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The Art of MST3K The Comic #1 Pop-Up Party

On Saturday September 1st 2018, there was a super-secret pop-up Mystery Science Theater 3000 party at Space2 in Atlanta, GA. Actually, they were handing out invites to those folks who asked a question at the Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Panel. When I heard that...I decided to ask the cast a question.

The Saturday night mingle featured The Art of Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic #1 (from Dark Horse), with large posters featuring pages from the comic book adorning a single brick wall. Several members of the cast were in attendance. Jonah Ray and Joel Hodgson were donning those iconic Gizmonic jumpsuits (yellow and red, respectively). Rebecca Hanson, Tim Ryder, and Grant Baciocco were also there, albeit in much more pedestrian (and comfortable) attire. The only cast member in attendance at Dragon Con that was missing was Felicia Day (there was a girl dressed up as her character...if that helps).

The event had Bottomless Totino's Pizza Rolls (the bottomless being negated by the fine print - *While supplies last). When you read Issue #1, this will make a little more sense.

In all, there were about 30 or so people in attendance...nerding about over Mystery Science Theater 3000, art, and bad movies/comics. I took some photos along with a very short video. **I am afraid of taking Joel's picture, because - at a live event - I was told he's not a fan of having his photo taken (I can totally understand...I mean look at my photo alongside Jonah Ray below).

But what I really wanted was to snag one of these giant prints...

    Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic #1 – The Review

    On September 12th 2018, Dark Horse will be releasing Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic #1. The 32 page first issue bring the riffing of MST3K off of your television screen and onto the pages of a comic book. Created for comics by Joel Hodgson, the comic book finds some of your favorite occupants of The Satellite of Love foisted into the 1962 (thankfully, now, public domain) comic book Johnny Jason Teen Reporter. But Johnny Jason is played by Tom Servo.

    I've been a big MST3K fan for a very long time. The show got me through many a year of college. And since then, I've turned my kids onto the show, back their Kickstarter project, and seen the first of two live shows. And even I was a little skeptical about how the concept (bringing MST3K to comics) would work. After reading the first issue...I'm sold.

    Dark Horse, Joel, the other writers and artists have cobbled together something I've never seen before. It's a property that works equally well on the screen as the page...taking advantage of entirely different formats. Instead of sitting in front of the film and riffing, the characters are within the comic book making jokes. And you can see what's been changed by mark of the speech/thought bubbles.

    My opinion: This is a must buy for Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans. Or fans of classic comic books. Or fans of things that are funny. 

    For a look at some of the pages, check out below. There's also a variant cover by longtime MST3K DVD artist Steve Vance. And if you're in the mood to read the original public domain comic Jonah and The Bots invade, check out Johnny Jason Teen Report #2 at ComicBook+. Spoiler Alert: the original isn't nearly as funny as the MST3K version.

    MST3K at Dragon Con 2018

    If you attended Dragon Con 2018 and were a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, there was plenty of time to "get your nerd on". While I missed Sunday's double feature event, I was able to make it to the "semi-official" unveiling of Mystery Science Theater 3000 the Comic #1 from Dark Horse.

    The panel included MST3K regulars Joel Hodgson, Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, Rebecca Hanson, Tim Ryder, and Grant Baciocco. And they did a reading of the entire first issue. They played to a packed crowd, even taking several questions after concluding with the comic reading. Yours truly braved the masses and asked a question of the panel - after making a comment about Felicia Day's Twitch.tv alter-ego. The basic gist of my question was "has anyone run into a director or actor that they made fun of during an episode, and, if so, what was their reaction".

    (Unfortunately I wasn't positive about recording policies in the panels...so I only snagged about 13 seconds of the read)

      DHD and 1000toys – 1/12th scale Hellboy

      Dark Horse Direct, along with creator Mike Mignola and 1000toys, have announced the fully articulated, 1/12th scale Hellboy action figure of your dreams. Made from PVC and standing in at 7.5 inches tall, this Hellboy figure comes with interchangeable Beast of the Apocalypse head, closed fist hand, open hands for holding other accessories, separate gun, Excalibur sword, and a removable cloth jacket.

      This $119.99 version is exclusive to Dark Horse Direct and is available for pre-order now and will ship between May and July of 2019. The Beast of the Apocalypse Horns and Excalibur Sword are only available with the DHD Exclusive version.

      Dark Horse gets Direct

      Dark Horse Comics has announce its newest business venture - Dark Horse Direct. A newly established division, Dark Horse Direct is focused on bringing high-end, limited production collectibles directly to consumers.

      The first Dark Horse Direct offering available is the Game of Thrones: Tormund Giantsbane Figure. Available for pre-order now, Tormund retails for $40.00 and is due to ship to website customers in early August 2018. As a bonus, 300 of the figures will also be available for purchase in the Dark Horse retail booth #2615 at San Diego Comic Con.

      The inaugural DH Direct lineup continues with the Umbrella Academy: Spaceboy Maquette. The 14-inch tall by 19-inch wide piece retails for $299.99 and is now available for pre-order. And the Game of Thrones: Iron Throne 18-inch Replica retails for $499.99 and will ship later this year, opening for pre-order in the coming weeks.

      SDCC18: Dark Horse Comics

      Dark Horse Comics has announced their slate of San Diego Comic Con 2018 exclusive releases. We have the non-comic book items that will be available at Booth #2615. There's the

      Game of Thrones Dothraki Map Marker
      Limited to 1,000 pieces
      $30.00

      Game of Thrones Tormund Giantsbane Figure
      Limited to 300 pieces
      $40.00

      Mystery Science Theater 3000 Coaster Set
      Limited to 1,000 sets
      $10.00

      Umbrella Academy Hazel and Cha Cha Enamel Pin
      Limited to 1,000 sets
      $10.00

      Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey

      It feels like Hellboy always took the time to imbibe, even while fighting the forces of evil. So it's not a surprise that there have been beer, wine, and - now - whiskey partnership's with Mike Mignola's legendary comic book character. Officially announced by Dark Horse Comics, XXX Distillery LLC, and Prestige Imports LLC, the Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey is a craft distilled, small batch, naturally flavored cinnamon whiskey retailing for $19.99 for a 750ml bottle. The 66.6 proof Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey is available nationally and can be ordered at www.hellboyhellwater.com. Of course...this ain't for kids. Unless you're a grownup man-child.

      Jon Snow – Battle of the Bastards Limited Edition Bust

      Dark Horse and HBO have announced announced a new collectible based on the hit television show Game of Thrones. The Jon Snow - Battle of the Bastards Limited Edition Bust features Jon Snow as he faces off in a life-or-death struggle with the evil Ramsay Bolton (Jon doesn't have that infamous rubber Longclaw sword). 

      This pre-painted bust measures 6 inches from base to the top of his head, plus sword extension. The edition size is to be determined at press time. But the Jon Snow - Battle of the Bastards Limited Edition Bust will retail for $89.99 and goes on sale August 23rd 2017.

      Dark Horse’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Figures

      Dark Horse and CD PROJEKT RED have announced three new figures from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

      The new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt figures consist of Geralt of Rivia, Dandelion, and Shani. Geralt is ready for battle in Grandmaster Ursine armor, providing him immense protection from melee attacks. The bard Dandelion is Geralt’s close friend. Shani, Geralt’s friend and love interest, is the medic from Hearts of Stone expansion to The Witcher 3.

      Look for the trio to be released in September 2017. The suggested retail price is $34.99 each.