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Dark Horse Entertainment’s Founder On The Future Technology Of Comic Books


Dark Horse Entertainment founder and CEO Mike Richardson.

Dark Horse Entertainment founder and CEO Mike Richardson.

Courtesy of Dark Horse Entertainment

In 1986, Mike Richardson owned a few successful local comic book stores in Oregon and Washington. That’s when he founded Dark Horse Entertainment and began publishing for himself. Thirty years later, Dark Horse is one of the most successful independent comic book publishers in history.

Still, Dark Horse has remained a local Oregon company — until now. Last month, Dark Horse Entertainment announced a global partnership with a Chinese investment firm.

Mike Richardson recently sat down with OPB “Weekend Edition” host John Notarianni to talk about the deal.

Richardson says that after 30 years of expansion into publishing, film and digital, the company is once again looking for ways to speed up its growth. Dark Horse found that partner in Vanguard Visionary Associates and their chairman, Stanley Cheung, formerly the chair of the Walt Disney Company in Greater China.

“We met these people, they had great, great backgrounds. We did some vetting, liked them and decided to partner up and see what we could do,” Richardson said.

Richardson says Dark Horse has its eye on expansion into Asia, especially the relatively untouched Chinese audience.

“It’s a huge market with hundreds of millions of people who purchase the kind of thing we do every day,” Richardson said. 

With the explosion of online streaming video options, Dark Horse also intends to take advantage of the opportunity to ramp up and self-finance film production.

“It’s an era where we have to pay attention to the technological changes,” says Richardson. “Television is the comic strip of the day; it’s being replaced by Netflix and who knows what the next delivery system will

Article source: https://www.opb.org/news/article/dark-horse-entertainments-comics-future-technology-film-digital/

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