Monthly Archives: November 2011

Yesterday there was a lot of buzz via photos of a Pez dispenser mock-up that seemed to show the design of Rhys Ifans’ post-transformed The Lizard, the villain in the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” reboot.

Today however comes something much clearer – what is said to be leaked concept art of what the character could look like from Spidermedia.Ru (via Coming Soon). The art looks like the character did in the Comic-Con clip, though the scale is a little different.

via “Amazing Spider-Man” Lizard Concept Art | News | Dark Horizons.

As the holiday season arrives, we’re so thankful for your support — our fans have always been the engine powering everything we do, and the motivation to make the best Top Shelf books possible. This year, amid all the seasonal shopping madness, we’re showing our thanks with a massive one-day Cyber Monday Sale: 30% OFF EVERYTHING in the web store! Just enter the code CYBERTSP at checkout to get 30% off your entire order. The sale ends Monday night, so be quick!


For those who love furious action and incredible artwork: Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod, and The Homeland Directive by Robert Venditti & Mike Huddleston

“The great strength of [Infinite Kung Fu] is its originality, but equally impressive are McLeod’s extraordinary illustrations and compelling narrative… one of the 10 best graphic novels of the year.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Homeland Directive: an addictive page-turner that feels like an edge-of-your-seat theater experience.” — MTV Splash Page

For moms who still know how to have a good time: Underwire by Jennifer Hayden

“Hayden’s cheerful profanity and scratchy lines give the work a homey, intimate feel… Hayden’s stories are like comfortable, lived-in jeans–not the most stylish or flattering, but the ones you want to spend time wearing.” — Publishers Weekly

For small-town folks, family members, or hockey fans: Essex County by Jeff Lemire

“A rich tapestry … Mr. Lemire infuses his characters with vivid details that make them burst to life.” — The New York Times

For fantasy fans & animal lovers: Owly by Andy Runton & Korgi (including the new Book 3) by Christian Slade

“The art, storytelling, pacing, and world [Christian] Slade has created is fantastic and you don’t have to be a kid to appreciate it.” —

For 20-30somethings with mixed feelings about growing up: Any Empire by Nate Powell

“Powell’s exceptional visual-storytelling gift transforms a potentially obvious antiwar parable into a ravishingly beautiful, emotionally resonant, thoughtful, and provocative work of art.” — Booklist (starred review)

For middle schoolers (and middle-schoolers at heart): Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken by Ray Friesen

Pirate Penguin: Each panel is punctuated with so many quips and jokes that they don’t work to form a narrative so much as they collectively embody an extended Abbot and Costello routine.” — Graphic Novel Reporter

For early readers, or kids who love to hear books read out loud: Johnny Boo & Dragon Puncher by James Kochalka

“Just the right blend of sarcasm, silliness, and action to appeal to both child readers and to adults reading this with their kids.” — School Library Journal’s Good Comics For Kids

For young lovers and those who remember young love: Blankets (deluxe hardcover edition) by Craig Thompson, and Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme

“Reading Blankets is like reliving your youth as you wander through the artist’s personal trials of fundamentalist religion and teenage heart-break in small-town America… The Best Graphic Novel of the Decade.” — Paste Magazine

“Debeurme gets underneath what makes these young lovers tick, and is realistic enough to realize that they’re too inexperienced and impulsive to fix each other. Still, the love affair in Lucille burns bright, illuminating two lives.” — The AV Club

For savvy hippies and pop-culture vultures: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century and Alan Moore’s Dodgem Logic (full set)

“Fans won’t be let down by the latest instalment of this clever, lurid saga.” — The Guardian

Berkeley, CA – 21 November 2011 — IMAGE EXPO is coming! Experience the creativity of the men and women making the best creator owned comics in America at this one-of-a-kind celebration commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics!IMAGE EXPO is a three-day celebration of creator-owned comics happening at the Oakland Convention Center.  Image partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, will be the guests of honor, appearing throughout the weekend for signings, panels, and special events.  Other special guests include Image founders Rob Liefeld, and Whilce Portacio, plus the creators of todays best creator-owned comics, including: Joe Casey, Jay Faerber, Jonathan Hickman, Ryan Ottley, Richard Starkings, Fiona Staples, and Brian K. Vaughan.IMAGE EXPO is Northern Californias premiere comic con experience in 2012. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center in the heart of the bustling nightlife and restaurant center of downtown Oakland, CA on February 24-25-26.IMAGE EXPO isnt just about Image Comics, its a celebration of independent creativity in comics.  The exhibit floor is open to anyone who makes creator-owned comics.  Were also going to be hosting unique programming for fans, aspiring creators, and library professionals.  Well be continuing our tradition of supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Funds important work to protect creators and retailers by hosting special events including a massive benefit auction. Get in on the ground floor and sign up for your exhibitor or artist alley space today! Contact for more information about the show and how to sign up to exhibit.


With Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi epic “Singularity” having departed the coveted May 17th 2013 slot, Paramount Pictures has dived right in and slotted the much anticipated “Star Trek” sequel for that date.

Deadline adds that the film will be shown in 3D, but it presently isn’t known if it will be shot that way or converted in post-production. Shooting on the project kicks off January 15th with J.J. Abrams at the helm.

Abrams has also confirmed to MTV News that the rumour of Benicio del Toro as the villain is real, but things are still very early days yet – “Well, we’re just in negotiations, we’re in discussions. It’s not even negotiations, just in discussion. But I would love to work with him. I’ve wanted to work with him for years, and this felt like a good opportunity.”

Finally composer Michael Giacchino has confirmed to Coming Soon that he’ll be returning to compose the film’s score.

via “Star Trek 2” Set For May 17th 2013 | News | Dark Horizons.

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly contains new photos from Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi epic “Prometheus” showing off what looks to be shots from the same sequence involving several cast members (Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Logan Marshall-Green) exploring an alien spaceship while two (Charlize Theron, Idris Elba) watch from their own ship. Check out the scans below (via Dread Central):

via Eye-Opening New “Prometheus” Photos | News | Dark Horizons.

Syfy has ordered a pilot script for the one-hour drama “Booster Gold” based on the DC Comics franchise. “Fringe” scribe Andrew Kreisberg penned the script and will executive produce says The Hollywood Reporter.The story will center on Booster Gold, a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest super hero of all time.Instead of chasing criminals, however, his main priority is chasing fame and money. But Booster Gold discovers that being a hero takes more than just a megawatt smile. Greg Berlanti “Brothers & Sisters,” “Eli Stone” will also executive produce.The comic book character previously appeared on the animated series “Justice League Unlimited” and made a one episode appearance in the final season of “Smallville”.

via Syfy Orders A “Booster Gold” Series | News | Dark Horizons.

Team up with legendary superheroes as they battle evil, avenge dastardly deeds and spread dessert throughout the universe. The action begins in the kitchen, where this cakelet pan brings six favorite Marvel comic-book characters to life.

Williams-Sonoma :: Marvel ™ Cakelet Pan

Empire Magazine has revealed the world’s first magazine covers for “The Dark Knight Rises” with new official shots of Batman (Christian Bale) and Bane (Tom Hardy). Check them out below:

via “The Dark Knight Rises” Empire Covers | News | Dark Horizons.

During a press junket for his upcoming film, Flowers Of War actor Christian Bale who is the current reigning Batman on the big screen talked about working with director Christopher Nolan, the entire cast of the Batman film franchise, and The Dark Knight Rises being the final chapter.

“I do not know how much I can say … In general Chris Nolan gets upset if the actors talk too much, he likes to give himself the information …”

“It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. When you have the opportunity to be a character so many times, you develop another relationship with him, a more profound one.”

via Christian Bale Talks About The Dark Knight Rises And Bonding With Batman |

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