Dark Horse Comics: Cool Stuff a-Comin!

Hellboy’s Mike Mignola writes new B.P.R.D. miniseries!

Following the success of last year’s B.P.R.D. oneshots, Mike Mignola’s Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense launches into the first of a series of miniseries. Drawn by Guy Davis, the artist of last year’s B.P.R.D.: Dark Waters, and written by Mignola himself, B.P.R.D.: A Plague of Frogs returns to the roots of the characters in this first issue of the five-issue series.

Plague of Frogs pits the B.P.R.D. against a giant fungus that escapes from its containment in a maximum-security laboratory. The fungus mutates its victims, and now the B.P.R.D. must confront the frog-men they faced ten years ago in the original Hellboy series, Seed of Destruction!

“I look at this story as a new beginning for the B.P.R.D.. Things are set in motion here that will take years to resolve,” commented writer Mike Mignola. “And, of course, it was a thrill to work with Guy Davis. I’ve been a fan of his work for years and I believe he is probably the best “creature guy” in the business.”

“Mike has an incredible imagination and sense of design, his artwork is truly inspiring,” remarked artist Guy Davis. “It’s great fun to be working with him on this series and getting to try my hand at all the characters and monsters that make up the world of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.”

Don’t miss the cast of characters from the B.P.R.D. in the Hellboy movie coming this April!

B.P.R.D.: A Plague of Frogs #1 arrives on sale March 3, with a retail price of $2.99.

The Moth flies at Dark Horse!
Steve Rude’s superhero arrives this March

What’s missing from action/adventure comics these days? Two things: action and adventure. Steve Rude and Gary Martin aim to change all that with The Moth Double-Sized Special, coming in March from Dark Horse Comics. Steve Rude (Nexus) and long-time inking collaborator Gary Martin team up to present the adventures of the world’s newest superhero. Kicking off the new Moth limited series, The Moth Double-Sized Special demonstrates ten-time comic industry award-winner Rude’s mastery of the action comic, and Martin lends a hand to ink and script the tales of the circus performing and crime-fighting titular character.

In The Moth, Dark Horse has allowed Steve Rude unrestricted creative freedom and Rude has responded with some of the best work of his career! In this issue, The Moth, who is living with a touring circus troop, finds himself in a battle for his very life, against a savage creature known as the Lionman of Botswana. This March, Steve Rude’s The Moth Double-Sized Special will show fans what adventure comics are truly about!

Moth editor Dave Land is thrilled to be working on Rude and Martin’s newest offering. “If comics fans have been missing something of late, they’re in for a surprise!” Land says. “Daring, action, and adventure are about to make a big return to comics in the form of Steve Rude’s The Moth. If you’re looking for outlaw bikers, circus clowns, African witch doctors, blood-thirsty monsters, and bearded ladies, this story is for you!”

Steve Rude’s The Moth Double-Sized Special is available March 17 for the retail price of $4.95. Steve Rude’s The Moth #1 arrives in May.

Comics all-stars tell Star Wars Tales

Comics stars Scott Kurtz (PvP), Jim Pascoe (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Haden Blackman (Star Wars: Republic), Sean Murphy (Crush), and more team up for more adventures from the Star Wars galaxy.

A hyperdrive malfunction sends the Millennium Falcon massively off course, trapping Han Solo galaxies away from his home system. Now, stranded light-years from everything he knows, Han must fight the life threatening hazards of the jungle filled world that has become his prison. Will he be able to fix the Falcon and return to all he knows and loves? This is one Star Wars story that you won’t want to miss!

Star Wars Tales #19 is available March 31 for the retail price of $5.99.

Megatokyo volume 1
The Adventures of Piro and Largo Start Here!

This re-issue of Fred Gallagher’s highly successful Megatokyo Volume 1 brings fans a new and revised version of the book with improved print quality and a larger trim size. This book will contain all of the comics from Chapter 0, as well as the running editorial comments featured in the original release. Exclusive to the Dark Horse re-issue will be additional drawings, historical notes, and selected rants from this first developmental year of the Megatokyo webcomic.

ICV2.Com writes, “Unlike many American ‘manga’ creators, Gallagher understands that creating ‘manga’ involves more than just aping an art style. Megatokyo is filled with quirky, interesting characters and the kind of loopy humor that makes Love Hina and Slayers so popular; and its online popularity provides a built-in audience for Megatokyo graphic novels.”

Megatokyo volume 1 is available March 10 for the retail price of $9.95

Just in time for the movie: two Hellboy art books!
Hellboy: The Art of the Movie and The Art of Hellboy

TPB available this March.

Since its debut in 1994, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy has been one of the most celebrated comics on the shelves. Mignola has won every major industry award for his work, and attracted the attention of Hollywood for a series of jobs on high-profile films, including Disney’s Atlantis and Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula. Now, Guillermo del Toro the director he teamed with on Blade II, brings Mignola’s creation to the big screen, and Dark Horse provides a unique look into this moment in comics-to-film history.

Hellboy: The Art of the Movie, a 200-page book, features del Toro’s complete screenplay, (based on Mignola’s Hellboy: Seed of Destruction), production art by Mignola, Wayne Barlowe (Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)), and Ty Ellingson (Jurassic Park, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Special Edition), as well as commentary by Mignola and excerpts from del Toro’s on-set diary.

Mike Mignola’s The Art of Hellboy achieved unprecedented success in hardcover-now the book is available in affordable paperback, just in time for the Hellboy movie, coming in March. The first printing of the hardcover sold out almost overnight. Don’t miss out on this one.

This stunning two-hundred-page tome looks at the evolution of Mike Mignola’s art over ten years on his award-winning comics series. Featuring previously unpublished art, unused and unfinished covers, and drawing upon ten years of sketchbooks, The Art of Hellboy provides the ultimate inside look at Mignola’s design, storytelling, and color work, and his rare and never-before-seen art reveals the labor involved in creating one of comics’ most acclaimed books.

Wizard Magazine calls The Art of Hellboy “a must-have for Mignola, Hellboy or art fans!” Wired Magazine hails The Art of Hellboy as “a perfect teaser for when Hellboy breaks loose at the multiplex next year.”

Hellboy: The Art of the Movie is available March 3 for the retail price of $24.95.

The Art of Hellboy TPB is available March 24 for the retail price of $29.95.

Ultraman: Tiga collected!

Hailed as a cultural icon in Hong Kong and Japan, on par with our own Superman or Batman, Ultraman has punched, kicked, and karate-chopped his way into the hearts of fans internationally for nearly four decades. Known and loved the world over, the monster-smashing sci-fi superstar comes to Dark Horse courtesy of writer Tony Wong and Khoo Fuk Lung (Hong Kong’s Solar Lord).

This incarnation of Ultraman, now called “Tiga,” finds the 100-foot-tall hero revived in the year 2049 and facing a world ill-equipped to handle the onslaught of gigantic beasts that are peppering the globe. Relying on his martial-arts prowess and his three modes of combat, Tiga goes toe to toe with the most terrifying collection of monstrous giants and alien invaders ever to plague the planet. This volume collects issues #1-#4 of the series.

Ultraman Tiga is available March 31 for the retail price of $15.95.

Read The Goon #1 for free!

Eric Powell and DarkHorse.com have joined up to make this a very merry holiday season!

Hailed by Wizard Magazine as “one of the funniest, most irreverent, punch-drunk comic book concepts out there” and given an “A” by a little magazine known as Entertainment Weekly, The Goon #1 sold out almost immediately. Well, now’s your chance to read it for free on DarkHorse.com!

After much cajoling (and buying him a couple of shots of rot-gut), The Goon’s creator Eric Powell agreed to let us make the entire first issue of The Goon available on our website for fans to read… and it won’t cost you one slim dime! Just fire up your computer, get thee to the internet and visit darkhorse.com.

Read The Goon #1 online: http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/preview.php?theid=12-592

Happy holidays from Eric Powell, The Goon and Dark Horse Comics!

Time’s running out!
Enter Free Comics for 2004 contest today!

The response has been overwhelming so far, but there’s still time to enter the Free Comics for 2004 contest currently running on darkhorse.com!

Answer a few simple questions and you’ll be in the running to win a copy of every single comic book that Dark Horse publishes in 2004! As if that isn’t enough, the grand prize winner will also receive a prize package of Dark Horse merchandise with a retail value of $500. Four runner-ups will also receive prize packages with a retail value of $50.

Make sure to visit darkhorse.com today to sign up, because the contest ends December 31, 2003!

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