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06/26/2017
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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES CREATIVE TEAM AND LAUNCH DATE FOR THE LIBRARIANS, BASED ON THE HIT TNT ADVENTURE SERIES FROM DEAN DEVLIN'S ELECTRIC ENTERTAINMENT!

Dynamite Signs Will Pfeifer and Rodney Buchemi to Bring the Hit TNT Adventure to Comics! 


June 20, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Writer Will Pfeifer (Aquaman, Hellboy), and artist Rodney Buchemi (Uncanny X-Men) have been confirmed as the creative team to bring the magical and mysterious world of the hit TNT television series The Librarians to the pages of comics! Set to launch September 13th, fans of the show will be excited to see their favorite characters tackling all new adventures as they wait for the premiere of season four! Way back in the swinging ‘70s, movie producer Sol Schick was the guy behind such cheesy classics as "Quarry: Bigfoot!," "Noah's Ark: Found at Last!" and "Heavenly Visitors from the Hell Above." But when he's murdered - at a film festival! - with a piece of Noah's Ark! - The Librarians are drawn into the mystery. Can their combination of special skills, obsessive curiosity, and knowledge of forgotten lore figure out who - or what - spelled doom for Schick? And as they delve deeper into his past, is it possible that things are not as they seem and that all his crazy, wild movies…were actually telling the truth? Writer Will Pfeifer says, "The thing that really attracted me to The Librarians as a concept is that they're not just another group out to save the world. I mean, sure, they end up saving the world and seeing that mankind lives to see another day and all that, but their real focus is knowledge - getting it, keeping it and seeing that it doesn't fall into the wrong hands. In this day and age, a group of smart folks trying to get smarter is the sort of role model we need, and the fact that this knowledge always seems to be of the forbidden, arcane variety is what keeps things interesting. I had a great time coming up with some bizarre mysteries for them to uncover, and the combination of curiosity, humor and good ol' adventure made writing the series a real pleasure!" Will Pfeifer made his comic book debut in 1999 with the creator-owned Vertigo series Finals. Since then, his credits have included Catwoman, Teen Titans, Aquaman, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Hellboy, H.E.R.O, X-Men Unlimited, The Spirit, Captain Atom, Iron Man, Supergirl, Blue Beetle and Amazons Attack. He's also the author of the science fiction graphic novel "The Advance Team" and the writer and artist of "Late Nights at Kinkos," a collection of his small-press work. "The Dynamite team counts ourselves as huge fans of television series, never missing an episode," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite's CEO and Publisher. "When the opportunity arose to bring the fantastical adventures to the pages of comics, we knew we would have a hit on our hands! By bringing on the incredible talents of Will Pfeifer and Rodney Buchemi, we only solidified that success!" Based on TNT's hit movie franchise, The Librarians centers on an ancient organization dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Harlan Kim star in the series as protectors of the world's mystical treasures with Emmy® winner John Larroquette as their reluctant caretaker. The series features Noah Wyle as Flynn Carsen, the character made popular in the original TV movies. The Librarians was the most watched cable series debut of 2014 and was recently renewed for its fourth season! The Librarians is executive produced by Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, Noah Wyle, and Marco Schnabel.   The Librarians #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Librarians #1 with their local comic book retailers. The Librarians #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards. About Electric Entertainment:

Electric Entertainment is a Los Angeles based production, distribution, and post-production company. It is currently in production on the fourth season of THE LIBRARIANS for TNT, and the company's GEOSTORM, which marks Devlin's feature directorial debut, will be released by Warner Bros. this October. Devlin produced with Skydance Pictures' David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.
Electric's newly created domestic distribution division will release Rob Reiner's historical biopic LBJ starring Woody Harrelson this fall. The company recently released the Tribeca Film Festival title THE BOOK OF LOVE starring Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel and Maisie Williams.
Electric is currently selling international rights to Brad Silberling's thriller AN ORDINARY MAN, which stars Ben Kingsley. Electric's sales division is also selling the critically acclaimed MERCY STREET, a PBS drama series which is executive produced by Ridley Scott.  

06/20/2017
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  DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES LATEST TITLE IN THEIR VIDEO GAME ICONS LINE, UNDISPUTED STREET FIGHTER: THE ART AND INNOVATION BEHIND THE GAME-CHANGING SERIES

 


 
Writer Steve Hendershot and Editor Tim Lapetino Announced as Creative Team
Behind the Art Book 30 Years in the Making!

 




June 20, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Writer Steve Hendershot and Editor Tim Lapetino (Art of Atari) have been announced as the creative team behind Dynamite Entertainment's latest offering in their Video Game Icons line, Undisputed Street Fighter: The Art and Innovation Behind the Game-Changing Series.  The 304-page stunning hardcover art book, now 30 years in the making, is set for release this November, just in time for the holiday season! Since its inception 30 years ago, the Street Fighter™ video game series from Capcom has thrived based on a lethal combination of innovation, style and technique. From first-of-their-kind advances such as selectable characters and secret combo moves, to imagination-capturing characters such as Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma, Street Fighter has stayed a step ahead of the competition en route to becoming one of the most enduring and influential franchises in video game history. Undisputed Street Fighter™ features in-depth interviews and exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the Street Fighter games, and the iconic art, design, and imagery from across the Street Fighter universe. Writer Steve Hendershot says, "Street Fighter is a running, 30-year conversation between the series' creators, players and fans. Its genius--the magic of shoulder-to-shoulder arcade play, and the playful, vivid style of its characters-stems from that back-and-forth. It's been so much fun to hear all sides of that conversation from Tokyo and Osaka to San Francisco and Chicago, and I'm excited to tell the story through this book."  Steve Hendershot is an award-winning Chicago journalist and the editorial director of MOVA, the Museum of Video Game Art. He is co-host and producer of the arts-and-culture podcast Cedar Cathedral, and has written for dozens of publications including Crain's Chicago Business, SportsIllustrated.com, NBCSports.com, Chicago Magazine, Booth Newspapers, and Chicago Tribune. Editor Tim Lapetino says, "It's been an excellent adventure delving so deeply into the labyrinth of characters and people who make up Street Fighter Nation. We've drawn from 30 years of the best art and stories the franchise has to offer, and Steve has brought his fresh take to all things Street Fighter with a ton of new interviews and insights. The book is a love letter to those who grew up with Street Fighter and also to everyone carrying it into the future." Tim Lapetino is the Series Editor for Dynamite's exclusive line of books, Video Game Icons. In a series that began with the best-selling Art of Atari, Video Game Icons will delve deeply into some of the most influential and popular video game franchises in the world. Lapetino is also the author of Dynamite's Art of Atari (as well as unannounced projects slated for 2018), as well as the Executive Director of MOVA, the Museum of Video Game Art.
Rich Young, Director of Business Development at Dynamite, says, "I still remember watching battle after battle at the local arcade on the Street Fighter II machine, amazed not only by how awesome these characters were, and how great the game looked and played, but also how good the players were, and the amount of effort they put into winning each match. Street Fighter helped pave the way for the fighting game genre… and it's still going very strong today. I'm thrilled to be working with Capcom on this book, and the same amazing team that put together Art of Atari!" Undisputed Street Fighter™ (ISBN 978-1-5241-0466-5) will be available at major bookstore chains, online booksellers, and independent bookstores courtesy of Diamond Book Distributors, and to consumers through the comic book specialty market. Undisputed Street Fighter™ will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in November.  Undisputed Street Fighter will also be available for purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital. Fans and retailers are encouraged to follow Dynamite Entertainment and Capcom's official social media channel for the latest updates regarding creative teams and release dates.

About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.



06/20/2017
Source: Dynamite
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 DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES CREATIVE TEAM AND LAUNCH DATE FOR THE LIBRARIANS, BASED ON THE HIT TNT ADVENTURE SERIES!
Dynamite Signs Will Pfeifer and Rodney Buchemi to
Bring the Hit TNT Adventure to Comics! 
  June 20, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Writer Will Pfeifer (Aquaman, Hellboy), and artist Rodney Buchemi (Uncanny X-Men) have been confirmed as the creative team to bring the magical and mysterious world of the hit TNT television series The Librarians to the pages of comics! Set to launch September 13th, fans of the record-breaking show will be excited to see their favorite characters tackling all new adventures as they wait for the premiere of season four! Way back in the swinging ‘70s, movie producer Sol Schick was the guy behind such cheesy classics as "Quarry: Bigfoot!," Noah's Ark: Found at Last!" and "Heavenly Visitors from the Hell Above." But when he's murdered - at a film festival! - with a piece of Noah's Ark! - The Librarians are drawn into the mystery. Can their combination of special skills, obsessive curiosity, and knowledge of forgotten lore figure out who - or what - spelled doom for Schick? And as they delve deeper into his past, is it possible that things are not as they seem and that all his crazy, wild movies…were actually telling the truth?
Writer Will Pfeifer says, "The thing that really attracted me to The Librarians as a concept is that they're not just another group out to save the world. I mean, sure, they end up saving the world and seeing that mankind lives to see another day and all that, but their real focus is knowledge - getting it, keeping it and seeing that it doesn't fall into the wrong hands. In this day and age, a group of smart folks trying to get smarter is the sort of role model we need, and the fact that this knowledge always seems to be of the forbidden, arcane variety is what keeps things interesting. I had a great time coming up with some bizarre mysteries for them to uncover, and the combination of curiosity, humor and good ol' adventure made writing the series a real pleasure!" Will Pfeifer made his comic book debut in 1999 with the creator-owned Vertigo series Finals. Since then, his credits have included Catwoman, Teen Titans, Aquaman, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Hellboy, H.E.R.O, X-Men Unlimited, The Spirit, Captain Atom, Iron Man, Supergirl, Blue Beetle and Amazons Attack. He's also the author of the science fiction graphic novel "The Advance Team" and the writer and artist of "Late Nights at Kinkos," a collection of his small-press work. "The Dynamite team counts ourselves as huge fans of television series, never missing an episode," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite's CEO and Publisher. "When the opportunity arose to bring the fantastical adventures to the pages of comics, we knew we would have a hit on our hands! By bringing on the incredible talents of Will Pfeifer and Rodney Buchemi, we only solidified that success!" The Librarians, which launched in 2014, is based on a series of successful TV movie franchsie originally airing in 2004 starring starred Noah Wyle, who both executive produces and has guest starred on the now hit television series. The show focuses on an ancient organization tasked with protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden in plan sight. The TNT television debut was the most watched cable series launch of 2014 with a combined audience of 7.3 million viewers, and was recently renewed for its fourth season!
 The Librarians #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Librarians #1 with their local comic book retailers. The Librarians #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.



06/20/2017
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 DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES CREATIVE TEAM AND LAUNCH DATE FOR COMIC ADAPTATION OF IAN FLEMING'S FIRST NOVEL AND JAMES BOND STORY, CASINO ROYALE

Van Jensen and Dennis Calero Will Bring the First 007 Tale to the
Pages of Comics for the First Time this October! 


June 20, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Award-winning writer Van Jansen (The Flash, Green Lantern), and artist Dennis Calero (X-Factor) have been selected as the creative team to bring the very first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, to the pages of comics for the first time in the series' history. Set for release in October, the 160-page graphic novel will transport 007 fans back to the 1950's with its stylish artwork and classic story!
Ian Fleming's literary debut of British Secret Service agent 007 is stylishly adapted to the sequential art medium by Van Jensen and Dennis Calero in the official James Bond: Casino Royale graphic novel. Sent to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux, Bond aims to eliminate the threat of the deadly Le Chiffre by bankrupting the ruthless SMERSH operative at the baccarat table. However, when the luck of the draw favors his enemy, 007 becomes the target of assassins and torturers in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse.
Writer Van Jansen says, "There's a very obvious reason why I wanted to tackle the adaptation of Casino Royale: because it's James damned Bond! Also, when I cracked open Ian Fleming's first 007 novel (I had read it years before), it immediately appealed to me as a great creative challenge. Fleming's prose is powered by his descriptive punch, an eye for detail that captures the post-World War II time period in full color, from decadent meals to the intricacies of baccarat to the sinister machinations of Le Chiffre. It's a heady book, diving deep into the character of Bond. Adapting it into comic book form meant creating some fun new approaches to storytelling, to recast a familiar tale as something that hasn't been seen before. Also, it's James damned Bond!"
A former crime reporter and magazine editor, Van Jensen is the author of the critically acclaimed graphic novels Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and The Leg. He has also written such series as Green Lantern Corps, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Flash.
"When we first announced Warren Ellis' breakout original James Bond series, we teased that this would only be the beginning of our relationship with the character and the Fleming family, who have been very generous," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "It's incredibly rewarding as it's the treasured story that any publisher would wish to add to their library. We have been very fortunate to be granted the rights to do so. Combining Van Jensen's storytelling talent with Dennis Calero's stylistic artwork, the Casino Royale graphic novel will stand out to fans for years to come."  In 2014, Dynamite Entertainment made headlines across the comics industry and beyond with the news that the New Jersey publisher had secured the license from Ian Fleming Publications Ltd to produce the first James Bond comics in 20 years. The first series, written by Transmetropolitan writer Warren Ellis, launched the following year to widespread critical acclaim, and was a breakout success in the comics specialty market. Subsequent James Bond story lines include Diggle and Casalanguida's Hammerhead and Kill Chain, James Robinson and Aaron Campbell's Felix Leiter, Benjamin Percy and Rapha Lobosco's Black Box, and Kieron Gillen and Antonio Fuso's Service Special. 
James Bond: Casino Royale will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of James Bond: Casino Royale with their local comic book retailers. James Bond: Casino Royale will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.


About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.



06/19/2017
Source: Dynamite
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 DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES CREATIVE TEAM AND LAUNCH DATE FOR COMIC BOOK SERIES BASED ON THE HIT LIONSGATE FILM FRANCHISE, JOHN WICK
Dynamite Signs Greg Pak of Planet Hulk and Weapon X Fame, Bringing 

The Hit Film Assassin to the Pages of Comics for the First Time Ever!

 

June 14, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Award-winning writer Greg Pak (Planet Hulk, Code Monkey Save World), and artist Giovanni Valletta (Dark Horse Presents) have been tapped as the creative team to bring the world of the hit-film franchise John Wick to the pages of comics, thanks to a new partnership between Dynamite Entertainment and Lionsgate Films. Slated to launch on September 6th, the new series will offer fans of the massively popular character the opportunity to discover his thrilling origin story for the very first time! 

When a young John Wick emerges from prison and embarks upon his first epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guides their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And who was John Wick before he became the Baba Yaga? 

Writer Greg Pak says, "I was on board pretty much as soon as I got the call and heard ‘John Wick.' I'm a huge Keanu Reeves fan and loved the John Wick movies, which had the kind of kinetic action and intriguing mythology that seemed like a perfect fit for comics. I'm also always happy to work with my friends at Dynamite, who are always a pleasure to make comics with. And the art I saw from Giovanni Valletta blew my mind -- he's totally nailing Keanu Reeves' likeness while creating emotional, dynamic, exciting action. This book is going be BEAUTIFUL. But what really sealed the deal was when Dynamite Editor Anthony Marques said we had the greenlight to tell a John Wick origin story. That was astounding to me -- we're not just telling another fun adventure with the character; we're actually going to be able to add to this character's and world's tremendous mythology by telling an origin story! What could be cooler than that?" 

Greg Pak is a Korean-American filmmaker and comic book writer best known for his award-winning feature film Robot Stories, his blockbuster comic book series like Planet Hulk and World War Hulk, and his record-breaking Kickstarter publishing projects with Jonathan Coulton, including Code Monkey Save World, Kickstarter's highest grossing original graphic novel of all time. Pak's recent comics projects include the creator-owned series Kingsway West, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape from New York, and The Totally Awesome Hulk and Weapon X for Marvel. Pak's feature film Robot Stories played in 75 festivals, won 35 awards, screened theatrically across the country, and is now available on DVD from Kino. Pak's feature screenplay Rio Chino won the Pipedream Screenwriting Award at the IFP Market and a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. Pak also wrote the screenplay for the feature film MVP, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Artist Giovanni Valletta says, "When Dynamite Editor Anthony Marques asked me if I would like to do some tryouts for this project, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. I loved the John Wick film so much, and have been a fan of Keanu Reeves and his work for as long as I can remember. I couldn't be happier to have been picked to work on this project, and I hope the love I have for this movie shines through in my work."

Giovanni Valletta was raised in Caracas, Venezuela and studied Illustration at the Caracas Institute of Design before continuing his studies with Jesus Pastore at the Art Center School of Design. Once Valletta decided to turn his career towards the comic book industry, he attend the Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art, from which he graduated in 2010. Shortly after graduation, Valletta began working for Tell A Graphics alongside owner Joe Kubert, and became a member of the teaching staff at the Kubert School in 2012.  His artwork has been featured by a number of top-tier publishers, and is best known for his work on Dark Horse Presents and Pathfinder: Worldscape

"John Wick is an incredible character - he and the world he inhabits are mysterious, thrilling, sexy, and contagious," says Anthony Marques, Editor for Dynamite Entertainment. "The series that we are doing develops that world even further by delving into his official origin story for the first time. We couldn't have been more fortunate than to have Greg Pak come on board to craft this tale. He has such a great understanding of the characters, their world, and their voices. The artwork Giovanni Valletta is creating is going to leave people breathless. He's found a way to truly immerse the readers into the world of John Wick in a way that I don't think any other artist would have been able to. The thrills, speed, and action are all there on the page!

Marques continued, "This whole process has been an amazing ride - almost as thrilling at the films! We've received the blessings from all of the creators involved with the films, every step of the way. That includes the writer/creator of John Wick Derek Kolstad, as well as Thunder Road, Lionsgate, and even Keanu Reeves. This book is the real deal and people are not going to be disappointed."

"I have been a huge fan of the John Wick franchise since it was first released in 2014," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "When I broached the idea in our editorial meeting, it was unanimously agreed upon!  The entire Dynamite team is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on such a great property, and we're excited to work with the amazing team at Lionsgate Films to make this new hit comic book series happen!" 

The action-adventure film franchise John Wick launched in 2014 and follows the titular hero, a deadly hitman, as he seeks vengeance for the death of a loved one.  Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, and written by Derek Kolstad, the critically-acclaimed first installment starred Keanu Reeves and grossed close to $90 million worldwide. Based on the box office success of the first film, the series was greenlit for a sequel, and John Wick 2 opened in February 2017, grossing $165 million worldwide to date. The new partnership between Dynamite Entertainment and Lionsgate Films marks the first time the series will be published in comic book form.

John Wick will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of John Wick #1 with their local comic book retailers. John Wick #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

 

About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.  About Lionsgate Films

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a vertically integrated next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, premium pay television networks, home entertainment, global distribution and sales, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment.
With the acquisition of Starz, Lionsgate adds to its portfolio of businesses the flagship STARZ premium pay network serving 24.2 million subscribers. The combined company will operate five over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and the STARZ app delivering content directly to consumers.
The Company's feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me series, the box office smash La La Land, which won six Academy Awards®, the hit franchise sequel John Wick: Chapter Two, double Oscar winner Hacksaw Ridge, Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween, The Shack, Saban's Power Rangers, CBS Films/Lionsgate's Hell or High Water, Roadside Attractions' critically-acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, Codeblack Films' breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S., and recent breakout hit How To Be A Latin Lover.
One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate's slate of premium quality series encompasses nearly 90 shows on more than 40 different networks. These include the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama The Royals, the acclaimed Casual, the breakout success Greenleaf, the network reality shows Kicking & Screaming and the eagerly-anticipated Candy Crush, and hit STARZ series including Outlander, Black Sails, Survivor's Remorse and Power, the second highest-rated premium pay television series of 2016.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of more than 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Starz brands are synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.  

06/16/2017
Source: Dynamite
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 DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS WITH DEVELOPMENT COMPANY HALFBRICK TO RELEASE NEW SERIES BASED ON MASSIVELY POPULAR MOBILE GAME, FRUIT NINJA

 


Nate Cosby, Scott Brown, and Ruairi Coleman Named as Creative Team for the Juicy New Series! 


June 19, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Eisner and Harvey Award nominated writer, Nate Cosby (Cow Boy, Buddy Cops), and artists Scott Brown (Nightfall) and Ruairi Coleman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures) have been named as the new creative appointed to helm the latest series from Dynamite Entertainment, Fruit Ninja.  Slated to launch September 6th, the series is based on the popular mobile game developed by Halfbrick, with well-over a billion downloads world-wide, across all gaming platforms!
In this juicy new series, the Fruit Ninjas have mastered the art of Juice Jitsu (no, really) which unlocks hidden powers through the slicing of fruit (seriously), so they can protect their neighbors from time-traveling super-villains! Fruit Ninja #1 will also feature two-bonus stories including an ancient Fruit Ninjas tale from a thousand years ago, as well as a wild and high-flying Jetpack Joyride story!
Writer Nate Cosby said, "I don't want to get everybody TOO excited, but Fruit Ninja may end up being the greatest comic series ever created. Because there's fruit and there's ninjas and there's jetpacks made of cake and attack hippos wearing goggles that come out of tubes and an army of hyper-aggressive ants that know how to drive peaches. And…that's…JUST...THE FIRST ISSUE (which reminds me, I really should figure out what's going be in the second issue)!" Nate Cosby is a multi-award nominated writer and editor who wrote the Eisner- and Harvey-Award nominated Cow Boy, as well as Buddy Cops, and Pigs. He has edited and packaged The Thrilling Adventure Hour, X-Men First Class, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Doctor Spektor, and Kings Watch. He also oversees production of the popular Angry Birds comic series. "After its wildly successive launch in late 2010, Fruit Ninja became a staple in the mobile gaming industry, as it was downloaded to more than one-third of all iPhones within 18-months of release," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite's CEO and Publisher. "With Nate Cosby's cutting sense of humor coming across on the page, fans of the game are going to enjoy sinking their teeth into these fun, new adventures!" The debut issue of Fruit Ninja features cover art from interior artist, Scott Brown, as well as a game play option! Limited variant editions in "Black & White" and "Virgin" formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds. 
Fruit Ninja #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Fruit Ninja #1 with their local comic book retailers. Fruit Ninja #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.


About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards. About Halfbrick Founded in 2001, Halfbrick has been on the forefront of the Australian game development industry for many years. From humble beginnings developing licensed titles for platforms such as GBA, DS and PSP, we have expanded our portfolio with a range of hugely successful, independently released games on multiple platforms.

With the success of Fruit Ninja on iPhone and iPad, Halfbrick has catapulted to become one of the most well-known indie developers in the world, proving that a little dev down under has the world class skills needed to make a big splash on the global market.

It's a long story - a boring story for some, a riveting story for others. Either way, know that Halfbrick is here to stay with its fun, unique and innovative titles on a range of platforms! 

06/19/2017
Source: Dynamite
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT FOLLOWS UP BEST-SELLING SHEENA #0 WITH #1 IN SEPTEMBER   COVER ARTISTS J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, RYAN SOOK, CARLI IHDE PLUS COSPLAY COVER JOIN MARGUERITE BENNETT, CHRISTINA TRUJILO AND MORITAT ON ART! 


June 19, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Thanks to the overwhelming success of Dynamite Entertainment's Sheena #0, the Queen of the Jungle's latest relaunch, issue #1 is set to launch September 6th, and features a wide-swath of fantastic artwork by industry legends, including artist J. Scott Campbell!

Cover artwork for Sheena #1 spotlights the talents of not only J. Scott Campbell, but also Ryan Sook, cover artist Moritat, and Carli Ihde. Additional limited variant editions including "Black and White," "Virgin," and J. Scott Campbell's "Jungle Green," are available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the issue by achieving stocking thresholds. Written by the creative dynamic duo including GLAAD-Nominated, New York Time's Best-selling Marguerite Bennett (Batwoman, Animosity) and newcomer Christina Trujilo, with illustrations by Moritat (Hellblazer, Teen Titans), everyone's favorite Queen of the Jungle swings back into action with ongoing series!

Writer Marguerite Bennett says, "Our story is glorious golden age pulp -- high adventure, quick wit, ancient mysteries, and daring dames -- clashing with the perils of two worlds: one, the modern world come to conquer, and one, a world of dark supernatural mystery long forgotten, awoken to anger once more. This is a fast paced, action packed kick off to more exciting adventures for Sheena!"

Marguerite Bennett is the New York Times Best-selling, GLAAD-Nominated writer of Bombshells, Batwoman, A-Force, and Animosity, and is proud to introduce co-writer Christina Trujillo.

Christina Trujillo adds, "Sheena is strong, brave, and willing to bend the rules in order to do her duty and keep her home safe. I think fans will enjoy having Sheena as a guide while they unravel the mysteries of the forest." 

A former student of Scott Snyder (Batman), Trujillo received an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2013, has seen her works published in the literary journal Dark Phrases, and was a finalist for Galaxy Press's Writers of the Future award.

"We are incredibly proud of this series, and fans have clearly shown their excitement based on the strength of pre-orders for issue #0," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci.  "The lush universe Moritat has brought to the page is complemented by the extraordinary cover art by some the greatest talents in the business. I can say with great certainty that J. Scott Campbell has once again crafted a breath-taking character that every collector is going to want to put on display!"

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, was the first female character in comics to carry her own dedicated series beginning in 1937. Created by industry legends Will Eisner and S. M. "Jerry" Iger, this groundbreaking character saw 167 issues over the span of two decades. In this riveting relaunch, Sheena proves her prowess as the guardian of the jungle as she pursues a mysterious invader that has come to spy on the Amazon's most ancient secrets. Following the path of the trespasser, she encounters a forbidden ruin in which even more deadly dangers lie in wait -- and begins an adventure that will take her beyond her wildest imaginings! 

Sheena #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in August. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Sheena #1 with their local comic book retailers. Sheena #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.


About Dynamite Entertainment:


Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.



05/24/2017
Source: Dynamite
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 MARK EVANIER AND STEVE UY ANNOUNCED AS CREATIVE TEAM FOR GRUMPY CAT/GARFIELD, THE EXCITING CROSSOVER FROM DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT AND BOOM! STUDIOS

The Epic Face-Off for Finickiest Feline Finds its Way to Stores This August!



May 24, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: 


This summer, the world's foremost finicky felines will come face-to-face in the epic crossover, Grumpy Cat/Garfield, as three-time Emmy Award nominee Mark Evanier (Garfield and Friends) steps back into the paws of the most iconic cat in comics for this three-part mini-series worthy of more than just nine lives!  Joined by artist Steve Uy (Avengers: The Initiative), Grumpy Cat/Garfield will pounce its way into stores August 2, 2017! Thanks to an exclusive partnership between Dynamite Entertainment and BOOM! Studios' award-winning imprint, KaBOOM!, Jim Davis' iconic comic strip cat Garfield will meet internet sensation Grumpy Cat in a limited series with a story inspired and approved by icon Jim Davis, himself!  It's the inevitable meeting of these two loveable sourpusses!  Garfield, the reigning cynical cat of newspapers and TV will cross paths with internet sensation Grumpy Cat, whose memorable scowl endeared herself to the world.  Who's the most sarcastic?  Well, he hates Mondays...and she hates any day ending in "y!"  Is there enough room to accommodate both truculent tabbies within the pages of the same comic book, let alone the same universe? You'll find out in this three-issue mini-series that will have you purring that it's the cat's meow! Artist Steve Uy says, "Garfield was my favorite comic strip growing up in the '80s. When I was doing the art for Grumpy Cat last year, there was a Halloween special where I decided to dress Grumpy up as Garfield, and her brother Pokey as Heathcliff in a panel. That didn't make it to print, and ended up being revised to a Star Wars theme instead, so when I found out there was going to be a Grumpy/Garfield crossover, it seemed like fate had stepped in and given me another chance to draw them all together again!" Steve Uy is the artist of such Marvel/ DC series as Uncanny X-Men, Avengers Initiative, Legion of Superheroes Animated, JSA Classified, and many more. He is the artist/creator of his very own creator-owned series, Feather and Jova's Harvest, currently available on Comixology, and has most recently released his mobile games Oasis: Path to Redemption and Evil Brown Eggs. Writer Mark Evanier met the legendary Jack Kirby in 1969, and began working as his assistant only one week after graduating high school, eventually going on to become his official biographer. A writer and historian, Evanier has written over 500 comics for Gold Key, DC, and Marvel Comics, several hundred hours of television (most notably Garfield and Friends and Groo the Wanderer) and is the author of several books including Mad Art. He has received three Emmy Award nominations, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for animation from the Writers Guild of America. "When we first began toying with the idea of a crossover between Grumpy Cat and Garfield, the entire team thought there could not be a more perfect fit," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "As the idea grew, so did our excitement. When we reached out to our dear friends at BOOM! we were delighted to find they were as excited by the idea as we were. Once we received the blessing of Grumpy Limited, Jim Davis and his team at PAWS, we knew this would be a successful project thanks to the passion of everyone involved!" "We've been honored to publish the adventures of Garfield for many years now and are excited to be partnering with our friends at Dynamite Entertainment to bring Jim Davis' creation together with another heavyweight of the cat world - Grumpy Cat," says Filip Sablik, President of Publishing and Marketing for BOOM! "Mark Evanier is crafting a hilarious, fun-filled story that's sure to please fans of both of these feline franchises." Grumpy Cat found her adopted home with Dynamite in 2015 with her comic book debut, The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat. Selling more than a half million copies and winning the hearts of readers of all ages, the ever-griping Grumpy has become one of the world's most recognized felines. Now, her infectious charm and witty quips come face-to-face with the original cartoon cat, Garfield! The debut issue of Grumpy Cat/Garfield features a wide selection of exciting cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of options! The cover artwork features the talents of Andy Hirsch (Garfield, Adventure Time, Regular Show), interior artist Steve Uy, Fernando Ruiz (Animal Jam), Tony Fleecs (Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened), and Phil Murphy (Regular Show), respectively. Limited variant editions in "Black & White," "Virgin Art," "Coloring Book," and "Comic Strip" formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds. Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' June 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in August. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1 with their local comic book retailers. Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.
About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
 About BOOM! Studios:
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints - BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia - BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Adventure Time and Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with Fox Television for the small screen.

About Garfield:
Paws, Incorporated was founded in 1981 by cartoonist Jim Davis as a creative house to support Garfield licensing. Today, the company, located in rural Indiana, handles not only the creative angle, but also the business concerns of the corpulent kitty worldwide. Paws, Inc. is a privately held company and the sole owner of the copyrights and trademarks for GARFIELD and GARFIELD Characters.
GARFIELD was born on the comics pages on June 19, 1978. The comic strip is centered on the lives of a quick-witted orange cat who loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control; Jon Arbuckle, his owner; and Odie, a sweet but dumb dog. GARFIELD was introduced to the world in just 41 newspapers and is now the most widely syndicated comic strip ever, appearing in 2100 newspapers. The strip, distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication, is read by over 220 million people each day and is translated into 42 languages.
The success of the comic strip spawned an entertainment empire including television: Garfield and Friends, The Garfield Show, and a dozen primetime specials; movies: Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties; hundreds of best-selling books, and thousands of licensed products.

About Grumpy Cat:
Grumpy Cat's global following includes 8.7 million Facebook fans, 650k Twitter followers, 2.1 million followers on Instagram, and over 40 million YouTube views. Since her photo first went viral in 2012, Grumpy Cat has gone from Internet star to real-life celebrity. She has two New York Times bestselling books, her own merchandise line, and a hit Lifetime movie, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (voiced by actress Aubrey Plaza). Grumpy Cat has made numerous appearances around the world including: MTV Movie Awards, American Idol, The Bachelorette, The Today Show, SXSW, Good Morning America, and WWE Monday Night Raw. Grumpy Cat is Friskies' official "Spokescat"; has filmed videos with Disney, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Street; and appears in commercials for McDonald's and Honey Nut Cheerios.

06/19/2017
Source: Dynamite
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

   DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES CREATIVE TEAM AND LAUNCH DATE FOR COMIC SERIES OF THE HIT VIDEO GAME FRANCHISE, KILLER INSTINCT
 Dynamite Signs Ian Edgington of 2000AD. Fame, to Bring the
Popular Game to the Pages of Comics for the First Time Ever 

 

 

June 19, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: New York Times best-selling author, and multi Eisner-award nominee Ian Edgington (2000AD.Batman), and artist Cam Adams (Fallout World) have been tapped as the creative team to bring the world of the hit-game franchise Killer Instinct to the pages of comics for the first time ever! Thanks to the new partnership between Dynamite Entertainment and Double Helix Studios, the new series is slated to launch on September 13th, and will provide fans of the game with epic new adventures set within the its stunning game-play universe!

The Shadow Lord Gargos has been defeated, but the battle to save humankind from his Astral invasion has taken a terrible toll on the Earth. Our world lies in ruin, and a sinister new power called the Coven has risen from the ashes, vying with the megacorporation Ultratech to rule the shattered nations. The heroes Kim Wu and Jago-their Astral powers weakened by their devastating war against Gargos-must band together with the scattered remnants of the Night Guard to forge a pathway into the Astral Plane. Here, in the birthplace of The Shadow Lord and The Guardians, festers the secret malevolence that threatens to destroy them all…and enslave the world forever.

Writer Ian Edington said, "Killer Instinct has a colorful and diverse cast of characters, each with their own rich back-stories and with plenty more tales to tell. The Killer Instinct pantheon effectively comprises a superhero universe and it's hard not to get overwhelmed with the wealth of riches there is to work with. I've taken a dozen or so characters - Kim-Wu, Jago, Aganos, Tusk, Aganos, Kan-ra, etc, and built a story around them that's self-contained but can spring board into other series if need be. I've structured it to appeal to die-hard Ki fans and those coming to it cold. You won't need any foreknowledge of the game to enjoy it. Likewise, there will be plenty of nods and easter eggs to the game for Killer Instinct fans.  I've had a huge amount of fun writing this series. It's a fantastic world to be permitted to play around in."

Ian Edgington is a New York Times best-selling author and multiple Eisner Award nominee. He is the writer and creator of Stickleback, Helium, Kingmaker, Leviathan, Brass Sun, and the renowned UK science fiction comic 2000AD.  He has written for Judge Dredd, Batman, Wolverine, X-Force, Uncanny X-Men,and Stormwatch, as well as Aliens, Predator, Terminator, Star Trek, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes and Doctor Who. He also wrote Scarlet Traces and Scarlet Traces: The Great Game, the Eisner Award nominated sequels to HG Wells, The War of the Worlds. In addition, he has written for the video game properties Kane and Lynch, Dead Space, The Evil Within and Assassins Creed. He lives and works in Birmingham, England.

"Killer Instinct has always been a killer game, and the team at Double Helix Games have been a sheer pleasure to partner with on this property," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite's CEO and Publisher. "By bringing on widely celebrated writer Ian Edgington, and the endlessly talented Cam Adams, we're confident this is going to be a killer comic book series as well!"

Killer Instinct is based on the popular video game franchise originally released in 1994. The fighting game developed by Double Helix Games is published by Microsoft Studios. The 2013 game serves as a reboot of the franchise after a 17-year long hiatus since its last title, Killer Instinct 2, was released in 1996.

The debut issue of Killer Instinct features a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice! The cover artwork features the talents of Yildiray Cinar (Teen Titans), Jonathan Lau (Red Sonja), interior artist Cam Adams, and Udon (Streetfighter), respectively. Limited variant editions in "Black & White" and "Virgin" formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds. 

Killer Instinct #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Killer Instinct #1 with their local comic book retailers. Killer Instinct #1will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.


About Dynamite Entertainment:


Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.




06/13/2017
Source: Dynamite
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Dynamite Entertainment Announces First Stretch Goal in the Successful Vampirella Tarot Card Kickstarter Campaign 





June 13, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to share the great news that, thanks to the overwhelming support of fans and backers alike, the current Vampirella Tarot Card Kickstarter has now surpassed its original $5,000 goal! With only two days remaining in the campaign, it is with great pleasure that the publisher is now announcing the first stretch goal for this Kickstarter campaign: a unique Expanded Arcana that adds three new Tarot Cards to the deck. Featuring the classic artwork of Amanda Conner, Joe Jusko, and Jae Lee, these latest additions can be used to provide their own interpretations, or simply as rare collectibles!
Launched on May 31st, the two-week Kickstarter campaign celebrates the vibrant history of their signature character Vampirella with a stylish and functional Tarot Card Deck. Expected to ship in October, this first-ever collectible game offering from Dynamite captures the vibrant history of the iconic Vampirella in a 78-card art deco inspired deck that embraces the vintage look encapsulated in the classic Vampirella Magazine covers.
The Vampirella Tarot Card Kickstarter campaign remains active now until June 15th for backers to contribute toward the new stretch goal:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/vampirella-tarot-card-deck/ 


Packaged in a unique Kickstarter exclusive illustrated box, these Vampirella Tarot Cards will feature the artwork of some of the all-time masters of the craft, including Frank Frazetta, Enrich, Esteban Maroto, and Paul Gulacy, all in one unique, collectible package! The complete box set of these genuine major and minor arcana tarot cards comes with detailed instructions, and will provide any collector or fan with a truly immersive experience in the world of Vampirella!
"From the beginning, we wanted to do something special for our supporters and we think we've come up with something really unique," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment.    "Working hand-in-hand with Vampirella comics scholars, we've designed an Expanded Arcana that provides three brand-new Tarot Cards that truly capture the vivacious history of our most iconic character.  We're thrilled to continue expanding Vampirella's universe in such an aesthetically pleasing and exciting way!
Production on the Vampirella Tarot Cards is well under way, and backers who support the Vampirella Tarot Card Kickstarter have the opportunity to receive rewards, including digital editions, collectible prints and variant covers, full print collections, and artist signed exclusives! With tiers designed to fit any collector's budget, backers will have the potential to enjoy a number of these great rewards!
The new Vampirella Tarot Cards are slated for release just in time for Halloween!  To stay up-to-date on this great project, please visit  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/vampirella-tarot-card-deck/ or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information, news, and updates!

About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.




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