Dark Horse sent out a press release today both celebrating the two year anniversary of Dark Horse Digital, Dark Horse's online digital comics outlet and phone and tablet app, and announcing that Dynamite Entertainment would be offering their digital comics through Dark Horse's store. The Outhouse reached out to J.J. Evans, president of Dynamite Entertainment, to find out more about how the two companies came to work together.
"By teaming up with Bad Horse and the rest of the Evil League of Evil," Evans proudly told us, "we hope to blow up paper comics for good."
We explained that the company had actually teamed with Dark Horse, a comic book publisher, and not Bad Horse, the Thoroughbred of Sin from Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible musical webseries. A subtle difference.
A deflated Evans responded, "wait, Dark Horse?! That's who we're teaming with, the guys that publish Hellboy? What sort of evil digital distribution plan do they offer?"
We explained that Dark Horse does not offer any evil digital distribution plan that we're aware of, and that, in fact, it is simply a regular digital distribution plan that they have signed on for, to the best of our knowledge.
"Do the comics contain mind-altering, hypnotic messages that will turn anyone who looks at the screen for too long into violent, rampaging maniacs?" Evans asked hopefully.
We explained that no, the comics probably would not contain any hypnotic messages whatsoever, and would in fact likely simply be digitized pages from the print comics they publish on a regular basis.
"When downloaded to a device like an iPad, will the device become animated and maybe eat the reader, or at least tear them to shreads?" asked a desperate Evans. "Are these cannibalistic comic books?"
"Okay, okay..." bargained Evans. "At the very least, are Dark Horse digital comics offered in a quality format at reasonable prices, thus ensuring they will utterly destroy the direct market forever?"
Evans processed the information.
Here's the press release:
DARK HORSE DIGITAL HITS TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
To celebrate, we proudly welcome Dynamite Entertainment Comics to our digital store!
APRIL 24, MILWAUKIE, OR-Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark, turning two years old this coming weekend. To thank its loyal fans, Dark Horse announces two special anniversary promotions, as well as huge news that will change the digital-comics publishing landscape forever.
Dynamite Entertainment has inked a deal to include its comics digitally through the Dark Horse Digital store and apps. Thirty-eight single issues and eighteen collections are available for purchase today! New titles will be added weekly, with all upcoming Dynamite releases available digitally the same day as print.
"We've been looking for ways to expand our digital presence, and this is our first step to building an even more robust library of digital comics," said Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.
"We're proud to add Dark Horse Digital to our retail partners selling our digital titles to their audience. Our wide range of titles, from Vampirella to Battlestar Galactica, Grimm, The Shadow, Red Sonja, and many of our other Dynamite titles, are a perfect fit for the large audience who purchase Dark Horse titles. We're thrilled to work with Mike and his team at Dark Horse Digital on this new endeavor and excited about new opportunities to come," added Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Entertainment's CEO and publisher.
As a sign of appreciation for its loyal digital subscribers, Dark Horse Digital announces that fifty free first issues from many of its best-selling series will be available for the next forty-eight hours (promotion ends Friday, April 26, at 9 a.m. PST).
Starting Friday morning and throughout the weekend, Dark Horse Digital is offering 10 percent off all bundles in the web store! And confirmed newsletter subscribers will receive an additional coupon! The newsletter coupon stacks with the bundle discount, offering even greater savings.
The sale starts this Friday, April 26, and ends Sunday, April 28, at midnight PST-so head over to Dark Horse Digital and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize the discount.
Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011, and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.
Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership by featuring its most popular and best-selling titles, including Star Wars, Buffy, Serenity, Hellboy, Conan, and Mass Effect, as well as exclusive digital-only comics such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2, and Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its readers on a weekly basis. It currently offers thousands of comics and continues to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.
Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage through both the Google Play and iOS apps.
About Dark Horse Digital
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. In 2011, the company that revolutionized the comic industry proudly presented its groundbreaking digital-publishing program, Dark Horse Digital.
Dark Horse Digital offers its most popular titles at an unprecedented value, while providing the highest-quality reading experience possible. Single-issue comics are priced as low as just $0.99, and there is also an extensive list of free introductory #1 issues. Additionally, DH Digital's "bundles" group together story arcs spanning multiple issues into affordable packages, allowing readers to get all the issues that comprise a complete narrative, starting at just $3.99 and up. And through cloud-based technology, Digital Store purchases can be read and enjoyed online on your computer or, mobile browser, and through the Dark Horse Bookshelf apps, available on iTunes App Store and Google Play.
To get started, simply log on to Digital.DarkHorse.com or download the app to create an account, and begin building your collection today.
About Dynamite Entertainment
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more!
Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.
In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent!
Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.