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« on: April 02, 2012, 12:28:40 PM »

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.


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: 

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, with digital subscriptions available at Clickwheel

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.”

Conventions and events / Dark Horse Comics Panels March 2012
« on: March 28, 2012, 01:15:26 PM »
Dark Horse Comics Panels
Additional panels featuring Dark Horse creators, projects and products noted in black.

Friday • March 30th

 ECCC Spotlight Series: Brian Wood
  Room: 211
Time: 3:00 - 4:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, join creator Brian Wood as he talks about his work on Conan, DMZ, Northlanders and many others.

 Falling Skies Screening and Q&A
  Room: 4C1-2
Time: 3:00 - 4:00

TNT's epic drama Falling Skies makes its debut appearance at Emerald City Comicon this year. Watch a never-before-seen clip from the season 2 premiere episode and hear from the show's actors and producers about the new season. Falling Skies, basic cable's #1 new series of 2011, is set to return this June to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle (ER) stars as Tom Mason, a former college professor and father of three, who has become an unlikely leader for the 2nd Massachusetts civilian resistance group. The series chronicles the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Falling Skies comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serve as executive producers.


Drawing Inspiration: The Art of the Whedonverse  
Room: 4C1-2
Time: 5:00 - 6:00

Join us for an exclusive behind-the-panels look at the dynamic artwork of Dark Horses Joss Whedon titles, from pencils to inks to colors to print. Dark Horses public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, will lead a discussion with artists Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Phil Noto (Angel & Faith, Dollhouse), Chris Samnee (Serenity), and inker Andy Owens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for an inside look at the artists processes. We'll be showcasing a variety of art from past and future issues of these best-loved titles, including exclusive reveals and first looks!


ECCC Spotlight Series: Camilla d'Errico
  Room: 211
Time: 6:00 - 7:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, Camilla d'Errico talks about how she made her dreams reality by giving up on the 9 to 5 grind and becoming a full time artist.


  Room: TCC 102
Time: 6:00 - 7:00


When Dark Horse partnered with BioWare to expand the Mass Effect story line into comics, video-game tie-in comics were finally legitimized. Now, Dark Horse is widely recognized as the leading publisher of video-game comics, with launches throughout 2012 digitally and in print. Join us for an hour long preview of what’s to come this year, with exclusive news and announcements on current and upcoming projects with BioWare, Valve, and Activision!

Saturday • March 31st

ECCC Spotlight Series: Rick Remender
 Room: 211
Time: 11:00 - 12:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour Uncanny X-Force writer Rick Remender joins us. Rick is also the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary, XXXombies and Doll and Creature.


Dark Horse Comics: Powered By Creators 
Room: 4C1-2
Time: 4:00 - 5:00

Just over twenty-five years ago, Dark Horse stepped into the comics-publishing arena with a different agenda. While the publisher has gained much notoriety for its popular licensed titles, like Buffy and Star Wars, one mission remains the same: to give comics top creators a venue for showcasing their work and retaining their ownership of it. Join Dark Horse's public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, along with a cast of premier talent, for news on all of Dark Horse's 2012 publishing launches and new Dark Horse Presents stories. Guests include Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), Steve Lieber (Alabaster), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Adam Warren (Empowered), Paul Tobin (Falling Skies), and Brian Wood (The Massive), and a few surprise drop-ins!


Sunday • April 1st

ECCC Spotlight Series: Steve Niles 
Room: 211
Time: 12:00 - 1:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, modern master of horror, Steve Niles, talks about what it takes to craft a good horror story, working with artists like Sam Kieth and Ben Templesmith and how his creation of 30 Days of Night changed the face of horror comics.

 Axe Cop
 Room: 3AB
Time: 1:00 - 2:00

Ethan and Malachai Nicolle, creators of Axe Cop, will do a live Q&A, show images and videos of new Axe Cop material, etc. Always a fun and highly interactive panel.

Mythic Fiction Comics: The Next Mega-Genre?
Room: 3AB
Time: 12:00 - 1:00

From Mage, Sandman and Bone to Fables, Castle Waiting, Hellboy and more, mythic fiction has been a fascinating -- and growing -- presence in comics. What is mythic fiction? Why is it so popular? And could it really become the next big thing in the comics field? Join moderator Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith), Matt Wagner (Mage), Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), Bill Willingham (Fables) and Chris Roberson (Memorial) for a lively discussion about mythic fiction in comics, from its roots to it future.


ECCC Spotlight Series: Brandon Graham and Adam Warren in Conversation
  Room: 211
Time: 1:00 - 2:00

The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. Brandon Graham and Adam Warren join you this hour for a conversation talking about finer points of their work. Their western takes on manga have delighted readers locally and abroad. Expect a vivid and lively discussion. 

RACHEL CAINE will be signing BLACK DAWN, THE MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES BOOK 12, at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore [/url] on Friday 4th May from 6 – 7pm.

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JONATHAN ROSS & BRYAN HITCH will be launching their new comic AMERICA'S GOT POWERS (Image Comics) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 14th April from 1 – 2pm. 

Welcome to America's Got Powers!

It's the biggest TV show on Earth, where the chance to win fame, fortune and get laid are dangled in front of a generation of super-powered teens. All they have to do is Win. Who is the fastest, the strongest or the greatest? Who survives? Young Tommy Watt's dreams of being the greatest hero of them all might just be shattered when the greatest show on the planet begins to reveal it's dark heart.

Needing no introduction, JONATHAN ROSS is not only a national celebrity but a lifelong comics fan - who made his writing debut with the fantastic Turf!

BRYAN HITCH may well be the most prolific and accomplished comics artist working today. His credits include Ultimates, Fantastic Four, Stormwatch and The Authority. He has also worked as a concept artist for the 2005 relaunch of Doctor Who for the BBC.

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: 

The next issue of the Judge Dredd Megazine is shipping with an exclusive downloadable track from a brand new album by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Emmy-nominated composer Ben Salisbury.

DROKK is the pair’s ‘soundtrack’ for Judge Dredd’s world, creating a soundscape befitting a nightmare 22nd Century megalopolis filled with criminals and crazies, and policed by authoritarian Judges.

Megazine 322 goes on sale 28th March in the UK and in North America on 11th April. Readers will be able to scan a QR code and exclusively download the first track from the album: Lawmaster/Pursuit.

A founding member of Portishead, Barrow is the producer/owner of the Invada Records UK label and a lifelong 2000 AD fan. Salisbury is a soundtrack composer with over 200 film and TV credits to his name, including three David Attenborough series.

The issue also comes with an exclusive interview with Barrow about the album, his love of 2000 AD and the challenges of bringing Mega-City One to life with music.

Conventions and events / Robert J. Sawyer book tour
« on: March 21, 2012, 03:58:03 AM »
Robert J Sawyer's twenty-first novel, Triggers, comes out in hardcover in just two weeks, on April 3, 2012, from Penguin in Canada, Ace in the US, and Gollancz in the UK.

It should also be available on or about that date in various ebook formats (including Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, and Sony Reader) and as an audiobook from, and it's also being offered by the Science Fiction Book Club.

The Toronto launch party for Triggers is Tuesday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Dominion on Queen Pub, 500 Queen East. You're invited!

I also have book tour events coming up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Waterloo, Hamilton, and Ottawa -- everybody is welcome! All events are free and open to the public, and there will be a local bookseller on hand at each one.

Details about the tour events are here:

* Toronto: Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.: Dominion on Queen Pub, 500 Queen Street East

* Waterloo: Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 p.m.: John M. Harper Branch Library, 500 Fischer-Hallman Road North

* Calgary: Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.: Fish Creek Library Branch, 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE

* Edmonton: Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.: Audrey's Books, 10702 Jasper Avenue

* Vancouver: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.: W2 Media Cafe, 111 West Hastings Street

* Los Angeles: Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.: Mysterious Galaxy, 2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach

* Winnipeg: Saturday, April 21, 2:00 p.m.: McNally Robinson, 1120 Grant Avenue

* Hamilton: Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.: Hamilton Public Library Central Branch, 55 York Street

* Ottawa: Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.: Clock Tower Brew Pub, 575 Bank Street

* San Francisco: Thursday, June 21, 7:00 p.m.: Variety Preview Room, 582 Market Street at Montgomery (1st floor of Hobart Building); an "SF in SF" event hosted by Terry Bisson. (Free but SF in SF suggests a $5-$10 donation to Variety Children's Charity of Northern California.)

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Do you resent DVDs that have enormously long promos at the beginning and no command to jump to the main menu.



MARCH 17, ANAHEIM, CA—Today at WonderCon, it was announced that Dark Horse would be bringing their most well-known characters to Felicia Day’s all-new YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry, beginning on April 2!

This highly anticipated premium YouTube channel and company, founded by Felicia Day and the producers of the hit web series The Guild, today announced a lineup of six new original series premiering online starting April 2. The channel will present the very best of indie geek culture by exploring fun themes in comedy, gaming, comics, music, and literature that are sure to captivate audiences every week. Geek & Sundry will also provide a social destination and community for fans connecting online and offline about nerd culture worldwide (

Alongside Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible, Eureka), Geek & Sundry will feature compelling original content by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory), Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt (Sword & Laser), and Paul and Storm (w00tstock), as well as the hit web series The Guild, and the very first Dark Horse motion comics.

Dark Horse will air a new motion-comics episode every Wednesday, featuring characters like Hellboy, Conan the Barbarian, Usagi Yojimbo, and Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy. With all-new motion-graphics techniques and compelling storytelling, these are sure to set a new standard for motion comics. Directed by Erik Bruhwiler and produced by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse motion comics offer comics fans an experience unlike anything they have seen before.

“We’re so incredibly excited to produce and develop a channel based on what we think the fans will enjoy the most,” said Felicia Day, cofounder, producer, and star of Geek & Sundry. “From Dark Horse Comics to Wil Wheaton, there’s a killer team of talent on camera and off that will help build on the success of The Guild and Dragon Age: Redemption.” 

"This is an exciting new extension of our comics business. Our technology is state of the art and the tales are extremely engaging. Add Erik's genius to some of the greatest creators in the comics business and the project becomes irresistible." Said Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.

Dark Horse Motion Comics launches on April 2, 2012, on YouTube, with Mike Richardson’s forty-minute horror epic, The Secret!

Viewers can subscribe to the channel now at



March 14, MILWAUKIE, OR—BioWare, a label of Electronic Arts, Inc., and Dark Horse Comics revealed today that fans who purchase the digital version of The Art of the Mass Effect Universe through will receive a limited code to unlock a Reinforcement Pack containing in-game items to be used on PC or the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system in the co-op campaign in 2012’s most anticipated game, Mass Effect 3. Showcasing the unique and iconic art featured in the Mass Effect series, The Art of the Mass Effect Universe was released in print and digitally on February 8. Additionally, Mass Effect fans who purchase the digital version of the four-issue comic miniseries Mass Effect: Invasion at the Dark Horse Digital store will also receive a limited code to unlock a Reinforcement Pack.*

Fans who gain access to the Reinforcement Packs will receive in-game items that can be used in the four-player cooperative multiplayer campaign in Mass Effect 3 on PC or Xbox 360. These packs will include powerful character boosters and the devastatingly lethal Collector Assault Rifle. With deadly efficiency, this special weapon uses the same principles as a human assault rifle, but its organic components set it apart. To learn more about how to obtain and redeem the special item code, visit

Recently named by over 100 outlets around the world as one of the most anticipated games of 2012, including the fan-voted Most Anticipated Game of 2012 award at the Spike TV VGAs, Mass Effect 3 thrusts players into an all-out war to save the galaxy from an ancient alien race known as the Reapers. Players will assume the role of Commander Shepard, a war-torn veteran who’s willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate this nearly unstoppable foe. With a team of elite, battle-hardened soldiers at their side, each player decides how they will take Earth back, from the weapons and abilities they utilize to the relationships they forge or break.

Mass Effect 3 was released on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and PC in North America on March 6, 2012, and in Europe on March 9, 2012. For more information on Mass Effect 3, please visit, follow the game on Twitter at, or “like” the game on Facebook at

*Code expires March 31, 2013. Additional restrictions and conditions apply. See for details.

Flesk Publications Exhibiting at WonderCon, Booth #816

Flesk Publications will be exhibiting at WonderCon in Anaheim, California running from March 16-18. Our booth number is 816.

We will have our entire selection of books available including our latest titles Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm, The Art of Craig Elliott and Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings. The Bruce Timm book sold out in just one month, however we held on to a few cases of the paperback to sell at the show. The hardbound deluxe is gone. A new printing of the paperback edition is on the press and will be available in late May.

In addition we will have select artist chapbooks exclusive from us. Mysterious Islands by Gary Gianni, Blue Book by Mark Schultz, plus Reveries and Bombshells 5 by Terry Dodson all of which comes signed. Free Flesk catalogs and flyers will also be on hand.

William Stout will be set up right next to us at booth number 814. Flesk has published five of Stout’s books. You can get them personalized at the show. These titles are the fantasy themed collections Hallucinations and Inspirations, and his prehistoric and dinosaur focused books, New Dinosaur Discoveries A-Z, Dinosaur Discoveries and Prehistoric Life Murals. Stout will have his own sketchbook collections, original art, prints and more.

Craig Elliott is just an isle over at booth number 710. Each copy of his The Art of Craig Elliott book comes with a special signed bookplate that includes an original sketch on the reverse side. This is only available when purchased direct from Flesk or Craig Elliott. Plus, we have a "red" cover of the book that is not available in the stores. Craig will have an eclectic collection of jewelry, books, art, prints and more to peruse and enjoy.

The legendary artist and art director Jim Silke will be in artist’s alley at table number AA-038. Jim always has a stunning portfolio of originals on display that can’t be missed. We will have plenty of copies of his Jungle Girls book that we published last year.

Press Releases / Want to get a discount at Arcana?? Read on.
« on: March 07, 2012, 03:22:01 PM »

If you didn't already know, through March 31st, you can get 25% off of all of your Arcana purchases through our store by entering the code "ARCANAWINTER" at checkout. Be sure to pick up books while you can and keep in mind that some pre-sale items are available for order, too! They'll ship as they are released. There are over 180 books available for order, so definitely go check them out!



MARK HODDER will be signing BURTON & SWINBURNE: EXPEDITION TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 14th April from 4 - 5pm. 

It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and now the first moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war and the fall of the British Empire. The prime minister, Lord Palmerston, believes that by using the three Eyes of Naga — black diamonds possessing unique properties — he’ll be able to manipulate events and avoid the war. He already has two of the stones, but the third is hidden somewhere in the Mountains of the Moon, the fabled source of the Nile.

Palmerston sends Sir Richard Francis Burton to recover it. But, caught in a tangled web of cause, effect, and inevitability, little does Burton realise that the stakes are far higher than even he suspects.

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: 

Hello everyone

Seeing the new Avengers film trailer and Hawkeye sans a mask, it struck me that on film (and ultimately on TV when a transition happens), doesn't the lack of a mask put into question the need to show off the actor's face against the need for a secret identity. After all, in this celebrity orientated world, how long do you think it would be before the press has everything about you in the newspapers?

So which do you prefer?? I've given some options above. Let me know if I've gotten any.


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