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The Last of Us: American Dreams Comic Book Issue #1 Out Now

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The Last of Us: American Dreams

We’re proud to share the news that the first issue of The Last of Us: American Dreams – a comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics and jointly written by Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann and the talented Faith Erin Hicks – is in stores now. The series art is also by Faith, with colors by Rachelle Rosenberg, lettering by Clem Robins, and the stunning covers by Julián Totino Tedesco.

Trust us when we say that American Dreams doesn’t spoil any of the story found in The Last of Us game, and instead gives you a great introduction to Ellie and her life as told through events inside the quarantine zone taking place prior to the game. I have to say, even though I’ve been able to watch the American Dreams series take shape over the past several months as we worked on it with Dark Horse Comics, it was still no less awesome to finally see it in front of me and read Issue #1 as an actual, real comic book.

Brendan Wright, Editor of The Last of Us: American Dreams, has a great blog post over on the Dark Horse website that introduces the series far better and with more eloquence than I ever can.

The digital version of The Last of Us: American Dreams Issue #1 will launch next Wednesday, April 10, on Dark Horse Digital – which is available on your iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, or on the web. You can get links to the apps or access Dark Horse Digital here.

While the physical comic book is only available in North America for the time being, the good news is that the English-only digital version will be available worldwide. Keep an eye on @PlayStation on Twitter as we will be giving away 50 codes for the digital edition.

Also on Twitter, be sure to join Neil and Faith for a Dark Horse Twitter chat on @DarkHorsecomics on the same day the digital version of American Dreams Issue #1 drops – Wednesday, April 10 at 11:30 AM PDT. [What time is this in my city?]

We’re planning a one-hour Twitter chat, so keep an eye on @DarkHorsecomics on Twitter and the #TheLastofUsAD hashtag. Dark Horse has let us know they’re looking to do some giveaways during the Twitter chat, so this is one you won’t want to miss.

We’re thrilled to see that the comic series has started already – hopefully making the wait until The Last of Us releases worldwide on June 14, 2013, just a little bit easier.

If you’ve already picked up the comic – tell us what you think in the comments!

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See the first six pages of American Dreams Issue #1 at Dark Horse’s website. If you decide to pick it up – and I suggest you do! – you can find your local comic book store here.

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aro52 said:

April 5th, 4:50 pm

Sweet. Looking forward to Wednesday.

jchill001 said:

April 5th, 4:52 pm


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    Arne Meyer said:

    April 5th, 5:00 pm

    :( But these are cool comics and videos.

D-Squad3 said:

April 5th, 4:53 pm

We can’t buy it online?

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    Arne Meyer said:

    April 5th, 4:59 pm

    It will be available online NEXT WEDNESDAY. April 10. :)

D-Squad3 said:

April 5th, 4:56 pm

Wait a sec, isn’t this coming with the Post-Pandemic edition? If so then I don’t have to worry since I’ve already pre-ordered it.

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    Arne Meyer said:

    April 5th, 5:00 pm

    Yes, issue #1 is in the Post-Pandemic Edition (lucky you!) – with a variant cover. So if you’re a collector, the version this week has Julian’s art, the Post-Pandemic Edition has Faith’s announcement art as the cover.

Madd_Hatter401 said:

April 5th, 5:09 pm

I am freaking excited!! I remember seeing this game at E3 and being overwhelmed with anticipation I can’t wait to get a hold of this game!! Hoping it will be great

GhostMachine1 said:

April 5th, 5:18 pm

Will these only be in comic book stores? I want it.

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    Arne Meyer said:

    April 5th, 5:36 pm

    Comic book stores and digital. You can find some comic books stores that take online orders. The Dark Horse website links to Things from Another World for online sales:

GhostMachine1 said:

April 5th, 5:19 pm

Also what are the dates for the other issues so we know when to get them day one?

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    Arne Meyer said:

    April 5th, 5:35 pm

    The last Wednesday of May, June, and July.

FreshRevenge said:

April 5th, 5:19 pm

I preordered the God of War Ascension game and I get the demo. If the demo does well, than I see myself preordering, The Last of Us. I remember getting the Mass Effect 3 Collectors Edition and getting a Dark Horse preview comic; is this what this is, a preview comic?

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    Arne Meyer said:

    April 5th, 5:37 pm

    Preview comic? It’s not a short version of a longer comic – this is the longer, full comic series. I believe the ME3 comic series told some of the intro story into the events of ME3? This is similar, it tells a bit of Ellie’s story prior to the events in game.

D-Squad3 said:

April 5th, 5:21 pm

Thanks! Since the Post-Pandemic edition is getting a different cover, I think I will buy this version too whenever I visit my comic book store! I want to have both versions. :)

TomatoDragon said:

April 5th, 5:21 pm

I’m a gettin’.

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    Arne Meyer said:

    April 5th, 5:39 pm

    Yay! As with everything, we would love to eventually do another comic series (I think I’m volunteering Neil without his consent yet), so we hope you like this one and keep buying.

coldkilla_255 said:

April 5th, 5:29 pm

LOL I was looking online for this and then I cam across this article lol Naughty Dog and Dark Horse are reading my mind!!

MakoSOLIDER said:

April 5th, 6:00 pm

I would buy it SONY released the comic and ereader APP they showed at TGS last year

Radprofile said:

April 5th, 6:00 pm

Instead of this I want Ellie Edition instead of post-pandemics and survivors :P

Vidarcr said:

April 5th, 6:01 pm

This would be perfect for the vita comics app that we don’t have (hint)-

Pikmologist said:

April 5th, 6:09 pm

Thanks Arne! So this is only available at Comic Book stores? I guess I’ll actually give them some business now. I’ll pick this up as soon as I can! I already have my Post Pandemic pre-ordered. Super excited!

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    Arne Meyer said:

    April 5th, 6:32 pm

    Yes, right now it is only available via your local comic shop or ones that ship online. Then there’s the digital version next week. Future releases will have the physical version in comic book stores and the digital version coming out at the same time.

Andy10003 said:

April 5th, 6:17 pm

Gahh! I want to read this now, but I’m pretty positive I’m ordering the survival edition which comes with it x.x Anyway, how much does each comic cost? I’ll have to buy the others since it only comes with the first issue lol

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    Arne Meyer said:

    April 5th, 6:34 pm

    The cover says $3.99 for the issue. By the time the game comes out, issues #1 and #2 will be out. Can you wait that long??

The_Bee96 said:

April 5th, 6:39 pm

I saw that you said that this was the issue packaged with the Post-Pandemic edition. I think I remember something about a comic in the Survival Edition as well. Will this comic be bundled with both collector’s editions, or just the Post-Pandemic?

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    Arne Meyer said:

    April 5th, 6:56 pm

    You’re right and I should have mentioned that too – the Survival Edition has the variant cover version of Issue #1 as well.

Assais said:

April 5th, 6:49 pm

Hey Arne, when is the next dev video of TLOU coming out?? We can’t wait to see more footage about the game man!!

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    Arne Meyer said:

    April 5th, 6:57 pm

    Very, very soon! We’ll be sure to let you know when it’s out.

Assais said:

April 5th, 7:04 pm

Awesome! If only you knew how many times a day I go to Google News and search for TLOU hoping to a find some new bit of information about the game..sigh..I’ve been having dreams about that game!

PrinceofXIII said:

April 5th, 7:13 pm

will wait for the full volume :P

poodude said:

April 5th, 7:25 pm

Hope Sony bundles these all together like they did with the Resistance comics :D!

I_PARTY420 said:

April 5th, 7:25 pm

This doesn’t have to deal with this post, but will there be a Final Fantasy Crisis Core release for PSN so i can play on my ps3? Or do you know if there will be a lucasarts sale in memorial of them closing down?

Busca-Cabezas said:

April 5th, 7:40 pm

Thx for the preview pages link… This might spark allot of intrigue… I guess that Pandemic Edition is now a must for me… Hehe! :D

Busca-Cabezas said:

April 5th, 8:28 pm

Quite violent… Niiiiiiiiiice!!! #23? JOOORRDAN!! :P

peartboyz said:

April 5th, 9:00 pm

I’m a huge fan of the art style here. I’ve actually been looking forward to the comics as much as the game :D

dallscowboys88 said:

April 5th, 9:26 pm

I wish the Vita could have Digital Comics like the PSP did. Then I could get this for it :)

JimmyNEUTRON413 said:

April 5th, 9:44 pm

I just bought and read it on my Dark Horse app on my Nexus 7 tablet…its under “featured”…
3.99$ 24pg.

Busca-Cabezas said:

April 5th, 10:28 pm

@Post#27 a.k.a JimmyNEUTRON413: Thx!! Dark Horse Comics App Downloaded!! I loves my Nexus 7! Woot! Woot! :D

Hooligantuan said:

April 6th, 5:20 am

This is … being kinda aggressively marketed.

Strangeheaven said:

April 6th, 5:47 am

I think it would be better if you release a Didgibook when The Last Of Us game becomes available.

Combining of The Last Of Us game and the four comics in one Digibook.

Blu Ray movies do this,why not games. Plus Steelbook version would be nice to.

XeahuleXolic said:

April 6th, 7:07 am

I love comic books cuz I make them myself ;) we are working Xolic Unleashed right now.
I do enjoy everything about this game, I plan getting myself a copy of this conic book :)

subadictos said:

April 6th, 11:21 am

Sony, it’s time. Make a Comic App for PS Vita for once for reading this comic (and put some other available too).

Go, Sony… you can do it…

Vorlord said:

April 6th, 2:09 pm

Wow! I’m surprised I got this at the comic store before the announcement was made for this! This was a treat, thanks guys! Can’t wait for Issue 2 May 29th!! :)

Scaramanga1983 said:

April 6th, 3:40 pm

Will the next volumes continue Ellie’s story or they will show other characters stories?

Rukahz said:

April 6th, 5:10 pm

@Arne Meyer i gotten the survival editions and was planning get Post-Pandemic Edition both edition as entire collection but i notice my gamestop don’t got no more Post-Pandemic Edition, is there anyway to have more Post-Pandemic Edition ? i want that editions to cause statue look good :)

Nano1124 said:

April 6th, 9:07 pm

This comes with the Survival Edition of the game, right?

badreligionbomb said:

April 7th, 12:46 am

does anyone actually care about this???? we want the game… not some stupid comic

Oisterboy said:

April 7th, 4:09 am

Woo! How many different covers are there? I’m getting behind, gotta get the new adventure time and walking dead, now this one is on my list. Regular show is coming out soon too. Been waiting on this. Please let us know when the others come out too.

somebignasty said:

April 7th, 9:01 am

Arne, the last time I “talked” to you I was asking if there would be a collector’s edition (the night of the VGAs), and I am proud to say I was able to get in my preorder for the Post-Pandemic Edition before they ran out. Would just like to say thanks for making what looks to be an amazing game and also expanding it into other media, e.g. these AWESOME COMICS!

BlindMango said:

April 7th, 12:01 pm

lol she looks so WEIRD on the cover! haha

JimmyHACK said:

April 8th, 5:39 am

The digital version was available since Friday as well from Darkhorse’s digital store.

UncannySilk said:

April 8th, 6:47 am

Eh. Still looks like a pretty dull title to me.

x-Kicks-x said:

April 8th, 10:11 am

Hey Arne, speaking of developer updates
Is there going to be an update about the availability of TLOU on the playstation store? I’d love to buy it as a day 1 digital release

ADMIC said:

April 8th, 7:23 pm

Nice! I will read this comic before i play the game! This will be amazing!

mikeyvittelli said:

April 10th, 2:03 pm

Is it available in print in US Comic stores?

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