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, 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.
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.
This fall, Dark Horse Books will publish one of the most eagerly anticipated and unusual books of the year: Angel Catbird, the first graphic novel by Margaret Atwood, the Man Booker Award-winning author of The Blind Assassin, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Heart Goes Last. For her first graphic novel, Atwood is collaborating with artist Johnnie Christmas and colorist Tamra Bonvillain for a weird and wonderful tale about a part-cat, part-bird superhero.
Angel Catbird is the latest politically charged book by Atwood, who was recently named the recipient of the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize for her political and environmental activism. 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 the country.
Angel Catbird (978-1-50670-063-2) will be a 3 volume series of 6” x 9” full color hardcovers, priced at $14.99 each. More information about the Angel Catbird graphic novels and Nature Canada’s campaign will be released throughout 2016.
Dark Horse has announced the latest video game art book in its long line of best-selling, award-winning titles: The Art of ReCore. Inspired by the newly announced Xbox game ReCore, Dark Horse Books presents this comprehensive volume examining the art and inspiration behind the game’s mysterious and dynamic world.
From legendary video game creator Keiji Inafune and Armature Studio, the team behind the Metroid Prime series, comes ReCore, an action-adventure game masterfully crafted for the modern generation. Play as Joule, one of the last remaining humans, and forge friendships with courageous robot companions to lead them on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world. Available as an Xbox Play Anywhere title starting September 13, 2016.
Featuring commentary from the game’s creators, this beautiful 112-page hardcover collects hundreds of pieces of never-before-seen art.
The Art of ReCore is in stores fall 2016.
Its been announced that Chuck Palahniuk will publish Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color, his first ever coloring book for adults, this fall with Dark Horse Books. Bait will be both the coloring book debut and the second short story collection for Palahniuk, author of Lullaby and Fight Club. The book will contain eight bizarre tales, illustrated in detailed black and white by Joëlle Jones, Lee Bermejo, Duncan Fegredo, and more. Each story is paired with pieces of colorable original art, nearly 50 in all. Dark Horse Books will publish Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color as a 8.5 x 11 inch hardcover album, with uncoated and white interior paper stock, accompanied by a cover illustrated and colored by Duncan Fegredo and designed by Nate Piekos.
Palahniuk’s short stories are provocative and not for the faint of heart. (His public readings are notorious for making audience members pass out.) Bait continues in that vein with stories about:
- A passenger on the Titanic who finds a surgical solution to the obstacle of “women and children first”
- A Hollywood star, whose fading brand faces a viral (and scatological) internet campaign
- An animal psychic who coaxes a statement from a fish that witnessed a political assassination
- Increasingly terrible birthday gifts that place a girl at the center of an extinction-level event
Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color will go on sale in both comic book stores and bookstores on October 26.
This fall, Dark Horse Books is set to publish a perception-altering narrative from media maverick Douglas Rushkoff: Aleister & Adolf!
In Aleister & Adolf, media theorist and documentarian Douglas Rushkoff weaves a mind-bending tale of iconography and mysticism, set against the backdrop of a battle-torn Europe.
This all-new original graphic novel, beautifully rendered by Michael Avon Oeming, views real-world history through a psychedelic occult lens.
In a story spanning generations and featuring some of the most notable and notorious idealists of the twentieth century, legendary occultist Aleister Crowley develops a powerful and dangerous new weapon to defend the world against Adolf Hitler’s own war machine—spawning an unconventional new form of warfare that is fought not with steel but with symbols and ideas. But these intangible arsenals are much more insidious—and perhaps much more dangerous—than their creators could have ever conceived.
Aleister & Adolf (978-1-50670-104-2) is in stores November 2, 2016.
As announced last week, Dark Horse Books is releasing Troll Bridge as a beautiful graphic novel adaptation. The tale is from the mind of master storyteller Neil Gaiman, illustrated by artist Colleen Doran.
Based on a story originally published in Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions, Troll Bridge is a tragic coming-of-age fantasy masterpiece. The artwork of the inimitable Colleen Doran makes this book a gorgeous new addition to your Gaiman library.
Troll Bridge tells the story of Jack, a young boy whose world was full of ghosts and ghouls, one of which—a ravenous and hideous troll—would haunt him long into manhood. As the beast sups upon a lifetime of Jack’s fear and regret, Jack must find the courage within himself to face the fiend once and for all.
Look for new hardcover editions of Gaiman’s Creatures of the Night and The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch in 2016!
Troll Bridge is in stores September 14, 2016.
Dark Horse Books is partnering with Double Fine Productions to offer an intimate look into the worlds of Broken Age in The Art of Broken Age!
With Broken Age, adventure-gaming auteur Tim Schafer returned for the first time in sixteen years to the genre that he helped create, and after a historic, record-breaking crowdfunding campaign, the full adventure is here in all its beautiful, hand-painted glory!
The Art of Broken Age features hundreds of pieces of art, along with commentary from the notable voices of director Tim Schafer, lead artist Nathan “Bagel” Stapley, concept artists Peter Chan and Scott Campbell, art director Lee Petty, and more.
Both standard and limited editions of the book will be available for purchase, and Kickstarter backers who pledged early will receive a special backer edition with an exclusive signed tip-in plate from the artists.
The Art of Broken Age is in stores May 25, 2016.
In June 2016, Dark Horse Books releases How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a new graphic novel adaptation of an award-winning short story from Neil Gaiman by award-winning artists Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.
Originally published in Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things: Short Fiction and Wonders, How to Talk to Girls at Parties quickly became a celebrated work, receiving a nomination for a 2007 Hugo Award for Best Short Story and winning the Locus Award for Best Short Story the same year.
Now Moon and Bá are set to adapt the Gaiman story they were born to draw in a sumptuous graphic novel that is not to be missed.
In How to Talk to Girls at Parties, two teenage boys are in for a tremendous shock when they crash a party where the girls are far more than they appear!
How to Talk to Girls at Parties is in stores June 15, 2016.