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Coming in April

Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith comic and graphic novel film adaptations arrive this April!

The official comics adaptation of the most anticipated of the Star Wars films! The action of the Clone Wars comes to a dramatic conclusion, and events are put in place for A New Hope. Battles rage in space, armies clash on alien worlds, heroes become martyrs, and friends become enemies—all leading up to the biggest, longest, and most incredible lightsaber duel in Star Wars history!

This is the film that answers the questions, How did Anakin succumb to the dark side? What happened to Luke and Leia's mother? And why are there no Jedi around in the original Trilogy?

Artist Doug Wheatley (Star Wars: Empire volume two) brings a level of life and detail to the adaptation that rivals that of the films themselves. An epic graphic novel not to be missed!

The Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith adaptation, written by Miles Lane with art by Doug Wheatley, arrives on sale April 2, with a retail price of $12.95. Edited by Randy Stradley.

ISBN: 1-59307-309-7

Single-issue comics adaptation:

Issue #1, On sale April 2, $2.99
Issue #2, On sale April 13, $2.99
Issue #3, On sale April 20, $2.99
Issue #4, On sale April 27, $2.99

Shipping weekly, this four-issue series features covers by Dave Dorman!

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Star Wars: Visionaries
For the first time ever Star Wars concept artists and designers write and draw Star Wars comics stores!

They've been responsible for some of the most dazzling and awe-inspiring visuals ever put to film, and now the concept artists behind the Star Wars prequels are bringing their considerable talents to comics.

Just in time for Star Wars: Episode III, the wildly gifted minds of the Lucasfilm art department and visual effects powerhouse Industrial Light & Magic come together to tell their own Star Wars tales in this compilation of short stories. Given free reign to explore any and every aspect of the Star Wars universe, each artist offers a new twist or a deeper view into that galaxy far, far away. Nowhere else will you find a more pure or more different look at George Lucas' enduring creation than through the eyes of the Star Wars: Visionaries.

Star Wars: Visionaries features the talents of Iain McCaig (w/a), Warren Fu (w/a), Derek Thompson (w/a), and more! It arrives on sale April 2 with a retail price of $12.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-311-9

Tony Millionaire unravels his monkey
in That Darn Yarn

By popular demand, Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire returns to bring you another charming adventure.

Here is a book that contains two stories in one. On the right-hand side is a story about a sock monkey getting his foot snagged on a tack as he's going down the stairs. As he rambles around Ann Louise's Victorian house he unravels. On the left-hand page is a story about Ann Louise finding a ball of yarn and beginning to knit a sock monkey.

The stories merge as the book unfolds and the adventure develops.

Written and drawn by Tony Millionaire, That Darn Yarn arrives on sale April 27, with a retail price of $7.95. Edited by Dave Land.

ISBN: 1-59582-009-4

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From Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of Akira, comes Hipira: The Little Vampire

Welcome to the vampire city of Saruta, where the sun never rises, and all the vampire children love trying to stay up late. Hipira-Kun is a precocious young vampire whose best friend is a fairy named Soul. Hipira-Kun and Soul are an odd couple to say the least, and their games, pranks, and adventures are extraordinary even for dwellers of this supernatural city.

Hipira: The Little Vampire is a delightfully bright twist to traditionally dark subject matter in the spirit of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Monsters, Inc. Filled with fun, wonder, and heart, the illustrations look like they have been pulled off the screen of a top-flight animated feature. Hipira is a children's book like no other, one that will appeal to readers of all ages.

Written by Katsuhiro Otomo with art by Shinji Kimura, Hipira: The Little Vampire arrives on sale April 27 with a retail price of $13.95. Edited by Chris Warner.

ISBN: 1-59582-002-7

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A depraved look at suburbia
in Joe Casey's The Milkman Murders

After an assault by a mysterious and monstrous milkman, a typical American housewife has finally had too much of her hideous, deranged family, and she takes a simple word of advice from her idol, the perfect 1950s mom on her television screen—“Discipline.”

From the minds of Joe Casey and Steve Parkhouse, who exposed the monstrous side of British suburban life in Alan Moore's The Bojeffries Saga, and later took on global madness in Grant Morrison's The Invisibles, comes the most shocking of all Dark Horse's new brand of horror comics. The unraveling of our forlorn homemaker's hopes leads to unprecedented terror, heralded by a demonic vision—The Milkman, a twisted parody of a Norman Rockwell image as painted by serial-killing folk-artist John Wayne Gacy. Edited by Scott Allie.

Written by Joe Casey with art by Steve Parkhouse, The Milkman Murders arrives on sale April 27, with a retail price of $12.95.

ISBN: 1-59307-080-2

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Comics legends meet in Eisner/Miller

Eisner/Miller is a fascinating discourse between two of this medium's greatest contributors—comics legend Will Eisner and Sin City creator and co-director Frank Miller. It would be hard to imagine any creators who have affected their chosen medium more than Eisner and Miller have influenced the world of comic books and graphic novels. Now, life-long comics fans and culture-curious readers are invited to listen in as a legendary innovator and godfather of sequential art (Eisner) and the modern master of cinematic comics storytelling (Miller) discuss one on one, in an intimate interview format, the ins-and-outs of this absorbing and often controversial art form.

Eisner/Miller is widely illustrated and features rare, behind-the-scenes photos of Eisner, Miller, and other notable creators.

Eisner/Miller arrives on sale April 27 with a retail price of $19.95. Edited by Diana Schutz.

ISBN: 1-56971-755-9

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Conan Volume 1: The Frost Giant's Daughter and Other Stories softcover edition.

When the internationally famous barbarian hero returned to comics, with an all-new fresh start by award-winning writer Kurt Busiek (JLA/Avengers, Astro City) and dynamic artists Cary Nord, Thomas Yeates, and Dave Stewart, the result was instant sell-outs and multiple printings to keep up with the demand. Now Conan's earliest adventures are collected in a handsome 176-page collection. Catch all the action and savagery as he wars with the murderous Vanir, meets the Frost Giant's Daughter, and is taken as a slave by the ancient sorcerers of Hyperborea! This top-selling new series faithfully expands on original author Robert E. Howard's literary creation. Collecting issues #1-#6 and fourteen pages from issue #7 of the ongoing series.

“Writer Kurt Busiek treats him with the dignified respect due one of the towering figures in fantasy literature … it feels like historians unearthed a vibrant, bloody tapestry. These are, once again, the days of high adventure.”—Entertainment Weekly

Conan Volume 1: The Frost Giant's Daughter and Other Stories softcover collection features story by Kurt Busiek with art by Cary Nord & Thomas Yeates. It arrives on sale April 27, with a retail price of $15.95. Edited by Scott Allie.

ISBN: 1-59307-301-1

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From the creator of The Goon comes
Billy The Kid's Old-Timey Oddities

Billy the Kid having faked his own death is now free to roam America, and start a new life, unhindered by his past crimes and criminal record. Free, that is, until someone discovers his true identity. Fineas Sproule and his band of traveling sideshow performers blackmail the Kid into joining their troupe. These performers are the rarest breed of human oddities and deforms: an alligator man, a dog-face boy, a wild man, a miniature boy, a psychic, a tattooed woman, and Sproule, himself, also known as “The Human Spider.” Billy begrudgingly agrees. Sproule, on top of everything else, is something of a treasure hunter. He and his band are set to travel to Europe to steal a priceless artifact from a mysterious scientist, a Dr. Victor Frankenstein, with Billy as their hired gun.

Billy the Kid's Old-Timey Oddities is written by Eric Powell (writer/artist of the International Horror Guild award-winner and 2003 Eisner Award-winner, The Goon) and illustrated by Kyle Hotz (fan-favorite artist of The Agency and The Hood). This series combines Hotz's quirky macabre visuals and Powell's humorous fast-paced storytelling into an off-beat epic adventure full of interesting characters combining the unlikely genres of spaghetti western and Hammer horror.

Billy the Kid's Old-Timey Oddities features the writing talents of Eric Powell with art by Kyle Hotz. Issue #1 (of 4) arrives on sale April 20 with a retail price of $2.99. Edited by Matt Dryer.

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P. Craig Russell adapts Robert E. Howard in
Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur

She's made a string of bad choices, and now a young woman has let herself become the pawn of mercenaries—and one of those mercenaries is Conan of Cimmeria. As the former dancing girl poses as the dead oracle of a primitive cult, Conan puts his military and thieving experience together in one of his last adventures before becoming King.

P. Craig Russell, the award-winning artist who's made his reputation adapting literature to comics, takes the greatest hero to ever make the leap from books to comics in this dazzling adaptation. With stories like The Jewels of Gwahlur, Robert E. Howard invented the genre of sword and sorcery fiction, and no matter how many times the master has been imitated, stories like this one have not been surpassed.

Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur features story and art by P. Craig Russell. Issue #1 (of 3) arrives on sale April 6 with a retail price of $2.99. Edited by Scott Allie.

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Will Eisner's The Spirit meets The Escapist in The Amazing Adventures Of The Escapist #6

In these pages, the Spirit meets the Escapist! That's right—legendary comics godfather Will Eisner returns to his world-famous creation for a meeting that neither WWII-era hero will soon forget. This is the first new Spirit story both written and drawn by Eisner to see print in decades!

Also in this issue is the comics writing debut of Lannan and Whiting award-winner Chris Offutt! Thomas Yeates (Conan) lushly illustrates this celebrated author's tale of the Escapist in Vietnam. Dan Best and Eddie Campbell (From Hell) present a fully painted story of the Empire City 1939 World's Fair, and Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!) returns to concoct “Liberators,” a fact-based tale of art looted by the Nazis, set in 1945 Paris! Norwegian indie cartoonist JASON contributes an Escapist spoof, and Steven Grant and Norm Breyfogle proffer the first Weird Date story of the anthology! One of the myriad classic titles created by Kavalier & Clay, Weird Date featured mixes of classic Alex Toth romance comics and outrageous Jack Cole crime comics of the sort that put Dr. Freddie Wertham's undies in a twist!

Cover art by comics legend Will Eisner features two of his most famous characters: the Spirit and Ellen Dolan!

Michael Chabon Presents The Amazing Adventures Of The Escapist #6 features the talents of Will Eisner (W/A), Thomas Yeates (A), Chris Offutt (W), Steven Grant (W), Howard Chaykin (W/A), Jason (W/A), Dan Best (W), Eddie Campbell (W/A), and Norm Breyfogle (A).

It arrives on sale April 13, with a retail price of $8.95.

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Dark Horse April Products

Mirror Mask Dark Queen bust

As fans are discovering, The Jim Henson Company is producing a very special film by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean—Mirror Mask.

This month, Dark Horse continues its line of Mirror Mask items with the Dark Queen bust sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios,

On sale in April, the Dark Queen Bust is 7" tall and fully painted with a retail price of $44.99.

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Kotobukiya Chewbacca soft vinyl model kit

A new release in our import program of large vinyl Star Wars figures Han Solo's faithful co-pilot, Chewbacca is a reliable ally of the rebel army. Poised and ready to defend himself, it's easy to imagine Chewbacca's distinct voice as he roars at an onslaught of Stormtroopers or leads Princess Leia to safety.

On sale in April, consisting of 10 easily assembled pieces, and packaged in a giant color window-box, $99.99.

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Kotobukiya Yoda pre-painted soft vinyl model kit

A new release in our import program of the award-winning Kotobukiya large vinyl Star Wars figures, this one is likely to prove to be one of the most popular releases of all. Yoda: the wisest of all Jedi masters. This detailed, 1/7 scale, easy-to-assemble model kit conveys the calm spirit and knowing gaze of the diminutive Dagobah-dwelling Master of the Force. A must-have for any fan.

On sale in April, 5" tall, packaged in a color window-box, $44.99.

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Kotobukiya Sand Trooper (orange) soft vinyl model kit

Imagine you're a somewhat notorious bounty hunter standing under the desolate heat of Tatooine's twin suns, scavenging the rogue planet for work and connections. You try to keep to yourself and remain unnoticed as you step into the cantina for refreshment and maybe drum up some work. After a quick chat with the locals you exit the cantina hopeful you will be able to make use of this desolate outback spaceport as a means to an end. Before you can get too far you run straight into one of the Empire's most feared and menacing enforcers, an Imperial Sand trooper! You dodge them after answering a few questions about some missing droids and you know you've been lucky this time. Sand troopers usually shoot first and ask questions later. You know this will be your last visit to Tatooine for long time…

The Sand Trooper is a memorable part of the original, classic Star Wars movie and is an essential part of any Kotobukiya collection.

On sale in April, 11" tall vinyl figure, packaged in a color window-box, $99.99

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Aliens vs. Predator “chops”

In China, the art of carving and engraving “chops,” a device used to imprint a personal seal of identity, dates back over 3,000 years. Visitors to Hong Kong and other Asian cities discover a wide range of these unique items, generally carved in the shape of animals that symbolize the various birth years of the Chinese calendar.

Today seals are still widely used and the art of seal engraving has become more popular than ever before. Many foreigners are now able to appreciate this art form which for a long time has been considered uniquely Chinese.

Dark Horse has decided to take this one step further, and has created their own special chops in the shape of our old pals Alien and Predator. The symbol on the bottom is taken from the hieroglyphics seen in Twentieth Century Fox's Aliens vs. Predator film. Designed by Curt Chiarelli.

On sale in April, Alien Chop, 5.5" tall figure with a stone texture finish, $29.99.

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On sale in April, Predator Chop, 5.5" tall figure with a stone texture finish, $29.99.

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