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DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES THE BIGGEST FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EVER!

FOUR GREAT STORIES, TWO AMAZING BOOKS, ONE HECK OF A SATURDAY!

NOVEMBER 23, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse rolls out the announcement of all four titles that will be featured in two different comics to be given away to thousands of fans on May 5, 2012.

First comes a special flip book featuring both Felicia Day’s gaming web series turned comic, The Guild, and Dark Horse’s best-selling comics continuation of Joss Whedon’s iconic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Buffy has never needed a vacation as badly as she does now, with the world overrun with zompires and other fallout from Season 8. After an old friend suggests a relaxing getaway from all things that go bump in the night, it turns out to be harder than she could ever expect for a Slayer to get a day off!

Felicia Day, creator of The Guild, continues to bring on the funny with high jinks from her diverse group of gamers when the Guildies struggle to find a meeting place they can all agree on. A little in-game battle becomes the deciding factor, and the circle follows the decree of the winner: the beach?!

Next up is one of the biggest flip books we’ve ever published, when Zack Whedon brings you tales of the coolest guy in the galaxy and the most charming rebel in the ’verse! That’s right; we’ve paired Star Wars with Joss Whedon’s Serenity!

Han Solo and Chewbacca have a falling-out after a deal with their slickest—and shadiest—customer goes bad. But when the client gets designs on the Millennium Falcon, Han and Chewie present a united front that can’t be beat!

Meanwhile, Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds is no stranger to jobs gone wrong himself. But when the chips are down, he’s able to rely on the amazing, odd, and diversely talented crew of Serenity.

Dark Horse Free Comic Book Day 2012: Four great stories for the price of, well, none!

About Dark Horse Comics

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists.  In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Mass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.

About Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products

A recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third-party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, one of the top suppliers of primetime entertainment programming to the broadcast networks.

About LucasFilm

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved.  All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners

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Press Releases / Dark Horse goes to Hell in 2012
« on: November 22, 2011, 04:11:11 AM »
IT’S ALL GOING TO HELL IN 2012!

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW B.P.R.D. TITLES THAT WILL SHAKE THE ORGANIZATION TO ITS VERY CORE!

NOVEMBER 21, MILWAUKIE, OR—The epic story line that began back in 2010 with B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: New World is coming to a head in 2012. Dark Horse announces the most ambitious B.P.R.D. publishing schedule yet, with five new titles and some of the most earth-shattering events in the history of the series!

First up, in February comes B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Long Death, written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, with art by James Harren (Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest, Heralds). A team is sent to the deadly woods from New World to investigate a new series of disappearances, but they discover more than just the monster responsible, as loyalties are questioned and tensions mount!

March will see the release of B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror, written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, with art by Jason Latour (Wolverine, Scalped) and an all-new cover by Becky Cloonan! This chilling two-issue series brings a B.P.R.D. crew into the grips of a backwoods vampire clan hiding out in a Gothic southern home.

Next, in May comes B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth­: The Transformation of J. H. O’Donnell, pairing Mike Mignola with Scott Allie again for the discovery of what drove the Bureau’s expert on ancient foes to near madness after a mission with Hellboy twenty-four years earlier. This supernatural thrill ride features art by B.P.R.D. newcomer Max Fiumara (Amazing Spider-Man) and a cover by Becky Cloonan.

That same month features the return of the regular B.P.R.D. team of Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Tyler Crook, with B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil’s Engine. The Zinco Corporation again rears its ugly head after a devastating earthquake, pitting Devon and Fenix in an uneasy alliance against bat-faced monsters and the evil empire’s other mad-science experiments! Additionally, this new series will feature covers by former Hellboy artist Duncan Fegredo!

Finally, Cameron Stewart returns to the B.P.R.D. universe in June with B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth­: Exorcism! In this story we learn more about Ashley Strode’s evolution as an agent after she meets up with a familiar face for a series of exorcisms in a rural Indiana town. Mike Mignola and Cameron Stewart team up to share writing duties, with pencils by Cameron and covers by Viktor Kalvachev!

“Let’s break some stuff that can’t be fixed. Let’s turn some corners where there’s no going back” said Mike Mignola. “In both Hellboy and B.P.R.D., we’re saying, “Well, once we do this—once we round this corner—that’s it!” It’s not like, “Oh, Batman, different costume.” We’re doing stuff where there’s no way to fix it. That is the new reality in our world. You're REALLY going to see that in 2012.”

B.P.R.D. is sure to be the most-talked-about series of the coming year, as the team stands at the brink of the end of the organization and the world itself!
 

It’s all going to hell in 2012!
 

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Press Releases / DARK HORSE DIGITAL CYBER MONDAY DEAL! 21 Nov 2011
« on: November 21, 2011, 02:13:22 PM »
DARK HORSE DIGITAL CYBER MONDAY DEAL!

November 21st, MILWAUKIE, OR – Close on the heels of the infamous shopping holiday, Dark Horse Comics is giving you another killer deal for Cyber Monday!

Dark Horse Digital is offering the first 500 people through the checkout 50% off their entire order!

You can redeem this 50% with the coupon code: ­­­­­­­­­­dhcyber

This coupon is limited to 500 redemptions and you must have a $20 minimum cart to redeem it!  Good only for 24 hours beginning at midnight (PST) on Monday, November 28th!

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and as an app in the iTunes Store for Mac devices.

Stop by https://digital.darkhorse.com and get a massive discount on all the Dark Horse Comics you could want and more!

About Dark Horse Digital

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. Now, in 2011, the company that revolutionized the comic industry proudly presents its groundbreaking digital-publishing program, Dark Horse Digital.

Having launched with hundreds of titles, Dark Horse Digital offers its most popular titles at an unprecedented value, while providing the highest-quality reading experience possible. Single-issue comics are priced as low as just $0.99, and there is also an extensive list of free introductory #1 issues. Additionally, DH Digital’s “bundles” group together story arcs spanning multiple issues into affordable packages, allowing readers to get the three or four issues that comprise a complete narrative, starting at just $3.99 and up. And through cloud-based technology, Digital Store purchases can be read and enjoyed on your laptop, desktop, mobile browser, and Dark Horse Bookshelf app, available now on iTunes.

To get started, simply log on to Digital.DarkHorse.com or download the app to create an account, and begin building your collection today.

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STAR WARS BLACK FRIDAY

DARK HORSE DIGITAL OFFERS 134 COMICS FOR $100!

November 18, MILWAUKIE, OR – Dark Horse Comics is joining in on the Black Friday madness with a very exclusive limited offer to their digital comics readers…

On Black Friday, for 24 hours only - Dark Horse Digital will offer 134 single-issue Star Wars comics for $100!  A savings of over $166!

This sale will begin at midnight (PST), November 25th!

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and as an app in the iTunes Store for Mac devices.

Stop by https://digital.darkhorse.com and get all the Star Wars comics you could want and more! 

About Dark Horse Digital

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. Now, in 2011, the company that revolutionized the comic industry proudly presents its groundbreaking digital-publishing program, Dark Horse Digital.

Having launched with hundreds of titles, Dark Horse Digital offers its most popular titles at an unprecedented value, while providing the highest-quality reading experience possible. Single-issue comics are priced as low as just $0.99, and there is also an extensive list of free introductory #1 issues. Additionally, DH Digital’s “bundles” group together story arcs spanning multiple issues into affordable packages, allowing readers to get the three or four issues that comprise a complete narrative, starting at just $3.99 and up. And through cloud-based technology, Digital Store purchases can be read and enjoyed on your laptop, desktop, mobile browser, and Dark Horse Bookshelf app, available now on iTunes.

To get started, simply log on to Digital.DarkHorse.com or download the app to create an account, and begin building your collection today.

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO VOTE

Less than a month left for readers to vote on next installment of novel

Readers now have less than a month to vote on the direction the exciting new novel from Abaddon – Time’s Arrow.

In a unique experiment, readers themselves will get to decide on the fate of our hero Ulysses and where the Time’s Arrow story will take them.

Time’s Arrow is the latest book from the world’s longest continuously running Steampunk novel series, Pax Britannia. Set in a world where the Victorian age never ended, Pax Britannia is an insane world of high technology and rip-roaring adventure.

Time’s Arrow puts the reader in charge and merges the best of print and online. Each instalment is published as an ebook and, at the end of each of the first two, readers will be able to vote on where THEY want the story to go. Once all three instalments have been published, they will be bound together into a print edition.

In the next thrilling installment of Time's Arrow, Black Swan, our hero – wanted by the French Police for murder – will battle his way across Paris, from the Louvre to Notre Dame, in order to prove his innocence. But how that happens is up to the reader to decide.

Votes are closing on December 11th: http://www.abaddonbooks.com/times_arrow_vote

“Pax Britannia is one of Abaddon’s most established series,” said Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Abaddon Books, “so it seemed like the natural choice for such a unique venture in publishing. This adventure is sure to reach out to new readers while giving established fans a say in the rich universe they have come to love.”

“I am passionate about the whole Steampunk milieu, and the world of Pax Britannia in particular, while my first forays into writing professionally were adventure gamebooks,” says Jonathan Green. “To marry elements of both is a fantastic opportunity for me as a writer and I, for one, can't wait to see how the story pans out!”

 

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This weekend, legendary comic book 2000 AD is heading north to Leeds for the annual Thought Bubble comic book convention!

Taking place at the Saviles Hall conference venue at Clarence Dock in Leeds, right next to the Royal Armouries museum, on 19th and 20th November, this year’s event will take place over two for the first time.

2000 AD will be there with a cornucopia of comics class and tables piled high with the greatest and the latest titles from more than three decades of Thrill-power!

And befitting the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic we will have a constellation of top comics talent signing and sketching at our dedicated signing table – what other publication could boast of such glittering as Boo Cook (Elephantmen), Simon Davis (Ampney Crucis), Peter Doherty (Devlin Waugh, Shaolin Cowboy), Al Ewing (Zombo, Judge Dredd), Jock (Detective Comics, The Losers), Colin MacNeil (Judge Dredd, Chopper), Rob Williams (The Iron Age, Cla$$war) and Andy Diggle (Daredevil, The Losers)?!

For the first time we’re also holding 2000 AD portfolio sessions, but with a Dragon’s Den-style twist! Want to be the next great artist to draw Judge Dredd? Then take this opportunity to have your art seen by one of the world’s best know publishers by entering the 2000 AD portfolio challenge!

Budding artists should view the free sample script on this page: http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/events/2000ad-portfolio-competition/ draw their own version of it, and bring their efforts to the portfolio sessions being held at the 2000 AD table on the Saturday. The six best efforts chosen by Tharg himself will then go before the searing eyes of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic at a special 2000 AD panel on Sunday at 3pm – artistic judges will include Colin MacNeil, Boo Cook, Peter Doherty and more!

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ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF ADAM CHRISTOPHER’S ‘EMPIRE STATE’

FORBIDDEN PLANET LONDON THURSDAY 5th JANUARY 6 – 7pm


ADAM CHRISTOPHER will be reading from and signing his stunning debut novel, EMPIRE STATE (Angry Robot) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday 5th January from 6 – 7pm.
 

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News / 1966 Batman TV Series on UK Channel 24
« on: November 09, 2011, 01:52:33 PM »
Hello everyone

This is something you might already know. UK Channel 24 is starting its cycle of the 1966 Batman series again. Start on the 10th November in the mornings which tends, by and large, not to feature too many overlays in the end credits and be in sync better than the afternoon showings.

Don't forget, the only reason that it hasn't had an official DVD release is because rights issues haven't been sorted.

Geoff

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‘My god, it’s full of books’: new Rebellion publishing store opens

Rebellion Publishing is proud to announce the opening of its brand new digital store – giving you the pick of the freshest genre writing available at the click of a button.

Everything from SF to horror and fantasy to urban fantasy will be available direct from our Solaris and Abaddon Books imprints for the first time, and in both ePub and mobi formats – perfect for anyone with a Kindle or eReader.

You can visit the new store at Rebellionstore.com

The ideal one-stop shop for the 21st century reader, the Rebellion Publishing store offers digital downloads for all our titles with competitive prices, special sales and promotional offers – it’s the perfect place to stock up with winter warmers for the festive season.

Offering Steampunk, SF, fantasy, urban fantasy and horror, the site is easily navigable and each book is categorised in multiple ways. Alternatively, in search of a new read with a strong female lead? Or maybe a good anti-hero? Find what you want quickly with our ‘popular themes’ sections.

And to kick off, not only is there 10% off of all ebooks but, inspired by the lingering chill of Hallowe’en, for this week only all the novels in our Tomes of the Dead zombie series and the Infernal Game series are just £2 each!

“The Rebellion Store is your one-stop digital shop for all that very best in genre,” said Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Solaris and Abaddon Books, “and a great place to find bargains.”

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CHARITY COMIC SIGNING - NELSON!
 
Diary Date: Thursday 24th November 6 – 7pm.

FORBIDDEN PLANET is delighted to be hosting an event in aid of the housing and homeless charity SHELTER, taking place a the London Megastore, 179 Shaftesury Avenue, on Thursday 24th November from 6 – 7pm. Come and meet: -
 
 WOODROW PHOENIX
 WARREN PLEECE
 ROB DAVIS
 GARY NORTHFIELD
 SIMONE LIA
 
Nelson is a 250-page collaboration between 54 of the UK’s most exciting comic creators. It is an unprecedented experiment to create one complete story – a collective graphic novel.
 
London, 1968. A daughter is born to Jim and Rita Baker. Her name is Nel. This is her story, told in yearly snapshots. Each chapter records the events of a single day, weaving one continuous ribbon of pictures and text that takes us on a 43-year journey from Nel Baker’s birth to 2011.
 
Featuring:
 
Paul Grist, Rob Davis, Woodrow Phoenix, Ellen Lindner, Jamie Smart, Gary Northfield, Sarah McIntyre, Suzy Varty, Sean Longcroft, Warwick Johnson–Cadwell, Luke Pearson, Paul Harrison–Davies, Katie Green, Paul Peart–Smith, Glyn Dillon, I.N.J.Culbard, John Allison, Philip Bond, D’Israeli, Simone Lia, Darryl Cunningham, Jonathan Edwards, Ade Salmon, Kate Charlesworth, Warren Pleece, Kristyna Baczynski, HarveyJames, Rian Hughes, Sean Phillips & Pete Doree, Kate Brown, Simon Gane, Jon McNaught, Adam Cadwell, Faz Choudhury, JAKe, Jeremy Day, Dan McDaid, Roger Langridge, Will Morris, Dave Shelton, Carol Swain, Hunt Emerson, Duncan Fegredo, Philippa Rice, Josceline Fenton, Garen Ewing, Tom Humberstone , Dan Berry,Alice Duke, Posy Simmonds, Laura Howell, Andi Watson, and Dave Taylor.
 
Signings on our site listed at: http://www.forbiddenplanet.com/events
 


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Press Releases / Exclusive Star Trek Competition!
« on: November 01, 2011, 02:01:37 PM »
Exclusive Star Trek Competition!
 
Win a trip to the official Star Trek Convention in

New Jersey with new book Star Trek Vault !
 
To celebrate the publication of the new book Star Trek Vault, SFX have teamed up with publishers Aurum Press and sci-fi store Forbidden Planet International to offer a once-in-a-lifetime prize - a trip to the States to attend the official Star Trek Convention taking place next May in New Jersey, near Philadelphia.
 
One lucky winner and a friend will receive return flights to Philadelphia, entry to all three days of the show, and four nights’ accommodation at the Crown Plaza Cherry Hill, NJ, where the convention is taking place. For more info on the convention, click here. The winner will also get a copy of Star Trek Vault!
 
Five second-prize winners will each receive a copy of Star Trek Vault.
 
Star Trek Vault is the ultimate celebration of the world’s most famous science fiction series. Boasting more than three hundred images, the book also includes some fantastic removable artifacts, all drawn from official archives –  including blueprints for Picard’s captain’s chair, rare trading cards, an invite to the DS9 wrap party and much more.
 
Terms and conditions:
 
Entry to the Star Trek Convention in the Philadelphia Area will be part of a package organized by Creation Entertainment. The convention takes place on May 4th - 6th in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 12 miles from Philadelphia airport. The competition winner will receive return economy flights from a London airport to Philadelphia, flying out on May 3rd, and returning on May 7th. If the winner does not live in London, it may be possible for the flights to leave from a different destination, but this cannot be guaranteed. It may also be possible to change the dates of these flights, but the competition will not cover further accommodation.
 
 Closing date: 31/12/2011

www.futurecompetitions.com/startrek/Default.asp?

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Press Releases / HOLLOW NOMINATED FOR BIFA
« on: October 31, 2011, 02:15:30 PM »
HOLLOW NOMINATED FOR BIFA

London: Monday, 31st October - Today the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) have announced this year’s Awards nominations on Halloween. What better day to celebrate the nomination of HOLLOW – this year’s breakout British supernatural thriller from first time filmmakers Michael Axelgaard and Matthew Holt.

Nominated for the prestigious Raindance Award at this year’s BIFAs, Hollow is chilling audiences and winning accolades at film festivals across the globe. The film is the harrowing tale of two young couples who discover a macabre local legend on holiday in the English countryside, unleashing dark consequences, and is being called Britain’s answer to Paranormal Activity.

Directed by first time feature director Michael Axelgaard and written and produced by Matthew Holt, Hollow boasts strong performances from young, up and coming British actors Emily Plumtree (The Merchant of Venice, Hollyoaks), Sam Stockman (Whitechapel), Jessica Ellerby (Get Him to the Greek, Eastenders, Hollyoaks) and Matt Stokoe (Comes a Bright Day, Black Mirror).

Director Michael Axelgaard said: “It’s been a long, hard road getting our film made, and we’ve been greatly inspired by the support, hard work and collaboration of a great many talented people along the way. We’re extremely happy for our first feature to be nominated for a BIFA.”

Producer Matthew Holt reinforced this by saying: “We’re delighted to be nominated for a BIFA. Hollow has gone from strength to strength, and it looks like the film has real breakout potential.”

The 2011 BIFA Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 4th December at Old Billingsgate in Central London.

 

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Feedback / What is your favourite alien name??
« on: October 29, 2011, 12:11:27 PM »
Hello folks

OK, this is a subject that needs feedback. You know. The typing stuff with that keyboard in front of you.

What is your favourite alien name. We're not talking species but character name. Give a little detail for those who might want to check it out. See examples below.

I've always been partial to Arthur C. Clarke's 'Childhood's End' character, the 'Overlord' Karellen.
For female names, it's a toss up between Chanur from CJ Cherryh's 'Chanur' book series or Chiana from 'Farscape'. Must be something about C.

Feedback, people.

Geoff

If you want one for favourite alien species name, then I'll run it as a separate topic.

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Feedback / Which do you prefer books in?
« on: October 28, 2011, 12:36:24 PM »
Hello everyone

A poll based off the November 2011 editorial.

Which do you prefer? Paper or digital? Maybe you're not fussy.

Geoff

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Feedback / Would you like to have an extended life?
« on: October 28, 2011, 12:34:11 PM »
Hello everyone

This is a tie-in to November 2011's article 'The Problems Of Being Immortal'.

Although I think the definition and proof of being immortal is a bit difficult to lets call it extended life. Would you want to live for longer than a human normal assuming you kept healthy, looking reasonably young and kept your intellect?

Not even multiple choice.

Geoff

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