16 items from 2014
Week after week, the shelves of local comic book stores nationwide are packed to brim with shiny new comics. Sure you’re a smart cookie and probably have tonnes of grabs already but many books do go unnoticed and its my job to make sure you are getting your moneys worth. I could ramble on for a bit but I sincerely doubt you’re still reading this paragraph and have long since scrolled down to the good bits– So without further to do, enjoy and note this is preference, what’s exciting to me may not be exciting to you and hey friend, I’m Ok with that:
Robocop Last Stand #8
Boom!’s fantastic adaption of Frank Miller’s Robocop 3 script is wrapping up this week. Society seems to have let the ill-fated reboot slip into obscurity meaning its safe to like Robocop again. If you missed out on the series, »
- Sean Tonelli
At a recent signing at Dark Delicacies, I was able to sit down with Lance Henriksen and speak for a few moments. I thought we would be talking about his recent western/supernatural graphic novel project with Joe Maddrey entitled To Hell You Ride, but, as you'll soon encounter like I did in this multi-part interview, the conversation soon took on a life of its own. Fearnet: I hear that you and Joe Maddrey have been working on the graphic novel To Hell You Ride for a couple of years. Henriksen: Yeah. Tom Mandrake lives in New Jersey and Joe and I live out here [in California]. What started all of this is that I wrote a script 20-25 years ago called Telluride. A Western? It was this story. I was down at Comic-Con and Mike Richardson [of Dark Horse Comics] shook my hand and said, "Do you want to do a comic? I just shook your hand, »
- Del Howison
Interview Luke Savage 18 Feb 2014 - 06:30
He chopped Sean Connery's head off in Highlander. Saved the human race in Starship Troopers. And was really mean to pretty much everyone in The Shawshank Redemption. His name is Clancy Brown – Clarence J. Brown III if you want to get specific - and he is awesome.
Menacing tough guy, loveable nice guy, he's voiced a merman, Sasquatch, Lex Luthor, plus a character called Mr. Krabs. He even squared up to The Statham in last year's Homefront and lived to tell the tale.
In short, he's the best kind of supporting actor. Any film he's in gets better whenever he's on screen. That's certainly the case with Nothing Left to Fear, the film he's on the other end of a phone to promote. »
David Yates is helming the pic. Plot details are still vague but the film will be released in 3D.
A bigscreen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of novels, “Tarzan” is produced by Jerry Weintraub and Alan Riche, with Mike Richardson and Yates exec producing. Numerous scribes worked on the script, including John August, Marianne Wibberley and, most recently, Adam Cozad.
Warner Bros. is already seeing this as a big summer with the untitled Superman-Batman movie set to open on May 6, 2016.
- Justin Kroll
Review James Hunt 13 Jan 2014 - 06:33
Why does Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. treat its audience as if this is the first time they've ever seen a TV show? Here's James' review...
This review contains spoilers.
1.11 The Magical Place
A TV show's hiatus period can be a unique opportunity for the people running it to take a step back, look at what might be going wrong and give it a little course correction. With a few weeks to breathe in which episodes don't need to be produced, one might seriously consider doing a retool of the format, reshuffling the regular cast, or exploding the premise and replacing it with a new one. Anything to get rid of the bad while keeping the good.
Alternatively, one could kick back, sip a glass of Christmas port and congratulate one's self in getting everything right first time. This is what those responsible for Agents of Shield »
At least that’s what Dark Horse Comics claims.
January 10, Milwaukie, Or—Before we had even taken the time to look at the Chinese zodiac calendar, we knew 2014 was shaping up to be one of the best in Dark Horse Comics’ nearly thirty-year history!
In 2013, Dark Horse saw record sales growth in every channel and received what may have been more accolades than ever for its publishing line.
As we enter 2014, we go boldly into a year that, as the Chinese foretold, was destined to be ours!
We have partnered with our good friends at Comic Book Resources to bring Dark Horse fans an early look at what the year holds in every aspect of the business, from new comic series to books and products. Today we begin a four-part interview with Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson.
Look for a new interview each week and exclusive announcements, »
- Brandon Johnston
When it comes to licensing, Star Wars is one of the most sought after brands out there. From toys to video games, comics to product tie-ins, Star Wars has been one of, if not the most financially lucrative film franchises of all time. When The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, and with it, all of the rights associated with Star Wars, it was only a matter of time until Disney, who also owns Marvel Comics would take back the Star Wars comics license as well. The license has been with Dark Horse Comics for over twenty years, so while not unexpected, Disney’s announcement last week that it is moving the comics back to Marvel in 2015 is certainly big news.
“Dark Horse Comics published exceptional Star Wars comics for over 20 years, and we will always be grateful for their enormous contributions to the mythos, and the terrific partnership that we had, »
- Tony Nunes
Vice president of publishing Randy Stradley has said that, with Episode VII on the horizon, this was the best time for the company to let the property go.
"[If] Dark Horse must lose the licence, this is probably a good time for it," he wrote on Facebook.
"From my perspective, the upcoming films will mean less freedom to do what we at Dark Horse have always done best: expanding the universe. With a new film scheduled every year, and a new television series, it is likely that there will be a lot of comics pages devoted to adaptations and direct spin-off stories in support of the films and TV shows.
"That's not where my interests lie, and it has never been Dark Horse's strong suit. That would be too much like real work to me. »
Yesterday it was revealed that the Star Wars comic license was heading back to Marvel, bringing to an end over 22 years of Star Wars titles from publisher Dark Horse Comics. Following the announcement, Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson issued a statement on losing the Star Wars license, which you can read right here:
All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.
For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, »
- Gary Collinson
Dark Horse Comics has addressed its loss of the Star Wars comics license.
"All things come to pass." he wrote. "So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015.
"For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionised the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy.
"Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, »
Washington, Jan. 4: Star Wars comics, after being published under the Dark Horse's empire of franchise comics for more than 20 years, is reportedly set to be moved back by Disney to its original home, Marvel Comics.
According to Cnet, after Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, including the Star Wars franchise for 4.05 billion dollars last year, it has decided to move back the comics to their original publisher.
Meanwhile, writer of a new, year-old "Star Wars" comic set between. »
- Rahul Kapoor
In one of the least surprising announcements of 'corporate synergy' you'll ever hear, Lucasfilm have confirmed that, beginning in 2015, Marvel Entertainment will be granted exclusive rights to "Star Wars" comics and graphic novels.
This marks the first time in over two decades that the license has moved away from Dark Horse Comics. Marvel published the first "Star Wars" comic back in March 1977, and went on to publish a monthly comic based on the franchise for nine years.
Marvel publisher and president Dan Buckley says: "We here at Marvel could not be more excited to continue the publication of Star Wars comic books and graphic novels. The perennial brand of Star Wars is one of the most iconic in entertainment history, and we are honored to have the opportunity to bring our creative talent pool to continue and expand Star Wars into galaxies far, far away."
Dark Horse Comics founder Mike Richardson »
- Garth Franklin
Just announced today, Marvel Entertainment will begin printing Star Wars comics and graphic novels starting in 2015. While this move was predicted by many as Disney continues to synergize more of its properties, it comes as a blow to the comic book publisher, Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse, which is an alternative to the big two publishers of the comic world in Marvel and DC Comics respectively, has published comics of the property since 1991, with its first story, Star Wars: Dark Empire. Prior to this however, Marvel had actually printed a long Star Wars ongoing series beginning in 1977 and ending in 1986, before jettisoning the property to focus on more superhero fare. Hit the jump for more. Both publishers issued statements to fans today from their representatives. We've posted them below, starting with Mike Richardson (Founder of Dark Horse Comics): “All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. »
- Evan Valentine
After more than 20 years, the force is with Marvel once again.
Disney announced Friday that two of its subsidiaries — Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment — are working together on a series of new Star Wars comic books.
The brand’s first comics were originally published by Marvel in the ’70s, back before both companies had been acquired by Disney. In 1991, the license for the comics was purchased by Dark Horse, which has published the titles ever since. Now the rights have returned to Marvel, which plans to release its first new-new Star Wars comics and graphic novels in 2015.
Perhaps uncoincidentally, 2015 is also »
- Hillary Busis
Well, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that at some point Disney would pass the Star Wars baton to its newly acquired comics publisher Marvel. For fans of the current status-quo, that time has finally come. Starting in 2015 Marvel will take over publishing rights for the Star Wars universe, and founder Mike Richardson passed on his thoughts on the subject. While he does admit they are saddened by Disney's decision to move the license to Marvel, he also mentions that they already have some replacements planned for the vacuum that Star Wars will leave in their schedule.
There's no word on whether any of the already established Dark Horse series will be picked up on the other side by Marvel, but we'll keep you posted. You can peep the full press release below. Just taking a temperature on the subject, are you excited by this news? Or do you feel »
- Matthew Mueller
Comics publisher Marvel will begin putting out Star Wars comic books and graphic novels in 2015. The comics company has taken over the exclusive rights to the sci-fi franchise from rival publisher Dark Horse, which began publishing Star Wars comics in 1991.
See Our Suggestions for the Upcoming Wave of 'Star Wars' Spinoffs
Previously, Marvel put out the very first Star Wars comic in 1977. The publisher claims that issue went on to sell over a million copies. It continued to release Star Wars comics for the next nine years; in total, »
16 items from 2014
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