05/01/14 @ 11:38 am EST
A DYNAMITE.COM EXCLUSIVE!
J.T. KRUL TALKS BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SIX!
Marc Gaffen Kyle McVey writers of the Grimm comic book AND TV series were kind enough to interview J.T. Krul about his Battlestar Galactica: Six series, which came out this week from Dynamite Entertainment! http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C72513021546801011
And also be sure to pick up Grimm #12 the extra-sized finale of this official companion to the Grimm TV show! http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C72513020463901211 Marc Gaffen/ Kyle McVey:
We're guessing answer is "yes" but were you a fan of the new Battlestar Galactica TV series before you got this gig? J.T. Krul -
Absolutely. It's probably tied with The Wire as my favorite show of the last five-ten years. It was so smart and engaging and epic. Ron Moore and the team explored the very essence of what it means to be human - scientifically, psychologically, and even spiritually through the eyes of machines. MG/ KM:
Did you find yourself trying to strike a balance between keeping the comic faithful to the source material while making it appetizing to comic readers who may not have been familiar with the show? J.T. -
Exactly. Whenever you are working within an already established world, whether its a TV show, movie, or existing comic book, as a writer you want to stay true to the source material, but you also need to make it accessible to people just discovering it. The danger lies in having the story get bogged down with tons of recap and exposition to get new readers up to speed. Luckily, part of the point of the story of Number Six is about exploring the origins of the Cylons, if not terms of their physical creation, at least their development in terms of purpose and destiny.
The structure of this book actually helps make this easier because it is essentially a mystery story. We open up with a version of Number Six called Eve. She's a patient in a mental institution with no recent memories, but she is haunted by visions of a life that cannot possibly be her own - of a life from another planet. It's a tale of self-discovery, and the reader is right there along for the ride.
I guess you could say I'm trying to channel my inner Philip K. Dick. MG/ KM:
What drew you to Six's story? Why did you think it was worth being told? J.T. -
The humanoid cylons of Battlestar Galactica are such an intriguing...species. Can I call them that? Species. They are much more than machines. And the question could be asked - are they considered to be "alive?" That's what I found so compelling about them. They aren't human from a purely physiological and biological point of view, but they are very human-eqsue. And then there is the fact that they seem to want to exterminate the human race, the very creatures they are so trying to emulate.
And in terms of the show, Number Six is such a focal point of the BSG world. Tricia Helfer really captured that inquisitive and somewhat detached scientific aspect of the cylon, while also bringing this deep spiritual center that grappled with the larger issues and ramifications of not only what she was, but also why she was.
That's what I wanted to explore. In the story, she will discover not only the origin of her being, but also the machinations behind the reason for her existence. For, while you could argue that humanity exists because of some random cosmic cesspool of evolution, the cylons have a very real and very direct purpose. And let's not forget, they have a plan. MG/ KM:
Does this book play out in a specific part of the Battlestar timeline? What part? J.T. -
It takes place in the time leading up to the events played out in the beginning of the television show, just before they cylons make their big move. This story will take us right up to nearly that point. MG/ KM:
What new things to fan of the TV series have to look forward to? J.T. -
They'll get a peek under the hood, so to speak, and we peel back the layers of Number Six, looking at the programming and experiences that all went into making her the cylon we know from the series.
01/28/15 @ 9:22 am EST
Dynamite; $3.99 According to Thomas Wolfe, “You can’t go home again.” But Mr. Wolfe didn’t mention anything about going home to your past. In the first issue of Twilight Zone a successful writer flies back to his hometown for a book signing. What he finds is more than he anticipated when he finds himself face to face with his younger self. Upon encountering his younger self, he must decide if he should help the troubled, abused boy or leave him to suffer knowing what the future holds after that suffering is endured. The story written by Mark Rahner is very interesting both for its philosophical and ethical quandary. The question posed to this man is one anybody would struggle to answer. On top of that is the eerie, unsettling feeling leading up to these moments. The weight of the title is enough to warn readers that this plane ride will not be the usual trip. Edu Menna’s art aides the story by drawing characters with haggard visages, setting the tone for a story both complicated and thought provoking. This first issue comes with covers by Guiu Vilanova, Francesco Francavilla, Jay Shaw, and Jonathan Lau.
01/20/15 @ 1:51 pm EST
Lots of Dynamite/Dynamic Forces news: Art sales, Reanimator returns, Looking for Group and Jungle Girl by Frank Cho 01/19/2015 by Heidi MacDonald Leave a Comment
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Dynamite and Dynamic Forces have been making a lot of announcements, and there isn’t even a con coming. Here’s the round-up: • Dynamic Forces CEO Nick Barrucci is selling art from his personal collection by Tom Raney, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna, and Patrick Zircher from books like The Outsiders, The Punisher, Uncanny X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Order, Robin, and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the CBLDF. Barrucci owns hundreds of pages of art, and fans can order by artist: orders will be filled randomly for $75 a page. Here are the links to the pages: Part One Part Two Part Three
“Art collecting has been a passion of mine for years,” Barrucci explained. “For the past 30 years, I have been picking up pieces from my favorite artists whenever I can. I look at my collection on a regular basis, as I love to appreciate the form, ...
01/20/15 @ 11:04 am EST
is proud to announce that industry sensation Frank Cho
will return to Jungle Girl
, the comic book series that showcases Jana, a primal heroine in a prehistoric Lost World. Co-written by Doug Murray
) and illustrated by Jack Jadson
(The Savage Hawkman
), Jungle Girl: Season Three
will debut with a new #1 issue in April 2015, featuring an explosive cover by Frank Cho.Jungle Girl: Season Three
picks up where the previous series left off, following Jana's escape from an underwater city and a gigantic, otherworldly creature. However, her father soon reveals that those actions have doomed the Lost World in which they all live, as a wormhole appears in the sky and flaming debris begins to fall through. As the jungle burns, Jana and her friends must contend with stampeding behemoths and displaced, murderous natives. Furthermore, the rift presents a new, fearsome threat, for the fire from an alien dimension was not the only thing to come through.
"I'm delighted to be back with my co-creator, Doug Murray, and finish out the final story arc of Jungle Girl
," says Frank Cho, one of today's most recognizable names in comic book illustration. Cho began his career with a cartoon strip called University2
, published in the Diamondback
student newspaper at the University of Maryland, College Park. The series evolved into the nationally syndicated comic strip Liberty Meadows
, later published and expanded in monthly comic books. Cho became the go-to artist for high-profile comic book projects, including Mighty Avengers
, X-Men: Schism
, Savage Wolverine
, and many more. Over the years, he has garnered numerous awards including an Emmy Award for the Frank Cho's World
documentary, the National Cartoonists Society's Awards for Best Comic Book and Book Illustration, the Eagle Award, the Charles M. ...
01/20/15 @ 10:42 am EST
We have an exclusive first look at the solicitations and covers for Dynamite’s Legendery
comics, Legenderry: Green Hornet
#3, Legenderry: Red Sonja
#3 and Legenderry: Vampirella
#3. LEGENDERRY: GREEN HORNET #3 (OF 5)
Cover: Sergio Fernandez Davila Writer: Daryl Gregory Art: Brent Peeples
ON SALE DATE: April 22 Will our heroes escape from Tik-Tok’s clockwork deathtrap? (Probably. It’s only issue 3.) They should hurry, though, because waiting in the wings is the mastermind behind the gang war… The Brass Hornet! Catch an issue full of hot Hornet on Hornet action. LEGENDERRY: RED SONJA #3 (OF 5)
Cover: Sergio Fernandez Davila Writer: Marc Andreyko Art: Aneke
ON SALE DATE: April 15 Sonja always fancied herself a pirate extraordinaire… until now! As she and her newest ally sail the high seas in pursuit of a madman bent on defying death, Red comes face to face with one of the most, ahem, legendary pirates of all time! The question is: whose side is he on? The adventure exploring the outer reaches of the LEGENDERRY world continues! LEGENDERRY: VAMPIRELLA #3 (OF 5)
Cover: Sergio Fernandez Davila Writer: David Avallone Art: David Cabrera
ON SALE DATE: April 8 Alliterative action, as Vampirella faces and fights corruption with Kurtz, romance with Rassendyll and violence with Van Helsing. Hentzau’s plot is in motion, Vampirella’s secrets are revealed and the moral of the story is never let Dr. Moreau give you a haircut.
08/13/14 @ 4:10 pm EST
“We Were Part Of An Email Tree, So I Always Knew Who Was Writing What” – Nancy A Collins On Collaborating For Legends Of Red Sonja
Posted on August 13, 2014 by Dan Wickline
With this week’s release of Legends Of Red Sonja trade, we get to see the She-Devil with a Sword written by some of the top talent in the industry. Nancy A. Collins (Vampirella) had a story in the first issue of the series and she talks to Kevin Pearl about her involvement in the project.
KEVIN PEARL: What about the Red Sonja character most appeals to you?
NANCY A COLLINS: That she’s a no-nonsense kind of gal who knows how to get things done, and ...