While Image has become synomous with Creator-Owned Comics, Dark Horse has shown that they're not going to be left behind. Join the Outhouse as we down their efforts in this growing aspect of the Industry.
When 2012 is said and done, one of the biggest storylines will most certainly have to do with the role and rights of Creators in this medium. Of course, such discussions didn't just come out of thin air, but the one-two punch of "Before Watchmen" and the "Avengers" theatrical release (which has grossed nearly 1.5 Billion worldwide) have bought a new awareness to the issues being faced. However, once you get beyond the ancillary (but still important discussions) discussions, the most important part of the story are the creative efforts that come from those who have decided to forge their own path, and Dark Horse has quietly contributed to this very important part of the medium with "The Massive" and "Reset" leading their impressive efforts . With momentum on their side, what does the future have in store for Dark Horse's fastest growing publish wing? The answers are just below you.
Notable Happenings of Dark Horse – Powered by Creators:
- The Panel begins with Sam Humphries taking the stage to introduce Dark Horse Publisher Mike Richardson. Humphries would talk about how Creator Owned work impacted not only his own career, but how it kept him as a fan of the medium as a whole.
- After being given the floor, Richardson introduces Tony Puryear the creator of "Concrete Park" and is accompanied by actress Erika Alexander.
- Puyear would go on to start his Concrete Park presentation by pitching the story as "Australia in Space" as the poor of Earth have been exiled there. From there he would go on to describe the world that'll be presented in the story, along with introducing one of the characters who will be known as The Potato King who has gained part of his fortune through a device that allows Potatoes to be used in Booze.
- Puyear would conclude his presentation by saying that the main theme of the story is hope, and promised that anything could happen.
- "Hard Boiled" co-creator Geof Darrow is next and he will be teaming up with artist Andrew Vacchs on his newest project called "Shaolin Cowboy."
- Darrow would then go on to describe the journey of the project from movie script to illustrated prose novel by jokingly talking about his time in the Yakuza. Darrow would also promise that the project is just good fun that kids will enjoy.
- Shaolin Cowboy's novel will be released in October followed by a comic series shortly after. He also commented that you could see more of the story in Dark Horse Presents.
- From the conclusion of Darrow's presentation, Sanford Green took the floor to talk about the "Rotten Apple" strip that'll be featured in Dark Horse Presents.
- After Richardson talked about how Greene got on board, Greene talks about how "Rotten Apple" is about post-apocalyptical New York where a girl is the first, last and only line of defense against the Spirit World. Greene would also comment on how rewarding it was to work on a concept that originated from his own mind
- It would be then be writer/artist Francesco Francavilla turn to speak about his current projects, one of which will be featured In Dark Horse Presents. Francavilla would say that it would recall the feel of the old pulp heroes.
- Black Beetle will also get his own series in 2013.
- The spotlight falls on Richardson and he uses it reveals his new project in "47 Ronin." An instant splash was made when he announced that legendary "Usagi Yojimbo" artist Stan Sakai will be working on the story with him.
- Stan Sakai would go on to talk about his experience working on the title with Richardson and how it forced him to raise his game research wise, because he thought he has gotten too comfortable with Usagi Yojimbo.
- 47 Ronin will be an adaption of the story of the famous 47 retainers that got revenge for their master who committed ritual suicide.
- Speaking of Usagi Yojimbo, Sakai announced that the long-running story would be going on hiatus for a time to get 47 Ronin started. To conclude he would say that Usagi will be back before long.
- "Mind Mgmt" creator Matt Kindt would be next on the stage, and he divulge details about the series he created. He would go on to talk about the pitch (which is spies with mind powers), and what goes into creating each issue.
- Last but not least would be creator Eric Powell, and he would announce that his signature series "The Goon" would be going monthly starting with Issue #40
- Powell would then go on to divulge details on the next part of The Goon's storyline which will occupy the next 2 years of the series. To finish off his presentation, he said that he and Kyle Holtz would be working on the third part of the "Billy the Kid" trilogy.
When one thinks about Dark Horse Comics, it's very easy to define the imprint by the licensed comics they publish. Between the Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other properties, it's very easy to see why people take the company's creator-owned legacy for granted. From this panel alone, Dark Horse has reminded everyone that they're still a force in a part of the market that's getting more attention than ever. With Marvel and DC understandably focusing more on their big money properties, it'll be up to imprints like Dark Horse to lead the way with creator based stories that engage the readers in way they didn't expect. Thankfully, every title showcased at this panel will definitely have people interested in checking out the initial pitch, which is not only good thing for Dark Horse, but good for the medium as a whole. Should Dark Horse continue to harness this creative spark into discovering amazing concepts like those featured in the panel, Dark Horse will continue to make the positive impact they're making now.
Written or Contributed by: Linwood Earl Knight