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…
10/19/18 @ 1:22 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment is delivering great quality -- and quantity -- with its Bond comics these days, and James will land in a surprising but seemingly appropriate place as James Bond Origin hits the November/December issue of Playboy Magazine.
A special 6-page story from James Bond Origin, which recently debuted at Dynamite, has been produced by the creative team of writer Jeff Parker, artist Bob Q, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Simon Bowland for Playboy.
Like the comic proper, the story deals with a teenage James and his adventures during World War II.
In a way, the inclusion of Bond in Playboy recalls a tradition of sorts begun when the magazine printed an Ian Fleming short story, The Hildebrand Rarity, in its March 1960 issue.
10/18/18 @ 4:04 pm EST
To celebrate the launch of the recent critically acclaimed THE LONE RANGER #1 by Mark Russell, Bob Q & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, Dynamite is partnering with Groupees to offer a curated selection of discounted digital and physical comics starring Lone Ranger and all their other published masked heroes. The Lone Ranger & Masked Heroes Bundle is designed to allow fans to scale and choose items to fit their budget – even if it’s zero!
The eight tiers range between free and $25 for digital comics, with savings up to 95% off! For fans who enjoy the sweet sensations of collecting printed paper, deluxe versions of Dynamite classics like The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane and the original Lone Ranger title are available. Fans with taste for high-end collectibles can bundle limited The Shadow issues re-marked by Alex Ross and Jae Lee.
The Groupees Lone Ranger & Masked Heroes Build-a-Bundle promotion can be found here - LONE RANGER & MASKED HEROES BUNDLE
This unique bundle sale is only available for a limited time, so act now!
Lone Ranger Vol 1 #1
Kato Origins Way of the Ninja #1
The Green Hornet Strikes #1
Preview of the new Lone Ranger #1
Kato Origins Way of the Ninja #2-6
Lone Ranger Vol 1 #2-10
The Shadow Now #1-6
20 comics at a $39.80 value
Kato Origins Way of the Ninja #7-11
Lone Ranger Vol 1 #11-25
The Shadow Vol 1 #1-15
35 comics at a $69.65 value
Green Hornet Strikes #2-10
Lone Ranger Vol 2 #1-25
The Shadow Vol 1 #16-25
The Shadow Vol 2 #0-5
50 comics at $98.50 value
Altogether, 108 comics valued at $ 214.22
Lone Ranger Definitive Edition HC Vol 1
The Shadow: ...
10/18/18 @ 3:49 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a Kickstarter campaign for the first-ever resin statue for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The publisher continues their strong partnership with gaming leader Paizo Inc. following years of expanding the lore of the game’s world. Backers can preorder their copies of the limited-edition statue and bundle and a range of extras currently available only through the Kickstarter.
Seoni, one of the most popular iconic heroes in the Pathfinder universe, was an obvious choice for the statue. The powerful Varisian spellcaster is perfect with her intricate tattoos and patterned clothing. The high-quality resin statue stands approximately 12 inches tall. The tattoos and other details like “dirt” and battle damage are all hand painted.
The statue is available in multiple variants. A “Spellcasting” edition portrays Seoni using her signature magic using a plastic energy effect. The “Battle Ready” edition swaps that out for her staff and an alternate pose. The Spellcasting version is available unpainted for the DIY enthusiasts.
Supporters can choose among a range of reward tier options, including Dynamite’s well-received comics, from the recent Spiral of Bones series to a complete set of nine graphic novel volumes – over 1,600 pages of Pathfinder content! Another option is the campaign setting book Sandpoint, Light of the Lost Coast signed by author James Jacobs. And of course, t-shirts! Or go big and get all the above!
Most exciting is the opportunity for tabletop devotees to collaborate with Dynamite and a professional sculptor to develop and create 10 custom pewter miniatures up to 35 millimeters tall.
“We've been creating great Pathfinder comics with Paizo over the last half-decade, but today, I’m immensely excited to announce the expansion of that partnership, starting with our first Pathfinder statue of Seoni,” shared Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Publisher/CEO. “We worked hand in hand with our friends at Paizo to create this ...
10/11/18 @ 8:07 pm EST
LAST CALL FOR THE TROMA EXPERIENCE!
Friday, 10:44 AM EST marks the end of Dynamite’s Kickstarter campaign for “The Art of Troma Experience” and the last chance for fans to get their hands on several unique Troma goodies that will not be available again! Dynamite Entertainment has teamed with Troma Entertainment to offer fans an exclusive “Troma experience”, an event for fans that goes beyond the anticipated book and provides an immersive connection to the film studio and its long history.
The deluxe hardcover is written by New York Times bestselling author Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Cowboys and Aliens) and will compile never-before-seen art, photos, and trivia from the cult classic studio.
Supporters can choose between two versions of the book and countless reward tier options. Both editions are 256 pages and 9”x12”. The Standard Edition features green cloth binding with gold foil stamping. Deluxe Editions feature a retro book design in a slipcase. They will also include a 37-page fan art booklet, an 8”x10” Toxic Avenger print signed by Lloyd, and a bonus “bookmark” of actual film from Troma’s library.
Other items that can be received include one-of-a-kind “Toxic Waste” editions of the Standard Editions personally defaced by the Troma team. Toxic Avenger tee shirts are available. Fans can even get original props from their favorite films.
The Kickstarter campaign is running now, but due to end tomorrow at 10:44 AM EST so make sure you reserve your Troma rewards ASAP!
10/02/18 @ 9:14 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announced today that Elvira will return this winter for a new four-part miniseries by writer David Avallone (Elvira, Bettie Page) and artist Fran Strukan (Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella) that will have movie fans reeling!
In Elvira: Shape of Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark lands the leading role in a touching art film about human/gill monster romance, but there’s something decidedly fishy about her costar. Is there an Oscar™ in her future, or is director Billy Bullworth interesting in spawning something more than an Academy Award-winning movie?
“Given Elvira’s history as a “horror host”, homage is always on the table. A certain Oscar-winning fish story seemed worthy of parody, and a natural setting for Elvira,” remarked writer David Avallone. “More personally, I’ve been in movie production for decades, and doing a series that takes place mostly on a movie set lets me mine those rich experiences for the story.”
“The people have said, ‘We want more Elvira!’ And in return, we said, ‘You got it, screaming fans of the macabre! Also, please stop yelling.’ But they are just really excited, so I get it," said Kevin Ketner, Editor at Dynamite Entertainment. "David has been doing an amazing job with Elvira and this going to keep that going."
“David’s writing on Elvira is outstanding. He truly understands the character and delivers a fantastic script,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “This series is going to really resonate not only with Elvira fans but with moviegoers who’ve been looking for their new favorite comic. The Shape of Elvira will not disappoint!”
The first issue of Elvira: Shape of Elvira delivers a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers a chance to collect the whole set! The cover ...
10/02/18 @ 2:49 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment is set to launch a brand new program for high-end giclée prints this winter. The Dynamite Giclée Program will feature some of the company's most iconic characters illustrated by the most prestigious fine artists, perfect for the art collector or comics enthusiast.
The first print to reach specialty retailers and comic shops will be Vampirella, drawn by Dave Stevens (The Rocketeer) and measure 34 3/4" X 17 1/2". Following releases will see creations by Jae Lee, Joe Jusko, Joseph Michael Linsner and more.
Giclées are high-end reproductions that capture every detail of the original humanly, mechanically, or technically possible. The resulting print has no perceptible dot pattern, an endless array of richly-saturated color, and every nuance of the original image. The latest inks offer a 70-year light-fastness and UV-resistance under museum archival conditions.
Beyond this description, a Giclée print simply must be seen to be fully appreciated. Printed on canvas, stretched, then framed, these high-end Canvas Giclées are the ultimate tribute to this famous moment in comic book history!
“We're incredibly passionate about the artists we work with and the artwork they create. This new Giclée program will give fans a chance to appreciate some of the more iconic pieces we've published in our history,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “We're beginning with a beautiful rendition of Vampirella by the excellent Dave Stevens, from there we'll offer limited print runs of additional characters and artists on a monthly basis."
The Dynamite Giclée Program commences with Dave Stevens' Vampirellaand will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' November 2018 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in January 2019. Die-Hard Comic book fans are ...
10/02/18 @ 2:40 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment is set to launch a brand new crossover as Leah Williams (Adventure Time Comics, X-Men: Black) teams with Carlos Gomez (Red Sonja) for a fun, deadly, mind-bending epic inBarbarella/Dejah Thoris!
In Barbarella/Dejah Thoris, two heroines from opposite ends of time unite for an otherworldly adventure! Barbarella, the siren of space, meets Dejah Thoris, Princess of Barsoom, and together they must solve a murder mystery that spans time and space in order to find their way home.
“I’ve been workshopping the story with my editor, Matt Idelson—who is Dynamite’s Senior Editor and an all-around comics titan—and it's been a blast,” said author Leah Williams. “Matt is creative and has really amazing ideas, so being able to bounce ideas off each other while we’re figuring out how to make a tricky time-travel concept really land with readers has been super fun.”
"Leah’s awesome and awesome to work with. You haven’t seen her first work for Dynamite yet—her Bettie Page Halloween one-shot will be on stands October 24th," said Matt Idelson, Senior Editor at Dynamite Entertainment. "She’s got great ideas, endless energy and she’s super-smart. And if it sounds like I’m writing a job referral, I guess that’s because I sort of am—it’s your job to go out and get this book. It’ll be worth it."
“Leah was the obvious choice for this wild crossover. Her writing style fits the tone of both these heroines and makes for a fantastic adventure story,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “We’ve been seeing great success with both Barbarella and Dejah Thoris from fans and retailers so it’s about time we saw the two in one book."
“There is definitely going to be some romantic tension between the ...
10/02/18 @ 2:39 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment is set to launch a brand new series written by acclaimed storyteller Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, Witchblade), with exquisite art by Roberto Castro (Red Sonja, Flash Gordon) as a new hero rises in...Turok!
In this new series from Dynamite Entertainment, Turok pursues his kidnapped brother… in the Badlands of the Old West! In the waning days of the Indian Wars, the U.S. cavalry has captured Andar, but Turok will stop at nothing to rescue him. But that quest will lead Turok, Andar, and even the soldiers to a strange, lost land inhabited by creatures beyond their imaginations. This is Turok as you’ve never seen him before ... and Turok as you’ve always seen him!
“I wanted to build my Turok story by going back to the original version, not so much in terms of the specifics, but in terms of the spirit. We're not imitating anything that's come before, but we're definitely trying to capture the feel of what made those stories cool,” said author Ron Marz. “We have a Native American and his brother, we have a lost land inhabited by dinosaurs and other time-lost denizens. But this is not a specific Turok we have seen before, because we're setting this in the 1880s, in the waning days of the Indian Wars in the Old West.”
"We’ve seen a few variations on Turok over the years, but what Ron’s doing here is both true to the roots of the character while threading together an even larger narrative which I think will be satisfying to both Turok fans and new readers alike. And based on what Roberto’s done so far, I think readers are in for a treat," said senior editor Matt Idelson.
“Ron is one of the most ...
10/02/18 @ 2:31 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment is set to launch a brand new series with superstar writer Kieron Gillen (Star Wars, The Wicked + Divine) and artist Caspar Wijngaard (Limbo) as the publisher brings iconic character Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt back into action this winter!
Peter Cannon, the orphaned son of an American medical team, was raised in a Himalayan lamasery, where his parents had sacrificed their lives combating the dreaded Black Plague! After attaining the highest degree of mental and physical perfection, he was entrusted with the knowledge of the ancient scrolls that bore the secret writings of past generations of wise men. Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt debuted in January of 1966 through Charlton Comics. In 2012, Dynamite Entertainment resurrected the character in a self-titled series written by Steve Darnall and Alex Ross, drawn by superstar artist Jonathan Lau.
“I've been away from the genre for a few years. This is me refreshed, grinning and more than a little bit angry. I want to try things. I want to have fun. Hell, we've created a whole new supporting cast of heroes for this series because we wanted to. I wanted to do a state of the art, state of the superheroic nation, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt is it,” remarked author Kieron Gillen. “High adventure, big ideals, epic destruction, heroism, despair, and nine-panel grids.”
“We’ve been working on this with Kieron for a good long while and he’s really leaning into the character and concepts that put him in mind to write the series for us," said Joseph Rybandt, Editorial Director for Dynamite Entertainment. "And we’re letting him have free reign to work his particular talents on this book and it’s going to be one of our most talked-about series in 2019.”
Kieron Gillen’s experience as both a comics writer and ...
10/02/18 @ 2:24 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a Kickstarter campaign for “The Art of Troma Experience.” The publisher expands and takes their partnership with Troma Entertainment to the next level by offering fans an exclusive “Troma Experience” that goes beyond the anticipated book for an even more immersive connection to the film studio and its long history.
The deluxe hardcover is written by New York Times bestselling author Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Cowboys and Aliens) and will compile never-before-seen art, photos, and trivia from the cult classic studio.
When asked about the book, Troma President and evil mastermind Lloyd Kaufman had the following to say, "If you know how to read, then "The Art of Troma" is the best book for your collection. And if you DON'T know how to read, you should probably run for office! Michael Herz, The Troma Team and I are TROMAZED with the excellent work Dynamite Entertainment has accomplished with this book and are honored to be a part of the “Troma Experience” on Kickstarter! I love "The Art of Troma!" It is the Best Book of all time! My mother reads it to me every night before she tucks me in at bedtime.”
"Troma's film library is vast. And while Toxic Avenger is their most well-known creation, they've also released so many other much beloved films. In addition, they were the starting point for the careers of some of the most talented people in entertainment today, including JJ Abrams, David Boreanz, Kevin Costner, Samuel L. Jackson, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and James Gunn."
"We're honored to be working with a living legend such as Lloyd and his team at the studio!" states Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.