In 1986, the comics industry was going through a massive boom for independent publishers. Thanks to increasing ease of printing and a sudden popularity for black-and-white titles that existed outside of the traditional superheroes, there was suddenly a whole horde of new publishers putting out comics. Obviously, most of them never made it out of the '80s, but some did, and over the next three decades, one in particular has thrived thanks to a library of licensed comics about aliens, predators, wars in the stars, and vampire slayers, and original creator-owned books like Sin City and Hellboy.
That publisher was, of course, Dark Horse, and this summer it will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with Dark Horse Day on June 4th, offering readers the chance to get their hands on a sampler comic drawn from Dark Horse history, with a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer story thrown in for good measure.
Welcome to The Issue, where we'll take a look at some of the strangest, most interesting and most distinctive single issue comic stories ever to grace the medium. You know the ones; silent issues, sideways issues, backwards issues; the comics that try to do something different with the form, and stand out from the series they belong to.
Buffy Harmony Cover
In the last installment, we talked about issue #12 of The Invisibles, a comic that takes a sympathetic look at one of the series' throwaway baddies. This time round, it's 'Harmonic Divergence', issue #21 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, written by Jane Espenson and drawn by Georges Jeanty. It's a comic that takes a very different approach to a similar idea and, as Hallowe'en is nearly upon us, throws in some spooky Draculas too.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer staked out its own legend by dialogue alone, but did you know it was the first TV series to use “Google” as a verb? Or that Katie Holmes nearly donned the famous stake and stylish, yet affordable boots? Crawl out of your grave and find this 28th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?,’ which heads to Sunnydale to stake out some frightful facts of Buffy The Vampire Slayer!
San Diego Comic-Con has begun, bringing over 130,000 people to enjoy the pop culture extravaganza taking place inside and outside the convention center. There is a lot to see and do every day during SDCC. More likely than not, if you don't go in with a plan for experiencing the things that you most want to check out, you'll miss them!
Hire This Woman is a recurring feature on ComicsAlliance that shines a spotlight on female comics creators, whether they're relative newcomers or experienced pros who are ready to break out. In an overwhelmingly male business, we want to draw your attention to these creators --- and to raise their profile with editors and industry gatekeepers.
Artist Megan Levens worked in advertising for years before moving into comics, where she's built up an impressive resume already. She's drawn books like Madame Frankenstein and Ares & Aphrodite and is currently illustrating Buffy Season 10.
You know, I think it's high time that we get some new saints around here. I mean, no offense to Lucy of Syracuse or any of her devotees, but as impressive as carrying one's eyes around on a golden plate might be, it just doesn't have a lot of relevance to my life. I don't even know where I'd find a golden plate, especially if I didn't have any eyes to look for it with.
Fortunately, artist Heymonster (also known as Spencer) has offered up a set of suitable replacements. In a series of prints called "Strong Female Characters," Spencer has taken some of the most prominent women of pop culture and boiled them down into downright saintly inspirational images.
When Funko announced that they'd be teaming with Super7 to mass produce and distribute the 3.75" ReAction line, it seemed fan dreams of owing toys in the style of Kenner's 1977 Star Wars figures across both classic and contemporary pop culture licenses were going to come true. Little did anyone know just HOW true. Thanks to new images at Entertainment Earth, collectors can now have a look at what's going to be a busy 2014, with more than 60 total ReAction figures planned from movies including The Rocketeer, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Predator, The Terminator, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Back to the Future, Escape from New York, Firefly, Scream, The Goonies, Universal Monsters, Pulp Fiction, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, Trick 'R Treat, Halloween and The Crow.
A nominee for this year's Eisner Award for Best Anthology (and last year's winner), Dark Horse Presents has been one of ComicsAlliance's favorite titles since it was relaunched in 2011 to continue the classic and influential series' tradition of showcasing emerging talent alongside some of the best established writers, artists and cartoonists mainstream and underground comics has to offer. Each issue comes with quirky, undiluted excursions into the minds of uniquely talented creators, usually with immersive new serials or idiosyncratic short stories but also in the form of recurring, cult favorite characters and properties for which Dark Horse has served as caretaker for many years.
The Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has announced its nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD media awards, which "recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives...
Anyone who's watched Buffy the Vampire Slayerknows that only a young woman can become the chosen protector of mankind - after all, the first 34 episodes of the show feature a voiceover intro establishing this lore...
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