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Dark Horse and ComiXology Cut a Deal to Bring comiXology Originals to Print

Dark Horse Comics and comiXology have announced that Dark Horse will distribute print editions of comiXology Originals graphic novels and collections. Select titles from the creator-owned line of comiXology Originals will be available in print for the first time for customers in comic shops, bookstores, and libraries. The program will commence in Spring 2021 with the release of paperback editions of the Eisner Award winner AFTERLIFT, Breaklands, YOUTH, and The Black Ghost.

When comiXology Originals was announced, print was a part of some of the releases through Amazon’s print on demand. While the digital program pressed on, the physical release of comics became few and far between to the complete lack of mention for numerous rounds of announcements.

Through this deal, Dark Horse Comics will be responsible for distribution and fulfillment for the titles through Diamond Comic Distributors for comic shops and Penguin Random House for bookstores around the world. ComiXology Originals will remain available to be read digitally for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

ComiXology Originals’ exclusive content line debuted in 2017, and in their first year garnered an Eisner Award for Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost. The next year saw an Eisner Award nomination for The Stone King by Kel McDonald and Tyler Crook, and in 2020 an Eisner Award win for AFTERLIFT. In addition to the creator-owned line of exclusive content, comiXology Originals, through a partnership with Kodansha Comics, has re-released and newly translated manga such as BECKInitial D and The Drops of God.

The comiXology Originals making their print debut in 2021 include:

AFTERLIFTcollecting the Eisner Award-winning issues #1-5 – For the first time in print!

  • Written by Eisner Award winner Chip Zdarsky, best known for his work on Sex Criminals and Marvel Comics, with art by Jason Loo, the acclaimed artist of The Pitiful Human-Lizard, colors by Paris Alleyne, letters by Aditya Bidikar and edited by Allison O’Toole.
  • AFTERLIFT is a 2020 Eisner Award winning series.
  • In AFTERLIFT, Janice Chen is adrift. She quits her day job in finance and signs up to be a driver on a ride-sharing app. But what was at first a mundane but enjoyable way to pass the time takes a terrible turn when a mysterious passenger updates his ride with a very final destination: Hell.
  • 136 pages / color / on sale February 2 in bookstores and everywhere books are sold and February 3 in comic shops / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-5067-2440-9
AFTERLIFT

Breaklands Volume One, collecting issues #1-5 – For the first time in print!

  • Written by Justin Jordan, the co-creator and writer of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, with art by acclaimed artist Tyasseta, colors by Sarah Stern, and letters by Rachel Deering.
  • Set 150 years after humanity developed psychic powers and ended the world as we know it, a new world has emerged. Everyone has powers. Some powers, like the ability to light a match, are modest. But some powers—like the ability to reshape the world—are both vast and dangerous. Kasa Fain is different. She doesn’t possess powers. Kasa is an outsider, a teenager who has been in hiding, until the day her younger brother is kidnapped and everything changes.
  • 152 pages / color / on sale March 2 in bookstores and everywhere books are sold and March 3 in comic shops / MSRP  $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-5067-2441-6
Breaklands Volume One

YOUTH Volume One, collecting issues #1-4For the first time in print!

  • Written by visionary writer Curt Pires with art by Alex Diotto, the co-creators of the acclaimed comic Olympia, and features colors by Dee Cunniffe, and lettering by Micah Myers.
  • In YOUTH, Franklin and River struggle to navigate family, friends, high school, work, drugs, and all the pressures of growing up. As a queer couple, they yearn to escape their lives in a small, bigoted Midwest town. They steal River’s stepfather’s Mustang and hit the road. Their destination? California. But along the way, the car breaks down. They meet some kids who are travelling the country, partying, and attempting to find themselves. They party some more. . . . And soon everything changes.
  • A sequel to YOUTH is underway and the comic series is in development as an original TV show with Amazon Studios.
  • 136 pages / color / on sale on sale April 6 in bookstores and everywhere books are sold and April 7 in comic shops / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-5067-2461-4
YOUTH Volume One

The Black Ghost Volume One, collecting issues #1-5–For the first time in print!

  • Co-written by Anthony Award-Nominated Novelist Alex Segura and acclaimed writer Monica Gallagher, with art by George Kambadais, colors by Ellie Wright, lettering by Taylor Esposito and edited by Greg Lockard.
  • The Black Ghost is a modern take on the urban vigilante story. Lara Dominguez is a journalist chasing that one, big story. After a stint in the Middle East, the alcoholic reporter moves from her hometown of Miami to Creighton – a mid-Atlantic city that’s seen better days. She needs a huge, viral scoop that’ll send her into the journalistic stratosphere. Her target? Uncovering the identity of The Black Ghost – a masked vigilante trying to take down the wealthy oligarchs carving up the fading metropolis. But as she searches for the breakthrough story she desperately needs, Lara will have to navigate the corruption of her adopted city, the uncertainties of virtue, and her own personal demons.
  • 136 pages / color / on sale May 4 in bookstores and everywhere books are sold and May 5 in comic shops / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-50672-446-1
The Black Ghost Volume One

More comiXology Originals print editions will be announced at a later date.

Review: Anti/Hero

It’s Freaky Friday superhero style! Anti/Hero is DC Comics‘ latest graphic novel for young readers and it’s also their first original characters in their new line.

Story: Kate Karyus Quinn, Demitria Lunetta
Art: Maca Gil, Sam Lotfi
Color: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Wes Abbott

Get your copy in comic shops now in bookstores now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Green Lantern: Legacy Gets a Trailer

Thirteen-year-old Tai Pham lives in the apartment above his grandmother’s store in a room crammed with sketchpads and comic books. Tai’s youthful imagination cannot prepare him for the world he is thrown into. He must overcome his greatest obstacle in order to keep his grandmother’s legacy alive: fear.

When Tai inherits his grandmother’s jade ring, he soon finds out it’s more than it appears. Suddenly, he is inducted into a group of space cops known as the Green Lanterns, and every time he puts pen to paper, he is forced to confront his insecurity that he might not be creative or strong enough to uphold his bá’s legacy. Tai must decide what kind of hero he wants to be: Will he learn to soar above his insecurities, or will the past keep him grounded?

Green Lantern: Legacy is written by Minh Lê, with art by Andie Tong, colored by Sarah Stern, and lettering by Ariana Maher.

You can watch our review.

Review: Green Lantern: Legacy

Tai Pham’s grandmother has a secret, she’s a Green Lantern. After she passes, her ring becomes his and he has a whole new responsibility. A fantastic new graphic novel for young readers.

Story: Minh Lê
Art: Andie Tong
Color: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Ariana Maher

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores on January 21! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: By Night Vol. 3 SC

By Night Vol. 3 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  John Allison
Artist: Christine Larsen
Colorist: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Christine Larsen
Price: $14.99

THE SECRETS OF THE OTHERWORLD ARE REVEALED.

It’s time to uncover the truth of what really happened to old Chet Charles, how the Eidolon was created…and what it has to do with Jane’s parents. But as Heather, Jane, and their increasingly improbable team come face to face with the terrible truth of Spectrum, they’ll be forced to make choices that will forever change their futures—or totally, literally blow up in their faces and ensure they have no futures. No pressure or anything.

Collects issues #8-12.

By Night Vol. 3 SC

Preview: Goldie Vance SC Gift Set

Goldie Vance SC Gift Set

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Hope Larson, Jackie Ball
Artist: Brittney Williams, Noah Hayes, Elle Power
Colorist: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Brittney Williams
Price: $39.99

Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and it’s her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, together they utilize her smarts, skills, and connections to solve the mystery…

From New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning writer Hope Larson (Batgirl), and critically-acclaimed artist Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat), along with writer Jackie Ball (Welcome to Wanderland), and artists Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer) and Elle Power (Regular Show),this gift set presents volumes 1-4 in for a special value price!

Goldie Vance SC Gift Set

ComiXology Originals is Releasing One New Creator-Owned Comic Each Week this September

ComiXology is releasing four all-new creator-owned comiXology Originals titles this September. Each week will feature the debut of a new series starting with Breaklands written by Justin Jordan, with art by Tyassetta on September 4th, followed by Field Tripping co-written by James Asmus and Jim Festante, with art by José García on September 11thThe Black Ghost co-written by acclaimed novelist Alex Segura and Monica Gallagher—co-creators of the Lethal Lit Podcast—with art by George Kambadais on September 18th, and concluding with Quarter Killer co-written by Vita Ayala and Danny Lore, with art by Jamie Jones on September 26th.

Each new #1 will be available to read digitally upon release for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. The collected editions of these newly announced comiXology Originals series will be available in print via Amazon.com.

Breaklands

5-issue comic book series

Written by Justin Jordan, the co-creator and writer of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, with art by acclaimed artist Tyassetta, colors by Sarah Stern, and lettering by Rachel Deering.

Set 150 years in the future, Breaklands features a world where everyone has powers… except for one young woman, Kasa Fain, who is desperate to find her recently kidnapped brother.

Breaklands #1 will be available on September 4th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Breaklands

Field Tripping

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by James Asmus and Jim Festante, collaborators on media properties like, Rick & Morty presents Mr. MeeseeksThe End Times of Bram & Ben, and animation development for Stoopid Buddy and Flying Rock Entertainment, with art by José García and lettering by Ryan Ferrier.

A multiverse-spanning, all-ages story about a flighty teacher with an interdimensional traveling school bus and her students who become stranded – jumping between bizarre worlds but never able to go back to theirs.

Field Tripping #1will be available on September 11th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Field Tripping

The Black Ghost

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by acclaimed novelist Alex Segura and Monica Gallagher—Co-Creators of the Lethal Lit Podcast—with art by George Kambadais, colors by Ellie Wright, lettering by Taylor Esposito, featuring covers by Greg Smallwood on #1, Francesco Francavilla, Veronica Fish, and Bill Sienkiewicz—and edited by Gregory Lockard.

Lara Dominguez is a journalist chasing that one, big story. As she inches closer to uncovering the identity of the masked activist known as The Black Ghost, Lara will have to navigate the corruption of her adopted city and her own personal demons. Will she have the strength to be part of the solution—or will she become the problem?

Black Ghost #1 will be available on September 18th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Black Ghost

Quarter Killer

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by Vita Ayala (The WildsSubmergedLivewire) and Danny Lore (Ayala’s James Bond co-writer and the writer of the acclaimed Queen of Bad Dreams), with art by Jamie Jones and lettering by Ryan Ferrier.

This action packed, cyberpunk story of Quentin Kidd A.K.A. QK, an ex-corporate computer hacker who offers their services to those willing to pay them with old school currency, specifically quarters, because quarters are untraceable. QK only has two rules: they don’t work for criminals or police, and no killing.

Quarter Killer #1 will be available on September 25th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Quarter Killer

Each new series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content and will be available upon release for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, with collected editions in print via Amazon.com. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.

Preview: By Night Vol. 2 SC

By Night Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Christine Larsen
Colorist: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Christine Larsen
Price: $14.99

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

Jane Langstaff and Heather Meadows have been to the other side…and now it’s just a question of how to bring proof back home with them. And then there’s the question of how the portal got there in the first place…and whether or not the town of Spectrum, South Dakota is safe, or monsters are about to start pouring through to our world?

From Eisner Award nominee John Allison (Giant Days, Scary Go Round), and artist Christine Larsen (Adventure Time), join Jane and Heather as they journey into the Eidolon and a mystical world of adventure and laughs!

Collects issues #5-8.

By Night Vol. 2 SC

Preview: By Night #12

By Night #12

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Christine Larsen
Colorist: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist:
    Main Cover: Christine Larsen
    Preorder Cover: Sarah Stern
Price: $3.99

Back in the real world, Jane has to choose between exposing the Otherworld, and not showing her film…after all the blood, sweat, and tears she’s poured into it. Her future, or a whole world?

By Night #12

John Allison, Sarah Stern, and Jim Campbell Take Us Into the Morally Grey World of Steeple this September

Artist and writer John Allison colorist Sarah Stern, and letterer Jim Campbell welcome you to Steeple, a land where the world isn’t as black and white as it may appear.

Tredregyn Parish – in a sleepy Cornish coastal town fabled for its cursed origins, a newly arrived vicar quickly befriends another local priest, before realizing that they serve very different masters. Beset on all sides by witchcraft, the Church of Satan, battling Reverends, officious housekeepers and the ever-present sons of the sea, Billie Baker and Maggie Warren must balance the war between good and evil with the needs of their parishioners. After all, this town has supernatural problems that a nice cup of tea won’t fix.

Steeple #1 (of 5) arrives in comic shops on September 18, 2019.

Steeple #1 Variant Cover by Max Sarin
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