James Tynion IV is heading to Dark Horse, with the comic book scribe launching a new line that will feature previously released work on Substack as well as new material from his Tiny Onion Studios.
Tynion turned heads a year ago when the acclaimed author moved to Substack, leaving his longtime home in DC, where he became a hallmark writer through his work on Batman and other titles. Since then, it has introduced a number of titles to the digital subscription platform which will now be in print for the first time at Dark Horse.
blue book will be launched in February 2023 and The Strangely Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos will follow in June 2023.
Tynion’s discussions with Dark Horse began earlier this year, with the scribe wanting a home for what he calls his “true weird” work – those based on unusual events such as encounters with aliens or the supernatural.
“I started to imagine an advertisement for blue book in the last pages of an issue of Hellboy, and something clicked for me,” Tynion says. “Dark Horse is home to some of the best creator-owned comics ever published, and it’s a true honor to join their ranks of creative talent.”
blue book, which comes from artist Michael Avon Oeming and scholar Aditya Bidikar, focuses on encounters with aliens and the supernatural, with the first series centering on Betty and Barney Hill, who in the 1960s said they were abducted by aliens. Their story became the first widely publicized alien encounter story. Issue 1 will be printed on February 22, 2023.
The Strangely Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos hits stores June 7, 2023. It centers on lonely teenage mad scientist Christopher Chaos. When the cute high school boy turns out to be a deadly creature, Christopher finds himself thrown into a world of monsters, heroes, and a cult of hunters out to kill them all. Tynion created the book, which is written by Tate Brombal, with illustrations by Isaac Goodhart, colors by Kurt Michael Russell and lettering by Aditya Bidikar.
Going forward, some work will appear first and be printed, while others will appear first on Substack, where Tynion recommends people keep following him for the most up-to-date insight into his activities.
“blue book and Christopher Chaos are just the beginning. There is a whole universe of characters and concepts around the Christopher Chaos title I hope Tate, Isaac and I can explore while we’re there,” Tynion says. “Beyond that, there are so many stories in the ‘True Weird’ genre that I think are ripe to be told in comic book form. And that’s not counting all the pleasure we reserve for readers in the pages of blue book himself. We’ll decide on a title-by-title basis what makes sense to debut in print first, and what will make a fun addition to the comics I launch in my Substack newsletter.
Blue Book will feature variant covers by Michael Avon Oeming, Dave Johnson and Jill Thompson. Below is a first look at the art.