July 19, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
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 […]
Oct. 23, 2008 | 9:41 p.m.
Everyday Hero, your roundup of handpicked headlines from the fanboy universe… The Oregon success story of Dark Horse comics is historic — in fact, it’s so historic that it will now be protected and indexed in a massive archive project at Portland State University. Two copies of every Dark Horse publication will be kept there, one in general circulation and the other in a special collection preserve. Heidi MacDonald has the story on her blog, the Beat: "The libraryâs Dark Horse collection will include everything theyâve produced, from books in 24 different languages to Aliens stickers and Hellboy lunch-boxes. The Beat spoke with Portland State University Librarian Helen Spalding, who explained that even a Buffy marquee statue can be useful to academics. ‘The key rings, action figures, mugs and tee-shirts are all rich research material for examining marketing, gender roles, […]
July 19, 2008 | 11:05 p.m.
Mike Richardson’s Dark Horse Comics empire has put the sleepy town of 21,000 on the map. MILWAUKIE, ORE. — IT’S A three-block stroll from the leafy banks of the Willamette to Main Street here, but on most lazy afternoons, it’s so quiet you can hear the river’s lulling drone the whole way. As one local said the other day as he walked toward the malt shop on Main: “It’s like this town got to about 1959 and said, ‘This seems good, we’ll stay here.’ “ Unless there’s a remake of “Stand by Me” in the works, it’s hard to imagine this town grabbing the attention of distant Hollywood and its Bluetooth brigades of executives and agents. But it has managed to do that very thing because mild-mannered Milwaukie has a secret identity. The “Dogwood City of the West,” it turns […]