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03/08/15 @ 7:05 pm EST
Source: Bleeding Cool | Categories: Blood Queen Vs Dracula

Cullen Bunn, writer of Army of Darkness #4, talks with Troy Brownfield about Blood Queen vs. Dracula #1, both on sale now! Covers by Fabiano Neves and Jay Anacleto


CULLEN BUNN: Tell me, how did this project come about for you?

TROY BROWNFIELD: Blood Queen vs. Draculahappened as sort of a logical extension of two other projects that I did: last year’s Blood Queen series, and the Prince Dracula novel I wrote for Dynamite. As the first Blood Queen series was closing out, Nick [Barrucci] and I talked about different things that we could do for another mini or one-shot. The first thing that occurred to me, having had Dracula on the brain for so long for the novel, was a meeting between the two. Dynamite has done some different versions of Dracula before, so it seemed like a pretty natural fit.

CB: What do you think sets your version of Dracula apart from others we’ve seen?

TB: The two things that I really wanted to emphasize with my take on Dracula in this time period were his roles as both patriot and leader. In the original novel, there’s a segment where Dracula talks proudly of having the blood of Attila in his veins and how his people fought to keep the Turks out of their lands. I chose to make the ongoing Ottoman conflict a focus, since that would have been a historical concern for both Vlad and Elizabeth Bathory. To that end, it also gave me the ability to depict Dracula in a kind of war-leader setting. To his own people, Vlad was a hero, a staunch defender of Transylvania. Granted, he was a real bastard (one does not accidentally acquire the nickname “The Impaler”), but there’s evidence that his subjects loved him for fighting the Ottoman Empire. I thought that incorporating these notions of beloved leader and patriot would change things up from some of the typical depictions.

CB: A centerpiece of the story is Dracula’s encounter with Leandra. Have we seen the last of her?

TB: We’ve seen the last of Leandra, unfortunately, but she’s not the last of Elizabeth’s students to appear in the story. The first issues also carries a reference to some of the young women joining Helena’s Rebellion. Helena was a character from the first Blood Queen series, and I wanted those regular readers to know that she survived Elizabeth’s rise to power and that she’s still out there fighting. If we’re fortunate enough to do moreBlood Queen in the future, that’s something I’d definitely get back to.


CB: How much research into folklore and legends did you do for this story?

TB: I’ve done A LOT of reading about Dracula and Elizabeth in the past couple of years. I started on bothBlood Queen and Prince Dracula in 2013, so I’ve amassed a lot of notes. I already had quite a few books in my own library that I could use (books on vampires, horror history, Stoker’s books and the annotatedDracula, and so on). For Blood Queen vs. Dracula, artist Kewber Baal and I did some specific research on weapons and arms of the time. The cannon is right out of museum photos. The Ottoman outfits are taken from a combination of then-contemporary paintings, museum sites, and other locations. If I’m setting a story in a particular year, I want to be as accurate as possible. Kewber’s done a terrific job. He ran basically every design and sketch for everything by me so that we could double-check each other. He deserves a lot of praise for his commitment to this book.

CB: Will the ratio of horse explosions to beheadings remain constant throughout the series?

TB: Who knew that so many people would mention the exploding horse? In the script I simply wrote “The Mounted Ottoman and his horse take the full brunt of the blast”, and Kewber ran with it. When I saw the panel for the first time, I actually laughed because it’s really just . . . damn. However, I believe that’s the only animal explosion, so the beheading ratio will be uneven. If you were to ask about the ratio of beheading to neck-biting . . . I’d have to go back and count. Dracula’s not nearly done on that score.
03/04/24 @ 10:18 pm EST
Source: Image Comics | Categories: Image
The bestselling, award winning writer Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Die) and creative powerhouse artist Caspar Wijngaard (Home Sick Pilots, All Against All) took Emerald City Comic Con by storm on Friday when Gillen shared news of their upcoming The Power Fantasy series at his Spotlight panel to a standing room only audience. Gillen and Wijngaard were guests of the show and further entertained a queue of enthusiastic fans eager for for more details on this forthcoming series with Image Comics slated for August. The Power Fantasy concept is laid out in a two-page comic advert released at the book’s announcement. It’s a world where “Superpowered” has a specific meaning. It’s reserved solely for those with the destructive potential of the nuclear arsenal of the most powerful nations on Earth. There are presently six superpowered beings, and the future of the planet is reliant on them never, ever coming into conflict. “The Power Fantasy emerged in a similar way to The Wicked + The Divine,” said Gillen. “I was doing a book at Marvel, and became aware of exactly the sort of things I could do with the reins taken off. As The Wicked + the Divine was to Young Avengers, this is to Immortal X-men. It’s a comic informed by superheroes, but one where a fight is the absolute lose state, for everyone. It’s set from 1945-1999, and so is a chance to really have fun with an alternate cultural history too. I think you can see it as an extension of my best work: WicDivian alternate-pop culture, a cold-war take on Uber’s realpolitik, Die’s social group drama hyper-charged by genre…” “Once Kieron had pitched the basic outline for The Power Fantasy I knew this was the story I felt comfortable most telling," Wijngaard said. "We’ve been able to create some incredible characters, each with their own vibrant personalities and worlds in which they inhabit. If you are a fan of my most recent image titles Home Sick Pilots and All Against All, you’ll see a lot of its DNA here. I’m truly putting everything I’ve learned into this series, and The Power Fantasy is a large and beautiful canvas for me to operate on.” With an approach that sits between The Boys and Watchmen and a music video aesthetic, The Power Fantasy #1 will be available at comic book shops in August. The Power Fantasy #1 will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play. ...
03/04/24 @ 10:09 pm EST
Source: Marvel | Categories: Blood Hunt

Who will bite it? Over the last few weeks, fans have discovered the full scope of BLOOD HUNT, the upcoming Marvel Comics crossover event launching this May. Centered around a main event series by writer Jed MacKay and artist Pepe Larraz, BLOOD HUNT will see a cursed eternal night wash over Earth, allowing vampires, who have lurked in the shadows since the earliest days of the Marvel Universe, emerge to satisfy their blood lust like never before! Recent tie-in announcements have revealed which heroes will play pivotal roles in this latest Marvel epic, but the key villains of BLOOD HUNT have been shrouded in darkness—until now! Meet the BLOODCOVEN! The Bloodcoven is a mysterious and deadly vampire faction consisting of Megrim, Cruel, Unusual, the Damascene, Smoke Eater, and their leader, Bloodstorm One, a clone of Dracula created by Hydra. The group’s motives, powers and abilities will strike unfathomable fear into the hearts of your favorite heroes and their bloodlust is only matched by their extreme brutality and an undying commitment to a dark master. "I knew going in that vampires weren't bad enough. If the children of the night were going up against the Avengers, let alone the other heroes of the world, bigger guns were required,” MacKay explained. “Hence the Bloodcoven—supervampires, fed on the blood of superhumans that follow different vampiric philosophies, subsisting not only on blood but pain, or magic, or thoughts, or even ghosts! I threw together a list of names and some thoughts about powers, but it was Pepe who really brought these characters to (un)life, creating an extremely gnarly set of predators!" Get your first glimpse at the BLOODCOVEN below and learn more about their secrets, origins, and their cruel master when BLOOD HUNT kicks off in May!

03/04/24 @ 12:31 pm EST
Source: Skybound | Categories: Skybound

Today Skybound Comet and Image Comics unveiled an exciting new look at the highly anticipated release of Ava's Demon Book Two: Aftermath, the second installment of the groundbreaking YA phenomenon by acclaimed author Michelle Fus. The original graphic novel will now be available for the first time in the book market in May 2024. Aftermath picks up following the devastating events that took place in Reborn, when Ava unlocked a new power within herself and unleashed a devastating attack against TITAN’S forces. As the group escapes TITAN HQ, Ava’s actions have a polarizing effect on her friends, and Ava must come to terms with what she has done. Ava's Demon is a tentpole property for Skybound Comet, an original graphic novel imprint aimed at Young Adult (Ages 12+) and Middle Grade (Ages 8-12) audiences, but sure to captivate readers of all ages. Ava’s Demon Book One: Reborn (Diamond Code: MAR228458, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2438-1 SRP: $17.99) is available everywhere books are sold now. Sequel to one of the most successful graphic novel crowdfunding campaigns of all time, Aftermath, alongside Fus’ first collection of the webcomic Ava’s Demon: Reborn, together reign as two of the top three highest performing webcomic campaigns of all time, raising almost $1.2 million across two blockbuster Kickstarter campaigns. The 2024 Skybound Comet slate includes the upcoming June release of Sea Serpent’s Heir Book Three: Queen of Mercy (ISBN: 978-1-5343-9738-5 SRP $14.99), the YA fantasy trilogy by Mairghread Scott (Dragon Age: Absolution) and Pablo Tunica (TMNT Universe), along with the July release of Super Dinosaur Compendium One (ISBN: 978-1-5343-2722-1 I MSRP: $34.99) from Robert Kirkman (Invincible, The Walking Dead) and artist Jason Howard (Batman, The Flash). Clementine Book Two ( ISBN: 978-1-5343-2519-7 SRP: $14.99) by acclaimed writer/artist Tillie Walden (Spinning, On a Sunbeam) is available everywhere books are sold now. Ava’s Demon Book Two: Aftermath (ISBN: 978-1-5343-9852-8 SRP: $17.99) will be available at booksellers, along with digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, and at comic book shops and everywhere comic books are sold on Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

03/04/24 @ 12:26 pm EST
Source: ComicBookMovie | Categories: Godzilla

GODZILLA x KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE TV Spot Sees King Kong (Literally) Riding Godzilla Into Battle

In Godzilla vs. Kong, the titular Titans went to war with each other before eventually combining forces to lay waste to the rampaging Mecha-Godzilla (which was imbued with the mind of King Ghidorah). A new TV spot for the movie's sequel, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, has been released which shows King Kong riding Godzilla into battle. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire rampages into theaters on March 29. (via ComicBookMovie)

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03/04/24 @ 12:25 pm EST
Source: ComicBook | Categories: MIsc

The Garfield Movie (2024) Showtimes Fandango

Sony Pictures Animation has released the first trailer for The Garfield Movie, the upcoming animated adaptation of Jim Davis's long-running comic strip. The new trailer gives the best sense yet for the story of the movie, which apparently centers on Garfield's father coming back after years away, only for the fat orange cat to learn that his father has become mixed up with some very dangerous people...err, cats.Garfield, the iconic comic strip by Jim Davis, first debuted in 1978. There were previously two Garfield feature films starring Bill Murray, which were released in 2004 and 2006, as well as innumerable TV and direct-to-video movies over the years. The character is one of the most merchandised in history. The Garfield Movie is coming to theaters May 24. (via


03/03/24 @ 2:00 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc
After weeks of poor box office results, theater owners have to be happy with the debut of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Part Two which made $81.5 million domestically and another $97 million internationally for a global total of $178.5 million. That was 70% of the total weekend haul and equates to roughly 5.2 million admissions. The film’s budget was $190 million plus another $100 million spent on marketing, which had an additional wrench thrown in when the film got moved from it’s original November 2023 release date to this weekend. But all of that aside, the film has kicked off well and the critical and audience response has been extremely positive, 94% and 95%, meaning the film will likely continue to do well. It’s only real competition for the next two weekends will be Kung Fu Panda 4, so I’d expect the film to stay near the top for a while. There is a huge drop down to the second place film, the biopic Bob Marley: One Love which took in $7.43 million followed by Ordinary Angels with $3.85 million in third. Madame Web made $3.15 million to take its three-week to $40.4 million. Rounding out the top five is Chosen, Season 4, Ep. 7-8 which made $3.15 million which is about average for the series.Dune 
03/03/24 @ 1:17 pm EST
Source: YouTube | Categories: MIsc
On this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, host Sydney Sweeney took a shot at her own work in the opening monologue, telling the audience that they may have seen her in Anyone but Your or Euphoria and that none of them had seen her in Madame Web. It’s not often you hear an actor take a shot at their own film while it’s still in the theater. She went on to joke that she is best known for screaming, crying and having sex… and occasionally all at the same time. And while the monologue was filled with self-deprecating humor and references to her physical attributes, the surprise came at the end with an audience cameo by her Anyone but You co-star Glen Powell.Sydney 
03/02/24 @ 1:07 pm EST
Source: Variety | Categories: MIsc
Ted Lasso star Juno Temple is one of the new additions to the upcoming Venom 3 and while being interviewed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, mentioned that the film was wrapping up filming… which is a good thing since it’s currently set to be released in November of this year. “We’re coming close to an end at the moment,” Temple said. “It’s been a wild, wonderful ride. It’s so new to me. It’s a big set! This is crazy. It’s been so much fun and I got to work with such cool people. I’ve been so lucky in my career to just have the most incredible casts. I can’t wait for it to get out into the world. I think it’s going to be a good one.” Along with Temple, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Clark Backo are joining the cast with Tom Hardy returning as Eddie Brock / Venom. Hardy co-wrote the story with Kelly Marcel who is also directing this one. Temple talked about Hardy and his love of the character. “His relationship to how he feels about Venom and Eddie together… it’s something that feels really close to his heart. It matters to him. I don’t know if anyone else could play Venom. That’s a tough pair of shoes to follow.” The original Venom made $856 million global in 2018 and the 2021 sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, brought in $502 million. Sony could definitely use a hit after the poor showing for Madame Web.Juno Temple 
03/02/24 @ 12:52 pm EST
Source: Entertainment Weekly | Categories: MIsc
Dune II is having a big weekend at the box office, but fans of the books are a bit surprised that one of the characters they expected to return for the sequel is nowhere to be found. Thufir Hawat, the Mentat for House Atreides played by Stephen McKinley Henderson, is a big part of the second half of Frank Herbert’s novel but was purposely cut out of the sequel by director Denis Villeneuve. According to the director, "When you adapt, there's always some kind of violence toward the original material. You have to change things, you have to bend, you have to make painful choices." One of the major choices he made was to focus on the Bene Gesserit, which meant letting some of the other subplots go. This included Hawat whose character in the novel, basically born and raised to be a human computer, survives the attack on House Atreides and ends up being taken in by House Harkonnen and forced to become their new Mentat. It’s a tragic storyline about a noble character being forced to serve those that killed his friends and family. House Harkonnen needed a new Mentat after there’s, Piter de Vries played by David Dastmalchian, was killed during Duke Leto’s suicidal attack on the Baron. Villeneuve hopes to go on and make a third Dune film which will continue to focus on the machinations of the Bene Gesserit which means that fans of the Mentats will need to turn to the source material for more on those characters.Hawat 
03/02/24 @ 12:30 pm EST
Source: TV Line | Categories: MIsc
When a somewhat popular series gets the axe nowadays, immediately people start talking about shopping it around to a different network or streaming service to keep it going. That is not the case for the recently cancelled Evil. When Paramount announced the show would be ending with its fourth season, they ordered an additional four episodes which will allow the series to be wrapped up. Series co-creator Robert King told The Hollywood Reporter: “We have not [had conversations about selling the show elsewhere].” King went on to suggest that the additional four episodes will be treated like an abbreviated fifth season. “At this point, we’re just focused on making the last fifth season as satisfying to the audience and to ourselves – and the actors – as we can,” said the other co-creator Michelle King. And interesting side note are the recent rumors that Marvel Studios are planning on bringing back most of the former Netflix series if Daredevil: Born Again is successful and with the ending of Evil, that would free of Marvel’s Luke Cage himself, Mike Colter.Evil 

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