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Scott Allie

How Titan Books and Dark Horse Ended Up Creating an Aliens Expanded Universe

In late 2014, Dark Horse Comics and Titan Books are each releasing new stories spun off from James Cameron’s 1986 Aliens film. Dark Horse’s Fire and Stone, written by Chris Roberson, was part of a larger story connected to new Prometheus, Predator, and Aliens vs. Predator comics. Christopher Golden wrote the standalone River of Pain novel for Titan. The stories have a location in common—the doomed mining colony of Hadley’s Hope, where Ellen Ripley and her crew save Newt and confront the Alien Queen…

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Getting Ready for San Diego Comic Con

This is my twenty-first San Diego Comic Con, and I have got it somewhat down to a science: Schedule myself silly, including setting aside time to walk from one appointment to the next, to make sure no time is wasted during this very expensive weekend. So far I’ve only discovered one incident of double booking, so I’m doing quite well.

You could say that there’s nothing more grueling in the year of a comics professional than San Diego Comic Con, even though the show is about so many things other than comics.

[How the Senior Managing Editor of one of the biggest comic companies handles Comic Con]

PC Cast and the House that The House of Night Built

Or, Where I Drove on My Kid’s Summer Vacation

This summer I took my longest road trip yet with my six-year-old son, Sid. I’d tried to rent a Prius, but after a side trip to Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill, Fla., I wound up driving a tank of a Lincoln from Kansas City to Portland, Ore., stopping along the way to see one of my heroes (now one of my freelancers), the legendary artist Richard Corben; the head of the national comics retailer organization ComicsPRO, Amanda Emmert; and international best-selling novelist PC Cast.

My VP of Marketing, Micha Hershman, who we stole from Borders a couple years ago (you’re welcome, B&N), had recommended PC and Kristin Cast’s work some time ago. When PC reached out through a friend, I was immediately into it.

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Lovecraftian Tradition Continues in Portland

…And not just the one about breeding with monsters.

I grew up in Lovecraft country, born in Salem, Mass. (Arkham) and reared in Ipswich (Innsmouth), before leaving New England for the greener (sometimes greyer) pastures of Portland, Oregon in 1991. Since 1995, I’ve been enjoying, and increasingly involved in, Portland’s HP Lovecraft Film Festival. I remember going with Mike Mignola the very first time, just catching a few short films. The Festival has grown quite a lot over the years, and I’ve grown more involved, providing some comics for the Festival newspaper The Daily Lurker, and speaking on panels about horror comics and film adaptations of printed work.

This year it was looking like it was not going to happen—Festival founder Andrew Migliore had to focus on other things, so while some friends organized a fest in LA, Portland was going to have to go without.

[But you can’t keep Cthulhu down]

Jane Espenson Doesn’t Write Television, It Creates Itself Around Her

Today is the birthday of Jane Espenson, writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Torchwood, Warehouse 13, Dollhouse, Game of Thrones, Dinosaurs, Andy Barker PI, Caprica, Tru Calling, Gilmore Girls, The Inside, The OC, Firefly, Something So Right, Deep Space Nine, Ellen, and Nowhere Man. If you’re on this site and you haven’t seen a few of Jane’s shows, you probably don’t watch TV. Good for you. She’s also written a pile of comics, to my great delight….

[How to celebrate Jane Espenson’s birthday]

Remembering Gene Colan

The great comics legend Gene Colan passed away yesterday at the age of 84, just days after the anniversary of his wife Adrienne’s death. I hesitate to eulogize him, afraid it’ll look like I’m trying to hitch myself to Gene’s legend, to validate myself in his shadow. I just want to use up a little corner of the internet, maybe take a few minutes of some readers’ time, to add to the sentiment of love and tribute to this amazing talent.

In the 1990s I was bored with most of what was coming out in comics, so instead of walking away from the shop empty-handed every Wednesday, I put my money toward reading old stories. Gene’s phenomenal run on Tomb of Dracula, with writer Marv Wolfman, wasn’t yet available in a collected form, but this was when you could find back issues pretty reliably. I got the first three issues of Tomb of Dracula one Wednesday, and for the next couple months, every week’s trip to the comic shop meant another few issues of the greatest horror series of the 1970s. The story and art were so good my appetite increased, more comics per trip, more trips per week. If my regular store, Excalibur Books and Comics on Portland’s Hawthorne Blvd., didn’t have a particular issue—a rare hurdle—I’d run to Future Dreams, or Things from Another World, and seldom had to go farther than that.

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