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.
02/15/19 @ 7:27 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment has some awesome announcements just in time for Toy Fair 2019!
Dynamite is producing their first ever crossover enamel pins in collaboration with Archie Comics. Due for release in May to coincide with the launch of the bombastic Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica crossover, the four limited edition pins feature the eponymous stars of the comic in iconic headshot form. Each 1.5” diameter pin is designed by award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla, based on his amazing cover artwork from the first issue.
Enamel pins have blown up in popularity the last several years, fueled by unique inspiring artists like Francavilla and collectors sharing their finds on social media. Dynamite has fulfilled rabid fans so far with pins featuring Red Sonja, Vampirella and the Chaos! Universe. The pins will be available as a discounted set as well as separately for super fans of the characters. Dynamite encourages everyone to collect them all!
"I've been working for both Dynamite and Archie Comics for a decade now, so when I was approached with the first crossover between these two favorite publishers of mine, I was ecstatic,” said Francesco Francavilla. “Not only was I asked to do a cover featuring four of the best, strongest female characters in comics, but I also got to do pins for each character. Best. Crossover. Ever!”
"Francesco's vision of Archie is iconic and legendary, so when it came time to bring this crossover to life in pin form, having his take made perfect sense," said Archie Comics Co-President Alex Segura. "Dynamite did a fantastic job putting these together and we're happy to be a part of it.
"I can't express how happy I am to not only have a great crossover with our friends at Archie, but also to take it ...
02/15/19 @ 7:32 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces the most unexpected and exciting crossover of the year...Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica!
Dynamite's first ever crossover with Archie Comics could not be any bigger. The flagship Women of Dynamite come face to face with Riverdale's leading ladies to solve a string of paranormal, unsolved murders. When Drakulon and Hyrkania drop off their famous vampire hunter and sword-wielding barbarian into the small, sleepy town something is surely afoot.
Amy Chu (Red Sonja, KISS: The End, Poison Ivy) returns to the fiery-haired She-Devil to write even more of a fish out of water tale than her fan favorite Worlds Away arc. Joining her on the art side is Maria Laura Sanapo (DC Comics Bombshells, Charmed) who just drew the Vampirella Valentine's Day Special. Together these two women will chronicle the incomparable charm of their four leading ladies.
Both Dynamite and Archie have had great crossovers with the biggest publishers in the industry! Archie Comics has a long history of fun crossovers with pop culture and comic book icons, blending Americana with horror, sci-fi, rock and roll, and more. From Batman, The Punisher, The Ramones, KISS, and even The Predator, Archie and the gang have had countless encounters with strange and deadly forces in the town of Riverdale. Even with so many famous faces having visited, nothing has prepared Betty & Veronica as they meet two of the most legendary women in comics.
Amy Chu remembers having a Josie and the Pussycats lunchbox as ...
02/15/19 @ 3:04 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment has some awesome announcements just in time for Toy Fair 2019!
Dynamite has two stunning statues for collectors and fans of high quality art being solicited for May. Sculptor Steve Kiwus and RVCKVS International created an incredible statue for Joseph Michael Linsner's iconic Dawn. This statue leaps off the comic book page. Amanda Conner and Jason Smith bring the She-Devil with a Sword, Red Sonja, in a rare black and white artist proof edition.
Dawn was created by Joseph Michael Linsner in 1989 for an anthology series. Fans were instantly drawn to her unique captivating design, all thanks to Linsner's one-of-a-kind style. Since then she has starred in five series and several other appearances, skyrocketing her creator's career alongside her. Dynamite has a long history working with Joseph Michael Linsner, collaborating on some of the best comic covers ever. In 2014 Linsner wrote and drew Dawn/Vampirella and right now his Vampirella: Roses for the Dead miniseries written by his wife Kristina Deak-Linsner is publishing.
The Dawn Artist Proof edition is the highest quality version of the statue and produced in limited quantities. Fans should act fast to reserve their copy.
The Red Sonja by Amanda Conner Black & White Artist Proof Edition statue is an unparalleled piece for collectors and fans of the character. Conner has made a name for herself as one of the greatest comic book artists of all time and Dynamite in particular treasures her work on characters like Red Sonja and Vampirella. This statue brings her vision of the She-Devil with a Sword to three dimensions in high ...
02/06/19 @ 8:58 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a Kickstarter for the Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Ultra-Premium Trading Cards. Adorers of fun cosplay covers and sketch card fanatics can check out the campaign for advance deals on packs and boxes, including one-of-a-kind sketch cards and other bonuses!
The Cosplay Women of Dynamite Sketch Cards Kickstarter is live now, visit here: COSPLAY WOMEN OF DYNAMITE PREMIUM SKETCH CARD COLLECTION
For as long as comic books have been published, there have been super fans. Some of those fans have expressed their love for the medium and characters by spending countless hours and dollars hand crafting intricate replica costumes. Sometimes to only wear them once! Over the years, some comic book publishers have worked with these talented artists to bring their vision to readers.
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. Vera Bambi, Cervena Fox, Karrigan Taylor, Ireland Reid, Joanie Brosas, Ashley Du, Jacqueline Goehner, Tatiana Neva, Tabitha Lyons (Artyfakes) and so many more have graced the covers of Dynamite comics.
The art of cosplay is in fact steeped into the DNA of Dynamite's flagship heroines. In the 1970s signature Red Sonja artist Frank Thorne used his "The Wizard" persona to judge Sonja look-a-like contests at some of the earliest comic conventions. Wendy Pini, writer/artist and creator of the indie classic Elfquest, was among the most acclaimed early Sonja cosplayers. Actress Barbara Leigh made history in 1978 as the first woman to dress up as Vampirella professionally, gracing the cover of Warren's Vampirella ...
01/23/19 @ 3:11 pm EST
Everyone's favorite pin-up queen and icon of femininity, Bettie Page, continues her classified adventures this April with a new series from Dynamite Entertainment and a deluxe set of Bettie cards for collectors!
Welcome to Bettie Page: Unbound aka the Crisis on Infinite Betties! The Lovecraftian Great Old One Yog-Sothoth has established himself as an inter-dimensional archnemesis for everyone's favorite super model/spy (see the fan favorite Bettie Page Halloween Special!). The monstrous being is opening a dimensional gate to kick off an invasion of Earth, collapsing reality itself in the process. Bettie takes the initiative, as always, to run right into the eye of the storm. Suddenly she finds herself a barbarian queen in the ancient past and will stumble into other multiversal freaky Friday situations. Every Bettie Page issue to this point has been leading to this epic climax.
David Avallone (Elvira, Doc Savage: Ring of Fire) brings the whole gang back for this exciting new chapter. Joining their ingenious writer ringleader are artist Julius Ohta (Sherlock Holmes: Vanishing Man), colorist Ellie Wright (Sherlock Holmes: Vanishing Man) and letterer Taylor Esposito (Batman, Aquaman, Elvira). The team cannot wait to continue uncovering Bettie's secret sagas for fans.
On the cover art front, Bettie is "unbound" from the attitudes of her time and free to express herself in a way she would surely enjoy - cosplay! The Queen of Curves dons a certain Dynamite flagship hero's iconic chainmail armor for a main cover by John Royle (Project Superpowers, G.I. Joe). Fans of Bettie and other Dynamite heroines can look out for a Vampirella variant ...
01/21/19 @ 2:08 pm EST
Dynamite announces a new XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS ongoing series for April written by Vita Ayala (Black Panther, Shuri, Wonder Woman, The Wilds), illustrated by newcomer Olympia Sweetman, colored by Rebecca Nalty (WWE, Sparrowhawk) and lettered by Ariana Maher (James Bond 007, Nancy Drew).
Journey back to Ancient Greece with the reformed warlord. Take up your swords and chakrams to follow the newest adventures of the cult classic TV phenomenon and her trusted companion Gabrielle. As they will first have to investigate a mysterious village where children are miraculously strong. Could the infamously petty Greek Gods be involved, and if not how long before they stick their meddlesome hands in?
The first issue features a range of stunning covers from today’s top talents David Mack (Daredevil, Jessica Jones), Emanuela Lupacchino (Wonder Woman, Supergirl), Erica Henderson (Squirrel Girl), Paulina Ganucheau (Black Panther), as well as Raúl Allén and Patricia Martin (Wonder Woman, Livewire).
Editor Nate Cosby pitches the series in a nutshell to fans new and returning, “Bounding adventures! Amazing episodes that build to a huge overall story! Every action sequence motivated by strong characters and deep emotion! Did you dig the Xena television series? You will ADORE what Vita, Olympia, Rebecca and Ariana are cooking up with this series. And if you don’t know what Xena’s about? This is the perfect place to start!”
“I am INCREDIBLY excited to be working on Xena! She is my favorite character of all time, and to be able to work on any project ...
01/16/19 @ 8:50 pm EST
As we prepare for our 15th Anniversary celebrations for 2019, Dynamite Entertainment is partnering with Humble Bundle to offer fans unbeatable deals on great series from our extensive library of characters with some of the best creators in the industry. Dynamite has never offered fans a bigger bundle! That's right, this is our biggest bundle ever!
The bundle will only be available for a limited time, so check it out! - Dynamite Fan Faves & New Hits
Not only are these offerings so incredible to reward existing readers and bring in new fans, but proceeds from the promotion will be contributed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The CBLDF is a non-profit charity with a mission of protecting creators, publishers and more in the comics medium when their rights are threatened.
Humble Bundle's "Pay What You Want" structure allows readers to scale their purchase to their budget or their desired contribution to the charity. Multiple tiers offer the chance for up to 330+ issues - adding up to almost 10,000 pages!! Plus deluxe art books and other goodies. Normally all these goodies could cost readers over $1,270!
Excitingly, the bundle also offers fans previews of the just around the corner releases of RED SONJA #1 from Mark Russell & Mirko Colak and ARMY OF DARKNESS / BUBBA HO-TEP from Scott Duvall & Vincenzo Federici.
Comics included in this bundle feature the absolute greatest writers and artists of this modern era of comic books. The endless list of top tier talents includes Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Kevin Smith, Mark Millar, Robert Kirkman, Alex Ross, Gail Simone, Warren Ellis, Mark Waid, Garth Ennis, J. Michael Straczynski, Greg Pak, Kurt Busiek, Jim Starlin, Kelly Thompson and SO MANY MORE!
01/10/19 @ 10:11 pm EST
Dynamite announces an ongoing set of "Seduction" variants for every issue of the upcoming RED SONJA series from acclaimed artist Bob Q! Each cover will pit Sonja against classic mystical myths...sirens, nymphes, sorceresses, goddesses and more! As illustrated in a deadly yet seductive style, as only an artist as Bob could do it.
"Bob Q is one of the most dynamic and prolific artists in comics," says Red Sonja series editor Nate Cosby. "From THE GREEN HORNET '66 MEETS THE SPIRIT to JAMES BOND ORIGIN to THE LONE RANGER, Bob's unique art and color are a pleasure for the eyes, and his take on Red Sonja covers will be a sight to behold every month!"
Fans should ask their Local Comic Shop whether they ordered copies of Bob's cover for issue #1. Final Order Cutoff for the issue will be Monday, February 14. Fans and retailers can now order RED SONJA #2, by Mark Russell(The Flintstones) and Mirko Colak (Conan), in the March 2019 copy of Diamond's Previews.
The other stunning covers for the first issue include the incomparable works of Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn), Christian Ward (Thor), Frank Cho (Wonder Woman) and a cosplay variant featuring model Jesyka Rose.
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12/20/18 @ 2:02 pm EST
Dynamite announces a new epic comic based on the hotly anticipated upcoming video game Obey Me. Depicting the adventures of Soul Huntress Vanessa Held and her loyal Hellhound companion Monty, stuck between a war of angels, demons and all those used as pawns or caught up in the crossfire. Obey Me #0 will release March 2019.
The never ending back and forth between Heaven and Hell has been chronicled across all media for centuries upon centuries. Though none have ever captured it quite likeObey Me. The comic book will feature an exciting creative team. Including writer Mario Mentasti, who is also the lead writer of the video game, making this comic an authentic companion experience. Joining him on art is comics legend Ben Herrera (X-Men) and Emmanuel Ordaz Torres. Herrera also drew two marvelous covers for this first issue.
Vanessa Held is a low-ranking lesser demon serving the Archduke of Greed, Ammon. She is tasked with serving his plans and collecting the sold souls of mortals. Join Mentasti, Herrera and Torres in following the occult quest of Vanessa and Monty.
The game is a top-down 3D action brawler, playable by one or two players published by Blowfish Studios and developed by Error 404 Game Studios. Obey Me will be available on PC and consoles. It features a variety of weapons and special abilities linked to an in-depth progression system.
Obey Me #0 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ January 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book ...
12/19/18 @ 4:37 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a full offering of Pathfinder items that will appeal to all kinds of fans. Whether they have been tabletop gaming since 1974, just picked up their first set of dice, or just appreciate stunning statues and high quality comic book storytelling – there is something here for everyone!
First and foremost is the first-ever resin statue for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The next step in the years long strong partnership between Dynamite and Paizo Inc. following years of adapting and expanding the game's lore in comic book form. The limited-edition statue depicts Seoni, one of the most popular heroes in the Pathfinder universe. She is a powerful Varisian spellcaster who was a no-brainer for a statue with her intricate tattoos and distinct clothing, hand-painted for collectors.
Seoni stands approximately a foot tall and is available in multiple variants. The "Spellcasting" version depicts Seoni harnessing her unique magic abilities with a plastic effect. A "Battle Ready" edition alternately gives her a staff and an altered pose. Offered for the first time are special "Diamond Eye" variants for both. Adding real diamonds for her pupils to make Seoni really shine and sparkle on the shelf. Only available in limited quantities, the "Diamond Eye" version is a true grail for collectors.
Also releasing are four Pathfinder: Worldscape
one-shots previously exclusive to Kickstarter. These fun crossovers bring Dynamite's flagship characters into the cross-dimensional Pathfinder universe. All with covers by Roberto Castro. Pathfinder: Worldscape - Dejah Thoris
is written by Christopher Paul Carey with art by Roberto Castro. Dejah and Tars Tarkas are investigating a gap in the memory of John Carter when they find themselves hurled across dimensions into a bloody conflict between the Council of Jungle Kings and a Technic League ...
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