Fan Expo Canada: Dark horse 2013 Schedule

This weekend, Dark Horse Comics is headed to Toronto for the second largest pop culture convention in North America – FanExpo! Stop by Booth #856 to pick up FREE giveaways—lanyards, window clings, buttons, and posters.  You can also buy copies of your favorite comics, books, and products, including an exclusive Fan Expo Canada variant cover ofHalo: Initiation (10 per person per day). All giveaways, exclusives, and items for sale are available while supplies last. 

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Signings at the Dark Horse Booth

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Friday, August 23

 

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.              THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY  

Vivek J. Tiwary (creator/writer)

                                                *FREE The Fifth Beatle print!

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.                        ORCHID  Scott Hepburn (artist)

                                                *FREE Orchid comic!

Saturday, August 24

 

11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.            BREATH OF BONES and CRIMINAL MACABRE  

Steve Niles (creator/writer) and Justin Erickson (cover artist,

Criminal Macabre)

*FREE Breath of Bones poster and Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein print!

 

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.              THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY  

Vivek J. Tiwary (creator/writer)

*FREE The Fifth Beatle print!

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.            MIGNOLAVERSE (HellboyB.P.R.D.Abe SapienBaltimoreWitchfinder, and more!)  Mike Mignola (creator/writer/artist)

                                                *FREE Hellboy poster, Itty Bitty Hellboy window clings, and more!

Special Event

 

Saturday, August 24

 

1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.             BLOODY DISGUSTING PRESENTS: MIKE MIGNOLA

                                                Room 716

Since his first introduction in 1994, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy has gone on to achieve a status in comics typically reserved for characters created 40 years before him. Following up on the first arc ofHellboy in Hell (one of his most popular miniseries to date), an all-new Abe Sapien ongoing series, and the continuing adventures of the supporting cast of the B.P.R.D., we offer you a rare opportunity to enter one of the most intriguing minds of the industry today! Join Bloody Disgusting’s James Wright for a live interview with creator Mike Mignola, along with a chance to ask your own questions about your favorite cast of characters.

Review – Orchid #11

Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Published By: Dark Horse

After getting the crap kicked out of them, Orchid and Simon are a little worse for the wear. Luckily, Barrabas, who has now turned on Wolfe, has shown up and is kicking some genetically modified animal ass! Once some of the dust settles, Orchid sees that her ally Westin, has betrayed her and the movement. Things have not gone according to plan and Orchid is feeling defeated. Just when things are looking their worst Orchid finds unexpected help and regains some much-needed strength. The Shadow Rebels are beginning to take a dent out of Wolfe’s army, but Wolfe is determined to come out the victor, and unearths the big guns!

With all hell breaking loose and only one issue of Orchid left to go everything is in chaos and only one side will be able to emerge victorious. This issue of Orchid does an amazing job setting up the last issue for the Shadow Rebels last and undoubtedly biggest stand of their lives. Inspirational and maddening at the same time, Orchid is perfection. Tom Morello’s writing is awe-inspiring and the artwork of Scott Hepburn is breathtaking. Orchid has come together flawlessly and I have no doubt that the final issue will be the pièce de résistance!

Release Date: December 12th, 2012

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Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

Review – Orchid #10

Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Published By: Dark Horse

The battle has begun and things are not looking so good for our band of Shadow Rebels. Enzio is overwhelmed and relying on Orchid to finish her mission of killing the heartless, disgusting Tomo Wolfe. Thanks to their explosive expert, Westin, Orchid and her army have penetrated Wolfe’s fortress and are on their way to destroy him. Wolfe, unaware of Orchid’s arrival has just learned that Barrabas has turned on him and is wreaking havoc in Fortress Penuel. His day quickly gets worse as Gletkin, Wolfe’s mindless drone of a right hand man tries to restore order but fails miserably when Wolfe gives the order to find Barrabas and kill him. Wolfe, as his world is unraveling, soon learns that they have a new secret weapon, a traitor to the Shadow rebels! What would a revolution be without a few hiccups? Still, nothing will stop Orchid and her crew and she may have a few tricks up her sleeve as well.

The Shadow Rebels fight has reached a fevered pitch with only a couple of issues of this amazing comic left to go. Everything is coming to a head, death on both sides, small triumphs, big losses. Who will come out on top? Like every past issue this one is excellent and exceeds expectations. The writing is poignant and the art is impeccable. The end of Orchid is bittersweet, I can’t wait for the conclusion but not having an issue to read every month is to put it simply, gonna suck! At least there are a couple of issues left and it’s going to be a helluva ride!

Release Date: October 17th, 2012

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Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

Review – Orchid #9

Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Published By: Dark Horse

Orchid, who has found strength through herself and strength through General China’s mask has rallied the poor and downtrodden to form an angry, badass army who refuses to sit idly by and allow evil dictator Tomo Wolfe to continue his calculated and inhumane exploitation of them. As the battle of all battles is about to take place, Wolfe is in search of Barrabas, who unbeknownst to Wolfe, witnessed the death of an animal by Wolfe’s command. This was the one and only stipulation that Barrabas had when he agreed to work by Wolfe’s side and I can’t wait for the fallout from Wolfe’s misstep. Meanwhile, Orchid and her (ever-growing) band of misfits get the jump on the first wave of Wolfe’s genocide army proving that a surprise attack was nothing the mindless minions were ready for. An extra treat in this issue comes in the form of the mask’s back story. We learn how it came to be, why it’s so powerful and why only certain people can wear it without being torn apart! Will Orchid and her crew make it to Wolfe and unleash justice upon him or will the bridge people be obliterated before they are able to do anything?

Wow! The story of the mask, freedom fighters, a bunch of wrongs being righted, the poor uniting and fighting back, what doesn’t Orchid have? This issue does a great job building up the tension of the upcoming war and rousing anticipation for the little guy. We also get to see a bunch of the mutated animals drawn with perfection by Scott Hepburn. The awesome feeling of unification and hope this issue arouses is astounding. Yet again, Tom Morello’s writing is on point and just simply amazing. Like every other issue in this series, this one is perfection. It is a great addition to the continuing story and I am SO excited to see what happens next!

Release Date: September 12th, 2012

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Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

Dark Horse Comics SDCC 2012 Signing Schedule!

Dark Horse Comics has released their SDCC signing schedule and it’s pretty awesome with a lot of goodness lined up!

DARK HORSE SIGNINGS – BOOTH #2615

 

Wednesday, July 11 

5:30 p.m.—Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider

6:30 p.m.—Orchid Q&A and Signing with Tom Morello and Scott Hepburn *Ticketed by drawing

8:00 p.m.—Mass Effect Signing with John Jackson Miller

 

 

Thursday, July 12 

11:00 a.m.—Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

1:00 p.m. —Angel & Faith Signing with Christos Gage

2:00 p.m.—Fatima Signing with Gilbert Hernandez

3:00 p.m.—Creator-Owned Signing with Eric Powell (The Goon), Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle), Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park), and Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple)

 4:00 p.m.—Tarzan 100th Anniversary Event with Thomas Yeates, Ron Ely, Joe Jusko, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. President and Archivist

5:00-7:00 p.m.—Whedonverse Meet-up and Costume Contest with Shawna Trpcic, main costume designer on Joss Whedon’s FireflyAngelDoctor Horrible’s Sing-Along BlogDollhouse, and Cabin in the Woods.

 

Friday, July 13 

10:00 a.m.—Usagi Yojimbo Signing with Stan Sakai

See a preview of the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin game for smartphones, tablets, and desktops.

11:00 a.m.—Star Wars Signing with Mike Richardson (Crimson Empire), Dave Dorman (Crimson Empire, Darth Maul), Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (Dark Times), Dave Wilkins (Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison), Dan Parsons (Dawn of the Jedi), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Michael Atiyeh (colorist), Michael Heisler (letterer) and Tom Taylor (Darth Maul)

12:00 pm.—Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher  (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, Wade Schin, and Arsenio Navarro

12:00 p.m.—Axe Cop Signing with Ethan Nicolle

1:00 p.m.—HellboyB.P.R.D., and Baltimore Signing with Mike Mignola, Cameron Stewart, and Tyler Crook

1:00 p.m.—Age of Reptiles Signing with Ricardo Delgado  

2:00 p.m.—Berserk Signing with Eiko Tanaka (Studio 4C CEO)

2:30 p.m. – Green River Killer Signing with Jeff Jensen

3:00 p.m.– Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing

3:00 p.m. – Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider

4:00 p.m. – Empowered Signing with Adam Warren

4:00 p.m. – De:Tales Signing with Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon

5:00 p.m.—Creepy and Eerie Signing with Dan Braun, Angelo Torres, and Christopher A. Taylor

5:00 p.m.—Dark Horse Horror Signing with Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), Eric Powell (The Goon), and Paul Tobin (Colder)

6:00 p.m. – TNT’s Falling Skies Signing with series stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, executive producer Remi Aubuchon and more! *Ticketed by drawing

 

 

Saturday, July 14 

10:00 a.m.—Darksiders Signing with David Slagle and Roger Robinson

10:00 a.m.—Aliens Colonial Marines Signing with Josh Williams

11:00 a.m.—Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing

12:00 p.m.—Joss Whedon Signing *Ticketed by drawing

1:00 p.m.—Whedonverse Signing with Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Christos Gage, Jane Espenson, and Drew Greenberg

2:00 p.m – Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra Signing with Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki Hyun Ryu, and Gurihiru Studios artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano *Ticketed by drawing

3:00 p.m. – Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher  (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, and Wade Schin

3:00 p.m.—Concrete Park Signing with Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander

4:00 p.m.—Dark Matter Signing with Joseph Mallozzi

4:00 p.m.—Exile to Babylon Signing with Domagoj Mazuran, Matt Savelloni, and Helen Darras

5:00 p.m. – Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

6:00 p.m.—The Goon Signing with creator Eric Powell

 

Sunday, July 15 

10:00 a.m.—Beanworld Signing with Larry Marder

11:00 a.m.—Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

12:00 p.m.—The Guild Signing with Felicia Day *Ticketed by drawing

1:00 p.m.—The Strain Signing with Guillermo del Toro *Ticketed by drawing

2:00 p.m.—Emily the Strange Signing with Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner

3:00 p.m.—Doug Sneyd Signing

 

*Events are subject to change.  Some restrictions apply. 

 

Review – Orchid Volume 1 Hardcover (TPB)

Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover Art: Massimo Carnevale
Published By: Dark Horse

This beautiful hardcover edition of Orchid Volume 1 collects issues 1-4. As an added bonus, Volume 1 also contains all of the codes needed to download the free songs by Tom Morello that originally came with each individual issue. Aside from getting one of the best new comics out there, there is a little piece written by Morello about his inspiration for creating Orchid and a few sketches of some of the main characters (a couple more pages of sketches would have been nice). This hardcover edition is a great way to catch up on this AMAZING series and it really allows you to dive right in and see what you’ve been missing. It was a treat to go back through and reread the story and rediscover Scott Hepburn’s phenomenal art. Whether you are a new or old fan of the series this book is definitely worth picking up!

Release Date: July 11th, 2012
Price: $17.99

Link: Pre-Order | Preview

  
Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Extras:★★★½☆ 
Value:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

Review – Orchid #8

Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Published By: Dark Horse

Orchid is having a difficult (to say the least) time dealing with all of the losses that have been piling up at her feet and chances are she hasn’t seen the last death of someone she cares about. As Orchid and her crew are trying to escape from Tomo Wolfe’s thugs, an unlikely hero emerges to save them. After a grunt reports to Wolfe that his prisoners have escaped, Wolfe decides to take extreme measures. It becomes clear very quickly that Wolfe is not your run-of-the-mill bad guy, he’s much more than that, he is pure evil. A man with no heart or conscience whatsoever, the scariest kind who will stop at nothing to “win.” Orchid, Simon and Anzio realize that they are soon going to be outnumbered and that death is imminent. Orchid’s heart and mind seem to have lost all of their fight, that is, until a stunning and game changing revelation takes place!

Beyond brilliant. If ever there were a perfect comic, this would be it. There is so much heart and inspiration on each page, it’s impossible to not become fully immersed in the story and the characters. Orchid
is finally coming into her own and she’s taking the downtrodden and wounded with her. Tom Morello’s writing is heartfelt and flawless. Scott Hepburn’s art is amazingly beautiful. All the pain and emotion is captured with precision and beauty. Massimo Carnevale’s cover is stunning and sets the tone for the entire issue. Everything about this comic is top-notch and REQUIRED reading. If you still haven’t read any issues (seriously?!? This is issue #8?) then you are really missing out on something special and different from anything else out there!

Release Date: July 4th, 2012

Links: Pre-Order | Preview

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

Review – Orchid #7

Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Published By: Dark Horse

After Orchid, Simon and Anzio make the decision that they can’t leave Tomo Wolfe’s complex without Opal, they quickly see by the trail of dead and maimed bodies that Opal is quite capable of keeping herself alive. They arrive just in time to see Opal wearing General China’s mask, in the battle of her life with one of Wolfe’s hybrid beasts that is doing its best to end Opal before she slaughters Wolfe. Wolfe (that bastard) is showing how cowardly he really is, standing back barking orders at the beast. While all of this is going on Opal seems unfazed and focused. Who will survive, Opal, Wolfe or neither of them? Will particular actions have unexpected consequences that no one could have seen coming?

I know each month I rave about this comic and I’m happy to say that this month will be no different, but it is completely justified! This issue was spectacular. We learn so much in this issue about General China, Opal and why Orchid is going to be so important. This is issue was very sad, I mean sad to the point of tears. Tom Morello has an extraordinary way of writing speeches that are so full of feeling and which add an insane amount of depth to the characters. As with each issue, the art is amazing and captures everything perfectly. I think I might go out on a limb and say this issue was the best yet. It really gave the reader some deep insight into the story thus far as well as where the story is headed. Get inspired, read this comic!

Release Date: May 23, 2012

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Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

Review – Orchid #6

Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Published By: Dark Horse

On the anniversary of General China’s death, Anzio’s impending execution will be a spectacle to mark the day the Rebellion was crushed. On a day known as “Final Victory Day”, all around bad guy and Penuel’s Lord, Tomo Wolfe is trying to pump up his subjects for the execution. He is trying to convince them that they are better off than most and with Anzio’s death they will start anew, cleansed and revitalized. However, things won’t go so smooth for Wolfe because as we learned in the last issue Simon, Orchid, Opal and their new friends were on a mission to rescue Anzio. I think by now we know that this bunch is resilient and that they never stop until they succeed in righting whatever wrongs the elite have committed. Even with their never say die attitude, things begin to look grim, that is until the mask is brought out and Opal puts a whole new spin on ass whoopin’! Opal’s on a mission and nothing can stop her and everyone will soon learn that it’s just best to stay out of her way.

Every month I read Orchid thinking it has to have reached its peak or at least plateaued, but it never fails, every month I’m blown away at how amazing it really is. It just continues to get better, which is insane because it’s unbelievable to begin with. The characters and storylines are so rich and in this issue we get some back story on Tomo Wolfe, supreme leader of Penuel. Unlike some of the other back stories we have gotten on the bad guys, this one made me feel no sympathy for the character. He’s terrible, some people just are. Opal in this issue (just like past issues) is awesome, she has made up her mind and no one is going to stand in her way. Adding Anzio to the group is going to add an additional dynamic because of his die-hard freedom fighter roots. The art is perfect, and each month I look forward to seeing what new animal hybrid concoction will be introduced. The dialog is touching, maddening and inspiring (quite a feat really). It’s safe to say that you really need to be reading this comic. It’s at the top of my list each month for the comics I’m most looking forward to and each month it never ceases to amaze me!

Release Date: April 11th, 2012

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Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – Orchid #5

Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue of Orchid is all about journeys and those elements that make them successful both as a group and on an individual level. Orchid, Simon and Opal are on a mission to find Westin, an explosives expert and old friend of Opal and General China in Gath. No sooner do they enter Gath than Orchid finds trouble in the form of her old pimp and neither of them are happy to see one another. Orchid, showing a side of herself that we have never seen before, unsure, scared and kind of weak, becomes frozen. Cue Opal as she swoops in and does to Orchid’s pimp what should be done to all pimps. Opal really shows Orchid and Simon just how bad ass she really is and shows the reader that this woman is no joke! After searching for some time, our crew finds Westin but are dismayed when they find out he no longer works for the cause due to some losses, instead he only works for money. Believing all hope is lost, Opal has yet another trick up her sleeve and the freedom fighters are off to Fortress Penuel to rescue Simon’s comrade Anzio, who has been on his own journey as he has been captured and tortured for some time. This issue shows Orchid growing and developing a lot, she asks Opal for help as she wants to learn to be a fighter/killer like Opal. However, Opal teaches her something far greater than learning how to kill. Will they get to Anzio in time or will they be too late and find themselves facing yet another setback in their mission?

After a brief hiatus Orchid has come back better than ever. This issue is great and I love seeing the different sides of Orchid’s character developing and becoming much deeper. She shows vulnerability for the first time and I think the relationship developing between her and Opal will be an amazing one. Seeing the no holds barred Opal is also fantastic, she’s a kick ass women and unapologetic (as she should be) about it! Everything as usual is on point in this issue, the art is perfect, the dialog both inspiring and frustrating and the story wonderful. Tom Morello has done an outstanding job with this comic and really has something special here. If you’re not reading it yet, you really are missing out on something great!

Release Date: March 14th, 2012

Links: Preview | Pre-Order

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★½