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 [...]

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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

Energy Fiend's Caffeine Database: Calculate Your Buzz, Baby

Energy Fiend caffeine calculator

It's always impressive when something good gets downright better. Energy Fiend has updated their caffeine database so you can tally up your intake on any given day and see just how much of the substance of the gods you have consumed. Be forewarned, though: you probably won't be able to top Robbie Williams.

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More Winners! Huzzah! And Stuff!

Two more contests spill out their goodies on an unsuspecting public.

First up, the MSTRKRFT swag goes to Susan Smoaks of Florida.

Next, we got ten Hellboy animated DVDs to give away, so hang tight:

Frances Reiss of Vermont
Grace Chu of California
Gregory Hill of Pennsylvania
Kelly Wakefield of Indiana
Marty Turrill of North Carolina
Paula Brawley of Texas
Regina Manning of California
Richard Horrum of Nebraska
Stefan Romanski of New York
Thomas Polk of Pennsylvania

Congrats to all the winners. Feel free to e-mail me if you see this before I can get an e-mail off to you. I need to confirm your street address so we don't get packages coming back to us. Rock!

By |March 18th, 2007|Contests|0 Comments

The Union That Works For You, Ya @*#@$%*

A genius alternate soundtrack to a union PSA from the 70s, that was apparently, according to the YouTube description anyway, recorded at the time as a lark. And yes, we agree: NSFW without headphones.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Found via Boing Boing.

By |March 18th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

Roy Zimmerman vs. The Beatles: Where Do They All Come From?

Beatles: Yellow Submarine and Eleanor Rigby

Sure, we're a day late. But most of you are still asleep, and if we told you we posted this last night while you were drinking heavily, you'd buy it.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Found via VideoSift.
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Charles Vess' Fairy Princess comes to life!

Dark Horse Enchants Collectors With Charles Vess 'Fairy Princess' Statue

One of America's most prominent fantasy art talents has turned his hand to sculpture, and the results are stunning. Charles Vess, award winning illustrator and graphic novel creator, has ventured forth with a new creative facet to his bejeweled career- sculpting.

Vess has long exhibited a distinct style, notably in his collaborations with Neil Gaiman such as Sandman, for which they won the World Fantasy Award and the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award and Stardust, which is forthcoming as a major motion picture.

Dark Horse Comics has worked with Vess on fabricating an original sculpture, which is based upon his original artwork of a Fairy Princess. It is scheduled for July 2007 release, and will be offered as a limited edition, with each numbered statue accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by [...]

By |March 18th, 2007|Dark Horse, Press Releases|0 Comments