01/22/15 @ 9:27 pm EST
writer of The Twilight Zone: Shadow and Substance
#1, talks with Eric Trautmann
about Vampirella Feary Tales
#4, both on sale now.MARK RAHNER: You had a nice, long run on the monthly Vampirella series, and I’m glad to see you back. Did you miss her? And what do you like about writing her?ERIC TRAUTMANN:
I did miss her, as it happens. I had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to the property when I first wrote it—horror/supernatural fare wasn’t a genre I had played around in much. Joe Rybandt, the series’ editor, just wouldn’t take no for an answer. I felt like I’d done some good work building a fairly accessible and stable status quo for her by the time I left the book, and didn’t have any serious plans to come back, but when I was asked to contribute a story for Vampirella
#100, I was surprised at how much it felt like a homecoming.MR: Tell me about your story in Vampirella Feary Tales #4. It’s for kids, right?ET:
Sure. It’s a wholesome tale of axe murder and eating too many sweets.MR: When you think about it, fairy tales are pretty disturbing on their own. What was your approach? ET:
I was given a list of fairy tales that had been spoken for by other writers, and the one I most wanted to do was not on that list, so it was simply a matter of extrapolating out from the end of the fairy tale in question (and I’m not immediately naming it to avoid spoilers), and just adding Vampirella to the mix to make sure there was plenty of murder-ness.In terms of approach, I wanted to take the general level of weirdness and amp it up just a little; there’s always a hint of whimsy and humor in fairy tales, and as you’re already quite aware, humorous Vampirella
stories work very well.MR: Related: “Just Add Vampi” seems like a winning strategy in all sorts of areas.ET:
It actually does, doesn’t it?MR: Your story in Vampirella #100 is called “The Vodnik.” I was excited because I thought it had to do with vodka. Can you please explain yourself? ET:
Sadly, no, it isn’t about vodka. It’s about murder, tobacco, gambling and other vices, though. Your continuing disappointment in me is just one more cross I have to bear, I suppose.MR: What can you say about the folklore without spoiling too much?ET:
When I sat down to write my chapter of Vampirella
#100, I knew that space was an obvious consideration, so I wanted to do something atmospheric, character-driven—there wasn’t a lot of room to develop a big conspiracy plot or some such. An excerpt from a book of folklore being run over Vampirella dealing with a minor monster infestation seemed to fit the bill.And, as often happens, I started researching weird monsters and ran across the Vodnik—a Czech water troll. There’s actually a statue of one near the Charles River bridge in Prague, and it just felt right. Then I started looking for a U.S. location to have a Vodnik hole up, and the bridge I chose (in Chicago) is actually being torn down. The story just sort of wrote itself from there. Like you said: Just add Vampi.MR: I grew up loving short stories – Matheson, Ellison, Fredric Brown. It’s a dying art, and I think it’s harder to write short than long. What do you think?ET:
Sometimes it’s alarming just how similar our influences are, especially Richard Matheson and — in my personal “canon” — most
especially Harlan Ellison.That said, I’m much more comfortable working long form; my first comics work was 32 pages, no ads, and that spoiled me for life. It’s challenging to stretch my long-dormant short fiction muscles. I had the good fortune to be asked to contribute to Vampirella Feary Tales
#100 and Red Sonja
#100 at roughly the same time, so it was a pretty effective refresher course.MR: Would you care to say a few words about Vampi’s costume? Just briefly, of course … since it’s a subject no one has anything to say about … and I wouldn’t want to waste the time of people who don’t feel strongly about it.ET:
I had been accused of “hating” Vampirella and her costume when I kicked off the Dynamite “era,” which isn’t true. There were specific reasons I chose to downplay it (despite it showing up on every cover, and later, re-appearing in the course of the story), in part to make it easier to adapt to film or television. I have fondness for the costume, but the tone of my roughly twenty issues was darker, more “realistic” (for lack of a better term) and it made it tougher to justify someone running around not really wearing clothes. People wear costumes for special occasions, not everyday walking around town. Some people loved it, some people hated it.The irony here is that, after the pseudo-“controversy” of redesigning Vampirella’s costume in “my” run on the main title, I wrote “The Vodnik” from her point-of-view; we see the story almost totally through Vampirella’s eyes until the last page. I fully expected her to appear in her traditional “costume” rather than the street clothes, and didn’t specify a costume in the script.So Dave Acosta — who did a magnificent job illustrating both this and the Red Sonja
#100 piece — drew her in the Armani anyway.MR: What’s next for you? Is it vodka?ET:
I’m more of a scotch guy.The next comic project from Dynamite I contributed to is Red Sonja
#100, which comes out in February (and is more of a horror/weird tale than anything I’d written for her before).
06/14/22 @ 2:03 pm EST
Bursting from the pages of Jennifer Blood, writer Fred Van Lente (Incredible Hercules, DIE!namite) and artist Joseph Cooper invite readers to meet the Ninjettes in their new spotlight series this September! With a story evoking the likes of Hunger Games, Squid Game, and more, this is going to be a can't-miss action romp!
Corrupt and twisted government forces think they've got their solution to stop violence among young people. They've devised a "Profile," a range of personality and attitudes that they feel can pinpoint those prone to these acts before they strike. So then, what better way to deal with these identified students than whisking them away blinded by black hoods, and forcing them into a brutal battle royale death match to determine which will move on to an elite black ops assassin training program? That sounds just perfect!
Readers will meet a new roster of potential Ninjettes, as some distrust and rebel against their captors and the system, while others buy in and are eager to become trained operatives with a license to kill. Readers should be warned though, this title is set to stack up a significant body count, maybe even starting on the first page. One can't get attached to any one Ninjette too much. Except maybe Steph, a politically active cartoonist who believes she's only been targeted for her beliefs. She doesn't have a violent bone in her body, but in order to escape the Concrete Dojo and exact revenge on her captors, that may need to change.
"My favorite thing to do in comics is to put characters in extreme situations and see how they react--and how ...
06/14/22 @ 1:38 pm EST
The streets of New York City run red as a mysterious organization strangles its systems, urging Masquerade and the Scarlet Sisters to unite once more, in a thrilling one-shot coming this September from writer Alex Segura.
A cult-like force has infested their city, taking control of both criminal and political power, and the Scarlet Sisters are called upon to solve this twisted puzzle. Joined by their red threads and shared thirst for justice, Masquerade, Lady Satan, and the Woman in Red form a deadly trio of crimefighters and detectives. When one of their own allies is murdered, the case gets all the more muddled.
Acclaimed author Alex Segura is no stranger to noir and crime tradition, from his hit independent comic The Black Ghost, to the recently released novel Secret Identity, which inventively blends mystery with fictional tales of the comic book industry. For Scarlet Sisters, he's joined by rising artist Emiliana Pinna (Red Sonja) for his Dynamite debut.
"I've known [editor] Nate Cosby forever - since we both started in comics - and I've always wanted to work with him. His books always feature great characters, strong creative voices, and a level of quality I appreciate. When he asked me about pitching a one-shot in the Dynamite universe featuring the Scarlet Sisters, I was intrigued. Emiliana and I have crafted a street-level, character-driven crime tale that will hopefully leave readers intrigued and eager for more."
To match the trio of heroines, three additional brilliant artists have joined the case with their covers. Lesley "Leirix" Li, Joseph Michael Linsner, and the rising star Jacob Edgar each lend their hand.
Fans shouldn't miss ...
06/14/22 @ 1:40 pm EST
Dynamite and writer Dan Wickline are heating things up this fall, with the release of a breathtaking graphic novel tale of erotic adventure. Readers will fall in love with Karma, from the beautiful cover by superstar Stjepan Šejic all the way to the last page.
Love, lust, and loyalty are put to the test in this brand new 120 plus page Original Graphic Novel. Dan Wickline (Grimm Fairy Tales, The Freeze) pulls inspiration from his own experiences as a professional photographer in his writing for this provocative drama. The creative team includes the lovely lines of artist Carlos Reno, colors by IHQ Studios, and letterer Carlos Mangual.
Meet Alex, a prodigy photographer who usually specializes in product photography for advertising clients. His childhood as a nerd posing his favorite action figures set him on this path, but today he's a blond hunk who enjoys a good football game with his best friend Eddie.
On the other hand, Karma is a brunette bombshell teetering on the edge of becoming a star. She's spent years in the cut-throat modeling business, guided by her manager and friend Zack, though he can be a bit controlling at times.
One day Alex is called to fill in for a friend on a shoot, and Karma literally falls into his arms. As the two meet and are swept up into a complicated and turbulent professional relationship and fiery hot romance, readers will be rabid to turn the page. With the help of Alex, Karma ventures into more artsy and risqué territory than her usual fare. They even explore a touch of the Japanese bondage style of shibari.
“I have written everything from superheroes, to horror, and all points in between, ...
06/14/22 @ 10:21 am EST
Jump in with Vampirella on her latest rollercoaster adventure through time and space, as she attempts to thwart an evil sorceress who wants Vampi's own body! Join Jeff Parker and Benjamin Dewey for Vampirella: Mindwarp this September.
The conniving Baroness Gruzal already has her ancient crown that bestows her dreadful powers of sorcery, but she's hungry for more. She wants to live a thousand years, if not more, and everyone's favorite immortal vampiress has what she wants. How will the Daughter of Drakulon escape the clutches of a foe that wants her power, her immortality, and her flesh and blood?
"Getting to work with Ben Dewey on a book again is a rare joy, and then for it to be classic Vampirella puts this over the top for me," said writer Jeff Parker. "Drawing monsters and mystic weirdness is a strength of his, but it's the personality he gives Vampi that really makes this sing. I think readers are going to be pleasantly surprised by the places this story goes. The Baroness is a very forward foe who doesn't hide her obsession with Vampi. Also, we're not forgetting that in addition to being a horror book, Vampirella was also gothic romance back in the day."
Vampirella is busy minding her own business, on a romp through the supernatural-prone New Orleans to tussle with some werewolves and catch some gumbo. Little does she know, a young man named Ren is stalking her, at the behest of Gruzal. When his plan doesn't quite go as expected, he becomes Vampi's begrudging sidekick of sorts, as she attempts to thwart ...
05/19/22 @ 9:36 pm EST
The Boys are back in town, with the third season of the smash hit Prime show debuting June 3, and a colossal deal available right now on digital comics and tons of extras with Humble Bundle!
The bundle will only be available for a limited time, so check it out!
At a whopping 96% savings on over 300 issues worth of comics across over 50 titles, this is a can't miss deal for any The Boys and comics fans to lock in. The entire run of The Boys, including the recently released sequel/prequel Dear Becky is included at an incredible price. Then there's a whole near-endless stack of extras starring some of Dynamite's other biggest stars like Vampirella, Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris, and more.
Not only is this bundle an unparalleled deal on digital comics, but it's also in support of a great cause. Dynamite and Humble Bundle are working with World Central Kitchen to contribute a portion of the proceeds from this promotion. WCK is a non-profit organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters or crises, such as the conflicts happening in Ukraine right now, among other areas across the world.
With Humble Bundle's flexible tiers system on their deals, readers can pick among four options to best fit their budget, interests, and charity contribution. With the first one starting as low as a dollar and still providing nearly 600 pages of great comics, and the top tier offering 15 ...
05/19/22 @ 1:24 pm EST
Once upon a time... every hero has journeys that you wouldn't expect, in far away lands, facing fearsome monsters, being manipulated by envious queens, or stalked through the woods by hungry wolves. This August Dynamite debuts three special one-shots, as their three biggest characters are put in the shoes of classic fables.
Red Sonja stumbles upon a mysterious giant bean stalk, suddenly sprouted from the Earth via magical beans. Atop the imposing climb resides some captivating treasure - oh, and also a giant craving human flesh and bones. The She-Devil With a Sword has never turned down a battle like this before, so readers shouldn't expect anything less than thrilling action as she overcomes her latest foe. Writer Jordan Clark (Samurai Sonja, Aquaman) spins this yarn.
Mirror, mirror, who is the fairest of them all? On the planet Barsoom, that would be the one and only Dejah Thoris. Which means the envious queen has struck the Princess of Mars out into the wilderness. Only to make countless friends and allies in her exile, unlike any she'd seen before. Her time will come to return to the queen and lay claim to her rightful throne. Ron Marz (Silver Surfer, Green Lantern) returns to the Warlord of Mars mythos following his celebrated 2014 take.
Last but certainly not least, Vampirella gets an extra accessory for her iconic costume, as she rocks a famous red hooded cape. With story by Soo Lee, Vampirella is off to deliver wine and cake to her beloved grandmother. A horrid, fanged beast stalks the woods, hunting easy ...
05/19/22 @ 10:40 am EST
Lady Hel rises in her first solo series spotlight this summer to heat up comic store shelves and collector's hands in a thrilling story from the world of Chaos!
The mysterious Lady Hel is the ultimate personification of death itself. Or well... she was. After messing with the half demon, half vampiress Purgatori, her authority and powers were stripped away by Purgi. Now deposed, Lady Hel must find a way to claw her way back to her rightful throne, by any means necessary.
While Lady Hel attempts to conquer this quest, with barely a scratch of her former powerful abilities, her enigmatic opposite in Lady Demon can't be far behind. In this tale of horrific gods and monsters, there is bound to be plenty of clashes between them, and fans won't want to miss this ripping and tearing action!
Fan-favorite writer Erik Burnham, beloved for his work on franchises like Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more, returns to Chaos! following his contributions in the bestselling Red Sonja: Age of Chaos!. He's joined by rising star Kazakhstani artist Zhengis Tasbolatov. Their story also follows loosely in the threads of Vampirella vs. Purgatori, one of the last major chapters in the Chaos! crew's history, but fans can jump right into this first issue!
"I was intrigued by Lady Hel during the little bit I got to use her in the Red Sonja: Age of Chaos mini, she seemed like a character that would fit well into a story with tropes from across mythology, which is one of the kinds of stories I love to tell," said writer Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, Red Sonja). "Turns out that that was exactly the case, and between that and the place ...
04/22/22 @ 9:40 am EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces the release of the hotly anticipated original graphic novel Thunderous is available for readers to reserve now on Indiegogo.
Aiyana is an indigenous teen from South Dakota with a life like any other, but all of her understandings of the world around her are flipped upside down when she journeys to a special world. She will meet new friends and foes, and learn to embrace her family's proud heritage.
Thunderous is co-written by the acclaimed duo of M.L. Smoker and Natalie Peeterse, both acclaimed poets, writers and figures in the Native American community. Alongside interior artist Dale Deforest and cover artist Oriol Vidal, the creative team has crafted a memorable coming of age tale that will appeal to all kinds of readers.
“The importance of new narratives that are formed from the creativity, resilience and power of Native American communities are necessary to correct the pervasive and damaging stereotypes, misconceptions and ideas that exist in this country about us,” said Smoker. “I hope this is a story that resonates for many children, but, in particular that some Native youth will see themselves reflected in literature and believe they can be their own authors, painters, musicians, and creators in the future. Because representation matters.”
The 100-plus page graphic novel is the kickoff of the ongoing partnership between Dynamite and Curiosity Ink Media, in producing a range of original and licensed stories with diverse perspectives, creative talent, and range of audiences.
Readers and parents can get the new graphic novel now on Indiegogo for a limited time.
04/21/22 @ 9:54 am EST
Dynamite announces a historic summer crossover of epic proportions, as two beloved brands smash together in all their gross-out glory in Madballs™ vs. Garbage Pail Kids!
The two legendary franchises have been captivating audiences young and old for over three decades, co-ruling a corner of counterculture with their pun-heavy names, subversive humor, and inventive art and design. Now, as part of an exciting merchandising blitz, Dynamite is proud to publish an ambitious comic book series showing just how these misfits might get along – or destroy everything around them!
The story is written by Sholly Fisch, experienced across a deep bibliography with franchises like Superman, Star Wars, Scooby-Doo, Mighty Mouse, and Looney Tunes. His award-nominated work has always balanced appealing to all ages and seamlessly adapting franchises with passionate fanbases. Though, he holds his tongue on spoiling which side might win in this battle.
"Let's just say that, no matter which side you're on, you'll find stuff to make you laugh. And, if you're not careful, you may get splattered with slime or toxic waste, too," said writer Sholly Fisch.
Fisch is joined by artist, Jason Crosby, known for drawing the Garbage Pail Kids already for Topps' latest trading card and sketch card sets. Now, he's dove headfirst into research to equally hone his Madballs.
"I try to have my work full of energy, movement, and splattered goop, so honestly, drawing these two franchises is right up my alley," said artist Jason Crosby. "My work isn't subtle, and I hope it explodes off the page."
In addition to Jason's action and gross-packed artwork in the story, the comic series will feature collectible variant covers by him and others. A project like this would be incomplete without the contributions of legendary GPK artist, Joe ...
04/19/22 @ 2:09 pm EST
The legendary title Savage Tales returns this July to heat up the summer with a special anthology with stunning artwork and stories. Across four stories, readers will get to hang with their favorites Red Sonja and Vampirella as written by Scott Brian Wilson, as well as classics Allan Quatermain and Captain Gullivar Jones by David Avallone.
Red Sonja's "The Executioner's Sword" features the art of Al Barrionuevo (Batman Gotham Knights, Storm), as the She-Devil deals with a horrific mix of magic and swordcraft.
"Missionaries of Madness" starring Alan Quatermain with art by Will Rio pits the legendary hunter against a cult worshipping Cthulhu. Equipped with just a rifle, can Quatermain stand against the dread of the Great Old Ones?
The stories starring Vampirella and Captain Gullivar Jones are drawn by two up and coming artists from the legendary Kubert School. Founded by the innovative Joe Kubert, known for his acclaimed war, superhero, drama, and autobiographical comics, the prestigious institution offers students an unparalled education in cartooning and graphic art.
Vampirella stars in the comically titled "Horrible People Doing Horrible Things To Horrible People" for a Warren era styled morality tale. Kubert School artist Mariano Benitez Chapo is excited to take on this classicly styled story.
Captain Gullivar Jones is drawn by Kubie Hamish Cook, in "His War." Taking place years after his adventure on Mars, Jones finds himself amidst a new darker war that may just lead to his redemption.
The legacy of Savage Tales and other anthology mags in its vein rests just as much on standout covers. Arthur Suydam depicts Vampirella in an homage and now companion to his cover starring Red Sonja for Dynamite's ...