Dark Horse is one of the greatest publishers of comic books and has been for quite some time. There are a lot of incredible books coming out right now and they highlighted some of those great titles during the panel. Dark Horse started out as a small comic book shop in Oregon. Now they have not only boomed in comics, but are starting to branch out to creating video games as well. Panelists Karen Berger, Cullen Bunn, Roye Okupe, Faith Erin Hicks, and Christopher Golden were lead by PR extraordinaire Kate Jay in a great conversation about the past, present, and future of Dark Horse.
The creators talked about their experiences writing in other universes and the differences in how that works vs creator-owned writing. Each of the creators have drastically different experiences. Some have dealt mostly with licensed work while others do creator owned almost exclusively. Each of them had really interesting stories as to how they started out in the industry too. Their experiences are all eye-opening and the biggest piece of advice was to just go for it. To write what you love and go for broke if it is your passion!
Karen Berger talked about the future of Berger Books which is an imprint of Dark Horse created by Karen in 2018. There are quite a few really exciting projects that are coming out soon, including a reprint of Enigma, one of the original books Karen was involved with. She also mentioned that she has a lot of environmental disaster/horror books in the works. These deal with climate change and the horrors that can bring. A lot of these upcoming titles are really exciting and relevant to the current world. Comics have always dealt with the heavy topics and the future of Dark Horse is no different.
There were a lot of really fun conversations and stories about these creators and as always, it makes me really excited for everything that is to come! There is so much happening for Dark Horse’s 35th year and here’s to many more!
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