Annnd here’s a look at my set of Star Wars: Knight Errant covers from volume 2 of the series (2012).
Following last week’s statements regarding the transition of the Star Wars comic book license from Dark Horse Comics to Marvel, the biggest questions weren’t whether Darth Vader would meet Doctor Doom or who The House of Ideas would hire to helm its presumed projects in 2015. Many were curious about Dark Horse’s backlist — some 20 years of comic book stories by hundreds of prominent writers, artists and other creators —and the continuity they’d built outside that of the canon established in Lucasfilm’s six features and related tie-ins (those two Ewok movies were wild, man). Also in question was the future of Dark Horse Comics V.P. of Publishing and Star Wars editor Randy Stradley. Now, thanks to a response from Dark Horse, we have at least a few more answers.
It seemed like a foregone conclusion following Disney’s $4.05 billion acquisition of Star Wars owners Lucasfilm last year, but Marvel and Dark Horse Comics made it official today: The Star Wars comics franchise will move next year from Dark Horse, which has had the license for 22 years, back to Marvel, which published the first Star Wars comics when the original movies were coming out in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That’s usually gift card territory. But it doesn’t have to end that way! We’re here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we’ve got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.
By Betty Felon
With the growing popularity of cosplay in the world of pop culture (as well as our own Best Cosplay Ever feature), the cosplay community has grown rich with costumers who specialize in creative and intensive skills, from sewing to prop work to makeup artistry, to help bring their beloved fictional characters to life. However, one cannot deny the integral role that cosplay photography plays in the cosplay community, both in properly documenting costume work and utilizing their own artistic talents in completing the transformation of bringing a fictional character to life. Going forward, this feature will occasionally spotlight a specific cosplay photographer who’s skills could put Peter Parker to shame.
Enjoy a brief interlude from the fierce torrent of critically important and hugely relevant news that comes every October 31 with this special edition of Let’s Be Friends Again in which Curt Franklin and Chris Haley imagine the Halloween costumes of our favorite superheroes.
By Chris Sims
Good news for those of you who like standing in lines! Diamond has announced its exclusives for next month’s San Diego Comic-Con International, with variant covers for comics like Adventure Time and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, as well as toys like plastic bank limited to 1500 pieces with the somewhat dubious description of being “a fan-favorite repair droid from Naboo.”
Okay, sure, that last one’s just an R2-D2 bank that somebody took a gold Sharpie to, but there’s some neat stuff to be found there as well if you’re into limited variants and exclusive action figures.
Check out the whole roster on ComicsAlliance.