05/13/14 @ 3:08 pm EST
Comic writer Greg Pak interviews Rob Williams about Miss Fury #10 and the on-going time travel story that is updating the classic character for a modern audience. What is the future of the Dynamite series? Read on…
GREG PAK: Rob, you’re doing some pretty wild stuff with MISS FURY, updating a character from the Golden Age with a trippy time travel storyline. What should someone who hasn’t been reading the book know to pick up with the latest issue?
ROB WILLIAMS: Well, first off #10 is drawn by Jack Herbert, who’s brilliant and is going to be a big star in the business, I’m pretty confident. Jack’s been doing some stellar work on Miss Fury throughout.
And #10 is a pretty straightforward linear self-enclosed story. Miss Fury has been taken in by US Intelligence in WW2 and they want to use her as a killer for hire. All these pulp heroes have sprung up and they need a pulp hero of their own. Miss Fury’s still struggling with the fact that she doesn’t want to be a killer, but she needs intel about the location of her missing lover in Nazi Germany, so she’s forced to play along. Her target is a mobster who’s decided to take up wearing a mask and a cape, and is calling himself ‘The Mob’. The fact that he was deputised by US Intelligence in order to keep the New York docklands free of Nazi agents and sabouters has led him to believe that he’s a superhero, and he’s started wearing a mask and cape. Think Tony Soprano as a pulp hero.
GP: I haven’t had the guts (or maybe the brains) to tackle a time travel storyline yet — seems like such a challenge to make the various conundrums and paradoxes work out. What techniques or principles do you use to keep it all straight in your head?
RW: I wonder the same thing myself. I thought it’d be fun and challenging and different to do a non-linear time travel tale, where the pieces all get fitted together like a jigsaw at the end, and you get the chance to see a three-dimensional character in Miss Fury as a result. She may start out seeming like a sassy, immoral Catwoman-type, but when you see her past, and her future, you see why she is who she is and that there’s a lot more to her than that.
Which is all fine in principle, but it’s a real brainfart to keep track of. I kept notes, Had certain things tied down. Other parts of it were fluid as we went, which allows for some much needed spontaneity along the way. But yeah, you’re right. It’s not the easiest thing to write. I swore halfway through our storyline that I wasn’t going near a time travel story for a while.
GP: You mentioned in another interview that Miss Fury may have been the first female superhero to be written by a woman writer. Can you tell us a bit about the original creators of the book and how their take on the character might have inspired you?
RW: Well, I’m no scholar on the subject but my understanding is that June Tarpe Mills was the first female writer/artist of these pulp heroes in 1941, and that she created Miss Fury to resemble herself. When we started this run we wanted to stay true to the character’s origins – WW2 Manhattan socialite, fights crime, wears a catsuit, sassy – but we also wanted to go in different directions. Just bringing her to the present day wasn’t enough. I figured that had been done a lot. Ditto keeping her in WW2. So lets have her skip through time, not knowing why that’s happening. That’s a pretty fun mystery to solve. And I wanted to try and give her some depth, have her not be just another bored sassy soclialite fighting crime for kicks.
GP: Who’s your favorite supporting character in the book and why?
RW: Schauburger was kind of fun to write. Mad, time-travelling Nazi science ghost. What’s not to like, aside from the Nazi thing? And, even though he was a late addition, I thought The Mob had some energy to him.
There was scope to have some fun with that.
GP: You’ve played with in the Green Goliath’s backyard over at Marvel. Who’s angrier, Miss Fury or the Hulk?
RW: Hulk smash. Miss Fury looks smashing in her outfit. That’s my glib answer. My earnest one is that part of the theme of the book was ‘she’s called Miss Fury, so what has she got to be angry about?’ We’ve all got things to be angry about, or we should have. Just look at what’s going on in the world on any given day. If you’re not angry about something then you’re not living right.
06/02/20 @ 4:43 pm EST
The creeps and the crawlies of the Chaos! crew comes to Kickstarter today for a limited time sketch card celebration of their 25th anniversary!
Live right now, and with Early Bird Special discounts for the first 24 hours, fans can get truly one-of-a-kind sketch cards featuring their favorite characters from the Chaos! universe. All manner of psychos, vamps, and demons are depicted by a diverse range of fan-favorite artists from the community. The likes of Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity, Lady Demon, Mistress Hel, Jade, The Chosen, and countless other classic characters have been drawn in all kinds of styles and will be packed in special red and stamped Kickstarter-exclusive protective envelopes.
This limited-time offer will only last one week and then the cards and rewards will be shipped immediately after, to reward Chaos! and sketch cards fans for their tremendous support of the franchise and Dynamite through the years.
Sketch card artists who have contributed to this set include Roy Cover, April Reyna, Dan Curto, Daniel Gorman, Edward Santia, Huy Truong, Jeffrey C. Benitez, Joe DelBeato, Karl Jones, Ken Haeser, Kevin B. Cleveland, Lee Hunt, Mai Irving, Marcia Dye, Mitch Ballard, Norvien Basio, Rich Molinelli, Scott Harrell, Tone Rodriguez, Zachary Woolsey, Mikey Chiume Jr, and many more!
The campaign features many special reward options for collectors. Including glow-in-the-dark cards! As well as ways to focus on a favorite character such as Evil Ernie, Chastity or Purgatori - or all three. Rare puzzle card sets are available as well. For the comic fans and as an affordable add-on, Dynamite is also offering two critically acclaimed Chaos! graphic novels as well as surprise boxes of single issues mixed with other Dynamite ...
05/29/20 @ 9:36 pm EST
Chaos! Evil Ernie. Smiley. Purgatori. Chastity. Lady Demon. Jade. Cremator. Bad Kitty. The Chosen. Their names strike fear in all. But for comics fans, we feel excitement for these boundary-pushing classic characters. The Chaos! universe is going on 25 years strong and we're celebrating with awesome offerings on Kickstarter for the fans. One-of-a-kind sketch cards will be available featuring all your favorite characters, from the top artists in the field. Each card will be shipped protected in a custom, high-quality red envelope with the Chaos 25th anniversary logo. For the first 24 hours of the campaign, fans can take advantage of the Early Bird Special to get a great discount on their sketch cards!
A selection of the artists contributing includes Roy Cover, April Reyna, Dan Curto, Daniel Gorman, Edward Santia, Huy Truong, Jeffrey C. Benitez, Joe DelBeato, Karl Jones, Ken Haeser, Kevin B. Cleveland, Lee Hunt, Mai Irving, Marcia Dye, Mitch Ballard, Norvien Basio, Rich Molinelli, Scott Harrell, Tone Rodriguez, Zachary Woolsey, Mikey Chiume Jr, and many more!Get Notified As Soon As We Launch!
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05/28/20 @ 4:34 pm EST
Tomorrow (Friday), master painter Lucio Parrillo will be joining creator and self-publisher Billy Tucci on the PopXP Youtube channel
. Lucio will be discussing his career as a comic book cover artist, the decade of beautiful contributions to Dynamite titles, and most of all his current and first-ever crowdfunding campaign for his exclusive Vampirella variant.Click here at Noon EST Friday to watch the discussion. (9 AM PST, 5 PM BST).
Billy himself is no stranger to Vampirella and crowdfunding, as his independent creation Shi crossed over with the Daughter of Drakulon back in 1997 and then again last year for a special dual anniversary celebration cover. He's successfully crowdfunded a big comeback for Shi with the upcoming Return of the Warrior.
And through PopXP (formerly known as Crowdfunding Comics) with Nile Scala, he's made waves talking to comic book pros from all corners. Guests have included Marc Silvestri, Humberto Ramos, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Brian Pulido, Erik Larsen, Chuck Dixon and countless more.Click here to check out Lucio Parrillo's exclusive Vampirella cover on Indiegogo
05/28/20 @ 4:32 pm EST
Dynamite and Fanatical announce a goodies-stuffed digital comics bundle - available right now!
The clock is already counting down, so check out the deals! - Dynamite & Fanatical Bundle
This promotion launches as part of Fanatical's BundleFest, coinciding with several additional deals for all kinds of fans, across comics, video games and more. Featuring over 70 individual issues and a dozen graphic novels, the Dynamite bundle touts a whopping 95% savings on over $300 worth of great comics.
Across three tiers starting at just one dollar, fans can fit their haul to their budget. Particular highlights include the timeless cartooning of upcoming Green Hornet artist Anthony Marques in the Savage Tales of Vampirella one-shot. Or the 380-page tome of Vampirella's earliest stories. And the beautiful and badass portrayal of Red Sonja by artist Carlos Gomez with the whipsmart writing of Amy Chu. As well as Van Jensen and Dennis Calero's pitch-perfect adaptation of Ian Fleming's original James Bond novel to the graphic novel form.
Other creators who contributed to books in the bundle include Mike Carey, Steve Niles, Nancy A. Collins, Greg Pak, Vita Ayala, Joseph Michael Linsner, Jim Zub, Max Bemis, Roy Thomas, Leah Williams, Ethan Sacks, Michael Moreci, David Avallone and countless more!
Check out the offerings available in each tier below, with each successive one also including previous items.
Army of Darkness Furious Road #1 – 6
Barbarella #1 – 6
Centipede #1 – 5
Savage Tales of Vampirella
Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time #1 – 6
The Bionic Man vs The Bionic Woman #1 – 5
For just a single buck, that's $60 worth of top tier comics!
Read More Here
05/26/20 @ 8:16 pm EST
Yep, it's streeeeetch goal time! The campaign has been such a success so far that we're bringing in some extra goodies for everyone who's already joined the party, and those yet to come on in. Over the holiday weekend, we passed $26,000 and 200 backers. And one very lucky collector locked themselves in for Lucio's one-of-a-kind original painting! A huge congrats to that fan!
To show our gratitude for all this support, we are setting a stretch goal of $30,000 which will give every physical backer a promo trading card of Lucio's breathtaking masterpiece. This card will feature a minimalist design to emphasize the artwork itself, and as with the comics will be incredibly limited based on the number of backers of the campaign.Check out the campaign now and help unlock the stretch goal!
05/22/20 @ 7:39 pm EST
Two fantastically talented creators. One badass and historically crucial character. A groundbreaking story. Gorgeous artwork. Available directly for the fans through crowdfunding.
Billy Tucci and Maria Laura Sanapo have a classified project they're cooking up. If you poke around social media, you may figure it out... Or just click below for the partial reveal and to sign up for updates. We'll show you some more teases as the launch approaches, and will let you know ASAP when it's live.Click Here To Get The Latest Teases & Updates!
05/21/20 @ 5:47 pm EST
Super sales are ending and continuing, and ComiXology is full of energy with the industry getting back to full steam!
First of all, check out the first new release from Dynamite in a while, with RED SONJA #15 available now! Critically acclaimed writer Mark Russell continues to weave this witty grounded yet action packed tale of Sonja the Red, now dealing with being Queen of Hyrkania in "peacetime" in Year Two. The art by Bob Q balances impressive action and cartooning for a classic, timeless style. Reviews have been great, so check it out!
Our Sci-Fi sale ends tonight! 13 thrilling graphic novels are deep discounted, as well as all their respective single issues. Below are some of the standouts included, but click here to browse the full sale!
It's still running for a couple more days, but don't gloss over the Dynamite Select Sale either! With a huge selection of 50 books, there's something for everyone!
And for a recommendation from us, we advise straddling both sales and piecing together a binge reading collection of work from the master Howard Chaykin! You'll find all the below books across these two spectacular sales. All of these are whipsmart tales that pushed against the boundaries of comics and continue to inspire readers and creators today. Though we warn that they do employ mature subject matter.
05/19/20 @ 7:37 pm EST
Yep, we heard you! Many fans were asking for a graded option on this crowdfunded variant cover, and we made it happen. Now every version of the cover is available graded, and as a bundle. In addition to all the awesome existing options and add-ons. We're guaranteeing a 9.8 grade too! Keep the great ideas coming and maybe we could have another fan-inspired update!
Get yours now on Indiegogo!