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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Dark Horse Comics brings you a brand-new project from the creative mind of Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman).

A free exclusive music track from Tom Morello will be available with purchase of each issue to serve as a soundtrack to the story! Morello’s new album under the name of The Nightwatchman, entitled World Wide Rebel Songs, is due out August 30, 2011, from New West Records.

Orchid is an epic fantasy story set in a dystopian future infused with Morello’s worldview and the politics of terror.

Part Suicide Girl, part Joan of Arc – Orchid is the tale of a 16-year-old street prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her. When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are now ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. Welcome to the world of Orchid.

Orchid features a variant cover by the well-known and influential street artist Shepard Fairey, with interior art by Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic).

Orchid is on sale October 12, 2011



Fans, media and industry professionals mobbed the Dark Horse booth at Comic Con this evening for a chance to catch a glimpse of Dark Horse’s fall line-up, including the upcoming comic adaptation of The Strain, created by visionary director, Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan.

When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Center for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event—an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness.

Adapting the first novel from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain Trilogy, this horrifying first chapter—told in eight issues—deals with an outbreak of diabolical proportions that puts a terrifying twist on the vampire genre.

“When discussing The Strain, Chuck and I agreed on one thing regarding any possible adaptation: It should not start until after we were done with the last book in the trilogy and we would only entertain a medium that would allow us to expand the world and the characters we had created” said co-creator, Guillermo del Toro.  Working with Dark Horse, David Lapham and Mike Huddleston provides us with the chance of expanding it further.  A dream come true!”

“The chance to work with del Toro on any project was just too good to pass up” said writer, David Lapham. “But the fact that this is a vicious horror project, that I’m teamed with a great artist, and been given a great amount of creative freedom to interpret the novel has made this a dream project.”  

Adapted by writer David Lapham (Stray Bullets, Kull), with art by Mike Huddleston (MK Ultra), the chilling first issue arrives on sale on December 14.


With San Diego Comic-Con as the backdrop, 32 men and women who are commonly referred to as Real Life Super Heroes (RLSH) will take to the streets and help the homeless through H.O.P.E. (HOMELESS OUTREACH PROGRAM EFFECT) 2011 – an event organized to provide assistance to those in need.

 At 11 A.M. on Saturday July 23rd, these 32 “heroes” will gather at 16th Street at the Garfield High School parking lot to begin the distribution of over 200 backpacks full of life essentials to people living on the streets.  These PACKS OF HOPE will contain donated items including:

1 Bottle Sunscreen

1 Roll Toilet Paper

1 Flashlight (crank recharge)

1 Emergency Rain Poncho

1 Pair Sunglasses

1 Baseball Hat

1 Toothbrush

1 TubeToothpaste

5 Razors

1 Can Shaving Cream

3 Pair Socks

1 T-shirt

1 Sleeping Bag

1 Comb

1 Mini First Aid Kit

1 Stick Deodorant

1 Metal Drink Bottle


In addition, a mobile “food shelf “ will be on site to help people in the area who may need food, but have little or no money to pay for it.

 “This will hopefully be the first in a series of events to be carried out every summer in San Diego,” said RazorHawk – the organizer and one of the RLSH from Minnesota who comes to San Diego Comic-Con annually.  “Our goal is to have a number of similar outreach events happening

Yoshiki’s (X JAPAN) Comic Book Launch Event for RED BLOOD DRAGON at San Diego Comic-con

And the Mayhem Begins

by Angie Quidim

Yes Fans!  Comic Con is underway and those who are smart are getting ahead for next year.  This show was sold out even before it hit the ground running and it’s no surprise that next year will be the same scenario.  Over 252 people stood in line today waiting to prepurchase Comic Con 2012 passes.  If you aren’t aware, information on next years pricing is up on the Comic Con website so be sure to check that out.

The excitement that is Comic Con ravaged the streets of San Diego (reminding me of the success E3 once had in Los Angeles).  Businesses were getting their fare share of attendees and events ran heavy in the convention center and surrounding areas.

If you were not fortunate enough to get a pass, it’s okay.  There is plenty of stuff to do outside the con without a pass.  If you look around at the surrounding hotels, there are plenty of  screenings, and demos that you can sink your teeth into and most do not require an attendee pass.

Be warned though, food water and stuff that would normally be a bargin downtown turns into a hideous nightmare.  Keep in mind all the cheap taco shops and convenience store locations.  They will be havens for the thrifty.

Remember to keep hydrated and wear comfortable clothing.  Also for everyone’s benefit, WEAR DEODORANT.  We already got some nuclear fallout from Japan, we don’t need any more funky stuff in the atmosphere.

This year on the convention floor there are rest stations where you can just sit and Chill.  IGN has one and G4 has one as well.

Stay tuned for more Comic Con 2011 with TME!

In San Diego for Comic-Con? Meet the voice of Trunks and Vegeta!

Anime voice actor Eric Vale , currently featured in shows on FUNimation Channel HD, will be making an exclusive appearance on July 23 at the AT&T Store on Broadway in San Diego on the Saturday of the international comic book convention. Vale with special guest, Chris Sabat, will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans. Vale and Sabat have been previously featured in Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and Fruits Basket to name a few.

Vale has also spent time as an ADR director in addition to scripting over fifty anime programs as Head Writer with FUNimation Productions.

HBO Comic Con Product

The HBO Shop is back at Comic Con with an even larger selection of merchandise! Located at the IDW Booth #2643, the shop will be featuring new product from hit programs including Game of Thrones(r), True Blood(r) and Eastbound & Down(r)!

New Exclusive Product Includes:

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“V-MODA for True Blood” REVAMP Headphones: REVAMP, the new metal in-ear headphones from the V-MODA for True Blood line, will debut exclusively at Comic Con.

Convention goers will have the first opportunity to purchase these sleek, high-end earbuds, available in limited quantities, for a special discounted price of $99.99.  The pulse pounding synthesis of sound, style and comfort is designed for mobile beings whose lives begin at night.  The True Blood branded earbuds feature a host of detachable sport earhooks, four pairs of silicone fittings, carrying pouch and universal compatibility with devices with a 3.5mm port. More details available upon request.

True Blood “Show Your True Colors” Triptych Poster: Trubies can show their “True Colors” with this exclusive poster featuring all three sexy photos from the show’s fourth season marketing art.  The poster is

11×17 and retails for $10.

Game of Thrones Paperweight:  A limited quantity of this wonderful fan collectible will debut at this year’s Comic-Con. The Iron Throne is made of poly-resin, is approximately 5″ high and 4.75″ wide and weighs less than two pounds.  A perfect desk accessory, the paperweight will retail for $60.00.

 Game of Thrones Calendar: The Game of Thrones 2012 calendar will be available at the shop as a gift with purchase item.  Consumers who spend $30 on Game of Thrones merchandise will receive the calendar, which includes images of all the key characters and beautify scenery from the show, for free.

Eastbound & Down Kenny Powers Bobblehead T-Shirt: Is there anyone cooler than Kenny Powers?  Fans of the outlandish comedy series Eastbound & Down can now sport the new Kenny Powers Bobblehead tee.  The shirt ($25.00) features an image of the new Kenny Powers booblehead premiering at the BifBangPow! booth.  Made of resin and measuring approximately 6 3/4-inches tall, the bobble head features Kenny Powers on his “The Panty Dropper” watercraft wearing sunglasses and a white jacket with “Flama Blanca” on the back.  The bobblehead is an exclusive Comic Con preview selling at booth #2343 for $15.00.


*All product will begin selling at The HBO Shop online

(<>) starting on Monday, July 25, 2011.