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July 20, 2013 | 9:44 a.m.

Comic-Con: Joss Whedon wants you to ‘cry and hug and riot’

Joss Whedon traveled to the Toronto Film Festival in September 2012 to premiere his film "Much Ado About Nothing." The film played over the weekend in Austin at SXSW 2013. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)
Joss Whedon is a busy guy, but his fans would love for him to do more. In fact, judging by the questions asked during the Dark Horse Joss Whedon panel, fans would prefer if Whedon did everything there is to do — from revisiting a Wonder Woman movie to Shakespeare to Broadway to more comics. Scott Allie, head of Dark Horse Comics, was introduced Whedon to a rousing ovation. The vibe at the panel was celebratory, even reverent. “Thanks, Joss Whedon, for looking at me” was one of the greetings the filmmaker received when he opened the floor up to questions, which was right away.  There were no updates from Whedon or long speeches about the industry — he knows his crowd and knows that they most likely already know what he’s doing. “I’m not here for your entertainment,” said […]
July 19, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

Comic-Con: Dark Horse feels super with ‘Buzzkill,’ Joe Casey, more

"Buzzkill" No. 1, written by Donny Cates and Mark Reznicek, with art by Geoff Shaw, arrives Sept. 18. (Dark Horse)
Dark Horse Comics touted its recent and upcoming superhero efforts Thursday by emphasizing that the characters aren’t what you’ll see over at Marvel or DC. Exhibit A: “Buzzkill.” Donny Cates, who’s writing the series with Toadies drummer Mark Reznicek, with art by Geoff Shaw, said the title character is “a superhero who gains powers and abilities by doing drugs and drinking alcohol” — pausing for laughs to subside — “and something happened to him where he could be so powerful and so amped up that he blacked out. And when he awoke there were thousands of people dead … and now he’s trying to get his act together by going through the 12 steps, trying to get clean. But just because he wants to get clean doesn’t mean the city’s supervillains are just going to let him walk away.” He […]
June 03, 2013 | 9:58 a.m.

The Joker, Age of Ultron in comics previews

Age of Ultron #10 A.I.
Find the best and the brightest of the comic book world right here, before the books hit the shelves. Thumb through the gallery above, and click on thumbnails below for larger images. We’ll update the post throughout the month so check back to see this growing gallery of covers and pages from upcoming releases from top publishers. To see more art from recent releases, check out our comic book news section and archive of comics-art galleries. Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED Marquez: X-Men, Spider-Man 3-D graphic novel Orson Scott Card: Stoking Superman fan rage ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’: Watch exclusive clip ‘Spider-Man’: Dan Slott talks Peter Parker’s fate Peter Dinklage joins ‘X-Men’ film cast: As Puck? ‘X-Men Legacy’: Simon Spurrier’s task is Legion Avengers vs. X-Men: The fate of Professor X Robin killed? Grant Morrison speaks out Jeff Lemire on superhero inspiration ‘X-Men’ superhero proposes to his boyfriend
May 26, 2013 | 8:02 a.m.

Matt Kindt talks ‘Red Handed,’ ‘Mind MGMT,’ motivations, inspirations

Matt Kindt (Courtesy of Matt Kindt)
A little more than 10 years into his comics career, writer-artist Matt Kindt has developed into one of the most exciting and original talents in the business, and has suddenly become in-demand to boot, releasing his work through multiple publishers. Kindt’s Dark Horse series “Mind MGMT” is a fan-favorite that’s also won the praise of Kindt’s peers, who’ve raved about the book’s fast-paced, twisty story of covert government psychics. For DC, Kindt has worked on the offbeat superhero titles “My Greatest Adventure” and “Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.”; and he’s collaborated with his friend Jeff Lemire on Lemire’s recently completed Vertigo series “Sweet Tooth.” Now Kindt has a standalone graphic novel for First Second called “Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes,” about an obsessive, Dick Tracy-like detective who tries to find the pattern in a series of thefts of […]
April 17, 2013 | 6:52 p.m.

‘R.I.P.D.’ trailer: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges hunt undead bad guys

"RIPD"
And the big summer movie trailers just keep coming. The latest addition to the lineup? “R.I.P.D.,” the supernatural 3-D buddy-cop action comedy adapted from the Dark Horse Comics title created by Peter M. Lenkov. Due in theaters from Universal on July 19, the movie sees Ryan Reynolds play Nick Walker, a rising-star officer killed in the line of duty who finds himself policing paranormal activity from beyond the grave. He’s now tasked with catching bad souls that have escaped judgment — the film’s title stands for “Rest in Peace Department” —  a mission made more interesting when he’s partnered with Jeff Bridges’ outrageous veteran sheriff, Roy Pulsifer. Directed by Robert Schwentke (“Red”), “R.I.P.D.” also stars Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, Mary Louise-Parker and Mike O’Malley. The clip suggests no shortage of deadpan humor, much of which appears likely to come courtesy […]
April 05, 2013 | 11:44 a.m.

‘The Star Wars!’ Dark Horse gives Lucas script comic book treatment

The critically acclaimed "Star Wars" No. 1, written by Brian Wood, sold out of its third printing in March. It was another good sign for Dark Horse's Scott Allie, right. (Dark Horse Comics / Jesse Christiansen)
The Force is strong with Dark Horse Comics editor in chief Scott Allie. The Oregon-based company recently announced plans to publish George Lucas’ original screenplay for “Star Wars” as an eight-issue comic series launching in September, adapted by Lucasfilm executive editor and writer J. W. Rinzler and Mike Mayhew. As first drafted in 1974, “The Star Wars!” told the story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo and evil Sith Knights. Many had long speculated that the complete original version would never see the light of day, conflicting as it does with the saga’s mythic canon. But Allie said they found a powerful ally in Rinzler. “We ran some samples by him in order to show proof of concept, and now here we are,” Allie said. “We’ve had a great relationship with Lucasfilm for […]
March 31, 2013 | 4:08 p.m.

WonderCon 2013: ‘Buffy’ Season 9 comic faces a magical ending

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #21. (Dark Horse)
The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Season 9 comic book panel at WonderCon did not yield any hints as to what will be the theme or arc of Season 10, but the assembled panelists gave accounts of working with Joss Whedon in constructing the story lines, what the experience and the world of “Buffy” have meant to them, and what the end of Season 9 will bring. The panelists in Anaheim on Saturday included Andrew Chambliss (onetime “Dollhouse” TV writer and “Buffy” comic writer), Georges Jeanty (artist on the “Buffy” comic), Jane Espenson (writer on the “Buffy” comic and TV show), and Christos Gage (writer on the “Angel & Faith” comic book). The panel was moderated by Dark Horse’s Jeremy Atkins. One of the first things addressed was that there continue to be so many fervent fans of the Buffyverse, even […]
Oct. 12, 2012 | 12:11 p.m.

‘The Goon’ movie? David Fincher, Dark Horse turn to Kickstarter

'The Goon' (featured image)
Eric Powell’s Eisner Award-winning comic series “The Goon” — about an orphaned bruiser and his sidekick who fight zombies, cannibals, robots and other demonic creatures — might be getting the big-screen treatment if David Fincher gets his way. The “Fight Club” director is teaming up with Dark Horse Entertainment and Blur Studio, launching a Kickstarter campaign this morning to get the ball rolling for a film adaptation of “The Goon.” The campaign aims to raise $400,000 to make a full-length story reel — basically storyboards with voice-over that serve as a blueprint for the film. Two years ago, Fincher and Tim Miller of Blur Studio (a Venice-based animation and production studio) optioned “The Goon,” developed a feature film script written by Powell and released a concept trailer (above) for a full-length animated film. Though the clip was well-received at Comic-Con […]
April 22, 2012 | 4:43 p.m.

Earth Day’s dark vision: ‘The Massive’ sets sail with calamity

massive
It’s Earth Day and Dark Horse Comics is marking the day by giving away free digital copies of “The Massive,” the new near-future sci-fi tale about life after global calamity from writer Brian Wood (“Northlanders,” “DMZ”) and artist Kristian Donaldson (“Supermarket”). We caught up with Wood, who said this new saga was motivated by something far more insistent than political beliefs — he says it was driven by the searing fear he feels as he sizes up the future awaiting his children. HC: Constructing the calamity scenario and finding the textures of this changed world must have been a key challenge for you — can you talk about approaching that challenge? BW: Coming up with the high concept was easy, essentially just asking myself, “What if everything went to hell all of a sudden?” It was easy to think those thoughts back in 2009 and it […]
April 02, 2012 | 1:23 p.m.

Dave McKean, Jim Woodring among L.A. Times Book Prize finalists

Five graphic novels are nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Aboriginal sci-fi, madcap cartoon realms, a sexualized dreamscape and a garden of geometric surrealism – these are the unexpected ideas and fascinating settings presented by the nominees in the graphic novel category for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. This is the 32nd presentation of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes but just the third year that the graphic novel category has been included. The winners in all categories will be announced at a ceremony at USC on April 20, right before the start of the 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the largest book festival in the United States. Here’s a look at the nominees in the graphic novel field: Joseph Lambert, “I Will Bite You! And Other Stories” (Secret Acres): Lambert’s dazzling debut effort, “I Will Bite You!” is a collection of short works (it includes some of Lambert’s self-published mini-comics […]
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