I received the almost-finished first issue of Dark Matter today and to say that I am pleased would be to understate.  I am very, VERY happy. Great work on the part of artist Garry Brown, colorist Ryan Hill, letterer Richard Starkings and Comicraft, editor Patrick Thorpe, and the rest of the gang at Dark Horse.  After reading (and re-reading) issue #1 , I went over issue #2 and made some minor dialogue tweaks and suggestions.  It’s been interesting seeing the characters come alive in ways I’m not accustomed to.  No actors delivering the lines, giving human form to the voices on paper, but the different personalities resonate in an altogether different way.  Here, there’s more room for interpretation – which I love.  As the story develops, it’ll be interesting to see which of the four man, two women crew readers connect with. They’re a unique (occasionally quirky) bunch, each with their own fascinating backstory, and I can’t wait for you to get to know them.

In time.

Of course, that’s provided they make it past the first issue.

A couple of Dark Matter-related web articles I happened across.

The first, a quickie interview I did for James Runciman at Alvaro’s ComicBoards…


Another, from a blog regular weighing in on his prospective new comic book habit…


Follow Gordon’s lead and head on down to your local comic shop and reserve your multiple copies (one for reading, one for packing away in mint condition, and several for giving away.  The perfect gift for your literate friends and family members.  Hell, even the illiterate ones will enjoy the pictures!).

Let’s cap off today’s blog entries with a couple of behind the scenes videos from Stargate: Universe’s premiere episode, Air I.  Director Andy Mikita directs…

15 thoughts on “October 25, 2011: Mystery of Dark Matter Solved! It’s a Comic Book Series Coming Out In January of 2012!

  1. Looking forward to it! I was, in fact, just trying to catch up with some comics (read the 5 issues of X-Men Schism, which was surprisingly good). Might have to pick up the new Wolverine and the X-Men (he’s starting up Xavier’s school again…this should be interesting…). I am really trying to switch to trades, but I can’t seem to escape the temptation of Wolverine and Gambit on the same team. 🙂 (X-Men team, that is…not the other kind of team, though I’m sure some slash fic writer out there has already tackled that story…) 😉

    Nearly 3 am, gotta get some sleep! Nites! Well…probably more like ‘good morning’… 😛


  2. It must be the teacher in me, but it irritates me when someone publishes a formal article/interview or whatever and has a glaring grammatical error in the first paragraph. James Runciman at Alvaro’s ComicBoards should have had a proofreader. Good interview though.

  3. Whats with the loud nose on the first video and right before the explosion on the second?

  4. Thanks for those clips, Joe. What can I say… still disappointed at the show’s demise… still wondering about their journey in space, frozen in time…

  5. Very cool on the Dark Matter comics and the SGU clips. I miss SGU. 🙁

    Hope you have a great day!!!!

  6. Cool post by Gordon about DM, and he gets extra special stickers for using the word “regicide”, my favorite second only to “usurper” thanks to Harmony.

    I think that red eyed DM boy is trouble.

  7. I actually agree with Gordon’s “curse you Joe Mallozzi” sentiment. I already own more books than I can read in my lifetime, but I haven’t bought comic books since Archie, Jughead, and the gang. But now looks like I’ll be jumping into comic book purchases in addition to books and dvds and cds. Better find a job soon.

  8. Hello!
    Dark Matter looks and sounds great. Do you know if I will be able to order it from France?
    Have a nice day.

  9. @ Anne – Check to see if you have any comic shops near you and ask them if they’re able to get it in. If not, check British comic sites (since they are most likely to ship to France), and then American sites. Just not sure about the overseas shipping. Also, I’m pretty sure (correct me if I’m wrong, Joe) that this will eventually come out in trade paperback, like those Joe has displayed on the right of the screen –> . In your case, it might be more cost effective to wait for the trade to come out, then you get the entire story without waiting for monthly issues, and only have to pay once for the shipping.


  10. I was wondering about the bursts of sound in the two videos, too. They seemed to coincide with the triggering of the pyros, so I was wondering if they’re pyro timing cues for the editors and visual effects people.

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog today! 🙂

    @Shiny: People committing regicide are often usurpers, so the words go together nicely, eh?

  11. Nice articles. The “What the…hell”? I immediately thought of that scene with David Blue in Time. The local comic store promised they would get me Jericho and they didn’t. I’m lucky I got it on the on-line purchase option because I would have never gotten it. Then I got 3 of 6 of them and they stopped. Then months and months and months later I got them from a different company with my caught up episodes. Do you know (or maybe I missed) where we can buy them on-line. Not sure I really like the local comic store.

    Love these BTS things. Thank you so much for feeding the fans.

    @maggiemayday You alive? How did things go?

  12. Dark Matter graphics look cool.

    Thanks again for the clips, very cool also. 🙂

  13. Pretty cool!!!! I’ll be looking for it in January. I was planning on buying some comic books for my son’s Christmas present. I remember what a great time I had reading comics. I lived in a small town that had no bookstore/library. Comic books were the only reading material I could get for a while. Later, the county opened a library and I switched to reading books.
    Can you recommend any comics for my 16 year old son? He likes watching Japanese Anime. Plus, he loves Dr. Who, so I thought I would get a couple of those.

    I found a new adventure author that I like: Boyd Morrison
    ( http://www.amazon.com/Ark-Novel-Boyd-Morrison/dp/1439181802/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3 ) He wrote a whole new version of Noah’s Ark. Fascinating!

    If anyone likes mysteries, I just finished a good one by John Sallis: http://www.amazon.com/Cripple-Creek-Novel-James-Sallis/dp/B001G8WU2Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319676591&sr=1-1 It’s set in the south (somewhere near Memphis, TN). It’s always fun to read about a familiar place.

    @maggiemayday: how ya doing?

  14. I was made aware of this comic due to a link from “dasndanger” via another forum. I will definitely keep an eye out for this and give the first issue a shot.

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