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Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise Gets an Omnibus

Available for the first time in omnibus format, this volume collects parts 1-3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise. This official continuation of the hit Nickelodeon series is written by Gene Luen Yang with series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, with art by the renowned team at Gurihiru—including a brand-new, soon-to-be-revealed cover for this omnibus collection!

Aang and friends must join together once again as the four nations’ tenuous peace is threatened by an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei! As the world heads toward another devastating war, Aang’s friendship with Zuko places him in the middle of the conflict!

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise omnibus collection hits comics shelves June 17, 2020 and bookstores June 30, 2020. This paperback omnibus features over 200 pages and will retail for $24.99, and is available for pre-order.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise

NYCC 2018: The Legend of Korra Continues at Dark Horse with Series Co-Creator Michael Dante DiMartino

Three years after the groundbreaking and beloved Nickelodeon animated series The Legend of Korra ended, Dark Horse Books published the official continuation of the series, picking up right where it left off with the best-selling three-part graphic novel series The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars. After reinvigorating the series, introducing new characters, and exploring the fan-favorite romance of Korra and Asami, original series co-creator and writer Michael Dante DiMartino returns alongside new artist Michelle Wong or a new three-part story arc, The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire featuring the return of Kuvira, the archvillain of The Legend of Korra!

On the eve of its first elections, the Earth Kingdom finds its future endangered by its past. Even as Kuvira stands trial for her crimes, vestiges of her imperial ambitions threaten to undermine the nation’s democratic hopes. However, when Korra, Asami, Mako, and Bolin disagree on the solution, drastic measures will be taken to halt a new march to war and Korra must decide whom to trust as the fate of the Earth Kingdom hangs in the balance!

The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part One TPB goes on sale May 21, 2019.

Avatar Expands with Avatar: The Last Airbender-Team Avatar Tales and Avatar: The Last Airbender-Imbalance

Ahead of Emerald City Comic Con, Dark Horse Comics has revealed information about upcoming publications in the Avatar: The Last Airbender publishing series this fall.

Avatar: The Last Airbender–Team Avatar Tales is a one-shot anthology of stories from the Avatarverse featuring beloved characters brought to life by a cast of all-star creators. It features never-before-collected stories from Free Comic Book Day publications and also debuts several brand-new stories. Fans can journey along with Team Avatar as they rescue a pumpkin farmer waylaid by monsters, go undercover in the Fire Nation, help an old rival with a hair-raising problem, and reflect on what it means to save the world. Featuring the work of Gene Luen Yang, Faith Erin Hicks, Carla Speed McNeil, Ron Koertge, Dave Scheidt, Sara Goetter, and more, this anthology features stories both hilarious and heartwarming. The beautiful cover is by artist Sara Kipin.

Avatar: The Last Airbender—Imbalance Part One is the official continuation of the bestselling Dark Horse graphic novel series. Writer Faith Erin Hicks and artist Peter Wartman have signed on as the new creative team, in collaboration with Avatar: The Last Airbender TV series co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. This new three-part adventure follows Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph as they return to Earthen Fire Industries—the factory owned by Toph’s father—and Team Avatar find that the once-small town of Cranefish is now booming. Expecting a warm welcome, Aang is surprised when their arrival is met with disinterest and even open hostility. At a business council meeting, the reason for the slight becomes clear: A massive bender versus non-bender conflict has gripped the town’s inhabitants, and is threatening to turn violent!

Avatar: The Last Airbender–Team Avatar Tales goes on sale September 5, 2018. This 80-page collection retails for $10.99.

Avatar: The Last Airbender—Imbalance Part One goes on sale October 10, 2018. This 80-page graphic novel retails for $10.99.

NYCC 2015: Brittney Williams Joins Legend of Korra

At New York Comic Con 2015, Dark Horse Comics announced that Brittney Williams will be the artist for its line of Legend of Korra comics.

Brittney Williams will join The Legend of Korra writer and cocreator Michael Dante DiMartino for the new series of original graphic novels, which will begin in late 2016, continuing the story of the fan-favorite and award-winning animated series.

BRITTNEY WILLIAMS LEGEND OF KORRA 1

Return to the World of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra

The fan-favorite journeys from the hit-animated series The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra continues with the Dark Horse books.

This September, get ready for a double dose of the Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra universe as Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru present the first chapter of Avatar: The Last Airbender—Smoke and Shadow and Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Joaquim Dos Santos go behind the scenes of the final season of The Legend of Korra in The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series—Book Four: Balance.

Both volumes are available now for preorder through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and your local comics store.

Avatar: The Last Airbender—Smoke and Shadow Volume 1 (MAY150050)
$10.99
978-1-61655-761-4
On sale September 23

The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series—Book Four: Balance (MAY150040)
$34.99
978-1-61655-687-7
On sale September 2

Avatar The Last Airbender—Smoke and Shadow Volume 1 The Legend of Korra The Art of the Animated Series—Book Four Balance

TV Review: Legend of Korra (S2E4-5)

“Civil Wars: Part 2/Peacekeepers

So . . . Korra kind of sucks. All through this season so far she’s been a little much, as if the writer’s are just going to let her do and say whatever she wants. And that’s a problem.

Korra is the Avatar and is the main character (obviously), but that doesn’t give her license to be a dick all the time. One of the biggest problems I’ve had with the series so far has been the treatment of Korra as a character: she’s just kind of mean. She’s rude or cruel to almost literally everyone around her, and while that might work if we were actually able to see the character progression or her being ostracized by friends and family, we didn’t get to see any of those things. We were tossed into season 2 and confronted with a main character who gave her family crap, who treated her boyfriend like dirt, who sent away her mentor and one of the few adult characters who trusts her completely, and who was generally too pigheaded to see what was going on around her.

Such a character type can work, but not like this. Buffy was kind of a dick in the early parts of seasons because she was dealing with emotional fallout from the season before. Walter White could act like a dick because we got to actually see his degradation from family man to power hungry empire builder. We’ve got neither of those things in Legend of Korra. Last season ended happily enough for Korra: she got her bending back, was able to return everyone else’s bending, got a boyfriend, and learned how to enter the Avatar state at will. All in all, that seems like a pretty sweet ending. But no. This season, Korra’s just an ass. It’s frustrating to see all of the characters bow to the wisdom of the Avatar when it’s so clear to the audience that she’s full of it. It cheapens the secondary characters, and throws the narrative off balance: if I don’t believe these characters would act the way they do, why would I watch the show? It would become an exercise in frustration. (Can I just point out that every time Korra’s mean to Mako, and he takes it, I want to punch one of them in the face? I don’t know which one, but I definitely want to.)

So as a consistently pigheaded and frustrating character, Korra becomes predictable in a way that’s not very fun to watch. Her father tells her not to do anything rash. Guess what? She attacks a judge. Unalaq believes that as the Avatar, Korra will stay neutral in any civil war. Guess what? Not going to happen. And yes, I do realize that her rash actions in these episodes propel the A plot forward. By attacking the judge and threatening him with decapitation via polarbear-dog, we learn that he’s on the take, and that Unalaq got Korra’s father banished. (In what is a pretty dark moment for her. More on that in the Stray Observations.) And yes, her taking a side in the civil war means that in “Peacekeepers” we head back to Republic City, about which I’m pleased. I really enjoyed spending time at the South Pole, but I got a little tired of all the ice and snow. I’m happy to have some architecture.

I get using her pigheadedness as a way to move the plot along. But it’s just so predicatable. Of course Korra was going to try and bruise her way through every situation. Of course she’s going to threaten people with violence and try to steal an army behind the back of the President of Republic City. Clearly, she’s going to do stuff like that. And that indicates a lack of character progression. It indicates a lack of the ability to learn. To me, it would be far more interesting to have a plotline based around Korra, as the Avatar, trying to stay neutral. That would represent a way for her to mature as a character/woman, and it would lead to a lot of great inner and outer conflicts for her character. It would mean a story based on character growth, not character stagnation. Currently, she’s being rewarded for acting like a brat.

However, there is some hope. Having finally revealed Unalaq for what he is, Korra is made to understand the scope of her mistakes and misunderstandings. She has to realize that through her own issues and selfishness, she’s helped her uncle take over the South. Perhaps now, she can begin the process of looking inward and understanding herself, which would actually tie back in to the name of the season: “Spirits.” There’s still time for Korra to snap out of whatever’s eating her and to have a truly important moment of personal insight. Without the Unalaq-created fog of war surrounding her, I’m hoping that she can have some self-agency.

Secondly, there’s some hope stemming from the romantic subplots. Up until this point, we had more of a focus on Bolin/Eska, which was great for some laughs. Bolin’s sheer terror at the sight of Eska, along with his being dominated by her in every aspect of the relationship (he wore the traditionally female betrothal necklace, for God’s sake), is a real delight, and at least it’s given his character something to do, which is more than I can say about Mako and Asami (who I had forgotten was even in the South). But finally, in “Peacekeepers,” Mako gets some self-respect. He stands up for what he thinks is right, which means he has a different opinion than Korra. Which is good, because Varrick’s/Korra’s plan to steal an army is really stupid. After finding out that Mako told the President Korra’s plan to steal a fleet, she screams at Mako in the police station and, growing a pair, he breaks up with her. Finally. God. So of course she airbends his desk and stomps out of the station. I’m hoping that this may act as a wakeup call for Korra and maybe clue her in on how ridiculous and self-centered her actions are. I’m hoping that will happen, but it might not. Because it’s Korra, and this is season 2, in which Korra is a dick now for some reason.

But on a lighter note, let me just quickly say that I found these episodes to be extremely funny. Almost every cut to Varrick or Bolin was absolute gold, and the sight gag of the platypus-bear pooping money makes me laugh even now, almost a week after I watched the episode for the first time. So for these episodes, the comedy really was what pulled me through, and despite some chaotic and frustrating characterization and plotting, I still really enjoyed watching these stories unfold. I trust Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, so I’ll just have to trust that these episodes will act as catalysts for a better final two thirds of the season.

Stray(ish) Observations/Things I Couldn’t Make Fit into the Body of the Review

-I’m really not sure about the “Ikki Runs Away” storyline. I get that it drives home a larger theme of family and trust, and the tea party with the baby flying bison was adorable, but it seemed like it was there just to give Tenzin and co. something to do. And that’s never a good sign.

-Give Asami something to do, please.

-Can I just say for a second how weird this show has gotten? I mean, at the end of “Peacekeepers” we had Korra fighting Eska and Deska, the former of whom was riding a giant waterspout and screaming about Korra stealing her husband. Come on. If you had no idea what this series was about and you were just flipping through channels and came across that scene, you would probably never watch the show again. Or you would make it a point to watch every episode. Depends on who you are, I guess.

-Speaking of that scene: Finally, spirits. Thank you. It’s only the name of the season. Also, the fact that Korra couldn’t calm the spirit even in the Avatar state is extremely telling. I’m beginning to think that Unalaq has an even bigger role to play on the spirit side of things: maybe he’s controlling them? Maybe he has some special bending ability that can enrage a spirit and give it more strength and speed than normal? Kind of like giving it spiritual PCP.

-I wrote about how dark this show is in an earlier review, but it just keeps getting darker. Korra threatens to have her polarbear-dog eat a man’s head, the Water Tribe apparently is a fan of the death sentence, and there was an explosion at the Water Tribe cultural center. My first thought at seeing that: “Oh God, there’s explicit, ripped-from-the-headlines terrorism now.” Those things combined with family betrayals and a civil war? This is a dark season of what is ostensibly a children’s television show. I was actually reading elsewhere on the internet, and I read somewhere that some people think that Korra is going to turn out to be the first evil Avatar. How cool would that be? To be so anxious to end the civil war and see the wrongs righted, that she just goes totally overboard and becomes Darth Vader? So cool. I doubt it’ll happen, but what a fun story arc.

-Something else that struck me about “Civil Wars: Part 2” was how static all of the character animations are. The first scene of dialogue between Korra and Unalaq was so boring to look at. They didn’t move for like forty seconds. It was just a two shot of them talking at each other. After I wrote this review, I looked up some other reviews online to see if anyone else had noticed it, and I ran across this article, where the reviewer talks about how the characters don’t blink anymore. Now it’s all I can see.

-Joaquim Dos Santos was a co-director and producer on every episode of season 1, and I’m really missing him. He is such a brilliant director, particularly for action, and this season the action has been nowhere near as imaginative or frequent as it was last season. It’s a shame.

-Being someone who absolutely loves film and film history, I totally geek out every time this season talks about film in its early stages. I love Bolin telling Korra not to worry, because what she’s seeing on the screen isn’t real. The first time the Lumiere brothers showed this 1895 short of a train arriving at a station, the audience freaked out because they thought it was going to come out of the screen and run them over.

-I was so happy at the return of Lin Beifong: “Thanks for starting a war.”

-“That platypus-bear is pooping money!”

-“What’s the money for?” “Bribery, of course!”

-“No honey?! We’re in a bear, for crying out loud!” Varrick and John Michael Higgins are just the best. Although, every time I hear his voice, all I can think of is Wayne Jarvis saying, “I shall duck behind that little garbage car!”

-I’m sorry this is late. Apologies, friends.

Written by (respectively): Michael Dante DiMartino, Tim Hedrick

Directed by (respectively): Ian Graham, Colin Heck

Overall Scores (respectively): 6, 7.5

TV Review: Legend of Korra (S2/E3)

“Civil Wars: Part 1”

Frequently the very best television shows are about a group of people coming together to form some kind of family. Deadwood was about a camp coming together. Buffy was about forging bonds, both friendly and romantic. The original Avatar series was about Aang, after losing his entire culture and support structure, coming to grips with that and finding his own way with a new family (all the while saving the world, of course). Legend of Korra tackles family in a much more literal way, and so far it’s done wonders (mostly) in fleshing out the world and the characters. But let’s come back to that.

The episode opens with Korra asking Unalaq why he needed to bring his soldiers, and he fed her some BS line about ensuring peace and uniting the tribes, which she swallowed whole. In fact, later in the episode after she needs further clarification, he says, “I’m uniting, not invading,” which is a particularly telling line regarding his motives. Someone who was really uniting, and not invading, would never need to clarify that. And Unalaq’s actions would say otherwise: his soldiers roam the streets picking fights and they block in the Southern Water Tribe harbor. Once again, shades of the Fire Nation soldiers from the original series.

Unfortunately, Korra just doesn’t see it, which all comes back to family. In a conversation with her mother, she says, “I never wanted a normal childhood. All I ever wanted was to be the Avatar.” In saying so, she betrays both intense desire for recognition as well as a profound sense of insecurity. She is the Avatar. That she feels like she has to try to be is extremely telling. It’s no wonder that she can’t see what’s going on around her; her uncle (who has promised to teach her how to commune with the spirit world, mind you) is pulling her in one direction, while her mother and father seem to be pulling in the other. Add on top of all of that that she’s pissed with her family for making her stay locked up near the South Pole her entire childhood without a real reason (which is, admittedly, kind of a dick move), and I can see from where her confusion and indecision may stem.

However, her indecision plus the way Unalaq is characterized kind of hurts the show. He’s become a little bit of an over the top villain. When Korra goes to try to persuade him to prevent a civil war, he’s sitting in a darkened throne room for God’s sake, awash in deep blues and blacks, almost mirroring Ozai’s fire chambers from the original series. To the audience he’s so clearly a creep and a manipulator, so it’s frustrating to see our heroine be swindled by him; dramatic irony can be used to great effect, but it becomes very annoying in the long run. I just want Korra to actually think about what’s happening for a minute. There are soldiers roaming the streets. Plus, anytime there’s a rebellion happening, it’s usually good to take a look at why said rebellion is happening: frequently there’s a reason.

At episode’s end, though, Unalaq may have taken things a step too far even for Korra’s gullibility; he arrests Tonraq and Senna for essentially no reason, with Korra watching. The look of surprise on her face may just be a sign that she’s about to come to terms with what’s really happening. Thankfully. Hopefully in “Civil Wars: Part 2” we’ll see a fully empowered Avatar, with her mind made up.

Stray(ish) Observations

-Not much Bolin or Mako in this episode. Without Republic City/pro bending, they seem a little out of place. Sure they each have small subplots, but each has been based around romance: Mako with Korra, and Bolin with Eska. Give them something to do, please!

-Speaking of relationships, I’m going to be sorry to see Bolin/Eska come to an end (Beska? Eskin?). Aubrey Plaza is hitting all the right note and them some (did you hear that terrifying laugh?!) and P.J. Byrne’s panic induced rambling is hilarious.

-It’s fascinating to me that Aang was not the greatest father. That he would, even unintentionally, pick a favorite child seems a little against his characterization. However, it adds volumes of context to the relationship between Tenzin and his siblings (which were, frankly, my favorite parts of this episode).

-Ikki randomly running away seems a little bit like a plot device to me, and that we didn’t even see the alleged teasing take place is a little suspect. I get that it opens up avenues of conversation for Tenzin and his siblings, but I think that could have happened in a less obviously manipulative way. However, maybe next episode we’ll find out that Ikki running away leads to something amazing and I’ll eat my words.

-Great Direction of the Week: The slow fade from Korra’s extremely excited face to Korra’s extremely pissed face was so funny. Plus, Korra’s ability to fight with literally anything around her is kind of astounding. Leave it to LoK to make a visceral fight scene with a banner.

-“Laugh at my humorous quip!”

Written by: Michael Dante DiMartino Directed by: Colin Heck

Overall Score: 7

TV Review: Legend of Korra (S2/E1-2)

“Rebel Spirit/The Southern Lights”

Even more so than the original series, The Legend of Korra is a television show that blurs the lines between TV for children and TV for adults. Sure, it’s got animals making funny noises and fart jokes, but let’s remember that last season ended on a murder-suicide. There have been many moments in the short run of this show that have dialed back the slapstick and dialed up the emotional pain, frequently in a beautiful and heartbreaking way. To be honest, I was worried that Nickelodeon may have tampered with season 2 a little bit, trying to bring it in line with the rest of its children’s programming. Thankfully, I needn’t have worried at all, and the show wasted no time in setting up its serialized story for season 2.

One of the issues that plagued season 1 was that it took about half the unfortunately short season to really get going. The first half was all about learning about the Korra Krew (Korra, Mako, Bolin, and Asami) and playing pro bending. And that’s fine. Location and character clarification is important, but it seemed like maybe it took longer than was necessary. With all of that icky place setting out of the way, season 2 got down to busy. It took a little while to set the scene, but within the first episode Korra had fought, and nearly been defeated by, a spirit, setting up the initial mystery of the season.

Enter Korra’s uncle, leader of the Northern Water Tribe (Unalaq), a powerful water bender capable of defeating spirits in a way that looks humane and beautiful, but immediately makes me question his motives and powers. Last season we saw Amon use a waterbending technique to remove people’s ability to bend, which makes me automatically wary of any other special waterbenders. Unalaq, through skillful use of his unique abilities (and the ability to make Korra pissed off at her dad), positions himself as the only master capable of teaching Korra, forcing a wedge between Korra, her family, and Tenzin. My worries were justified when the end of episode one concluded with Unalaq saying to Korra, “I have big plans for you . . .” which is about as mustache twirlingly evil as you can get.

The second episode sees the Korra Krew, Unalaq, and her father (Tonraq) travel to the South Pole so that Korra can attempt to open a portal to the spirit world which is stoppered by, according to Unalaq, the Southern Water Tribe’s lack of connection to the spirit world. Along the way, the fight more angry spirits and are saved by, surprise, Unalaq. Eventually Korra is able to open what Unalaq called a portal, and the spirits disappear, leaving me uneasy. Clearly the spirits were angry, but I don’t trust Unalaq, his motives, or his abilities. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if later in the season we discover his abilities to calm spirits is cruel or dastardly in some way.

Upon arriving back at the Southern Water Tribe capitol, my fears are justified. We get shots of Northern Water Tribe ships (made out of metal) descending on/preparing to occupy the southern capitol, highly reminiscent of the opening credits of the original series. It’s a clear homage to the Fire Nation expanding and taking over the world. I’d like to come back to my first point about Legend of Korra being more than a children’s series, as well as moving very much faster than it did in season 1. By the end of the second episode, we have a potentially fascist leader invading his own people’s land in an attempt to show them the correct way to live.

At first I was a little frustrated, as it seemed a similar plot to the original Avatar series, as well as setting up Unalaq as a similar Big Bad to Amon. However, the more I think about it, the more interested I am. Unalaq’s politics are essentially the opposites of Amon’s, though they may be implemented in a similar way (military force), which could lead to a fertile dissection of fascism. Secondly, I love that Unalaq invades his own people’s land first. This sets up the season for a civil war which may or may not spill into other areas of the world. It’s at once a huge conflict and a small differing in ideals. I’m excited to see the plot move forward so quickly. I’ve very much missed this world in the year and a half that the show has been off the air and I’m anxious to dive right back in.

That’s not to say that there weren’t some issues, of course, but the issues I have are mostly minor and come with being the premiere of a season. Scenes get a little too exposition-y for my liking, and Korra seems angry and angsty out of nowhere. Why is she so angry at her father after such a long time of not seeing him? After hearing why her father was kicked out of the Northern Water Tribe, couldn’t she have given him the benefit of the doubt? Apparently not. She just immediately latched onto Tonraq and told her father to go home because of something he did way before she was born. Jeez, Korra. (It actually really reminds me of how essentially every season of Buffy would begin with Buffy being pissed and annoying for essentially no reason.) Plus, and this is just a random quibble unattached to any of the points above, but why did everyone Korra had ever met go on that trip to the South Pole?

But overall it was an excellent debut, beautifully directed and animated, and I can’t wait to see how the season plays out. Once again, seriously quality programming from Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.

Stray Observations

-Can we take a minute to enjoy the fact that Marko took the time to write out some police-themed one liners?

-I’m so excited that the various families are expanding. I loved how accurate the interactions between Tenzin and his siblings are, and much of that can be attributed to the talented voice cast.

-John Michael Higgins as Varrick the capitalist is absolutely brilliant. “Go rest your gams, Ginger!”

-Aubrey Plaza, gold as always. Bolin: “Like a boyfriend, or like a slave?” Eska: “Yes. Win me prizes.”

-This show once again proves to be one of the better directed series on television, live action or animated. I loved the shot of Korra and Mako holding hands, the fight scenes were visceral, and that POV shot of Bolin desperately trying to see Ginger over Varrick was hilarious.

-I’m a little nervous that splitting up the cast so much (Tenzin and co. leaving Korra) will put a strain on the storytelling, but I love that airbending family so much that I barely care. I’d watch them do anything. Plus, what was up with that glowy statue?

-And finally, how obvious is it that Bolin and Asami are going to get together? I’d say pretty obvious.

Written by: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Tim Hedrick

Directed by: Colin Heck

Overall Score: 8.5

Dark Horse Comics Signing Schedule and More!

Official Press Release

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2011 SCHEDULE!

SIGNINGS, PANELS, AND GREEN SCREENS, OH MY!

July 13, MILWAUKIE, OR—It’s here! San Diego Comic-Con 2011 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is telling you all the goods ahead of time! Plan accordingly!

SIGNINGS

Wednesday, July 20

7:30 p.m.—Preview Night Reveal

 

Thursday, July 21

11 a.m.— Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

11 a.m.—Tara McPherson (The Art of Tara McPherson)

12:30 p.m.—Eric Powell (The Goon)

2 p.m.—Bruce Campbell (My Name Is Bruce) *Ticketed by Lottery

3 p.m.—Morgan Spurlock (Supersized)

3:30 p.m.—Jerry Robinson (Jet Scott)

4:30 p.m.—Jill Thompson (Beasts of Burden)

 

Friday, July 22

10 a.m.—Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo)

10 a.m.—Rebecca Guay (The Last Dragon)

11 a.m.—Menton3 and Patric Reynolds (The Thing)

11:30 a.m.—Dark Horse Presents Signing: Jim Steranko (Red Tide) and Neal Adams (Blood) *Ticketed by Lottery

12 p.m.—Stephan Martiniere and Michael Heisler (Rage)

1 p.m.—Gerard Way (The Umbrella Academy) *Ticketed by Lottery

3:30 p.m.—Star Wars Signing: Mick Harrison (Dark Times); John Jackson Miller and Michael Heisler (Knight Errant); Scott Allie (Jedi: The Dark Side); Rob Chestney (The Old Republic: Threat of Peace); Alexander Freed (The Old Republic: The Lost Suns); Jeremy Barlow (The Clone Wars)

5 p.m.—Falling Skies Signing: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, Mark Verheiden *Ticketed by Lottery

 

Saturday, July 23

10 a.m.—Mac Walters and John Jackson Miller, Michael Heisler (Mass Effect)

11 a.m.—Mike Mignola (Hellboy)

11 a.m.—Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo)

12 p.m.—Whedonverse Signing: Zack Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Jo Chen *Ticketed by Lottery

12 p.m.—Adam Warren (Empowered)

1 p.m.—Jon Schnepp, Eric Powell, Jeremy Barlow (Dethklok) *Ticketed by Lottery

1 p.m.—Robert E. Howard Signing: Stuart Moore, Paul Sammon, Tomás Giorello

2 p.m.—Conan the Barbarian Signing: Rose McGowan *Ticketed by Lottery

2 p.m.—Dark Horse Presents (Carla Speed McNeil, Sanford Greene, Ricardo Delgado)

3:30 p.m.—Tsuneo Goda (Domo) *Ticketed by Lottery

3:30 p.m.—Mink (Shinjuku)

5 p.m.—Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) *Ticketed by Lottery

 

Sunday, July 24

10:30 a.m.—Rob Hughes and Thomas Yeates (The Outlaw Prince)

11 a.m.—Rob Reger and Buzz Parker (Emily the Strange)

12 p.m.—Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) *Ticketed by Lottery

12 p.m.—Ethan and Malachai Nicolle (Axe Cop)

1 p.m.—Larry Marder – Beanworld

2:30 p.m.—Doug Sneyd – The Art of Doug Sneyd

3 p.m.—Mike Mignola (Hellboy)

PANELS

Thursday, July 21

12 p.m.–1 p.m. Dark Horse: Fall Publishing Highlights! Room 32AB

Super-secret surprise guests!

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Creepy and Eerie: Comics That Can Still Scare You! Room 24ABC

Including: Jason Shawn Alexander (Abe Sapien), J. C. Vaughn (Doctor Solar), and Nathan Fox (Haunt)

Special Guests: Ken Kelly (Creepy/Eerie) and Bruce Jones (Checkmate)

Moderated by Dan Braun (Creepy) and Josh Braun (A History of Violence)

Friday, July 22

11 a.m.–12 p.m. Mike Mignola: Worlds at War Room 4

Special Guests: Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D.), and Scott Allie (editor)

1 p.m.–2 p.m. Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars Room 7AB

Including: Randy Stradley (editor), Mick Harrison (Dark Times—first public appearance!), Dave Marshall (editor), Scott Allie and Stéphane Roux (Jedi: The Dark Side), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Dave Filoni and the Fillbach brothers (The Clone Wars), Leland Y. Chee (Keeper of the Holocron’s Blog), Timothy Zahn (Choices of One), Shelly Shapiro (Del Rey editor), and more!

2 p.m.–3 p.m. Dark Horse Presents: The Panel Room 25ABC

Including: Mike Richardson (Dark Horse president), Eric Powell (The Goon), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Sanford Greene (Deadpool), and many more!

Saturday, July 23

3 p.m.–4 p.m. Dark Horse: Joss Whedon Room: Indigo

4 p.m.–5 p.m. Dark Horse and BioWare: A Comic and Video-Game Partnership

Room 23ABC

Including: Alexander Freed (Star Wars: The Old Republic), Mac Walters (Mass Effect 3), John Jackson Miller (Mass Effect), and Dave Marshall (editor)

GREEN SCREEN

 

Thursday, July 21

9 a.m.–11 a.m.: Hellboy

11 a.m.–2 p.m.: The Goon

2 p.m.–4 p.m.: Mass Effect

4 p.m.–7 p.m.: Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel & Faith

Friday, July 22

9 a.m.–12 p.m.: Star Wars

12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Falling Skies

3 p.m.–7 p.m.:  Mass Effect

 

Saturday, July 23

9 a.m.–11 a.m.: Hellboy

11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Dylan Dog

2 p.m.–5 p.m.: Conan

5 p.m.–7 p.m.: Buffy / Angel & Faith

 

Sunday, July 24

9 a.m.–11 a.m.: The Goon

11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Star Wars

1 p.m.–3 p.m.: Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel & Faith

3 p.m.–5 p.m.: Hellboy