Dark horse announces Exclusives for WonderCon 2014

WITCHER #1 CVR VARAs the pop culture world gears up for this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim, CA, Dark Horse announces two special variant covers for this year’s show!

First up, Dark Horse brings an all-new variant cover for a critical hit and fan favorite, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with an exclusive Season Ten first-issue cover by Tomb Raider art director Brian Horton! Limited to 1,000 copies, these are sure to be scarce!

Second is a variant for Angel & Faith Season Ten #1, by Buffy cover LOUADC HC CVR-BCartist Steve Morris! Again, with only 1,000 copies produced, these will go fast!

These two special WonderCon exclusives will retail for $5 and are limited to five per person.

Dark Horse also has three other convention exclusives, produced in limited editions and available while supplies last!

Legendary artist Stan Sakai has done a special cover for the upcoming The Witcher, a canonical tie-in series in the world of the Witcher video games, which have collectively won over 250 awards and sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide! All proceeds from the sale of this limited-edition variant will benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai.

HBYIB HC CON EX CVRArt Baltazar and Franco bring you the characters that sprung from Mike Mignola’s imagination, with an AW YEAH twist, in Itty Bitty Hellboy! A limited-edition hardcover is available at WonderCon for $20, while supplies last!

The Last of Us: American Dreams, from Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) and Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, collects the comics that are the official lead-in to the game. This limited-edition hardcover will first be available at PAX East this weekend, and then in very limited quantities at WonderCon for $24.99.

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Dark Horse Digital gives away One Million Free Comics For its Second Anniversary!

 

 

 

 

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Now that the dust has settled on Dark Horse Digital’s incredibly successful two-year-anniversary promotion, the company is pleased to announce that it gave away a million free digital comics!

As part of the celebration of the second year of the company’s digital initiative and proprietary storefront, fifty free single-issue comics were made available for only forty-eight hours. In that time, thousands of fans took advantage of the offer and downloaded their favorite Dark Horse titles, to the tune of a million copies!

“The success of our digital promotion illustrates the growing reach of digital comics, which we believe are an important element in the recent resurgence of physical comic book and graphic novel sales,” said Dark Horse’s president and founder, Mike Richardson.

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011, and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.

Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership by featuring its most popular and best-selling titles, including Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity,Hellboy, Avatar, and Mass Effect, as well as exclusive digital-first series, such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2, and Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its reader base on a weekly basis. It currently offers thousands of comics and continues to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage through both the Google Play and iOS apps.

Dark Horse Presents Hits Landmark with it’s 25th Issue!

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DARK HORSE PRESENTS REACHES LANDMARK  25th ISSUE!

2012 Eisner, Harvey, and Diamond Gem Award Winner for Best Anthology

It’s no secret that Dark Horse Presents continues to be comics’ greatest anthology, boasting eighty pages with no ads and new stories every month. Heading into its third year of publication, the Eisner and Harvey Award–winning anthology is bringing in the big guns with the landmark twenty-fifth issue!

Dark Horse Presents is a reflection of everything that has made Dark Horse Comics so successful over its history . . . great creators, amazing stories, and a showcase for exciting new talent,” says Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.

After training with Buffy, Billy the vampire slayer heads back to his hometown to deal with the zompire epidemic! Delve into a time-travel story from Eisner Award–winning writer Matt Fraction! Publisher Mike Richardson adapts Andrew Vachss’s vision of violence in the big city in Underground!

Read a chapter of The Chapel Chronicles by fifteen-year-old Emma T Capps. Plus, new installments of Ron Randall’s Trekker, Frank Barbiere’s Blackout, Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s Nexus, Phil Stanford’s Crime Does Not Pay, Fred Van Lente’s Brain Boy, Peter Hogan’s King’s Road, and Dan Jolley’s Bloodhound!

Praise for Dark Horse Presents:

“Dark Horse’s prestigious anthology series . . . showcases emerging talent alongside some of the greatest writers, artists and cartoonists comics has to offer, as well as promising new and underground talents.”—ComicsAlliance 

“Seriously, this is comics’ best kept secret trove of great comics.”—Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6

Dark Horse Presents #25 is on sale June 19, 2013 and is available for pre-order through Diamond APR130017

Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #7 – On Your Own Part 2

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Karl Story
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Phil Noto
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines and Michelle Madsen
Executive Produce: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue begins with Buffy’s roommates, Tumble and Anaheed voting on whether Buffy should stay in the apartment with them. As quickly as they come to their decision they realize that Buffy is already gone. Spike, being the stand up vampire that he is, has taken all of Buffy’s burdens and planted them firmly on his shoulders in hopes of alleviating as much stress and pain off of Buffy that he can. This is not to say that Buffy is incapable of taking care of things, but she is clearly going through some life changing stuff and Spike wants nothing more than to help and be there for her. True to form, Spike is putting out fires all over the place. After a fight with Buffy, Spike receives a call from Detective Dowling who asks him for assistance because he has come across a nest of zompires. Without hesitation, Spike steers his bug infested floating castle in the sky to the nest and jumps into action. Turns out Spike needs some help too and as Buffy helps him and returns the favor, it highlights how great of a team Buffy and Spike really are. After the zompire threat is gone, Buffy and Spike have a heart to heart (I’m not going to lie, I got super giddy here) and then, in typical form, everything goes to #@!% just as fast. Tragedy strikes and we are left wondering what the hell just happened. I read the final panels over and over again and I still don’t know what to think!

This issue was great, especially for the Buffy and Spike shippers (me!). There are a lot of sweet moments followed by a lot of what the &%#@ moments. This issue has it all, the sads, the happys, and most importantly, the sitting there like a deer in headlights unable to form a single thought! The art and dialog are excellent and I especially love Phil Noto’s cover showing a relaxed Buffy and Spike enjoying a glass of wine and a crossword puzzle, the picture of normalcy. Waiting another month for the next issue is going to be an excruciating task but I think it’s definitely going to be worth it.

Release Date: March 14th, 2012

 
Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
WTF Factor:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Bamfas Deals of the week 2/1/12

Another Wednesday is upon us and that means its time for the Bamfas deals of the week!

This list of loot should carry you over for the rest of the week and hopefully give you something to look forward to in the mail on Monday. On with the goods!

 

Bamfas.com #1 weekly want

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series

It has been called the greatest show ever (often by me) for a good reason. The set includes every episode over 39 DVDs. If you have not seen the show before, this is a great chance to see it for the first time. Sure it is on Netflix instant streaming but the collectors set’s packaging is a must for fans with worn down and possible played out discs.

Deal details: 64% off right now for $72.99 on [Amazon.com]

 

 

The tidy tech deal of the week

Flexicord HDMI cable

If you are anything like me then you have a mess of tangled cables behind your tv. You can try to stash it but it just never wants to stay hidden. This handy cable uncoils to the exact you need. Since they don’t recoil, they come with a recoiler if you need to adjust the length.

Deal details: $9.99 on [Amazon.com]

 
The DIY, Moar Power!! Deal of the week

 Dual USB outlet

I dare you to not want this! Perfect addition to your home office that is lacking outlet space. No more deciding what to unplug because your phone is about to croak. If you are worried about installation, it does come with detailed step by step instructions.

Deal details: $26.96 on [Amazon.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buffy turns 14!

Well she actually turned 30 this year but March 10th marks the 14th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s television debut!

I remember it was my freshmen year of high school and I couldn’t believe there was a show about vampires! In 97′, prime time tv seemed to be made up of twenty somethings in New York or thirty somethings in New York.

I saw “Welcome to the Hellmouth” and “The Harvest” and was hooked instantly. The show wasn’t just horror, comedy or a drama. It was all of those things, yet at the same time not. It wasn’t just that it was action, it was also relatable in some way.

It was a cast of teens in a small California town dealing with the same problems as any normal teen would. The only difference is that some of their problems could eat you. They dealt with amplified versions of problems normal people faced.

I of course did not recognize this immediately, being only 13 at the time. The metaphor and underlying themes weren’t apparent . I couldn’t explain it but I could sense that it was something unique.

I just recently re watched the series and I can say that it gets better with each screening. In fact, if you have ever been to my house, chances are, I will make you watch an episode if you have never seen it. I have converted many who missed out or were too young at the time to really enjoy the show.

There are people who will flat out not watch. Usually it is for one of two reasons they give.

1 – That is a stupid name, I’m not watching that!

2- That is so fake!

To the first, it’s just a name, get over it.

To the second, duh! Its a show with vampires and demons. There is nothing real on tv unless you are watching national geographic.

If you have never seen BtVS, I highly recommend it. If you have netflix, you can stream it right now.