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DARK HORSE: STUMPTOWN COMICS FEST 2012 SCHEDULE

APRIL 27, MILWAUKIE, OR— This weekend, Portland's own Stumptown Comics Fest takes over the Oregon Convention Center for its largest show ever!  Dark Horse is giving you a look at all the awesome happening through Sunday!

FRIDAY, APRIL 27

Drink and Draw with Peter Bagge at Bridge City Comics

Bridge City Comics, 3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

 In celebration of the release of Peter Bagge's newest comics series, Reset, Dark Horse Comics and Bridge City Comics present the official 2012 Stumptown Comics Festival kickoff event -- a Friday night Drink and Draw for visiting and local artists, publishers, and all festival-goers!

Bagge will be in attendance as the guest of honor with copies of Reset #1 to sign, and party guests will be provided with complementary art supplies to draw to their hearts' content. Snacks and drinks (21+ with valid I.D.) will be served, complements of Bridge City, Dark Horse, and Ninkasi Brewing.

Admission to this event is free, and the drawing starts at 7:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

Signings at the Dark Horse Booth

11:00 – 11:30 p.m.                         Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D.)—FREE B.P.R.D.comic

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.                 Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo)—FREE Usagi Yojimbocomic and print

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.                            Erika Moen and Jeff Parker (Bucko)—FREEBucko print

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.                 Peter Bagge (Reset)—FREE Reset print and exclusive

Stumptown Comics Fest Reset Passport

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.                 Michael Avon Oeming (Rapture, Victories, Valve Presents)—FREE Victories print and head sketches for Victories and Rapture

Panels

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.                          Spotlight on Peter Bagge, Room B-114

Best known for his comic-book series Hate, which helped to define the grunge generation, and his recent contributions to Reason magazine, Peter Bagge is always willing to confront hard-hitting societal issues with intelligence, wit, and funny bone intact. Join us for a conversation with the multiple Harvey and Eagle Award-winning cartoonist, whose newest series, Reset, has just been launched in the Dark Horse Originals line. Moderated by Ryan Alexander-Tanner.

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.                        Of Rabbits and Ronin: Spotlight on Stan Sakai, B114

World-renowned cartoonist Stan Sakai has been writing, drawing, and even hand-lettering his beloved rabbit samurai series Usagi Yojimbo for twenty-seven years and counting. Join Sakai for a discussion of Usagi's history and future, as well as demonstrations and all-ages audience participation! Moderated by Usagi series editor, Diana Schutz.

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.                         Euro Comics In Translation, B114

Join Diana Schutz, Executive Editor of Dark Horse's Manara Library and Blacksad, for an informative look at what it takes to bring Europe's most celebrated titles to new audiences in America. This panel will delve into the process on properly editing, translating and publishing Euro Comics for a very different market. All this will culminate in a sneak peek of and discussion on the upcoming highly anticipated Blacksad: A Silent Hell by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. Moderated by Eisner and Harvey award-winning editor and writer Joe Keatinge.

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.                        Dark Horse Originals: Genius Redefining Genre, Room B-114

Join Dark Horse Comics editor Philip Simon and PR director Jeremy Atkins to hear about the latest comics and graphic novels coming out in the Dark Horse Originals line, an imprint that Mike Richardson describes as a place for "unique creators with unique visions expressed in quality graphic novels." Dark Horse Originals has brought you such favorites as Blacksad, Citizen Rex, De:Tales, 3 Story, and more! Don't miss special guests Peter Bagge, Jeff Parker, and Erika Moen, who will talk about their new Dark Horse Originals projects!

 SUNDAY, APRIL 29

Signings at the Dark Horse Booth

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.                        Peter Bagge (Reset)—FREE Reset print and exclusive

                                                            Stumptown Comics Fest ResetPassport

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.                          Steve Lieber (Alabaster)—FREE Alabaster print

 Panels

12:00 – 1:45 p.m.             Quenched Consciousness: A Tribute to Jean "Moebius" Giraud, B114

Join Quenched Consciousness curator Ian MacEwan, Dark Horse Moebius line editor Scott Allie and famed Madman cartoonist Michael Allred in a tribute to the master creator moderated by Glory & Hell Yeah writer Joe Keatinge. This look back at Giraud's illustrious career will include art and insight into his many works including the Incal, Blueberry, Arzak, The Aedena Cycle, The Airtight Garage, Silver Surfer: Parable and movies such as Alien, Tron, Fifth Element and Jodorwsky's Dune. The discussion will begin with an introductory career overview by MacEwan followed by interviews with Allred and Allie about their one-on-one interactions with the master himself, the inspiration Giraud gave them and his global affect on the medium and industry alike. The panel includes a screening of the rarely seen documentary, Moebius Redux, directed by Hasko Baumann. 2-HOUR SESSION

 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.               Beyond the Cape: Genre Fiction in Comics, B114

Join moderator Christian Lipski and creators Vera Brosgol, Brian Churilla, Brian Hurtt, Lukas Ketner, Batton Lash, Steve Lieber, Dylan Meconis, Ron Randall, and Brandon Seifert in a conversation about the other kinds of comics. Horror, sci-fi, western, romance -- creators talk about the world outside the super-human. Is the 'mainstream' expanding to include other genres, or are the smaller publishers growing their audience? What are the publishing options for non-super titles? Is it a worthwhile direction for authors and artists?

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.               Making History, B114

What do a Victorian robot, theology scholar, and rabbit ronin have in common? They're the stars of three very different stories in historical settings: Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel; Family Man; and Usagi Yojimbo. Join their creators--Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, Dylan Meconis, and Stan Sakai--for a lively discussion of history and storytelling.

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Conventions and events / NBM at MoCCA Fest - 28-29 April 2012
« on: April 25, 2012, 03:45:57 AM »
This weekend, is the 2012 MoCCA Fest and we're pretty excited that our own P. Craig Russell (who did that stunning artwork above) is their very first Guest of Honor.

We'll be debuting Craig's new book, the eagerly anticipated fifth volume of The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince at the show, several weeks before it's available anywhere else.

We'll also have ten advance copies of the the signed and numbered edition of the book (How limited?  200 copies and the ten copies for sale will all be within the first twenty-five) which are quarterbound in real cloth and fine paper with a tip-in sheet signed by P. Craig Russell.  Also, it's a tremendous opportunity to have Craig personalize your copy!

Also attending the show is our esteemed publisher, Terry Nantier, Brooke Allen, Neil Kleid and Papercutz's own Rick Parker!

Be sure to stop by and visit us at Booth J4!


Also, our June Solicitations are out, and we've got the latest volume of Rick Geary’s Treasury of XXth Century Murder, this time focusing on Lovers’ Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery as well as the signed, limited edition of P. Craig Russell’s The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Vol.5: The Happy Prince that we mentioned above.

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Press Releases / DARK HORSE DIGITAL ANNIVERSARY SALE 24 April 2012
« on: April 25, 2012, 03:43:51 AM »
DARK HORSE DIGITAL ANNIVERSARY SALE

DARK HORSE DIGITAL CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR!

April 24, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark, turning one year old this Friday. To thank our loyal fans, Dark Horse announces an anniversary appreciation discount.

This weekend, Dark Horse Digital is offering 10% off all titles in the web store, with an additional coupon to newsletter subscribers and new subscribers who have signed up by this Thursday. And yes, the coupon stacks with an even greater discount off your order!

The sale starts this Friday (April 27) and ends Sunday (April 29) at midnight PST—so head over to Dark Horse Digital and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize your discount on some incredible comics.

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 featuring it's most popular, best selling titles including Star Wars, Buffy, Serenity, Hellboy, Conan and Mass Effect as well as exclusive digital only comics such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2 & Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its reader base on a weekly basis. We currently offer thousands of comics and are continuing 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 in both the Android (beta) and iOS apps.




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. In 2011, the company that revolutionized the comic industry proudly presented its groundbreaking digital-publishing program, Dark Horse Digital.

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 all the 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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Hello everyone

What  do you find the most appealing about modern comicbooks??

We're talking in the past couple years not old collections - if there's an interest in expanding to this, I'll include a different poll.

I think I've given a wide enough range.

Geoff

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Feedback / So just how do you read the SFC Forum??
« on: April 21, 2012, 03:42:32 AM »
So just how do you read the SFC Forum.

Let's have some insight into how orderly or disorderly you do things.

Geoff

PS You do realise you can enter your vote into the poll, don't you??

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READ THE MASSIVE & SAVE THE PLANET THIS EARTH DAY!

What does it mean to be an environmentalist after the world has already ended?

Go green! Go digital this Earth Day.

On Earth Day 2012 (Sunday, April 22), find out what the world would be like if environmentalists didn't save the planet.

For 24 hours, from 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM, pick up the digital one-shot The Massive for FREE in our digital store. The new comic series by DMZ, Conan the Barbarian, andNorthlanders writer Brian Wood will launch in June, but you can snag this lead-in to the series for FREE and see why you DO NOT want to miss this incredible new story.

So head on over to the Dark Horse Digital store and download The Massive digital one-shot for FREE on EARTH DAY this Sunday!

Once you've read the one-shot and decided you need more, download the order form below, fill it out, and send it to your local comic shop retailer. Tell them loud and clear that you want to have The Massive placed in your pull box. Tell your local retailer that you're ready to read the next big series.

1. Download the image below or the fillable PDF form.

2. Fill it out with your info.

3. E-mail, fax, or walk the form to your comic retailer and have them order The Massive for your pull box.

Want to know more about what Comics Media is saying about The Massive?

Dr. Apocalypse Examines: Massive Comics Legend Brian Wood - The Nerdist
  "If you like comics, and don’t know the work of Brian Wood, you deserve to be gunned down in the war-torn Manhattan of his DMZ, battle-axed in his Viking epic Northlanders, and be forced to hear the lamentations of your women in his new reboot of Conan the Barbarian."

Interview with Brian Wood: The Massive - Suvudu

  "Wood has never shied away from asking tough questions about the price of civilization and the inevitability of change."

Brian Wood's "The Massive" Features Print Issue-Only Bonus Content - Comic Book Resources

  "Readers of the printed, monthly version of Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson's "The Massive" will be treated to content unseen in the digital releases or trade paperback collections."

Read the First Chapter of The Massive - Io9

  "We've been psyched for DMZ Author Brian Wood's next big end-of-the-world project The Massive for a spell now.

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Dark Horse Comics Unveils Exclusive Comic Book Experience Application for ePlate Mobile Payment Devices
 Dark Horse Gives Dynamics’ ePlate Users Exclusive Comic Book Content with Each Purchase

APRIL 19, SAN FRANCISCO, CA–Dark Horse Comics makes history again today with the announcement of a revolutionary new partnership with Dynamics Inc. Dynamics is an innovator in next-generation payment devices, and will now launch a new comic book experience application for ePlate mobile payment devices. The innovative offering brings a new kind of experience to comic book fans by enabling them to earn access to exclusive Dark Horse digital comics with every purchase made with the ePlate device. This groundbreaking technology will link payment devices with exclusive Dark Horse comic content, and empower consumers to engage with Dark Horse and other brands that excite them with every swipe or online purchase.

At any time, users can decide to use the Dark Horse Experience application for the ePlate payment device. The Dark Horse application allows users to earn pages of exclusive Dark Horse comic books with each purchase. After all pages of a particular comic are obtained, the user is provided with a complete digital comic. After a certain number of digital comic books are collected, Dark Horse provides, at no cost to the user, a collectible print copy of each exclusive comic book earned. Users will be able to earn comic books faster with purchases made at Dark Horse affiliates, sponsors, and retail outlets. At any time, a user can also decide to earn Dark Horse credits instead of exclusive content so that the user can earn any product from DarkHorse.com.

“Dark Horse is always looking for new ways to expand the comics-reading audience,” said Mike Richardson, president and founder of Dark Horse Comics. “Our new partners at Dynamics have created a platform which gives not only existing comics fans, but a wide variety of consumers, the ability to obtain exclusive Dark Horse content just by making day-to-day purchases.”

“Dark Horse hit the nail on the head with its Experience application,” said Jeff Mullen, CEO of Dynamics. “Dark Horse Experience leverages unique content—available nowhere else—and provides participating merchants with an exciting promotional tool to attract customers.”

For additional information, see DEMO’s article on Forbes.com. 

 

About Dynamics ePlate Mobile Payment Device

Dynamics’ ePlate mobile payment device is a paper-thin, flexible computing platform in a payment card form factor. The device includes the Electronic Stripe—the world’s first fully card-programmable magnetic stripe. The Electronic Stripe can be read at any existing point-of-sale (POS) magnetic stripe reader. The device includes two buttons—one for a first experience and one for a second experience. Based on what button was selected, the device changes the information on the Electronic Stripe to reflect the selected experience so the user can swipe the card in any store and enjoy the selected experience.

A user can change the experiences associated with the buttons on the ePlate device at any time. All a user has to do is use Dynamics’ Experience Manager software through their favorite phone, or accessible through their bank’s website. Dynamics’ Experience Manager will provide a list of experiences that a user can select and associate with the different buttons on the ePlate device.

The ePlate device is as durable as a traditional payment card and will last over four years on a single battery charge. The technology does not require any change to the 60 million 1970s-era magnetic stripe readers or reeducation of its merchant base.

 

About Dynamics Inc.

Dynamics Inc. was founded in 2007 by Jeff Mullen. Dynamics produces and manufactures intelligent powered payment cards and advanced payment platforms. The company has won many of the world’s most prestigious international business plan competitions, including the Rice Business Plan Competition, Carnegie Mellon McGinnis Venture Competition and the University of San Francisco Business Plan Competition. The company won DEMOgod and the $1M People’s Choice Award at DEMO Fall 2010, Best of Show at FinovateFall 2010, FinovateFall 2011, and FinovateEurope 2012, and Best of Show at BAI Retail Delivery 2011. Dynamics won Best in Show for Personal Electronics and Technology Honors at the 2012 International CES show. Dynamics investors include Adams Capital Management and Bain Capital Ventures. Dynamics is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. For more information, visit: www.poweredcards.com.

 

About Dark Horse

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, and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful properties as The Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics material.

 

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VANCOUVER (April 19, 2012) - Arcana is excited to announce another convention appearance coming up this weekend!

Arcana Comics, the publisher of Kade, The Clockwork Girl, Koni Waves, 100 Girls, and many more, will be appearing at Fan Expo Vancouver this weekend, April 21 and 22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Stop by the booth, A62, and tell Arcana that you're "Intrinsic" and get a free giveaway!

Besides that, Sean Patrick O'Reilly, creator of Kade, The Clockwork Girl, The Gwaii, Wingman, and many more will be appearing throughout the weekend and on Saturday, stop by between 12pm and 3pm to meet Todd Demong, the artist of the popular 100 Girls. He will be doing free sketches.

ABOUT ARCANA STUDIOS
Arcana Studios, Inc. Arcana owns one of the world's largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, with over 200 original intellectual properties, 300 graphic novels, thousands of comic issues and an ever-growing character list. Arcana has begun to adapt this library into live action feature films, animated features and episodic television series. Taking a transmedia approach to brand building and the development of intellectual properties, Arcana publishes graphic novels for North America in print, and now digitally as well. Arcana has been published and distributed in dozens different countries and translated into just as many languages across the globe.

 

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Press Releases / DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES WILLOW SERIES!
« on: April 18, 2012, 01:00:08 PM »
DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES WILLOW SERIES!

JOSS WHEDON’S FAN FAVORITE RETURNS!

APRIL 18, MILWAUKIE, OR – Dark Horse Comics announces another exciting addition to the Buffyverse:

Willow gets her own miniseries!

Written by Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts, Agents of Atlas) and drawn by Brian Ching (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Witchblade), Willow tells the story of the witch’s obsessive journey to recover her magic.

Willow is on a quest to bring magic back to the world, and she’ll do anything to make it happen, including forming some unhealthy alliances after cracking the code to travel to other dimensions—something thought impossible since the destruction of the Seed.

Willow #1 is on sale November 21, 2012.

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Press Releases / DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES SPIKE SERIES!
« on: April 18, 2012, 12:59:37 PM »
DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES SPIKE SERIES!

JOSS WHEDON’S ANTIHERO VAMPIRE RETURNS!

APRIL 18, MILWAUKIE, OR – Dark Horse Comics announces a brand-new Spike miniseries slated for release this summer! 

Written by Victor Gischler (X-Men, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth) and drawn by Paul Lee (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Devil’s Footprints), Spike promises to be the series all Joss Whedon fans will be talking about.

Spike ventures off world in his bug ship in order to get away from some personal frustration on terra firma, and winds up sucked into a demonic plot to take advantage of the absence of magic on earth. 

“What I love about working with Dark Horse on Buffy-related material is that they take great care to capture the feel of the characters and stories from the television show, of which I was a huge fan. Getting my hands on the characters I’ve loved so much over the years is a dream come true,” said Gischler.

Spike #1 will be on sale August 22, 2012!

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Titan Books to Publish Official Movie Novel 

Based on The Dark Knight Rises


Novelization Based on the Final Chapter of

Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy

from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures

Scheduled for July 2012 Publication

New York, NY; London, UK (April 16, 2012) – Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises,” the much-anticipated final chapter in writer-director Christopher Nolan’s film trilogy featuring the legendary DC Comics character Batman, will be adapted into an official tie-in novel written by award-winning author Greg Cox and published by Titan Books, under a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.


Novelist Greg Cox is no stranger to Batman or the DC Comics Universe, having written the official novelizations for such major comic book storylines as Infinite Crisis (2006), 52 (2007), Countdown (2009), and Final Crisis (2010). He has produced numerous bestselling adaptations and original novels based on Star Trek, Underworld, Warehouse 13, and other popular properties. His original novel Terminator Salvation: Cold War won the 2010 Scribe Award for tie-in fiction, and CSI: Headhunter took the award in 2009.


“Batman is one of the most iconic characters of popular culture,” Titan Publisher Nick Landau said. “We’re tremendously excited to work with Warner Bros. on the novelization of ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ especially since it is the culmination of everything Christopher Nolan has done with his amazing trilogy. This is a part of motion picture history.” 


The publishing of Titan Books’ The Dark Knight Rises is timed to reach consumers worldwide on Tuesday, July 24, to coincide with the Warner Bros. Pictures release of “The Dark Knight Rises,” which opens in theatres on Friday, July 20, 2012.



# # #


About “The Dark Knight Rises”

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. 


Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.


Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.


The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer.  The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.”  The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.  Batman was created by Bob Kane.


“The Dark Knight Rises” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures.  Slated for release on July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


About Titan Publishing Group

Titan Publishing Group is an independently owned publishing company, established in 1981, comprising three divisions: Titan Books, Titan Magazines/Comics and Titan Merchandise. Titan Books' rapidly growing fiction list encompasses original fiction and reissues, primarily in the areas of science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk and crime. Titan Books also has an extensive line of media and pop culture-related non-fiction, graphic novels, art and music books. The company is based at offices in London, but operates worldwide, with sales and distribution in the US & Canada being handled by Random House.


About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.


About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.  In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. 


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

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We're in the middle of planning a country full of Free Comic Book Day events and we need your help!

We have events lined up through about one third of the United States and we are looking to have at least one event in every state!

If you frequent an awesome comic book shop that is having a FCBD event, please let us know when and where? We will reach out to the stores and see how we can help! Arcana has creators throughout the United States and would love to get some of our local creators there to meet fans and show off their books!

The incentive? We're sending stores which sponsor Arcana Creators a goodie box filled with posters, comics, and even full graphic novels. We're also working with stores to get copies of books from creators attending the events.

Please contact [email protected] if you are interested. If you have already contacted Erik and nothing concrete has been set up, please ping him again to finalize plans, so we have time to get books to your store!

Thank you very much and we look forward to helping make your FCBD event a success!!!

ABOUT ARCANA STUDIOS
Arcana Studios, Inc. Arcana owns one of the world's largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, with over 200 original intellectual properties, 300 graphic novels, thousands of comic issues and an ever-growing character list. Arcana has begun to adapt this library into live action feature films, animated features and episodic television series. Taking a transmedia approach to brand building and the development of intellectual properties, Arcana publishes graphic novels for North America in print, and now digitally as well. Arcana has been published and distributed in dozens different countries and translated into just as many languages across the globe.

**Tell them SFCrowsnest put you on the trail. Thanks!!  **

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Press Releases / DARK HORSE COMICS TO PUBLISH THE ART OF PORTAL 2
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:28:40 PM »
DARK HORSE COMICS TO PUBLISH THE ART OF PORTAL 2

APRIL 2, SEATTLE, WA– Straight from Dark Horse Comics’ video-game panel at Emerald City Comicon, Dark Horse announced the brand-new art book for Valve’s Portal 2!

The Guardian said it was “an astonishing experience.” GameSpy called it “a near-perfect example of what can happen when all of the elements of modern game design are combined to create a beautifully cohesive whole.”

Now, Valve and Dark Horse pull back the curtain to give you a backstage tour of one of the most innovative video games of the decade! The Art of Portal 2 walks you through the visual evolution of the award-winning game, from concept to completion, with never-before-seen concept art and insights from the writers and artists behind the Portal series.

The sequel to 2007’s Game of the Year, Portal 2 is a hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a fun house of diabolical science. More than four million copies of the Portal 2 game have sold worldwide.

The Art of Portal 2 offers incredible visuals of the Aperture Science facility and the creation of Chell and the rest of the cast, and features 184 pages of mostly never-before-seen art and a look into the design process of the legendary game studio.

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CHINA MIÉVILLE SIGNING RAILSEA
FORBIDDEN PLANET LONDON WEDNESDAY 23rd MAY 6 – 7pm

CHINA MIÉVILLE will be signing RAILSEA (Tor) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 23rd May from 6 – 7pm.

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt.

The giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory are extraordinary. But no matter how spectacular it is, travelling the endless rails of the railsea, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life. Even if his philosophy-seeking captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing – ever since it took her arm all those years ago.

When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. But the impossible salvage Sham finds in the derelict leads to considerably more than he'd bargained for. Soon he's hunted on all sides: by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham's life that's about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.

China Miéville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice. The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell and Philip K. Dick. His previous novel, Embassytown, was a widely-praised foray into science fiction.

FORBIDDEN PLANET Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in SF, Fantasy and Cult Entertainment have come to our London Megastore for events, including Jonathan Ross, Kevin Smith, Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Terry Gilliam, Christopher Lee, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Stephen King.

For more about our signings please go to: http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/ 

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Press Releases / 2000 AD digital editions 2 days before newstands
« on: March 30, 2012, 12:10:36 PM »
Digital downloads of legendary British comics now available just two days after UK newsstands

2000 AD is proud to announce that digital editions of its comics are now available within 48 hours of them hitting newsstands in the UK.

In a major digital leap forward for the seminal British comic book, digital editions of 2000 AD and its sister publication, the Judge Dredd Megazine, are now available worldwide in CBZ and PDF formats in the 2000 AD store on the Friday after the print editions go on sale in the UK each Wednesday.

This means that for the first time, readers will be able to read both titles digitally in the week they’re published. This is a substantial shift from the current format, which only sees them go online once they are superseded on the newsstands.

2000 AD Prog 1776 and Judge Dredd Megazine 322 - featuring the talents of Andy Diggle, Leah Moore, John Reppion, Jock, Chris Weston, D’Israeli, John Wagner, Al Ewing, Henry Flint and many more - are the first editions to be available.

Readers in North America also currently have to wait two weeks to get physical copies of both UK-printed titles, while those further afield have to wait longer.

Editions will be available to buy from the 2000 AD store at http://shop.2000adonline.com/categories/comics, with digital subscriptions available at Clickwheel http://www.clickwheel.net

Computer games developer Rebellion, which owns 2000 AD, is also proud to announce that it is currently working on its own digital comics platform, due for release later this year. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

“This is a big leap for us,” said Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley. “We were one of the first publishers to produce digital copies of all our titles, though print editions were given priority. We felt this year, with 2000 AD’s 35th birthday and the Dredd film coming out in September, was the time to take our digital strategy forward. We’ve also got some exciting digital news coming in the next few months, so 2012 really is shaping up to be the year of 2000 AD.”

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