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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).
12/13/18 @ 8:22 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

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
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

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
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

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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