Official Press Release
JUNE 21, MILWAUKIE, OR—Since 2008, Dark Horse has rewarded San Diego Comic-Con attendees with an exclusive product based on viral sensation Domo. Hailing from Japan and adored all over the world, Domo has captured the hearts of pop-culture fans everywhere!
One of the highlights of this year’s event will be the special appearance of Domo creator Tsuneo Goda, who will be visiting from Japan as a sponsored guest of Dark Horse. Various events are planned, including a spotlight program, autograph sessions, and the release of the new Domo and Friends boxed set of PVC figures. To add to the excitement, Dark Horse has collaborated with Hong Kong toy company Toy2R to create a special exclusive Qee toy version of Domo.
“We have supported Comic-Con for over twenty-five years,” Dark Horse product development head David Scroggy observed, “and it thrills us to be creating a couple of genuinely special releases that contribute to the celebration while adding value for the convention. This is the greatest fan event, and since we are fans ourselves, we have pulled out all the stops!”
The Comic-Con exclusive shows the fuzzy brown cave dweller embracing his inner geek, resulting in a one-of-a-kind Nerd Domo Qee figure. Only 1,200 of this unique Domo piece are being offered, with a limit of four per customer. Sales will be at the Dark Horse booth.
Domo’s unique look and personality as the mascot for Japanese public broadcaster NHK quickly catapulted the character into one of the Internet’s biggest sensations, sparking worldwide recognition. As the reigning poster child for personalized, user-generated content, Domo has found a home within the online viral community with hundreds of thousands of fan-made images, websites, and videos created and posted to websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Flickr, among others.
Qee (pronounced “key”) is a collection of designer toys created by Hong Kong-based company Toy2R, which was founded by Raymond Choy in 1995. Qees are produced in limited numbers and are highly collectible. Many contemporary artists and designers from Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America have designed figures. Domo is the mascot of NHK television in Japan, and is breaking out worldwide as animation, toys, publishing and apparel.
About Big Tent Entertainment, LLC
Big Tent Entertainment, LLC (www.bigtent.tv) is an entertainment company specializing in the integrated development and management of media brands. Formed in 2002, the company manages a portfolio across both traditional and new media while focusing on brand strategy, community building, viral marketing, licensing and retail merchandising. Big Tent currently serves as the worldwide (ex Asia) marketing and licensing company for fashion and viral sensation Domo and the North American agency of record for three of Discovery Communications’ most popular brands—Discovery Kids, TLC and SCIENCE. Additionally, Big Tent represents Purple Ronnie, one of the U.K.’s most successful social expression brands, and PixFusion, a global leader in personalization products.
About Dark Horse Comics
Since 1986, 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 like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Mass Effect,Tim Burton, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.