By Danica Davidson

Steve Niles knows the world of horror. He’s the mind behind 30 Days of Night, which was turned into a movie, and Criminal Macabre, among other works. Now Dark Horse is announcing their involvement with his latest project, Nosferatu Wars.

Niles has teamed up with artist Mention3 to put this vampire story together. He’s already shown some of the artwork through Twitter, and it got the internet alive with interest about this dark new work that’s putting vampires back into the world of horror.

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By Danica Davidson

Forget about the days when camp was just about canoeing and firesides. Trackers is teaming up with Dark Horse Comics to create B.P.R.D and Hellboy camps.

It’s available for ages 9-17 and will happen this July in Oregon. While of course this is just for fun, the site describes it like serious business: “Join the B.P.R.D! The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense needs your help to defend humanity against various occult horrors and paranormal threats.”

If you sign up before February 22, you’ll get an early bird discount. Flexible payment plans are being offered for some families.

Camp goers will be able to learn and do the following: “Tactical training, survival in any environment, martial arts and self-defense specific to praeternatural entities, hand to hand weaponry (foam swords, bows and more), investigation and forensics, folklore & mythology, potion and charms 101, telepathy training, gadgets of the occult: EMF detectors, polarized lenses and other paranormal investigative gear, comparative analogy and physiology of monsters, construct your own quality foam swords and training weapons, meet the artists of the comic book that documents the adventures of the B.P.R.D., Bureau history and paranormal research.”

So some of it sounds like bonafide education and some of it sounds like geeky fun. Are they going to open a camp like this for grownups?

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We’ve all thought about what we would do differently if we could go back in time and have a second chance. Peter Bagge, the graphic novelist behind Apocalypse Nerd, is exploring this dilemma in his new work, Reset.

Reset, which will debut in April and is being published by Dark Horse Comics, is about actor and comedian Guy Krause. Unfortunately, Krause’s career is less than stellar (the word “washed-up” is used). But then he offers himself up to be a research subject for an experiment dealing with virtual reality.

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Welcome to the last comic book week of the year! We’re sure there are other things that are happening for the last time this week, too, but lets be honest: 2011 clearly ends on this Wednesday. And that means less than the usual amount of comics, but don’t worry, there’s still a bunch of stand-outs. Read More...

After his contract expired with DC, many have been wondering where fan favorite indie writer Brian Wood would show up next. The answer? Everywhere. From an upcoming Wolverine series with Marvel, to a Conan series for Dark Horse, Wood is going to be dominating comic book shops in 2012. Read More...

Catch up with the characters from the original series before The Legend of Korra makes its debut in 2012.
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Today we have reviews for two Dark Horse titles for you… We’re going to skip major spoilers, but be warned there may be some things that can be construed as “in spoiler territory,” so tread carefully! On to the reviews:

The Goon #37

After several pure comedy issues, Eric Powell mixes things up a bit with a story that barely involves the Goon – and when it does, he’s only a small part of the proceedings, an instigating spark rather than the thrust of the narrative. And it mostly works, though it makes for a curious read… Though perhaps one of the more important comics that we’ve seen recently. Read More...

Wednesday and Thursday were pretty big days for digital comics – First, IDW Publishing landed on Barnes & Nobles' new Nook Tablet with over 15 of their hottest titles, then Marvel released the new Marvel Comics app 3.0 and Dark Horse announced they'd be delivering all of their titles day & date digitally the same day as print. Yea, all of that happened in two days... Head past the break for the lowdown on all of this digital comics madness!
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IDW Publishing

The Nook Tablet is Barnes & Nobles recent replacement for their popular Nook Color eReader. It runs a custom version of Google's Android OS and gives users access to TV, movies, games, apps, e-mail and best of all full color comics books. To make things even better, IDW recently struck a new deal with the big-time book seller, bringing titles such as Locke & Key, True Blood and Bloom County to the tablet. You can check out the full list of IDW comics now available on the Nook Tablet below. Read More...

Looking through our picks for the best comics of 2011, I've been trying to divine some kind of theme among the Geek staff's choices. Without really going out of our way to do so, the list of books we all gravitated towards ran the gamut from creator-owned to long-running franchises, from big, superhero fiction in revamped universes, to quietly personal dramas about relationships.

What I'm saying is, I guess: keep making things different, diverse, and strange in 2011 comic books, and we'll keep reading you.
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Back during the release of Valve's co-op zombie shooter Left 4 Dead, the studio released a tie-in webcomic comic which provided additional story to the Sacrifice DLC. Featuring art by Powers artist and co-creator Michael Oeming, the story provides a shocking reveal about the zombie plague and our quartet of heroes from the first game. Oeming is actually an in-house artist at Valve and is enjoying The Sacrifice being serialized in the November 29th Dark Horse release, Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories Volume 1, which also includes stories from both the Team Fortress 2 and Portal franchises.

We shot a couple of questions over to Mr. Oeming about The Sacrifice, telling stories the Valve way, and what's next on the horizon for Valve comics. And before you ask, yes, I did ask about the Powers TV series, and no, he had nothing new to say/reveal at this time.
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It's reaching the point now where so many companies have their hands on a piece of the Game of Thrones license, that it's kind of nuts. We just brought you news that Atlus will be publishing an action-RPG based on George R.R. Martin's books, and then there's the Dynamite ongoing series presenting another take on the novels, and finally, we've got Dark Horse teaming up with HBO to produce all of the licensed merchandise you could ever ask for from the land of Westeros.

Starting in March of next year, the Dark Horse Deluxe line will be responsible for all of the toys, patches, stickers, playing cards, mugs, etc. that will be sure to have some odd entries in January's Previews.

Here's a snippet of the actual release:

Dark Horse Deluxe is proud to announce, in partnership with HBO, a vast Game of Thrones product line debuting in the spring of 2012, leading up to the show’s second-season premiere in April. Licensed product categories derived from the series will span a large range, including statues, busts, and action figures; prop and jewelry replicas; and barware, stationery, and other collectibles. This exciting new line of products debuts with a range of branded magnets, patches, playing cards, coaster sets, and more.

“We are delighted to be part of HBO’s licensing roster for Game of Thrones. We are big fans of the television adaptation,” said Dark Horse’s VP of Product Development, David Scroggy. “We are working closely with HBO to develop a line of products inspired by the series that will delight the fan base.”

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Those of you bummed out about the untimely passing of Hellboy will be pleased to know that the Big Red is back in an all new original graphic novel, which pits our hero against every classic movie monster in the book… And also there are luchadors. So basically? Best comic book ever.

Okay, so that’s being a little glib, but after the epic apocalypse that led to Hellboy’s demise, ‘House of the Living Dead’ works as a lovely palate cleanser before the next Hellboy story, which finds him, appropriately, in Hell. Flashing back to a time right after the Hellboy in Mexico one-shot (don’t worry, if you didn’t read that, all the info you need is in this book), this OGN – like most of author Mike Mignola’s best work – mixes horror, action, humor, and true, honest pathos into a neat graphic bundle.

Hellboy, you see, is mourning the loss of one of his friends by drinking himself into a stupor, and becoming one of the most sensational luchadors (masked Mexican wrestlers) on the circuit. So naturally, he attracts the attention of some rather unsavory characters, particularly a Central American version of Dr. Frankenstein. Fighting, as you can imagine, ensues; but at no point do Mignola, or artist Richard Corben lose track of the main focus, and that’s making Hellboy miserable. Read More...


Shephard!
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Today we’ve got two advance, spoiler free reviews of Dark Horse comics for you! But you know, some light spoilers anyway. So be careful, friends.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #2

I’m not going to recap everything I said in my review of the last issue of Buffy Season 9, but here’s the gist: after an increasingly convoluted Season 8, Joss Whedon and team used issue one to bring things back to basics, ending with a laugh out loud funny page that very clearly grounded this new series in reality. Well, sure, a reality where super strong girls fight the undead, and demons demand payment for student loans, but reality nonetheless.

Luckily, this second issue is even more grounded. Where Whedon went for a time jumping structure through issue one, Andrew Chambliss – a writer on Dollhouse, among other TV shows – takes the writing chores on issue two, and with one exception makes things even simpler. Read More...

As the 2011 New York Comic Con approaches, it seems more and more companies are unveiling exclusive collectibles and merchandise for the big show. Today we're taking a look at a Marvel Comics Spider-Man statue that is being released by Dark Horse as part of their Syroco line! We reported on this awesome tag-team when it was first announced and now's your chance to grab the Webhead while he's sporting a sweet-ass web cartridge belt!

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