Wondercon, the twenty-seventh largest comic book convention in America, is taking place in Anaheim, California this weekend, and companies are scrambling to capitalize on the attention by getting comic book websites to write stories about them. In that spirit, Dark Horse sent us a press release early this morning for Matt Kindt's excellent comic, Mind MGMT. What's it about? Well, we're not really sure.
The press release makes mention of Mind MGMT's movie deal with Ridley Scott and Fox, but we already knew about that, and the release only mentions it in passing. It also lists some quotes from other comic book websites praising the comic, which we glossed over, because we hate other comic book websites with the exception of The Beat. Hey, Dark Horse, if you want to impress us, use a quote from us next time.
But anyway, much like this article, the release kind of meanders around several different points, and we're not sure what the real focus of it is. Is it that Mind MGMT will run for a planned 36 issues? It's too early to tell us that, and we will forget about it anyway in two years when we complain that the comic was canceled prematurely. Is it that the next story arc, beginning with issue #16 in July, will consist of a series of surreal, one-shot stories? Maybe, but that's buried somewhere in the third paragraph.
On another note, Dark Horse put a "#" in the filename of the image below, which we had to change before we could upload it, as that shit glitches our system. Don't use #'s in your image names, Dark Horse. Or ?'s or &'s. They mean stuff when they're in a URL, so it can cause a conflict when you put them in a filename. That's a little tip from your programmer buddy, ol' Jude Terror.
Well, we're no closer to figuring this thing out than when we started, but, hey, Dark Horse got their article written, didn't they? It's an unorthodox strategy, but it worked.
If you're not reading Mind MGMT, we recommend you give it a try. It's much better than that crap you're reading from Marvel and DC. Here's the press release:
WONDERCON 2013: MATT KINDT’S MIND MGMT GETS WEIRD
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES SET TO RUN 36 ISSUES
MARCH 29, ANAHEIM, CA–With the recent announcement that Ridley Scott is producing its story for a big-screen release through Twentieth Century Fox, Matt Kindt’s MIND MGMT has been one of the most highly buzzed-about comics of 2013.
Dark Horse Comics announces it plans to take the series through thirty-six issues, in which Matt Kindt will refuse to stop melting readers’ brains. The next arc begins in July with MIND MGMT #13. Prepare for MIND MGMT’s most surreal tales yet in this first in a series of one-shot stories! How will sleeper agent the Home Maker maintain her cover when Mind Management invades suburbia?
Praise for MIND MGMT:
“If you are a fan of mysteries, if you are a fan of Kindt, if you are a fan of comics: pick this up! But, more importantly, if you have been waiting for the trades and do not see the value in picking up a comic on a monthly basis anymore, do yourself a favor and give MIND MGMT a shot. It very well could be the book that makes you want to go back to the comic shop.”—Comics Bulletin
“This book is something special. The story has so much potential and longevity that I see it going on for years. Add the fact that Kindt is writing the story’s history on the front and back cover and you’re getting a heck of a package. Do not miss out on this book! 5/5”—Comic Bastards
“I would love to see more books like Kindt’s MIND MGMT at places like Dark Horse. Though I’m sure books like this are risky and don’t get as much high-profile attention, the quality is simply sublime.”—Comic Book Resources
“I highly recommend this series for any sci-fi fans out there, especially if you like work by authors that twist your mind like Philip K. Dick.”—Bloody Disgusting
About Dark Horse Comics
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 Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily 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.