Dark Horse – NEWS WEEK (January 14th, 2019)

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In our recap of everything (from the past week) from Dark Horse comes a preview of J.M. DeMatteis and Corin Howell’s THE GIRL IN THE BAY #1, a retelling of the Snow White fairytale from the team of Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doranand more.

J.M. DeMatteis and Corin Howell team up for the next new title from editor Karen Berger’s Berger Books imprint.

The title about a girl who was murdered and had her body tossed in a bay…only to emerge 50 years later and find out that a doppelganger replaced her, will be released on February 6th.

Cover of Dark Horse's THE GIRL IN THE BAY #1

One of the pieces of news that I’m excited for this week was the announcement that Neil Gaiman will be writing a new take on the classic Snow White fairytale with art by Colleen Doran.

SNOW, GLASS, APPLES will be available as a hardcover this August 7th.

Cover of Dark Horse's SNOW, GLASS, APPLES hardcover

As the week came to and end, Dark Horse announced that J.M. DeMatteis’ MOONSHADOW will get a new release.

The 500+ page hardcover with art by handpainted art by Jon J Muth will include a new introduction from DeMatteis, and some early concept work.

Cover of Dark Horse's MOONSHADOW THE DEFINITIVE EDITION

All press releases are below. All artwork courtesy of Dark Horse.

THE GIRL IN THE BAY #1 | J.M. DeMatteis and Corin Howell

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (January 14, 2019)—Dark Horse is pleased to offer a first look at J.M. DeMatteis and Corin Howell’s newest comic THE GIRL IN THE BAY #1


THE GIRL IN THE BAY #1

  • Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
  • Artist: Corin Howell
  • Editor: Karen Berger
  • Cover Artist: Corin Howell
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2019

In 1969, seventeen-year-old Kathy Sartori was brutally attacked, her body hurled into Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay. Miraculously, she survives and fights her way back to the surface, only to discover that fifty years have passed and an eerie doppelgänger has lived out an entire life in her place. 
Soon, Kathy must confront not just this strange double, but the madman who ”murdered” her five decades earlier. Will he, and the dark entity that lives inside him, hold the key to Kathy’s missing years? Or will Kathy become a ghost of herself, forced to live out what remains of her life on the edge of the world that she desperately wants to be a part of? 

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL—WHO’S THE VILLAIN AFTER ALL?

Neil Gaiman’s Original Short Story “Snow, Glass, Apples” Beautifully Adapted by Colleen Doran

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (January 15, 2019)—Neil Gaiman’s chilling retelling of the Snow White fairytale, Snow, Glass, Apples has been gloriously adapted by Colleen Doran, who previously adapted Gaiman’s award-winning short story Troll Bridge.

Terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel the creature and save her kingdom, a not-so-evil queen desperately tries to stop a “happily” ever after that was never supposed to be. Stopping ever after, however, is no small task…

From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula award–winning, and #1 New York Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Neverwhere, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and many others) comes this graphic novel adaptation by Colleen Doran (Sandman, Troll Bridge)! Snow, Glass, Apples comes to you in a beautiful hardcover format and is an essential addition to the Dark Horse’s Neil Gaiman library program.

Snow, Glass, Apples goes on sale August 7, 2019, and is available for pre-order on Amazon and at your local comic shop.

Praise for Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran’s Troll Bridge:

“But what makes Gaiman so much more effective is how he’s able to take these old legends and use them to help create an emotional and empathetic story… Doran, however, blows a different life into the scene. She captures the excitement and jubilation of childhood…” —Multiversity Comics

“I don’t need to tell anyone that Gaiman is a good writer. But, as a fan, it’s nice to be reminded of how good he can be.” —AiPT!

“I highly recommend this graphic novel but please, when you read it, take your time. Explore each beautiful page that Colleen Doran has created” —Outright Geekery

America’s First Fully Painted Graphic Novel, Moonshadow, has a new home at Dark Horse!

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (January 16, 2019)—Known as America’s first fully painted graphic novel, the poetic, philosophical, and groundbreaking Moonshadow gets a deluxe hardcover treatment available Summer 2019. This definitive edition with over 500 pages includes a new introduction by creator J.M. DeMatteis, as well as a bonus section featuring early concept work. 

Moonshadow tells the story of a romantic, unreliable narrator who leads us through his interplanetary coming-of-age story, as an older Moonshadow recounts his strange birth in outer space, his escape from a deep-space zoo, and his struggles to survive in a war-torn universe. 

Featuring gorgeous watercolor artwork by Eisner Award Winner and Caldecott Honoree Jon J Muth (Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The Wake), this influential “fairy tale for adults” includes the Farewell Moonshadow illustrated novella that gives fans a look at Moon’s life after his tumultuous, space-faring teens and misadventures with the miscreant Ira. Digitally restored and including all original cover work, this volume also includes illustrations by Kent Williams (Epic Illustrated, Havok, Wolverine: Meltdown) and Eisner Award Winner George Pratt (Wolverine: Netsuke, Epic Illustrated, Enemy Ace: War Idyll) and lettering by Kevin Nowlan (Lobster Johnson, The Goon: Noir, Doctor Strange). A sci-fi fantasy that Ray Bradbury called, “Beautiful, original, haunting,” and DeMatteis himself calls “Dickens’ David Copperfield meets Siddhartha in space.”

This beautiful classic returns to comic shops June 12, 2019, arrives in bookstores on June 25, 2019, and is available for pre-order on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop

In addition to this new hardcover treatment of Moonshadow, J.M. DeMatteis will also publish The Girl in the Bay, a new comic series with artist Corin Howell, on February 6, 2019. The Girl in the Bay is the next installment in Karen Berger’s critically acclaimed Berger Books imprint at Dark Horse.

Praise for Moonshadow: 

“It’s lovely. It makes you feel better about comics.” –Frank Miller 

“…a real miracle of the modern comic book world, a poetic violent, bawdy, satiric, and deeply heartfelt fable of human enlightenment.” –Amazing Heroes 

“A spectral literate tone-poem.” –New York Daily News

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