04/17/23 @ 12:37 pm EST
DF Interview: Sean Phillips’ art brings to life a Jekyll-and-Hyde noir thriller in the ‘Night Fever’ graphic novel By Byron Brewer
Who are you, really? Are you the things you do, or are you the person inside your mind?
In Europe on a business trip, Jonathan Webb can't sleep. Instead, he finds himself wandering the night in a strange foreign city with his new friend, the mysterious and violent Rainer, as his guide. Rainer shows Jonathan the hidden world of the night, a world without rules or limits. But when the fun turns dangerous, Jonathan may find himself trapped in the dark. The question is, what will he do to get home?
Night Fever is a pulse-pounding Jekyll-and-Hyde noir thriller about a man facing the darkness inside himself. This riveting tour of the night is a must-have for all Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips fans. I sat down with artist and buddy Sean Phillips to do more of a deep dive into this epic graphic novel. Byron Brewer: Sean, first: thanks as always for doing this interview. I don’t think I have missed you for a Brubaker/Phillips graphic novel adventure yet! And, as Ed has said, this IS “a weird one”. Second: For your tried-and-true fans, a little from my high school teachers: Compare and contrast your coming Night Fever with the B/P OGN it is closest to in style and tone (if there is one close to it). Sean Phillips:
I’m always too close to these books to be that objective about them, but with a few weeks’ hindsight after finishing drawing Night Fever, I think it might be closest to Incognito in feel. Some of the parts definitely remind me of that. Not in the plot or characters but just in the weirdness. Otherwise, it’s just another of our books about a confused middle-aged man. Byron: Ed has said that this book contains “the best art of Sean’s entire career, which feels almost unbelievable. But it’s true.” Modesty accepted, your response or reaction? Sean Phillips:
Well, hopefully I get better with each project but I’m never sure I accomplish what I set out to do. With this book, I had some things I wanted to try. As it is set in Europe in the 1970s, I thought I’d take some things from some of my favorite French comics from back then. A lot of French comics including Blueberry were drawn in two halves, with a horizontal gutter on every page. I thought that might be a subtle thing to work with, instead of the three tier grid I always use on my creator-owned books with Ed. I found it made for some interesting page layouts but Ed found it too different to write for that rhythm so we’re back to our usual grid on the next book. Because each page was drawn in two halves, I could draw them bigger too. Usually I work at 125% of print size but these are 200%. That means I could draw more detail while keeping to my usual pens and brushes. Byron: Talk about the world you are building here with Ed. What canvas will you be setting the readers down in when the graphic novel goes on-sale in the summer of 2023? Sean Phillips:
Ed set the story in an unnamed Western European country so I decided to base it on the town of Angouleme in France as I’ve been there a few times for the comic festival and I thought it offered all the things the story needed visually. Also doesn’t hurt it’s chances of being published in France too! Byron: Introduce us to Jonathan Webb and his new friend, Rainer. Who are these men, and what is/will be the relationship between the two? Sean Phillips:
Jonathan is an American editor at a book fair in France. When he can’t sleep because of jet lag, he goes out into the night where Rainer offers him a glimpse of all nocturnal treasures the city has to offer. It doesn’t go well for either of them… Byron: If my info is correct, this tale’s scribe was inspired by old Black Lizard noir novels and weird [that word again!] and sexy European comics from the ‘70s. What has been your muse, your inspiration for this new book? Sean Phillips:
I looked at a few of my favorite European artists. Moebius, Bilal and Toppi all influenced me a little, but I’m way out of their league obviously. Mostly drawing this book was a great excuse to look at a lot of French comics. Byron: Can you give readers an overview of this novel, what it’s all about without spoilers? Sean Phillips:
It’s about an uptight American middle-aged man who gets seduced by the bright lights of an exotic foreign city and gets in way over his head. Byron: Was there a character design or a set piece that you either really loved in the OGN or that presented unexpected difficulty? I know each of these characters is special, but was there one you could not wait to render? Sean Phillips:
None of the characters were more difficult to draw than in other books but mostly I enjoyed drawing the old buildings of a French town rather than the American streets I usually have to draw. It always takes a lot of research whatever it is though. Byron: Sean, what other projects are set to rise from your artistic horizon soon? Sean Phillips:
Ed and I are already deep into our next book, out in December. Apart from that, nothing else planned. Dynamic Forces would like to thank Sean Phillips for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Night Fever from Image Comics is slated to be on sale June 14th! For more news and up-to-date announcements, join us here at Dynamic Forces, www.dynamicforces.com/htmlfiles/, “LIKE” us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/dynamicforcesinc, and follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/dynamicforces.
07/19/23 @ 1:58 pm EST
Dynamite is excited to announce that the award-winning writer Rodney Barnes is taking on the living legend of Rock N’ Roll, Alice Cooper. This exciting new series has Barnes teaming with Edu Menna who is known for his work on KISS, Barbarella and Starfinder. And the whole thing kicks off this October!
Alice Cooper is no stranger to comic book fans as the iconic rocker has been popping up in the four-colored pages since the seventies. But in this new tale of terror, legendary rock acts are being attacked by demonic forces and Alice starts to notice some of his own fans happen to be… undead.
According to Barnes: “The forces of evil are looking for a different entry point to dealing with the forces of light. The conflict is driven by envy on the musical front, but there’s something more insidious beneath it all.”
The writer/producer of The Boondocks, My Wife and Kids, and Winning Time: The Story of the Los Angeles Lakers was well aware of Alice Cooper’s pulse-pounding music.
“He used to come on a lot of talk shows and such and was a prominent figure on the radio stations my mom listened to. She bought a lot of Alice’s albums and I listened to them. “School’s Out,” “I’m Eighteen,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” stand out as tracks I dug. I was also attracted to his look and stage presence.”
Among the start-studded crew of cover artists for this series is Barnes' frequent collaborator from their hit comic series Killadelphia, Jason Shawn Alexander. Plus, the incredibly talented Stuart Sayger and Andrew Mangum join in, along with a photo cover of the bombastic ...
07/19/23 @ 1:53 pm EST
As we roll into Comic Con International in San Diego this week, Dynamite Entertainment has announced a major new license: they will soon begin publishing comics set in the world of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Directed by Coraline's Henry Selick, the 1993 film has become a pop culture staple and one of the most popular holiday movies made in decades. Torunn Grønbekk (Thor, Red Sonja, Realm of X) is attached to write the first project, with releases set to begin in 2024. Dynamite has not yet released a ton of information, but will have two separate panels this week at Comic Con where information might drop. (via ComicBook.com)
Here's the breakdown of Dynamite's SDCC Disney-related panels:
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Publishing
Thursday July 202:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
07/18/23 @ 3:14 pm EST
It's a true Dynamite who's who this Friday at San Diego Comic Con, as some of the biggest creators assemble to talk about their recent and upcoming hit projects at the publisher's key panel that marks the countdown to their 20th anniversary!
This panel will be held on Friday July 21 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM PST in room 10
Led and moderated by Dynamite's own Scott Nybakken, a deep and diverse cast of panelists will be showing up and chiming in on comics and more initiatives ranging from the likes of Red Sonja, Vampirella, The Boys, James Bond, Elvira
, and countless other fan-favorite franchises.
Confirmed panelists include Dan Panosian, David F. Walker, Sara Frazetta, David Avallone, Tom Sniegoski, Jeannine Acheson, and Lucio Parrillo. It's going to be an hour of fun and surprises spotlighting the hits currently on the stands, the new series right around the corner, and teases of even more. Many of the comics being discussed will be announced for the first time right around the panel, so fans can stay tuned to Dynamite and their favorite outlets for these huge reveals!
Dynamite Entertainment was founded in 2004, and the epic 20th anniversary is right around the corner. With big news on Red Sonja at San Diego Comic Con and a new comic series launch coinciding with it, more The Boys seasons and spinoffs coming soon, and the next exciting chapters in many other franchises, the rest of the year and the next are going to be a blast for fans. Dynamite invites attendees of the show to come celebrate and get ready for the next chapter at this panel. Read More Here
07/07/23 @ 7:47 pm EST
He's not the terror that flaps in the night... In fact, he's the screeching fingernail on the chalkboard of justice! He's the sour ball in the candy jar of goodness. He's... Negaduck! And the Disney fan-favorite foe is making his way into his very own comic series this fall from writer Jeff Parker!
Darkwing Duck is the honorable protector of St. Canard, and a strong family man to his daughter Gosalyn. Over in his native Negaverse, Negaduck is the polar opposite of everything Drake Mallard stands for, his evil doppelganger in every way. Negaduck is nefarious and dedicated to stealing lollipops from children and not helping grandmothers cross the street! Now, in his brand-new title, he's revving up a reign of crime and terror of record levels. There's only one problem... all the other criminals are ripping off his ideas — so he's taking his show on the road!
Writer Jeff Parker is not only known for his heavy hitter runs on top titles like Aquaman, Thunderbolts, Hulk, and more, but he's also beloved for countless all-ages and retro style stories outside of traditional super heroics, such as Batman '66, Future Quest, and Flash Gordon with Dynamite. He's bringing that same diverse skill set and energy to Negaduck.
He's matched up with artist Ciro Cangialosi, who comes equipped with a brilliant cartooning style that will complement the main Darkwing series by Carlo Cid Lauro well and stand out on its own. Observant fans and collectors will notice Cangialosi has already been drawing several of the fun action figure variants for Darkwing Duck, including the one featuring Negaduck on issue #6!
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07/07/23 @ 11:37 am EST
Dynamite Entertainment, alongside partner Curiosity Ink Media of Grom Social Enterprises today announced four new kids’ titles, each of which celebrates everyone’s favorite time of year, Christmastime, that will be available through booksellers everywhere in time for Christmas, 2023.
The titles represent three original franchises, as well as one book based on Cepia, LLC’s hit animated property, Cats vs Pickles. For Dynamite and Curiosity, the titles reflect the companies' commitment to serving the consumer demands of the holiday season. The books, slated to be on shelf this fall, include:
Baldwin’s Big Christmas Delivery – It's Christmas, one of the busiest times of the year in the train yard. With so many packages to deliver for the holidays, Baldwin must pitch in to make sure all the trains in the railyard are packed and ready to transport every present to good boys and girls. But when Baldwin discovers one pesky package has been left behind, he takes it upon himself to deliver the package — no matter what!
How the Gherkins Stole Christmas – Based on the hot collectible, Cats vs Pickles, the citizens of Catsburg find themselves in a tail-spin when the pickles’ attempts to create a cheery holiday atmosphere, only to set off widespread panic about an alien invasion. Can the pickles finally win over the cats – and finish their work in time – to deliver the purr-fect Christmas celebration?
How the North Pole Works – This special insider's guide to Santa’s winter wonderland, from international best-selling author, Amber Stewart, and artist Kyle Beckett, grants readers unprecedented access to Santa’s workshop in this unforgettable peek behind the curtain into one of the most magical – and northernmost – places on earth!
Snow Boy – ...
06/30/23 @ 12:47 pm EST
Apple TV+ has set Wednesday, August 23 for the Season 2 premiere of acclaimed sci-fi series Invasion, from Simon Kinberg and David Weil. The series will debut with the first episode of its 10-episode second season, followed by one new episode weekly, every Wednesday through October 25, on Apple TV+.
Created by Kinberg and Weill and executive produced by Boat Rocker, Invasion is a sweeping, character-driven science fiction drama series that follows an alien invasion through different perspectives around the world.
Season 2 picks up just months later with the aliens escalating their attacks in an all-out war against the humans.
Invasion received an early Season 2 renewal, ahead of its Season 1 finale in 2021.
The series stars Golshifteh Farahani, Shioli Kutsuna, Shamier Anderson, India Brown, Billy Barratt, Azhy Robertson, Paddy Holland and Tara Moayedi. New series regulars joining season two include Enver Gjokaj, Nedra Marie Taylor and Naian González Norvind. (via Deadline)
05/18/23 @ 5:25 pm EST
Dynamite announces a brand new chapter in the tapestry of the fantasy masterpiece Fire and Ice, coming this August!
Originally released in theaters in 1983, Fire and Ice has since become a beloved fantasy tale and a milestone in adult animation. The result of one of the greatest collaborations between creative superstars, Fire and Ice teamed up legendary animation director Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, The Lord of the Rings, Wizards), the "Godfather" of fantasy artwork, Frank Frazetta, along with screenwriters Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway. Now, just in time for the 40th anniversary, key players are returning alongside new talents to add an essential prequel to the story in comics!
Before the fire waned and the ice spread across the world, before the events of the film, readers will get to meet the memorable central characters once again or for the first time ever. The beautiful princess Teegra and her powerful panther companion have not yet gone through the kidnapping attempt by the evil queen Juliana and her son Nekron. The young warrior Larn's village has not yet been destroyed. And who knows what the mysterious Darkwolf has been up to? Writer Bill Willingham and artist Leonardo Manco will chronicle the lives of these characters in parallel, leading to the genesis of the movie.
With licensing oversight and creative cooperation from both the Frazetta and Bakshi families, fellow fantasy virtuoso Bill Willingham is taking on the task of weaving a brand new story that both provides readers with a compelling standalone tale and slots seamlessly into the chronology of the classic film. Willingham has won the comics industry's prestigious ...
03/21/23 @ 8:05 pm EST
The queen of the pinups returns to comics this June to heat up the summer, as international superstar creator Mirka Andolfo finds the perfect match for her style and sensibilities, and she's taking Bettie Page home with her to Italy in a new series alongside artist Elisa Ferrari and co-writer Luca Blengino!
"Our goal is to tell an intense story with an intense character and an intense but realistic setting.," shared writer Mirka Andolfo.
It's la dolce vita for Bettie! Her latest adventure starts when she's been cast as the lead of a film shooting in historic and beautiful Rome. It's a Bettie Page escapade, so of course some shady-looking thugs attempt to kidnap her before she even gets the chance to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Italy! Turns out, it's a case of mistaken identity. Miss Page just happens to look nearly exactly like their intended target. Will the dark angel be able to negotiate - or wiggle - her way out of this predicament? She'll also learn more about her mysterious doppleganger along the way.
One of the biggest names in comics, Mirka Andolfo is beloved for her flirty and fun writing and art on hit titles like Sweet Paprika, Unnatural, Mercy, and more, as well as huge titles from Marvel and DC Comics. She's shepherded Dynamite's own Red Sonja in a critically acclaimed run, but now she's tackling a character and legend that is such an obviously ideal fit for her talents! Not only that, but she's infusing the series with some of her native Italian style too!
Mirka and Elisa are joined by a cast of additional pinup greats to contribute stunning covers for the beautiful bombshell. Joseph Michael Linsner is back, and he's ...
03/21/23 @ 2:11 pm EST
Following the announcement and upcoming release of Dynamite's next hotly anticipated Pathfinder series, the first in several years, the publisher is announcing another huge collaboration with roleplaying industry leader Paizo. Starfinder, the tabletop innovator's other smash hit game and mythos, is coming to comic books for the first time in Angels of the Drift!
For the first ever Starfinder comic series coming to stores, Dynamite and Paizo hand picked the best creative voice to take the helm. James L. Sutter served on staff at Paizo for over a decade, including as Creative Director for Starfinder, playing a critical role in developing the world and systems, translating the beloved Pathfinder formula to a science-fantasy landscape. Sutter writes Angels of the Drift alongside artist Edu Menna (Army of Darkness).
"Starfinder is all about exploring the galaxy and having epic adventures, but at the end of the day it's also about your real-world experience as a player, sitting around a table having fun with your friends," said writer James L. Sutter. "I think the comic zeroes in on that feeling—that no matter how high the stakes get, both the game and the comic are meant to be fun."
Paizo has been charting the paths of Starfinder's "iconics" for over half a decade now in game art and supplemental material, but fans have been clamoring for a greater story focus on them, which is now here! Angels of the Drift is elevated by its fun, colorful cast of characters, like any great genre adventure. Navasi is a human woman and reformed pirate, serving as the group's fast-talking, plan-crafting de facto captain. The hulking, reptilian Obozaya is the main muscle. Ciravel is a ...
03/21/23 @ 2:03 pm EST
This summer the Vampirella franchise welcomes another new series and an exciting new path for one of its newest stars, as Victory gets the spotlight with writer David F. Walker and artist Brett Weldele this June!
First introduced in the mythos-shattering Vampirella #0 on Free Comic Book Day 2019, fans were introduced to Victoria Harris by Christopher Priest and Ergün Gündüz. The gorgeous African American woman came into Vampirella's life and alongside other newcomers, set her on quite the roller coaster ride. The two were briefly lovers, and Victoria found herself enamored by Vampi's remarkable abilities - and even her iconic costume. Along the way she's since been bestowed with a cursed, demonic ring and turned against her friend by Lilith, the mother of Drakulon.
This summer Eisner-winning writer David F. Walker, of such critically acclaimed hit series as Bitter Root, Naomi, Planet of the Apes, Shaft, and more, is joined by artist Brett Weldele (The Surrogates, The Beauty) are leveling up Victory from a pawn in the grand game, to a major player. With a stunning white variation on the classic Vampirella costume, and her newly granted powers, how will she leave her own mark on the world, good or bad? Fans will also get to see which old foe (or friend..?) is about to show up to cheer her on.
"Victory is an interesting supporting character, but the thing to keep in mind is that she’s been a supporting character, and for me those characters are always more fun to write," said writer David F. Walker. "When you take a successful supporting character and elevate them to leading character status, it is important to remember that what you’re doing is adding to someone that already exists – it’s like ...