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01/22/15 @ 9:27 pm EST
Source: Bleeding Cool | Categories: Vampirella Feary Tales


Mark Rahner, writer of The Twilight Zone: Shadow and Substance #1, talks with Eric Trautmann about Vampirella Feary Tales #4, both on sale now.

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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.

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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 #4, Vampirella #100 and Red Sonja #100 at roughly the same time, so it was a pretty effective refresher course.

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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).
09/19/18 @ 12:46 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment brings holiday cheer as Red Sonja gets her own holiday special! Authors Amy Chu (KISS, Red Sonja) and Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, Red Sonja) team-up once again to find the Red Goddess in holiday hijinx. The 40-page Red Sonja Holiday Special will available December 5th, making it the perfect gift for comics fans everywhere.

Featuring cover artwork by the talented Leonardo Romero (Hawkeye) and interior art by Ricardo Jaime (The Shadow) Red Sonja reminisces about the time she and Sir Max rescued a drunk Santa from the Grinch (Kulan Gath of course!) and learns the true meaning of Christmas.

“I don't believe a Red Sonja Holiday Special has ever been done before in her 45-year history, so this is a rare honor and challenge for me and my writing partner and friend Erik Burnham,” said co-author Amy Chu. “Erik calls me a "mad genius" but I say he is the true wizard with words. Erik is the only person I've ever co-written with, starting with KISS: The Demon miniseries and now Red Sonja. I love that I can lob the craziest ideas at him and he never says, nah, but, hey, that could work! ”

“I love working with Amy in general, but specifically on Red Sonja. I think we found a great rhythm in the last few issues of volume four and I'm excited to see what kind of shenanigans we can get the She-Devil into,” remarked co-author Erik Burnham. “Amy and I will talk about a few ideas, then she'll go off and write out an outline, filling it with everything she wants. I'll get her outline, find some surprises, and then try to surprise her as well when I build the final script. We've talked through several ideas for ...

09/18/18 @ 2:56 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment is set to premiere a book for the ages as comics legend Jean-Marc Lofficier (Moebius, Doctor Strange) and artist José Louis Ruiz Pérez (Tiger and the Eye) take Barbarella on an epic adventure in this oversized 48-page holiday special.

All aboard the Barbarella Cosmic Express for an intergalactic tale of Christmas and…murder?! Hélas, c'est vrai! Someone’s been given the ultimate gift, and jolly old St. Nick must figure out by whom. Enter the space siren for all holidays, Barbarella! Guest-starring France's Hexagon Comics' super-patriot hero: The Guardian of the Republic.

“The Barbarella universe as invented by Jean-Claude Forest and developed by Mike Carey, is a sci-fi one, so this "Santa" is not a fantasy creature, but a galactic entrepreneur named Niklaus Von Klaus, mildly obsessed with Xmas, who turned an entire planet into an Xmas-themed amusement park. Initially intended for children, the park has now become a lawless rendezvous point for all kinds of shady character,” remarked writer Jean-Marc Lofficier. “This book is the first crossover comics to feature a character from the French Hexagon Comics universe since Witchblade-Phenix-Sibilla: Blood Oath published by Top Cow in 2003, which I also wrote.”

“It’s such a pleasure to be working with Jean-Marc directly on this holiday special. We took great care to bring Barbarella back into comics and Jean-Marc has been an integral part of the process,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “This book is really a lot of fun. It’s got great holiday spirit and I hope fans old and new add it to their pull list for December!”

Barbarella was created by Jean Claude Forest in 1962 at the heart of the Sexual Revolution and is forever ingrained in pop culture after Jane Fonda’s unforgettable portrayal in ...

09/18/18 @ 2:53 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment announced today the creative team of Cullen Bunn (Pumpkinhead, Deadpool) and Blacky Shepherd (Pumpkinhead, Voltron) will be squaring off two horror icons this winter with Vampirella vs. ReAnimator! It's vampire versus mad scientist in a battle that threatens to tear the gates of the underworld asunder!

In Vampirella vs. ReAnimator, Herbert West--the ReAnimator--has long sought the secret to perfecting his reagent and break death’s hold on mankind once and for all. The key to his success lies in only one place--the forbidden tomb of the Aztec god of death! But disturbing sleeping gods is as troubling (to put it mildly) as raising the uncontrollable, murderous dead... especially when this deity is an ancient enemy of Vampirella of Drakulon!

“I just thought it was a great fit. I was attending a horror convention and talking with people and the idea just popped into my head,” said artist Blacky Shepherd. “Within an hour or so I had a rough idea of the story. At first, I thought they were such a natural fit that Dynamite must have already crossed the two characters over!”

“Here’s something I think about a lot when it comes to these two characters. When I was a kid reading Vampirella magazines at the drug store… and later when I rented ReAnimator on VHS for the first time… I felt like I was doing something I shouldn’t be,” added author Cullen Bunn. “There’s something… subversive about both characters, and I want to play that up. I want to lean into that feeling with this book”

“Hands down this is a really cool cross-over with these two characters. Blacky’s pitch was perfect and both Cullen and his work on our Pumpkinhead series was fantastic. They took great care of such a classic ...

09/18/18 @ 1:40 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment announces a major crossover event as Tim Seeley returns to his beloved creations to pit them against the world's greatest horror universe and brings back some of the series' most beloved slashers. Alongside artist Rapha Lobosco, Seeley’s Hack/Slashbattle the Chaos! Comics characters in Hack/Slash vs. Chaos!

In Hack/Slash vs. Chaos!, Cassie Hack, Slasher Hunter Supreme, thought she'd gotten rid of those teenager-perforating undead menaces. But now they're suddenly springing back to life! Cassie and Vlad are going to have to team up with mega-death dispenser Evil Ernie to stop the slaughter, putting them on a path that appears to lead through Chastity, the Chosen, and Purgatori.

Commenting on his upcoming crossover, author Tim Seeley remarked, “I bought the very first Evil Ernie series off the shelf when I was a teenager. It was black and white and gritty looking...it felt like something I wasn't supposed to show anyone else. Perfectly scary and creepy. Which I loved. I still think of Chaos! in those terms. These are the comics that you hide under your bed. They're just for you.”

“We've been waiting for the right story before publishing a new Chaos! series, and we knew we have it with Tim (Seeley), who is a true modern master of terror. And his script is perfectly paired with Rapha Lobosco’s art, which blows us away with every new page,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “ It's great to come full circle with Tim with this new event mini-series as he helped relaunch the Chaos! universe when we first began publishing them. Everything about this book is blood-soaked and beautiful.”

Chaos! Comics were first published in 1994 and ran until 2002. Dynamite Entertainment reignited the characters when they returned to comics in ...

08/21/18 @ 8:21 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment announces the original Queen of the Pin-ups returns this fall as writer David Avallone and artist Julius Ohta deliver, with thrilling pin-up style, the latest series to celebrate the legendary and infamous Bettie Page.

Bettie’s back in action with an adventure story that will keep readers guessing. The brand-new Queen of England has vanished, and MI6 believes UFOs were involved. Bettie is loaned out to British Intelligence to help investigate. By misadventure, she also ends up impersonating Elizabeth the Second…and hijinks ensue. It’s “The Prince and the Pauper”, or rather, “The Princess and the Pin-Up.”

"Writing the first Bettie Page series was pure joy, and I'm thrilled to be reunited with her for this great new series. I had more stories to tell with Bettie, and now I get to tell them,” said writer David Avallone. “Bettie will be visiting 1952 London and helping out another heroic, spunky brunette in her late twenties who's in over her head... Queen Elizabeth the Second. Plus MI6 and UFOs and other acronyms. It's going to be a lot of fun!"

“The first Bettie series was both a critical and fan favorite hit! David's schedule was filling up, and we wanted to keep his voice on the series! We wanted to wait for David's schedule to free up before telling new stories. We're excited to keep the legacy of one of the 20th century's most unforgettable performers alive in the pages of our comics,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “I can't wait to see what David delivers in this new series, and the art complements his scripts so well!”

Bettie Page has long been a staple in comics, dating back to her debut ...

08/21/18 @ 8:16 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment announces the publication of Red Sonja: The Ballad of the Red Goddess, a brand new original graphic novel from the masterful Roy Thomas which weaves a tale of intrigue, deception and the search for eternal youth!


This stunning graphic novel, produced co-publishing with leading Spanish publisher Planeta, cleverly teases the very origins of Sonja and features a legendary creative team fronted by writer Roy Thomas (Conan the Barbarian) and the incredible talent of artists Esteban Moroto (Savage Sword of Conan, Vampirella) and Santi Casas (Batman: Arkham Unhinged).

Red Sonja: The Ballad of the Red Goddess will be published as an oversized hardcover featuring a spectacular use of black, white and red throughout in a European format. Never before seen in English, this original graphic novel is an all-new tale, lost from the Nemedian Chronicles – until now! Dynamite is proud to bring this story to an English reading audience for the first time ever.

In addition to the standard hardcover edition, a limited signature edition of Red Sonja: The Ballad of the Red Goddess will be available for fans signed by Eisner Hall-of-Fame recipient Roy Thomas! Only 500 copies of this edition will be produced, so reserve your copy with your local comic shop today.

Red Sonja: The Ballad of the Red Goddess is easily one of the most beautiful and prestigious books we’ve ever had the ability to publish and we’ve been publishing Red Sonja since the very dawn of Dynamite,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Roy Thomas’ story is incredible and Moroto & Casas’ artwork is unreal. This is the Red Sonja book everyone should have on their shelves.”

Red Sonja: The Ballad ...

08/01/18 @ 2:32 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment and unique media bundling site Groupees are proud to offer a curated selection of digital comics to fans of strong female characters of all ages. The Dynamite Women Build-a-Bundle is designed to fit any budget, granting enthusiasts the freedom to choose individual comics for a super-discounted rate, or collect all 86 digital comics for the low, low price of only $19.99, a savings of over 90%!

With seven tiers to choose from, ranging from free to $19.99 for Digital Comics! And for the fans who enjoy high end collectibles as well as digital comics, there are thresholds beginning at $39.99 and up to $299.99!

To purchase the individual issues in digital form, Dynamite and Groupees are offering a variety of series at a specially reduced price, so you can mix-and-match to meet your character preference. But remember - the best buy would be to nab the entire lot of digital Dynamite Women comics for the low rate of only $19.99. That's over 86 comics valued at over $200 - over 2,000 pages of female-fronted action -- at a fraction of the price!

The Groupees Dynamite Women Build-a-Bundle promotion can be found at: https://groupees.com/dynamite-women

FREE Tier: Includes nine comics!

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07/24/18 @ 6:34 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

San Diego Comic-Con may be over, but Dynamite Entertainment is continuing the fun by ending one mega sale...and starting another! Over 1,600 digital comics from Dynamite’s backlist are being offered at a steep discount through Comixology.

Dynamite Entertainment offers fan favorites and iconic characters including Bettie Page and Project Superpowers, The Shadow, Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, Garth Ennis' Battlefield, plus multimedia blockbusters Charmed, Battlestar Galactica, and Pathfinder!

A stunning 1,620 comics and graphic novels from Dynamite's extensive library of characters will be available at a steep discount through Comixology featuring some of the industry's best-selling and critically acclaimed creatives from Gail Simone to Warren Ellis, Corinna Bechko, Erica Schultz, Fred Van Lente, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, Matt Wagner, Jim Zub, Greg Pak, Kurt Busiek and so many more!

“Comixology offers such a stellar reading experience for our books,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “For fans who are wanting to complete their collections or casual readers just checking out something new, that’s why we offer these sales. There’s something for everyone.”

This special Dynamite mega sale runs through July 30. There has never been a better time to fill all those holes in your digital comics collection, or catch up on a new series from comics' most "dynamic" publisher! Visit comixology.com today to browse hundreds of value-priced digital comics from Dynamite Entertainment!

07/24/18 @ 6:31 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment and Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. are pleased to announce a partnershipwith Lynnvander Studios to create the next phase in Tarzan’s legendary history; a new board game starring Tarzan, Jane, and the rest of his friends and foes as an epic, playable adventure! Today, Dynamite Entertainment and Lynnvander Studios will offer this exciting game for pre-order on Kickstarter where gamers and Tarzan fans will get their first opportunity to see this thrilling game in action.

Tarzan is a fictional/literary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Lord & Lady Greystoke were marooned on the coast of Africa. Alone and expecting their first child, they headed inland to the heart of darkest Africa. Lady Greystoke dies in childbirth and Lord Greystoke is soon killed by the Mangani Ape Tribe who adopt the Greystokes son and raise him as one of their own. Now grown into a man, Tarzan is a brave and cunning warrior, using his skills and knowledge of the island to protect the animals and himself from other humans who would seek to exploit the isolated land. First appearing in 1912 as a serialized magazine story, Tarzan was later published as a series of novels which was eventually adapted into nearly all forms of media including movies, television, and even comic books which are currently being published by Dynamite Entertainment under the name Lord of the Jungle and the Tarzan/Red Sonja crossover. TARZAN® and Edgar Rice Burroughs® are owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and used by permission.

Tarzan is a co-operative, choose-your-own-adventure-style tactics board game where you play as Tarzan, Jane, Cecil, Lt D'Arnot, Chowombi, and more, in an attempt to get Jane to her destination safely. Many enemies are trying to stop you from achieving your goals and you have ...

07/17/18 @ 8:05 pm EST
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Dynamite Entertainment and Topps are ready to protect the world from those crazy green aliens once again as writer Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty, Rock Candy Mountain) and artist Chris Schweizer (The Creeps, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) bring you the face melting experience of a lifetime with Mars Attacks! this October!

Mars Attacks! is coming back to comic stands and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” said writer Kyle Starks. “I’ll be bringing my two-time Eisner nominated trademark humor and action to this totally awesome and classic franchise.”

In Mars Attacks! #1, Spencer hasn’t finished a dang thing in his life. So when he goes to visit his dad to see if maybe he can borrow some money, the last thing on his mind is global survival. Now Spencer and his father are on the run, trying to avoid being spaceray’d by a bunch of destruction happy Martians, heck-bent on zapping them dead!

“It gets even better. We’ve got award-winning cartoonist Chris Schweizer for art duties and he’s going to hit a home run,” added Starks. “Schweizer and Starks go together with Mars Attacks! as well as death rays and flying saucers. This is going to bonkers hilarious, bombastically over-the-top fun."

“I’ve been waiting to see Dynamite’s take on Mars Attacks! for over a year and I’m so excited with what the creative team has done,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO & Publisher. “I’ve been a fan ever since the 1962 trading cards and our series really reflects the tone of the original.”

The debut issue of Mars Attacks! #1 delivers a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers a chance to collect the ...

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