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…
08/01/18 @ 2:32 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment and unique media bundling site Groupees are proud to offer a curated selection of digital comics to fans of strong female characters of all ages. The Dynamite Women Build-a-Bundle is designed to fit any budget, granting enthusiasts the freedom to choose individual comics for a super-discounted rate, or collect all 86 digital comics for the low, low price of only $19.99, a savings of over 90%!
With seven tiers to choose from, ranging from free to $19.99 for Digital Comics! And for the fans who enjoy high end collectibles as well as digital comics, there are thresholds beginning at $39.99 and up to $299.99!
To purchase the individual issues in digital form, Dynamite and Groupees are offering a variety of series at a specially reduced price, so you can mix-and-match to meet your character preference. But remember - the best buy would be to nab the entire lot of digital Dynamite Women comics for the low rate of only $19.99. That's over 86 comics valued at over $200 - over 2,000 pages of female-fronted action -- at a fraction of the price!
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07/24/18 @ 6:34 pm EST
San Diego Comic-Con may be over, but Dynamite Entertainment is continuing the fun by ending one mega sale...and starting another! Over 1,600 digital comics from Dynamite’s backlist are being offered at a steep discount through Comixology.
Dynamite Entertainment offers fan favorites and iconic characters including Bettie Page and Project Superpowers, The Shadow, Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, Garth Ennis' Battlefield, plus multimedia blockbusters Charmed, Battlestar Galactica, and Pathfinder!
A stunning 1,620 comics and graphic novels from Dynamite's extensive library of characters will be available at a steep discount through Comixology featuring some of the industry's best-selling and critically acclaimed creatives from Gail Simone to Warren Ellis, Corinna Bechko, Erica Schultz, Fred Van Lente, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, Matt Wagner, Jim Zub, Greg Pak, Kurt Busiek and so many more!
“Comixology offers such a stellar reading experience for our books,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “For fans who are wanting to complete their collections or casual readers just checking out something new, that’s why we offer these sales. There’s something for everyone.”
This special Dynamite mega sale runs through July 30. There has never been a better time to fill all those holes in your digital comics collection, or catch up on a new series from comics' most "dynamic" publisher! Visit comixology.com today to browse hundreds of value-priced digital comics from Dynamite Entertainment!
07/24/18 @ 6:31 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment and Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. are pleased to announce a partnershipwith Lynnvander Studios to create the next phase in Tarzan’s legendary history; a new board game starring Tarzan, Jane, and the rest of his friends and foes as an epic, playable adventure! Today, Dynamite Entertainment and Lynnvander Studios will offer this exciting game for pre-order on Kickstarter where gamers and Tarzan fans will get their first opportunity to see this thrilling game in action.
Tarzan is a fictional/literary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Lord & Lady Greystoke were marooned on the coast of Africa. Alone and expecting their first child, they headed inland to the heart of darkest Africa. Lady Greystoke dies in childbirth and Lord Greystoke is soon killed by the Mangani Ape Tribe who adopt the Greystokes son and raise him as one of their own. Now grown into a man, Tarzan is a brave and cunning warrior, using his skills and knowledge of the island to protect the animals and himself from other humans who would seek to exploit the isolated land. First appearing in 1912 as a serialized magazine story, Tarzan was later published as a series of novels which was eventually adapted into nearly all forms of media including movies, television, and even comic books which are currently being published by Dynamite Entertainment under the name Lord of the Jungle and the Tarzan/Red Sonja crossover. TARZAN® and Edgar Rice Burroughs® are owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and used by permission.
Tarzan is a co-operative, choose-your-own-adventure-style tactics board game where you play as Tarzan, Jane, Cecil, Lt D'Arnot, Chowombi, and more, in an attempt to get Jane to her destination safely. Many enemies are trying to stop you from achieving your goals and you have ...
07/17/18 @ 8:05 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment and Topps are ready to protect the world from those crazy green aliens once again as writer Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty, Rock Candy Mountain
) and artist Chris Schweizer (The Creeps, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
) bring you the face melting experience of a lifetime with Mars Attacks!
is coming back to comic stands and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” said writer Kyle Starks. “I’ll be bringing my two-time Eisner nominated trademark humor and action to this totally awesome and classic franchise.”
In Mars Attacks
! #1, Spencer hasn’t finished a dang thing in his life. So when he goes to visit his dad to see if maybe he can borrow some money, the last thing on his mind is global survival. Now Spencer and his father are on the run, trying to avoid being spaceray’d by a bunch of destruction happy Martians, heck-bent on zapping them dead!
“It gets even better. We’ve got award-winning cartoonist Chris Schweizer for art duties and he’s going to hit a home run,” added Starks. “Schweizer and Starks go together with Mars Attacks!
as well as death rays and flying saucers. This is going to bonkers hilarious, bombastically over-the-top fun."
“I’ve been waiting to see Dynamite’s take on Mars Attacks!
for over a year and I’m so excited with what the creative team has done,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO & Publisher. “I’ve been a fan ever since the 1962 trading cards and our series really reflects the tone of the original.”
The debut issue of Mars Attacks!
#1 delivers a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers a chance to collect the ...
07/17/18 @ 8:02 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment today announces New York Times bestselling author and comics writer John Jackson Miller (Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo) and artist Daniel HDR (Red Sonja) will deliver a new miniseries timed for Battlestar Galactica's 40th anniversary year!
“Forty years ago this fall, tens of millions of people watched the originalBattlestar Galactica pilot and TV series, which inspired interest in BSG comics, models, and toys that’s endured ever since. I was one of those kids in the audience every night — and it’s a delight to get to tell a story set in the original Galactica universe, set soon after the events of the first season," said author John Jackson Miller.
In Battlestar Galactica, Commander Adama and the remnants of humanity discover a second fugitive fleet, fleeing a different mortal enemy. Can the two armadas join forces, making common cause against the dreaded Cylons? And what would success mean for the quest for Earth?
“Battlestar Galactica often grappled with a single strategic tension: run, or turn and fight? That question inspired one of the series best-loved episodes, in which another surviving Battlestar was discovered,” added John Jackson Miller. “Our Counterstrike series goes a step farther, as the Galactica officers discover another fugitive fleet, much like theirs, running from a mortal enemy. Could making common cause solve both their problems?"
Dynamite Entertainment has been developing Battlestar Galactica comic books since 2006, focusing on each incarnation of the franchise from the classic continuity of the 1978 television series, to the Galactica 1980 follow-up, and finally to the reimagined series aired ...
07/17/18 @ 2:26 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announced today a journey through the expansive world of Fallout® with Dynamite’s Fallout Collector’s Trading Cards series!
For the first time ever in trading card form, discover details and concept art that give collectors a deeper glimpse into the Fallout world.
Featuring 144 unique base cards, 72 Holofoil chase cards, 10 Die-Cut chase cards and 5 Ultra-rare chase cards. Fallout fans can now collect trading cards representing their favorite weapons, gear, characters, and much more from this comprehensive collection of art and design that was taken straight from the Bethesda Game Studios archives.
“This trading card set is one of the most expansive and impressive collections of gaming fandom I’ve ever seen,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “For over twenty years, Fallout games have captured the imaginations of players everywhere and we’re incredibly excited to give something to the Fallout fans.”
The Fallout Collector’s Trading Cards will be available through mass market retailers across the globe this October. Comic and specialty shops can expect to see The Fallout Collector’s Trading Cards solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' August 2018 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October 2018.
07/17/18 @ 2:21 pm EST
No tricks, only treats - Dynamite Entertainment is taking Halloween by storm this year delivering five standalone issues from fan-favorite series Vampirella, Red Sonja, Bettie Page, Elvira and Army of Darkness. Each Halloween Special will feature 40 pages of hair-raising fun for readers looking to get in the spirit.
“Halloween and comic books go hand in hand. Everyone loves a good scary story in late October and we’ve always wanted to do a big program for all our major characters,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “This is a great chance for readers to get five great stories for themselves or to give to their friends for the holiday.”
“Dynamite is very excited to be presenting these titles for Halloween this year. The talent involved is absolutely incredible and bring unique voices to each story," said Dynamite Entertainment editor and interior artist Anthony Marques. "To have legendary writers such as Tom Defalco and Scott Lobdell involved is a testament to Dynamite’s relentless pursuit of bringing top-tier talent into the company to help create stories that will leave fans excited and wanting more."
The Dynamite Halloween One-Shots will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' August 2018 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October 2018. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Army of Darkness, Elvira, Red Sonja, Vampirella and Bettie Page Halloween Specials with their local comic book retailers. The Dynamite Halloween One-Shots will also be available ...
07/17/18 @ 2:11 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces the return of one of the most influential characters in comics history this October: Miss Fury! Multi-Eisner nominee Billy Tucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock) and rising star Emma Kubert take to the pages of sequential art to battle Nazis in Miss Fury: Joy Division!
Born into newspaper strips during World War II, Miss Fury holds her ground in comic book history as one of the original superheroines, a character firmly rooted in the 1940’s, and now revitalized via Dynamite Entertainment for the 21st century. In this new series, writer Billy Tucci gives readers a look into the tragedy of the Nazi Joy Division's, one of the world’s darkest and least known secrets and an important story that must be told.
“Miss Fury: Joy Division will be set during the darkest days of WWII and will be in line with creator June Tarpe Mills’ true vision that includes her original cast of characters and the intriguing storylines that laced them all together to create an icon that ran in the Sunday strips for over a decade,” states author Billy Tucci.
The all-star creative team is set to recapture the legend of the original “Cat Woman” Marla Drake and her army of “Black Furies” that take readers from the warring skies above New York City and into the heart of Hitler’s Third Reich in the spirit of an all-female “Inglourious Basterds.”
“Emma Kubert is an incredible young talent ready to take on the world!” remarked Tucci. “She’s a comic book superstar who brings a passion and drive to this series I’ve not seen in years.
Emma, like our heroine Marla Drake is fiercely ...
07/17/18 @ 2:04 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment and Hallmark today announced the classic character Rainbow Brite comes to comics and brings a little color to your life! The adventure begins for children and adults alike, as writer Jeremy Whitley (My Little Pony, Unstoppable Wasp) and artist Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Goldie Vance) deliver a brand new all-ages monthly series.
Following the massive success of younger reader titles such as Grumpy Cat,Boo: The World’s Cutest Dog, and Bob’s Burgers, Dynamite Entertainment welcomes the most colorful girl in the world, Rainbow Brite, to their fall 2018 lineup.
“Rainbow Brite captured the imaginations of kids born in the '80s (like myself) as a fantasy heroine who could change the world not just through magic, but through kindness,” stated author Jeremy Whitley. “She is a symbol of what can happen when we all work together and fight back against the shadows that want to drain all of the color from the world.”
In Rainbow Brite, Wisp and Willow are best friends who live in a small town. They are inseparable, until one night Wisp discovers something is stealing the color from the world. To escape their grasp, Wisp must use her wits and the help of a new friend…from somewhere else! Then the adventure begins...
“The world needs a young hero clad in a rainbow now more than ever in a world where things are often simplified into black and white and it's easy for people to turn their back on people not like them,” added Whitley.
Jeremy Whitley is scheduled to sign Rainbow Brite posters from 4-5:30pm on Saturday, July 21 at the PopMinded by Hallmark booth #1505 at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
“We’re very excited to release this series for younger readers,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. ...
07/16/18 @ 3:38 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce their appearance at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con, hosting panels on Thursday, July 19th, Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st. The panel topics are Dynamite: Diamond Previews Premiere Publisher and 50 Years of Vampirella and Skin&Earth: Running a One Woman Show: Lights, respectively, and will include special guest panelists Lights, Joseph Michael Linsner, Mark Russell, John Layman, Billy Tucci, and more.
The dates, times, locations, and focus of Dynamite's three panels are summarized below:
Dynamite Entertainment: 50 Years of Vampirella
Thursday, 7/19/18, Room: 8
5:30-6:30 PM - Executive Editor Joseph Rybandt introduces Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn) and Kristina Deak Linsner to preview Vampirella’s upcoming 50th-anniversary projects.
Q&A session moderated by CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.
Dynamite Entertainment Diamond Previews Premiere Publisher
Friday, 7/20/18, Room: 4
1:00-2:00 - Executive Editor Joseph Rybandt introduces John Layman (Charlie’s Angels, Chew), Mark Russell (The Lone Ranger), Erica Schultz (Xena), Billy Tucci (Miss Fury, Shi), plus surprise guests to reveal hot SDCC exclusive announcements about upcoming projects! Q&A session moderated by CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.
Dynamite Entertainment: Skin&Earth - Running A One Woman Show: Lights
Saturday, 7/21/18, Room: 26AB
6:30 - 7:30 - Collected for the first time as an interactive trade paperback and hardcover, Skin&Earth—the original story and 14-track record, all written, illustrated, colored and recorded by Lights herself, can finally be experienced as one cohesive vision. Join Lights as she talks about her vision with an introduction from Nick Barucci (CEO & publisher at Dynamite Entertainment) and a Q&A moderated by Franki Chan (Founder IHEARTCOMIX). Room 26-AB
Dynamite wishes all attending fans, ...