues To Be A Success And Demonstrates Broad Audience Appeal

San Francisco, CA March 19, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that the recently released volume 13 of the popular NARUTO™ manga series (rated 'T' for Teens), which is published under the company's SHONEN JUMP™ imprint and also serialized in the monthly SHONEN JUMP magazine (also rated 'T' for teens), placed at Number 25 on the USA Today Top 150 Best Seller List through the week of March 11.

The list (available on USA Today's website at http://www.usatoday.com) is based on an objective computer analysis of retail sales from 4,700 independent, chain, discount and online booksellers nationwide. In 2004 NARUTO was the first manga [...]

By |March 19th, 2007|Press Releases|0 Comments

First-Ever American Anime Awards

FIRST-EVER AMERICAN ANIME AWARDS

PREMIERES MARCH 23 (BROADCAST) AND APRIL 5 (VOD) ON AMERICA'S #1 ANIME CHANNEL

HOUSTON, TX — March 19, 2007 — Taking anime fans behind the velvet ropes of the first-ever American Anime Awards, Anime Network will premiere its "all access" coverage of the inaugural ceremony on March 23 (broadcast) and April 5 (VOD). The two-hour program will include pre- and post-event coverage and will feature the star-studded award ceremony, where anime professionals are recognized for their outstanding achievements in the multi-billon dollar anime industry.

WHAT: Television Broadcast of First-Ever American Anime Awards

Tickets to the ceremony and gala sold out, and Anime Network was the only network granted VIP access to cover the red carpet arrivals, exclusive celebrity interviews and the buzz of backstage. The two-hour program will include pre- and post-ceremony coverage [...]

By |March 19th, 2007|AD Vision, Press Releases|0 Comments

Four Color Fury: The Departed?

Captain Colbert

In a blaze of publicity, Marvel Comics announced the death of Steve Rogers (aka: Captain America). The parting shot made headlines across the globe, and came at just the right time for the cable news pundits--because you can always stop talking about a dead supermodel's baby daddy just long enough to talk about a dead fictional character.

Yes, I'm being a bit cynical about this. After all, with everything else that's going on in the world--analyzing the political impact of Captain America's "death" seems like a terribly inappropriate thing for a responsible media outlet to do. But then again, who am I to say--considering the last time a Four Color Fury column showed up, Anderson Cooper was still the host of The Mole. But everything changes, I'm told.

And besides, it's not as if Marvel hasn't done this before...

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By |March 19th, 2007|Rants|0 Comments

Lemony Snicket's The Punisher: A Generous Helping of Willy Pete

Lemony Snicket: Punisher

Chris over at the Invincible Super-Blog has taken the idea of authors writing super-heroes to its logical and ridiculous conclusion. After all, didn't Brad Meltzer start as just a novelist? Don't you wish he'd go back to being just a novelist? Anyway. Lemony Snicket's The Pernicious Punishment contains bits like this:

Gentle Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the story you are reading is horrifically violent. It is, to say the least, an extremely brutal tale of a very angry man who, despite being rather clever and possessing a very grim sense of humor, has chosen to react to tragedy by shooting, stabbing, or blowing up virtually every single person he encounters who is not dressed in some sort of garish spider costume.

I laughed so hard that Red Bull came out my nose. And I haven't been near a Red Bull in a week's time. Explain that.

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By |March 19th, 2007|Comics|0 Comments