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DC Comics celebrates the anniversary of The New 52 this September with Futures End, an apocalyptic peek into the DC Universe five years from now! In addition to the weekly Futures End series, DC is releasing 41 special Futures End #1 issues — each with 3-D Motion and Standard cover options!
If you remember DC’s Villains Month last year, you’ll recall that these issues sold out like lightning — and retailers were allocated. Therefore, we encourage you to visit our Futures End series page and pre-order the comics you want immediately!
The first round of 3-D cover images have been released: check out the gifs below!
Which covers are you most excited about? Post your comments below!
Gifts for TV lovers are hotter than ever before. Why? Just look at Twitter and Facebook: millions of people are discussing — and debating — their favorite shows, past and present. Whether it’s current shows like Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones, or dearly departed friends like The X-Files, Star Trek, Firefly, Dexter, or Breaking Bad, fans are obsessed. And so are we!
That’s why we put together our Gifts for TV Lovers Page and updated it for the current holiday season! Do you have some Whedon fans on your list? Browse everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novels to the new Serenity comics, as well as the Angel and Faith series. Are you a fan of animated shows like Adventure Time and Regular Show? We’ve got POP! vinyl figures, apparel, and more.
Find our recommended gifts for TV lovers in the Staff Picks section at the bottom of this and all of our Gift Ideas Pages. We make it simple to find all of the gifts you need this holiday season by organizing thousands of handpicked items by category, prices, and more — make sure to pick up a little something for yourself, too!
Pro tip: give your gifts the best chance of arriving before December 24: check out our Holiday Shipping Guide. Need extra help? Our customer service “elves” are always ready to help: click the Live Chat button at the top of our Gifts for TV Lovers page Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm PST.
What’s your favorite collectible from a television show? Post your comments below!
Stocking stuffers are fun for many reasons: they give you a chance to show your sense of humor — or take a chance on something you think someone might like — without spending a lot of money. There are cute (or scary, or funny) little gifts out there for everyone, and at TFAW, you can pick up a bagful of thoughtful, affordable stocking stuffers in just a few minutes!
Just visit our Gifts Ideas Pages and check out our Stocking Stuffers Page. It’s filled with hundreds of mini figures, patches, keychains, and other cheap gifts for men, women, and kids. The best thing? Almost everything is $10 or less!
One of our most popular stocking stuffer options is the POP! vinyl figures by Funko. You can find an adorable little figure for almost any interest — we’ve got POP! vinyls featuring Disney princesses, characters from The Regular Show, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones, Marvel and DC superheroes, My Little Pony figures, and many more.
Grab a Doctor Who mug for a co-worker, a LEGO mini figure pack for your niece or nephew, and an Ame Comi mini figure for your girlfriend! We make it easy to get all the stocking stuffers you need for all of the different people on your list, in a fraction of the time you’d spend driving all over town.
Check out the Staff Picks at the bottom of all of our Gift Ideas Pages for inspiration, and make sure to check out our Holiday Shipping Schedule to make sure your sleighful of gifts will arrive before December 24!
Are you psyched about stocking stuffers? What’s the weirdest one you’ve ever gotten? Post your comments below!
If you’re shopping for someone who loves statues this holiday season, TFAW has a wide selection of DC statues for you to choose from for them. Why get them a DC statue this holiday season you ask? Here are a few great reasons why DC statues are a gift you can be proud to give this holiday season.
- DC Statues are Beautiful Pieces of Art
- A Wide Selection to Choose From
- Something They Can Keep Forever
Just like the pages of the comics they are pulled from statues are incredible works of art that any DC fan would be excited to display on their mantle. Not only that, but most statues are numbered limited editions and come with a certificate of authenticity showing them you got them a quality gift. We carry statues from all of the top companies today like DC Direct, Bowen, Artfx+, and more!
We have one of the best selections of DC statues for you to choose from. We carry statues featuring all of their favorite heroes and villains of the DCU. Whether they are fans of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman or even the vile Joker, we are sure to have the statue they would want to display for all of their friends to see.
Just like the statues of ancient Greece, your gift will be with them forever. Every time they look at it to appreciate the beauty of it they will remember you and the feelings they had when they first opened their gift. Plus, some statues are even known to go up in value over time just like some comics!
We take pride in the fact that we are some of the most knowledgeable people on the planet when it comes to comics and pop culture collectibles, so who better to help find the best holiday gifts and help you be a superhero this holiday season? Simply click the green Live Chat button at the top of our Gift Ideas Pages.
Leave your comments below to let us know what geeky gifts you have found for yourself and your loved ones!
Comic book gifts might just be the way to go for those hard-to-buy-for people on your shopping list this holiday season. With the success of such films as the Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, the Iron Man trilogy, Man of Steel, and more, comic book characters have never been more popular!
Even if they aren’t comic book experts, your friends and family might really enjoy reading the backstories of their favorite characters from their new favorite superhero movies, or possibly even just want to start reading comics. Lucky for you, at TFAW we have a fantastic selection of comics and graphic novels for you to choose from. We carry comics and graphic novels from all of the major publishers like Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. Not only that, but we also carry a whole slew of titles from independent publishers like Image, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW, Boom Studios, and many more.
Are you looking for comic book gifts for for the more advanced comic collectors in your life? We also carry the often hard-to-find variants, sketch covers, and creatively themed covers by some of the hottest artists out there today. These variants are a sure fire way to light up any comic collector’s holiday!
Still unsure what comic book gifts to stuff that collector’s stocking with this year? Then you could always browse our Staff Picks section to find some really great titles, or even simply click the green Live Chat button at the top of our Gift Ideas Pages to chat with our knowledgeable customer service staff.
Leave your comments below to let us know what great comic book gifts you have found for yourself and your loved ones!
Plush toys are fantastic gifts for many reasons: there are appropriate choices for almost any age group, there are countless options to catch the eye of even the most discerning collector, and — well, they’re cuddly! Looking for plushes and other toys this holiday season? Check out our page featuring holiday toys for hundreds of choices at great prices that won’t — ahem — toy with your budget.
Our Toy Fans Page has a section devoted to plush toys — from sweet DC plushes from Funko and cute Adventure Time toys to snuggly Star Wars and Walking Dead toys. However, the best part of our selection is that our plushes are 10-40% off, which means you can pick up an entire bagful of toys at a fraction of the price!
In addition to plush toys, our Toy Fans Page is stocked with hundreds of action figures, blind boxes, and other toys perfect for the holidays. Do you have a DC fan on your list? Make sure to browse our huge selection of DC Comics figures — everything from cute Ame Comi figures to action figures inspired by the New 52, the Arkham Asylum and Injustice video games, and more!
We’re also the place for toys from Dark Horse, including Domo, Snoopy, and Hellboy vinyls.
Make sure check out all of our Gift Ideas Pages for our recommendations. We’ve got eight pages geared to different types of fans, with thousands of hand-picked gifts organized by category and price!
Do you collect plush toys? What kinds are your favorites? Post your comments below!
Browncoats, take note: Dark Horse’s new Serenity comics will finally answer the question, #WheresSerenity? It’s a query that has been on fans’ lips almost since the beginning: after Joss Whedon’s space western drama Firefly was canceled by Fox after only 11 of its 14 episodes aired, a small but extremely active fanbase — known as the Browncoats — took action and rallied to bring the show back.
Their efforts resulted in the 2005 feature film Serenity, which continued the exploits of Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds and the rag-tag crew of the Firefly-class transport ship Serenity, as they eluded the evil Alliance and struggled to survive by any means necessary — legal or illegal.
While there have been several Serenity comics since 2005, the upcoming Serenity: Leaves on the Wind adventure is the first post-Serenity miniseries featuring the entire surviving crew! Captained by Zack Whedon (Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale) with art by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Seasons 8 and 9), this six-issue miniseries is highly anticipated by thousands of fans.
Curious? We were, too! Fortunately, we were able to interview Zack Whedon and ask him how the crew is dealing with the aftermath of the events of Serenity — in which they lost several of their crewmates and exposed some of the dirty deeds of the Alliance — and what’s coming up next!
Read his responses below, and check out the covers to Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 and #2, as well as two interior pages from issue #1! You can pre-order the first issue of these new Serenity comics now to save 20%.
TFAW: Where is the crew of the Serenity when Leaves on the Wind begins?
Zack Whedon: They are hiding out in the middle of nowhere. They are in a place with no name, where no one would ever think to look, because they’re trying to stay missing. They’ve gotten themselves a lot of attention with what they did during the events of the movie Serenity, and they’re laying low.
TFAW: This is the first in-depth view we’ve seen of Mal and the gang since the movie. How have they changed?
ZW: I think they’re all still reeling from the loss of Wash and Book — that was a very traumatic experience for them all. They’re still dealing with that. River has reached a place of relative mental health, compared to how she was before the movie, so they’re happy about that, but nervous that it could go the other way at any moment. Zoe is dealing with the prospect of having a child whose father has been killed, so that’s tough on her. Even though they were successful in exposing the Alliance in Serenity [Editor's note: the crew discovered that the Alliance had released an experimental drug on the planet Miranda, killing most of its inhabitants and spawning the savage, crazed Reavers], it puts them in a difficult position, so they’re feeling pinched by the Alliance.
TFAW: How is Mal, mentally and emotionally, right now?
ZW: Mal doesn’t ever really admit his concern to anyone, but their situation is dire, and he knows it. So he keeps a stoic façade with his crew, but he knows they’re in a desperate spot and need to make a move if they’re going to survive.
TFAW: What is the dynamic of the crew like, with the loss of Wash and Book?
ZW: It’s interesting. With Wash gone, there’s certainly less humor — not that there isn’t humor, but also there’s the fact that two of their friends met violent ends. It casts some gloom over their situation. So they’re not loving life at the moment. But it’s interesting, they’re all sort of dealing with different things, so even though they’re on the same ship, or most of them are, they’re living very different lives. Kaylee and Simon are still basking in the glow of new love, and Zoe is, as I mentioned, dealing with the prospect of having a child who doesn’t have a father. So everyone’s in a different place, even if they’re in the same location.
TFAW: So you mentioned Kaylee and Simon; will the potential romance between Mal and Inara be explored?
ZW: Yes. [laughs] I’d like the readers to know as little as possible going into the first issue. That question is answered very quickly.
TFAW: What other characters will we be seeing? Are there any new ones to introduce?
ZW: There is a new character, a young rebel activist named Bea, who gets hooked up with our crew. She’s sort of leading the Resistance — well, not leading them, but sort of spearheading their efforts to find Malcolm, because they think that he could be a great asset in terms of not only leading them, but in terms of being a figurehead for their movement. So she’s pursuing him for that reason, and she factors in in a big way.
And there’s some returning characters, some faces from the show and the movie. And then in terms of new characters, we made a couple of other Operatives. We meet them early on, but they play a larger part later. Their names are Denon and Kalista, and they are Operatives. Then, we’re also introducing an Alliance officer named Officer Rogers, who is also part of the pursuit of Serenity. So lots of bad guys, and one good guy.
TFAW: So the odds are pretty equal!
TFAW: I can’t imagine Mal would really take to playing the savior role. How does he respond to Bea?
ZW: He’s not into it. You know, Mal is misunderstood by a lot of people, Bea included, and what she expects to find is not what she does find, when she meets him. The guy that she imagined is very different from the person that Mal actually is. He has no interest in playing that part for her.
TFAW: This is your second foray into writing Serenity comics, after The Shepherd’s Tale. [Editor's note: Mea culpa! We temporarily forgot the magnificence of Whedon's FCBD Serenity comic.] What are your favorite aspects of Firefly and Serenity?
ZW: I love the dynamics of the crew, and trying to recreate that. Everything is so off-kilter in the first issue of this new series, that you don’t really get to see them clicking together until later on. But I love recreating that. The show had such great chemistry between all these characters, and finding that again is fun.
And then, digging into the possibilities of the reaction to what they disclosed in Serenity. They dropped a big bomb with that revelation about Miranda and the Reavers and everything, so I’ve had a lot of fun with playing with how the world received that news.
TFAW: The fans of Firefly and Serenity are so enthusiastic, and so vocal! How do you deal with that kind of pressure?
ZW: Well, I’m not thinking about it. [laughs] I count myself as a fan, so I think that hopefully if I’m into the stories, that they will be too. You know, it’s very important to me to preserve the tone of the show and the movie, and of the universe, and to not stray from that. To create new stories that feel like ones you could have seen on the show. So I don’t think about it, except to get excited that there’s such a large audience waiting for it. That’s not usually the case, when you’re writing something.
So it’s exciting that there are a bunch of people who are enthusiastic about the universe, to pick up the comic on the first day and dig into it. I’m excited to share it with them. I’m really, really pleased with the first issue, I think it came out amazing.
TFAW: Will there be more comics after this six-issue miniseries?
ZW: I think this six-issue series will be it for me, at least for a long while. I just have a lot going on, and the process of writing comics is much slower and much more difficult for me than it is for some people. So I’m going to take a break, but my sincere hope is that they can get other great writers to keep it going, maybe in six-issue chunks or something like that. Georges is an amazing artist and has done an incredible job so far with the series, so I hope that if it does continue, it will continue with him. Because he’s doing an awesome job.
TFAW: Do you have anything else going on that you want to talk about?
ZW: Right now I’m working on a television show for AMC, a show called Halt and Catch Fire, which is set in Dallas in 1983. It’s about a computer company that’s getting into the PC business. I’m on the staff there. It was created by Chris Rogers and Chris Cantwell. It’s an amazing pilot, and I’m very excited.
Our thanks to Zack Whedon for updating us on Serenity: Leaves on the Wind! Make sure to order these Serenity comics (and catch up on previous ones) here at TFAW — you’ll save 10-50%!
Are you a Browncoat? What do you hope to see in the pages of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind? Post your comments below!
Full disclosure: there really is no such thing as “gifts for her” — speaking as a woman who knows many other geeky females, there is no “one-size fits all” lady gift. There is no secret (pink!) sparkly cave where you’ll find a pile of loot labeled, “holiday gifts for her — AND ONLY HER, NO TOUCHING GUYS!” Women, much like men, are people. We like all kinds of different things, from superheroes and horror, to Archie and Buffy, and everything in between.
At this point, you’re probably wondering, “Well gee, then why do you have a gifts for her page in the first place?” Simply put, when we put these Gift Ideas Pages together waaaaaay back in 2008, we wanted to make sure we had a page that was dedicated to geek girls of all types — because we’re growing in numbers every day, and we want to remind everyone of that very fact.
So what will you find on our gifts for her page? Surprise! It’s a pink sparkly cave! Just kidding. You’ll find comics and graphic novels with cool female characters, like Buffy and Batwoman, as well as titles by awesome female writers, like Gail Simone and Kelly Sue DeConnick. You’ll find superhero titles like All-New X-Men and horror books like Revival, as well as action figures, statues, and collectibles that would make fantastic gifts for many of the women (and men, when you come down to it) in your life.
So think about what the ladies in your life enjoy, and check out all of our Gift Ideas Pages for our recommendations. After all, the secret to picking a gift that makes someone feel appreciated — whether they’re male or female — is to put yourself in their shoes, and ponder what they might want to add to their collections. Right?
What should we add to our gifts for her page? Post your comments below!
Star Wars LEGOs have been incredibly popular since they were introduced in 1999, with kids and adults alike jumping at the chance to build their own Millennium Falcons and collect dozens of Star Wars minifigures. Not only are there LEGO sets based on all six of the movies, but the license has spawned video games, apparel, and more. With this popularity comes countless places to buy Star Wars LEGOs, so why should you choose TFAW?
Convenience: At TFAW, we’ve got a great selection of Star Wars LEGOs right on our Star Wars Gift Ideas page. We make it easy to browse everything we have, purchase them securely, and have them shipped right to your door.
Selection: Are you ready to invest in a LEGO Star Wars TIE Fighter, or are you looking for something more affordable for a stocking stuffer, like a Lego Star Wars TIE Interceptor and Death Star? We’ve got LEGO sets at a wide range of price points!
More Than Star Wars LEGOs: In addition to Star Wars LEGOs, we have an immense selection of Star Wars comics, graphic novels, toys, and much more. Put together an entire Star Wars-themed gift pack, or jumpstart your own collection right here at TFAW.
Need a hand? At TFAW, we pride ourselves on offering fantastic customer service, in addition to all of the geeky Star Wars swag your heart could desire! If you have questions, please click the green Live Chat button Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm PST at the top of our Star Wars Gift Ideas page, or post them in the comments below!
If you’ve been reading Dark Horse Presents, you’ve already seen bits and pieces of Colin Lorimer’s UXB–a wildly inventive post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale that will sink its teeth into you and won’t let you go.
In a shattered future London, three brothers grafted to powerful “lifesuits” squat in Buckingham Palace and load up on movies, video games, and porn. But when the city’s scavengers rise against them, the brothers discover their suits aren’t just for survival. Will they save the future . . . or bollocks it?
We had the chance to chat with UXB writer/artist Colin Lorimer, and we’re excited to share the fruits of that interview (including six preview pages from the book) with you now.
Colin Lorimer: You’re very welcome.
TFAW: First off, what does UXB stand for?
Lorimer: Well, during the blitz in WWII an unexploded bomb was referred to as a UXB. I thought it was a pretty apt title based on the world I was depicting. Are the boys actually ticking time bombs or perhaps it’s just a metaphor for their explosive angst ridden nature. You’ll have to read to find out…
TFAW: We’ve seen some glimpses of UXB here and there in the pages of Dark Horse Presents since early last year. The story is really interesting so far. Where does that material fit into the upcoming hardcover graphic novel?
Lorimer: As originally planned the three shorts are interspersed and fit quite seamlessly within the main story arc. All in all, they take up only 23 pages of a 133 page story so it’s mainly all new content. The final short left the reader with a major cliffhanger and you’ll finally see how all that plays out. Much violence, profanity and revelations are to be had…
The shorts were originally planned as a taster and to give a small inkling of the basic plot and the brothers’ predicament. Within the book, I have given time to develop–with the aid of prewar flashbacks–how their survival suits came to be, and how exactly the brothers ended up living in Buckingham palace as the most powerful beings in on the planet. It’s quite the mindfuck and will take the reader for quite a ride…
Lorimer: I do have a great love of the sci-fi/horror genre and when you read UXB that will become quite evident with the homages to other films and books that I have weaved into the story. Science-fiction allows you to play with and elaborate on the most outlandish of concepts and ideas and that’s something I always lean towards. With UXB I took the post-apocalypse rather overused story trope and tried to turn it on its head…it really isn’t your typical survival tale.
TFAW: In addition to the art in the book, you also picked up the pen to write it. What are some of the exciting things that this opens up for you creatively?
Lorimer: I enjoy the writing as much as the art, possibly even more so as it’s a little more immediate.
It’s certainly great to have the freedom to write your own scripts and it allowed me to indulge in putting to paper some pretty cool images. However, I was very conscious that it was a comic, a story, and not just a book of pretty illustrations, and in the end I think I found a good balance. If you liked the art on Harvest I think you’re going to really enjoy UXB, as I put an enormous amount of effort into it…and not just coloured it but did the lettering also. It was a real labor of love.
TFAW: Were there any unique challenges you experienced while writing the script?
Lorimer: I had to do quite a bit of research into nanotechnology and other scientific ideas to make their world and their survival life-suits somewhat believeable, but apart from that…it all flowed quite well. It’s a complete story and there was quite a lot of content and world-building to get through. However with the aid of the flashbacks, jumping from past to present and the constant build of tension through hints and revelations within each chapter, it really should keep the reader on the edge of their seat and make for quite the page turner. The ending should come as a big surprise. I guarantee it!
Lorimer: Yes, it’s an idea that has been floating around for quite some time and because of the day job it took me a while to actually find the time to work it up as a strip. Once I self-published, it started to gain some momentum and I just kept going.
They always say write what you know–and I really just wanted a vehicle to let me ramble on about movies and my disdain for what passes today as popular entertainment. So I created a world were the three main characters were the only ones who could still access and view various media such as video games, music, and movies, and it was their suits that afforded them this luxury. Sort of post-apocalyptic movie critics…
So it grew and developed out of that basic concept–however I soon realized I just couldn’t have them sit around watching movies all day and had to find them other things to do.The movie theme as it progressed became less important as I got into the meat of the story.
I also knew I wanted to do something that was a little different with their suits and purposefully went for a design that looked a little awkward, something almost ridiculous and completely opposed to the usual aesthetically ‘cool’ looking superhero costumes that we are so use to now. With the world being thrown back into the dark ages, why not give them a modern day equivalent of a medieval codpiece?
TFAW: How has it been working with the folks at Dark Horse Comics?
Lorimer: It’s been a great experience. I am very appreciative of the fact that Mike Richardson gave me the opportunity to publish UXB through his company. Dark Horse has an amazing history and talent pool so to be part of that is nothing short of fantastic. I have been dealing solely with editor Chris Warner and he has been a complete gent throughout the entire process. He was also the one that opened the doors for me and got the project noticed.
TFAW: How did you get your first major break in the comics industry?
Lorimer: I have been storytelling through various mediums over the years including animation, film and gaming, but comics has always been my first love. I guess it was 2010 in San Diego when it all came together. Chris Warner reviewed a sample comic of UXB that I had put together and really liked it and I also dropped some samples off with some other of the other major publishers who also showed a lot of interest, this also included Radical Publishing, who actually ended up being the first guys to offer me some work on their comic Earp, Saint for Sinners, as a layout/penciller. I started in around the end of issue one and finished up the mini-series. My work was completely painted over so I didn’t feel that I got to leave much of a mark on that one. It was an insane amount of work with a cast of thousands and quite challenging scripts, if anything, it showed that I could hit my deadlines. Thankfully my editor on that one was Renae Geerlings who was a pleasure to work with which made things a little easier…
TFAW: What other books are you reading right now?
Lorimer: On the comic front I just recently picked up Jupiter’s Legacy mainly to check out Quitely’s art. Vaughan and Staples’ Saga, and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. I’m also currently rereading the book Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith and the Collected Ghost Stories of M.R. James.
Lorimer: A Clockwork Orange meets The Road as written by Clive Barker and directed by Wes Anderson. Weird, violent, darkly funny and at turns, horrific! Like a punch in the gut and a kick to the teeth…but you’ll still find yourself wanting to come back for more!
If interested your readers can catch me over at http://lubbert-das.blogspot.ca where I will be popping up work-in-progress art and other related UXB material leading up to its release.
We want to thank Colin Lorimer for taking the time out of his busy schedule for this illuminating interview. Pre-order your copy of UXB today and save 20% off the retail price!
What do you think of the UXB preview pages? What would you do if you had one of these “lifesuits?”