School’s Not Out, but Eerie with Blackwood College in May!


By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

When I’m huge fan of occult tales and strange mysteries taking place in within a post academic institution visiting Blackwood College is my cup of tea! This place almost your typical Harry Potter. It’ll look at a different age group saving the world, but first, they must learn how!

Today, Dark Horse Comics announced the coming release of Blackwood College. This work comes from two talents I greatly respect. I’ve read Evan Dorkin’s Beasts of Burdin, and the thrilling journey offered in this furry tale (not of the anthropomorphic kind) got me hooked. I first met these creatures in Dark Horse Book of … series which includes, the Dead, Witches and Hauntings.

With this fantastic gateway teaser image and mention of what’s to come — to have a varient cover by Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy, Pretty Deadly) — has certainly caught my attention! Subsequent variants will be done by Tyler Crook, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire. Further information will most likely be announced when Emerald City Comic Con takes place the first weekend of March. Who knows, maybe the image presented here will be offered as a print to anyone attending this company’s booth.

From the press release:

From six-time Eisner Award winner Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden, Milk and Cheese, Dork) and artist Veronica Fish (Archie, Slam!, Spider-Gwen) comes Blackwood, a supernatural murder mystery set in a school of sorcery.

Blackwood College is far from your average university. Instead of meeting your general education requirements and rushing Kappa Kappa Whatever, you’ll instead find yourself trained in the occult and dealing with an undead dean’s curse, a mischievous two-headed mummy-chimp, and a plague of mutant insects. At least, that’s what happens when four teens with haunted pasts enroll at Blackwood to enhance their supernatural abilities. On top of the pressures of college life, they discover an ancient evil that forces them to undergo a crash course in the occult for the sake of the world!

Blackwood #1 (of four) goes on sale May 30, 2018, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. And look for a new hardcover edition of Dorkin’s insanely popular Dork July 31, 2018, available for preorder at AmazonBlackwood College, Barnes & Noble and your local comic shop.

Author: Ed Sum

I'm a freelance videographer and entertainment journalist (Absolute Underground Magazine, Two Hungry Blokes, and Otaku no Culture) with a wide range of interests. From archaeology to popular culture to paranormal studies, there's no stone unturned. Digging for the past and embracing "The Future" is my mantra.

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