In what is surely one of the best convergences in fandom to be announced in recent months, Dark Horse has announced a partnership with the cult sci-fi phenomenon MST3K to include all-new comics and Dark Horse-designed merchandise.
For those who need a quick tutorial, Mystery Science Theater 3000 began as a comedy show ripping on bad films as on local cable access, then developed through several iterations on major networks and Comedy Central. Humor not only focuses on the bad films being shown, but on the puppet-crafted robot sidekicks of a human host who has been trapped in space by mad scientists. Their interaction and life-story takes the form of skits that stand as intervals between segments of the films being shown, and when the films are shown our host and ‘bots appear as silhouettes interacting from their seats below the “screen” of the film.
In 2016, show cocreator Joel Hodgson started the MST3K Revival Kickstarter, which resulted in a record-breaking combined total of $6,364,229 to go toward producing new episodes and other licensed merchandise. The forthcoming series of the show will feature many well-known geek stars, like Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day. Dark Horse is one of a number of licensees to sign on for the MST3K consumer products program.
Dark Horse’s VP of Publishing, Randy Stradley, is “overjoyed to be at the helm of working with MST3K”.
I first encountered the show in 1992, and immediately fell in love with both the concept and the characters. I began inquiring about the license in 1993, and now—a mere twenty-four years later—we have Comics Sign!
Fans were pretty damn excited by the recent announcement of Funko POPs featuring the ‘bots, but get ready to celebrate not only the new series of the show, but new stories in comics form and a whole host of potential collectibles and nifty products from Dark Horse.