PREPARE FOR A HAIR-RAISING PAPERBACK EDITION OF “BEASTS OF BURDEN: ANIMAL RITES”
The First Volume of the Seven-Time Eisner-Award-Winning Comic Book Series Now In An Affordable Trade Paperback Format
Fresh off a double Eisner-Award win at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Dark Horse Comics is thrilled (and chilled) to offer the first volume of the award-winning series that effortlessly combines fantasy and humor to bring us the adventures of paranormal pets investigating the horrors of their suburban community in a trade paperback.
Award-winning comics creators Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese) and Jill Thompson (Who also snagged an Eisner in July for Best Painter) come together to share the lives of some unlikely heroes. Black magic, demonic frogs, and zombie roadkill are just a few of the problems plaguing the seemingly sleepy little town of Burden Hill. Beneath the quiet streets, a rat cabal plots vengeance, while in the local cemetery the dead leave their graves. With the human residents unaware of the supernatural danger, it’s up to a determined crew of dogs (and one cat) to keep their community safe. Lives will be lost, and bonds forged as the beasts of Burden Hill battle against an unknown evil rooted within their town.
Praise for Beasts of Burden:
“For pet lovers and enthusiasts of supernatural mysteries, the series is an absolute must. . . The surprise factor within this series is not the suspense or horror, but rather the emotional resonance that the writing and illustrations create. . . Beasts of Burden is one of the comic book highlights of 2009.”
“Dorkin’s script captures the well-meaning, dopey sentiments we attribute to our dogs and cats’ thoughts, and Thompson’s art finds a middle ground between storybook sweetness and EC Comics chills. It’s a lot of fun, and ideal for kids who don’t mind a little gore and ghosts with their adorable animals.”—AV Club
“[Beasts of Burden is] rapidly becoming one of my favorite comics. Nice job.”
—NEIL GAIMAN (The Sandman)
“I imagine a just world, where Beasts of Burden is ten times as popular as Twilight.”
—GAIL SIMONE (Wonder Woman)
“Beasts of Burden balances humor, heart, and horror and fosters the contrast necessary to elevate a genre.”—MTV
“. . . horror buffs and animal lovers alike will find a lot to like about [Beast of Burden’s] tightly-scripted storylines, beautiful illustrations, and appealing characters.” —Publisher’s Weekly
This volume reprints the comic-book series Beasts of Burden issues #1–4, the short stories from the Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, the Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, the Dark Horse Book of the Dead, and the Dark Horse Book of Monsters, “Stray,” “Unfamiliar,” “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie,” and “A Dog and His Boy,” published by Dark Horse Comics.
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 Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher,Serenity, Game 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.