Any time I see Art Baltazar’s and Franco’s names attached to a project, I’m happy; I love their playful art. I enjoyed their work on Itty Bitty Hellboy, and most recently, Baltazar’s Li’l Dynamite series of covers, so I was thrilled to see that Dark Horse and Dynamite are collaborating on a crossover event with Baltazar and Franco, using characters from both universes – most notably, X (how they will make this comic all-ages friendly is going to be interesting), and Ghost – plus characters from the all-ages Aw Yeah Comics.
But gentlemen, answer me this: Will we see Li’l Sonja?
Enough of my gushing – here’s what Dark Horse had to say:
From the Eisner and Harvey award-winning, New York Times best-selling, famous cartoonists Art Baltazar and Franco comes the crossover epic event of a lifetime! Finally, Captain Action Cat meets Action Cat and the characters from Aw Yeah Comics! Also crossing over with Dark Horse Comics characters such as Ghost, X, Captain Midnight, and the Occultist, this series promises the typical zaniness that the creators of Tiny Titans are known for. True story!
In Captain Action Cat: The Timestream CATastrophe #1, there is something evil out there, and Evil Cat is determined to find it . . . even if it means searching throughout the Silver Age to do it! Could this blip on the screen be the one known as Doctor Evil Cat? What will happen when the Silver Age and the “Aw Yeah Age” collide? What does this mean for the timestream? The fate of the comic world may change forever! Plus, a mysterious frozen souvenir from the Golden Age makes a visit! For the first time ever, The Timestream CATastrophe introduces Captain Action Cat, an anthropomorphic action hero based on the classic action figure/adventure toy, Captain Action!
“All I have to say is: Wow!” says cowriter/artist Art Baltazar. “I am amazed at the comics which we get to create sometimes! Captain Action action figures have been a classic American toy forever, and now that he is back, the world will be a better place! It’s an honor to be working so close to this iconic character . . . even if our version is a cat. Aw Yeah!”
“I feel so lucky to be in this industry and that people are willing to let us play with their toys,” adds cowriter Franco! “This one means quite a bit to me personally because this crossover event features something we created—Action Cat from our own Aw Yeah Comics—which we get to cross over with Captain Action (as a cat) and the heroic crew from Dark Horse. ‘Wow’ is an understatement! Every year, I think we cannot top what we did before . . . and I am proven wrong, as this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever had the privilege to work on! Aw Yeah, Dynamite!”
“Art and Franco have been having a blast with the Itty Bitty Hellboy series. We loved their treatment of Hellboy and I’m particularly eager to see what mayhem they’ll inflict on our superheroes,” says Dark Horse president Mike Richardson. “Ghost and X teamed with Action Cat and Captain Action? Who would have thought?”
“I’ve gotta say, we’ve had some fun, high octane, cataclysmic, unbelievable crossovers through the years,” states Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. “But this crossover will be the most fun! What Art and Franco have put together is just incredible! And did I mention fun? Aw Yeah!”
Captain Action Cat: The Timestream CATastrophe #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ February Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and is slated for release on April 16, 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Captain Action Cat with their local comic book retailers. Captain Action Cat will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Geof Darrow, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Halo, Serenity, The Legend of Zelda, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.