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Dark Horse Loses Another Title as Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo Heads to IDW

Usagi Yojimbo

Dark Horse has been losing some pretty high-profile titles, Conan, Star Wars, Buffy, and now Stan Sakai has announced via the New York Times that his creator-owned series Usagi Yojimbo will be heading to IDW Publishing. The title had been published for 24 years with Dark Horse.

The series will be relaunched with a new first issue to encourage new readers as the previous volume ended with #165. The new series is set to debut in June. IDW will also reprint the entire series from the beginning in colorized collections. The new series will be colored by Tom Luth.

Usagi Yojimbo #1 includes a main cover by Stan Sakai, plus variants by Daniel Warren JohnsonKevin Eastman, and Walt Simonson.

Written and illustrated by Stan Sakai for over thirty years and published in over fourteen countries, Usagi Yojimbo is set in a unique world based on 17th century Japan. Miyamoto Usagi, who once served as the personal bodyguard for a Japanese warlord, now traverses this unique world – a landscape populated by ghosts, dinosaurs, monsters, and warriors of all kinds – as a ronin. In his many exciting adventures, the swordsrabbit hones his skills, saves villages, and often finds himself navigating the delicate affairs of national/political significance.

The move also reunites the character with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who are published with IDW. The two have crossed over a lot and Usagi Yojimbo was previously published by Mirage, the original home of TMNT. The series has also been published by Fantagraphics.

Preview: Battlestar Galactica Classic #1

Battlestar Galactica Classic #1

writer: John Jackson Miller
artist: Daniel HDR
covers: Kelley Jones (A), Marco Rudy (B), Sean Chen (C), Daniel HDR (D), Remastered Walt Simonson Cover (E-Sub)
Walt Simonson Cover (RI-B/W), Sean Chen (RI-BW), Kelley Jones (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Science Fiction | $3.99 | Teen+

The remains of humanity have been fleeing the Cylon menace — until now! Joined by another, second fleet of fugitives, Commander Adama sees the opportunity to strike back. Can he continue chasing an Earth that may be a myth, when the chance for victory is real? Plus: the treacherous Count Baltar returns in this miniseries timed for Battlestar Galactica’s 40th anniversary year, written by New York Times bestselling author and comics writer JOHN JACKSON MILLER (Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo) and drawn by DANIEL HDR (Red Sonja)!

Celebrate The Return of the Fantastic Four With An All-New Cover by Walt Simonson!

This August, 57 years to the day of the Fantastic Four’s original debut, Marvel’s First Family returns as the Fantastic Four make their dramatic homecoming to the Marvel Universe!

In celebration of the much-anticipated launch of Fantastic Four #1, Marvel has revealed a variant cover from legendary artist Walt Simonson!

Written by Dan Slott, with art by Sara Pichelli, and a main cover by Esad Ribic, don’t miss the epic return of Johnny, Ben, Sue, and Reed on August 8th!

BOOM! Studios and Hero Initiative Announce “The Adventure Time 100 Project”

BOOM! Studios, Cartoon Network, and Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, have announced The Adventure Time 100 Project, a new graphic novel celebrating the eponymous franchise in stores May 2018. Finn, Jake and the entire Adventure Time crew take center stage in Hero Initiative’s famous “100 Project” format, which invites 100 amazing artists from around the world to create one-of-a-kind original covers, this time on the blank variant cover editions of Adventure Time #36. The results are here, with stunning art from Jeffrey Brown, John Cassaday, Emi Lenox, Whilce Portacio, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walt Simonson, and more!

The original art from The Adventure Time 100 Project will be auctioned off beginning in on June 2nd, 2018 during a launch party event at Challengers Comics in Chicago, IL and continuing online.

Print copies of The Adventure Time 100 Project will be available for sale in May 2018 at local comic book shops or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

Celebrate Thor: Ragnarok with Three FREE Thor Graphic Novels

Thor: Ragnarok opens in North America today and Amazon is celebrating Thorsday with three free graphic novels featuring Thor from Marvel. No strings at all.

Today, November 2 only, get these three classic Thor adventures FREE on Kindle.

Thor by J. Michael Straczynski Vol. 1 is written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Olivier Coipel and collects Thor (2007) #1-6. Returned to the pantheon of great Marvel heroes, the Asgardian God of Thunder is reunited with the mortal form of Dr. Don Blake. Together, they must reckon with the legacy of the mythic Norse kingdom and the awakening of its immortal heroes – but in a world that may not want them back!

Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1 is written by Jason Aaron with art by Esad Ribic collects Thor: God of Thunder #1-5. In the distant past, Thor follows the bloody wake of murdered gods. In the present, the Thunder God discovers a forgotten cave that echoes with the cries of tortured gods! And thousands of years from now, the last god-king of a ruined Asgard makes his final stand against the God Butcher’s beserker legions. As three Thors from three eras race to stop the God Butcher, the full extent of his vicious scheme takes terrifying shape!

Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson Vol. 3 collects Walt Simonson‘s work from Thor #360-369. It was a time of magic… Few people have ever left their mark on one character quite the way Walter Simonson has. His work on the Mighty Thor swept the Norse God of Thunder to heights never before seen and rarely achieved in his wake. Spanning epic tales of heroism and treachery, love and war, Simonson’s work is often considered the definitive Thor. From the majesty and mystery of fabled Asgard to the gritty streets of New York City, Thor was never the same.

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 100 Project

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 100 Project

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The Turtles take center stage in Hero Initiative’s famous “100 Project” format! IDW created a limited number of blank variant covers for the landmark Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50, and Hero Initiative sent them to 100+ top artists to create original covers! The results are here for you to see, with great art from Dan Brereton, Dale Keown, Whilce Portacio, Stan Sakai, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walt Simonson and of course, Kevin Eastman!

Proceeds benefit Hero Initiative, the only charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical or financial need!

TPB • FC • $14.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-945-5

Dark Horse Will Publish American Gods Comics in the UK

Dark Horse Comics will be publishing the highly anticipated adaptation of American Gods as periodical comic books in England. The adaptation of the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman will be adapted and co-written by P. Craig Russell—who previously adapted Gaiman’s bestselling novels Coraline and The Graveyard Book—and illustrated by acclaimed artist Scott Hampton. Dark Horse will adapt American Gods into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm. The first issue of American Gods: Shadows goes on sale March 15, 2017, ahead of Starz’ premiere of an American Gods TV show, adapted by Bryan Fuller.

The American Gods comic books will feature guest interior art by Walt Simonson, Mark Buckingham, Colleen Doran, P. Craig Russell, and more. The series features covers by some of the industry’s most acclaimed artists: Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown, and variant covers by David Mack. Acclaimed artist Dave McKean, who provided covers on Gaiman’s seminal Sandman for DC Comics, has also created a variant cover for the first issue.

Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel. American Gods is the latest Gaiman adaptation from Dark Horse, preceded by graphic novel adaptations of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Troll Bridge, Forbidden Brides, and many more.

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Dark Horse is Adapting American Gods into Comics and Graphic Novels

Dark Horse has announced the adaptation of American Gods into comic book form. Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman. This is the latest Gaiman adaptation from Dark Horse, preceded by graphic novel adaptations of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Troll Bridge, Forbidden Brides, and many more. Starz will also premiere an American Gods TV show in spring 2017, adapted by Bryan Fuller.

Dark Horse tapped P. Craig Russell —who, having worked on Coraline and The Graveyard Book, is no stranger to adapting Neil Gaiman’s work— to adapt and co-write the comic series, while Scott Hampton lends his illustrative skills to the complex world Gaiman created. Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown create the hauntingly beautiful cover art. David Mack and Dave McKean provide variant covers for the first issue. The American Gods comic series will feature guest interior art by Walt Simonson, Mark Buckingham, Colleen Doran, P. Craig Russell, and more.

American Gods: Shadows #1 finds Shadow Moon released from jail only to discover his wife has died. Broken and uncertain about his future, Shadow Moon meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard. This fateful decision thrusts Shadow into a deadly supernatural world where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a brewing war between old and new gods hits a boiling point.

Dark Horse will adapt American Gods into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm, to be collected into three hardcover graphic novels. The first issue of American Gods: Shadows goes on sale March 15, 2017.

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Preview: Jughead #8

JUGHEAD #8

Script: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Derek Charm
Cover: Derek Charm
Variant Covers: Andre Szymanowicz, Walt Simonson with Laura Martin
On Sale Date: 8/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

IT’S JUGHEAD VS. ARCHIE and MR. WEATHERBEE VS …A BEAR?!! Even the quiet of the wilderness can’t escape the madness that’s raging through all of Riverdale!

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Steve Pugh Joins Mark Russell on The Flintstones

Writer Mark Russell and artist Steve Pugh will bring readers their version of Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm in the debut issue of The Flintstones, on sale July 6.

In this 40-page extra-sized premiere issue, fans will be introduced to the town of Bedrock, where Paleolithic humans dine on artisanal prepared mammoth after shopping at the Neandertall & Big Men’s Clothing stores, get the latest news via cave painting, and folks drive foot-powered cars. Join Fred and Barney as Mr. Slate sends them on a mission to show some Neanderthals a night on the town in hopes of luring them into this new system of “working for a living” – in his quarry, of course! Find out what happens to Fred and the gang when they finally get to learn how Bedrock’s “one percent” lives in this satirical take on life in the world’s first civilization this summer!

In the meantime, check out the debut cover to issue #1 by Steve Pugh and the great variant covers by Ivan Reis, Walt Simonson, and Dustin Nguyen.

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