DH Pony Express For April 2007

by Jeff

Welcome to the Dark Horse Newsletter!

This month, I thought I would try something different and let Hellboy editor Scott Allie say a little something about the upcoming release of the new Hellboy series, Darkness Calls. “The other day Mike and I were talking about Darkness Calls, and the stuff Duncan Fegredo’s getting to draw in it–particularly this one villain that he’s really bringing to life. We were reminiscing our way through the earlier stories, like Wake the Devil and Seed of Destruction, and Darkness Calls really makes those stories feel small and meandering. I mean, a lot happened in them, but compared to Darkness Calls, nothing really happened for Hellboy through all that stuff. Darkness Calls really goes somewhere. So I said, ‘It only took you thirteen years to do one that’s about anything.’ And he said, ‘Well, I was just killing time until we could get someone who could pull it off.’ Believe me, when you see Duncan’s stuff, particularly the third issue and on after that, you’ll see what we mean. I don’t think people will ever stop asking to see stories drawn by Mike, but they’re not gonna be complaining about it after a couple of issues of this thing.”

Make sure to pick up your copy of Hellboy: Darkness Calls #1 (on sale May 2nd), or enter our Hellboy freebie contest. Either way, you win!

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Hellboy: Darkness Calls #1
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Hellboy: Darkness Calls #2

Looking forward to June, we’ve got a lot of great things planned here at Dark Horse, including a Star Wars 30th Anniversary contest, exclusive interviews with Mike Mignola and Zero Killer creator Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi), and for the manga event of the decade: MPD Psycho, uncut, uncensored, and unapologetic!

-Matthew Parkinson, Pony Express Editor
(e-mail your comments to sireditrix@darkhorse.com)

Don’t miss out on these sweet victuals:

* Don’t forget that Saturday, May 5th, marks Free Comic Book Day 2007. Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world are giving away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Check out our 2007 FCBD offering here!

* It’s a two for one bargain! From conception to completion, check out these great Making of a Comic DH.com exclusives: Hellboy: Darkness Calls #1 & Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #3. Note: this may take several moments to load.

* Double your contest pleasure, double your contest fun. That’s right, two great contests for you to enter. In the Pathfinder Contest, win actual props used during the filming of this action adventure classic. May marks the 25th anniversary of the theatrical release of Conan the Barbarian. Enter our Conan Contest to win some great prizes.

* Read our in-depth Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service editorial, written by Dark Horse editor Carl Horn.

* The Library of Congress has recently acquired Eric Drooker’s original Flood! artwork to rest in their public prints collection. Make sure to check out the extended preview of Eric’s classic work, Flood!: A Novel in Pictures 3rd Edition!

From the Publisher

If you love comics, collect toys, or possess a passion for American pop culture, then you owe it to yourself to take the next plane, train, or boat out of town and head straight to Baltimore. Located in that city’s vibrant downtown is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. I can’t tell you how jaw-droppingly (is that a word?) spectacular Steve Geppi’s cultural storehouse was for this fanboy. The moment I stepped out of the “time machine” elevator, I found myself in a four-color heaven.

The museum features one exhibit room after another, each with the products and characters of bygone eras on glorious display. The place is filled to the ceiling with rare comics spanning the entire history of the industry, toys based on the popular radio and television shows of the ’40s and ’50s, original comics art (including George Herriman’s very last, and very fatal, Krazy Kat page,) and gigantic movie four-sheets featuring your favorite heroes. Superman, Batman, The Shadow, Mickey Mouse, Flash Gordon, Howdy Doody, Dick Tracy, Peanuts, and even Elvis are among the hundreds (thousands?) of characters there waiting. And don’t think the museum is confined to recent decades, as the exhibits cover the complete gamut of American pop culture, beginning in the late 1700s and proceeding right up to the 21st century.

Oh yeah, did I say I love the place? I’ve been there twice, and I’ll be heading back again this summer. And by the way, I want to be sure and mention that the museum is located at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. Walk a few yards and you can catch a baseball game in one of the finest baseball parks in existence (I prefer visiting when the Yankees are in town.) You can find all the information you need at www.geppismuseum.com. Trust me, this is one place you do not want to miss.

Best,

Mike

P.S. As you make your way through the museum, don’t forget to watch for Dark Horse–we’re in there, too.

Mike Richardson, Publisher

Comic Feedbag Comics Feedbag

From masters of horror Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson comes the most anticipated and monster-filled comics series of the year, City of Others. Now that he’s in the midst of a family of vampires, and they’re under attack by an invading army of rampaging zombies, Blud needs to choose a side, and doing so will seal his fate forever. Don’t miss
City of Others #2
.

* Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #3
* The Secret #4
* Star Wars: Dark Times #3

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #3
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Secret #4
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Star Wars: Dark Times #3–The Path to Nowhere

Book Barn Book Barn

Princess Mabelrose may not be the fairest of the land, but she has enough brains and bravery to fend for herself in a fantasy world of danger and adventure! Rod Espinoza’s The
Courageous Princess
is a fairy tale classic perfect for all-ages!

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Eden: It’s and Endless World! Vol. 7
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Vampire Hunter D Volume 7: Mysterious Journey to the North Sea, Part One
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Mary Scary

Product Parade

Dark Horse Comics and DC Direct, DC Comics’ action figure and collectible company, are teaming to create a new series of vintage-style statuettes featuring four of DC Comics’ best-known characters. To kick off the release of this great line of characters, ladies and gentleman, Superman!

* Gloomy Bear products
* Samurai Champloo Journal and Lighter
* Classic Peanuts Character #6: Peppermint Patty

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