Darkchylde  is an American comic book character created in 1996 by Randy Queen . It was Originally published by Maximum Press , and later by Image Comics , through Homage Comics , a publishing imprint of Wildstorm . Subsequent projects would be published by Darkchylde Entertainment, through Wowio .  [1]

Darkchylde  is the story of Ariel Chylde, a cursed teen who can become the creatures of her many nightmares, and then

Publication history

Darkchylde  was launched as a comic book in the summer of 1996. The book is a hottest comic spot in  Wizard  , where it stays for nine months and both  Wizard  and  Combo magazines.  [2]  The Spider-Man , the Hulk , Superman , and Batman in America book, outsider ,  citation needed  ] and quickly garnered an unusually large female following, in stark contrast to the traditionally male comic book market. The success of the books spawned a line of best selling trading cards, action figures, skateboards, lunch boxes, lithos, apparel, and mini-bust statues.  [2]

When the book was launched overseas, it became Panini Publishing’s best selling title, overselling all of their classic superhero titles, including both Spider-Man and the X-Men .  [2]

Wizard  magazine released  Darkchylde  # 1/2, a mail order-only comic that outsold all of their previous mail order comics.  [2]

Creator Randy Queen created Darkchylde Entertainment with partner Sarah Oates and launched “Dreams of the Darkchylde” # 1. It was the best-selling independent title offered in the  previews  ,  [2]  magazine for comic distribution orders.

Queen revealed that Darkchylde would appear in a comic book after several years of absence. This comic book would be a one-shot crossover titled  The Darkness / Darkchylde: Kingdom Pain “and scheduled to come out in December 2009. In addition to containing a new story feature Darkchylde, this one-shot also contained preview art for Randy Queen’s next comic book title “Starfall.”  [3]

Darkchylde Manga  

In 2005 the title was relaunched at Dark Horse Comics as  Manga Darkchylde  , with Ariel now being a little girl. (The term  manga  in the title is Somewhat misleading, as the new series is Clearly not a manga in the traditional sense and Actually bears very little resemblance to Japanese manga in Any Way.)  Citation needed  ]  Only using the Elements basis of the original  Darkchylde  , Randy Queen is now expanding his “Darkchylde-universe”.


Darkchylde  comic books, in order of reading:  citation needed  ]

  • Darkchylde Diary
  • Darkchylde  # 1-5
  • Spawn  # 56 (4-page  Darkchylde  interlude featuring Flatulance)
  • Darkchylde  # 0
  • Darkchylde  ½
  • Darkchylde: The Legacy  # 1-3
  • Darkchylde: Redemption  ½, # 1,2
  • Dreams of the Darkchylde  # 1-6
  • Darkchylde Last Issue Special
  • Jane Painkiller / Darkchylde  (drawn by JG Jones )
  • Witchblade / Darkchylde
  • Darkness / Darkchylde: Kingdom of Pain
  • Darkchylde Swimsuit Illustrated
  • Darkchylde Summer Swimsuit Spectacular
  • Darkchylde Sketchbook
  • Darkchylde Manga  # 0, 1-2

Collected editions

Some of the comics have been collected into trade paperbacks :

  • Darkchylde: The Descent  (Collects the original miniseries and the  Spawn  Interlude, WildStorm / Homage Comics , 1998)
  • Darkchylde, Volume 1: Legacy and Redemption  (Darkchylde Collects: Legacy # 1/2 & 1-3, and Darkchylde: Redemption # 1/2 & 1, 2) (160 pages, January 2011, ISBN  978-1-60706-352 -0 )
  • Darkchylde: Dreams of Darkchylde  (June 2011, ISBN  978-1-60706-388-9 )



It was announced on Feb. 14, 2011 that Darkchylde would be turned into a Young Adult Novel by Andrea Brown Literary Agency.  [4]

In 2015, Queen completed the first of a series of long awaited novels titled Darkchylde: the Ariel Chylde Saga.  [5]


In August 2007 Creator Randy Queen Revealed to Newsarama that a movie is in the works.  quote needed  ]

In a recent interview with Nicholas Yanes from scifipulse.net, Randy Queen was asked and responded to a question about a film / television adaptation of Darkchylde:

Yanes: For years now there have been rumors of Darkchylde being turned into an animated series, miniseries for a cable network and movie. Are you able to comment on Darkchylde’s future potential in television and film? Any actresses you’d love to play Ariel?Queen: A movie makes so much sense it’s ridiculous, and all I can say that we are working on it. I know that’s a frustrating answer for fans, but it’s a frustrating process. It’s probably best for me, so we’ll just wait and see.  [6]

Test footage from the set of  Darkchylde  emerged in July 2010  [7]  and on October 31, 2010, it was announced John Carpenter was to live.  [8]

Tumblr submissions and subsequent DMCA takedown notices

In August 2014 Randy Queen, owner of the character, DMCA Takedown Requests regarding Escher Girls, a Tumblr blog which criticizes the anatomical inaccuracies of women featured in comic art.  [9]  The writings were filed in response to reviews of Queen’s work, specifically a piece of art published on the blog 9th century ago while the artist was still learning. Queen felt his work being misused and misleading, and exercised due process. Tumblr erroneously removed the whole post, which included commentary.  [10] Subsequently, Queen apologized on his Facebook page regarding the incident Tumblr to restore the content, which they did.  [11]


  1. Jump up^  “Darkchylde Entertainment” . Wowio.com . Retrieved 2012-03-08 .
  2. ^ Jump up to: e  http://www.darkchylde.com/story.html
  3. Jump up^  “Interview Comics: Randy Queen Discusses Darkchylde / Darkness Crossover” . Scifipulse.net. October 28, 2009.
  4. Jump up^  Nicholas Yanes,  “Randy Queen Signs With Andrea Brown Literary Agency To Darkchylde Comics Turn Into Young Adult Novels” . Scifipulse.net. October 28, 2009.
  5. Jump up^  “Why Randy Queen’s Darkchylde: The Ariel Chylde Saga Is The Next Big YA Novel Franchise” .  SciFiPulse.net  . Retrieved 2015-11-24 .
  6. Jump up^  “Randy Queen Talks About Starfall & His Comic Book Influences” . Scifipulse.net. February 24, 2009.
  7. Jump up^  “DARKCHYLDE Exclusive Weta Workshop Test Footage Revealed” . Newsarama . July 6, 2010.
  8. Jump up^   Turek, Ryan (October 31, 2010). “John Carpenter Bringing Darkchylde to the Screen” .  Shock Till You Drop  . CraveOnline . Retrieved October 31,2010 .
  9. Jump up^   Masnik, Mike (August 4, 2014). “Copyright As Censorship: Comic Artist Uses DMCA To Censor Critical Blogs” . Techdirt .
  10. Jump up^  “DMCA mea culpa: Randy Queen apologizes for response to [Updated]” . arstechnica.com. August 5, 2014.
  11. Jump up^   Geuss, Megan (2012-05-17). “DMCA mea culpa: Randy Queen apologizes for response to criticism [Updated” . Ars Technica . Retrieved 2014-08-06 .

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