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Dark Horse Heads to Rose City Comic Con

Join Dark Horse Comics at Rose City Comic Con! They’ll be at the booth handing out giveaways and offering free signings with comics creators! Come check out their comics, books, and products for sale!


Certain restrictions may apply. All events are subject to change.


Below are featured comics and the writers and/or artists who will be signing them. Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing while supplies last. Comics will also be available for sale, availability pending.


10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.  NEVERBOY Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  THE VICTORIES Michael Avon Oeming

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. NEXUS Mike Baron, Steve Rude

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.  HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. Alex Maleev

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.  POP Jason Copland

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.  STAR WARS Jeremy Barlow (Darth Maul), Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman (Legacy)

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.  DREAM THIEF Jai Nitz

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.  SUNDOWNERS Tim Seeley
LADY KILLER Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FIRE AND STONE Chris Roberson and Patric Reynolds (Aliens), Joshua Williamson (Predator), Christopher Sebela (Alien vs. Predator), Paul Tobin (Prometheus)

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.  BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Nicholas Brendon*
*This is a ticketed event. Only Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics or materials provided by Dark Horse Comics, please. Two items per person. No photos. Wristbands will be distributed on Saturday at show opening at the Dark Horse booth.



10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. PROJECT BLACK SKY Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight), Christopher Sebela (Ghost)


11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  EMILY AND THE STRANGERS Cat Farris
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. TERMINATOR SALVATION Pete Woods
TREKKER Ron Randall


1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.  CONAN RED SONJA Jim Zub

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.  BANDETTE Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES Paul Tobin, Ron Chan

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.  GRENDEL VS. THE SHADOW Matt Wagner, Brennan Wagner

Check out these panels featuring their creators!


Spotlight: Alex Maleev

Room: Panel Room 7
Time: 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

Alex Maleev, best known for multiple collaborations with Brian Michael Bendis for Marvel comics, is returning to the world of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy this fall. In December, Dark Horse will launch Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., Maleev’s first work on the beloved beast of the apocalypse since 2003’s “Still Born” from the anthology series Hellboy: Weird Tales. Join us for an exclusive first look at the upcoming series, as well as a career-spanning discussion.

Spotlight: Greg Rucka
Room: Panel Room 7
Time: 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.

Eisner Award–winning writer and novelist Greg Rucka has made a name for himself by crafting powerfully complex and human stories that can make the most fantastical characters feel real. Sit in on a conversation with the writer of Lazarus, Stumptown, Whiteout, and Veil that gets to the heart of how he gives characters souls.

Demented Heroes: The Dark Side of Superhero Comics

Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

While film may favor the classic depiction of capes and cowls, many of today’s comics continue to push the definition of “hero.” Some of the industry’s biggest and brightest have taken the superhero concept and turned it on its head. Many are creating characters and worlds that revel in a much darker vision of high-powered heroes and villains, making it hard to determine whom the reader should be rooting for. Join us for a discussion about the darker take on costumed characters with writers Tim Seeley (Sundowners), Jai Nitz (Dream Thief), and writer/artist Michael Avon Oeming (The Victories), moderated by Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Panel

Room: Panel Room 1
Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

The heart of the Scooby gang and one of the most powerful big bads join forces for a panel guaranteed to slay the audience. Join Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), and Clare Kramer (Glory) as they give you all the details and answer every question about working on one of the greatest shows in pop culture. Moderated by the editor in chief of Dark Horse Comics, Scott Allie.

Baron and Rude: 30 Years on Nexus

Room: Panel Room 6
Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Join writer Mike Baron and artist Steve Rude, the award-winning creators of the long-running comic series Nexus. After three decades and three publishers, the creators reveal for the first time the behind-the-scenes trials involved in creating such an enduring book.

Spotlight: Tony Moore

Room: Panel Room 7
Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Tony Moore is an Eisner-nominated artist and the cocreator of The Walking Dead and Fear Agent. He’s worked on some of the biggest characters in comics, including the Punisher, Ghost Rider, and Deadpool. Join Tony to find out what it takes to be one of the most influential comic artists of the last decade.

A Universe of Terror Drawn to One Panel: Prometheus, Aliens, Predator, and Beyond!

Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.

Nearly thirty years ago, Dark Horse rewrote the rules of licensed comics with the release of Aliens, continuing the story of Ridley Scott’s iconic film franchise! Predator and the iconic crossover Aliens vs. Predator followed. Now, the publisher partners with 20th Century Fox again, to bring sci-fi epic Prometheus to comics! Two months away from the launch of the ambitious and highly anticipated crossover Fire and Stone, join Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie, writers Paul Tobin (Prometheus), Joshua Williamson (Predator), Christopher Sebela (Alien vs. Predator), and the Aliens team of writer Chris Roberson and artist Patric Reynolds, to discover what’s in store for this grand universe!


Dark Horse Manga: An Afternoon with Carl Horn
Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Oh My Goddess!, Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, and many more! Today Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s best-selling titles, like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo, and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join Dark Horse’s resident manga guru and editor extraordinaire, Carl Horn, for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse.

Spotlight: Matt Wagner

Room: Panel Room 7
Time: 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.

Writer/artist Matt Wagner began his career in 1982 with the publication of his most well-known character, Grendel. Since that time, in addition to his own creations, he has lent his talents to the likes of such notable characters as Batman and the Shadow, along with many others, and is currently pitting Grendel against the latter in an upcoming series copublished by Dark Horse and Dynamite Entertainment. Join us for a look back at Wagner’s storied career, as well as current and future projects.

30 Years of Masters of the Universe

Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Next year, one of the most beloved toy and entertainment franchises of the 1980s will receive a deluxe hardcover treatment from Dark Horse chronicling thirty years of the powers of Eternia! Now, we invite you to join writer Tim Seeley, original series animator Tom Cook, and more for a sneak peek of the upcoming The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and a discussion of what makes He-Man one of the most enduring cartoon legacies of all time!

Spotlight: Ethan Nicolle

Room: Panel Room 7
Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Ethan Nicolle is one half of the dynamic duo that brought you the hit comics series and animated series Axe Cop. Sit in on this already-legendary panel that is all about the world he and his little brother made. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get to ask some questions.

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Preview: Alien Vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1

As the mercenary crew of the Perses leave the horror of LV-223 behind them, one passenger reveals a terrible new danger, and the crew soon find themselves in a deadly struggle between predator and prey!

Alien Vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 is by writer Christopher Sebela with art by Ariel Olivetti.

Alien Vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 is on sale October 8th.


Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Check out the sell-outs and new printings announced this week.

BOOM! Studios

Hexed #1 from writer Michael Alan Nelson and artist Dan Mora has sold out at the distributor level. The second printing ships October 1 with a new cover by Mora.

HEXED #1 2nd Printing Cover by Dan Mora

Dark Horse

Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 has sold out of its first printing. Writer Paul Tobin and artist Juan Ferreyra‘s first issue will return for a second printing on October 8.

Prometheus Fire and Stone 1 2nd printing


Copperhead #1, by writer Jay Faerber, artist Scott Godlewski, colorist Ron Riley, and letterer/designer Thomas Mauer is getting a second printing. The issue will return on October 8.

copperhead 1 2nd printing

Ryan Browne‘s God Hates Astronauts #1 has sold out at the distributor level. The second printing will hit shelves on October 8.

Got Hates Astronauts #1 2nd printing


Marvel has announced that Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #1 has sold out at the distributor level and will return for a second printing. The comic by writers Peter David and Robin Furth with art by Piotr Kowalski returns to shelves October 8.



It should be no surprise that The Delinquents #1 from writers James Asmus and Fred Van Lente and artist Kano has sold out at the distributor level. The second printing will be on sale October 1. The cover is by Paolo Rivera.


Preview: Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

During a vicious xenomorph outbreak, terraforming engineer Derrick Russell leads a desperate group of survivors onto a rickety mining vessel. They hope to escape the creatures overrunning their colony—but they’ll face horrors both in space and on the strange planet they crash on. Ties in with the Prometheus and Aliens films!

The first issue in an exciting new direction for Aliens, the comic is brought to us by writer Chris Roberson and artist Patric Reynolds.

Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 is on sale September 24th.


Review: POP #1

pop 1 coverWhat if the world’s pop stars and celebrities were literally products, grown by the world’s wealthiest (and most depraved) minds—and one of them escaped?

Written by Curt Pires with art by Jason Copland, POP #1 is the beginning of what looks like an interesting satirical take on pop culture and it’s impact on society. Though much of the issue is just set up, what’s shown, and “said” focuses on how celebrities and products now drive our life, almost giving us meaning for existence. We get the basics, that celebrities are grown and controlled by someone group, and that one of them has escaped.

The main story focuses on Coop and Elle (Elle’s the escaped individual). The take by the series is very apparent with Coop literally being saved, and finding purpose in Elle. His life is turned around due to “celebrity” and a “product.” That seems to be the general take of the series, at leas that’s what I took away from the first issue.

There’s also some jabs at current celebrities, including a knock-off Justin Bieber who’s injured in a satisfying way. The satire isn’t subtle at all, and we’ve seen similar ideas in other stories, but so far the issue is entertaining enough and I’m interested in seeing what the greater take away is.

Copland provides solid art that reminds me of British comics from the 80s. That might be due to some of the use of color, but overall, there’s a familiar style to it all that matches the subject matter. POP, has a look of pop about it.

POP bills itself as a “white-knuckled thrill ride through the marketing-mastered, technologically tethered tragicomedy we call life.” To really succeed the series really needs to have something interesting (and preferably new) to say about the top it’s taking on, pop stars and celebrity. The first issue is definitely a solid start, but this ride in the end will hopefully have something to say about our culture, instead of just being shallow like what it attempts to satirize.

Story: Curt Pires Art: Jason Copland
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1

Cal’s changed . . . and maybe not for the better. Locked away and drowning himself with booze and aspirin, Cal feels the evil consuming him. Will he be able to withstand its pull or will he become the monster war’s greatest weapon of destruction?

The series is written by Steve Niles and art by Christopher Mitten.

Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1 is on sale September 17th.


Preview: Grendel Vs. The Shadow #1

Sparks fly and bullets blaze when the original Grendel, Hunter Rose, is transported to 1930s New York and faces off with the original dark-night avenger, the Shadow! Two pulp-noir icons go head to head in this three-issue prestige-format series written and drawn by legendary Grendel creator Matt Wagner.

Matt Wagner continues his fan-favorite character-Grendel!

Grendel Vs. The Shadow #1 is on sale Septemer 3rd.

grenderl vs shadow 1

SDCC 2014: Dark Horse to Manufacture Halo Replica Ships and Vehicles

HALOIN #1 FC FNLIt was announced during Dark Horse’s “The Art of Video Games” panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con that Dark Horse would develop and manufacture a line of replicas based on the ships and vehicles which have appeared in the multi-million selling video game franchise, Halo!

Furthering the arrangement between 343 Industries and Dark Horse, which has to date, produced two blockbuster comics series with canonical storylines written by writers from the video game franchise, this news is sure to excite gamers and collectors alike!

The product category was created in 2005 with the massively successful line of ships from Joss Whedon’s Serenity, which was soon followed by a popular line based on Bioware’s Mass Effect series, to great success and the unanimous approval of gamers, collectors, and comic fans!

While 343 Industries and Dark Horse are not yet ready to disclose which ships and vehicles will be included in the program, fans and retailers are encouraged to keep an eye on the news in the coming months for more information!

Preview: Concrete Park #1

A troubled young outcast from Earth awakens on a distant desert planet that’s gripped by gang war. Will the exiles of Scare City destroy each other or create something surprising, beautiful, and new? Concrete Park returns with volume 2’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T arc—a sexy sci-fi saga by Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander!

Concrete Park #1 is on sale Septemer 3rd. Retailer FOC is Monday, August 11th.

concrete park #1

Preview: Pop #1

What if the world’s pop stars and celebrities were literally products, grown by the world’s wealthiest (and most depraved) minds—and one of them escaped?

As unique as it is entertaining, Pop is a white-knuckled thrill ride through the marketing-mastered, technologically tethered tragicomedy we call life courtesy of Curtis Pires, Jason Copland, and Dark Horse.

Pop #1 is on sale August 27th.

pop #1 preview

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