Dark Horse Comics solicitations for product shipping January, 2002

Thu, October 4th, 2001 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

THE ART OF COMIC-BOOK WRITING
by RANDY STRADLEY

A step-by-step guide to every aspect of writing graphic fiction, The Art of Comic-Book Writing is the latest in a series of Dark Horse how-to volumes for the aspiring comics creator, joining Gary Martin's acclaimed The Art of Comic-Book Inking. Stradley, a professional comics writer since 1983, gets down to the real nuts and bolts of how to write for the comics medium, from a thorough dissection of story structure and characterization to advice on writing proposals, formatting scripts, working with artists, dealing with editors, and much more. Discover how to take advantage of the medium's strengths and to successfully deal with its limitations. Top comics scribes Kurt Busiek, Peter David, Ron Marz, John Arcudi, Dave Gibbons, Mark Waid, Steven Grant, and others weigh in with their thoughts on various aspects of the craft. Plus, accompanying comics art by Art Adams, Paul Gulacy, Chris Warner, Phil Norwood, Chris Brunner, and more!


On sale February 13


SC, 128pg, b&w, 8 1/2" x 11" . . . $14.95

BETTIE PAGE BEACH TOWEL

Take your favorite girl to the beach and snuggle up! We've colored up a beautiful photo of Bettie shot by Bunny Yeager on a beach somewhere in Florida, and printed it on a soft and fuzzy beach towel. The towel measures a generous 30" x 60" and will look just as good stretched out on a soft sand beach as on your bedroom wall.


On sale May 8


FC, 30" x 60", 100% cotton . . . $24.99

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #64: SKIN part 1 (of 2)
by HIROAKI SAMURA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

The recovering Manji isn't what you'd call a good houseguest. Master Sori wouldn't even keep him in his house if he wasn't Rin's bodyguard and protector. But things could get much worse when another guest arrives - the young, wandering swordsman named Magatsu! Can anything stop Manji and Magatsu from chopping each other to bits?! Find out as the multiple-award-nominated samurai action-drama continues!


FOR MATURE READERS


On sale January 9


b&w, 32pg (1 of 2) . . . $2.99

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #41: UGLY LITTLE MONSTERS part 2 (of 3)
by TOM FASSBENDER, JIM PASCOE, CLIFF RICHARDS, and JOE PIMENTEL;


cover by JEFF MATSUDA

After more than a year, Tara STILL doesn't feel like she's fitting into the Scooby Gang. The closer she gets to Willow, the more envious she is of the friendship between Will and Buffy and Xander. With all this jealousy in the air, is it any wonder there are little green monsters popping up all around?


On sale January 30


FC, 32pg (2 of 3) (Matsuda cover) . . . $2.99


FC, 32pg (2 of 3) (Photo cover) . . . $2.99

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: HAUNTED #2 (of 4)
by JANE ESPENSON, CLIFF RICHARDS, and JULIO FERREIRA;


cover by CLIFF RICHARDS

It's the summer after high school graduation, and somehow Faith's back in Buffy's life. That's not all that's going wrong, though.Vamps are taking Buffy by surprise and it's nearly cost Giles his life. With her Watcher out of the action, her reflexes out of whack, and a ghost terrorizing Sunnydale, Buffy is in for a hell of a summer vacation.Written by TV series writer Jane Espenson and pencilled by Buffy artist Cliff Richards.


On sale January 16


FC, 32pg (2 of 4) (Richards cover) . . . $2.99


FC, 32pg (2 of 4) (Photo cover) . . . $2.99

From the creator of Gunsmith Cats!


CANNON GOD EXAXXION #3: STAGE 1 part 3 (of 8)
by KENICHI SONODA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

One young man is Earth's only chance to escape the yoke of clever colonizing aliens. But this isn't just any young man, it's the grandson of the most perverted (and technologically connected) scientist in Japan. Hoichi Kano, a bull-headed teen with a bad attitude and a flair for fighting has stopped an alien robot in its tracks. But don't get too full of yourself, hero. It's only one small robot sent to guard one small high school. Desperate Earth commandos prepare to take out the alien ambassador, but not before he uses his giant robot to exact reprisal for Hoichi's actions. Little does he know that there's a bigger enemy waiting in Japan than a kid in a black gun-suit.


FOR MATURE READERS


On sale January 16


b&w, 24pg (3 of 8) . . . $2.99

CLASSIC COMIC CHARACTERS #29: LITTLE NEMO STATUE

Little Nemo in Slumberland is a masterpiece of fantastical cartooning from the turn of the last century. Windsor McCay's delicate, detailed drawings and subtle, expressive watercolors combine perfectly with the dreamlike fantasy-world which his characters inhabit. Dark Horse is proud to present this figure of Little Nemo newly awakened from his dreams of Slumberland. Sculpted by Yoe! Studios, this statue comes packaged in a full-color tin box with pinback button and booklet as extras. This piece is limited to only 600 numbered copies, so allocation may occur.


On sale March 6


5" tall, packaged in full-color tin box w/certificate, pinback button, and info booklet. Limited to only 600 numbered copies . . . $49.95

DARK HORSE EXTRA #43

Start your New Year off right with the January issue of Dark Horse Extra. Take a sneak peek at one of the gripping pieces from the most important book you need to buy this year: the upcoming tribute collection, September 11. Remember: all the artwork, writing, editing, solicitation, and production costs have been donated by a variety of partners, and ALL proceeds from sales will go directly to relief funds. Also in this month's Extra, have a paranormal experience with the next installment of the B.P.R.D. strip, inspired by the characters from Mike Mignola's Hellboy. And Shannon Wheeler's Too Much Coffee Man was just too damn good to stop at two parts, so we're giving you an extra strip! Our resolution this year is to give you cool things, and we're starting with the Astro Boy poster featured in this issue. Plus, get the dish on every upcoming Dark Horse January title and the latest news from www.darkhorse.com. Start of 2002 right - pick up your copy of Dark Horse Extra!


On sale January 2


FC, 4pg, 14-3/4" x 21-1/2" folded to 14-3/4" x 10-3/4" . . . PI

DARK HORSE STICKER COLLECTION

Stick 'em here, stick 'em there, stick 'em everywhere! Dark Horse brings you more cool full-color stickers, like Bettie Page, The Sopranos, and best known for her photos of Bettie page, from behind the camera we bring you Bunny Yeager. Stick 'em on your backpacks, books, and buddies! Stick up your doors, desks, and dorms! Stick it! Stickers sold individually.


On sale January 30


Bettie Sticker #5 - Leopard print, FC . . . $1.99


Bettie Sticker #6 - Ocean, FC . . . $1.99


Bettie Sticker #7 - On a pony, FC . . . $1.99


Bettie Sticker #8 - Yellow bikini, FC . . . $1.99


Bunny Yeager sticker #1 - Beach, FC . . . $1.99


Bunny Yeager sticker #2 - Kneeling in bikini, FC . . . $1.99


Sopranos Stickers #1 - Satriale's, FC . . . $1.99


Sopranos Stickers #2 - Beansie's, FC . . . $1.99


Sopranos Stickers #3 - Nuovo Vesuvio, FC . . . $1.99


Sopranos Stickers #4 - Bada Bing, FC . . . $1.99


Sopranos Stickers #5 - Sopranos logo, FC . . . $1.99

Dark Horse brings you another great graphic novel from the Venture line!


GLIMMER RATS
by GORDON RENNIE and MARK HARRISON

Under the autocratic rule of a federal Europe, all prisoners are press-ganged into the military to fight an incredible war against and unbelievable enemy: unearthly monsters from another dimension known as the "Glimmer." As the reluctant troopers soon learn, the Glimmer is ruled by the "Geist" - the malevolent spawn of hell that can rend, kill, and destroy humans in a thousand different ways. The only way to survive is to be meaner, fight dirtier, and kill faster than the Geist.


On sale January 16


HC, 64pg, FC.$14.95

GROO: DEATH AND TAXES #2 (of 4)
by SERGIO ARAGONÉS & MARK EVANIER

Groo has taken a fearsome pledge: no more killing! And if you think that makes him any less dangerous, you don't know Groo. He's even worse . as the savage warrior, Odoman the Invincible, finds out the hard way. It's the second issue of four from the Eisner-winning team of Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier, doing what they do best! (Dark Horse Maverick title)


On sale January 25


FC, 32pg (2 of 4) . . . $2.99

GUNSMITH CATS: MISTY'S RUN TP
by KENICHI SONODA; produced by STUDIO PROTEUS

Uber-babe bounty hunter Rally Vincent is on the trail of counterfeiters, but vengeance-minded killers are on the trail of Rally. And they've got her pal Misty under wraps. Rally has to team up with a pal who happens to work for one of Rally's bounty targets! Round and round Rally goes, but where she stops...you'd better believe she's heavily armed! Duck and cover! Gunsmith Cats is gun-blazing, tire-screeching, eye-popping manga as only Kenichi Sonoda can deliver. Collecting issues #8-11 of the Gunsmith Cats: Mister V story-arc, plus two special Gunsmith Cats short stories.


On sale February 13


SC, 176pg, b&w . . . $14.95

LONE WOLF AND CUB VOL. 18: THE LAST KUROKUWA TP
by KAZUO KOIKE and GOSEKI KOJIMA; cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ

The Shogun himself has given Retsudo a stern warning: do something about Itto Ogami, the Lone Wolf, or the Yagyu clan will fall out of favor. Now Retsudo must turn to the Fire Watchers, a select band of warriors, for help - as well as the last surviving members of the legendary Kurokuwa ninja clan! As death stalks him, Ogami is confronted by desperate, impoverished peasants who want him to share his fortune with the suffering. With Ogami's cub, Daigoro, caught in the middle, what will he decide? Find out what everyone can't stop talking about.


. Still the best-selling graphic-novel series in the U.S.!


. Winner of the Harvey Award for "Best Presentation of Foreign Material"!


. Winner of the Eisner Award for "Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material"!


. At only $9.95 for 320 pages, still one of the best deals in comics!


FOR MATURE READERS


On sale February 27


SC, 320pg, b&w, 4" x 6" . . . $9.95

From the pages of Hellboy.


MIKE MIGNOLA'S B.P.R.D.: HOLLOW EARTH #1 (of 3)
by MIKE MIGNOLA, CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN, TOM SNIEGOSKI, and RYAN SOOK;


covers by MIKE MIGNOLA

Hellboy's departure from the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense has left the other supernatural members questioning their futures. But when a vision appears to Abe Sapien warning of danger for the missing Liz Sherman, he takes a very irregular group of agents on a mission that could lead them right through the center of the earth. Written by the author of Hellboy: The Lost Army, Chris Golden, Buffy/Angel writing partner Tom Sniegoski, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Drawn by Spike and Dru and Spectre artist Ryan Sook, B.P.R.D. begins a new direction in the Hellboy group of comics.


On sale January 23


FC, 32pg (1 of 3) . . . $2.99

PLANET OF THE APES #5: BLOODLINES part 2 (of 3)
by DAN ABNETT, IAN EDGINTON, ADRIAN SIBAR, NORMAN LEE, and GUY MAJOR;


cover by JOE WEEMS


The legendary ape warrior Kaesar saved ex-captain Attar and rebel chimp Seneca...now he's standing idly by as they're dragged to inevitable death by an angry ape mob!? The heroic human slave girl, Crow, isn't the only one confused! But just as the axe blade falls, a gunshot rings out! It's Esau, Seneca's human ally, and a dead-eye shot, at that. Though their hides are saved - for the moment - mysteries remain to be solved. Why does Kaesar, an ape, so staunchly protect a human clan? Some superstitious humans think he is not what he appears to be. And what of the side-tracked search for Ari, the reason for Attar's arduous journey into this wild, remote landscape far, far away from the ape capital of Derkein? Will ape be set against ape once again in a bloody battle that can have no victors?!


On sale January 2


FC, 32pg (2 of 3) (Weems cover) . . . $2.99


FC, 32pg (2 of 3) (Photo cover) . . . $2.99

PLANET OF THE APES VOLUME 1 TP
by IAN EDGINTON, ADRIAN SIBAR, PACO MEDINA, NORMAN LEE, and JUAN VLASCO

Anything that could have possibly gone wrong since The Human War did. The human rebel Esau and the ape leader Seneca are facing a trial for crimes against the ape state. Once triumphant, they now await a hangman's noose. Never in their wildest dreams did they think they would be rescued mere seconds from certain death by the once great gorilla warrior, Attar! But Attar has an ulterior motive. Usually reclusive, he has received a cryptic message that could finally lead him to his friend, the long-disappeared chimp, Ari. Soon hunted by the implacable Commander Kharim, Esau, Seneca, and Attar head deep into the uncharted wilds where they find a besieged outpost of apes and humans, masters and servants, fighting side by side in a battle with a primal, ancient evil...one that reveals the dark side to the origins of ape and human alike! Collects the first three issues of the ongoing series.


On sale February 20


SC, 80pg, FC . . . $9.95

PLAYSET COLLECTOR'S VIDEO VOL. 7: EPIC TIMES

It's Epic Times for playset fun as we examine some of the most requested playsets ever! Compare the real Disneyland to its magical miniature counterpart, then plunge into WWII for the highly desired Marx "Desert Fox," then its rare sibling "Desert Patrol," taken from TV's "Rat Patrol." Next visit Universal Studios' back-lot in 1966 and preview Conte's epic War Lord playset recreation. PLUS exclusive, rare 1952 Marx Factory footage, all topped off with one of the "Top 10 Rarest Playsets," the Marx Centennial Blue & Gray Civil war playset. 45 min., Hi Fi stereo, color video.


On sale February 20


Playset Collector's Video Vol. 7: Epic Times, VHS, 45 min . . . $21.99

PLAYSET COLLECTOR'S VIDEO VOL. 8: THE SPACE SETS

We fill your TV with every colorful, fun form of rare plastic nostalgia! Toy space ships, men of Mars, rockets, robots, and space ports populate this fantastic video filled with future visions of the immediate past. You'll see the rarest in Marx space toys, Archer Robots, and rocket ships in "War of the Worlds," Tom Corbett and more! Visit the fabulous sci-fi and horror "Dream Wish" sets of Ron Lizorty, plus the incredible Sci-Fi collection of Hollywood's Bob Burns, Archivist of the Fantastic Film - including the original Time Machine movie prop! Then preview outstanding new playsets : European Theater from Classic Toy Soldiers. With collectors Mark Young and David Schafer. Original Music scored by John Schuermann. 46 min., Hi Fi Stereo, color video.


On sale February 20


Playset Collector's Video Vol. 8: The Space Sets, VHS, 45 min . . . $21.99

POP-OUT PEOPLE

Futurama! Simpsons!
Dark Horse continues its line of fun Pop-Out PeopleTM!

Pop out each character, put 'em on their bases, and stand em up in front of cool scenery. Arrange these on your desk, dashboard, computer, bookshelf, or wherever you need some fun. Each element is printed on both sides in full color, and each set comes with its own custom 2-sided diorama. Collect 'em all.


On sale February 6

Fry and Bender win a trip to visit the factory where Slurm is made, and discover, to their horror, the secret ingredient in this highly addictive soft drink! Discover the secret yourself with this new set of Pop-Out People from one of the most disgusting Futurama episodes ever!


Futurama: "Fry and the Slurm Factory" episode


FC, pop-out characters . . .$2.99 (each)

Calling all comic book nerds! At long last, it's the set every Simpsons fan must have! Bart, Milhouse, and Martin join financial forces to purchase a copy of Radioactive Man #1, then wind up fighting over who gets to keep it overnight. It's all here: Costumed comics convention weirdos, washed-up former child actors, overweight shop proprietors. Bonus Fun Fact: We had to sacrifice an extra character just to fit the Comic Book Guy on the card!


Simpsons: "Three Men and a Comic Book" episode


FC, pop-out characters . . .$2.99 (each)

Dark Horse brings you another great graphic novel from the Venture line!


RAIN DOGS
by GORDON RENNIE and COLIN WILSON

Welcome to a very moist future, where "The Big Rain" has turned New York City into a twisted warren of river canyons and skyscraper archipelagos. This action-packed tale, full of Wilson's extraordinary design work, follows the adventures of Eve, a shipwrecked member of a scientific exploration team, who must put her trust in the salvage-hunting Holly if she is to escape, and where danger lurks above and below the water.


On sale January 9


HC, 52pg, FC.$14.95

SILKE TP
by TONY DANIEL

As a participant in a secret CIA experiment, agent Sandra Silke's genetic structure is altered, giving her the ability to morph her appearance to almost any form she can imagine. But when she discovers what the Agency has in mind for her and the handful of other agents who have undergone the treatment, Sandra rebels. Now on the run, framed for murders she didn't commit, and struggling with powers she can barely control, Sandra Silke must go on the offensive against her former bosses before the government of the United States is destroyed from within! Collecting the four-issue series.


. Acclaimed writer-artist Tony Daniel presents this thrilling story that is a worthy successor to his previous Dark Horse graphic novels, The Tenth: Blackout and Adrenalynn: Weapon of War.


On sale February 20


SC, 96pg, FC . . . $12.95

STAR WARS #38: THE STARK HYPERSPACE WAR part 3 (of 4)
by JOHN OSTRANDER, DAVIDÉ FABBRI, and CHRISTIAN DALLA VECCHIA;


cover by JAN DUURSEMA and DAVE MCCAIG

The Stark Hyperspace War gets more intense. To prevent the Republic Senate from surrendering, the Jedi must get Senator Valorum back to Coruscant. The assaults grow heavier on the remnants of the Republic forces on Troiken and the fragile defense falls increasingly to Plo Koon. Can Qui-Gon Jinn find the secret of the virus that has corrupted the Republic nav computers and open up the hyperspace lanes to the Republic again? Meanwhile, Tholme and his apprentice, Quinlan Vos, struggle to get what they've learned back to the other Jedi.


On sale January 23


FC, 32pg (3 of 4) . . . $2.99

STAR WARS: INFINITIES - A NEW HOPE TP
by CHRIS WARNER, DREW JOHNSON, RAY SNYDER, AL RIO, and NEIL NELSON;


cover by (Dave doesn't know who it will be yet)


Star Wars: Infinities. The possibilities are endless!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... The events and players are very familiar but something isn't quite right. Luke Skywalker valiantly attacks the Death Star, fires his torpedoes - and they miss their mark! Welcome to a Star Wars you never imagined, a Star Wars shattered, a Star Wars where the possibilities are ENDLESS! Dark Horse Comics is proud to introduce Star Wars: Infinities - A New Hope, the first in a series of non-continuity Star Wars stories which are sure to delight Star Wars fans of all ages. Taking off from the end of events in the movie A New Hope, Infinities readers will follow Luke, Han, Leia, Threepio, and Artoo on a journey every bit as action-packed and fantastic as the original Star Wars trilogy. Collecting the four-issue miniseries.


On sale February 6


SC, 96pg, FC . . . $12.95

STAR WARS: STARFIGHTER - CROSSBONES #1 (of 3)
by HADEN BLACKMAN, RAMON F. BACHS, and RAUL FERNANDEZ;


cover by J.H. WILLIAMS

Following on the heels of LucasArts' Starfighter video game comes Crossbones, a limited series featuring the intimidating pirate captain Nym in his own solo adventure. The story begins eight years after the Battle of Naboo and Nym is down and out on Rodia. In the hopes of earning some quick credits, Nym agrees to hunt down Sol Sixxa, a pirate terrorizing the watery world of Maramere. But first, Nym must lead a rag-tag Rodian tribe to victory in a violent clan war...


On sale January 9


FC, 32pg (1 of 3) . . . $2.99

STAR WARS: ZAM WESELL TP
by RON MARZ and TED NAIFEH;


cover by TED NAIFEH

Zam Wesell is everything you'd want in a girl: beauty, intelligence, style, the ability to strip and assemble an EE-3 blaster rifle in less than six seconds. She really does have it all. It's no wonder that she has caught the eye of fellow bounty hunter, Jango Fett. Jango is going to need her help in finding and destroying a powerful artifact that could prove to be very destructive if it fell into the wrong hands. Though he isn't usually this sentimental, he wants to make sure the galaxy is safe for his five-year-old son, Boba Fett. However, Zam's motivations are not so noble. She plans to sell the artifact to the highest bidder. If they can't trust each other and they've got every bounty hunter and cutthroat in the galaxy gunning for them, who can they trust?


. The release of Star Wars: Jango Fett and Zam Wesell mark the first graphic novel appearances of a character from the long-awaited Star Wars: Episode II!


On sale February 27


SC, 64pg, FC . . . $5.95

USAGI YOJIMBO #54
created, written, & illustrated by STAN SAKAI

The Lone Goat and Kid are back! It's been quite some time since we've seen the samurai assassin and his son in the pages of Usagi Yojimbo, and it can only mean trouble for our favorite rabbit ronin! Back by popular demand and in honor of the influential Lone Wolf and Cub comics, Stan Sakai's animal version of the dangerous duo on the road to hell parallels Koike and Kojima's epic in this action-packed, suspenseful adventure. Gorogoro, the "Kid" in question, has been separated from his father, the fearsome Lone Goat, and it's up to Usagi to bring them back together before a shifty samurai gang with a dubious plan gets in the way. The heat is on - and just in time for the winter! (Dark Horse Maverick title)


On sale January 23


b&w, 24 pg . . . $2.99

USAGI YOJIMBO: GRASSCUTTER II - JOURNEY TO ATSUTA SHRINE TP & LTD. ED. HC
created, written, & illustrated by STAN SAKAI

Forged in the clouds by the elemental gods of feudal Japan, the legendary sword Kusanagi - also known as "Grasscutter" - holds such power that it is sought after by mighty forces of good and evil. Multiple award winner Stan Sakai continues the epic adventures of his signature samurai rabbit, Usagi Yojimbo, in this second book centering on the mystical sword. Starting with a prologue that unveils the history of the sword, Grasscutter II rejoins Usagi with his samurai travelling companion, Gen, as they journey to the sacred shrine of Atsuta to return the powerful sword to its final resting place. But two ninja clans will fight the honorable samurai as well as each other in order to capture the sword and gain control of the empire with it. An enthralling book for all ages to enjoy, Grasscutter II will amaze readers with its narrative depth and poetic storytelling. (Dark Horse Maverick title)


. The original Grasscutter saga won Eisner and Haxtur Awards!


On sale February 6


SC, 184 pg, 6"x9", b&w . . . $15.95


On sale February 27


LTD. ED. HC, 184 pg, 6"x9", b&w w/dust jacket and individually signed and numbered tip-in plate . . . $56.95

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