Archive for the ‘Dan Dare’ Category

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Winners of Comic-Con Exclusives Contest Announced

August 11, 2008

Congratulations to our five Comic-Con Exclusives winners: Richard Norwood, Arlene Wilson, Michael E. Wiggam, Sean Kleefeld, and Alan Vratkovich! Each of you will be receiving an ink variant (limited to 500) and a pencil sketch variant (limited to 250) of the double-size finale of Dan Dare issue #7 featuring a Dave Gibbons wrap-around cover, as well as Grant Morrison’s MBX Sketchbook (limited to 1,000) , which features art and script excerpts from the upcoming Virgin Comics/Perspective Studios animated series.

Thanks to all those who entered, and keep an eye out for more contests in the near future. If you’d like to purchase or view the SDCC exclusives, please visit our Virgin Comics store.

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Comic-Con Exclusives Contest!

August 4, 2008

Missed out on this year’s San Diego Comic-Con? Overcome with grief that you couldn’t be there to purchase one of our three Comic-Con exclusives?

Well, perk up your shoulders and keep your head afloat because we still have a few left over from the Con! Be one of the first five to email win@virgincomics.com with the subject “Comic-Con Exclusives” and win: an ink variant (limited to 500) and a pencil sketch variant (limited to 250) of the double-size finale of Dan Dare (issue #7) featuring a Dave Gibbons wrap-around cover, as well as Grant Morrison’s MBX Sketchbook (limited to 1,000) , which features art and script excerpts from the upcoming Virgin Comics/Perspective Studios animated series.

Winners will be notified through email. Be sure to include your mailing address in the body of the email. Open to international residents.

If you’re feeling unlucky and would instead like to purchase the Con exclusives directly, please visit our online store.

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The Mekon Claims #39 on Empire’s 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters – No Comment from Dan Dare

July 10, 2008

In a crippling blow to the valiant Space Fleet captain, Dan Dare’s brainy, green nemesis, the Mekon, has landed an impressive victory on Empire Online’s “50 Greatest Comic Book Characters”. Coming in at #39, the Mekon is lauded for his “nifty weapons” and “emotion-free genius” — the kind of praise normally reserved for the likes of Oppenheimer and Bohr. We can only imagine how vexing it must be for the unsung Dare not only to be envious, but to turn green because of it.

To read the full article click here. To read more about this oh so brilliant and endearing alien, visit our Virgin Comics Store.

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Have We Found Virgin’s #1 Fan?

July 9, 2008

Adam McGovern of ComicCritique.blog may be in contention for Virgin Comics’ number one fan. This comics connoisseur recently posted an article describing his favorite Virgin Comics titles and how they have evolved the medium. Here’s what he had to say about some of our more recent titles:

Deepak Chopra’s Buddha

BUDDHA is the ambitious adaptation of Chopra’s novel on the legendary holy man, and is one of the best comics being produced today. The eloquent script adaptation by Joshua Dysart encapsulates crystalline truths with zero smugness, and the otherworldly (and, by turns, all-too-worldly) art by Harshvardhan Kadam is a rare achievement of sensory wonder without empty spectacle.

Beyond

BEYOND, conceived by Chopra, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Edison George, is a contemporary thriller with BOURNE-style suspense but a subtext of uneasy global-trade relationships between American industry and an India balanced between ancient spiritual understandings and emerging material opportunities. Chopra’s concept of a topical yet page-turning tale is as strong here as his soul & sorcery balance is in BUDDHA, and Marz’s ear for extraordinary tensions among everyday people is keen, with intricate yet energized art from George.

Project: Kalki

There’s a grand, depressive poetry to Arjun Gaind’s writing, and artist Vivek Shinde is set to join John Paul Leon and Paul Azaceta in the pantheon of meaningful, moody gloom. The book details the probable end of the world, but there’s now one more good reason to hope it doesn’t happen too soon.

Dan Dare

DAN DARE may be the first fully Obama-era comic, with establishment believers fighting to restore competence and common sense from the feckless usurpers they look so much better than. People marvel at the restraint and honor of this comic given writer Garth Ennis’ often squalid oeuvre, but, after brilliantly cataloguing how bad we can be and how wrong things can go, he’s tackling the even tougher terrain of envisioning what just rule might look like.

To read the full article click here. Any of the above titles can be purchased online at our Virgin Comics store.

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Exclusive Dan Dare Trailer Launches on MySpaceTV

June 19, 2008

To celebrate the release of the over-sized hardcover Dan Dare collection, MySpaceTV is airing an exclusive trailer of our doughty pilot of the future. To view the bold, new trailer journey here.

The over-sized hardcover edition collects issues 1 through 3 of Dan Dare, written by Garth Ennis with art by Gary Erskine. Look for it in book stores, amazon.com, and the Virgin Comics store.

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Dan Dare Exhibit At The Science Museum In London

May 1, 2008

A couple of weeks back we wrote about the Dan Dare exhibit at the Science Museum in London and ran Dan Dare: The Legendary Hero contest in celebration of the event. For those of you who can’t make it to London, BBC.com walks through the main features of the exhibit that opened on April 29th. Check out the article and video here.

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Dan Dare: The Legendary Hero Contest Winners

May 1, 2008

Thanks to everyone that entered our Dan Dare: The Legendary Hero. So many of you had such fantastic words about our legendary pilot of the future. It was hard to select just 10 winners to receive the Dan Dare limited edition lithographs signed by Garth Ennis. But rest assured, we actually do have a few more autographed lithos tucked away for a rainy day, so keep your eyes open for future Dan Dare contests!

Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite entries:

“Dan Dare is the epitome of everything that is good and British. A real hero for all times. His adventures have deeper meanings linked to international politics, camaraderie and humanity. A great bloke!”—Kevin L.

“So why is Dan Dare my hero? Because he has always represented the highest levels of human behavior, and quietly displayed that in nine years of his creators involvement in Eagle.”—terranova47

“Dan Dare changed our perception of the word ‘hero’. Through his tense and gripping page turning adventures he fought to free us from our chains, allowing us to venture to other worlds.”—Lee F.

“Dan Dare is my hero because he was my dad’s hero. My dad is a bit of a hero (no Mekons fought, but much else to admire) and now the time has come for Dan Dare to be my hero.”—Paul W.

“Our comic market here in Germany is dominated by comic books from the USA, especially superheroes. Of course there are a few German comic characters that are very well known here but they are not as interesting as the ones from the US. Dan Dare is my hero because he is a prototype of the bold starship pilots who save Earth when other people have lost their hope.”—Dirk J.

“Dan Dare is my hero because like me Dan is a veteran. I enjoyed my time in service, even during war, and Dan seems to be the same.”—Garrett B.

“Dan Dare is a hero because under any amount of pressure he is always calm. That to me is the coolest thing about him. If he’s fighting aliens or saving them, he is the one in control.”—Brent S.

“I live my life the same way as Dan Dare and since we are both well educated and use are smarts to avoid needless violence, but when necessary can kick ass with martial arts training.”—Danny D.

“Dan Dare is my hero because he’s proof that someone my age can be a hero too.”—Matt L.

“Dan Dare usually involves elaborate stories of his space travel and galactic battles defending people of the universe.”—Tim K.