Official Press Release
BETTIE PAGE T-SHIRTS
On sale June 22
Bettie in Orange
Scoop neck/half sleeves/Black/Adult
Bettie in Bathing Suit
Scoop neck/half sleeves/Pink/Adult
A bevy of new Betties! We're introducing two new styles to our line of Bettie Page T-shirts.Colorful designs on popular T-shirt styles make for a great combination. We've got a delicious orange Bettie image on a scoop neck, half sleeve tee, and Bettie looking cute in a bathing suit on a pink shirt of the same style.
BILLY THE KID'S OLD TIMEY ODDITIES #4 (of 4)
ERIC POWELL (W/C) and KYLE HOTZ (A)
On sale July 20, FC, 32pg, $2.99
Thanks to the combined distraction of Billy's entrapment and the explosive entry of yet another insane treasure hunter seeking the Golem's heart, Sproule and his companions are able to escape from their bonds, but with the monstrous villagers mindlessly obeying Dr. Frankenstein's every word, none of them can escape from the lab . . . at least, not without Billy's help. But does Billy have the courage to overcome his greatest fears and free himself in time to save the others? Does he have the generosity of heart to risk his life for a group of people he has called "freaks?"
Don't miss the fourth issue of Billy The Kid's Old Timey Oddities from Eisner Award-winning Goon-creator Eric Powell and fan-favorite horror artist, Kyle Hotz!
o Eric Powell (writer/artist of the International Horror Guild award-winner and 2003 Eisner Award-winner, The Goon).
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #103: PITY (one-shot)
HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)
On sale July 13, b&w, 32pg, $2.99
This poignant episode, "Pity," deals with the complex relationships of compassion, honor, and revenge in the vicious landscape of Hiroaki Samura's modern, samurai-punk epic.
Abayama, an older Ittö-ryü leader who has seen his share of death and violence, stumbles into a surprising predicament. After joining the surviving Ittö-ryü warriors on a quest for vengeance, a chance encounter leads him to a face-off with Makoto, the youngest Mugai-ryü conspirator and Abayama's former assistant. Find out why this deep, frenetic series won Britain's 2004 Eagle Award for Favourite Manga Comic!
o Winner of Japan's prestigious Media Arts Award and America's own Will Eisner Award.
o THIRTEEN volumes of this modern classic available in the Dark Horse backlist!
KURT BUSIEK (W), FABIAN NICIEZA (W), JOHN SEVERIN (P), BRUCE TIMM (P), DAVE STEWART (C), and CARY NORD (Cover)
On sale July 20, FC, 32pg, $2.99
Bruce Timm, the innovator whose work has changed the face of American animation as well as American comics, and John Severin, the legendary artist of EC's Two-Fisted Tales, Image's Desperados, and Vertigo's Caper, team up to give fan-favorite Cary Nord a month off. Busiek and Timm join forces on a brief, sadistic little adventure involving a girl, a wizard, a monster, and Conan's very morbid sense of humor. Busiek teams with sometimes writing partner Fabian Nicieza (Avengers/Thunderbolts) and the great John Severin to pick up a loose end from Conan #3, as Conan's destiny is misinterpreted by a series of luckless warriors and shameless opportunists, leading to nothing but misery.
FOR MATURE READERS
EMILY THE STRANGE #1: THE BORING ISSUE
COSMIC DEBRIS (W/A)
On sale August 3, FC, 48pg, $7.95
For more than ten years, pop culture cultists have revered and adored a mysterious, brooding thirteen-year-old girl named Emily the Strange. Nobody knows much about the young girl with a porcelain face and huge eyes framed by black bangs, and her ever-present brood of black cats only adds to the intrigue-but that hasn't stopped a generation of rabid fans from letting Emily put her spell upon them. Now, for the first time ever, Emily fans will be welcomed into her dark and, well, strange world-a place where kitty friends talk, the ghosts of famous weirdos come out to play, reality is never quite what it seems, and- above all-a place where anyone who's ever been considered a little "strange" themselves will be made to feel right at home.
Dark Horse Comics and the creative minds behind Cosmic Debris are thrilled to present the first-ever Emily comic books, published as deluxe single issues with all-new stories and art. Each issue of Emily comics will feature 48 pages of black, white, and red art (with the occasional outburst of full-color freakouts!), illustrating a wacky range of Emily stories.
THE GOON #13
ERIC POWELL (W/A)
On sale July 20, FC, 32pg, $2.99
Goon's got himself in deep this time. After his adventures in the dimension of the flesh-eating eye and his brutal battle with Dr. Alloy's army of killer robots, the uptown police take the opportunity to kick Goon while he's down and haul him off to Cade's Island Penitentury to rot for the rest of his days. Now it's up to Franky to plan a daring prison break and spring the Goon before he finds himself out-numbered on the wrong end of an all-out prison brawl with a load of old foes.
o 2003 Eisner Award Winner (Best Single Issue-The Goon #1)
o 2003 International Horror Guild Award-winner (Best Illustrated Narrative)
HELLBOY: THE ISLAND #2 (of 2)
MIKE MIGNOLA (W/A)
On sale July 20, FC, 32pg, $2.99
Though it may cost him his life, Hellboy learns the secret history of the world, the origin of the Ogdru Jahad, and his own right hand.
Celebrated writer/artist Mike Mignola concludes the biggest turning point in his Hellboy saga, establishing his character firmly in the weirdest traditions of authentic gothic horror.
Award-winning creator Mike Mignola presents the long-awaited sequel to 2001's The Third Wish, and the first Hellboy series since the character was pushed into the mainstream by 2004's hit film.
THE INCREDIBLES TPB
Adapted from a script by BRAD BIRD (W), RICARDO CURTIS (A), and RAMON PEREZ (A)
On sale August 31, SC, 96pg, FC, 7" x 10", $12.95
The city of Municiburg is protected by many superheroes, but its main champion is the ultra strong Mr. Incredible-who always works alone. But things go awry for Mr. Incredible and the rest of the supers when they are hit with a series of lawsuits brought by those they once saved. In an effort to defuse the situation, the government steps in and creates a program to relocate the supers and put them into hiding-in exchange for their promise never to use their powers again. Mr. Incredible is forced to resume the life of his secret identity-Bob Parr. But family life and the daily nine-to-five aren't enough for Bob, who takes to sneaking out and doing "superhero work" in the evenings with his good friend Lucius, who used to be known as Frozone. These evening outings cause problems for Bob at home. But things take an unexpected turn when Bob is contacted by a mysterious woman named Mirage who wants to recruit Bob for some top-secret superhero work...
o An adaptation of the Disney/Pixar movie The Incredibles.
BURONSON (W) and KENTARO MIURA (A)
On sale August 10, SC, 216pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $12.95
Yuka Katsuragi, a beautiful TV news reporter, has attracted the affections of a Yakuza thug, Katsuji Yashima, who travels with his brother all the way to Spain to find her, only to have his affections rebuffed by Yuka. A terrible earthquake hits, and Katsuji, his brother, and Yuka, along with four high-schoolers in Spain on a field trip, all fall deep underground. While trapped below the surface, they encounter a mysterious old woman who reveals to them prophecies that the wealthy nation of Japan will meet the same demise as the once-prosperous city of Carthage. Katsuji and the others insult the old woman, who then sends them to see the world of the future with their own eyes, a future of desolation and death...
o Japan is a dystopian action epic by two of manga's premier creators, Buronson (Fist of the North Star) and Kentaro Miura (Berserk).
o Japan comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ cover advisory.
KONG: KING OF SKULL ISLAND TPB
JOE DEVITO (Created and illustrated) and BRAD STRICKLAND (W)
On sale August 31, SC, 176pg, FC, 8 1/2" x 11", $19.95
In 1933, American showman Carl Denham returned from a mysterious, hidden island with a priceless treasure. A treasure not gold or jewels, but the island's barbaric god, a monstrous anthropoid called "Kong." The savage giant escaped and wreaked havoc among the man-made canyons of Manhattan, but within hours of the giant ape's death his body-and Carl Denham-disappeared. Twenty-five years later, the son of Carl Denham makes a shocking discovery that leads him back to the site of his father's greatest adventure and to the answers that will unlock the century's greatest mystery and history's greatest miracle.
Authorized by the Cooper Estate and based on the original novel that inspired the all-time classic film. This new novel acts as both prequel and sequel to the classic fantasy tale, King Kong. Acclaimed fantasy artist Joe DeVito and top fantasy and science-fiction writer Brad Strickland join forces to make for an interactive visual-narrative storytelling experience unlike any other.
KOTOBUKIYA STAR WARS DARTH VADER #2 PRE-PAINTED SOFT VINYL MODEL KIT
On sale Septmeber 7, 11" tall, vinyl figure, packaged in window box, $99.99
A new release in our import program of the award-winning large vinyl Star Wars figures.
This figure incorporates a new pose for Darth Vader, stopped in battle, lightsaber behind him, as he summons the power of the dark side to assist in his evil ways. With fantastic craftsmanship and attention to detail Kotobukiya has succeeded in bringing Darth Vader to life once again.
KOTOBUKIYA STAR WARS STORMTROOPER WITH INTERCHANGEABLE LUKE SKYWALKER HEAD PRE-PAINTED SOFT VINYL MODEL KIT
On sale August 3, 11" tall, vinyl figure, with interchangeable head, packaged in window box, $99.99
They are the Emperor's frontline in maintaining control of a galaxy torn by Rebellion. Trained from birth in the ways of combat, they are the shock troops, intimidators, and cannon fodder of the Empire.
Where this Stormtrooper differs is in the unique feature of an interchangeable Luke Skywalker head. You can re-live the famous Episode IV scene where Luke and Han Solo rescue Princess Leia, disguised as the Empire's soldiers.
Now you can own this ubiquitous symbol of Imperial authority in the form of a one-seventh scale pre-painted model kit. So easy to assemble, you can have him guarding your display shelves or desk in minutes. So impressive and lifelike, he'll be a source of pride for years to come.
LITTLE LULU: LULU IN THE DOGHOUSE TPB
JOHN STANLEY (W/A) and IRVING TRIPP (A)
On sale August 10, SC, 208pg, b&w, 6" x 9", $9.95
Little Lulu has been taking shots at the funnybones of comics fans for nearly fifty years- but you've got another think coming if you dare assume this means today's readers won't love her, too. As tough as she is tender-hearted, as smart as she is sassy, and as fair and generous as she is cantankerous, Lulu Moppet is a real one-of-a-kind. Now, for the first time ever, comics fans can read and relish every Little Lulu comic book story from the original, long-running Dell Comics series in Dark Horse Books' handy paperback library series! Handy, affordable, and hilarious, these thick, fun-filled volumes are bursting with stories from every angle of Lulu's world-from the far-flung fairy tales she dreams up to calm the quarrelsome tot, Alvin, to the silly slice-of-life adventures that end with impossible complexities and belly laughs for readers.
o Little Lulu is one of the most well-regarded and critically lauded comic book series in the history of the medium. Despite its "classic" designation, the humor in these short stories is modern and smart, and silly enough to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
LITTLE LULU AND TUBBY SOFT VINYL FIGURES
On sale August 10
Little Lulu, 8" tall, vinyl figure, $17.99
Tubby, 8" tall, vinyl figure, $17.99
With the popularity of Dark Horse's release of the complete library of classic Little Lulu comics, we are happy to offer Little Lulu and her sidekick Tubby as 8" vinyl figures. From her first appearance in The Saturday Evening Post in the 1930s as a single panel gag strip, Little Lulu has gone on to become a beloved cultural icon all over the world. Tubby was alternately Little Lulu's closest companion and biggest nemesis-forever getting into mischief and hatching schemes. Tubby and his club, the Junior Paratroopers often found themselves matching wits with Lulu, with often disastrous results.
Whether you purchase one, or both, Lulu and Tubby will be your cute companions!
LITTLE AND LARGE HC
TONY MILLIONAIRE (W/A)
On sale August 17, HC, 40pg, FC, 8" x 8 1/2", $7.95
Here is another delightful book from writer/artist Tony Millionaire featuring two interconnected stories that tie together for the happiest of endings.
When Ann Louise's grandfather crashes through the woods to cut down a tree for use in his workshop, he never stops to think about all the creatures making their home in it. Uncle Gabby then meets a spider displaced from his tree house and begins a quest to find him a new place to live.
A weathervane? A dollhouse? A goose-wagon? Sadly, no, no and no!
But what is Grandfather building from the lumber?
o With the release of his seventh book, Little and Large, Tony Millionaire again proves he is one of the best at telling simple, charming stories for children that delight with their clever endings. Follow Uncle Gabby as he tries to find a new home for his friend, the spider!
MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN #3 (of 4)
BRUCE CAMPBELL (W), DAVID GOODMAN (W), RICK REMENDER (P), HILARY BARTA (I), and ERIC POWELL (Alt. Cover)
On sale July 13, FC, 32pg, $2.99
Award-winning artist of The Goon, Eric Powell, pops in for a portrait of Bruce Campbell to wrap around our bloodstained third chapter, in which Campbell's dead wife returns as a robot who's more in love with the cab driver hiding inside her husband's brain than the man himself. Meanwhile in Gyspy Town, the cabbie's ex-wife stages a mannequin wedding-this is comics as only the greatest madman of B-movies could conceive it.
This issue features two covers, one by the regular team on the book and one by Eisner Award-winning creator Eric Powell!
MATRIX NEO AND TRINITY STATUES
On sale September 30
Neo Statue, 15" tall on base, fully painted, numbered and limited, $150.00
Trinity Statue, 10" high, 14" long, fully painted, numbered and limited, $275.00
Gentle Giant Studios continues to set a new standard for realism in sculpted collectibles. This new series, distributed by Dark Horse, features full-figure treatments of key characters from The Matrix.
It is only fitting that the initial release be the main characters Neo and Trinity.
First up is the full-size Neo statue. Portrayed by Keanu Reeves, this sculpture is based upon actual three-dimensional scans of the actor himself. The statue, which creates the illusion of Neo suspended in midair, is 15" tall (Neo's body is 12") will be packaged in deluxe special packaging, and will be a handpainted individually numbered, limited edition.
Joining Neo will be none other than the dangerous and beautiful Trinity. Portrayed in the films by Carrie-Anne Moss, she is as close to reality as is possible in a sculpture. Based on actual three-dimensional computer scanning, the realism extends even to details like her elaborately tricked-out motorcycle.
This stunning piece is the finest Matrix collectible yet produced!
Exact edition sizes have not been finally determined by Gentle Giant as of press time.
MICHAEL CHABON PRESENTS THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE ESCAPIST #7
MICHAEL CHABON (W), EDUARDO BARRETO (A), PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER (C), and BRIAN BOLLAND (Cover)
On sale July 13, FC, 80pg, $8.95
This very special seventh issue of The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist features…no Escapist whatsoever! Instead, Pulitzer-winning author Michael Chabon takes over the entire issue with a sensational story introducing the mysterious Mr. Machine Gun, a character torn straight from the pages of Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
Legendary duo Kavalier and Clay created scads of fascinating characters, and Mr. Machine Gun was one of the best. A former guinea pig of Nazi bioexperimentation, the WWII hero turned to a postwar career in politics. Now, dealing with an intensely personal tragedy, Senator "Ben Vanderslice" struggles to once more gain control over his murderous right hand!
With Chabon aided by artist Eduardo Barreto (Batman, Aliens vs. Predator), you'll swear that you're reading the original Sunshine Comics edition-now an impossible find!
Who is this classic character that inspired a runaway issue-length tale from a Pulitzer winner? Find out in this snub-nosed and smoking seventh installment of the popular quarterly anthology!
SAMURAI EXECUTIONER VOLUME 7 TPB
KAZUO KOIKE (W) and GOSEKI KOJIMA (A)
On sale August 10, SC, 304pg, b&w, 4" x 6", $9.95
As Samurai Executioner continues moving into its own world of crime and punishment, honor and bushido, we are beginning to learn more about the characters and situations involved in Edo-era justice. We're learning about Kubikiri Asa, the Shögun's decapitator, and his stoic life. This man's joyless existence is backed by stories of his past as a child, and how they reflect on his present life. But we also learn more about the peace officers of the era. In particular, there's the character "Catcher Kasajirö," the charming young man who uses a hooked rope and chained cudgel with such great skill. With these two characters, one with the guilt of many generations, and one bearing the naiveté of a young buck, comes an odd sort of tenderness to a world of pain and death.
o Never before published in America, Samurai Executioner was the companion to one of the most seminal works of manga, Lone Wolf & Cub!
o Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.
SERENITY #1 (of 3)
JOSS WHEDON (W), BRETT MATTHEWS (W), WILL CONRAD (P), and LAURA MARTIN (c)
On sale July 6, FC, 32pg, $2.99
This fall Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and scribe of Marvel's Astonishing X-Men, makes his big-screen debut as writer/director with Serenity, the big-budget feature follow-up to his cult-hit TV show Firefly-the story of a ship full of mercenaries, outlaws, fugitives, and one law-abiding prostitute running across the fringes of space. Now Whedon pens a three issue miniseries based on the film with Brett Matthews, whose previous credits include Spider-man specials with Daredevil and Wolverine, episodes of TV's Firefly, an Angel miniseries, and the animated Chronicles of Riddick feature "Dark Fury. "
The crew of Serenity once again find themselves broke and on the wrong side of a number of very large firearms, making the first issue a case study in how to mix intense, Whedon-style character interaction with cinematic action and violence. Artist Will Conrad and colorist Laura Martin paint a rough and wild world of adventure across a strange and dangerous universe.
o Each issue of this series features three covers, one for each member of the Serenity crew, drawn by the biggest names in comics. Issue #1 features Mal by John Cassaday, Inara by J. G. Jones, and Jayne by Bryan Hitch.
SHADOW ROCK TPB
JEREMY LOVE (W), ROBERT LOVE (A), and JEREMY LOVE (A)
On sale August 31, SC, 80pg, FC, 6" x 9", $9.95
After his mother's death, young Timothy London moves from the big city to the small New England fishing town of Shadow Rock to live with his father. His new home is up the hill from a legendary haunted lighthouse where Timothy discovers the ghost of Kendahl Fog, a little boy who died under mysterious circumstances. Timothy and his new ghostly companion set out to explore the dark underbelly of Shadow Rock and the mystery of Kendahl's death. Harrowing thrills and chills ensue in this classic boy's adventure with a horror twist from Jeremy and Robert Love, the creators of FIERCE.
o Spooky mystery and adventure for all ages!
o Remember the old ABC after-school specials, when they had programs like BUNNICULA and MS. WITCH? How about R.L. Stine's GOOSEBUMPS series? This book is very much in the spirit of those titles. Kids will LOVE this book.
o To learn more about the Love Brothers visit www.gettosake.com
STAR WARS: EMPIRE #35
"A Model Officer" (one-shot)
JOHN JACKSON MILLER (W), BRIAN CHING (P), and MICHAEL ATIYEH (C)
On sale July 6, FC, 32pg, $2.99
Information obtained from a prisoner captured on Jabiim has set Darth Vader on the trail of the Rebel Fleet. No Alliance defense can divert Vader from his target, and if he is successful it will mean the destruction of the fleet and the end of the Rebellion.
But there is one small hope for the Rebels, and it all comes down to one man pursuing his duties with an unshakable zeal, and remaining a "model officer" to the end…
Ironman writer John Jackson Miller joins the Star Wars team with this one-shot story of duty, honor, and betrayal within the Empire.
o All Darth Vader issue!
STAR WARS: REPUBLIC #79
"Into the Unknown" part 2 of 2
WELLES HARTLEY (W), DOUG WHEATLEY (P), CHRISTOPHER CHUCKRY (C), and JOHN GALLAGHER (Cover)
On sale July 27, FC, 32pg, $2.99
The galaxy has changed for the Jedi, their Order has been dealt a crippling blow. Now the dark times have begun, and individual Jedi are left to decide whether they will stay true to the duty they took on during the Clone Wars, cast themselves to the will of the Force, or abandon their beliefs altogether.
None of the decisions is easy, and all of them are fraught with peril!
Republic embarks on the first step into the "dark times" after Revenge of the Sith!
SUPER MANGA BLAST! #54
MOHIRO KITOH (W/A), MAKOTO KOBAYASHI (W/A), KENICHI SONODA (W/A), and HIROYUKI UTATANE (A) with TOSHIYA TAKEDA (W)
On sale July 27, b&w, 128pg, $5.99
Sunao joins the fray in a Seraphic Feather space showdown! Will the shy psychic's mental abilities and shaky shooting skills be enough to help rescue Kei? The penulimate episode of Club 9 finds Haruo Hattori tying up loose ends in Tokyo and yearning for the life she left behind in rural Akita. Makoto Kobayashi's What's Michael? comic masterpiece explores themes of cat cohabitation, amusement parks, peanuts, and fame. A new, frenzied battle begins in Cannon God Exaxxion, as the Exaxxion home base is infiltrated for the first time by Riofaldian forces! In Shadow Star, Shiina is alone, unarmed, and hunted by Satomi's malicious Shadow Dragon!
o A great monthly mix of action, science fiction, romance, drama, fantasy, horror, and humor!
o Multiple collections available for all Super Manga Blast! titles! Like Cannon God Exaxxion, Club 9, Seraphic Feather, and more!
On sale June 5, six 13 1/2" x 10 3/8" full-color prints, plus six black-and-white sketch plates, $19.99
Spanish grand master fantasy artist Luis Royo presents a sexy new portfolio collection of illustrations, each suitable for framing.
Luis Royo has claimed a place as one of today's most accomplished painters of science fiction and fantasy themes. He features beautiful women, placed in imaginative and atmospheric settings, adorned with fantastic tattoos and body ornamentation.
This package consists of six 13 1/2" x 10 3/8" oversized full-color plates featuring Royo's sexiest women, plus six black & white sketch plates. It is packaged in a deluxe illustrated folder for safe storage and handsome presentation.
FOR MATURE READERS
TRIGUN MAXIMUM VOLUME 6: THE GUNSLINGER TPB
YASUHIRO NIGHTOW (W/A)
On sale August 3, SC, 192pg, b&w, 5" x 7", $9.95
A lot of the Gung-Ho Guns have fallen victim to defeat and therefore death, but not by the bullets of the reluctant hero, Vash the Stampede. But even if the "Guns" seem to be dwindling, that doesn't mean there's a lack of violent freaks tearing up the planet. In Gunslinger Vash is running into all sorts of weirdos with guns. All the while, Knives and his crew have something mysterious going on behind the scenes, and it doesn't look good for Vash and the people he lives to protect.
o As always, Trigun Maximum is presented in the authentic format, with goofy inside covers, unretouched and unflopped art, and design that reflects the Japanese original.
o The first three volumes of Trigun Maximum have combined to sell over 125, 000 copies!
o Co-published with Digital Manga Publishing.
VAMPIRE HUNTER D: RAISER OF GALES VOLUME 2 novel
HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI (W) and YOSHITAKA AMANO painted cover and eight black- and-white interior illustrations
On sale August 17, b&w novel, 300pg, 5" x 7", $8.95
The adventures of Vampire Hunter D continue!
Vampires: murderous creatures in the shape of humans, they stalk the night feeding on the blood of innocents. Seemingly immortal, they can be destroyed only by the use of a stake through the heart, severing of their heads, or exposure to sunlight. By the year 12, 090 A.D. vampires have ruled the Earth for almost 300 years, and it is only these weaknesses that have kept these foul monsters from totally overrunning the world.
But what happens when those rules no longer apply? The village of Tsepesh sits in the eternal shadow of an abandoned castle, a onetime stronghold of the Nobility, the vampire lords who rule the devastated wasteland of the future. Ten years ago four children disappeared while playing near the castle, only to mysteriously reappear a month later. Now vampires have begun to hunt in the daylight. Are the two events connected? The villagers turn to the vampire hunter known only as D, but as he follows the children, now adults, the answers he finds may be more terrifying than anything he could ever imagine.
Vampire Hunter D is a co-publication of DH Press and Digital Manga Publishing.