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.
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 ...
08/12/14 @ 2:27 pm EST
Huge JENNIFER BLOOD Sale on Comixology
by Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring on August 11, 2014
Catch up on the Dynamite Entertainment series before the sale is over
Currently on Comixology, there's a huge sale running on the Dynamite Entertainment's bookJENNIFER BLOOD. As of right now, volumes 1-3 of this series are on sale for $4.99 and for $5.99, you can get JENNIFER BLOOD: FIRST BLOOD mini-series.
Jennifer Blood is a suburban wife and mom by day - and a ruthless vigilante by night! Every day she makes breakfast, takes the kids to school, cleans the house, naps for an hour or two, makes dinner, puts the kids to bed, and kisses her husband goodnight. This suburban punisher is ready to be unleashed in a story that can only be told by the legendary Garth Ennis.
If buying the trades is a bit much, then the single issues of every book offered in the collections is also on sale for 99 cents a piece. In addition, the sale extends up to issue #36 of the series and the first annual issue. It's a big discount from the cover price, so this is the time to jump on if you've been interested in the series in the past.
However, the sale on these books comes to an end on 8/11 at 11PM EST, so there isn't much time left to catch up on the series. Head here to check it out for yourself!
08/12/14 @ 2:24 pm EST
Free On Bleeding Cool – Legends Of Red Sonja Vol I Part I
Posted on August 11, 2014 by Dan Wickline
Hitting comic shops this month is the Legends of Red Sonja Volume One trade that collects the five-issue series written by Gail Simone, Nancy A. Collins, Devin Grayson, Meljean Brook,Tamora Pierce, Leah Moore, Nicola Scott, Rhianna Pratchett, Mercedes Lackey, Marjorie M. Liu, Read More Here
08/12/14 @ 2:18 pm EST
Artist Spotlight – Mirka Andolfo Of Chaos
Posted on August 12, 2014 by Dan Wickline
Mirka Andolfo has not been in the comic industry long, but she has already done work for Aspen,Dynamite, Top Cow and Zenescope… yes, she’s done the publishing A to Z… her work is opening the eyes of fans and editors across the board. We turn the spotlight on Mirka and find out a little more about her.
BLEEDING COOL: How did you get started drawing?
MIRKA ANDOLFO: As a hobby, I started when I was a child. As a pro, I was born a colorist: during the first two years of my career (in Italy), I illustrated a couple of covers and two issue of a comic book series, but I started drawing “seriously” and with continuity more or less one and an half years ago. “Chaos,” at Dynamite, is one of my first comics as artist, and I think it’s my first comic book drawn in a “realistic” way. Well, not so realistic, but more than usual for me…
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08/11/14 @ 4:45 pm EST
Free On Bleeding Cool – Jennifer Blood #7 / Last Day For Comixology Sale
Posted on August 11, 2014 by Dan Wickline
To go with the release of Jennifer Blood: Born Again #1 by Steven Grant, Dynamite is having a big sale on Comixology and giving us the original first issue by Al Ewing and Marcos Marz.