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04/01/15 @ 10:35 pm EST
Source: Bleeding Cool | Categories: Blood Queen Vs Dracula


Troy Brownfield talks to Byron Brewer about the final issue of Blood Queen Vs Dracula for Dynamite and how he feels after combining two characters he worked on in the past. Covers by Jay Anacleto and Fabiano Neves

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BYRON BREWER: Well, Troy, this mini is reaching its conclusion with #4 in June. Are you satisfied with the story that you told, really extending two other works you had previously done: Blood Queen and the Dracula novel?

TROY BROWNFIELD: I would have to say that I’m very satisfied. Dracula, of course, is an incredibly flexible character, which has been proven out by the number of adaptations and interpretations we’ve seen in culture over time. Elizabeth, as we’ve seen, can fit not only in that pseudo-fairy-tale style but a historical horror setting. I wanted to show that we could do something interesting and entertaining with this mix, and I think we did that.

BB: You certainly do pack a lot of historic references and points into each and every comic. Are you a history buff? How much research do you do and why is that important to you?

TB: I’d say that I’m definitely interested in history. If you’re going to set a story in a certain time, you owe it to your audience to do the work. I never really try to calculate how much research I do, but there’s a lot. It’s an important part of the whole thing. One example in particular from my work is my webcomic Sparkshooter, which is set in 2003; I’m always really conscientious about things like the look of telephones, film references, and more. It would bother ME if it wasn’t done without an eye for detail. And, finally, if you have something that’s just wildly inaccurate, it’s going to take the reader out of the story. That happens to me with things like The Wedding Singer, which is a fun film, but it purports to take place in 1985. Then in a scene, you’ll have a song like “It’s Tricky” that didn’t come out until later. It might seem like a really small thing, but that takes me out. I try really hard to not be the one to do that.

BB: Winging off the above, adding the Ottomans to this saga was a wonderful background touch!

TB: Thanks! Like I said previously, I wanted to find a common opponent while sticking with some of the ideas I approached in Prince Dracula (Dracula as patriot, etc.). The Ottoman Empire made complete sense for both characters, particularly in terms of history. I probably could have invented some third supernatural threat, but I wanted the real power dynamics to be between Dracula and Elizabeth. Also, the inclusion of the brothers allowed me to put a bit of a human face on it. They’re a conquering army, sure, but there are people in it that have directly suffered losses on account of the actions of Dracula. I thought it was an interesting thing to include.

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BB: Has it been fun working with artist Kewber Baal? What do you think of his efforts in bringing your story to life on paper?

TB: Kewber is a great collaborator. I would work with him again in a second. I’m particularly happy with issue #3. I told him that I really wanted him to draw like a horror film would look in terms of some of the focus, characters appearing suddenly out of shadow, etc. and he nailed it. That’s probably my favorite issue of the mini. It’s also the biggest spotlight on Elizabeth, and he really showed several sides of her personality. Kewber made me a fan of his for certain.

BB: In a non-spoilery way, can you give us any hint if we will in future be addressing Elizabeth as Lady Dracula instead of Blood Queen? (smiles)TB: Ladies and gentlemen, the ever redder Red Wedding (laughs). That would involve some fascinating conflict, but I don’t think that’s the direction that either story would necessarily follow. But now you’ve got me thinking about it. Damn you, Byron!

BB: Bwahaha! OK … You seemed to have attached yourself to the Blood Queen! Where will you two be appearing next in the Dynamite universe?

TB: Well, it’s only natural. I developed the first series for Dynamite and I’ve gotten to put a lot in Elizabeth between the first series, the Annual, and the mini. I would love to at least do another one-shot or an Altered States with her. As for where else I might be in terms of Dynamite, keep an eye out. You never know what might happen.
06/20/24 @ 12:46 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Red Sonja

No good deed goes unpunished, and the She-Devil With a Sword will learn that in a brand new series by prolific writer Luke Lieberman in Red Sonja: Death and the Devil this September!

Readers know these sword and sorcery heroes like Red Sonja for their many conquests and enemies felled through their fables. Yet sometimes killing some foe and riding off into the sunset leaves a world of consequences behind. Sometimes, the balance of kingdoms could be at play. Across legendary, this reality is ignored, and it's past time for Sonja to face the consequences of her blood path.

Sonja has dealt death so many times, and the spilled blood is coming back to haunt her, as chronicled by veteran scribe Luke Lieberman (Birth of the She-Devil, The Price of Blood). He's joined by rising star artist Alberto Locatelli, who wowed readers with his work in Vampirella: Dead Flowers.

After she killed the Sultan of Turan in Birth of a She Devil, the kingdom dissolved into a bloody chaos of serpent cults and rival warlords vying to claim the throne. Sonja knows, the bloodshed and collapse into anarchy is her fault, so she returns to find the Sultan's true heir. At least, that is the plan...

"For some reason we just take it as a given that the hero kills the villain and then it’s happily ever after. That’s not how the world works," said writer Luke Lieberman. "There are always unintended consequences to battles and wars, personal or global. They are never clean or wrapped up with a bow, and if you take a life, you are responsible for whatever flows out of that action."

Death and the Devil is fronted by an all-star roster of cover artists including Joseph Michael Linsner, Celina, Moritat, and cosplayer Rachel Hollon.

Fans won't want to miss this rousing tale of adventure that tallies the costs exacted by the path of the word, for a unique perspective on the genre.

RED SONJA: DEATH AND THE DEVIL #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ July 2024 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September 2024. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the book with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!

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06/20/24 @ 12:41 pm EST
Source: Hollywood Reporter | Categories: DC

Max has released a new look at its upcoming DC crime drama The Penguin that gives a much more expansive look at the show’s world and characters. Below is the second teaser trailer for the upcoming Max limited series — a spinoff of Matt Reeves’ 2022 hit The Batman starring Colin Farrell as the infamous Gotham City gangster. The footage includes scenes clearly picking up right after the events at the end of The Batman. In the movie, The Penguin was a lieutenant to crime boss Carmine Falcone, who met an untimely end. In the series, The Penguin is stepping up to lead crime in Gotham City in a series. The footage suggests the show could play like a DC take on The Sopranos. Lauren LeFranc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) serves as showrunner. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Trailer: https://youtu.be/D2uSwItbBAg

06/20/24 @ 12:22 pm EST
Source: Marvel | Categories: Star Wars

For nearly five years, Marvel Comics has delivered Star Wars comic book series set in the largely unexplored period between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Across titles like Star Wars, Star Wars: Darth Vader, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunters, fans have experienced the adventures Luke, Leia, Lando, and more iconic heroes embarked on during one of the darkest times for the Rebellion and discovered the trials Darth Vader overcame through during a pivotal turning point in his journey through the dark side. Now, this exciting chapter comes to an end in September with two over-sized epics: STAR WARS #50 and STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #50. Then, later this year, Marvel Comics will take readers to a different era of the galaxy, far, far away. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information! Both finale issues will be fifty-page extravaganzas! In Charles Soule and Madibek Musabekov’s STAR WARS #50, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker must teach his student Ben Solo a powerful lesson about the true balance between Light and Dark! He offers up a tale from the days of the Rebel Alliance that touches on multiple eras of Star Wars history, and brings this epic run to a thrilling, incredible climax! Then, acclaimed writer Greg Pak closes out the longest-running Darth Vader comic series ever alongside artist Raffaele Ienco and more in STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #50. Pak’s run reaches its stunning conclusion as the Dark Heart of the Sith comes full circle! Darth Vader finally unleashes the unfathomable power he's accumulated through the Schism Imperial against the only person in the galaxy he hates more than he hates himself – Emperor Palpatine! Also featuring the final twists in the saga for key characters like Luke, Leia, Sabé, Ochi, the droid ZED-6-7, Sly Moore, the members of the Schism Imperial and more! Check out Leinil Francis Yu’s main covers for both issues as well as a special connecting cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli below.

STAR WARS #50 cover by Leinil Francis YuSTAR WARS: DARTH VADER #50 cover by Leinil Francis Yu STAR WARS #50/STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #50 Connecting Variant Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli

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06/19/24 @ 10:05 pm EST
Source: The Direct | Categories: Disney

Is a Live-Action Atlantis Movie Releasing Soon? New Speculation Explained

Viral images of a live-action version of Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire have fans questioning whether a remake is coming. The 2001 animated film followed Milo Thatch, a bookish cartographer voiced by Michael J. Fox, who leads a group of mercenaries to the lost city of Atlantis. Unfortunately, the images, including pictures of Millie Bobby Brown as Kida, are fake and only AI depictions of what a remake of the animated film could look like. In addition, a live-action Atlantis: The Lost Empire is not among Disney's upcoming remakes, which include Snow White, Moana, and Lilo & Stitch. (via The Direct)

06/19/24 @ 9:52 pm EST
Source: ComicBook | Categories: DC

Watchmen and Crisis On Infinite Earths Animated Movies Announced

The newest adaptation of DC's Watchmen has been shrouded in mystery. It reportedly splits the events of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' DC maxiseries of the same name into a two-movie animated saga — and now we have a new detail of exactly what that will entail. According to a new listing from the MPAA's Film Ratings board, Watchmen: Chapter I is "Rated R for violent content and some graphic nudity." While a plot synopsis has not officially been given by Warner Bros. Animation, it has been safe to assume that the Watchmen animated movie will adhere to the plot of Moore and Gibbons' source material. In it, a group of retired superheroes in an alternate 1985 America must join forces again, after one of their own is murdered. (via ComicBook.com)

06/19/24 @ 2:11 pm EST
Source: Hollywood Reporter | Categories: MIsc

The Schwartz is with Amazon MGM Studios, where a sequel to the 1980s parody film Spaceballs is in early development, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Josh Gad and Mel Brooks are producing the project that has Gad attached to star. Josh Greenbaum is helming the comedy from a script by Gad, Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Plot details for the sequel to the Star Wars-spoofing comedy feature have not yet been shared. Kevin Salter will serve as executive producer on the new one. Originally released by MGM in 1987, Spaceballs starred Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis and Daphne Zuniga, as well as a voice role for Joan Rivers as a C-3P0 parody. The film earned $38.1 million at the box office ($105 million in today’s dollars).

06/19/24 @ 1:50 pm EST
Source: Variety | Categories: MIsc

While the seemingly never-ending saga over Paramount‘s future ownership may be still rumbling on, the studio didn’t hold back when it came to putting on a grand spectacle at the 2024 CineEurope trade show. “Gladiator 2” was — unsurprisingly — the main event of Paramount’s slate presentation in Barcelona. Ridley Scott’s return to Ancient Rome after almost 25 years was given top billing with a giant cardboard coliseum erected around the main auditorium, flanked by stern-faced Roman legionnaires. Audiences at CinemaCon in the U.S. may have gotten the first look at the hotly-anticipated sequel — starring a bulked-out Paul Mescal in the lead role — but across the Atlantic, CineEurope attendees were treated to some epic and never-before-seen extended footage featuring Mescal and co-star Pedro Pascal, alongside an as-yet-unreleased trailer. Denzel Washington, Connie Nielson and Joseph Quinn also star in the film, due out Nov. 15. (via Variety)

06/19/24 @ 1:44 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: Disney

'Inside Out 2' box office

Disney/Pixar‘s Inside Out 2 grossed $29.1M stateside yesterday, repping a Tuesday record for an animated movie. That beats the first Tuesday gross of 2018’s Incredibles 2 at $27M. The haul flies the Kelsey Mann-directed movie past the double century point at the domestic B.O. in its fifth day with $205.7M, making it the second-highest-grossing movie of 2024 YTD behind Dune: Part Two‘s $282.1M. Worldwide was $46M yesterday taking the global cume for Inside Out 2 to $380M. Stateside, Inside Out 2‘s box office reps the sixth-highest-grossing non-opening Tuesday of all time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Lion King (2019) and The Force Awakens‘ second Tuesday. Overall, it’s the eighth-highest-grossing Tuesday. (via Deadline)

06/18/24 @ 3:44 pm EST
Source: Vault Comics | Categories: MIsc

Vault Comics is thrilled to announce GOOBERS, a darkly comedic horror series written by star scribe Cody Ziglar (Spider-Punk, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Futurama), drawn by Ryan Lee (Rick and Morty), colored by Kurt Michael Russell (Money Shot, The Nasty), lettered by Andworld, and designed by Adam Cahoon. A body-snatching splatter-fest of horror and humor, GOOBERS is equal parts Night of the Creeps, Shaun of the Dead, and Attack the Block. The story centers around Clayton Lowe as he heads back to his small Southern hometown. His new friends from grad school are about to meet his old friends from high school and discover that something may have finally changed in the town where nothing ever changes: Pine Cove is ground zero for an infestation of body-snatching alien-bugs. And now, it’s time to bury the past. “I grew up watching 80s and 90s b-horror films,” said Ziglar. “I also grew up in a small country town. Goobers is a love letter to both! I love being able to smash some of my favorite genres, movies, and comics together with my love of North Carolina. I also loved being able to voice the frustration of growing up in a small town and being self-conscious about what they thought of me and how I lived my life. Back in 2021 during peak covid, I moved back home for 6 months to spend time with my parents and that’s where Goobers was truly born. “I kept wondering what made certain towns feel the same, even if there are small changes, and landed on the obvious answer: alien worms must invade and body-snatch folks," continued Ziglar. "Goobers, in many ways, in just my comedic look on processing those emotions while also paying homage to some of my favorite films like Shaun of the Dead, Night of the Creeps, Get Out, and Revenge of the living Dead." "Upon my first pass of Cody’s script for Goobers, I recognized our kindred creative sensibilities and knew this would be riot to work on," added Lee. "This script was hilarious and heartfelt, but hardcore when it gets in the guts of the terror and action. Goobers squirmed its spiked larval body into that monster infatuation I've treasured since childhood. I was blessed to grow up in a golden era of mischievous little freaks: Gremlins, Ghoulies. Critters, Munchies. Trolls, Madballs. Garbage Pail Kids. Comics. Cracked Monster Parties. The monster books of Mercer Mayer. These were my muses. There's a magic in those freaks that buried their claws into my brain and jolted my imagination to draw and create my own beastlies. Enter "Goobers": the continuation of an obsession." GOOBERS issue #1 will hit store shelves in September, 2024. The series will feature an incredible lineup of variant covers from a fan-favorite artists like Spider-Punk’s Justin Mason, and The Nasty’s Adam Cahoon.

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06/18/24 @ 11:44 am EST
Source: Variety | Categories: MIsc

Expect to hear some familiar voices on “Everybody Still Hates Chris,” Comedy Central’s upcoming animated take on the hit 2000s live action comedy “Everybody Hates Chris.” That includes star and executive producer Chris Rock, who narrated the original series and will do the same in the new version. Also back are original stars Terry Crews and Tichina Arnold, who played Chris’ parents in the original series and will voice them in the animated edition. New cast members include Tim Johnson Jr., Ozioma Akagha, Terrence Little Gardenhigh and Gunnar Sizemore. “Everybody Still Hates Chris” was first announced in August 2022. CBS Studios, Chris Rock Enterprises and 3 Arts Entertainment are behind the half-hour animated series, which premieres on Comedy Central later this year. It will also air on Paramount+ at a later date. (via Variety)

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