Enjoy a celebration of “true weird” stories with “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Blue Book” Q&A hosted by David F. Walker, exclusive comics, and more! 

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (February 17, 2023)— Dark Horse is proud to present a special event at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon celebrating James Tynion IV and Michael Avon Oeming’s upcoming “true weird” series, Blue Book! On March 15, 2023, explore the strange and supernatural with a screening of Spielberg’s classic film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, followed by a discussion of the new comic series Blue Book with creators James Tynion IV (Something is Killing the Children, Department of Truth) and Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Murder Inc.), hosted by David F. Walker (Bitter Root, Naomi).

A special event-exclusive variant of Blue Book #2 will be available, featuring a unique cover by Oeming. Fans can pre-order up to five copies of this exclusive comic with ticket purchase or buy them at the event (limit 5 per person overall). This special variant is limited to just 500 copies total, available for purchase from Dark Horse and Things From Another World only as part of this event.

Event details: On March 15, doors at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97212) will open at 6 pm, followed by the film beginning at 7 pm. Seating is first-come, first-served. Following the showing of Close Encounters, comic creators James Tynion IV and Michael Avon Oeming will be joined by David F. Walker on stage for a live Q&A session about their comic series, Blue Book.

Tickets can be purchased at thehollywoodtheatre.org.

About Blue Book: This ambitious, non-fiction comic book experience depicts real-life stories of UFO abductions with an eye to capturing the strange essence of those encounters.

James Tynion IV has always been fascinated by horror and what he calls “true weird,” or the cousin to true crime—strange and unusual events like supernatural and alien encounters—especially after publishing stories like Something is Killing the Children, The Nice House on the Lake, and The Department of Truth. Now, Tynion, Tiny Onion Studios, and Dark Horse Comics are teaming up to bring deeply weird non-fiction and high concept monster stories to print! Featuring new and previously published creator-owned work from the mind of Tynion, the new line begins with Blue Book in February 2023 and The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos in June 2023. Both were originally published on Substack, but will now be available in print for the first time.

In Blue Book, Tynion explores strange but true stories of aliens and the supernatural. The first series details Betty and Barney Hill’s abduction encounter, also known as the first widely-publicized abduction that went on to shape and influence all future encounter stories. Teaming up with Tynion and artist Michael Avon Oeming is letterer Aditya Bidikar. Included at the end of every issue will be a short comic called “True Weird,” the first of which is called True Weird: Coney Island by Tynion, Klaus Janson, and Bidikar.

Blue Book issue #1 is available now, and issue #2 will be available widely, wherever comics are sold, beginning March 22, 2023.

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