NYCC 2017: Dark Horse Comics Announces New Creator-Owned & Licensed Projects for 2018



You could tell Dark Horse had a great time at this year’s New York Comic Con this past weekend! Their booth was one of the finest of all the publishers on-hand, had numerous DHC creators appearing, and truly seemed to love interacting with their fans!

Below you’ll find a list of announcements Dark Horse made at New York Comic Con 2017.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles

Dark Horse and 20th Century Fox are excited to give Scoobies something fresh to munch on with Buffy the Vampire Slayer: GilesBuffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander unite to pen the new miniseries, while artist Jon Lam joins the Whedonverse for the first time. Colorist Dan Jackson brings the story to life. Steve Morris and Arielle Jovellanos create gorgeous covers and variant covers for the four-issue miniseries.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles finds Rupert Giles returning to high school! But this time—as a grown man living in a teenage body—Giles will be a student instead of a teacher. At an inner-city Los Angeles school, when a mystical influence is detected and teachers start to go missing, Giles enrolls to investigate. What he finds is more than vampires and demons . . . something unusual and frightening is happening here. If Giles can get through one day as a student, he’ll have a chance to find out who, what, and where, but high school is still hell.

The first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Gilesgoes on sale February 28, 2018. 

The AV Club spoke with Joss Whedon, Erika Alexander, and Jon Lam about the upcoming miniseries!

American Gods: My Ainsel

Dark Horse is excited to reveal more details about the next nine-issue story, American Gods: My Ainsel, which follows Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday as they continue their bizarre trans American road trip to recruit reinforcements for the imminent god war.

P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton (HellboyBatman) return to bring more of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel to life in American Gods: My Ainsel. P. Craig Russell previously adapted Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Scott Hampton (Hellboy, Batman) illustrates the complex world Gaiman created. Glenn Fabry (Preacher) and Adam Brown (Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens) return to create hauntingly beautiful cover art. David Mack (Kabuki, Fight Club 2) returns with gorgeous variant covers worthy of the Gods.

The first issue of American Gods: My Ainsel goes on sale March 14, 2018.

Visit CBR for more information!

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia

Dark Horse and Nintendo will continue our legendary partnership with The Legend of Zelda EncyclopediaThe Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia is a 320-page exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda franchise from the original The Legend of Zelda to The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess HD. The guide describes enemies and items, potions and poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in the 2013 smash-hit Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more, including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, the last of The Goddess Collection trilogy, which includes Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts, is a treasure trove of explanations and information about every aspect of The Legend of Zelda universe!

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia will go on sale April 24, 2018.

Check out Kotaku for more information!


Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive

Dark Horse and Square Enix are thrilled to offer the first of three volumes celebrating the entrancing lore and exciting development of the initial six entries into the Final Fantasy saga!

This holy grail of Final Fantasy fandom is packed full of original concept art, process pieces, and notes from the original artists and designers chronicling the creation of these timeless games. Totaling over three-hundred pages and collected in a high-quality hard-cover binding, Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 1 remains faithful to its original Japanese source material while simultaneously offering unparalleled accessibility for Western readers. No Final Fantasy collection is complete without this beautiful tome of art, lore, and history.

The Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive goes on sale June 05, 2018. 

Crunchyroll had the exclusive first look!

A Study in Emerald

Dark Horse’s Gamain Library continues to expand with A Study in Emerald. From multiple award-winning writer Neil Gaiman comes this graphic novel adaptation featuring art by Eisner award-winning artist Rafael Albuquerque! Rafael Scavone, co-founder of publisher Stout Club with Albuquerque, lends his compositional talent to Gaiman’s award-winning short story.

A Study in Emerald is a supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The heart-pounding tale features the brilliant detective and his faithful partner as they attempt to solve a horrific murder of cosmic proportions. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen’s Palace.

A Study in Emerald will be available for purchase on June 20, 2018. 

Paste Magazine has all the details on this new adaptation!

ARMS Graphic Novel Series 

Earlier this year, Nintendo released ARMS™, a fantasy-style fighting sports game exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. Dark Horse is thrilled to announce a new publishing program for the energetic and strategic fighting game.

Nintendo’s ARMS™ is a revolutionary fighting experience for all ages and skill levels. Utilizing the Switch’s Joy-Con™ motion control, players can choose from a roster of eccentric characters with unique personalities and abilities. Using their specially extended arms to fight, players take on opponents to win the coveted championship belt in the ARMS Grand Prix.

Dark Horse and Nintendo will publish the first of the ARMS graphic novels in summer 2018.

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Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Warman Join the Avatar: The Last Airbender Series 

Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman are the new creative team for the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series! Hicks and Wartman will collaborate with the Avatar: The Last Airbender television series executive producers and co-creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, on the next three-part graphic novel series in Dark Horse’s publishing program.

The next volume of Avatar: The Last Airbender will be available in fall 2018.

Entertainment Weekly had the exclusive scoop on the new creative team!

About Dark Horse:


For more than thirty years, 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. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, 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 Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The MaskGhostX, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon AgeBuffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConan, Tomb RaiderHaloThe Witcher,SerenityGame of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.


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