Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Return to Sin City with The Hard Goodbye Curator's Edition


Dark Horse Presents has always prided itself on offering cutting-edge, non-traditional stories. 25 years ago, one of the most famous stories to meet those criteria debuted in work in Sin City. Now, nearly a quarter of a century later, Kitchen Sink Books imprint is assembling Frank Miller's Sin City; The Hard Goodbye Curator's Collection, due for release in 2016. The work showcases the entire graphic novel scanned from the original artwork in Frank Miller’s personal archives and reproduced unaltered and at full size.

“The Hard Goodbye was my first crack at writing and drawing a comic book with total freedom,” said Frank Miller. “I am grateful to Mike Richardson and Dark Horse for helping make it such a big success. You can now see my work warts and all. You can see just how many mistakes I actually made!”

“We’re very excited to release this new ‘Curator’s Collection’ for The Hard Goodbye that brings a unique insight into one of the comic industry’s historic treasures,” said Dark Horse President and Publisher Mike Richardson. “Frank Miller has proved time and again that he’s a titan when it comes to artistic talent, and this deluxe, oversized edition is a celebration of his most influential work.”

Curator’s Collection is the Kitchen Sink Books term for oversized, archival deluxe collections accompanied by essays, interviews and unpublished work. Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection is the first volume in the planned Curator’s Collection series from the Kitchen Sink Books imprint at Dark Horse Comics. Retailing for $175, Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection will be an impressive book to own—a deluxe hardcover with a HUGE trim size of 15 x 21.5 inches, 224 pages, and smyth sewn binding under a cloth spine. Featuring an introduction from Sin City co-director Robert Rodriguez, an epilogue by publisher Mike Richardson and a new interview with Frank Miller about his artistic technique to accompany the interior artwork—this edition is not to be missed. Ships worldwide in June 2016.

Frank Miller will be signing an exclusive print of his original cover artwork for Sin City at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM at the Dark Horse booth (#1636). This is a wristband-only event. (Wristbands distributed from the Dark Horse Comics booth by drawing at show opening on Friday and Saturday. Signing limited to a free poster that will be provided and one other comic, book, or piece of memorabilia. Some restrictions may apply.) Full press release below.

RETURN to SIN CITY with THE HARD GOODBYE CURATOR’S COLLECTION


FRANK MILLER’S ORIGINAL ARTWORK
SEEN for the FIRST TIME in a HUGE DELUXE FORMAT!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW YORK, NY—In 2016—25 years after its first publication in the pages ofDark Horse Presents—get ready to experience one of the most groundbreaking graphic novels of all time as few have ever experienced it!

Produced and assembled under the Kitchen Sink Books imprint, Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection will be published by Dark Horse Comics in 2016, showcasing the entire graphic novel scanned from the original artwork in Frank Miller’s personal archives and reproduced unaltered and at full size.

The Hard Goodbye was my first crack at writing and drawing a comic book with total freedom,” said Frank Miller. “I am grateful to Mike Richardson and Dark Horse for helping make it such a big success. You can now see my work warts and all. You can see just how many mistakes I actually made!”

“We’re very excited to release this new ‘Curator’s Collection’ for The Hard Goodbye that brings a unique insight into one of the comic industry’s historic treasures,” said Dark Horse President and Publisher Mike Richardson. “Frank Miller has proved time and again that he’s a titan when it comes to artistic talent, and this deluxe, oversized edition is a celebration of his most influential work.”

“Almost 25 years later it has become clearer just how truly groundbreaking Frank Miller’s work on Sin City was . . . aside from the drastic evolution of his artistic style toward stark and energetic black and white, Frank’s spearheading the belief that creators should actually own their creations and Mike Richardson’s willingness as a publisher to support that initiative helped shift the industry toward creator-owned work being the standard it is today,” said collection editor and designer John Lind. “The ability to show this original work in raw form and put it into context for a future generation is something we’re conscious of going in.”

“Frank has been a good friend for many years and was always one of the most ardent and vocal supporters of the CBLDF during my tenure as president.” said Kitchen Sink Books co-founder Denis Kitchen. “At my former publishing company, Frank and I never found the right big project to work on together, so it was fortuitous that decades later, through our Kitchen Sink imprint at Dark Horse, we have the chance to finally team up and produce this deluxe edition.”

Curator’s Collection is the Kitchen Sink Books term for oversized, archival deluxe collections accompanied by essays, interviews, and unpublished work. Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection is the first volume in the planned Curator’s Collection series from the Kitchen Sink Books imprint at Dark Horse Comics.

Retailing for $175, Frank Miller’s Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator’s Collection will be an impressive book to own—a deluxe hardcover with a HUGE trim size of 15 x 21.5 inches, 224 pages, and smyth sewn binding under a cloth spine. Featuring an introduction from Sin City co-director Robert Rodriguez, an epilogue by publisher Mike Richardson, and a new interview with Frank Miller about his artistic technique to accompany the interior artwork—this edition is not to be missed! Ships worldwide in June 2016.

Frank Miller will be signing an exclusive print of his original cover artwork for Sin City at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM at the Dark Horse booth (#1636). This is a wristband-only event. (Wristbands distributed from the Dark Horse Comics booth by drawing at show opening on Friday and Saturday. Signing limited to a free poster that will be provided and one other comic, book, or piece of memorabilia. Some restrictions may apply.)

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For more information or interview opportunities, contact:
Aub Driver aubd@darkhorse.com | Steve Sunu steves@darkhorse.com
Kitchen, Lind & Associates | publicity@kitchenandlind.com

About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, 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. 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 Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

About Kitchen Sink Books

Founded in 2013 by pioneering alternative publisher Denis Kitchen (of Kitchen Sink Press) and award-winning designer/editor John Lind, Kitchen Sink Books is an exclusive imprint of Dark Horse Comics focusing on archival collections, art books, and large format editions. Their debut title The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground won the 2014 Harvey Awards for Best Domestic Reprint and Excellence in Presentation. Also in 2014,Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book became the first release in Kitchen Sink Books’ ambitious Harvey Award–nominated Essential Kurtzman series, which aims to collect the most acclaimed work of this master cartoonist and satirist.

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