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NYCC 2015: Faith Erin Hicks Pens All-New Buffy Tale for Young Readers

As revealed at the Dark Horse: CLASSIFIED! panel at New York Comic Con 2015, Dark Horse will deliver a new original graphic novel series titled Buffy: The High School Years, executive produced by Joss Whedon. The first volume will be written by Eisner Award–winning author Faith Erin Hicks with artist Yishan Li. Together they’re bringing the angst, the action, and the cool to Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

Set during Season 1 of the television series, Buffy: The High School Years—Freaks & Geeks delivers classic Slayer action! Moving to a new school and making new friends will create enough anxiety for any teenage girl. But when you’re Buffy Summers, a vampire slayer—the Chosen One (with all that entails)—building a new life can be overwhelming.

A group of nerdy vampires, shunned by their cooler brethren, decide to climb the vampire social ladder by taking out the Slayer. They play on Buffy’s insecurities, wearing her down until she is full-on distracted by the mental warfare. But in addition to her Watcher, Giles, this Slayer has a couple of new friends, Willow and Xander, to cheer her on . . . except, of course, when they’re not getting along.

Buffy: The High School Years—Freaks & Geeks is in stores June 15, 2016.

Buffy The High School Year

Street Level Characters to the Rescue of Zombicide

zombicideLike most table-top gamers I have a huge problem with purchasing versus playing. By that I mean that I am likely to buy interesting looking games and then let them languish unopened on my shelf for months. In the past year I have either been given or bought a lot of high-profile games that I still haven’t had a chance to get into – for instance Twilight Struggle, Dominion, Clash of Cultures and Ticket to Ride. Part of the problem is time, as each game takes a certain amount of time to learn and then to play. Another problem is being behind in terms of the medium itself.  When I was a kid I kind of prided myself on a collection of board games numbering more than 100. After a while I lost interest, and so too did most of popular culture.  Tabletop gaming was being rapidly replaced by video games, which allows better player immersion and topical stories.

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I pity the fool that plays this

It was not until I wandered by our city’s first board game café that I realized how much had changed. Certainly games based on any topic or theme were gone, but table top strategy games were making a resurgence. Though these had always been part of the medium, tracing as far back as with Axis and Allies or earlier games, the new wave of games were aimed at a different crowd. The days when games littered the walls of department stores were gone, but in their place were games that were either more intelligent or more entertaining and usually both.  Out was the Mr. T board game, in came Settlers of Catan.

The problem with being behind the curve in games though is also the fact that the gaming industry has changed. Where once the games were mass-produced for a huge market, now they are niche entities. A lot of games rely not only on fan participation through purchasing but also through just getting the things started in the first place. Kickstarter became a major avenue by which game producers could get their product financed, and true to Kickstarter, financial support by fans often led to thank you in the form of exclusive content. Being a late-comer to the resurgence meant that I missed the opportunity to get involved at all with these Kickstarter campaigns, and in a lot of cases I lost a chance at exclusive material, the only other viable source for the material being on eBay, where complete sets of exclusive material can run in the hundreds of dollars.

ivyLast night I decided it was time to crack open a new game and to give it a try. I had been leaning heavily towards Thebes, a game about the golden age of archaeology, but I ended up on a completely different topic. After a quick video tutorial from Youtube I dived into Zombicide.  his is another Kickstarter funded game and one which has a fairly fun premise – guiding survivors through a zombie apocalypse. The first game ended in failure as my wife and I died pretty quickly, but in the second game we figured out a pretty good system and managed to beat the first scenario. This left us wanting a little more (despite that it was well past midnight.)  I got into researching the game and found out to my disappointment that the game’s expandable content, other than two expansions, was mostly all exclusive to Kickstarter supporters that was never released and never would be.

leaMost of this content was just additional player characters, and most of these were based on pop culture.  For instance, Ivy an assassin turned housewife is a direct rip-off of Angelina Jolie’s character from Mr. and Mrs. Smith. While not necessary to play the game, the additional character certainly would make it more fun, but the price would not be able to justify the benefit to the game. It is perhaps that the game makers (Guillotine Games) knew this. Among the other giveaways to the game, the company also produces blank character cards for individual customization. I looked up some of these and for instance certain people on DeviantArt have created some interesting looking characters. For someone artistically challenged as I am though, I came up with a different inspiration namely to mix two mediums of which I am a fan – board games and comic books.

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The cover for Angel and Faith Season 10 #7

This is a much easier enterprise as comics has done all of the work for me in an artistic sense. Browsing through the new releases for the next few weeks I came across an image of Faith with a flamethrower. That Faith has not been ripped off yet is a bit surprising (though the character Lea is close enough to being Buffy). Being based in a universe where they battle all kinds of supernatural creatures, living such characters through a zombie apocalypse is a fun idea, and the expansion of this game to most street-level characters is a pretty natural one. Even such characters as for instance Sally of the Wasteland, from Titan Comics would be a great fit. In a sense therefore, the company has allowed me a chance to catch up as well, only one fueled by a bit of research and my own creativity.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get at their store? If you haven’t gone, what are you planning on getting?

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ICv2 – Soda Pop Minis and CoolMiniOrNot End Publishing Deal – Interesting….

CBR – “Amazing Spider-Man 2” Sets Up Sinister Six, Says Sony Exec – Not sure what I think about the SPOILER

Bleeding Cool – DC Comics To Survey Its Freelancers About Their Concerns – Hopefully it goes better than their other surveys.

CBR – “Sons of Anarchy” EP Joins “Walking Dead” Spinoff – Hmmm.

ICv2 – Over 1300 at GAMA Trade Show – Very cool.

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – All-New Ghost Rider #1

Comic Vine – All-New X-Factor #5

Comic Vine – All-Star Western #29

The Fandom Post – Buffy Season 8 Library Edition Vol. 3

Comic Vine – The Bunker #2

Comic Vine – Dead Body Road #4

Comic Vine – Deadpool #26

Comic Vine – Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #6

Comic Vine – Guardians of the Galaxy #13

Comic Vine – Iron Patriot #1

Talking Comics – Iron Patriot #1

Comic Vine – Larfleeze #9

Comic Vine – Origin II #4

Comic Vine – Red Lanterns #29

Comic Vine – The Sandman: Overture #2

Comic Vine – Silver Surfer #1

Comic Vine – Superior Spider-Man #30

Comic Vine – Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #11

Comic Vine – Survive #1

Comic Vine – Uncanny Avengers #18

Comic Vine – The Wake #7

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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting?

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CBLDF – Barefoot Gen Reportedly Returned to Izumisano School Libraries – Glad it’s back!

GamePolitics – Researchers Disagree on New Study Correlating Violent Games With Aggressive Behavior in ChildrenSigh.

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World

The Fandom Post – Buffy Season 8 Library Edition Vol. 2

Comic Vine – Injustice: Year Two #6

The Beat – NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette

Dark Horse’s Exclusive Emerald City Comicon Variants!

Convention season has begun and up next is Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon, Dark Horse has announced not one, not two, not even three, but four variant covers for this year’s show!

The first few months of 2014 will see some of Dark Horse’s biggest launches of the year, and we have chosen to celebrate with Emerald City variants for Serenity #1, Buffy #1, Veil #1, and a very special variant of Witcher #1.

First up is Veil, the much-talked-about new, original series by Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula. For this year’s show, Dark Horse has tapped J. H. Williams III to create the variant cover. Limited to 500 copies, Veil #1 is sure to go quickly, especially with writer Greg Rucka in attendance!

Next, we have the hotly anticipated Season 10 premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with a variant coverby Season 9cover artist Phil Noto, limited to 1,000 copies. Look for interior artist Rebekah Isaacs at this year’s show!

Another one for Joss Whedon fans: Dark Horse brings Jenny Frison on for a special cover of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1, featuring none other than the lovely Inara! A few lucky fans may even get actress Morena Baccarin herself to sign their copies!

Last, and certainly not least, legendary artist Stan Sakai has done a special cover of the upcoming tie-in series The Witcher,a canonical entry in the world of the Witcher video games, which have collectively won over 250 awards and sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide! All proceeds from the sale of this limited edition variant will benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai. Stan will be attending the show, in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of his landmark series, Usagi Yojimbo!

Each variant-cover issue will cost five dollars and will be limited to ten copies per person, per day! A set quantity will be available at the show opening each day.

Emerald City Comicon is this weekend in Seattle, WA, on March 28–30!

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Dark Horse Does Vampires Right!

If you’ve got a taste for bloodsuckers, then look no further! Dark Horse does vampires right and gives readers who crave creatures of the night a crypt full of creepy comics!

Step into the world of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9, as everyone’s favorite Slayer adapts to her new life in San Francisco. Then check out Angel & Faith, where the vampire with a soul and the once-evil Slayer work to atone for past sins.

This preview issue also features Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s Baltimore, which follows a vampire hunter living in a world beset by a post–World War I vampire infestation; samples from P. C. and Kristin Cast’s story of a vampyre boarding school in House of Night; and Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain, in which Manhattan suffers from a vampiric plague!

• Issue features selections from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1, Angel & Faith #1, Baltimore: The Curse Bells #1, The Strain #1, and House of Night #1. Plus, the entirety of a short story entitled “Magical Mystery Tour Featuring the Beetles,” a previously unreleased, digital-only retailer exclusive from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9.

Dark Horse Free Comic Book Day Comics Available for Download!

DARK HORSE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY COMICS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FOR LIMITED TIME!

MAY 7, MILWAUKIE, OR—If you missed out on picking up your Free Comic Book Day comics at your local comic-book store, you can get them from Dark Horse Digital for a limited time!

Both Star Wars/Serenity and Buffy/The Guild will be available for free download on Dark Horse Digital starting today and running through the end of May.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both the Android (beta) and iOS apps.

Make sure to check out these awesome titles from Dark Horse and support Free Comic Book Day! Free Comic Book Day has happened the first Saturday in May every year since 2002—ten years in the running!

For more information on Free Comic Book Day, visit FreeComicBookDay.com.

To find and support your local comic shop, visit ComicShopLocator.com.

 

About Dark Horse Digital

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. In 2011, the company that revolutionized the comic industry proudly presented its groundbreaking digital-publishing program, Dark Horse Digital.

Dark Horse Digital offers its most popular titles at an unprecedented value, while providing the highest-quality reading experience possible. Single-issue comics are priced as low as just $0.99, and there is also an extensive list of free introductory #1 issues. Additionally, DH Digital’s “bundles” group together story arcs spanning multiple issues into affordable packages, allowing readers to get all the issues that comprise a complete narrative, starting at just $3.99 and up. And through cloud-based technology, Digital Store purchases can be read and enjoyed on your laptop, desktop, mobile browser, and Dark Horse Bookshelf app, available now on iTunes.

To get started, simply log on to Digital.DarkHorse.com or download the app to create an account, and begin building your collection today.

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The weekend is almost here… so soon!?  Here’s the latest news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Kotaku – Real Life Gotham City Impostors Looks More Entertaining Than the Game – Wish I could of seen this in DC.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews:

CBR – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #6

Ely Standard – Modesty Blaise: Live Bait

The Fandom Post – One Model Nation

CBR – Severed #7

Complex – Review: “Severed”, One Of The Best Horror Comics In Years, Ends In Grisly Fashion

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