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01/10/14 @ 2:10 pm EST
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After years at Marvel Comics, Fred Van Lente has been stretching his legs with some varied and some lesser-known heroes. Whether it’s Archer & Armstrong helping relaunch and revive the Valiant Comics line, various Conan the Barbarian stories paying tribute to the fantasy world that Robert E. Howard created, or now with Magnus: Robot Fighter bringing Gold Key back to life at Dynamite with artist Cory Smith, Van Lente has gravitated to offbeat heroes who often have moral quandaries that make them appear less-than-heroic.

We talked with Van Lente about the Magnus relaunch, his plans for the character, what’s appealing about working with the non-big two comic companies, and why answering philosophical questions during karate chops is awesome.

Newsarama: Let’s talk about Magnus: Robot Fighter, Fred. It’s kind of funny, you were involved with the Valiant relaunch, and now you’re involved with what many remember as the “other half” of the company with the Gold Key titles. How did you get involved with this, with Dynamite?

Fred Van Lente: This was just a bizarre coincidence. I was hanging out with my friend Nate Cosby on the day he first had a conversation with Dynamite about heading up the Gold Key line as editor. I was describing some of the characters – I actually remember reading the Gold Key comics back in the 70s, when they were reprinted under “Western Publishing.”

So I started talking about Magnus, and I thought one of the things that you could do with him that would be fun would be a robot version of They Live, the famous John Carpenter movie where aliens have taken over in a body snatchers kind of deal. So I thought what if that was robots, instead of aliens, and only Magnus can see them. From that kernel of an idea, the whole thing mutated into something semi-similar to what I had been talking about originally, but super cool. Nate was on board from the beginning. I got the gig sort of because I happened to be standing around and said “why don’t we do this!?”

Finally, by the end of the evening and many beers later, we realized we had hit on a super cool way to take the series.

Nrama: So aspiring comic writers, take note, hang out with Nate Cosby and give him beer.

Van Lente: Right. Editors in general.

Nrama: The premise here sounds a little Cylon-ish, a little Battlestar-inspired. Is that something you’re deriving from at all?

Van Lente: Not really. Like I said, that was the initial – that was the 2 beers in idea. It really mutated into something a bit different. In essence, Magnus finds himself awakened in a world where robots have completely taken over humanity, for what they claim to be humanity’s best interest. They are also sort of ruled by a theology where the highest thing a robot can achieve is to emulate living things as much as possible. Magnus has been raised by 1A, a renegade artificial intelligence who wants to liberate NorthAm, the city where he lives, from the Church of the Singularity – the robot religious fanatics.

Magnus has to fight his way through a phalanx of many different kinds of robots, and along the way maybe learn that 1A isn’t entirely on the up-and-up himself. So there’s good humans, and bad humans and good robots and bad robots, and Magnus has to navigate all of this, both morally and through kicking the crap out of robots and punching their heads off.

Nrama: Okay, good to hear there’s the kicking the crap out of robots part, because this sounds pretty heavy here. There are questions of what life is and religious questions…

Van Lente: What is the real? What is natural? What is human? These are all great questions, and they will be answered with karate chops! Well, not with karate chops; they’ll be answered during karate chops (laughs).

Nrama: What makes you think about those kinds of questions, and makes you want to tell stories in comic books evaluating them?

Van Lente: Well, the major thing we’re adjusted to in our age, the internet and smart phone era, is the immediacy of us being around each other all the time thanks to Twitter, Facebook, fine sites such as Newsarama. The obvious question, I think, is that when it comes to the real day-to-day relationships we have with each other… on one hand we have what we tell each other on facebook, in interviews like what I’m doing right now, this is what we’re telling people “this is the real me.” Are you different when you make public proclamations on twitter versus when you’re dealing with your family members versus when you’re dealing with coworkers? We all have different guises that we put on – benignly, we don’t have to be putting one over on anyone – but it’s just the normal way we relate to each other.

Dealing with robots as far as technology and the robot religion and everything else is a good way to explore those issues in a fun, action, science fiction adventure kind of way.

Nrama: As your comic book writing has evolved over the years, you’ve notably moved into some of the smaller company-owned characters versus the big ones. Are there specific advantages or challenges that makes that appeal to you?

Van Lente: Well, it’s easier to make them your own.

Whenever I get offered a job, the main question for me is, can I do anything interesting with this? Both in a way that interests me and in a way that interests anybody else, to keep the book alive via sales! It’s not so much that the companies are smaller, it’s that when you get characters like Magnus that have not appeared that recently – the Dark Horse revival notwithstanding – there’s more room to wiggle. The public doesn’t have as much of a solidified opinion of what that’s supposed to be. Your leash gets let out a bit more, and you can have more fun with the characters. It’s not that Marvel and DC don’t have great lesser known characters that they’re not doing a lot with. I loved the Grant Morrison Animal Man and the old Doom Patrol, and Bob Layton Hercules, and the Batman and the Outsiders – all these weird, niche books. That’s definitely what I’m more interested in working with. It’s just more fun!

Nrama: Is your run on Magnus a limited series or open-ended?

Van Lente: It is open-ended. My contract is for “x” number of issues, but hopefully it’s successful and we’re able to go beyond that. I have a very distinct idea of what I want to do for the first 12 issues. It’s kind of a self-contained idea, but definitely leaves the door open for more.

Nrama: What style of science fiction would you say you’re going for here? Are you going for the flashy kind we commonly see in theaters (and comics) today, or are you going for something closer to modern day, more of the “hard science fiction” of the past?

Van Lente: Great question. A lot of it has to do with the setting. Magnus, the setting is slightly different than the original. In the original story NorthAm was like Mega City One in Judge Dredd – they called it that because it literally stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

This NorthAm is a little different, I don’t want to spoil it too much because of the story, but in this NorthAm, the robots have sort of rebuilt North America with all the boring parts cut out. Sorry, flyover country and all the major landmarks there. The comparison I keep making is that this is what the New York, New York casino is in Las Vegas to the actual New York. They just left in the greatest hits.

Nrama: So there’s a stalk of corn, but not all of Iowa.

Van Lente: (laughs) Exactly. There’s one corn field, and that represents most of the states I grew up in and around.

And why that’s the case, why North America had to be rebuilt, is a major reveal in the series. It’s also been constructed to look like early twenty-first century North America. The idea is, it’s a combination between the hypertech and the advanced, mixed with what we see right now.

Nrama: Very interesting. Well, with you, Nate, and Greg Pak all involved with the Gold Key revival here, are we going to see some crazy sound effects in these books?

Van Lente: HA! (laughs) Well, you’d be more likely to see that in Archer & Armstrong than Magnus: Robot Fighter. Magnus: Robot Fighter is not much of a crazy sound effects book. I generally have tried to keep that as an Incredible Hercules thing, and leave it there where it works so well.

Although, Greg and I have something in the very early planning stages that may demand the return of the crazy sound effects.

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12/13/18 @ 8:22 pm EST
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Just in time for the season! Celebrate the holidays with Dynamite with unbeatable deals on comics and goodies, only from Groupees. Don't miss out on this FINAL Dynamite Groupees Bundle of the year!

Build your own custom bundle by picking and choosing from over 100 discounted comics. Scale your bundle exactly how you want to fit your budget. Or go all in and save a ridiculous 92%! Stack up your haul of over 2,300 pages of quality comics! The deals only get better from there too...

Comics available from this bundle are written and drawn by fan favorite, top tier creators. Writers include Gail Simone, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Marjorie Liu, Bill Willingham, Nancy Collins, Amy Chu, Arvid Nelson, plus other greats! Some of the best artists in the industry are included like Alex Ross, Nicola Scott, Tula Lotay, Phil Noto, Kewber Baal, Daniel HDR, Mel Rubi, and so many more!

Do not skip past the physical tiers, where the deals might knock you out. For $25 fans can get a triple pack of paperbacks and by only doubling that they increase their graphic novel haul by 10 books! Plus digital versions of all of your physical tier grabs!

For those looking to really treat themselves this holiday, check out our giant deluxe Art Editions featuring the timeless original art of José González and Frank Thorne. At prices that seem almost criminal! Plus of course all of the above included!

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12/11/18 @ 7:46 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

We're down to just 48 hours left on our Dejah Thoris Sketch Cards Kickstarter campaign! Thanks to passionate sketch card and Edgar Rice Burroughs/Barsoom fans like you guys, we were able to blast past our funding goal! But there's still plenty of time for stragglers to jump on board!

The Dejah Thoris Sketch Cards Kickstarter can be found here: 100 Years of Dejah Thoris Collectible Sketch Cards

We just recently added a new reward tier for the diehard card collectors. In our prior sketch card campaign, we offered a reward level with two full boxes of cards and fans have been asking for that same offer on this campaign. For the cherry on top, we've gone back through the Dynamite trading card archives and found some unique and rare high-quality trading cards that we feel makes the 24 foil packs an even better deal!

By backing two full boxes, backers will not only receive ALL prior rewards of sketch cards and puzzle sets, but they also now receive TWO additional rare trading card collectibles! A 9-card puzzle set from a classic Vampirella trading card set AND a Kick Ass movie "costume piece" trading card with an actual piece from the movie costume mounted inside.

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Definitely worth highlighting for Dejah Thoris fans are the discounted graphic novels and the beautiful Art of Dejah Thoris deluxe hardcover. Including the most recent trade paperback from the just wrapped fan favorite run from Amy Chu and Pasquale Qualano, with a stunning J. Scott Campbell cover.

The sketch card selection features some of the best in the biz, like Ken Haeser, Marcia Dye, Helga Wojik, Gordon Purcell, Andy Bohn, Brent Scotchmer, Daniel Gorman, Karl Jones, Rich Molinelli, Wilson Ramos Jr, and more! See below for some samples.

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11/29/18 @ 11:47 am EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment announces a fun new Kickstarter campaign for the 100 Years of Dejah Thoris Deluxe Trading Cards. Check out the Kickstarter to score unbeatable, advance deals on these packs which include one-of-a-kind sketch cards and other rewards like graphic novels.

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Whether she's portrayed as a damsel in distress or a fierce and capable warrior in her own right, Dejah Thoris always looks fantastic. This highly collectible set features the cream of the crop of artists and their portrayals of the Princess of Mars. Including luminaries Joe Jusko, Joseph Michael Linsner, Jae Lee, David Finch and Mel Rubi.

Each foil pack includes 7 total cards split up between high quality full color base cards, sketch cards, black and white line art cards, puzzle cards and signature cards. These deluxe packs will eventually retail for upwards of $100, but are available now on Kickstarter for only $65 (without even counting all the bonuses available).

The Dejah Thoris Sketch Cards Kickstarter is live now, visit here: 100 Years of Dejah Thoris Collectible Sketch Cards

Supporters can choose among a range of other reward tier options, including a selection of Dynamite's critically acclaimed Dejah Thoris graphic novels and the beautiful 288 page Art of Dejah Thoris book. Request your own specific backing tier with the combo you want. Or go big and get all the above!

Backers who preorder three foil packs or more will be able to choose among a selection of top tier artists to produce exclusive one-of-a-kind sketch cards just for them. Also available are various, one-of-a-kind sketch card puzzle sets.

Edgar Rice Burroughs contributed an incomparable oeuvre to popular fiction across his Barsoom saga and other works. The central characters of John Carter, Dejah Thoris and their family have entertained and inspired across ...

11/19/18 @ 9:05 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment is excited to announce the next installment of the Battlestar Galactica saga as writer Michael Moreci (Roche Limit, Hoax Hunters) and artist Breno Tamura (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey) take the helm of in Twilight Command, coming this winter!

In the spirit of Rogue One—but all BSG—Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command follows a group of men and women who’ve lost everything, who’ve compromised their souls and are in need of redemption—and they find it on New Caprica, in a one-way mission that will set the stage to free the human race from Cylon occupation.

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"I'm not kidding when I say that this is the exact story I've been wanting to tell since I watched Battlestar Galacticawhen it first aired. I always thought there were so many stories to tell on New Caprica, and being able to expand the Battlestar Galactica world with new characters--and old favorites--is so amazing,” said writer Michael Moreci. “Not only that, but this is a bit of a different kind of Battlestar Galactica story. I liken it to what Rogue One did for Star Wars; it maintained the spirit while creating something new.”

“This series is a stellar addition to the Battlestar Galacticacanon,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “We've had the distinct pleasure of publishing Battlestar Galactica stories for over a decade and Twilight Command will no doubt be a fan favorite."

“As a huge Battlestar Galactica fan, this is the exact kind of story I'd want to see, and I'm thrilled to be telling it," added Moreci.

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11/19/18 @ 2:19 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment today announced plans to launch a brand new ongoing Red Sonja series as Eisner-nominated author Mark Russell (The Flintstones) and artist Mirko Colak (Conan) deliver a savage story of metal and blood in 2019!

In Red Sonja, Russell and Colak bring forth the tale of Tomyris, a world conqueror possessing a massive army and a fatal prophecy. A bastard sorceress craves revenge. And a fearsome red-haired warrior is made wartime ruler of a homeland set for decimation. No man knows the place of her birth, nor where she learned to wield a sword to shame many a male. They know only that she is called The She-Devil Of The Hyrkanian Steppes. That, and RED SONJA.

"I’m a huge fan of ancient history because there’s no clear line where the history ends and legend begins, so in a way, all ancient history is a work of fantasy," stated author Mark Russell. "I really wanted to write a fantasy title that allowed me to work in some of the incredible stories and themes of ancient history, in particular, the story of Tomyris, the bad-ass Queen of the Steppes, and it’s hard to imagine a better character to tell that story than Red Sonja, the bad-ass Queen of Comics."

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"Mark Russell’s take on Sonja is steeped in greater-than-fiction history, with a humongous worldview. Sonja will be the focus, but what’s exciting is to see the lore and world-building that Mark’s infusing into this new ongoing, to create a fusion of modern storytelling while placing big classical elements front and center," added series editor Nate Cosby. "The rest of the creative team is in perfect harmony with the approach…artist Mirko Colak is drawing ...

11/06/18 @ 5:19 pm EST
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This is the final update on the Pathfinder Seoni Kickstarter. Not only were we able to meet our goal, but we completely smashed the $12,000 stretch goal! Thank you to everyone who helped us get there through your passion for the Pathfinder game and statue art. The campaign ends tonight (Tuesday) at 10 P.M. You have just a few hours to sneak in and join the party. Or buff your reward tier to secure more of the campaign exclusives.

Thanks to all of you blasting past that stretch goal, we will be bestowing a bonus digital copy of the Pathfinder: Goblins graphic novel to ALL backers, regardless of pledge level. This anthology series featured hilarious stories by Pathfinder legends James L. Sutter, F. Wesley Schneider & Erik Mona. As well as contributions from some of the most talented writers and artists in comics like Charles Soule, Ron Marz, Ray Fawkes, Adam Warren, Lee Moder, Carlos Gomez and more!

We hope everyone is excited to receive their Seoni statue and all the other items. After working with Paizo for years on comics, this first ever hand-painted 12 inch tall resin statue is a great way to level up that partnership and give fans what they've been wanting.

As a reminder, here are the sweet reward options exclusive to this campaign:

Kickstarter exclusive Pathfinder t-shirt for $20 - the perfect add-on or introductory reward!

Sandpoint: Light of the Lost Coast - the newest official campaign setting book, signed by author and creative director James Jacobs

Digital or physical copies of the official Pathfinder graphic novels - over 1,600 pages of story!

To support the Pathfinder Seoni Kickstarter, visit: PATHFINDER SEONI KICKSTARTER

Thank you for supporting this campaign!

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11/05/18 @ 11:06 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Thanks to all the passionate fans like you, we were able to fully fund the Pathfinder Seoni Kickstarter! We can't wait to hear from you all when you get your statues, t-shirts and other goodies. However, the campaign isn't quite over yet. Those of you who have been watching and waiting should pledge now at any level to join the party before this campaign ends.

In fact, we have even added a stretch goal! If we get to $12,000, backers at every level will get a bonus digital copy of the Pathfinder: Goblins graphic novel. This anthology series featured hilarious stories by Pathfinder legends James L. Sutter, F. Wesley Schneider & Erik Mona. As well as contributions from some of the most talented writers and artists in comics like Charles Soule, Ron Marz, Ray Fawkes, Adam Warren, Lee Moder, Carlos Gomez and more! Truly the cherry on top for anyone going for the Pathfinder Library tier.

For those who have missed it, the centerpiece of this campaign is the intricately hand-painted 12 inch tall resin statue of the sorceress Seoni. The first ever Pathfinder statue. With two versions and an unpainted variant for the DIY and sculpting appreciators. With the great success of this one, be on the lookout for what we might do next.

Alongside or separate from the statue, we are offering several other fun options:

Kickstarter exclusive Pathfinder t-shirt for $20 - the perfect add-on or introductory reward!

Sandpoint: Light of the Lost Coast - the newest official campaign setting book, signed by author and creative director James Jacobs

Digital or physical copies of the official Pathfinder graphic novels - over 1,600 pages of story!

The campaign ends Tuesday, November 6 at 10 P.M. EST. Don't miss it!

To support the Pathfinder Seoni Kickstarter, visit: PATHFINDER ...

11/02/18 @ 6:35 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite and Paizo's Pathfinder Kickstarter campaign is ending very soon! Fans of the legendary roleplaying game and Dynamite's acclaimed fantasy comics set in its world owe it to themselves to check out all the available rewards. The campaign ends Tuesday, November 6 at 10 P.M. EST. Don't miss it!Seoni var 36001.jpg

The star of the show is the 12 inch tall high quality resin Seoni statue. Fans have been asking for Pathfinder statues for years, and we're proud to make the first one ever. This is following our strong, years long partnership with Paizo on licensed Pathfinder comic books.

Seoni has hand-painted colors and intricate details like her tattoos and "battle damage." The statue comes in two variations, with a third unpainted version exclusive to Kickstarter. Perfect for the statue super fan and aspiring painters!

Alongside or separate from the statue, we are offering several other fun options:

Sandpoint: Light of the Lost Coast - the newest official campaign setting book, signed by author and creative director James Jacobs

Digital or physical copies of the official Pathfinder graphic novels - over 1,600 pages of story!

Kickstarter exclusive Pathfinder t-shirt

Pick whichever rewards you are interested in, building your own custom Pathfinder bundle. Whether it's one digital graphic novel or three statues plus everything else!

To support the Pathfinder Seoni Kickstarter, visit: PATHFINDER SEONI KICKSTARTER

Thank you for your continued support!

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10/30/18 @ 9:53 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

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Dynamite is partnering with Groupees to offer a curated selection of digital comics as well as physical goodies for great low prices to slip in your treat bag. Fans can choose from several tiers to fit their budget and desires – including FREE comics!

The eight tiers range between free and $20 for digital comics, with savings up to 90% off! For fans who enjoy watching their shelves and stacks of books overflow, deluxe hardcover art books “The Art of Army of Darkness” and “The Art of Troma” are being offered. Cult horror film fans and tabletop gamers alike can check out the Reanimator Board Game – and upgrade it with the dual expansion pack at a steal. Each successive tier includes all the items from those before.

The Groupees Fall Horror Bundle promotion can be found here - DYNAMITE FALL HORROR BUNDLE

This unique bundle sale is only available for a limited time, so act now!

Digital Tiers

FREE Tier:

Blood Brothers #1

Wolfcop #1
Twilight Zone/The Shadow #1
Preview of Mars Attacks #1
Preview of KISS Blood and Stardust #1

$5 Tier:

Blood Brothers #2 – 4

L.A. Banks Vampire Huntress #1 – 4
Monster War #1 – 4
Twilight Zone/The Shadow #2 – 4
Vampirella (2016) #1 – 3

19 comics at $37.81 value

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$10 Tier:

Dark Shadows #1 – 12

Dean Koontz Frankenstein Storm Surge #1 – 6
Great Divide #1 – 6
Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson Hopcross Jilly #1 – 6
Vampirella (2016) #4 – 6

33 comics at $65.67 value

$20 Tier:

Army of Darkness/Xena: Forever and a Day #1 – 6
Complete Dracula #1 – 5
Dark Shadows #13 – 23
Grimm #6 – 12
Jim Butcher Dresden Files Ghoul Goblin #1 – 6
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10/24/18 @ 3:04 pm EST
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Dynamite Entertainment and IDW Publishing announced today an epic crossover series from writer Scott Duvall (Narcopolis: Continuum) and artist Vincenzo Federici (Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones) where two cult classics clash for the first time with Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep!

In Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep, Ash embarks on a soul-searching road trip to Texas on a hunch that Elvis Presley may still be alive and kicking (and supposedly vanquished a mummy)! What follows is a series of universe-spanning events that involve an Elvis jumpsuit with special time-travel abilities, a trip to 70’s Vegas, plus the reveal of an evil new Book of the Dead, the Necronomicon Ho-Tep.

“Being a huge fan of the character of Ash, and by extension, actor Bruce Campbell, I was instantly drawn to the movie Bubba Ho-Tep, based on an original story by the great Joe R. Lansdale, and starring Campbell as Elvis. Immediately upon release, I added it to my DVD collection, and I would group it with Army of Darkness because it felt like a companion piece to it,” said author Scott Duvall. “Often viewing them in close succession, I knew the Ash and Elvis team-up would go together like peanut butter and banana. These two worlds already fit so well together in tone, it made it totally plausible that they could co-exist on the same plane. Wanting to see what it would be like if Ash and Elvis interact is a big part of what sparked this, and so I'm thrilled we'll get to finally see that in these pages. ”

Bubba Ho-Tep creator and author Joe R. Lansdale added, "Script and artist for the first issue of Army of Darkness vs Bubba Ho-tep are as delicious as a fried peanut ...

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