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Dark Horse Comic Book Drops Today


The first release of the long-awaited MST3K comic book has been released today from Dark Horse Comics.

12 Replies to “Dark Horse Comic Book Drops Today”

  1. The Original EricJ
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    It’s not a graphic novel, it’s a comic book!

    (And just remember to put them in acid-free plastic collector covers, like Dr. F and Frank, before the girls come over…)

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  2. The Great Crowdini
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    Picked up my copies today and fell in love with the series immediately! Read this in the new cast’s voices, except for the two new bots, to add an episode of the show feeling. I love that Tom’s thought balloons can be heard by the other characters! Could have done without the Stranger Things ad in the middle of the issue. I will be looking forward to more!
    This BUBBULAT-R idea is great!

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  3. mst3kme
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    In related news, Rifftrax is having a sale on MST3K episodes.

    Get 10% off MST3K. Enter coupon code WATCHOUTFORSNAKES at checkout.

    Enjoy.

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  4. The Great Crowdini
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    The Original EricJ:
    It’s not a graphic novel, it’s a comic book!

    (And just remember to put them in acid-free plastic collector covers, like Dr. F and Frank, before the girls come over…)

    Done! Now I can go back to watching Tekwar!

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  5. Kenneth Morgan
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    I’ll go over to Comic Fortress on Friday and check for it, along with the latest issues of “Star Wars: Lando” and “Doctor Who Magazine”.

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  6. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    I’d prefer they riffed the stories the same way they riff the movies. “Crow always having the last word” could be pre-empted by every now and then having Crow just NOT SAY ANYTHING in a given panel. Ditto with Servo and Jonah to even things out. Oh well.

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  7. Sitting Duck
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    The Great Crowdini: Could have done without the Stranger Things ad in the middle of the issue.

    The hell? I just skimmed through my copy and couldn’t find any mention of Stranger Things. If you’re referring to the product placement for Totino’s Pizza Rolls Kinga and Max inserted, I rather liked it. Tom suffering the indignity of having his head used as an appetizer bowl is good for a few chuckles.

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  8. The Great Crowdini
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    Sitting Duck: The hell? I just skimmed through my copy and couldn’t find any mention of Stranger Things. If you’re referring to the product placement for Totino’s Pizza Rolls Kinga and Max inserted, I rather liked it. Tom suffering the indignity of having his head used as an appetizer bowl is good for a few chuckles.

    The hell, you say?

    I’m not referring to the hilarious Totino’s jokes that are part of the story.
    I was referring to the full page ad for Stranger Things #1 that is in the copies I purchased at my local graphic novel emporium.

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  9. Sitting Duck
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    That explains it. I got my issue off of Comixology (tragically, the only comic book shop within reasonable driving distance from where I live closed down seven years ago).

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  10. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    (studies image)

    Wait a minute, they’ve got copies of Black Cat and Horrific but they started out with [Johnny Jason,] Teen Reporter?!

    https://www.comics.org/issue/5130/cover/4/

    https://www.comics.org/issue/10044/cover/4/

    https://www.comics.org/issue/16984/cover/4/

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  11. Thad Boyd
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    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    I’d prefer they riffed the stories the same way they riff the movies. “Crow always having the last word” could be pre-empted by every now and then having Crow just NOT SAY ANYTHING in a given panel. Ditto with Servo and Jonah to even things out. Oh well.

    While Joel focused on “Crow always gets the last word” in his explanation of why they didn’t just go with the silhouettes at the bottom of each panel, there’s more to it than that.

    Here’s an exercise to illustrate.

    Go grab an old public domain comic (Digital Comic Museum and Comic Book Plus are good sources).

    Now, pick a story.

    Now, pick a page from the story. Not a splash page; one with a 9-panel grid or more.

    Then slap the silhouettes across the bottom of every single panel.

    Then add balloons to every panel.

    Where are you going to put them? If there’s more than one balloon on the page, and you’re responding to a particular line, and it’s not the last line on the page, then you’re going to have to put your balloon in-between multiple balloons on the page.

    You can see what I’m getting at — it’s a logistical nightmare. The panels are going to get very crowded, very fast; J&tB won’t be able to fit much dialogue of their own into a given panel; and adding the riffers’ balloons in a way that doesn’t obstruct too much on the page is a real puzzle. Good luck making it work on every panel of every page of an old comic, even if it’s just a simple 8-page story.

    Marvel’s Beavis and Butt-Head comic managed to pull off some comic riffing back in the ’90s, but they were just doing individual pages, not entire stories, and they were also doing comics from the ’90s — which focused more on bigger, splashier panels and weren’t as cramped as the public-domain comics Dark Horse is working with. (That link, for example, is to a page that only has 3 panels on it. There’s no way you’d be able to fit that much commentary-per-panel into a 9-panel grid.)

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  12. Chazbot
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    Yay! I was able to pick up the standard cover and the Steve Vance variant cover!

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