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Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, and Emma Vieceli Deliver a Twist with Olivia Twist Published by Berger Books

Dark Horse and Berger Books are pleased to announce the next series in the critically acclaimed imprint, Olivia Twist, a female-centric futuristic fable.

Olivia Twistmarks the first time internationally bestselling novelist Darin Strauss will venture into the comics medium. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for his memoir Half a Life, he’s joined by short fiction author Adam Dalva as cowriter. Artist Emma Vieceli and colorist Lee Loughridge bring the series to illustrated life. Top women comics artists, Vanesa Del Rey, Tula Lotay, Sana Takeda, and Emma Vieceli, create the gorgeous cover art for this reimagining of the classic character.

In a dangerous future London, teenage orphan Olivia Twist joins the Esthers, a rag-tag gang of girl thieves, to save a boy she barely knows. Led by the elegant, queenly Fagin, they steal from the rich inhabitants of Vertical City while battling the illegally-augmented Trads for control of the streets.

But Olivia’s life of newfound friendships in this world of internment camps and dark technology gets even more complicated when she discovers that she has more power and wealth than she’s ever dreamed of. But it comes at an unfathomable cost.

The first issue of a four-part miniseries, Olivia Twist goes on sale September 19, 2018, and will be available for preorder at your local comic shop later this month for $4.99.

Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy this October

Dark Horse has revealed details from the upcoming Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy. Author Florent Gorges, one of France’s leading video game historians, sets out to explore the 50 years thus far in the career of legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano.

Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy is a beautiful celebration of the life and imagery of Japan’s master of fantasy and science fiction art! This handsome, landscape-style hardback contains nearly 400 illustrations and photos from the incredible career of Final Fantasy designer Yoshitaka Amano. But Beyond the Fantasy covers far more than just the famous game series. Amano’s artistic journey goes back to his first job in 1967—age 15, working on Speed Racer! From animator to illustrator, to internationally exhibited painter, this biography is a look not only into the work of Amano’s life, but the influences, techniques, philosophy, and family that have nurtured it.

The Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy Limited Edition is a must-have for any Amano fan. Its three colors, black, red, and gold, are designed to evoke Amano’s own favorite hues—and his father’s traditional lacquerware craft that influenced him from childhood!

The black slipcase of the Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy Limited Edition contains not only the same 328-page gold hardback biography from the regular edition, but also the elegant red 96-page Yoshitaka Amano—Paris Sketchbook, a landscape-style softcover with French flaps. The Paris Sketchbook follows Amano through the famous city in a photo essay, collecting the sketches of the people he made along the way!

Besides the gold and red books, the Limited Edition also contains a portfolio with a region-free Blu-ray (subtitled in English) featuring almost three hours of talk and interviews with the creator and the documentary makers, containing bonus information and archival images not in the biography. You’ll walk with Amano through the streets of Paris, shop with him for drawing supplies and art books, and experience a “live draw” in his studio, showing Amano’s exact technique from blank sheet to finished Vampire Hunter D painting! A mini-lithograph of the painting and a Final Fantasy illustration is also included in the portfolio—and finally, the Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy Limited Edition features an individually signed card from Amano himself!

The Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy hardcover is 328 pages and retails for $49.99. The Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy Limited Editionis 424 pages total and retails for $149.99. Both editions go on sale October 10, 2018, and are available for preorder.

Mark Buckingham Adapts Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories for Dark Horse

Eisner Award-winning creator Mark Buckingham is adapting four of New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s prose short stories for the upcoming graphic novel anthology Likely Stories, to be published as a hardcover original graphic novel by Dark Horse Books later this year. Buckingham will adapt and illustrate the stories “Looking for the Girl”, “Foreign Parts”, “Closing Time”, and “Feeders and Eaters.” These dark and imaginative tales feature an odd and subtly linked world of bizarre venereal diseases, a creepy old woman who feasts on raw meat, a man obsessed with a skin model from a magazine, and a story within a story about ghosts.

Likely Stories was previously adapted for television, originally airing on Sky TV before airing on Shudder in 2016. For the graphic novel adaptation, Buckingham will be working from the source material—the original prose stories.

Likely Stories will retail for $17.99 when it goes on sale in comic shops on August 29 and in bookstores on September 11, 2018.

 

Step Back Into the World of Pillars of Eternity

Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, the long-awaited sequel, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, is ready to transport players back to the history-rich world of Eora!

Dark Horse Books and Obsidian Entertainment present Volume Two of the Pillars of Eternity Guidebook. Traveling far from the Dyrwood, Volume Two explores the seaborne Deadfire Archipelago, the setting for the upcoming PC game, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. Discover why the Deadfire draws the likes of bloodthirsty pirates, eager colonists, horrifying creatures, and even a god reborn to its islands’ shores – and the waves in between them. This 120-page tome contains never before seen concept art and in-depth descriptions from the minds of the Pillars of Eternity II design team. Plus, it expands on the rich lore of 2018’s most highly anticipated cRPG. Add not just depth, but breadth to your journey through the Deadfire with this handsome, full-color tome!

Pillars of Eternity Guidebook: Volume Two— The Deadfire Archipelago goes on sale April 3, 2018.

Shaolin Cowboy: Start Trek Returns to Print

Having won the Inkpot Award, won (and lost) multiple Eisner Awards and created the iconic  and blood-soaked character the Shaolin Cowboy, cartoonist Geof Darrow is one of the most influential and revered cartoonists.

This summer, Dark Horse Books will boldly go where they have never gone before when they publish Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy: Start Trek and bring a classic, hard-to-find masterpiece back into print. Originally published as a seven issue comic book series by Burlyman Entertainment, the story garnered Darrow the Eisner Award in 2006 for Best Writer/ Artist. The Dark Horse Books edition marks the story’s first ever hardcover publication and features a new cover by Darrow and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart and the complete seven-issue saga written and illustrated by Darrow and colored by Pete Doherty, Alex Wald, and Lovern Kindzierski, as well as classic Shaolin Cowboy illustrations by Moebius (Jean Giraud), Richard Delgado, Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan, and John Severin.

In Shaolin Cowboy: Start Trek, the Shaolin Cowboy walks the action-packed path of three enemies. Those from the past, who still pursue him, those from the future who are waiting for him, and those from the present who find killing him isn’t going to be as easy as he looks.

Shaolin Cowboy: Start Trek will be published by Dark Horse in comic book stores on July 11 and in bookstores on July 17, 2018 as an 8X10 hardcover retailing for $24.00.

A Musical Celebration of Bestselling Author Chuck Palahniuk’s New Novella

Bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk has written 14 novels, sold more than 5 million books in the United States, written a New York Times bestselling graphic novel and an acclaimed coloring book and had multiple books adapted for film—and now Palahniuk‘s prose will be inspiring musical performances across the country. This fall, the Bushwick Book Club will present three shows in celebration of and inspired by Palahniuk’s latest book Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color. The novella, featuring colorable illustrations by Steve Morris and Mike Norton, is on sale from Dark Horse Books on November 7 and performances for Legacy will be held in Brooklyn, Portland and Los Angeles in November.

Founded in Brooklyn in 2009, the Bushwick Book Club meets every month and employs the talents of local songwriters and artists who plumb the depths of a chosen literary gem to create that rare and beautiful thing – a new song (or visual art, dance, film or snack).  All songs are then performed at a live show. The Bushwick Book Club now has several branches all over the world, including Portland, LA, Seattle, Malmo, Sweden, Santa Barbara, New Orleans and Toronto, Canada. The Bushwick Book Club Podcast was launched this year.

The New York show will feature performances by BBC Founder, Susan Hwang, Jessie Kilguss, Charlie Nieland, Juliet Garrett, Terry Radigan, Casey Holford, Timothy Dark, Joanna Kelly, Storm Garner, Jennifer Devore and Earl Maneein.

The Portland show will be hosted by Amy Faust of Mike and Amy in the Morning on the Wolf 99.5 and will feature NYC performers, Susan Hwang, Jessie Kilguss, Charlie Nieland, Larry Krone and Portland participants, Mike Danner, Alan Kanning, Ian MacKintosh, Jetty Swart, Matt Schulte and Don Rauf.

The LA show will feature BBC Founder, Susan Hwang and Charlie Nieland as Lusterlit from NYC, BBC L.A. founder, Stacy Rock, Nicole Tourtelot, Justin Remer, writer Deenah Vollmer, Dr. Sherri Canon, Molly White and others to be announced.

Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color is a hardcover book, accompanied by a cover illustrated and colored by Duncan Fegredo and designed by Nate Piekos. Two acclaimed artists provides colorable illustrations throughout the novella: Mike Norton, the creator of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning webcomic Battlepug, and Steve Morris, who’s best known for his art for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books.

Dates:

Brooklyn, NY November 7th at Barbès – 356 9th St., Brooklyn, New York (7:30-9pm)

Portland, OR November 11th at the Billy Webb Elk’s Lodge – 6 N Tillamook St, Portland, OR (5-8pm), tickets

Los Angeles, CA November 16th The Last Bookstore – 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Explore the Galaxy with The Art of Ratchet & Clank

Dark Horse Books, Insomniac Games, and Sony Interactive Entertainment will offer a look back at the history of the iconic Ratchet & Clank series in a Qwark-tastic collection of never-before-seen concept art. Behind-the-scenes commentary chronicles 11 amazing games and the brilliant studio that created them in The Art of Ratchet & Clank!

For 15 years the most unlikely heroes in the cosmos have been adventuring across the stars, kicking butt and taking names. Ratchet & Clank have rescued innocent civilizations, taken down evil corporations, defeated robot armies, incited space prison breakouts, and even colluded with interstellar pirates!

The Art of Ratchet & Clank is a fifteen-year anniversary retrospective of one of the most influential gaming series on PlayStation consoles and is the perfect addition to any gamer’s collection with never-before-seen concept art and commentary from the team that created the games!

The Art of Ratchet & Clank goes on sale February 21, 2018.

Celebrate 4/20 with Dark Horse and Craig Yoe’s Reefer Madness

Today we celebrate marijuana with smoke rings puffing and pluming across the nation. Now that eight states have legalized it for recreational use and twenty-eight for medical use, it is especially fun to relive the hysteria surrounding marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930s to the 1950s and beyond. And now you can do so in the comfort of your home with Reefer Madness from Dark Horse Books.

Like the antidrug propaganda films of that era, these stories range from comically misinformed to soberly concerned about the influence of Mary Jane on the youth of America. Titles like “Teenage Dope Slaves,” “Satan’s Cigarettes,” and “Hopped-Up Killer” make it clear that the gulf in attitudes between today and the days of Reefer Madness could not be wider.

Includes an in-depth introduction discussing the campaigns against pot by the first drug czar, Harry Anslinger, and newspaperman William Randolph Hearst, with lurid covers from many of the comics and magazines of the day. The comics collected in Reefer Madness come from comic book legends like Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Frank Frazetta, Jerry Robinson, and Jack Kirby. Eisner and Harvey Award–winning hippie Craig Yoe brings a new collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant comics to the mix.

Reefer Madness hits shelves summer 2017.

In Honor of National Bird Day a Preview of Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird Vol. 2

In honor of National Bird Day, today January 5, Dark Horse Books has released preview pages from Angel Catbird Volume 2: To Castle Catula by Margaret Atwood, artist Johnnie Christmas, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain. Angel Catbird is being published by Dark Horse Books in tandem with Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives, an initiative led by Nature Canada, the oldest conservation charity in Canada. Angel Catbird is the latest environmentally charged book by Atwood, who was named the recipient of the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize for her political and environmental activism.

In the release Atwood said:

Angel Catbird 2 will be released on Valentine’s Day, named after Saint Valentine. Almost nothing is known about this saint, making the mysterious figure a suitable icon for love of all kinds – people who love birds, people who love cats, people who love both, and, to round it off, Angel Catbirds who love both catfolk and birdfolk. Then there’s Count Catula, who, being a cat/bat/vampire, has many more Wives of Catula than Dracula had Wives of Dracula! If you don’t want to say it with flowers on Valentine’s Day, say it with Catbirds. Your beloved will understand. I hope.

All three volumes of Angel Catbird are 6 x 9 full color hardcovers, priced at $14.99 each. Volume 2 goes on sale on February 14, followed by Volume 3 on July 4, 2017. Angel Catbird Volume 1 has spent more than a dozen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Dark Horse to Adapt Herman Melville’s Classic Moby Dick

Dark Horse Books is proud to announce the Vents d’Ouest graphic novel adaptation of Herman Melville’s timeless classic Moby Dick, available in English for the first time on February 8, 2017.

A masterpiece of French literary comics, this hardcover edition collects both Vents d’Ouest volumes and features illustrations by the award-winning French author and artist Christophe Chabouté. Striking black-and-white frames faithfully capture this Great American Novel as we follow the revenge-seeking voyage of Captain Ahab.

The graphic adaptation is perfect for literature lovers looking for a unique spin on the tale of the great white whale. The English edition includes a foreword by John Arcudi.

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