04/16/15 @ 12:44 pm EST
As we get closer to the launch of Dynamite’s
all-female written and lead summer eventSwords of Sorrow
, Byron Brewer
caught up with writer Leah Moore
to talk about her three-part miniseries Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris / Irene Adler.
Cover art by Jay Anacleto
.BYRON BREWER: Leah, how does it feel to be a part of this special event saluting the Women of Dynamite, AND to be hand-picked to write this portion of it by its architect, Gail Simone?LEAH MOORE:
It feels fantastic. The line-up of talent is extremely humbling to be included in, and the characters Gail has got for us all to write are just amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crossover like it. Gail is really good at this kind of project, and she makes it look really easy, but writing the main story, and then coordinating all the other stories that are weaving into the main one? That’s so hard to do, keeping all the plates spinning. She’s a badass though. It makes you up your game to be writing alongside her. No slacking!BB: This miniseries features two strong women characters, with Dejah Thoris being one of the most popular at Dynamite. Were you a fan of either heroine before this project?LM:
Well I’ve co-written two Sherlock Holmes OGN’s with my husband John Reppion, so I’m well steeped in the whole Holmes mythology. I think when we were writing them (The Trial of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon
) we were very self conscious and didn’t want to do a second rate job, we wanted to make sure they could stand up next to the original Holmes mysteries. We have gradually loosened up, as people came and said they enjoyed those books, so when I heard I was writing Irene Adler, I thought okay, this time I can really relax and have some fun.Dejah Thoris, I was aware of from the phenomenal run she has had at Dynamite, but I had never read the novels themselves. I’ve started reading them now though, she is a fantastic character. The costume she wears can distract people I think, because when you first meet her in the novels, it’s really clear that she is in charge, she has the upper hand, it’s John Carter that is trying to work out how things work. I have been having great fun writing her. She is awesome.BB: Irene Adler has been a lot of things in her seemingly young life: fugitive, master of disguise, the quintessential femme fatale. What role does she play here? As writer, give us your perception of who Adler is.LM:
Well the thing Adler is known for is that Sherlock Holmes really rates her. The great Detective says she is unparalleled among womankind, that she matches him in her powers of reasoning, and resourcefulness. This and the fact that she’s a Prima Donna opera singer, an Adventuress and can actually beat Holmes at his own game, most notably in Scandal in Bohemia
, made me want to write her as a female Holmes but without the social restrictions. Holmes is known for being weird and awkward and obsessive. I wanted Adler to show that it’s possible to be a badass genius with mad fencing skills and super fast reflexes, and still be capable of human interaction and emotion. Having spent so long trying to be as careful and reverential as possible with the canonical Holmes, I love the feeling that I can poke and prod the mythos and see if it stands up to modern eyes and Adler is great for that!Irene Adler is a fixer, a brain-for-hire who will go and sort out any sticky or strange situation with deftness and aplomb. She is not afraid to ask people why they want something doing, and she judges the situation as she goes along. I would say she is not 100% trustworthy and good, she is not 100% nice, but she is a really fascinating character to write!BB: For all her flaunted sexuality, Dejah Thoris of Mars has always been, at least in the modern comics, a strong and quite capable woman. What threat is she facing on Barsoom as our story begins here?LM:
Dejah Thoris is only flaunting her sexuality by Earth or Jasoomian standards. On Barsoom she is wearing the equivalent of jeans and a t-shirt.Burroughs took the idea of a white man turning up in some remote village and being utterly amazed to see the women’s breasts out in the fresh air, and transposed it into the fantasy pulp world. It’s a classic trope, where the young dashing man is sent to a planet where the natives only wear cling film and demand lessons in Earth Kissing.The difference with Dejah is that from the start she is not impressed with John Carter. She finds him gauche, bumbling and socially awkward with his total lack of Barsoomian manners. Yes she succumbs to his Jasoomian wiles eventually, but she is not just a good looking girl to drape over his arm. She is written as a smart regal woman who can handle herself in a fight, and I’m so happy to write that character!When we meet her she doesn’t know where her husband is, as he has been missing since the last Dynamite arc finished, she has had a weird black and silver sword delivered, her right hand man Tars Tarkas has vanished, a huge statue of Red Sonja has appeared, and then a mad gunman appears and starts taking pot shots at the people of Helium. Dejah is understandably vexed by all this, and the first time we see her, she is in full on battle mode. No royal manners, no nice conversation, just a chip on her shoulder and a mean right hookBB: Now will this be a “vs” book, a “team-up” book or just two women sharing the same title in separate stories. If they do come together, can you hint at how that comes about?LM:
I wanted to fling them together explosively, because they are both women who know their own minds and do not suffer fools gladly. Trouble is, if you fling them together at the start, then they can’t just battle for three whole issues, people would get bored. Also Gail wanted a mystery story from me, and I couldn’t see them both walking about like something from Scooby Doo
together, so I had to wrench them apart for a bit. Don’t worry, I keep it all fast and fun. And then presumably they have to find each other again, right? And do they like each other then, or are they still not happy? Too much fun writing this. Too much fun.BB: What does artist Francesco Manna bring to the table here?LM:
He is the most incredible draughtsman, his pages flow really well, his lines are so full of life and bounce, there is not a dead panel, or a dead bit of a panel, the guy is amazing. His women are soooo gorgeous, he can do all the facial acting a writer could ask for, he doesn’t mind detail, he handles insanely twiddly architecture like it’s just some easy blobby trees at the back, his costumes are really fun and exciting, and if I write a document in, (and I do that, in these Holmes books) he draws the document and puts in all the pictures and lettering and makes it all look amazing. I am so lucky to have him. I know that whatever I put in there, it’s in safe hands. I can really push things, do big panels, big scenes, epic scale, and he can handle it. To be honest I’ve probably not tried hard enough. Maybe I’ll make #3 a real challenge…
05/22/19 @ 5:13 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a Kickstarter for upgraded packaging and contents for the Bettie Page Deluxe Ultra-Premium Sketch Card Collection. Adorers of Bettie's timeless beauty and sketch card fanatics can check out the campaign for great value on packs and boxes, including one-of-a-kind sketch cards and other bonuses! Famed wrestler, commentator, artist and Bettie superfan Jerry "The King" Lawler will not only be featured as an additional card premiering via Kickstarter, but will also be contributing signed and exclusive sketch cards to the set with a unique design!
The Bettie Page Sketch Cards Kickstarter is live now, visit here: BETTIE PAGE DELUXE ULTRA-PREMIUM SKETCH CARD COLLECTION
Following successful and fan-favorite comic book series, Dynamite is bringing Bettie to trading cards! Bettie’s timeless All-American sensuality and playfulness is captured expertly by top-of-the-line artists included in this set including Joseph Michael Linsner, David Williams, John Royle, Scott Chantler and more! Also included are some of the most iconic photographs of the beauty legend. Dynamite will also be bringing in the hottest sketch card artists for thousands of one-of-a-kind exclusive pieces.
The special Jerry Lawler promo card is inspired by the iconic work of 1980s painter Patrick Nagel. This uniquely designed chase card as well as signed versions will be included in a limited number of packs. Including ultra rare Gold Elite Signature Series cards! Backers on Kickstarter for one or more packs are guaranteed one of these cards!
"I've been a Bettie Page fan for a long, long time," said Jerry Lawler. "As an artist myself, I've always been a huge fan of pinup art from models and legends like Gil Elvgren and Olivia. Bettie and I are both from the beautiful state of Tennessee. There was a kind of connection. I was ...
05/17/19 @ 1:31 pm EST
Dynamite is making a giant splash in July 2019 with a new Vampirella series by top tier creators like Christopher Priest, as well as reprints and collections of highly sought after recent and classic material, and lots of special items for fans. But in addition to celebrating the 50 years of Vampi, Dynamite looks to the future of Vampirella comics with a blank comic for aspiring creators!
Dynamite is offering the Vampirella Blank Comic Book. This standard length comic book sports sketch-quality blank interior pages and a cover with just logo treatment. Dynamite is embracing the extraordinary talents of their fanbase and the comics community to experiment and produce their own Vampi stories.
People can take on the project solo or collaborate with friends to write, draw, ink, color and letter a full length story. Or split up the pages for an anthology in the vein of the original magazine. Another challenge would be to follow the famous 24-hour comic challenge. An artist drawing in this book could be the next José González, Amanda Conner, Mike Mayhew or Ergün Gündüz, finding themselves professionally drawing the Daughter of Drakulon someday. Or writing, in the footsteps of Archie Goodwin, Kurt Busiek, Mark Millar or Christopher Priest.
05/17/19 @ 1:26 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces its Editorial and Sales team will embark once more on a journey to the Diamond Retailer Summit and that special covers will be available to retailers.
Joseph Rybandt, Executive Editor and Patrick O'Connell, Sales Manager will be at the summit to present to and speak with retailers about all of Dynamite's exciting recent and upcoming releases and initiatives. Including discussion of the upcoming Vampirella #1 written by Christopher Priest, the crossover with Archie Comics and an upcoming series by Gail Simone!
At the Dynamite booth, participating retailers will be able to receive four limited edition covers for Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica. Upcoming Vampirella ongoing artist Ergün Gündüz illustrated a cover with the four fan-favorite heroines taking a selfie together. Dressed and virgin versions of the cover will be available. In addition to high-end premium $50 virgin cover editions of the Fay Dalton and Cat Staggs variants.
"We love our retail partners in the industry. The ones attending the Diamond Seminar are taking time out of being in their stores and investing their time and money to be at the show. Dynamite is honored to be able to present our upcoming publishing schedule and all the exciting projects we have for the rest of this year, going into 2020! We want to thank them for coming by in giving away multiple items to help them recoup some of their expenses," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher.
05/16/19 @ 2:28 pm EST
Fwoosh! What sound effect does a boomerang make? Find out this August when Dynamite releases THE DEATH-DEFYING 'DEVIL #1 by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani! The Master of Courage returns!
The nearly 80-year-old legendary superhero returns in a miniseries from Eisner-nominated writer Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Domino) and her longtime artistic collaborator Walter Geovani (Red Sonja, Clean Room). Colorist Adriano Augusto (Red Sonja/Tarzan, KISS: Blood & Stardust) and prolific letterer Simon Bowland (Red Sonja, The Boys) round out the cast.
In this yarn inspired by Rod Serling, Bronze Age horror/mystery anthologies, and modern street-level heroics, the 'Devil finds himself beaten and bloodied in the backyard of a ramshackle apartment building. The diverse cast of tenants take him in and across each issue they are explored in-depth. Each has their own unique problems, while a strange force also menaces the building as a whole. The 'Devil makes it his mission to solve all of these puzzles, even when he learns that one of his new neighbors is a traitor.
A whole legion of painterly artists are contributing covers to this blockbuster series. Riccardo Federici (Aquaman, Dark Nights Metal: Dark Knights Rising) leads the pack, Tyler Kirkham (Deathstroke, Green Lantern, Teen Titans) has some fun with a spray effect, Ben Oliver (American Carnage) turns in a playing card-inspired cover featuring the villain Deadly Dreaded Dragon, while fan-favorites Lucio Parillo (Vampirella, Red Sonja) and In-Hyuk Lee (Black Order, Spider-Geddon) strike iconic heroic poses. As a throwback for Project Superpowers fans, a special incentive "Carve Out" cover features Alex Ross's history-making depiction.
Read More Here
05/16/19 @ 1:53 pm EST
Tick! Tick! Tick! Tock! The Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue Kickstarter celebrating the iconic heroine's 50th Anniversary ends tonight! You have just hours left to support the campaign or increase your pledge to get even more awesome rewards!
The campaign ends at 11 PM EST! Pledge Now!
Thanks to all who have pledged already and continued to unlock stretch goal after stretch goal! Last night tons of new backers joined in and now every statue box will include a promo trading card depicting how the original Gonzalez/Torres masterpiece has translated to the third dimension!
Don't forget all the amazing options for rewards beyond the central statue! Enamel pins, deluxe art books, graphic novels, the hardcover Vampirella archives! And any combination - message us on Kickstarter and we can arrange add-ons and special personalized reward packages!
05/14/19 @ 10:37 pm EST
We need to express a HUGE thanks to all the passionate Vampirella fans and backers who have supported this Kickstarter! Your continued support has floored us at Dynamite and we've continued to upgrade and expand the campaign for you! We've got a 3rd stretch goal to announce early today! Maybe the last? Never say never!
Once we pass the current - and so close! - stretch goal of $25,000, the new stretch goal will be set at $30,000. For unlocking this level, a special premium promo trading card will be included in every statue box! The card, celebrating Vampi's 50th year, will depict a final photographed statue on one side and the original Jose Gonzalez and Enrich Torres painting on the reverse. Pledge now and don't wait until the last second!
Help Unlock the 3rd (!) Stretch Goal! The campaign ends this Thursday, May 16th at 11 PM EST.
Support the 50th Anniversary Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue Kickstarter to get your rewards early and with added value. Statue collectors are also guaranteed lower numbers in the production run. In addition to the previously unlocked stretch goals of a bonus digital Vampirella: Feary Tales graphic novel and the limited edition Gonzalez Vampi print.
To support the campaign, visit: Jose Gonzalez Vampirella Statue!!
05/14/19 @ 9:52 pm EST
There are just a couple days left on the 50th Anniversary Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue Kickstarter! We have a few updates to share with backers and those still on the fence! Pledge now!
Check out these new photos of the statue! We want to get the final 3D piece as close to Gonzalez's original piece as possible and have been comparing and listening to feedback. With a few tweaks, this is what Vampi looks like right now! The final final version may differ with even more improvements!
05/14/19 @ 2:24 pm EST
We are blown away every day as we watch the Kickstarter campaign rise and rise! We got funded, then blew past the first stretch goal! Now we are sooo close to passing the second stretch goal and we have a way for you to help!
For a chance to win the J. Scott Campbell Women of Dynamite Vampi statue, share a post on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) with your friends and followers using the hashtag #VampiStatueKS, tagging @DynamiteComics and sharing this link http://bit.ly/2JfyxJX to show everyone the current Jose Gonzalez statue Kickstarter! You can send out the message once a day until this Thursday at 10 PM EST.
Here's a suggested sample post: Check out the @DynamiteComics Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue on @kickstarter right now!
Head to their page to see how to enter the #VampiStatueKS contest too!
More rules and details can be found on our website here.
Help make the final push to the stretch goal on Kickstarter now!
We're so close to passing the $25,000 stretch goal - pledge now! The current goal is for a limited edition 8.5" by 11" print of a gorgeous Jose Gonzalez Vampi piece. It is a color version of the frontispiece used in Vampirella #39 from 1975. Add this jaw dropping work of art to your collection!
To support the campaign, visit: Vampirella 50th Anniversary Statue by Jose Gonzalez!
05/10/19 @ 12:45 pm EST
We did it, first stretch goal unlocked! *Sound effect* All backers of the Jose Gonzalez Vampirella Kickstarter will now receive the digital graphic novel Vampirella: Feary Tales. Thanks to support from fans like you! Or you specifically! Thanks, you! Let's keep the fun rolling! It's time for another stretch goal! You ready?
At a not-so-far benchmark of $25,000, every pledge receiving physical items will also get a bonus Jose Gonzalez Vampirella print. This 8.5" by 11" Limited Edition Print on a high quality heavy stock paper is a full color masterpiece done as a recreation of his black and white frontispiece pinup for Vampirella #39. The classic pose captures Vampi's timeless beauty as well as her radiating confidence. Check it out below! Also see the original piece. More details on Pepe's legendary pinups and later Vampirella pieces can be found in the 250-page deluxe hardcover The Art of Jose Gonzalez,which is available in multiple tiers on the Kickstarter. Including the rare model photo used as reference for this print!
Check Out the Campaign to Help Unlock this Special Print! Go go go!