In a monumental year for entertainment, Dark Horse Comics has secured its place in video-game-art history with The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia™, which charted in the top ten as one of 2013’s best-selling books globally.
In February, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia soared to the top of the Nielsen BookScan charts, making it the #1 book in America.
In addition, the book reached #1 on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller lists. Dark Horse announced a record print run, with the number continuing to grow as The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia dominated orders in the UK, China, Italy, Spain, and Canada.
“We knew this book was going to be one of the highlights of the year before it even hit catalogs,” said Dark Horse’s president and publisher, Mike Richardson, “but no one could have predicted the unprecedented success and acclaim this book has received. Hyrule Historia has earned a place in the Dark Horse history books!”
This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer of Donkey Kong™, Mario™, and The Legend of Zelda™, Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link™’s adventures from the creators themselves! As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creative team of The Legend of Zelda manga—Akira Himekawa!
The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is a must-have for any Legend of Zelda fan!
Praise for The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia:
January is MUST READ VALIANT month!
With three all-new jumping-on points launching in January under the MUST READ VALIANT banner and the MUST READ VALIANT: GREATEST HITS #1 compendium ready to hit shelves, Valiant andcomiXology want to know: what are your five favorite Valiant comic books of the modern era? Tell us your top five and your vote could help decide the line-up of Valiant's next great digital comics sale!
From today through January 7th, visit Comic Vine to cast your vote for your five favorite Valiant single issues. Do you include the landmark debut of Valiant's flagship hero in X-O Manowar #1? The tortuous life story of omega-level telekinetic Toyo Harada retold in Harbinger #0? Jack Boniface's blackest depths revealed in Shadowman #13? Tell us what you think...and any issue of Valiant's monthly series – Unity, Archer & Armstrong, Eternal Warrior, Quantum and Woody, and more – can make the grade!
At the end of the poll's duration, the responses will be tallied and the highest placing issues will lead off an all-new MUST READ VALIANT 99 cent sale, beginning on January 14th only at comiXology!
Click here to begin casting your votes for which of Valiant's best-selling, critically acclaimed issues are truly MUST READ VALIANT!
Dark Horse Update; AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHORS MATT KINDT AND BRIAN HURTT!
Matt Kindt, the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of MIND MGMT and Red Handed, and Brian Hurtt, the award-winning, New York Times best-selling artist of The Sixth Gun and The Damned, are soon to publish Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon, the first in a new graphic novel series for children. The book follows the story of Poppy Pepperton, a ten-year-old girl with a typographic memory who goes on globe-spanning adventures with her sidekick Colt Winchester (who thinks he’s her legal guardian). Publishers Weekly announced last week that Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon will be published in 2015 by Dark Horse Comics.
When Poppy is summoned by Ramses MV, a reincarnated Egyptian king now cursed to remain in his lavish Manhattan penthouse (long story), she knows to expect something strange. Ramses doesn’t disappoint! He shows her Mummy Mouth, a shrunken mummy head that speaks a riddle once a year. Mummy Mouth gives her a clue that sends Poppy, Colt, and Ramses’s cat Krums to Old Macadamia to investigate the Lost Lagoon and an ancient civilization that lived on the back of a gigantipus (a giant octopus). Along the way she will find mysteries, adventures, friends, and family in the unlikeliest of ways. But a sinister robot is dogging their steps—is it programmed to help them or to stop them from learning an ancient secret?
“It’s been so exciting to see Matt thrive at Dark Horse, and I’m thrilled that he’s continuing that relationship with Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon,” said Dark Horse editor Brendan Wright. “He and Brian are bringing just the right light touch and level of imaginative detail to make a truly fun children’s book. It’s hard to believe this is their first graphic novel in the genre!”
Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson has acquired world English rights from Charlie Olsen of InkWell Management.
Matt Kindt is the New York Times best-selling and Harvey Award–winning writer and artist of the comics and graphic novels MIND MGMT, Red Handed, Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters, and Pistolwhip. Brian Hurtt is the New York Times best-selling artist of the hit fantasy-western series The Sixth Gun. He burst onto the comic scene with the second arc in Greg Rucka’s critically acclaimed series Queen & Country and has since worked on the Queen & Country spinoff Declassified, Skinwalker, and DC’s critically acclaimed Gotham Central, as well as the DC series Hard Time and The Damned. Both authors live and work in the St. Louis metro area.
From Academy-Award-and-Golden-Globe-nominated director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan,The Wrestler), Ari Handel, and Niko Henrichon (Pride of Baghdad) comes a fresh retelling of Noah’s Ark. Set in a fantastical world, NOAH tells the epic story of one man’s quest to preserve life for a new world. The graphic novel is based on the first draft of the screenplay for the feature film, Noah. Noah, directed by Aronofsky, and starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins, hits theaters in March 2014.
The first issue of the highly anticipated new series DEAD BODY ROAD by writer Justin Jordan (LUTHOR STRODE) and artist Matteo Scalera (BLACK SCIENCE) has already garnered critical acclaim and sold out at the distributor level. This action-packed revenge story begins with a bloody bank robbery, and escalates to one man's mission to find out why his wife died in it... and execute everyone responsible.
Praise for DEAD BODY ROAD #1:
“This is a story unsettling enough to be compelling and memorable without any unnecessary flash or sizzle.” —Doug Zawisza, Comic Book Resources
“If the first issue is any indication, this series promises lots of action and that is something to be very pumped up for.” —Benjamin Bailey, IGN
“This is the type of comic that punches you in the gut with its storytelling. Getting punched in the gut may not sound fun but this comic absolutely is.”
—Tony Guerrero, Comic Vine
“Dead Body Road #1 is a great debut by a talented creative team. They've managed to take a fairly stock concept and turn it into something worth reading… As long as the action and intrigue stay at high levels, Dead Body Road will definitely be a winner.” —Pierce Lydon, Newsarama
“An excellent start, Dead Body Road #1 is difficult to put down once you get started. I can't wait to see what happens next in the series.” —Jorge Solis, Bloody Disgusting
DEAD BODY ROAD #1 has completely sold out at the distributor level, but may still be available in comic stores, and is currently available digitally on the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com) and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.
Image Comics is pleased to announce that this first issue will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The second printing of DEAD BODY ROAD #1 (Diamond Code NOV138092) will release on 1/22/2014.
The first volume of SATELLITE SAM by Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, Hawkeye) and Howard Chaykin (BLACK KISS, American Flagg!) is now only $9.99.
Set in the 1950s during the golden age of television, SATELLITE SAM, is steeped in traditional noir and punctuated by sex, violence, and intrigue. When the star of a hit TV series turns up dead, his son must sober up and piece together a chain of dirty secrets to uncover why.
Praise for SATELLITE SAM:
“The strength of the writer's storyline deserves kudos both for its intrigue and period setting, but also for its ability to bring out the absolute best of one of the industry's most talented and innovative artists.” —Jim Johnson, Comic Book Resources
“Like a serialized TV fan, I'm hooked and want to see the next episode of Satellite Sam.” —Jen ‘Miss J’ Aprahamian, Comic Vine
“Satellite Sam #1 offers the best of both creators; a strong family story told through images that excite, that tease and that have so much energy in them that you can't help but get excited to see what's going to happen on each new page.” —Scott Cederlund, Newsarama
“Satellite Sam #1 is ironic, irreverent, and impeccably engineered.” —Sam LeBas, Multiversity Comics
“Satellite Sam #1 is a killer opening. Sexy, vulgar and completely entertaining.”
—Iann Robinson, Crave Online
“Fraction and Chaykin imbue this mystery with sex and violence—neither of which is displayed graphically, but sometimes, what you don't see is more powerful than what you do.” —Melissa Gray, IGN
Set in the 1950s during the golden age of television, SATELLITE SAM, is steeped in traditional noir and punctuated by sex, violence, and intrigue.
Image Comics is pleased to announce that SATELLITE SAM, VOL. 1 TP will be available on 1/15 for $9.99,
Amazon Publishing’s Kindle Worlds, the first commercial platform for licensed fan fiction, is excited to announce that Peace in Amber by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey will publish on January 14, 2014. Set in The World of Kurt Vonnegut and inspired by the story of Billy Pilgrim and the Tralfamadorians in Slaughterhouse-Five (Vonnegut’s semi-autobiographical account of his experience during the firebombing of Dresden after he was captured by the Germans in World War II), Howey transforms Vonnegut’s classic novel into an extraordinarily powerful and personal narrative of his own experience on September 11, 2001, when he was working as a Yacht Captain beneath the shadow of the World Trade Center.
EARTH WILL BE THE GREATEST HUNT OF ALL.
ARMOR HUNTERS IS COMING
SUMMER 2014 FROM VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT
STRAY BULLETS won the 1996 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist, and the trade paperback collection STRAY BULLETS: Innocence of Nihilism won the 1997 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album-Reprint. Its trademark dark, neo-noir themes and nonlinear storytelling have been likened to the storytelling styles of Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch.
“I’ve been a fan of Stray Bullets since the book first debuted back in 1995, and working with David and Maria Lapham to bring the book back at Image is hands down one of the most exciting things I’ve done since becoming Publisher,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “Stray Bullets is one of comics’ towering achievements, and I could not be more proud to be publishing it through Image!”
All three STRAY BULLETS will release on March 12, 2014.
Comic book artist and illustrator, Skottie Young designs the commemorative Free Comic Book Day 2014 t-shirts!
Skottie Young has been designing comic book art for years, most recently creating funny and charming Marvel Variant covers featuring famous “baby” Marvel characters. Skottie created a shirt that captures the excitement that comes out of reading comics and the meaning of what free comic book day is all about. “I just took the spirit of the characters we all love from comics and tried to capture them,” explained Skottie.
You can find all the available merchandise here Or wait for the day to pick up the commemorative T-shirt or on poster at your local comic book shop!
Free Comic Book Day is May 3rd, 2014
Below is a taste of what we can expect from the Gold sponsors on Free Comic Book Day. We will be bringing more news as time goes on but for now feast your eyes and drool.
David Lapham’s Juice Squeezers & Aw Yeah Comics Itty Bitty Hellboy! Avatar: The Last Airbender returns!
What’s better than a trip to your local comic shop? Free copies of your favorite Dark Horse titles for Free Comic Book Day 2014!
Two of the best new series from Image are going back to print. Sex Criminals and Three have shown that a little bit of daring in comics can drive sales figures on.
You can see our reviews of Sex Criminals on the Review section here
The Three reviews are coming very soon.
The first, second, and third issues of the hugely popular SEX CRIMINALS series, created by Matt Fraction (SATELLITE SAM, Hawkeye) and Chip Zdarsky (Prison Funnies), have sold out at the distributor level yet again and are already slated for a reprinting. SEX CRIMINALS #1 only just released on 9/25 this year, but quickly caught the attention of critics and readers alike. Time magazine dubbed SEX CRIMINALS the #1 comic series of the year, Multiversity Comics named it Best New Series of 2013, Comics Alliance recognized Chip Zdarsky among the Best Artists of 2013, and actor Wil Wheaton calls it “one of the best things I’ve ever read, period.” SEX CRIMINALS #2 is heading into its third printing and issue #3 into its second printing.