03/25/15 @ 11:18 pm EST
, writer of Twilight Zone: Shadow and Substance
#3, talks with writerDavid Avallone
about Altered States: The Shadow
one shot, both on sale now. Cover art by Billy Tan
.MARK RAHNER: What’s the elevator concept forAltered States and how The Shadow fits in.DAVID AVALLONE:
The elevator concept for Altered States
is essentially “Dynamite’s What If Elseworlds”. They asked me to put the Shadow in a futuristic setting, and maybe take his physical body away from him. And so I did.MR: I always thought The Shadow was very much a character of his time – with the fedora, scarf, pistols – who’d look absurd anywhere else. But I also think that about Superman. What’s your take on that?DA:
I never visit Manhattan or Outer Space without a good fedora, scarf and pistols, but to each his own. For me, the stark iconic costume of the Shadow is kind of timeless and I always like seeing it. Superhero costumes are a harder sell for me. Black goes with anything. Brightly colored skintight combat leotards I have much more trouble with.MR: It’s a Shadow science fiction story! How do you think Shadow purists will react to the story? And is there a name for them? “Silhouettes,” maybe?DA:
I would hope the Shadow purists will recognize their hero, even in this setting… but you can’t please everybody. Not even the “Silhouettes”. That sounds a little bit like a 1950s vocal group. I prefer to call them “The Sons of Shrevnitz.” (Google it.)MR: Related: Are you a Silhouette? What’s your history with The Shadow? Have you been a fan of the original pulp novels?DA:
I am not a purist, but I am a big fan. I read the pulps when I was a kid. (I’m not 90 years old, but my dad had them.) I always loved the character. I’ve mentioned this elsewhere, but I even worked one day as an extra on the terrible Alec Baldwin movie, out of fondness for the Shadow.MR: As an H.P. Lovecraft freak, I perked up at your title, “The Shadow Out of Time.” How much Lovecraft is in the story, and are you the same sort of freak?DA:
I’m glad you caught it. I remember a time when there were no Cthulhu plush toys and H.P. was largely forgotten except for lunatics like you and me. There is no explicit Lovecraft reference in the story (aside from a few tentacled and multi-eyed monsters), but I thought it would be fun to use the title and mean a different kind of Shadow.MR: Remedial Part 2: You’re primarily a film editor? Can you give us a brief montage of your assorted film and comic work?DA:
I have worked long and hard to ensure that my bizarre, meandering career makes no sense to anyone, least of all me. At one time or another I have worked most jobs in the film industry, and came to comics on the advice (and with the help) of my friend Allison Baker. I’ve edited feature films, I was one of the first directors to try a web series (in 1999, long before it was smart), and generally bounced around Hollywood doing whatever nutty thing I could get paid for. (I was a grip on the first season of Power Rangers
, for example.) Interested parties could check out my web page (davidavallonefreelance.com) and be further confused.MR: What are your thoughts on Ivan Rodriguez’ art?DA:
Ivan’s art is fantastic. I couldn’t love it more. There’s not a lot of dialogue in the piece (I don’t’ think the Shadow is chatty), and the art really has to carry the story… create awe and excitement and danger. The comic is in many ways my tribute to my favorite cosmic comics the late 70s/early 80s and Ivan’s work evokes the same feelings for me that those books did.MR: True or false: There are few problems that can’t be solved with a couple of pistols and a scary laugh.DA:
I think it was Al Capone who said, “You can get more with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word.” All kidding aside, one of the keys to this story is that it’s not the guns (those fail him instantly), but his keen intellect that makes The Shadow so dangerous. The scary laugh is just the icing on the Cake of Justice he’s serving. Yes, I said Cake of Justice.
04/18/19 @ 1:24 pm EST
Wow! Vampirella and Dynamite fans are the greatest! Back to back, 5 stretch goals have been passed thanks to your help! Dynamite truly cannot thank fans enough. For the final-final cherry on top, we have one last stretch goal to announce before the campaign ends at 10 PM EST (7 PM PST) tonight...
This is also your last call to support the Kickstarter or increase your pledge to secure more rewards! Click Here!
At the 6th and FINAL stretch goal of $22,000, promo card set backers will receive a 6th card! This bonus will feature Joseph Michael Linsner's gorgeous cover for Vampirella: Roses for the Dead #4 and is signed in platinum ink! Thanks to the massive support from backers, the promo card set will potentially increase 50% and have all but one of the cards signed by their popular artists. Terry Dodson, Billy Tucci, Jae Lee and now Greg Hildebrandt will all be signing. The rare black and white Frank Frazetta card rounds it out for the ultimate Vampirella collectors' set.
Joseph Michael Linsner has built a reputation as one of the most popular and independent artists in comics. His iconic trademark character Dawn first appeared right at the dawn of the 1990s and quickly became one of the most celebrated heroines of the era. Dawn's unparalleled success has translated into trading cards, statues, a Gary Numan album cover, cosplay lookalike contests and even a limited edition perfume! Linsner has contributed artwork and stunning covers for every major character and publisher, including Wolverine, Conan the Barbarian, and more. Dynamite has worked with Linsner for years on several covers, including his current contributions to Red Sonja and Elvira: ...
04/17/19 @ 4:44 pm EST
Vampirella's big 50th Gold Anniversary celebration on Kickstarter has been a big success! Fans have preordered and supported the trading cards set, secured their mega bundles of graphic novels and art books and more! To thank fans even more, Dynamite announces another stretch goal!
You can still join the campaign for great values! Click Here!
When the campaign passes $17,500, every fan receiving physical items will also get a 8.5" x 11" print of the stunning Joe Jusko painting used for the pack and box designs. Jusko is a legend in the industry, known for his jaw-dropping covers and perhaps most for his iconic Marvel Masterpieces trading card series. He has a long history with Vampirella, drawing countless covers in the Harris era and contributing gorgeous fully painted interior artwork for 1997's Blood Lust series with James Robinson. Jusko continues to contribute stellar covers for Vampi, such as the recent Vampirella/Dejah Thoris miniseries and the upcoming Vampirella ongoing written by his once Black Panther collaborator Christopher Priest.
For passing our previous stretch goal, every backer receiving the promo card set will now have a surprise fifth card! Even better, Jae Lee will be signing all copies of this striking image. From previous stretch goals, the Terry Dodson and Billy Tucci cards will be signed as well. In addition to the Frank Frazetta and Greg Hildebrandt cards to complete the promo set.
Don't miss the other great values in the Kickstarter for Vampirella fans! One reward tier includes the complete 8 volumeVampirella: Masters Series. That's over 1,200 pages of classic Vampirella stories and art! With contributions from the best ...
04/17/19 @ 4:15 pm EST
For the first time ever, the Angels meet the Bionic in the crazy 80's in Charlie's Angels/Bionic Woman, from Dynamite Entertainment. Bringing together Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Charlie’s Angels and Universal’s Bionic Woman is a first in comics and a winning crossover event in print.
Charlie gives his Angels an assignment to steal back a patent for its mysterious inventor. The biggest hiccup on the mission is their toughest counterspy yet, literally - Jaime Sommers aka the Bionic Woman. Will the cyborg come out on top against a team of highly trained private investigators or will the tides turn toward a team-up against some greater threat?
Audiences sat at home glued to their TVs watching the thrilling adventures of these detectives, even on the same night for a period. This new series is set within the original series continuity for both shows and takes place after their finales, bringing everyone together in the 1980s.
Cameron DeOrdio (Josie & the Pussycats) brings his honed writing abilities and love for both franchises to the table, while artist Soo Lee (Strange Attractors, Fight Like a Girl) draws these women in her one-of-a-kind style. Colorist Addison Duke (Barbarella/Dejah Thoris, Curse Words) and letterer Tom Napolitano (Justice League, Aquaman, Red Sonja) round out the team inside the book. On the outside, a compelling cadre of cover artists include the sensational Cat Staggs (Crosswind, Wonder Woman '77, Star Trek), indie darling Jim Mahfood (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Tank Girl, Grrl Scouts) and paperback cover and movie poster legend Ron Lesser (The Spider).
"Charlie’s Angels/Bionic Woman is a story about good people trying to do good things who end up at cross purposes," said writer Cameron DeOrdio. "We’ve made a spy comic, with sneaking around, exotic ‘80s tech and tense ...
04/11/19 @ 4:00 pm EST
Wow! Dynamite and Vampirella fans continue to impress! The VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE ULTRA-PREMIUM TRADING CARDS KICKSTARTER has surpassed its goal and fans will be getting the trading card set and other reward options they have chosen. Thanks to everyone who has jumped aboard. We have more exciting news!
Click here to check out the campaign!
For the first stretch goal, many backers will have their current rewards upgraded! Once we reach $8,000, every single Billy Tucci promo card will now be signed by the legendary creator of Shi himself! The rest of the promo card set includes the iconic Frank Frazetta, the always slick Terry Dodson and the jaw dropping painting skills of Greg Hildebrandt. The promo set is a great value and barely higher tiers also include multiple graphic novels. Stay tuned to the campaign and Dynamite's social media because there are even more ideas in development...
Each and every foil pack includes 2 full color base Cards, 2 one-of-a-kind sketch cards, 1 black and white line art card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card. Kickstarter backers get their packs early and with sweet extras like the promo set, enamel pin, and unbeatable deals on graphic novels. The cards in the set will bring fans back to all eras of Vampi history. The Warren years with titans of the comic book medium like José González and Neal Adams. The high octane Harris years with Amanda Conner, Joe Jusko, Mark Texeira and more. Also at her current home of Dynamite, Joseph Michael Linsner and Philip Tan are represented in the set. Plus of course the thousands of sketch cards produced by artists. You never know whether one may be ...
04/09/19 @ 7:13 pm EST
Vampirella celebrates her milestone 50th Gold Anniversary in 2019! Dynamite announces a Kickstarter for the VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE ULTRA-PREMIUM TRADING CARDS.
Click here to check out the campaign!
The set will feature full color art, line art, puzzle cards, signed card and thousands of sketch cards from top artists all across the iconic heroine's 50 years of history. Cards will celebrate the original Warren era with pieces from such legends as José González and Neal Adams, the Harris era with artists like Joe Jusko, Mark Texeira, and Joyce Chin, and the Dynamite era with Philip Tan and Joseph Michael Linsner, and last but not least the future with one-of-a-kind original sketches!
Vampirella first appeared on newsstands in July 1969 in her own magazine released by Warren Publishing. From her very first page, Vampi became a fan favorite and soon outgrew her flirty horror anthology host role. With legendary creators Archie Goodwin, José González, Frank Frazetta, Sanjulian and more, Warren boasted the most gorgeous art of the era and boundaries pushing storytelling. Through the 90s and 2000s Harris Comics published Vampi's adventures. This era was marked by the explosions of artists like Amanda Conner and Mike Mayhew, helped by some of the industry's greatest writers such as Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, Kurt Busiek and more! Today Dynamite continues that tradition by working with top talent on critically acclaimed series like Paul Cornell, Jeremy Whitley, Nancy Collins, J. Scott Campbell, Joseph Michael Linsner and more! Plus the just announced new ongoing series by Christopher Priest and Ergün Gündüz, which will launch exactly 50 years after Vampirella's first appearance. Artists from each era are represented in the set.
Each foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 Sketch Cards, 1 line art card, 1 ...
04/08/19 @ 11:45 am EST
Vampirella is back in a new ongoing series by a blockbuster creative team, to celebrate her milestone birthday! Issue #1 will be on sale the same day and date as the iconic first magazine from 1969, and also coinciding with the first day of San Diego Comic Con's 50th convention!
Following a Free Comic Book Day #0 issue shrouded in mystery, Vampirella is celebrating her big banner 50th Gold Anniversary in July 2019! And a new series is exactly what she and her fans need to celebrate this milestone! The one and only fan-favorite and critically acclaimed writer Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deathstroke, Justice League) is bringing his trademark literary and inventive stylings to one of the most influential, beloved female characters in comic books. Don't miss the debut of his run in Vampirella FCBD #0 on Saturday May 4th!
For those who still need the introduction, Priest's own historic 40 years in the comics industry is marked by achievements and milestones both on and off the page. As the first African American editor in mainstream comics, he shepherded the Spider-Man titles through an innovative period which included kickstarting the careers of legends Peter David and Kyle Baker. In the years since, Priest has written a near endless list of classic comics from Deadpool and Captain America, to Green Lantern and Conan the Barbarian, and so many more! A monumental run on Black Panther during the boundaries-pushing Marvel Knights era influenced almost every frame of the Academy Award-winning, $1 billion-grossing film. With a still running 40+ issue run on Deathstroke and other projects, Priest's legacy continues to grow!
Joining Priest on art (and colors!) is Ergün Gündüz. The well renowned Turkish talent is sure to impress fans around the world with his unique ...
04/01/19 @ 2:55 pm EST
Not a hoax, not a dream! The J. Scott Campbell Sheena Kickstarter conclusion is just around the corner. Fans still have time to jump aboard and join the campaign. Dynamite also has some updates for existing backers and those still trying to make a decision.
Click Here for the Kickstarter!
The next stretch goal is the J. Scott Campbell inspired Sheena enamel pin at $25,000 and we are happy to announce that we have expanded the offer so that all backers getting physically shipping rewards will be eligible to receive the bonus Sheena pin when the stretch goal is passed. That includes the graphic novels tiers. If you're interested in the pin, make sure to raise your backing level to a tier that includes it. We're excited to be able to reward the diehard fans for their help and support on this campaign!
Remember that all backers of the statue itself will also be getting the bonus promo trading card. A recently added reward tier also has gorgeous Roberto Castro original art begging to enter your collection! Check out the whole campaign to see all the sweet deals! Fans supporting the Kickstarter will receive their items early, with bonuses and lower numbers in the run.
To support the campaign, visit: J. Scott Campbell's Sheena!
03/21/19 @ 8:31 pm EST
Coinciding with the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2019 (C2E2), Dynamite Entertainment launches a Kickstarter for a stunning Sheena statue based on art by superstar J. Scott Campbell. Supporters can preorder their copies of the limited-edition piece for an advance lower price, choose from a variety of extras and most importantly, help decide which variants will be produced!
Support the Sheena Statue Kickstarter Here!
Sculptor Steve Kiwus has masterfully brought Campbell's gorgeous cover art from Sheena Queen of the Jungle #1 to three dimensions. The high-quality resin piece is at 1/6 scale and stands approximately 10.5 inches tall with a sturdy 7.25 inches wide base. Her intricate leopard print tunic and other details are hand painted.
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle is one of the most historically important characters in comic books. Predating the biggest superheroes in the business, Sheena was created by legends Will Eisner and Jerry Iger in 1937. The heroine became the flagship character of major publisher Fiction House, starring in top selling comics for over a decade with them. Including being the first heroine to have an eponymous series, beating Wonder Woman to the punch! She has continued to be published since, most recently by Dynamite in a critically acclaimed series by writers Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics Bombshells, Batwoman) and Christina Trujillo alongside artists Moritat (Harley Quinn, The Hellblazer) and Maria Laura Sanapo (Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica). Outside of comics, Sheena has starred on the small screen, silver screen and even inspired one of the most influential punk rock songs!
What about variants? Dynamite has a tradition of producing black and white versions of each statue, for collectors who value the way it accentuates the sculpt, want an extra or might even be ...
03/21/19 @ 2:22 pm EST
Dynamite announces the next entry in Brandon Sanderson's sci-fi/fantasy graphic novel saga, White Sand Volume 3, to release in June.
New York Times #1 Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive), writer Rik Hoskin (Red Rising, Mercy Thompson) and artist Fritz Casas (Red Sonja, Miss Fury) close out this arc of the Cosmere tapestry with a bang.
On the planet of Taldain, legendary Sand Masters harness magic-like abilities to manipulate sand in wondrous ways. Following hushed conspiracy and slaughter, one still stands - the hero Kenton! Through previous volumes Kenton has come across allies and foes, honed his abilities and unearthed hidden secrets among the action and political intrigue. In this climactic chapter, Kenton must mine his willpower and abilities to survive and finally discover the truth.
"It has been a pleasure working with Dynamite and a highlight of my career to see one of my stories told so well in this medium," said writer and creator Brandon Sanderson. "Rik’s great adaptation blended with Fritz’s artistic vision bring the White Sandtrilogy to an epic conclusion."
"White Sand has been a part of my life for about five years now, so I'm excited to reach the final volume in this phase of the story. It's been a pleasure working with Brandon Sanderson and everyone else involved on these graphic novels," said writer Rik Hoskin. "Brandon has a knack for creating memorable characters who inhabit fascinating worlds full of magic and unexpected dangers. Sanderson fans will especially enjoy a certain cameo ...
03/21/19 @ 8:58 am EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces its latest sought after premium deluxe set of trading cards, featuring and celebrating cosplay models and original hand drawn spectacular sketch art!
Cosplay is one of the oldest and beloved core parts of comic book fandom. Long before the Internet and social media, super fans were toiling on costumes to wear to the earliest conventions. Two of the most popular cosplay inspirations in the 1970s and 80s were Dynamite's flagship characters Red Sonja and Vampirella. Their iconic and tantalizing looks were perfect for this emerging form of artistic expression. Some of these models even graced the covers of their favorite heroines' titles professionally, such as Barbara Leigh, Julie Strain, Maria di Angelis and others as Vampirella. Writer/artist Wendy Pini (Elquest) and others were known for their Red Sonja cosplay.
Today Dynamite is the leading publisher of cosplay comic book covers and is proud to work with so many talented costume artists, models and photographers. Fans can find characters including Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, Sheena and more portrayed by the most popular and talented cosplayers today. Jenifer Ann, Ani-Mia, Karrigan Taylor, Jacqueline Goehner, Jessica Felice, Shannon Kingston, Valerie Perez, Samantha Estrada and so many more have graced the covers of Dynamite comics.
On the sketch card front, Dynamite works with the greats in this medium as well. Artists in this set include Axe, Ken Haeser, Kevin Graham, Mike Lilly, Mitch Ballard, Rich Molinelli, Sanna U, Tim Shay and tons more talented artists!
Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 Sketch Cards, 1 black and white art card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card. Retailers and fans can order the cards by individual foil packs or by boxes.
“Fans of Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dejah Thoris and ...