Friday, January 3, 2014

Star Wars Comics Leaving Dark Horse in 2014

The Star Wars Legacy is coming to an end in 2014 for Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse has brought the Star Wars fans many amazing stories and series since 1991, Star Wars: Dark Empire. It does not come to a surprise actually that the Star Wars Comics would be moving sooner or later due to the new ownership of Lucasfilm to Disney, which owns Marvel Comics as well. We attended the Dark Horse Star Wars comics panel last year at WonderCon and it was the question that the audience needed to know. Will Dark Horse be losing their rights to Star Wars due to Disney acquiring Lucasfilm? It would be mentioned that it would be more than likely, but not really sure when. 

Dark Horse Comics has given us a treat for 20 years of great Star Wars comics! We are looking forward to seeing what remains for 2014. 

Here is the message we reeived from Dark Horse Comics: 

The End of an Era

All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.

For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.

It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever. For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.

Mike Richardson

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