Tag Archives: Dark Horse Comics

War Bears, A Tribute to the Yesteryears

2 Apr

 

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: March 27, 2019

Format: FC, 104 pages; HC; 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″
Price: $19.99

War Bears is a fond tribute to the comics of yesteryear and is, more importantly, a look at the troubled times which plagued smaller publishing houses. In a time when the war effort hurt the local economy, cutting costs and exports made life tougher. Enter Al Zurakowski, an artist struggling to make ends meet. He’s optimistic about the future and thinks achieving the American dream is possible. But hold on, this is Canada! Life is tougher and colder. The reality is that not every publisher struck gold with their comic book creations.

He has an idea to make a francophone heroine, Oursonette. I looked at the first issue and loved the world Margaret Atwood and Ken Steacy crafted. The era came alive with Steacy’s artwork. The attention to detail with the drab and the idealized romance was an easy sell.

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Mr. Higgins Returns for a sequel from Dark Horse Comics

23 Mar

In addition to this weekend being Hellboy day at select comic book stores, a lot more fun is coming for those who love Mike Mignola‘s works.

Coming this fall, Dark Horse Comics will publish the original graphic novel, Our Encounters with Evil: Adventures of Professor J.T. Meinhardt and his Assistant Mr. Knox. Now try to say that five times fast! It’s tough to, but this sequel to the acclaimed graphic novel Mr. Higgins Comes Home, will be sure to please.  Hellboy creator Mignola and artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell have a new tale to tell:

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Disney’s Snow White Gets the Dark Horse Treatment

21 Mar

Dark Horse Comics and Disney are reawakening a classic Disney tale in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Written by award-winning author Cecil Castellucci with art by Gabriele Bagnoli, this comic book retelling revisits the timeless classic of Snow White.

Snow is more than a damsel in distress in this retelling; she possesses a heart and soul that yearns for knowledge, love, and acceptance. Made to work in her own castle by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, Snow’s world changes the day she meets her prince charming and her jealous stepmother tries to have her killed. Snow flees to the forest to hide and finds sanctuary with a family she never could have expected in the boisterous seven dwarfs. Can her heart still flourish with the shadow of the queen’s hate looming over her, and only the lingering hope of seeing her prince again?

This three-issue series will no doubt offer a new take, and the first issue goes on sale June 16, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

Takeaways from this year’s Emerald City Comic Con

19 Mar

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Despite changes which had many fans vocal about the 16th annual Emerald City Comic Con, I found they were not too distracting to the overall experience. Attending the event for all four days than my usual two had me quickly accustomed to the modifications. Walking between hotels was not a big deal. The disabled were able to get around too. Escalators and elevators (twelve of the latter were available) and the slowdown was not completely terrible. Proper planning can allow most to arrive at their respective panel in time.

The added security is a must when considering the climate these days. With more conventions are taking precautions to protect the attendees, they are needed. My pro tip includes having a pouch to keep all items that can set off detectors and staff can see what you have instead of waving a wand.

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