Thirty years is a long time. For Dark Horse, it's a momentous amount of time and the publisher is celebrating its birth thirty years ago on Saturday, June 4, with Dark Horse Day. The day will include events happening in comic shops around the country. The publisher is inviting retail partners to celebrate by offering exclusive promotional materials, ordering discounts on Dark Horse Comics backlist titles and a commemorative Dark Horse Day Sampler comic.
“Just over thirty years ago, I gathered a group of would-be collaborators in the restaurant I owned and told them I was going to start a comics company. I’m not sure whether their smiles were a result of excitement over the possibilities or amusement at the thought of it, but here we are all these years later making comic books,” remarked Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson. “It’s been an amazing journey and we’ve witnessed extraordinary changes both in the comics market and in our pop culture over three decades. We’re excited to still be spending our lives in the career we love, and we hope that you all will help us celebrate thirty years of comics.”
As Dark Horse Comics turns thirty, the publisher will present a look back at some of our top titles from past decades in an exclusive Dark Horse Day Sampler comic featuring classic stories including Aliens vs. Predator: Blood Time (1994) by Randy Stradley and Phill Norwood, Sin City: Daddy’s Little Girl (1996) by Frank Miller and The Umbrella Academy: Anywhere but Here (2008) by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. Plus: a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer tale by Christos Gage! The forty-page Dark Horse Day Sampler comic features a special cover by Steve Morris and will be available in comic shops everywhere on June 4.
“It’s hard to believe it has been thirty years—mainly because the memories of seeing our first comics on the stands and going to conventions and meeting fans for the first time are still so clear. If you’re a Dark Horse fan, or if you’ve ever been a Dark Horse fan, I hope you join us for this milestone celebration!” added Dark Horse vice president of publishing Randy Stradley.
Full press release below.
DARK HORSE DAY CELEBRATION TO TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 4!