In honor of Harley Quinn’s 25th Anniversary, DC Entertainment (DCE) has announced new details on the bubbly Super-Villain’s takeover of DC’s annual Batman Day celebration on September 23, 2017. Stealing the Caped Crusader’s spotlight, generations of fans will celebrate 25 years of Harley Quinn’s antics with festivities across the country, and around the world.
More than 5,000 libraries, comic shops, bookstores, and other partners worldwide will host “Harley Quinn Batman Day Takeover” activations, including cosplay contests, activities for kids and distributing free copies of three special edition issues. Fans can visit dccomics.com/batmanday to find local Batman Day activities.
BATMAN DAY 2017 SPECIAL EDITION #1 includes the first chapter of BATMAN VOL. 3: I AM BANE written by Tom King and illustrated by David Finch, plus an original 3-page Harley Quinn story by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Bret Blevins. HARLEY QUINN BATMAN DAY 2017 SPECIAL EDITION #1 includes the first chapter of the JOKER LOVES HARLEY graphic novel by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and John Timms. For young readers, DC SUPER HERO GIRLS BATMAN DAY 2017 SPECIAL EDITION #1, features a sneak preview of the upcoming all-ages original graphic novel, DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: OUT OF THE BOTTLE written by Shea Fontana with art by Marcelo DiChiara and Agnes Garbowska.
Counting down to “Harley Quinn’s Batman Day Takeover,” DC’s award-winning original digital series DC All Access will host a can’t-miss Batman Week series of segments from September 18-23. The five-day Harley Quinn Batman Day takeover will spotlight essential books, debut a special “25 Years 25 Harleys” video tribute, and bring fans the latest Batman Day news. In addition, the DC Fans YouTube channel will kick off “Batman Day Fan Week” on September 18, offering Batman and Harley Quinn fan tribute videos every day leading up to the “Harley Quinn Batman Day Takeover” on September 23.
DC has teamed up with an array of retail partners, including Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, and Build-A-Bear, for exclusive in-store activations, digital promotions, and product displays from Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Additionally, Hot Topic will celebrate with a seasonal merchandise offering and Journeys will jump in with their DC-inspired Converse collection. Cross-divisional activations will also include Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, alongside key partners including Funko, The LEGO Group, and Six Flags Theme Parks, to further spotlight the groundbreaking DC Super-Villain.
Marquee comic writers and artists will also participate in special signings to mark the “Harley Quinn Batman Day Takeover,” including Paul Dini, Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson. Adding to the celebration, exclusive “Harley Quinn Batman Day Takeover” posters, Batman and Harley masks, and postcards will be available at select retailers.
Digital readers can kick off the celebration a week earlier with the Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary sale, starting Sept. 12. The sale features Harley’s craziest and wackiest adventures, and continues through Batman Day. Beginning 9/19, a Batman Day week-long digital sale will include periodicals and e-books from many Bat-family titles including BATMAN, ALL-STAR BATMAN, BATGIRL and more. Each sale will include a special free comic – Harley Quinn’s first comic appearance (Batman Adventures #12), and the first issue in the new Harley Quinn and Batman digital-first series. DC will also be hosting a special one-day-only sale on Batman Day, discounting 100+ “Easter Egg” periodical issues that helped inspire DC’s massive publishing event, DARK NIGHTS: METAL. DC’s digital sales are available via readdcentertainment.com, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Nook, and Madefire.
Fans can visit dccomics.com/batmanday for more details on the “Harley Quinn Batman Day Takeover” festivities, participating stores, and in-depth coverage directly from original digital series DC All Access, and to download the official “Harley Quinn Batman Day Takeover” activity kit, including cut out paper masks, comic book activity sheets, coloring pages, trivia, and games.
Join the celebration on September 23 and share on social media using #BatmanDay and #HarleyQuinn25.