Dark Horse to Release Mignola and Golden’s JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY Deluxe Edition!

In conjunction with the release of Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s latest collaboration earlier this week, and Mignola’s appearance at this weekend’s World Horror Convention, Dark Horse is pleased to announce a limited-edition hardcover release of Joe Golem and the Drowning City.

After a séance gone horribly wrong, strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits abduct the aging psychic Orlov the Conjuror, sending his young assistant Molly McHugh racing through the canals of a submerged Manhattan. As Molly flees her captors through a sunken city full of scavengers, her one hope comes in the form of two strange men: Simon Church, a Victorian-era detective kept alive by clockwork gears and magic, and his assistant, Joe, whose mysterious past is hinted at in dreams of stone and witches.

“Joe and his world are made up of all those things I love: crumbling ruins, strange Victorian devices, and unknowable supernatural forces,” said cocreator Mike Mignola. “These are the very same elements that went into the creation of Hellboy, but here hammered into different shape and relocated to New York City. Hellboy is Joe’s country cousin.”

The deluxe limited-edition collection features multiple illustrations by Hellboy artist Mike Mignola, as well as a signature plate signed by both Mignola and Golden, and is presented in a handsome slipcase. Additionally, only the Dark Horse edition will feature the previously unpublished story “Joe Golem and the Copper Girl.

The deluxe hardcover edition of Joe Golem and the Drowning City will be released in an extremely limited edition of only 1,000 copies on September 26, and will retail for $99.99.

via Dark Horse Press Release

Dark Horse Panel Schedule for Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) 2012

Here is the schedule. Dark Horse Creators, Projects and Products Panels are in GREEN. Dark Horse Comics Panels are the ones that are NOT green.

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.

EXPANDING THE EXPERIENCE: VIDEO GAMES TO COMICS AND BACK AGAIN
  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 MageSandman and Bone to FablesCastle WaitingHellboy 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.

Star Wars at Comic-Con International 2011

Fans attending Comic-Con International in San Diego from July 20-24th can expect to find the Force in force at the world’s biggest pop culture and media event!

Join the Band of Rebels and Get a First Look at the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray — For the first time, witness some of the exciting features from the more than 40 hours of bonus material on the upcoming Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray and experience one of the Saga’s most iconic moments from a unique, in-universe vantage point. This and additional surprises along the way can be found at booth #3528.

In addition to the programming listed below, don’t forget to drop by the massive Lucasfilm Star Wars Pavilion, where you can take a look at what licensees like Del Rey, Uncle Milton, Penguin, DK, Her Universe, Becker Mayer, Rock Rebel, Comic Images, Mimoco, Bioware (TOR), Museum Replicas, Volkswagen, LucasArts, Hallmark, Sony Online Entertainment, The Art of Ralph McQuarrie and EFX. And located right next door are booths for Gentle Giant, Hasbro, LEGO, and Dark Horse Comics making it a must-see Star Wars destination.

Plus Star Wars actor Mark Hamill will be signing both Friday and Saturday from 11AM-1PM at the EFX booth right inside the Lucasfilm Pavilion. Official Pix will have a selection of 8×10 photos available at his table. And Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams will be signing Friday from 12-1:30PM at the Mimoco booth in the Lucasfilm Star Wars Pavilion. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to meet two legendary Star Wars actors in person!

Be sure to also check at the booths for Del Rey, Penguin, DK, Comic Images, Bioware (TOR) and Dark Horse Comics for various artist and writer signings throughout the convention.

Here’s a list of some of the many panels, programming and fun events that Star Wars fans will want to keep an eye on.


THURSDAY, JULY 21

10:00-11:00 AM Kinect Star Wars Panel
Enter the Galaxy with studio head Jorg Neumann (Kinect Publishing) and lead producer Craig Derrick (LucasArts) as they discuss the highly anticipated title with USA Today‘s Mike Snider, sharing new game play from the iconic Star Wars universe, revealing an all-new mode, and unveiling an exciting announcement. All attendees will receive a limited-edition poster. Room 32AB

3:30-4:30 PM Star Wars: The Old Republic: Join Us, It Is Your Destiny
BioWare and LucasArts are creating the most immersive MMO experience you’ve ever played with Star Wars: The Old Republic. Hear from BioWare developers as they discuss development of a story-driven MMO, debut new gameplay footage, and perhaps spring a few surprises along the way. Exclusive reveals, giveaways, guests, and Q&A! Room 6BCF

4:45-5:45 PM Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four Preview
The epic conflict of Star Wars: The Clone Wars intensifies in the upcoming season, as new battle lines are drawn, new threats arise, and old enemies resurface. Take an unparalleled first look into this fall’s action, drama, and adventure as the creators of hit series from Lucasfilm preview some of what will astound Star Wars fans in Season Four. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting/FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from behind the scenes at Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. Room 6BCF

6:00-7:00 PM Her Universe: What Women Want in Their Female Sci-Fi Heroes
In the early days of sci-fi, female characters were the designated damsels in distress. Thankfully, today a new generation of creative minds are molding the strong, intelligent, and powerful female roles we see in some sci-fi films, TV shows, comics and other media. What are the differences between past sci-fi adventures with female characters and today’s feminine heroes that women can really connect with? How do you create truly interesting and unique female characters in the sci-fi universe? How are they different from their male counterparts? As the voice of a strong female role model, host Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) wants to bring this conversation to the forefront. Join Ashley for a dynamic panel of creative minds from television, film, and comics to explore this timely topic, featuring Dave Filoni (supervising director, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Chris Sanagustin (SVP development and current programming for Universal Cable Productions), Bryan Q. Miller (executive story editor, Smallville; writer, DC’s Batgirl), Betsy Mitchell (editor-in-chief, Del Rey Books), Melinda Hsu Taylor (writer/producer, Lost, Medium; supervising producer, Touch), and Gail Simone (writer, DC’s Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Wonder Woman, and the new Batgirl comic). Room 25ABC

8:30-11:30 PM Star Wars Fan Movie Awards
Celebrating its tenth year, the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards are always entertaining, and often studded with surprises. Each year the top prize — the George Lucas Selects Award — is chosen by Star Wars writer/director George Lucas. Finalists wait with anticipation to learn who will win industry and audience recognition, as well as the coveted Star Wars-themed trophies. Hosted by David Collins, this promises to be a night of entertainment that fans won’t want to miss! Ballroom 20


FRIDAY, JULY 22

10:00-11:00 AM LEGO Star Wars
A behind-the-brick look with the LEGO Star Wars team at how the epic Star Wars story comes together with the creativity and imagination of the LEGO brand. Additionally, be among the first to hear about a special LEGO Star Wars entertainment event, and meet Emmy award-winning writer Michael Price. Also includes Q&A time. Room 7AB

11:00 AM -12:00 PM Hasbro Star Wars
Hear the latest from the Hasbro Marketing and Design teams — Derryl DePriest and Jeff Labovitz (Hasbro Marketing), Michelino Paolino and Mark Boudreaux (Hasbro Design) — on the exciting Star Wars lineup for the rest of 2011, and get a special sneak peek into some 2012 secrets. Room 7AB

12:00-1:00 PM Star Wars Books
Star Wars author Timothy Zahn and Del Rey editor Shelly Shapiro discuss the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire and preview upcoming Star Wars titles from Del Rey and LucasBooks. Room 7AB

1:00-2:00 PM Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars
Share favorite moments in Star Wars comics with resident Jedi Randy Stradley and a host of Star Wars guests from comics and beyond, including Mick Harrison (Dark Times — in his first public appearance!), Scott Allie and Stephane Roux (Jedi -The Dark Side), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Dave Filoni and the Fillbach Brothers (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Timothy Zahn (Choices of One), and Shelly Shapiro (editor-at-large, Del Rey). There will be exclusive news and images, giveaways, and even a chance to win a custom stormtrooper helmet with art by Chris Scalf (Blood Ties)! Room 7AB

2:00-3:00 PM Star Wars Collectibles Update
Bryan Ono of eFX, Ashly Powell of Gentle Giant Studios, Dan Lujan of Kotobukiya, and Brant Bridges of Sideshow Collectibles for product development offer insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Chris Spitale of Lucas Licensing. Room 7AB

3:00-4:00 PM Rendering the Galaxy Far, Far Away: The Digital Art and Light of The Clone Wars
What does it take to bring The Clone Wars to the screen? How is the feature-film-quality animation produced on a weekly television schedule? These secrets are kept by the artists at Lucasfilm Animation, and they are here to take you behind the scenes of the hit animated series, offering insight into the creative and technical process of continuing the epic sweep and visual grandeur of the Star Wars saga. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting and FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. Room 7AB

3:30-4:15 PM Adult Swim: Robot Chicken
Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken), and Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken) discuss the popular Adult Swim series. The series uses stop-motion animation to bring pop culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. In Robot Chicken, no pop culture target is safe. Legions of action figures are used to spoof everything from reality television and Star Wars to past presidents. Moderated by Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


SATURDAY, JULY 23

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Artist Portfolio Reviews w/ Lucasfilm (Troy Alders)
Want to put your skills to use for a top comic, animation, special effects, or design company? Then get that portfolio together and head up into the Sails Pavilion to the Portfolio Review Area, where you’ll find industry professionals waiting to critique your work and answer questions. Get all the information you need to sign up for a portfolio review here. Before you go, be sure to read: Be a Star Wars Artist: Portfolio Review Tips. Good luck! Portfolio Review Area, Sails Pavilion

4:00-5:00 PM Dark Horse and BioWare: A Comic and Video Game Partnership
Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect are creations of one of the most distinguished developers in video games — BioWare! Join Star Wars: The Old Republic senior writer Alexander Freed, Mass Effect 3 lead writer Mac Walters, Mass Effect comics scripter John Jackson Miller, Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall, and a cast of celebrities, as BioWare and Dark Horse announce their next collaboration and reveal exclusive details about the games and comics they’re working on. Room 23ABC

8:30-9:30 PM Star Wars Trivia Game Show
Think you know all about the galaxy far, far away? Put it to the test! Win valuable prizes at the San Diego Star Wars Society’s 10th annual Star Wars trivia game show. The San Diego Star Wars Society has challenged fans at Star Wars Celebration III and Comic-Con International for ten years with intriguing trivia. New this year: Multimedia clues and a game round for kids 12 and under. Do you have what it takes to win? Come and find out! Room 7AB


SUNDAY, JULY 24

12:00-1:00 PM Star Wars Crafts
Give in to the power of the crafty side! Find out how to turn felt and googly eyes into a Jedi Master with this fun, hands-on puppet tutorial. The Star Wars Craft Book (Del Rey/LucasBooks) author Bonnie Burton shows fans of all ages how to make a simple Yoda puppet from her new book. Bonnie is also the author of You Can Draw Star Wars (DK Publishing) and Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Klutz Books). Room 30CDE

2:00-3:00 PM 501st Costuming 101: Dressing to Serve the Empire!
This panel describes the essentials about what it takes to create a costume that meets the standards of quality for entry into the 501st Legion. It will provide an overview of what is involved in creating a costume, the various costume categories, and the amount of time involved in creating a costume that is screen accurate. A panel of experts will describe and display, and demonstrate tips and techniques used for their costume specialty. Plus learn about the mission of the 501st Legion. Room 24ABC

Please note that as always, this list is subject to change. Check the schedule at the event for any last-minute changes. Also visit Comic-Con International for more information.

Be sure to follow the official Star Wars Twitter and our Star Wars Blog for the latest coverage from Comic-Con!

via StarWars.com

Dark Horse Announces San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Schedule! Signings, Panels and Green Screens!

It’s here! San Diego Comic-Con 2011 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is telling you all the goods ahead of time! Plan accordingly!

SIGNINGS

Wednesday, July 20
7:30 pm Preview Night Reveal
Thursday, July 21
11 am Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
11 am Tara McPherson (The Art of Tara McPherson)
12:30 pm Eric Powell (The Goon)
2 pm Bruce Campbell (My Name Is Bruce) *Ticketed by Lottery
3 pm Morgan Spurlock (Supersized)
3:30 pm Jerry Robinson (Jet Scott)
4:30 pm Jill Thompson (Beasts of Burden)
Friday, July 22
10 am Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo)
10 am Rebecca Guay (The Last Dragon)
11 am Menton3 and Patric Reynolds (The Thing)
11:30 am Dark Horse Presents Signing: Jim Steranko (Red Tide) and Neal Adams (Blood) *Ticketed by Lottery
12 pm Stephan Martiniere and Michael Heisler (Rage)
1 pm Gerard Way (The Umbrella Academy) *Ticketed by Lottery
3:30 pm Star Wars Signing: Mick Harrison (Dark Times); John Jackson Miller and Michael Heisler (Knight Errant); Scott Allie (Jedi: The Dark Side); Rob Chestney (The Old Republic: Threat of Peace); Alexander Freed (The Old Republic: The Lost Suns); Jeremy Barlow (The Clone Wars)
5 pm Falling Skies Signing: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, Mark Verheiden *Ticketed by Lottery
Saturday, July 23
10 am Mac Walters and John Jackson Miller, Michael Heisler (Mass Effect)
11 am Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
11 am Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo)
12 pm Whedonverse Signing: Zack Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Jo Chen *Ticketed by Lottery
12 pm Adam Warren (Empowered)
1 pm Jon Schnepp, Eric Powell, Jeremy Barlow (Dethklok) *Ticketed by Lottery
1 pm Robert E. Howard Signing: Stuart Moore, Paul Sammon, Tomás Giorello
2 pm Conan the Barbarian Signing: Rose McGowan *Ticketed by Lottery
2 pm Dark Horse Presents (Carla Speed McNeil, Sanford Greene, Ricardo Delgado)
3:30 pm Tsuneo Goda (Domo) *Ticketed by Lottery
3:30 pm Mink (Shinjuku)
5 pm Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) *Ticketed by Lottery
Sunday, July 24
10:30 am Rob Hughes and Thomas Yeates (The Outlaw Prince)
11 am Rob Reger and Buzz Parker (Emily the Strange)
12 pm Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) *Ticketed by Lottery
12 pm Ethan and Malachai Nicolle (Axe Cop)
1 pm Larry Marder – Beanworld
2:30 pm Doug Sneyd – The Art of Doug Sneyd
3 pm Mike Mignola (Hellboy)

PANELS

Thursday, July 21
12 pm–1 pm Dark Horse: Fall Publishing Highlights! Room 32AB
Super-secret surprise guests!
5:30 pm–6:30 pm Creepy and Eerie: Comics That Can Still Scare You! Room 24ABC
Including: Jason Shawn Alexander (Abe Sapien), J. C. Vaughn (Doctor Solar), and Nathan Fox (Haunt)
Special Guests: Ken Kelly (Creepy/Eerie) and Bruce Jones (Checkmate)
Moderated by Dan Braun (Creepy) and Josh Braun (A History of Violence)
Friday, July 22
11 am–12 pm Mike Mignola: Worlds at War Room 4
Special Guests: Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D.), and Scott Allie (editor)
1 pm–2 pm Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars Room 7AB
Including: Randy Stradley (editor), Mick Harrison (Dark Times—first public appearance!), Dave Marshall (editor), Scott Allie and Stéphane Roux (Jedi: The Dark Side), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Dave Filoni and the Fillbach brothers (The Clone Wars), Leland Y. Chee (Keeper of the Holocron’s Blog), Timothy Zahn (Choices of One), Shelly Shapiro (Del Rey editor), and more!
2 pm–3 pm Dark Horse Presents: The Panel Room 25ABC
Including: Mike Richardson (Dark Horse president), Eric Powell (The Goon), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Sanford Greene (Deadpool), and many more!
Saturday, July 23
3 pm–4 pm Dark Horse: Joss Whedon Room: Indigo
4 pm–5 pm Dark Horse and BioWare: A Comic and Video-Game Partnership
Room 23ABC
Including: Alexander Freed (Star Wars: The Old Republic), Mac Walters (Mass Effect 3), John Jackson Miller (Mass Effect), and Dave Marshall (editor)

GREEN SCREEN

Thursday, July 21
9 am–11 am Hellboy
11 am–2 pm The Goon
2 pm–4 pm Mass Effect
4 pm–7 pm Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel & Faith
Friday, July 22
9 am–12 pm Star Wars
12 pm–3 pm Falling Skies
3 pm–7 pm Mass Effect
Saturday, July 23
9 am–11 am Hellboy
11 am–2 pm Dylan Dog
2 pm–5 pm Conan
5 pm–7 pm Buffy / Angel & Faith
Sunday, July 24
9 am–11 am The Goon
11 am–1 pm Star Wars
1 pm–3 pm Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel & Faith
3 pm–5 pm Hellboy

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Dark Horse Reveals Spider-Man Syroco Comic-Con Exclusive

 

As part of Dark Horse’s recently announced Marvel Syrocos program, it is announced today that these highly anticipated statues will make their debut at next month’s Comic-Con International in San Diego!

Comic-Con attendees will have a very significant opportunity to acquire a special statue of none other than Spider-Man. He is shown as half Peter Parker and half Spider-Man. Only one thousand numbered copies of this statuette are being offered. It is packaged in the same litho-printed tin box that is the hallmark of the Dark Horse Syrocos, and seems destined to be a bona fide hot item, both at Comic-Con and far beyond the exhibit hall. It will be sold at the normal retail price of $49.99, with a limit of four per customer.

“We couldn’t think of a more appropriate venue to launch this truly collectible series than Comic-Con,” Dark Horse product development VP David Scroggy remarked, “and a Spider-Man limited edition of only one thousand pieces makes this a scarce item. It gave us the opportunity to recall one of the early treatments by artist Steve Ditko, where we see both of Spidey’s identities simultaneously. Our spider sense is tingling, and the message is a quick sellout at the show.”

As previously announced, the program will begin in September 2011 with two alternating series: Classic Marvel Characters and the Fantastic Four. This new line will be deliberately different than the common modern Marvel collectible sculpture, with features like a rougher surface texture, visible seam lines, and other slightly “distressed” aspects, such as the method of paint application.

These special Comic-Con exclusives will be available at six p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at the Dark Horse booth (#2615). Don’t miss your chance to own one of these fantastic statues!

Dark Horse Announces 2011 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Domo

Since 2008, Dark Horse has rewarded San Diego Comic-Con attendees with an exclusive product based on viral sensation Domo. Hailing from Japan and adored all over the world, Domo has captured the hearts of pop-culture fans everywhere!

One of the highlights of this year’s event will be the special appearance of Domo creator Tsuneo Goda, who will be visiting from Japan as a sponsored guest of Dark Horse. Various events are planned, including a spotlight program, autograph sessions, and the release of the new Domo and Friends boxed set of PVC figures. To add to the excitement, Dark Horse has collaborated with Hong Kong toy company Toy2R to create a special exclusive Qee toy version of Domo.

“We have supported Comic-Con for over twenty-five years,” Dark Horse product development head David Scroggy observed, “and it thrills us to be creating a couple of genuinely special releases that contribute to the celebration while adding value for the convention. This is the greatest fan event, and since we are fans ourselves, we have pulled out all the stops!”

The Comic-Con exclusive shows the fuzzy brown cave dweller embracing his inner geek, resulting in a one-of-a-kind Nerd Domo Qee figure. Only 1,200 of this unique Domo piece are being offered, with a limit of four per customer. Sales will be at the Dark Horse booth.

Domo’s unique look and personality as the mascot for Japanese public broadcaster NHK quickly catapulted the character into one of the Internet’s biggest sensations, sparking worldwide recognition. As the reigning poster child for personalized, user-generated content, Domo has found a home within the online viral community with hundreds of thousands of fan-made images, websites, and videos created and posted to websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Flickr, among others.

About Qee
Qee (pronounced “key”) is a collection of designer toys created by Hong Kong-based company Toy2R, which was founded by Raymond Choy in 1995. Qees are produced in limited numbers and are highly collectible. Many contemporary artists and designers from Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America have designed figures. Domo is the mascot of NHK television in Japan, and is breaking out worldwide as animation, toys, publishing and apparel.
About Big Tent Entertainment, LLC
Big Tent Entertainment, LLC (www.bigtent.tv) is an entertainment company specializing in the integrated development and management of media brands. Formed in 2002, the company manages a portfolio across both traditional and new media while focusing on brand strategy, community building, viral marketing, licensing and retail merchandising. Big Tent currently serves as the worldwide (ex Asia) marketing and licensing company for fashion and viral sensation Domo and the North American agency of record for three of Discovery Communications’ most popular brands—Discovery Kids, TLC and SCIENCE. Additionally, Big Tent represents Purple Ronnie, one of the U.K.’s most successful social expression brands, and PixFusion, a global leader in personalization products.
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 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, Mass Effect,Tim Burton, 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.
via Press Release

Free Comic Book Day List

Here’s a checklist of free comics for FCBD:

  • 2000AD – Various [Rebellion]
  • Atomic Robo & Friends – Story by Brian Clevinger, Art by Scott Wegener [Red 5]
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender / Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Story by Johane Matte, J. Torres & Ryder Wyndam, Art by Johane Matte, Gurihiru & Ben Dewey [Dark Horse]
  • The Amazing Spider-Man – Story by Dan Slott, Art by Humberto Ramos [Marvel]
  • Baltimore / Criminal Macabre – Story by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden & Steve Niles, Art by Ben Stenbeck & Christopher Mitten [Dark Horse]
  • Bongo Comics Free For All – Various [Bongo]
  • Captain America & Thor: The Mighty Fighting Avengers – Story by Roger Langridge, Art by Chris Samnee [Marvel]
  • Civil War Adventure – Story by Chuck Dixon, Art by Gary Kwapisz [History Graphics Press]
  • The Darkness II: Confession – Story by Matt Hawkins & Filip Sablik, Art by Michael Broussard [Top Cow]
  • Darkwing Duck / Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers Flipbook – Story by Ian Brill, Art by James Silvani, Leonel Castellani [Boom! Kids]
  • Deadliest Sharks and Prehistoric Predators – Story by Joe Brusha, Art by Anthony Spay [Zenescope]
  • Elrik: Balance Lost – Story by Chris Roberson, Art by Various and Erik Jones [Boom! Studios]
  • Geronimo Stilton / The Smurfs Flipbook – Story by Geronimo Stilton / Peyo, Art by Yvan Delporte [NBM / Papercutz]
  • Green Lantern / Flashpoint Special Edition – Story by Geoff Johns, Art by Ivan Reis & Andy Kubert [DC]
  • Kung Fu Panda / Richie Rich Flipbook – Various [Ape Entertainment]
  • Ice – Story by Doug Wagner, Art by Jose Holder [12-Gauge]
  • Inspector Gadget – Story by Dale Mettam, Art by Jose Coba [Viper]
  • Intrepid Escapegoat / Stuff of Legend – Story by Brian Smith / Mike Raicht, Art by Brian Smith / Charles Paul Wilson III [Th3rd World Studios]
  • Jake the Dreaming  – Story by Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin, Art byAndrew Jones [Radical]
  • James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard – Story by James Patterson, Art by Svetlana Chmakova [Yen Press]
  • John Stanley Summer Fun – By John Stanley [Drawn & Quarterly]
  • Locke & Key Giant-Sized Action – Story by Joe Hill, Art by Gabriel Rodriguez [IDW]
  • Magic The Gathering: Path of the Planeswalker II Preview – Various [Wizards of the Coast]
  • Misadventures of Adam West – Story by Reed Lackey, Art by Russell Dauterman, Matt Bellisle [Who Else? Bluewater]
  • Mouse Guard / Dark Crystal Flipbook with Dapper Men preview – Story by David Petersen / Brian Holguin, Art by David Petersen / Alex Sheikman [Archaia]
  • Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics – J.C. Vaughan [Gemstone]
  • Pep Comics Featuring Betty & Veronica – Story and Art by Dan Parent [Archie]
  • Power Lunch / Sketch Monsters – Story by J. Torres / Josh Williamson, Art by Dean Trippe / Vinnie Navarro [Oni Press]
  • Silver Scorpion – Story by Ron Marz, Art by Mukesh Singh [Liquid Comics]
  • Sonic the Hedgehog – Story by Ian Flynn, Art by Steven Butler [Archie]
  • Spontaneous #1 – Story by Joe Harris, Art by Brett Weldele [Oni Press]
  • Super Dinosaur Origin Special #1 – Story by Robert Kirkman, Art & Cover by Jason Howard [Image]
  • The Tick – Various [New England]
  • Top Shelf Kids Club 2011 – Story and Art by Andy Runton, James Kochalka, Christian Slade, Chris Eliopoulos, Ray Friesen, Jess Smart Smiley [Top Shelf]
  • Walt Disney Presents Mickey Mouse – Story and Art by Floyd Gottfredson [Fantagraphics]
  • Worlds of Aspen – Various [Aspen]
  • Young Justice / Batman: The Brave and The Bold Super Sampler – Story & Art by Various [DC]