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The creator of "30 Days of Night" and "Criminal Macabre" was wary about trying to make a monster story out of the golem. The many different stories about golems (there doesn't seem to be one key golem myth) are often about giving life to a lump of clay and seeing what happens, strange tales tied up in faith, alchemic science, and mysticism. "I've done my take on the Frankenstein myth, on Dracula, vampire, and werewolves, and the golem is always one that seemed really hard to tackle," Niles recently told me by phone "Because it was always so firmly entrenched in Jewish mysticism, it seemed like a hard thing to tell a straight monster from."

But even after getting several short stories about the creature out of his system, Niles couldn't quite exorcise the golem from his mind, ultimately teaming up with artist Dave Wachter ("The Hell-Bound Train") to bring to life his WWII-set miniseries about Jews enlisting the aid of the creature to protect them from the Nazis.

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Hellboy's still in Hell and Mike Mignola came to Emerald City Comic-Con to talk about it. The "Hellboy in Hell" and "B.P.R.D." creator talked about the present and future of the Dark Horse series as one hero goes to hell and another group of heroes suffer Hell on Earth!

Find out why we shouldn't expect to see God in "Hellboy," what it's like collaborating with Guillermo del Toro, and exploring mythology through the "Hellboy" universe.

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Dark Horse Comics long ago distinguished itself as the home of non-capes comics, but in 2013, they're embracing them with Ghost, X, Captain Midnight and more in new series as the publisher explores the pulps and modern supes throughout the year. Plus, more new characters will be introduced in "Dark Horse Presents" throughout 2013.

Find out what the publisher has in store for superhero fans in this recap of their Emerald City Comic-Con panel.

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At Toy Fair, Dark Horse gave us an exclusive first look at the beautifully sculpted statue of one of "Game of Thrones'" undead White Walkers and we're thrilled to be able to show it off. Also, you'll get to see Peter Dinklage in statue form, ready for battle as Tyrion, and a pair of lovely "Thrones" bookends.

See your first look at the White Walker and more below!

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[Update: in the original post, we mistakenly identified the release date of the first season of "The Legend of Korra" as set for May. This has not been confirmed by Nickelodeon, but we'll have an update for you when there is a concrete release date.]

The hardcover "The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series—Book One: Air" will out July 24 from Dark Horse, featuring commentary from the show's creators.

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"The obstacles," writer and producer Peter Lenkov chuckles when I ask him about the challenges of getting his comic "R.I.P.D." to the big screen. "Being in development hell for ten years."

Lenkov, who has a list of credits going back 20 years has worked steadily in film and TV (he's the mind behind "Demolition Man," and don't think I didn't ask him about that), but "R.I.P.D." was for the longest time that elusive project, tied up in the not uncommon snarl of delays, budgetary concerns, and false starts since Universal first set eyes on the concept.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's been talking up a "Legend of Conan" flick since he left office and since it looks like it's actually happening, (Arnie's even saying Paul Verhoeven is interested in directing!) Dark Horse is making sure you don't forget where the barbarian king came from this May with "King Conan: Hour of the Dragon" - an adaptation of Conan-creator Robert E. Howard’s only Conan novel!

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In other "Star Wars" news: Brian Wood's take on the comic book version of the galaxy that is so very far away is sold out for the second time.

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Author Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's comic-apocalyptic novel "Jam" pokes fun at military-industrial incompetence, an over-saturation of hipster irony, and the corporate hive mind--all pretty soft targets for the usually sharp and funny writer. Unfortunately, given its broadsides against such dull unworthies, a lead character who's a quivering moral vacuum (although that's not a bad thing in and of itself), and a weirdly languorous structure, this story of the carnivorous strawberry jam that ate Brisbane never really does justice to the absurdity of that pitch.

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"The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" from the My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, his co-writer Shaun Simon and artist Becky Cloonan was first announced in 2009 to coincide with the release of the band's futuristic, sci-fi concept album "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys." Well, now the comic is finally upon us as Dark Horse is set to release the first issue on June 6.

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It goes without saying at this point that Guillermo del Toro is a busy guy. Between directing the upcoming "Pacific Rim," producing "Rise of the Guardians," discussing a possible "Justice League Dark"-type movie (see his final answer!) and much more, he found time to oversee the adaption of he and Chuck Hogan's trilogy of vampire novels "The Strain" into a comic series for Dark Horse which has been collected in a trade to be released on Wednesday, November 14. "The Strain" is written by David Lapham with art by Mike Huddleston, colors by Dan Jackson and inks by E.M. Gist but as you'll learn from the interview below, del Toro had a hand in the production every step of the way. In case you don't know, according to Dark Horse, "The Strain" is:

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Before you follow Hellboy and Mike Mignola into Hell, get caught up by hitting the top moments of ol' Red's mightily eventuful life with this handy "Hellboy Timeline." Just click the image below to open a nicely organized, linked image that'll take you to Dark Horse's digital store so you can pick up each of these pivotal arcs.

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As Dark Horse Comics President Mike Richardson posted on Facebook yesterday, yesterday's Disney/Lucasfilm merger is likely to have some sort of impact on their decades-long relationship with the "Star Wars" franchise:

"Dark Horse and LucasFilm have a strong partnership which spans over 20 years, and has produced multiple characters and story lines which are now part of the Star Wars lore. Star Wars will be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we'll all have to see what it means for the future." Read More...

Mike Norton is everywhere these days, from his highly successful web comic "Battlepug", to the gothic horror of "Revival", to work on Marvel's "Defenders" and "Young Avengers". We snagged some of the creator's precious time to chat over e-mail about where he is now with his work, what's coming up, and managing a busy schedule:

MTV Geek: Mike, you seem to be everywhere these days… How are you working on so many projects at the same time? Are you magic?

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It's very important for Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler of VFX and animation house Blur Studios that you know they're huge fans of Eric Powell's "The Goon." It's why the duo--along with producer David Fincher--are hustling so hard to put together a story reel for prospective studios for their CG adaptation of the Dark Horse ongoing. A story reel is a feature-length cut of all of the storyboards for the film with music and voice acting, and they've taken to Kickstarter to get this $400,000 project funded.

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