Back in October 2012, fans of Star Wars comics definitely felt a disturbance in the Force, wondering how Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm would affect the relationship with the third-largest comics publisher, Dark Horse Comics. Many reached out to Dark Horse at the time for answers and received this statement from president Mike Richardson:
Dark Horse and LucasFilm have a strong partnership which spans over 20 years, and has produced multiple characters and story lines which are now part of the Star Wars lore. Star Wars will be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we’ll all have to see what it means for the future. (Source)
Many questions have popped up since then and we’re slowly getting some of those questions answered. During the Emerald City Comic Con at the start of March, fans received further information about Disney and Lucasfilm, only to discover that absolutely nothing has happened concerning Star Wars comics.
Q: What does Disney buying Star Wars mean for Dark Horse?
A (Randy Stradley, writer and Vice President of Publishing for Dark Horse Comics) – He was in Korea at a seminar giving a speech about Star Wars comics when he found out. He had to rewrite the speech a bit. So far, it’s been business as usual. To date, Disney hasn’t had a discussion with Lucasfilm’s licensing people about the comics. He should hear something this year. But nothing has changed. (Source)
That could be because Disney is focusing their efforts on Episode VII and may have plans to tackle other aspects of Lucasfilm and their connections sometime later this year. Still, not knowing will happen has some fans on the edge. To be honest, we all want Star Wars to stay with Dark Horse Comics. There are various reasons why, but Star Wars and Dark Horse Comics have had a healthy and prosperous relationship, and there’s no need to tinker with a machine that already works.
This morning, while browsing through Twitter, I discovered this tweet from writer Brian Wood (Star Wars):
To ppl calling doom (with no proof) on Dark Horse holding of the Star Wars license, I just got a contract extension to write through ish 20—
Brian Wood (@brianwood) March 05, 2013
He’s right in stating that we don’t have proof, but with everything else that has been going on (the cancellation of the 3D prequels, holding Star Wars 1313, no mention at all about Star Wars Detours, and the uncertain future of Star Wars: The Clone Wars), fans couldn’t help but feel that Star Wars comics would suffer some horrible fate. Brian Wood’s tweet brightened up my day, however, and here’s hoping other Star Wars comics fans will feel more at peace.
Photo Credit: Brian Wood signing Star Wars #1 at Midtown Comics. Photo by Ron ‘Spidey’ Gejon.