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Christopher Cantwell and Martín Morazzo’s She Could Fly is in Development at AMC

Berger Books has announced She Could Fly has been optioned for television development by AMC. Based on the comic series created by Christopher Cantwell and Martín MorazzoShe Could Fly marks the first property from the esteemed Berger Books line to be optioned for film or television.

She Could Fly tells the story of Luna, a disturbed 15-year-old girl who becomes obsessed with an unknown woman who appears in the Chicago sky flying at heights reaching 2,000 feet. Suddenly—the mysterious woman dies in a fiery explosion mid-air. No one knows who she was, how she flew, or why. Will cracking the secrets of the Flying Woman’s inner life lead to the liberation from Luna own troubled mind? The second series of She Could Fly, She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #5 arrives August 14, 2019, with the collection arriving December 17, 2019. 

Christopher Cantwell, co-creator of She Could Fly has past experience with AMC through AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire as a co-creator, showrunner and executive producer. Executive Producers of She Could Fly include Mark Johnson, Executive Producer of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul; Melissa Bernstein, also an Executive Producer of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul; Karen Berger, founder of Berger Books and Vertigo; Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Entertainment’s founder and Executive Producer (The Umbrella Academy)and Keith Goldberg, Dark Horse Entertainment Senior Vice President and Executive Producer (The Umbrella Academy). 

SDCC 2019: Jia and the Nian Monster from Mike Richardson, Megan Huang, out March 2020

Leading up to San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Vanguard Visionary Associates and Dark Horse Comics present Jia and the Nian Monster. The graphic novel is based on an ancient Chinese legend. Jia and the Nian Monster blends fantasy, fable, and the invention of gunpowder into a tale of courage and friendship. The graphic novel is written by Dark Horse Comics President and Founder Mike Richardson, and illustrated by artist Megan Huang. The comic could be a new children’s classic!

Each new year is marked by a monster’s attack on their mountain village. This year, young Jia and her friend Deshi have decided to fight back. For Deshi, it is the grand adventure he has always dreamed of taking part in. For Jia, it is revenge for the loss of her mother—who was taken by the monster five years before. But it will take more than mere pluck and courage to best the beast of the mountain, which is where the mysterious stranger who has befriended Jia and Deshi comes in …

Jia and the Nian Monster goes on sale in comic shops on March 18, 2020, and in bookstores on March 31, 2020. This 80-page original graphic novel retails for $12.99.

Jia and the Nian Monster

Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse’s Resident Alien is picked up by SyFy

Resident Alien

SyFy has announced the series pickup of Resident Alien, a comedic drama based on the Dark Horse comics series by co-creators Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. From Universal Content Productions (UCP), in association with Amblin TV and Dark Horse Entertainment, the series was adapted to television by executive producer Chris Sheridan.

Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment, and Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin TV will also executive produce. David Dobkin executive produced and directed the pilot.

Resident Alien is a twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story that follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Alan Tudyk) who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth — ultimately asking the question, “Are human beings worth saving?”

Tudyk is joined by series regulars Sara Tomko, Corey Reynolds, Alice Wetterlund, and Levi Fiehler. The series will begin production in Vancouver this summer.

Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse’s Resident Alien is Picked Up by Syfy as a Pilot

Syfy has announced that Resident Alien, a drama based on the Dark Horse comics series of the same name by co-creators Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, has been picked up to pilot. From Universal Cable Productions, the series was adapted to television by executive producer Chris Sheridan. Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment, and Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin TV will also executive produce.

Resident Alien is a dark, twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story that follows a crash-landed alien named Harry who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth — ultimately asking the question, “Are human beings worth saving?”

Resident Alien is the first pilot to be picked up off of SYFY’s 2018 development slate. This is the latest comic series to come to the small screen on the channel. Krypton, Happy!, and Wynonna Earp, and Van Helsing have all aired already with Deadly Class in development.

Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo is Being Developed into an Animated Series

Gaumont has optioned the iconic, multi-generational comic book series Usagi Yojimbo from the series creator, writer, and illustrator Stan Sakai, to be developed into an animated TV series. First published in 1984, the multiple award-winning Usagi Yojimbo is to be co-produced by Gaumont, Sakai, James Wan’s Atomic Monster, and Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg who will serve as executive producers, with Chris Tongue as co-executive producer. The announcement was made today by Gaumont’s President of Animation, Nicolas Atlan.

This will be the character’s first ever tv series, though not the first time the character has appeared on an animated series. The character has appeared appeared in all three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. Usagi debuted in TMNT in 1987 and he most recently appeared in Nickelodeon’s three-episode arc in the summer of 2017.

Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo takes place amidst a rich fantasy setting in 17th century Japan and features a diverse world of anthropomorphic characters. Miyamoto Usagi, otherwise known as Usagi Yojimbo, is a ronin warrior with the heart of a hero. A skilled swordsrabbit, and one-time bodyguard for a Japanese War Lord, he’s now masterless, and explores his world of immense castles and humble villages, encountering dinosaurs, Yokai (ghosts/monsters), cats, bats, bounty hunters, giant snakes, and even aliens, facing exciting adventures at every turn, always ready to help.

Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s Umbrella Academy Comes to Netflix

Netflix will bring the ten-episode series The Umbrella AcademyGerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s Umbrella Academy Comes to Netflix to members worldwide in 2018.

Based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel BáThe Umbrella Academy is a live action series that follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) — The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, Number Five, The Horror, and The White Violin — as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities. Published by Dark Horse Comics, the comic series garnered much praise from fans and critics alike for its alternate and twisted take on the superhero genre.

The Umbrella Academy will be produced by Universal Cable Productions. Steve Blackman (FargoAltered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Bluegrass Television and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way will serve as co-executive producer. The pilot script was adapted from the comic book series by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist).

To celebrate this exciting news, Dark Horse is offering San Diego Comic-Con attendees the chance to meet Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá! On Friday, July 21 from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m., Dark Horse will welcome Gerard and Gabriel for a special wristband-only signing at Booth #2615 at the San Diego Convention Center. Wristbands will be distributed by a random drawing in the Dark Horse Comics Booth #2615 on both Thursday (July 20) and Friday (July 21) morning while supplies last.

C2E2 2017: Mike Richardson and Paul Chadwick Pen a Wish out of Water

Dark Horse Comics has announced Best Wishes, an original graphic novel from Dark Horse founder and writer Mike Richardson and Eisner Award–winning writer/artist Paul Chadwick. Cowritten by Richardson and Chadwick, Best Wishes is Chadwick’s first comics work since 2013!

When two strangers cast coins into a Central Park fountain, their dreams and desires become magically intertwined. Cal wants fame and respect and Mary craves true love from her pro-quarterback boyfriend, but destiny weaves a tangled fabric. Best Wishes is a Woody Allen-esque tale of New York, meme madness, fame’s price, and secrets of the heart.

Best Wishes hits shelves November 8, 2017.

Dark Horse Travels Through Time with Echoes

Dark Horse Comics has announced the latest original graphic novel from Mike Richardson and Gabriel Guzmán: Echoes.

Troubled pilot Fred Martin is caught in a bizarre storm and loses control of his aircraft. Martin awakens unharmed, only to discover that he is thirty years in the past with the impossible opportunity to right the wrong that ruined his future. But to prevent murder, will he commit murder?

Written by Richardson, creator of The Mask and Timecop, and illustrated by Guzmán, Echoes is fantasy drama on a human scale, a provocative journey into how the past is always present.

Echoes (978-1506701233 / $14.99) debuts on November 23, 2016.

Echoes

Mike Richardson and Scott Allie Both Issue Statements

Early today we ran an article about the repeated unacceptable repeated behavior concerning Scott Allie. Since our piece ran both Allie, and Dark Horse‘s Founder Mike Richardson have issued statements.

Here’s Allie’s statement which was issued to another site:

I’m deeply sorry about my behavior at San Diego Comic Con 2015 and I apologize to everyone I’ve hurt. I’m completely embarrassed by my actions and how my behavior reflects on Dark Horse Comics, my friends and family. My personal approach and decisions for managing stress were bad. Dark Horse and I have taken the matter very seriously and since this incident, we have taken steps to correct and to avoid any behavior like this in the future. Although apologies can’t undo what has happened, I’ve tried to apologize to everyone impacted by my behavior. To my family, friends, co-workers, and to the industry — please know that I am truly, truly sorry.

Allie has also said he has apologized to Harris and is seeking outside help for substance abuse. We wish Allie well on his recovery and do wish him the best.

Below is Richardson’s full statement:

I applaud Ms. Asselin’s Intentions in dealing with sexual harassment in the comics industry.

I also want to make one thing very clear: Dark Horse as a company, and myself as an individual, take the kinds of inexcusable incidents reported by Ms. Asselin very seriously—doubly so when it involves one of our employees. In cases such as these, we have been proactive in our response, with a variety of professional services involved, all with the goal of changing behavior. Additionally, a number of internal responses are acted upon, including termination if such behavior continues. Under no circumstance is any individual “harbored.” In this particular case, action was taken immediately, though we did not, and cannot, perform a public flogging, as some might wish.

Secondly, there is no “us-against-them” attitude here. I have an open door policy and every employee, no matter where she/he sits in the company, is invited to come in to my office with any complaint or observation, at any time. I restate this policy constantly. I won’t go into the assumptions made here that are just untrue, because my intent is not to undermine the purpose of her piece, but no one here has ever turned a “blind eye” to these behaviors, not in this case, not in any case. With regard to sexual harassment, it is simply not tolerated. Dark Horse agrees 100% with the EEOC Guidelines.

Ms. Asselin turns her eye toward me. I have never met or talked with Ms. Asselin. If she knew me, she would learn that I am extremely sensitive on this subject, being the father of three daughters and having experienced first hand the effects of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. I have fought against that harassment, not just in a social environment, but also within our own publishing schedule. I have also fought for gender equality in our school system and championed social and racial diversity both in and out of Dark Horse, activities I am still involved with. Her assumption that my longevity somehow “embeds” within me an attitude of inappropriate permissiveness is not only wrong, it is insulting.

I agree that harassment of any kind, routine or not, is unacceptable. It always has been. We at Dark Horse will renew our efforts to make sure that our company is never again mentioned with regard to this type of occurrence. As quoted in the article, our goal has always been to provide a positive, safe, and respectful environment for its employees, creators, and fans.

– Mike Richardson

We support Dark Horse’s renewed efforts and their goal of providing a safe, and respectful environment for its employees, creators, and fans.

Review: Father’s Day #1

fd 001Father’s Day tells the story of a man on the run and a lost long lost daughter that is trying to find him.  While the story opens with a bang and finishes with one, there is little going on in the middle.  For those familiar with comics as a medium, they are likely to see parallels here with a more famous entry, A History of ViolenceA History of Violence (later made into a movie) tells a similar story of a man on the hideout from a violent past, who is once again thrown back into his old life by events outside of his control.

Father’s Day is similar in a lot of ways to this story, at least on the surface and the unique aspects of the story, at least from the first issue seem mostly superficial.  Instead of a blue collar father with a loving family, this is a man on the run whose daughter discovers him, and it is the daughter where any originality in this story might come.  Unfortunately for the story the daughter comes off as mostly two dimensional and although she is portrayed as edgy, it doesn’t really come through for the character either.  The resulting tension between father and daughter is therefore more of an afterthought to the two of them being chased by random mob hitmen.  As with the case of other series, it is therefore likely the same with this one that while it offers this story over four issues, it might have been better to go for more and to build up the characters first as opposed to this story we were immediately demanded to care about the father and daughter that we know almost nothing about.

In a sense there is nothing really wrong with this story, but at the same time it lacking in both originality for its content and in the approachability of the characters.  There is some promise here, as with such randomly presented characters, that indeed something could come of this by the second issue, but equally there is probably not enough of a hook here for the first issue to draw in the readers for another try.

Story: Mike Richardson Art: Gabriel Guzmán
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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