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Dark Horse Will Not Release New Digital Comics Next Week

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With Diamond shut down and no comics shipping to local comic stores, even ones that are still open, next week, the world is waiting to see what's going to happen on the first week with no new comics. As the direct market prepares to suffer, one question left unanswered has been: what about the publishers? Will any look for alternate means of distribution during the shutdown? It has got to seem tempting to Marvel and DC, even if it might put the final nail in the coffin of the direct market to do so. And even if they resist next week, how long will they hold out?

But Dark Horse Comics, at least, is remaining committed to retailers for now. Dark Horse announced that they will not release new comics digitally that are not already in print, meaning that they will continue to put out their collections, OGNs, and art books that go out to bookstores, but no single issue comics that would have otherwise been distributed through Diamond.

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Digital Update March We will not be releasing any comics digitally that are not also available in print. We still have collections, original graphic novels, and art books shipping through our bookstore distributor Penguin Random House (from whom comics retailers can also order). Those respective titles will be made available digitally the same day they are available from retailers.

It looks like Dark Horse is playing it safe, which echoes the company's previous positions. Back in , as digital comics were just on the verge of becoming popular, Dark Horse attempted to release their comics digitally at the same time they were released in print, and to sell them for cheaper as well. The move, which would have been good for readers and probably good for the industry as a whole in terms of actually expanding readership through digital comics, caused a furor amongst retailers. That backlash caused Dark Horse to reverse course, running away with its tail tucked between its legs while claiming that the price announcement was an error, and since then digital comics have been artificially priced the same as physical copies despite costing less to produce and distribute, solely to prevent them cannibalizing the direct market.

This time around, Dark Horse isn't even trying it. Will Marvel and DC make the same pledge?



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Dark Horse Comics

American comic book and manga publisher

Dark Horse Comics is an American comic book and manga publisher. It was founded in by Mike Richardson in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Richardson started out by opening his first comic book store, Pegasus Books, in Bend, Oregon, in From there he was able to use the funds from his retail operation to start his own publishing company. Dark Horse Presents and Boris the Bear were the two initial titles in and within one year of its first publication, Dark Horse Comics added nine new titles to its roster, including Hellboy, The American, The Mask, Trekker, and Black Cross. Frank Miller's Sin City is one of the most famous works associated with Dark Horse, and it has become something of a signature comic to the publishing house. They also established a reputation for publishing licensed works such as Alien, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Conan, and Star Wars.


Dark Horse Comics headquarters


Dark Horse has published many licensed comics, including comics based on Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Predator, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Conan and Who Wants to be a Superhero? Dark Horse has also published creator owned comics such as Frank Miller's Sin City and , Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo, Gerard Way's Umbrella Academy, Overwatch, and Michael Chabon's The Escapist. Today, the comic arm of the company flourishes despite no longer having its own universe of superpowered characters.[4] Dark Horse also published the English translation of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia in

Like Dell and Gold Key, Dark Horse was one of the few major American publishers of comic books never to display the Comics Code Authority seal on its covers.

In , The New York Times reported that "Dark Horse pays by the story or the page, and shares profit generated by comic books and related merchandise. That is different from the standard work-for-hire arrangement at DC and Marvel: creators are paid for a specific story and perhaps receive royalties from collected editions, but the bulk of the revenue, and all of the merchandising opportunities, remain with the companies".[5]


Dark Horse was founded in by Mike Richardson and launched in July with the black-and-white anthology series Dark Horse Presents that featured Paul Chadwick's Concrete and Chris Warner's Black Cross.[6][5][7]The New York Times reported that "Dark Horse entered the game thanks to the birth of the direct sales market in the s, which moved comics beyond newsstands and into specialty stores."[5] In , Dark Horse created a unit to develop toys and then in , created Dark Horse Entertainment, the company's film and television production division.[5][7]

Dark Horse established itself by publishing creator-owned series and licensed titles. "When the Dark Horse editorial staff decided to create a comic universe of its own, the result was the boastfully named Comics' Greatest World (CGW). Despite Dark Horse's efforts, the comics industry became glutted in the mids and imploded."[7] All CGW titles were canceled except for Ghost.[7] "Successes of the '90s included books based on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise, American-distributed Japanese manga series such as Ghost in the Shell and Lone Wolf and Cub, and original works by writer Frank Miller, including Sin City and the graphic novel ".[7]


In , Dark Horse was the third largest comics publisher. Per Diamond Comic Distributors, "Marvel had percent of the market", DC "had percent" and Dark Horse had " percent".[5]

In , Dark Horse donated copies of all of its published works to the Portland State University Library, which maintains both a browsing collection of book titles, in addition to a research collection which also includes every "print, poster, statue, figure, and all other products." As of July 15, , the library has cataloged over 10, titles as "the official archive of Dark Horse publications."[8]

In , Dark Horse Presents relaunched including the return of Paul Chadwick's Concrete and Steve Niles' Criminal Macabre, as well as new talent including Sanford Greene, Carla Speed McNeil, Nate Crosby and others. Starting in , Dark Horse began to reprint E. C. Archives, picking up the project of reprinting classic E. C. Comics from the s where Gladstone left off, using the same size and format as Gladstone, with all stories reprinted in order and in full color.[citation needed]

In early , Dark Horse Comic entered partnership with Crypton Future Media to publish official English-language Hatsune Miku-related manga. In late summer of , a set of comic books for Mysticons were released.[citation needed]

In , Dark Horse announced it was severing ties with writer and editor Scott Allie[9][10] "after a former Dark Horse employee accused him of sexual harassment and sexual assault across a period lasting more than a decade."[11] It was reported that in ,[12] "after reports of multiple instances of sexual misconduct" by Allie:

Dark Horse Comics founder Mike Richardson released a statement to The Beat, which in part read, "In this particular case, action was taken immediately, though we did not, and cannot, perform a public flogging, as some might wish." Although Richardson said action had been taken, Allie continued as an editor for Dark Horse, transitioning from editor-in-chief to the role of executive senior editor in , before departing Dark Horse as a full-time employee in , continuing to work with them [until ] in a freelance capacity.[13]

In , Dark Horse opened a video game and digital division, called Dark Horse Games. The division will be focused on development of AAA video games based on company's IP.[14]

Imprints and studios[edit]

Comics' Greatest World/Dark Horse Heroes (–)[edit]

Main article: Comics' Greatest World

From to , Dark Horse published a line of superhero comics under the Comics' Greatest World imprint, which was later renamed Dark Horse Heroes. After , publication of this line came to a near halt, ceasing production of any books concerning the characters with the publication of the last crossover books involving Ghost, in the early s.

Legend (–)[edit]

Legend was a comic bookimprint at Dark Horse Comics created in by Frank Miller and John Byrne as an avenue for creator-owned projects.[15] Its logo was a moai drawn by Mike Mignola. Later on, other creators were asked to join them. The imprint ended in


Dark Horse Manga[edit]

Dark Horse Manga is an imprint for Japanese manga translated into English. The company's first ongoing title was Oh My Goddess! by Kōsuke Fujishima, starting in August [16] (Oh My Goddess! since became America's longest running manga series.)[citation needed] Other publications include Akira, Astro Boy, Berserk, Blade of the Immortal, Ghost in the Shell (manga), Lone Wolf and Cub, Trigun and Blood Blockade Battlefront by Yasuhiro Nightow, Gantz, Hellsing and Drifters by Kouta Hirano, Blood+, Multiple Personality Detective Psycho, FLCL, Mob Psycho , and Oreimo.

Dark Horse also publishes a number of titles by the all-female Japanese manga artist group CLAMP, including Clover, Chobits, Okimono Kimono, Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Gate 7.

A manga magazine titled Super Manga Blast! was published by Dark Horse starting in the spring of It was discontinued in December after 59 issues.[17]

Dark Horse also publishes a number of Korean manhwa titles, including Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man.[18]

Maverick (–)[edit]

Main article: Maverick (Dark Horse)

Maverick was an imprint for creator-owned material.

DH Press[edit]

The DH Pressimprint publishes novelizations of Dark Horse's more popular comic book titles, including Aliens and Predator. DH Press has now been absorbed by DH Books.

M Press[edit]

Publications ranging from novels to film books by Leonard Maltin about John Landis, to comic related material such as a biography of Will Eisner, to health books. They have also published a series reprinting Playboy interviews. The M Press imprint was created to publish a diverse list of both literary fiction and non-fiction prose for authors with a unique voice. One such series is Orchid by Tom Morello, published from to The newest addition to M Press is an original graphic novelThe Fifth Beatle by Vivek Tiwary, Andrew Robinson, and Kyle Baker, published in November

Dark Horse Digital[edit]

In , Dark Horse launched their iOS app and online digital comics store, followed by the release of the beta version of a native Android app in Any device with a modern web browser can be used to read Dark Horse comics at their web store.

DH Deluxe[edit]

Initiated in , Dark Horse Deluxe rolled out a line of merchandise that included model kits, toys, apparel, and collectibles. Its original purpose was to draw on Dark Horse properties but expanded to include such collectibles as Tim Burton's Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Joss Whedon's Serenity, and merchandise for the popular video-game franchise Mass Effect. Dark Horse, working with Big Tent Entertainment and the NHK broadcasting corporation, brought Domo-kun to the United States with a series of products ranging from Qee figurines to journals and stationery sets. David Scroggy was Vice President of Product Development at Dark Horse for many years, starting in that department in and retiring in [19][20]

Kitchen Sink Books[edit]

In , Denis Kitchen and John Lind co-founded Kitchen Sink Books with Dark Horse as a joint venture and independent imprint.[21] The imprint name is in reference to Kitchen's former publishing company Kitchen Sink Press which ran from until Kitchen said of the venture, “John and I have packaged books for a number of first-rank publishers, but we have long discussed the ideal house to enjoy maximum freedom and creativity,” says Kitchen. “In longtime friend and publisher Mike Richardson and Dark Horse Comics, we found just that.”[22] The imprint's output is infrequent, publishing high-profile projects annually with editorial focus on art books and deluxe format collections. Creators published under the Kitchen Sink line include Will Eisner, Frank Miller,[23]Harvey Kurtzman, Tony DiTerlizzi[24] and collections/anthology titles include work from Jack Davis, Will Elder, Art Spiegelman, S. Clay Wilson, Monte Beauchamp, Bob Powell, Justin Green, Trina Robbins, Harvey Pekar, Arnold Roth, and Al Jaffee.

Berger Books[edit]

Former executive editor of Vertigo Karen Berger established the Berger Books imprint at Dark Horse in [25] Titles published under the imprint include Hungry Ghosts written by Joel Rose and Anthony Bourdain, Incognegro (10th anniversary edition) and a prequel Incognegro: Renaissance both written by Mat Johnson, The Seeds written by Ann Nocenti, She Could Fly written by Christopher Cantwell ( July), and LaGuardia written by Nnedi Okorafor.


Main article: List of Dark Horse Comics publications

Dark Horse Comics has acquired the rights to make comic book adaptations of many popular films and series. Some of these include Aliens, Army of Darkness (before Dynamite Entertainment acquired the license), Indiana Jones, Predator, RoboCop, The Thing, Star Wars, The Terminator, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and its spin-off, Angel), Planet of the Apes, Let Me In and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

In CCP Games announced that Dark Horse would be publishing a series of comic books based on stories collected from players of the MMORPGEVE Online.[26]

In , Lucasfilm announced that, as of , future Star Wars comics would be published by Lucasfilm's corporate sibling, Marvel Comics.[27] In , Dark Horse Comics began publishing Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins based on the web series Critical Role.[28] In , Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins was Dark Horse's 6th best selling title with 19, copies sold.[29]

Dark Horse Entertainment[edit]

Main article: Dark Horse Entertainment

Dark Horse's production studio arm, Dark Horse Entertainment, produces films and television shows based on Dark Horse Comics. Established by Richardson in , Dark Horse Entertainment set up shop on the lot at Twentieth Century Fox through a first-look deal with Larry Gordon and Largo Entertainment. Dark Horse Entertainment has produced over two dozen films and television projects.[30]

In , Dark Horse Entertainment set up a first-look deal with the streaming company Netflix.[31]


The following are TV projects based on Dark Horse comic books:[32]

Upcoming projects[edit]

Television shows with graphic novels[edit]


The following are feature films based on series from Dark Horse Comics:[35]

Released projects

Upcoming projects

Canceled projects


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Dark Horse Comics has announced the launch of a new division dedicated to developing games and digital content. Dark Horse Games will partner with third-party game developers, as well as produce their own in-house projects, to create video games based on the publisher&#;s stable of characters and stories. The division will also develop projects in other digital media, from webtoons to anime, to coincide with the development and release of their games. Johnny B. Lee will act as the general manager for the Dark Horse Games division, which will have offices in Oregon and Shanghai.

In a statement announcing the partnership, Dark Horse founder and president Mike Richardson and Lee both described their vision for the future of the Dark Horse Games division:

“We’ve spent the past thirty-five years developing a long list of original, fan-favorite IP with many of the best partners in digital entertainment. Now is the perfect time to expand our vision into gaming,” said Dark Horse Comics founder and President Mike Richardson. “Dark Horse Games gives us exciting new ways to engage with fans of all kinds on a multitude of platforms.”

“Dark Horse Comics sits at the intersection of consumer entertainment, production and publishing. We’re one of the few companies that own IP nimble enough to execute coordinated strategies across multiple platforms, and that’s a huge advantage in gaming and digital,” said Dark Horse Games General Manager Johnny B. Lee.

Lee comes to Dark Horse Games with years of experience in the game development field. He managed development at several companies, and also founded a pair digital media companies, including Korea-based game developer DGTL and Planet B-Boy, the film production company behind a documentary of the same name.

While the PR announcing the new division doesn&#;t specifically mention them, on LinkedIn, Lee&#;s description of the role and of Dark Horse Games&#; plans mentions, as part of the digital content development, non-fungible tokens, or NFTs. While their prominence in the art world has been steadily rising, NFTs are also a fairly hot-button topic for many considering their environmental impact, so it&#;s not surprising they didn&#;t want to call that out.

Gaming and digital content is the latest frontier for Dark Horse to enter into. Dark Horse Entertainment, the publisher&#;s film division, was established in the early &#;90s, and has had numerous successful projects over the years, most recently with The Umbrella Academy on Netflix and Resident Alien on Syfy. Earlier this year Dark Horse announced a partnership with Graphic Audio and Recorded Books to create podcasts and audiobooks based on their properties.

Check out the full text of the Dark Horse Games announcement below.

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (June 2, )—Multimedia publisher and entertainment company Dark Horse Comics has revealed Dark Horse Games (“DHG”), its new gaming and digital division. With two main offices in Oregon and Shanghai, DHG’s mission is to create unique experiences &#; both through close licensing partnerships with the industry’s best game makers and its own in-house, first-party titles &#; inspired by Dark Horse Comics’ diverse portfolio of over story-driven characters and universes. Over the company’s history, Dark Horse has published such world-renowned IPs as Hellboy, Frank Miller’s Sin City and Umbrella AcademyPolarLady KillerEmily the StrangeUsagi YojimboResident Alien, and many more.

“We’ve spent the past thirty-five years developing a long list of original, fan-favorite IP with many of the best partners in digital entertainment. Now is the perfect time to expand our vision into gaming,” said Dark Horse Comics founder and President Mike Richardson. “Dark Horse Games gives us exciting new ways to engage with fans of all kinds on a multitude of platforms.”

Dark Horse Games is currently in discussions with some of the world’s top gaming studios to create AAA licensed titles based on Dark Horse Comics’ vast library to be released over the next several years across all platforms, including PC, consoles, mobile and cloud-based services. Meanwhile, DHG’s first-party games will focus on refreshing older and less established IPs as gaming first IPs. DHG will also produce and release multimedia projects (e.g., webtoons and anime) in conjunction with the first-party games. DHG is in active discussions with the world’s top game co-development studios and content production studios, with the first of these in-house projects already in production.

“Dark Horse Comics sits at the intersection of consumer entertainment, production and publishing. We’re one of the few companies that own IP nimble enough to execute coordinated strategies across multiple platforms, and that’s a huge advantage in gaming and digital,” said Dark Horse Games General Manager Johnny B. Lee.

Interested parties can reach out to [email&#;protected] for business inquiries.


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In , Mike Richardson owned a few successful local comic book stores in Oregon and Washington. That’s when he founded

Dark Horse Entertainment

and began publishing for himself. Thirty years later, Dark Horse is one of the most successful independent comic book publishers in history.

Still, Dark Horse has remained a local Oregon company — until now. Last month, Dark Horse Entertainment announced a global partnership with a Chinese investment firm.

Mike Richardson recently sat down with OPB "Weekend Edition" host John Notarianni to talk about the deal.

Richardson says that after 30 years of expansion into publishing, film and digital, the company is once again looking for ways to speed up its growth. Dark Horse found that partner in Vanguard Visionary Associates and their chairman, Stanley Cheung, formerly the chair of the Walt Disney Company in Greater China.


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“We met these people, they had great, great backgrounds. We did some vetting, liked them and decided to partner up and see what we could do,” Richardson said.

Richardson says Dark Horse has its eye on expansion into Asia, especially the relatively untouched Chinese audience.

“It’s a huge market with hundreds of millions of people who purchase the kind of thing we do every day,” Richardson said.

With the explosion of online streaming video options, Dark Horse also intends to take advantage of the opportunity to ramp up and self-finance film production.

“It’s an era where we have to pay attention to the technological changes," says Richardson. “Television is the comic strip of the day; it’s being replaced by Netflix and who knows what the next delivery system will be. No matter what that next thing is, we can fill that.”

While he doesn’t see an end to the demand for paper comic books, Richardson says Dark Horse was enthusiastic about adopting tablets as a new medium for viewing Dark Horse publications.

“The iPad, it’s glorious,” he says. “The light comes through, those comics look great.”

Rather than a comic book company, Richardson describes Dark Horse as a content engine. One that, he says, will continue to evolve to meet future generations.

“My 1-year-old granddaughter swipes the phone and pushes the buttons. She wants to see that phone. It’s a different world.”

Use the audio player above to hear the full conversation from OPB’s “Weekend Edition.”


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Quoting from David Brothers' recent overview of the program at Comics Alliance:…

"There are two ways to access Dark Horse Digital. You can access it on your iOS device -- iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch -- via a free app, or on your computer through your web browser. An Android app is due soon, but at a currently unannounced date. I tested the web interface on my Nexus One smartphone and found that Dark Horse Digital has a fully functional mobile version of its website. Bravo! This is something that is lacking in our app-driven digital comics ecosystem. It's low maintenance, doesn't require any installation, and works great for browsing."

Here's a link to the aforementioned free app for Dark Horse Digital, BTW:…

As you can see in my little niche of the DH site…the first four volumes of Empoweredare now on sale for a mere $each, which is far cheaper than even Amazon offers the print editions. (Also keep in mind that we're talkin' about pages per volume here, which is waaaaay more pagecount than you'll see with most other collected comics.)

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If, say, you might have torrented the books for free and feel like contributing a little somethin' somethin' to actually helping the series continue, take a look at the DH Empstore, my friend. Heck, even if you're averse to buying the books again, I urge you to pass the word along to others who might be interested. That's right, I'm saying, "Put the word on the street about Empowereddigital, Huggy Bear(s)."

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If you're looking for the printed editions instead, worry not, as we're more than happy to sell 'em to you: Empowered's first six volumes (and the aforementioned one-shot in "floppy" comics format) can be found on the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore, or online at Dark Horse's retail website…or on….

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