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Under Pressure: Dept. H #1 Delivers Tension and Mystery

DeptHCoverI love underwater stories.  I’ve been fascinated by SCUBA diving ever since I was a kid, finally realizing my dream twenty years ago (aside: I just realized it was twenty years ago holy crap I’m old).  Even before I was a diver, I loved reading and watching stories about the world below.  I’m of the opinion that even a horrible movie can be partially redeemable if there’s diving or underwater sequences.  Case in point: I will unironically watch Jaws 3.  And that’s a bad movie.

So when Dark Horse announced Dept. H, on sale tomorrow, by Matt and Sharlene Kindt, I knew I’d be reading it.  An underwater thriller?  Written by a great writer?  I’d read it even if it was by some horrid writer, but with Matt at the helm, consider it a Done Deal.  Matt provides the words and the art, and his wife Sharlene provides colors.  Together, the two of the spin a taut mystery miles below the surface of the ocean, and it’s a story that grips you from the start.

Mia is an investigator, hired to uncover the truth about an incident that happened in her father’s underwater research station, Dept. H.  The official story is an accident killed one of the scientists, but Mia suspects the truth — it was murder.  No one has left the station since the killing occurred, meaning when she travels six miles down, she’ll be there with the one who did the deed.

Pressure abounds both via the expanse of water over her head and by the people she’s meant to question in her investigation.  She needs to find out who has sabotaged the research, and she needs to find out without the killer getting her as well.

The art is quite moody for such a tale, and you are immediately submerged with Mia.  Matt and Sharlene present an array of suspects, and I’m sure there will be red herrings as this story progresses, but for now, any one is a suspect, including one of Mia’s old friends and even her brother.

Dept. H is looking like it will be a winner for fans of intrigue, suspense, mystery, and thrillers.  As an underwater junkie, I was here for the environment and will stay for the story.  Matt and Sharlene have a tale that should not be missed.

Dept. H, from Dark Horse comics, is on sale starting Wednesday at your local comic shop or online in print or digital.

Win a Trip to San Diego Comic-Con 2016 from Dark Horse!

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Okay, this is pretty cool of Dark Horse. Take a survey, maybe win a trip to Comic-Con?  Seems like a great deal to me! Good luck!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Have you ever wanted to attend the greatest pop culture event in the world? Well, Dark Horse Comics is now giving you the chance to party in style at San Diego Comic-Con!

To celebrate Dark Horse Comics’ thirtieth anniversary, we are offering a trip to San Diego Comic-Con that includes:

• Two (2) four-day passes (July 21–24)
• VIP access to Dark Horse events and activities
• VIP wristbands for all ticketed Dark Horse booth signings
• Hotel room for four days and three nights
• Round-trip travel for two to San Diego, California
• $300 spending money
• One (1) Dark Horse Comic-Con exclusive of your choice

And what do you have to do to win all this, you ask? Simple: take a five-minute survey about your interests in comics and pop culture! That’s it! There’s nothing to buy!

To the many fans and readers who have been with us over our thirty years in business, we want to give something back to all those who have supported us along the way. And what’s a better way to say thank you than an all expense paid trip to San Diego Comic-Con? So come help Dark Horse Comics ring in thirty years by taking our quick survey and letting us know a little bit more yourself and you may be heading to Comic-Con International this July!

The sweepstakes opens on April 4, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. (PT) and closes on May 30, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Winner will be announced June 3, 2016. All official rules, regulations, and details are available online.

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About Dark Horse

For 30 years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

comiXology Cyber Monday Sales

For the first time ever, comiXology is having a HUGE Buy One, Get One Free sale on all DC Comics and Vertigo titles released digitally before 9/1/2015! Just use the code DCBOGO at check out to take advantage of this great offer that includes comics that inspired TV shows and upcoming movies like The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, iZombie, Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad.

Also, on Cyber Monday they have sales on select Dark Horse trades, select VIZ manga, as well as continuing Black Friday sales!

DC Comics Buy One, Get One Free Sale – Use promo code DCBOGO at checkout

Dark Horse Sale – 30 trades for $3.00 each
Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone
Aliens: Fire and Stone
ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times
Avatar: The Last Airbender – Smoke and Shadow Part One
Archie vs Predator
Big Guy and Rusty
Conan Red Sonja
Courageous Princess Vol 1
Drug and Drop Vol 1
EI8HT Vol 1: Outcast
Ghost Fleet Vol 1 Deadhead
Green River Killer
Halo: Escalation Volume
Heart in a Box
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D: 1952
How to Pass as Human
Lady Killer
Predator: Fire and Stone
Prometheus: Fire and Stone
Plants vs. Zombies: Bully For You
Rat God
Rexodus
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind
The Goon Vol14: Occasion of Revenge
The New Deal
The Witcher: Vol 2 – Fox Children
Tomb Raider Vol 1 : Season of the Witch
Veda: Assembly Required
Buffy: Season Ten Vol 1 : New Rules
BloodC Vol 1

VIZ Sale – 10 volumes for $4.99 each
My Hero Academia Vol 1
Assassination Classroom Vol 1
Ultraman Vol 1
Twin Star Exorcists Vol 1
Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1
Time Killers Vol 1
Demon Prince Momochi House Vol 1
Kiss of the Rose Princess Vol 1
My Love Story! Vol 1
Spell of Desire Vol 1

Marvel X-Men & The Black Vortex Sale
The Black Vortex Alpha #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #24-25
Legendary Star-Lord #1-11
All-New X-Men #38-39
Guardians Team-Up #1-3
Nova #28
Cyclops #12
Captain Marvel #14
The Black Vortex Omega #1

Continuing Black Friday Sales:

Image Comics 50% off Sale – Use promo code IMAGE at checkout

Marvel Black Friday Collection Sale
Avengers/X-Men: Utopia
Avengers Vs. X-Men
Death of Wolverine
Fear Itself
House of M
Marvel 1602
Original Sin
Secret Invasion
Secret Wars
X-Men: Battle of the Atom

Marvel Spider-Verse Sale
The Black Vortex Alpha #1
Superior Spider-Man #32-33
Spider-Man 2099 #5
Amazing Spider-Man #1-18
Spider-Verse #1-2
Spider-Verse Team-Up #1-3
Spider-Woman #1-4
Scarlet Spiders #1-3
Spider-Man 2099 #6-8
Amazing Spider-Man #1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 16.1, 17.1, 18.1, 19.1, 20.1

Kodansha 99¢ Black Friday Sale
Attack On Titan Vol 1
Say I love You Vol 1
Seven Deadly Sins Vol 11

Dark Horse Celebrates Four-Year Digital Anniversary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark when the digital store celebrates its fourth anniversary starting this Thursday. As a thank-you to fans, Dark Horse announces four special promotions!

Have a free comic on Dark Horse! Beginning Thursday, April 23, Dark Horse will issue a two-dollar credit to all confirmed Dark Horse Digital newsletter subscribers with a registered Dark Horse Digital account! This credit can be used toward downloading a free digital comic or toward the purchase of any bundle or graphic novel.

The very same day, Dark Horse Digital will also be offering 50 percent off all purchases made in the app or through the web store, including thousands of comics, graphic novels, manga, and more! And it doesn’t stop there! Confirmed Dark Horse Digital newsletter subscribers will receive an exclusive coupon for an additional 10 percent off purchases. The newsletter coupon stacks with the web store discount, offering an even greater savings on your entire transaction.

And if that’s not all, Dark Horse will be giving four lucky winners an iPad mini loaded with Dark Horse digital comics! Dark Horse will randomly pick one winner per day over the course of the weekend. The winners will be given the digital collection of their choosing the following week.

To enter to win, all you need to do is download a comic to your collection! And with over fifty free comics to choose from, there is no purchase necessary to be entered to win!

The fourth-anniversary sale starts Thursday, April 23, and ends Sunday, April 26, at midnight PST—so head over to Digital.DarkHorse.com today and sign up for a Dark Horse Digital account and for the Digital Newsletter to maximize your savings!

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011, and has received incredible accolades from the continuously growing worldwide digital-comics fan base. Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership while featuring its most popular and best-selling titles, including Plants vs. Zombies, Halo, Tomb Raider, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Conan, and Mass Effect. Dark Horse Digital regularly hosts weekly sales, discounts, and other special promotions for its reader base. It currently offers thousands of comics and continues to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers, features in-app purchasing and cloud storage through both the Google Play and  iOS apps, and provides a first-class digital-comics-reading experience. Download the free app today!

iPad Sweepstakes Fine Print
No purchase necessary. One entry per person per Dark Horse Digital account per day. Any digital comic entitlement added to a Dark Horse Digital account during April 23, 2015, to April 26, 2015, will constitute an entry to win. Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older as of entry date. Entries only accepted if submitted by 11:59 p.m. (PST), April 26, 2015. Four winners will be selected randomly (as determined at Dark Horse’s sole discretion) from all applicable entries and will be notified by April 30, 2015. Entry constitutes agreement by winners to be publicized and permission to use each winner’s name for the purposes of promotion of the Sweepstakes without further compensation. Sweepstakes void where prohibited. Odds of winning dependent on number of entrants.

About Dark Horse Digital
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. In 2011, the company that revolutionized the comic industry proudly presented its groundbreaking digital-publishing program, Dark Horse Digital.

Dark Horse Digital offers its most popular titles at an unprecedented value, while providing the highest-quality reading experience possible. Single-issue comics are priced as low as just $0.99, and there is also an extensive list of free introductory #1 issues. Additionally, DH Digital’s “bundles” group together story arcs spanning multiple issues into affordable packages, allowing readers to get all the issues that comprise a complete narrative, starting at just $3.99 and up. And through cloud-based technology, Digital Store purchases can be read and enjoyed online on your computer or, mobile browser, and through the Dark Horse Bookshelf apps, available on iTunes App Store and Google Play.

To get started, simply log on to Digital.DarkHorse.com or download the app to create an account, and begin building your collection today.

Dark Horse Digital Announces “May the 4th Be With You” Sale

SWSTARTERFree starter bundles for new readers, plus a galaxy of Star Wars comics for $30 or $100: reader’s choice!

MAY 2, MILWAUKIE, OR—Hot on the heels of its most successful anniversary sale to date, Dark Horse Digital announces a very special limited offer for Star Wars Day!

Starting today, get blasted into a galaxy far, far away with two amazing May the 4th MegaBundles! One MegaBundle is for devout comics readers, and the other is for the younger Star Wars fan in your life!

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The Star Wars May the 4th MegaBundle places over 3,700 pages of Star Wars comics goodness right at your fingertips.  With 150 digital issues for $100, this bundle includes some of our most popular Star Wars series, such as The Old RepublicCrimson Empire, and Dark Times, as well as some of our newest series, such as Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows and our hit series Star Wars!

SWKIDSThe Star Wars May the 4th Kids MegaBundle features over 1,000 pages of kid-appropriate digital Star Wars titles for only $30! Hit series such as Star Wars Adventures and The Clone Wars will provide hours of summer entertainment for your little Star Wars fan!

Each MegaBundle also comes with an exclusive digital preview of the upcoming Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, adapted from unaired episodes of the TV show The Clone Wars! With his Shadow Collective army stalled, Darth Maul calls on Mother Talzin for help and is sent reinforcements—the deadly Nightbrothers! Maul is ready again to take on the Separatist droid army, Count Dooku, and General Grievous in a trio of simultaneous battles! Read more

Dark Horse Comics – Celebrate Earth Day With Brian Wood’s “The Massive”

DH-Dark_Horse_Comics_logoMILWAUKIE, OR – APRIL 22 – There are no shortage of ways to celebrate the 44th Earth Day, and today Dark Horse offers comics fans the perfect opportunity to get in the worldwide celebration of eco-consciousness!

Today, and today only, Dark Horse is offering digital comics readers two special offers to catch up on Brian Wood’s acclaimed series, The Massive! Fans can catch up on all 22 issues for only $10! Not only that, we are giving away the first four issues absolutely free!

The Massive follows a group of direct-action environmentalists after the world has experienced a crippling ecological disaster.  With society grinding to a halt and the planet itself in a state of rebellion, this group sails the world’s oceans looking not only for its lost sister ship, the titular Massive, but for some sense of logic in all the chaos.  What does it mean to be an environmentalist after the world’s already ended?

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Download Brian Wood’s The Massive to your iOS or Android device, and head to your local comic shop tomorrow to pick up The Massive #22, and find out what critics have been raving about!

Praise for The Massive:

“Wood manages to perfectly blend suspense and moral philosophies with geo-political brushstrokes to create one of the freshest books on shelves.” – Complex

“Wood’s post-crash world is still just as big as it was before, and he continues to find intriguing ways to explore it, while building up enough history and characters within the context of the series to keep it exciting. The Massive…remains as interesting as it did when it began.” – Comic Book Resources

The Massive is a gripping read that should have no trouble winning over many readers to Wood’s newest creator-owned venture.” –IGN

Dark Horse at WonderCon 2014 – Dark Horse to Publish “Venture Bros.” Art Book

DARK HORSE TO PUBLISH THE ART OF THE VENTURE BROS.

HIT CARTOON SERIES GOES BEHIND THE SCENES!

AOTVB HC CVRFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ANAHEIM, CA—As rumored at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, Dark Horse Books proudly announces it will publish The Art of The Venture Bros.!

This massive coffee table book includes original artwork, character designs, storyboards, painted backgrounds, and props from every episode of The Venture Bros. to date, with accompanying commentary on the development of the series from cocreators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer!

Check out the earliest sketches of all your favorite Venture Bros. characters and the genesis of the ideas that became some of the show’s funniest episodes.

To top it off, comedian Patton Oswalt pens a very special foreword!

The Art of The Venture Bros. is on sale October 22! Preorder your copy today!

Dark Horse at WonderCon 2014 – Abnett & Culbard Premiere “Dark Ages”

ABNETT & CULBARD PREMIERE DARK AGES!

Kingdom of Heaven meets Starship Troopers in new comic series!

DKAGES #1 FC FNLFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ANAHEIM, CA—Dark Horse Comics is pleased to debut Dark Ages, another cosmic thrill ride from Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dan Abnett!

The creators of Vertigo’s The New Deadwardians, Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard, deliver medieval sci-fi action in Dark Ages! The medieval world is locked in war. As a godless mercenary company slogs across Europe in search of sustenance and coin, they encounter a demonic force born not of hell, but of somewhere else entirely!

Check out the exclusive interview with Dan Abnett on Comic Book Resources!

Praise for Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard:

Dan Abnett is a seven-time New York Times best-selling novelist!

“Dan Abnett continues to amaze with awesome character work and superb plotting in this action packed thrill ride.”—Weekly Crisis

“Abnett and Culbard do wonders with the time period and world building including being very smart about the nomenclature of the undead.”—Comic Book Resources

“Culbard’s work is the definition of simple yet elegant.”—IGN

Dark Ages #1 is on sale August 13! Preorder your copy today!

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About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The MaskGhostTimecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star WarsMass Effect, Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanEVE OnlineHaloSerenityGame of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

Dark Horse at WonderCon 2014 – Puryear and Alexander’s “Concrete Park” Returns

TONY PURYEAR AND ERIKA ALEXANDER’S CONCRETE PARK RETURNS WITH HARDCOVER AND NEW SERIES!

Best American Comics 2013 selection!

CPRKV1 HC FCFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ANAHEIM, CA—With overwhelming fan support and critical success in Dark Horse Presents, Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander’s Concrete Park is slated for a new miniseries this fall!

When young Earth outcasts are exiled to “Scare City,” a vast outpost on a distant desert planet, they must find a path to redemption or be destroyed by their own violence. Concrete Park, a dark, sexy sci-fi saga by Tony Puryear (screenwriter of Eraser) and Erika Alexander (Living Single), is filled with unforgettable protagonists, a colorful supporting cast, redemption, romance, and nonstop action presented in an exceptional, vibrant style.

Concrete Park Volume 1: You Send Me collects the critically acclaimed graphic novel from the pages of Dark Horse Presents into a “director’s cut” hardcover featuring new pages and bonus materials!

The new miniseries, Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-E-C-T will debut September 3 as the first of five single-issue comics, sure to mix stylish noir with sci-fi twists!

Praise for Concrete Park:

“The visuals on Concrete Park are a highly graphic style that is incredibly appealing.”—Comic Book Resources

“Puryear’s thick, heavy inks are striking, forming his characters with a great deal of confidence and force. Through his art, you instantly get a feel for this near-future [city]; the swagger of his characters and their surroundings just bursts off of the page.”—Read About Comics

“Every time I think I know what is going on in Concrete Park, Puryear throws me for a loop. I have to read more.”—Comics Bulletin

Concrete Park Volume 1 is on sale October 1! Preorder your copy today!

About Tony Puryear, writer and artist

Tony Puryear is the first African American screenwriter to write a $100 million summer movie blockbuster. His 1996 hit Eraser catapulted him into a career writing pictures for A listers Jerry Bruckheimer (Buck Rogers), Will Smith, and Oliver Stone. Puryear’s adaptation of the Ray Bradbury classic Fahrenheit 451 for Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson has circulated in Hollywood for years as a legendary unproduced script. His latest script is Lady Scarface for the new RKO Pictures.

A talented artist and designer, Puryear was recently honored when his official campaign poster for Hillary Clinton’s historic 2008 presidential run was added to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress and Concrete Park cocreator Erika Alexander.

About Erika Alexander, writer

Erika Alexander is an award-winning actress, best known for her portrayal of Cousin Pam on The Cosby Show and Max on Living Single. She has starred recently on the critically-acclaimed AMC series Low Winter Sun and on ABC’s Last Man Standing. Her notable film credits include Love Liza with Philip Seymour Hoffman and the upcoming Elsa & Fred opposite Oscar-winners Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. Erika is very proud to have sent Denzel Washington back in time in the late Tony Scott’s sci-fi thriller DejaVu.

A multi-threat creator, she is the writer and producer of the upcoming feature film, Rise and Shine, The Boys Choir of Harlem Story.

As an activist and humanitarian with a focus on women and at-risk children, she has been a national surrogate for Hillary Clinton in her 2008 campaign and a Clinton Global Initiative delegate to Africa.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and Concrete Park cocreator, Tony Puryear.

About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The MaskGhost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includesStar WarsMass Effect, Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanEmily the Strange, Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

Dark Horse Announces C2E2 2014 Schedule

DHC2E2FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | MILWAUKIE, OR— Dark Horse Comics is headed to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014 in Chicago this weekend!

Join us for free signings by visiting Dark Horse at booth #619 and come see our panels! Details are below!

Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing. There will also be items available for sale. Certain restrictions may apply. Please note that signings will be ticketed or capped as needed. All events are subject to change.

Comics featuring C2E2 exclusive variant covers are available in limited quantities.  All proceeds from the convention variant of The Witcher will benefit Sharon and Stan Sakai.  Read more