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Titan Shares First Lettered Interiors from Dark Souls: Tales of Ember

Posted by Debi Moore on March 13, 2017

Titan has a new entry in its Dark Souls comic series heading our way in April, Dark Souls: Tales of Ember, set in the world of the best-selling Bandai Namco video game; and they’ve shared with us some of the first lettered interiors from Issue #1.

Following the smash success of Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite and Dark Souls: Legends of the Flame, the critically acclaimed short stories return on April 5, 2017, with eight fresh new tales set in the staggeringly popular mythos!

George Mann (Doctor Who) and Alan Quah (Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite) return to the eldritch world of their three-time sell-out smash Dark Souls series alongside a host of creators: Tauriq Moosa (Dark Souls), Damien Worm (The October Faction), Michael Walsh (Hawkeye), and more!

See below for all the Issue #1 covers and a tease of the stunning interior art from Daniel Serra, Damien Worm, and Michael Walsh. You can pre-order yours now from TFAW!

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Titan’s Nightmare Before Christmas: Day 6 – Preview of Dark Souls Winter’s Spite #2

Posted by Debi Moore on December 12, 2016

Heading our way on December 21st from Titan Comics is Dark Souls Winter’s Spite #2 (of 4), and to close out our “Nightmare Before Christmas” series with Titan, we have a preview of the issue, including one exclusive page (the fourth image below). I think you’ll all agree it’s a nice wintry scene to end things on!

Dark Souls Winter’s Spite is written by George Mann with art by Alan Quah. You can pre-order it now from TFAW.

Synopsis:
Trapped in a never-ending cycle of death and misery, Andred’s course across the barren lands of Parnethia leads him ever closer to the fabled House of Winterspite, where his hopes of deliverance lie. But an approaching hoard of frost hollows could spell an early doom for this noble knight of Ithvale…

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Winter Is Coming in Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite Comic Miniseries

Posted by David Gelmini on August 19, 2016

In addition to the current Dark Souls comic series, Titan Comics has announced a new four-part miniseries from writer George Mann and illustrator Alan Quah called Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite, which begins in November. Check out the mouth-wateringly beautiful covers below.

From the Press Release:
Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite is a brand new four-part mini-series from the creative team of the sell-out Dark Souls comic series – writer George Mann and artist Alan Quah. Based on the hit video game series by Bandai-Namco, the first issue is due out on November 9th.

Beyond this tenuous fabric lies a place of banishment: a world within a world where the frigid nights endure and even the Old Lords fear to tread. Only the deluded dare venture there; yet, in these times of misery, sometimes madness is our only path toward salvation…

Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite features covers by top talent including Jana Heidersdorf, Nick Percival (Judge Dredd), Nat Jones (‘68), and Caspar Wijngaard (Assassin’s Creed, Limbo).

Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite Issue #1 will be available to order from Diamond’s upcoming September PREVIEWS catalogue. To find your local comic store, visit comicshoplocator.com.

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Get a Sneak Peek of Dark Souls Issue #1

Posted by Debi Moore on February 23, 2016

Toward the end of January, David G. gave us a heads-up that Titan Comics has an official Dark Souls comic on the way, which is set in the world of the best-selling Namco Bandai/FromSoftware video game series.

Today we have a sneak peek at the first page of artwork from artist Alan Quah (Godzilla, Orphan Black). The series is being written by best-selling author George Mann (Doctor Who).

Dark Souls Issue #1 will hit stores April 6th.

Synopsis:
Welcome to the world of Dark Souls, a landscape bathed in arcane fantasy, where primordial forces govern the tides of time, bonfires flicker in the darkness, and the undead stalk the earth in search of impossible redemption. From Titan Comics and Doctor Who scribe George Mann, comes this original tale of adventure and visceral horror that throws readers deep into the twisted myth of the award-winning video-game franchise.

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Dark Souls Comics Incoming

Posted by David Gelmini on January 21, 2016

If you’ve ever played the Dark Souls games and wished to know more about the world in which they take place, then man, are you in luck.

From the Press Release:
Titan Comics is thrilled to announce the official Dark Souls comic – set in the world of the best-selling BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment/FromSoftware video game series.

The critically acclaimed action role-playing video game was originally released in Japan in 2011 and has now sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the Sin followed in April 2015, and the highly anticipated third game in the series is being released worldwide in April 2016.

The forthcoming comic series is penned by best-selling writer George Mann (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor, Newbury and Hobbes Investigations) and illustrated by Alan Quah (Orphan Black, Godzilla: Awakening).

“I’m ‘dead’ excited to be working on this new series (see what I did, there). Dark Souls has a rich, original universe that’s just begging to be explored in comics, and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to delve in and tell some new stories within it. I’ve been a fan of the games for some time, so it’s a real thrill to be able to contribute to the mythology of the Hollows and their world.” – George Mann.

Dark Souls #1 hits comic stores on April 6, 2016, and comes with five covers to collect including a game cover, concept cover, two art covers by Joshua Cassara and Marco Turini, and a blank sketch variant.

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Exclusive: Editor George Mann Discusses Encounters of Sherlock Holmes

Posted by Amanda Dyar on February 12, 2013

Sherlock Holmes is a well-established character known for his detective work of gruesome murder cases. In the new book Encounters of Sherlock Holmes, we find several stories by the book's authors, James Lovegrove, Mark Hodder, and others.

George Mann, the book's editor, recently sat down with us to give us some clues to the mysteries ahead.

AMANDA DYAR: Encounters of Sherlock Holmes features numerous stories from authors James Lovegrove and Mark Hodder, among others. Can you tell us a bit about each story and how they fit together in the Sherlock Holmes universe?

GEORGE MANN: Well, I was aiming for an eclectic mix of stories for the anthology, ranging from the traditional (in the mould of Doyle’s originals) to the fantastical, with a fair bit of variety in between. So on one hand we have stories such as Mags Halliday’s tale of mysterious passengers on the Necropolis Express, James Lovegrove’s case of a bizarrely disappearing person, Mark Hodder’s exploration of events surrounding Richard Burton’s translation of a notorious manuscript, while on the other we have Eric Brown describing Holmes’s investigation into the murder of a Martian ambassador and Nick Kyme giving us Holmes’s encounters with infamous villains such as Frankenstein’s monster and Mr. Hyde. On top of that, both Paul Magrs and David Barnett open our eyes to the true story of Mrs Hudson.

AMANDA: You also wrote one of the stories for the book yourself. What is your story about, and how did you prepare to write a story about one of the greatest literary characters of all time?

GEORGE: Watson takes centre stage in my story, joining forces with the redoubtable Sir Maurice Newbury and his assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, to investigate reports of a strange beast that’s been climbing out of the Thames. Of course, Holmes is never far from events...

As far as preparations go – I’m not sure you can really prepare yourself to write for such a great literary character. I think the key is to focus on the story and not worry about the weight of what has gone before. After all, that’s your job – to tell a good story – so that has to come first. After that it’s all about the characters and your responsibility to portray them well. It helps that I’ve been reading Holmes stories for over twenty years, and he’s pretty much embedded in my psyche!

AMANDA: Sherlock Holmes fans are some of the most loyal and particular fans of any series. How does Encounters of Sherlock Holmes cater to the fans and stay loyal to the original works?

GEORGE: Again, the key is to get the character right. Holmes already exists and has done so for over a hundred years. He’s one of the most important literary creations of all time, and people the world over have an expectation of how he should behave, how he goes about investigating a case. If you can get that right, the rest should click into place. I think that’s what people are looking for and how you remain respectful of Doyle’s legacy.

Holmes is a rationalist, and there’s great drama to be had from pitching him into situations where his fundamental beliefs are challenged or otherwise seemingly impossible circumstances. I think the authors of the stories in Encounters do this admirably.

AMANDA: You've written several novels in your career including The Ghost series and have edited several other works as well. How did your previous work help contribute to your work on Encounters of Sherlock Holmes, and do you have any other current or upcoming projects you'd like to talk about?

GEORGE: I think my experience editing the four Solaris anthologies stood me in good stead for Encounters, in terms of how to structure an anthology. It’s a lot like making a good mixtape (or playlist, to use modern speak!). You have to get the balance right, the ebb and flow of the stories. Of course, my love of Holmes and the Victorian era in general helped a great deal, too.

As far as other projects go, there’s a new Newbury & Hobbes novel this year, called The Executioner’s Heart, as well as a related short story collection towards the end of the year. Aside from that, I’m just putting the finishing touches to a new Holmes novel called The Will of the Dead, which has been tremendous fun to write.

To learn more about Encounters of Sherlock Holmes, visit the official Titan Books website.

Exclusive: Editor George Mann Discusses The Encounters of Sherlock Holmes

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Exclusive: Editor George Mann Discusses Encounters of Sherlock Holmes

Posted by Amanda Dyar on February 12, 2013

Sherlock Holmes is a well-established character known for his detective work of gruesome murder cases. In the new book Encounters of Sherlock Holmes, we find several stories by the book's authors, James Lovegrove, Mark Hodder, and others.

George Mann, the book's editor, recently sat down with us to give us some clues to the mysteries ahead.

AMANDA DYAR: Encounters of Sherlock Holmes features numerous stories from authors James Lovegrove and Mark Hodder, among others. Can you tell us a bit about each story and how they fit together in the Sherlock Holmes universe?

GEORGE MANN: Well, I was aiming for an eclectic mix of stories for the anthology, ranging from the traditional (in the mould of Doyle’s originals) to the fantastical, with a fair bit of variety in between. So on one hand we have stories such as Mags Halliday’s tale of mysterious passengers on the Necropolis Express, James Lovegrove’s case of a bizarrely disappearing person, Mark Hodder’s exploration of events surrounding Richard Burton’s translation of a notorious manuscript, while on the other we have Eric Brown describing Holmes’s investigation into the murder of a Martian ambassador and Nick Kyme giving us Holmes’s encounters with infamous villains such as Frankenstein’s monster and Mr. Hyde. On top of that, both Paul Magrs and David Barnett open our eyes to the true story of Mrs Hudson.

AMANDA: You also wrote one of the stories for the book yourself. What is your story about, and how did you prepare to write a story about one of the greatest literary characters of all time?

GEORGE: Watson takes centre stage in my story, joining forces with the redoubtable Sir Maurice Newbury and his assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, to investigate reports of a strange beast that’s been climbing out of the Thames. Of course, Holmes is never far from events...

As far as preparations go – I’m not sure you can really prepare yourself to write for such a great literary character. I think the key is to focus on the story and not worry about the weight of what has gone before. After all, that’s your job – to tell a good story – so that has to come first. After that it’s all about the characters and your responsibility to portray them well. It helps that I’ve been reading Holmes stories for over twenty years, and he’s pretty much embedded in my psyche!

AMANDA: Sherlock Holmes fans are some of the most loyal and particular fans of any series. How does Encounters of Sherlock Holmes cater to the fans and stay loyal to the original works?

GEORGE: Again, the key is to get the character right. Holmes already exists and has done so for over a hundred years. He’s one of the most important literary creations of all time, and people the world over have an expectation of how he should behave, how he goes about investigating a case. If you can get that right, the rest should click into place. I think that’s what people are looking for and how you remain respectful of Doyle’s legacy.

Holmes is a rationalist, and there’s great drama to be had from pitching him into situations where his fundamental beliefs are challenged or otherwise seemingly impossible circumstances. I think the authors of the stories in Encounters do this admirably.

AMANDA: You've written several novels in your career including The Ghost series and have edited several other works as well. How did your previous work help contribute to your work on Encounters of Sherlock Holmes, and do you have any other current or upcoming projects you'd like to talk about?

GEORGE: I think my experience editing the four Solaris anthologies stood me in good stead for Encounters, in terms of how to structure an anthology. It’s a lot like making a good mixtape (or playlist, to use modern speak!). You have to get the balance right, the ebb and flow of the stories. Of course, my love of Holmes and the Victorian era in general helped a great deal, too.

As far as other projects go, there’s a new Newbury & Hobbes novel this year, called The Executioner’s Heart, as well as a related short story collection towards the end of the year. Aside from that, I’m just putting the finishing touches to a new Holmes novel called The Will of the Dead, which has been tremendous fun to write.

To learn more about Encounters of Sherlock Holmes, visit the official Titan Books website.

Exclusive: Editor George Mann Discusses The Encounters of Sherlock Holmes

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