10:47am PT by Graeme McMillan
Dark Horse Unveils 'Buffy,' 'Sin City' Sampler for Anniversary
Dark Horse Comics is marking its 30th anniversary this June with the first "Dark Horse Day," a birthday celebration with promotional events in comic stores across the U.S. as well as a one-shot comic sampler featuring an all-new Buffy the Vampire Slayer story.
Throughout its history, the Oregon-based publisher has become home to a number of well-known properties, including Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Frank Miller's Sin City and Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's The Umbrella Academy.
For more than two decades, Dark Horse was the comic publisher of choice for the Star Wars franchise and remains the license holder for pop culture franchises including Tomb Raider, Aliens, Serenity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Later this year, it'll release The Twist, Joss Whedon's first project post-Marvel Studios, with a new line of titles based on James Cameron's Avatar also in the works.
In a statement, Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson said, "Just over 30 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."
The June 4 promotion will see the release of Dark Horse Day Sampler, a 40-page greatest hits collection of material that includes classic Aliens vs. Predator, Sin City and The Umbrella Academy strips as well as a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer story written by Christos Gage. Additionally, the publisher will offer retailers exclusive promotional material and discounts on backlist titles.