Dark Horse SDCC 2018: Dark Horse Direct and Programming Schedule

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Dark Horse SDCC 2018: New Dark Horse Direct-to-Consumer division delivers fandom straight to the fans and SDCC 2018 Programming Schedule. [All information provided by Dark Horse]

Dark Horse SDCC 2018

Dark Horse Direct. Fandom Delivered.

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (July 9, 2018)—Today, Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce its newest business venture, Dark Horse Direct. A newly established division, Dark Horse Direct is focused on bringing high-end, limited production collectibles directly to consumers from their online storefront, Direct.DarkHorse.com.

The vision behind DH Direct is to offer fans the finest statues, toys, and figures from their favorite graphic novels, television series, and video game franchises. “Dark Horse Direct is the latest example in Dark Horse’s long history of innovative business practices,” explained President and Founder Mike Richardson. “Dark Horse constantly looks for new ways to inspire passion in our fans in every format possible, which is why a direct-to-consumer program is the most logical move as we continue to grow our business and cultivate new fans.”

The first Dark Horse Direct offering available is the Game of Thrones®: Tormund Giantsbane Figure! Available for pre-order now, Tormund retails for $40.00 and is due to ship to website customers in early August 2018. As a bonus, 300 of the figures will also be available for purchase in the Dark Horse retail booth #2615 at San Diego Comic-Con!

The inaugural DH Direct lineup continues with the Umbrella Academy: Spaceboy Maquette. Masterfully sculpted and painted at 14″ tall by 19″ wide, this Umbrella Academy: Spaceboy Maquette evokes the character exactly as writer Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys) and artist Gabriel Bá (Two BrothersDaytripper) conceived him to be. The Umbrella Academy: Spaceboy Maquette retails for $299.99 and is now available for pre-order.

Dark Horse Direct presents a throne fit for the true leader of Westeros with the Game of Thrones: Iron Throne 18″ Replica. With HBO® Licensing and Retail and the talented artisans at Gentle Giant, DH Direct has replicated the seat of the kings of Westeros. This replica retails for $499.99 and will ship later this year, opening for pre-order in the coming weeks.

Leading the new division is former Dark Horse Director of Marketing, Melissa Lomax. “I am incredibly honored to oversee Dark Horse Direct,” said Lomax, Dark Horse Direct’s new Director of eCommerce. “This is an exciting new opportunity for us to create fresh and unique collectibles that will delight our current fans, as well as new pop-culture enthusiasts, with premium concepts and formats. Get excited! Some really special items are coming and want a place in your home.”

With many more exciting products to come, Direct.DarkHorse.com is open for business now, and ready for fans to check out!

Dark Horse Announces San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Programming Schedule

DARK HORSE COMICS
SDCC 2018
BOOTH #2615

Visit Dark Horse Comics at San Diego Comic-Con to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more! Get colorin’ on our communal coloring wall and purchase your favorite coloring book! The wall will feature pages from the #DHColors Coloring Book line! Canvases will vary throughout the weekend but include pages from The Legend of Korra Coloring BookAvatar: The Last Airbender Coloring BookThe Witcher Adult Coloring BookSteven Universe Adult Coloring BookAdventure Time Coloring BookHALO Adult Coloring Book, and others! Check out our signings and panels too!

We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

 

DARK HORSE SDCC PANEL SCHEDULE

Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/programming-schedule for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators and guidelines for attending panels.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 19

11:00 AM-12:00 PM:      Growing Up with Comics: Introducing Younger Readers to Graphic Storytelling (Room: 23ABC)

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Sergio Aragonés (Groo), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Landry Q. Walker (Disney / Pixar The Incredibles 2: Crisis in Mid-Life! & Other Stories) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

 

3:00-4:00 PM:                 Spotlight on Jeff Lemire (Room: 25ABC)

Comic-Con special guest Jeff Lemire (Black HammerDescenderGideon Falls) and veteran comic book editor Will Dennis discuss Lemire’s various creator-owned projects and for the first time preview both the upcoming Family Tree and Ascender! Panel will feature Dustin Nguyen (Batman, Descender) and a Q&A session.

 

5:00-6:00 PM:                 Across the Editor’s Desk: A Day in the Life of Comics Unsung Heroes (Room: 23ABC)

Have you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to become a comics industry professional? Dark Horses want to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join Dark Horse editors for a rare behind the panels look at the secrets to breaking into the industry and building successful comic and graphic novel programs.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 20

10:00-11:00 AM:             Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Reunion (Room: Hall H)

In 2008, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog became a beloved web-series. The show tells the story of Dr. Horrible (played by Neil Patrick Harris), an aspiring supervillain; Moist (Simon Helberg), Dr. Horrible’s minion; Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion), his nemesis; and Penny (Felicia Day), their shared love interest. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this popular show by joining creator Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Maurissa Tancharoen for a lively discussion and celebration!

 

11:00 AM-12:00 PM:         Thirty Years of Dark Horse Manga (Room: 23ABC)

Come celebrate Dark Horse’s 30 years of manga with special panel guest Yoshitaka Amano! One of the most honored Japanese fantasy, science fiction, and video game illustrators, Dark Horse has released more works in English by Amano than any other publisher. We’ll have previews of our forthcoming illustrated biography of Yoshitaka Amano—and of course, a discussion of his life and career with the book’s subject, the artist himself!

 

2:30-3:30 PM:                   Spotlight on Mike Mignola (Room: 24ABC)

Comic-Con special guest Mike Mignola discusses Hellboy and anything else the audience wants to talk about regarding his career.

 

5:00-6:00 PM:                   Berger Books: The Second Wave (Room: 25ABC)

Berger Books keeps great comics coming in its second wave of new and unusual genre-bending series! Editor Karen Berger (Vertigo founder) is joined by Christopher Cantwell, co-creator of AMC’s acclaimed Halt and Catch Fire (She Could Fly), Dean Haspiel, Emmy Award-winning artist of HBO’s Bored to Death (The Alcoholic), legendary comics writer Ann Nocenti (The Seeds), art director Richard Bruning, and the one and only Dave Gibbons (The Originals) plus a special surprise guest and announcement!

 

SATURDAY, JULY 21

2:30-3:30 PM:                Spotlight on Yoshitaka Amano

Join Comic-Con International in honoring one of the most recognized Japanese artists of the last half-century, Yoshitaka Amano. Amano’s storied career spans decades with thousands of works including Final FantasyVampire Hunter D, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: The Dream Hunters. Amano will delight fans by live drawing some of his original characters and will participate in a brief Q&A.

 

3:00-4:00 PM:                 Artists Who Write: The Craft and Creation of Comics (Room: 7AB)

Whether it’s a superhero adventure, a colorful fantasy world, an ultra-violent crime noir, or a new take on an old classic, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join an all-star lineup of Dark Horse creators including Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, Sin City), Dave Gibbons (The OriginalsThe Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), and Rafael Albuquerque (EI8HT) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 22

11:00 AM-12:00 PM:       The Secret Loves of Geeks (Room: 32AB)

Vita Ayala (comics writer, The Wilds), Ivan Salazar (PR, comiXology), Maia Kobabe (cartoonist, Genderqueer), Hope Nicholson (editor, The Secret Loves of Geeks) and Dylan Edwards (cartoonist, Transposes) discuss the genesis behind The Secret Loves of Geeks anthology, how vulnerable writing and comics are needed, and the new projects they are working on next. Moderated by Dustin Nelson.

 

10:00-11:00 AM:              Spotlight on Rafael Albuquerque (Room: 24 ABC)

 

3:00-4:00 PM:                  Spotlight on Ann Nocenti (Room: 4)   

DARK HORSE SDCC SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREEFREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing, unless otherwise noted. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

We have two signing stages. One features art by Mike Mignola for Hellboy; the other showcases art from Stranger Things by Aleksi Bricolt, Kyle Lambert and Rafael Albuquerque. The following abbreviations indicate the location of each signing:

HB = Hellboy Signing Stage  ST = Stranger Things Signing Stage

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, JULY 19

11:00-11:45 AM:     HB      FEMINA AND FAUNAHELMETGIRLS: Camilla d’Errico

12:00-12:45 PM:    HB      FINAL FANTASYVAMPIRE HUNTER DTHE SKY: Yoshitaka Amano

*WRISTBAND REQUIRED
*LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
*OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY — SEE STAFF FOR INFO

12:00-12:45 PM:    ST      ROME WEST: Justin Giampaoli, Matthew Taylor

2:00-2:45 PM:        HB      BLACKWOOD: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish

2:00-2:45 PM:        ST       STRANGER THINGSSTARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser

3:00-3:45 PM:        HB      THE SHAOLIN COWBOYLEAD POISONING,

THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow

3:00-3:45 PM:        ST       CALL OF DUTY: Jason Blundell, Craig Houston, E.M. Gist

4:00-4:45 PM:        HB       LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones

5:00-5:45 PM:        HB       ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

5:00-5:45 PM:        ST       SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Cecil Castellucci

6:00-6:45 PM:        HB      MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: Todd Nauck, Felicia Day, Michael Heisler

*WRISTBAND REQUIRED
*NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
*LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE PREVIEW COMIC, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
*OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO

6:00-6:45 PM:        ST       EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger, Buzz Parker

 

FRIDAY, JULY 20

10:00-10:45 AM:     HB       USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

11:00-11:45 AM:      ST       BANDETTECOLDERTHE WITCHERPLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin

BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

12:00-1:30 PM:       HB       DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG REUNION: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon,                                                                                                  Maurissa Tancharoen, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day

*WRISTBAND REQUIRED
*NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
*LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
*OTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO
*WRISTBANDS DISTRIBUTED AT OPENING WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY

12:00-12:45 PM:      ST       EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: Jim Sullos

2:00-2:45 PM:          HB       DISNEY / PIXAR THE INCREDIBLES 2 #1:                                                                                                           CRISIS IN MID-LIFE! & OTHER STORIES: Landry Q. Walker

2:00-2:45 PM:          ST       BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire

3:00-3:45 PM:          ST       HALO: Alex Irvine, Tyler Jeffers, Jody Houser, Jonathan Wayshak

3:30-4:30 PM:          HB       BERGER BOOKS: Karen Berger, Richard Bruning, Ann Nocenti,                                                                                                          Christopher Cantwell, Dave Gibbons, Dean Haspiel, G. Willow Wilson

4:00-4:45 PM:          ST        AMERICAN GODS: MY AINSEL: Scott Hampton, David Mack, Jennifer T. Lange

4:30-5:15 PM:          HB        HELLBOY: Mike Mignola

5:00-5:45 PM:          ST        BIOWARE: Matthew Goldman (Creative Director, Dragon Age), Mike Gamble (Lead Producer, Anthem)

6:00-6:45 PM:          HB        GOD OF WAR: Tony Parker, E.M. Gist, Corey Barlog

 

SATURDAY, JULY 21

10:00-10:45 AM:       HB        PROJECT TBA: G. Willow Wilson

11:00-11:45 AM:        HB       THE SEEDS: Ann Nocenti

12:00-12:45 PM:       ST        STRANGER THINGSSTARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser

1:00-1:45 PM:           HB        THE ALCOHOLIC: Dean Haspiel

1:00-1:45 PM:           ST         NEIL GAIMAN’S A STUDY IN EMERALD: Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone

2:00-2:45 PM:           HB        SHE COULD FLY: Christopher Cantwell

3:00-3:45 PM:           ST         GO TEAM VENTURE! THE ART AND MAKING OF THE VENTURE BROS.:                                                     Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick, Ken Plume

*WRISTBAND REQUIRED
*NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
*OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY — SEE STAFF FOR INFO

4:00-4:45 PM:           ST         HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE SERPENT’S HEIR: Richard Hamilton

4:30-6:00 PM:           HB         XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND                                                                                     THE RISE OF ALEXANDERSIN CITYTHE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTHA                                                     WASHINGTON IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Frank Miller
                                               XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND                                                                                     THE RISE OF ALEXANDER: Alex Sinclair

*WRISTBAND REQUIRED
*NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
*LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
*OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO

5:00-5:45 PM:           ST         BEDTIME GAMES: Nick Keller

6:00-6:45 PM:           HB         THE ORIGINALSTHE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTHA WASHINGTON IN                                                         THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Dave Gibbons

 

SUNDAY, JULY 22

11:00-11:45 AM:          HB        ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

11:00-11:45 AM:          ST        EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

12:00-12:45 PM:         ST         TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: Shannon Wheeler

12:30-1:15 PM:           HB        THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS: Hope Nicholson, Maia Kobabe,                                                                                                                                Dylan Edwards, Megan Kearney

2:00-2:45 PM:             ST         BIOWARE: Matthew Goldman (Creative Director, Dragon Age), Mike Gamble (Lead Producer, Anthem)

2:00-3:30 PM:             HB         FINAL FANTASYVAMPIRE HUNTER DTHE SKY: Yoshitaka Amano

*WRISTBAND REQUIRED
*LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
*OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY — SEE STAFF FOR INFO

[via Dark Horse Comics]

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