06/05/16 @ 2:52 am EST
In a new Writer 2 Writer interview from Dynamite
, Nancy Collins
talks with Corinna S. Bechko
about Miss Fury
#3 and Corinna admits she read Nancy’s work before tacklingAliens / Vampirella
. Cover is by Tula Lotay
, interiors by Jonathan Lau
.NANCY COLLINS: Can you give a quick explanation of who Marla Drake/Miss Fury is, for the benefit of those readers unfamiliar with the character and her history?CORINNA S. BECHKO:
Marla Drake has been around a long time – in fact, she’s one of the first heroes that wasn’t male. Add to that the fact that her creator is also a woman, and you have a pulp hero who is rather unusual for her time. In Tarpe Mills’ original, Marla is a wealthy socialite when she’s not fighting crime. I felt like something extra could be revealed about Marla if she had an interesting job, so I made that fact central to my story (in my take she designs ships) but I kept the high society aspects in the form of her closest friend and confidant as well as the setting of the last half of the arc.NC: How does your ‘take’ on the character differ from the Golden Age version? Did you have any knowledge of the original comic strip character before taking on the series?CSB:
I did know a bit about it – I was certainly aware of what Tarpe Mills had done with the character and the ground she broke (including scandalizing some newspapers by putting Marla in a bikini). I think the biggest difference in my take and the original is that my Marla is very focused on her career and her position as a woman who is always being questioned just for being good at what she does. The original Marla didn’t really have quite the same concerns in that department. But this probably says more about me than about the history of the character. When I think about it, a major through line in a lot of my work is how women navigate their workplaces. I’ve been lucky enough to work in fields that I care passionately about, and in an aspirational character like Miss Fury I guess I can’t help putting a little of that into her psyche.NC: How closely do you collaborate with your artist, Jonathan Lau?CSB:
It hasn’t been a super close collaboration, although we’ve gone back and forth about some ideas. Despite that, I feel he is totally in sync with what I was hoping to convey with the story. He’s upped the drama, the suspense, and the weird – all things that I was hoping would come across. In short, I couldn’t be happier that we had the chance to work together.NC: What—or who—is the talking black panther we see at the start of the story? And how does it tie in with Miss Fury?CSB:
Since there have been several iterations of Miss Fury, I wanted to make sure that this one was a little different, with more of a mystical/horror bent. To that end, I wanted to mix in a bit of mystery about where Marla gets her strength. And so I hoped to tell a duel story that would dovetail at the end of the arc, relating how Marla became Miss Fury, and how she adapts to that role. The cat is a big part of that.NC: Where, exactly, is the bulk of the story taking place? Is it Brazil or the United States?CSB:
The US. The flashbacks to Brazil are important though, since that’s where she met her friend Joao and got roped into the mystery at the heart of her New York problems.NC: Will Miss Fury be seeing more of the mysterious and debonair Joao?CSB:
Absolutely! He will play a pivotal role in the resolution of the mystery.NC: According to the intro inside the front cover, Miss Fury is set during the early days of the United States’ involvement in World War Two, when America’s women had to step up and fill in for the men who had volunteered or been drafted to fight in Europe and the South Pacific. If that’s the case, who would be her male masked-adventurer counterpart?CSB:
Hmm, hard choice! Maybe Doctor Fate in his earliest incarnations, since he has a mystical origin and decided to use it to fight crime.NC: How does writing Miss Fury differ from your work on Invisible Republic or Aliens/ Vampirella? What do you find interesting about the character and the world she operates in?CSB:
It’s quite a bit different from working on Invisible Republic, since that’s being built from the ground up and Miss Fury has a long history (as does Aliens – not to mention Vampirella). So even when I’m not using various parts of her original backstory, I try to be cognizant of it and not do anything against the spirit of the original. For instance, the original Miss Fury was smart and capable and had a cat named Peri-Purr. The Miss Fury I’m writing about is the same, even if she has a different job and doesn’t fight Nazis. Actually, before working on Aliens/Vampirella I read all of your run on Vampirella. You made her so much fun to read and I just loved her attitude. I think it’s important to keep elements like that intact, even if I’m changing everything else. Vampirella in particular has been written many different ways, but your take seemed so right that I thought about it constantly while I was writing my crossover. I’ve been really lucky on both Miss Fury and Aliens/Vampirella in that I was encouraged to set the stories in the places that made the most sense for them. I love New York and have read a lot about the history of the city, so putting Miss Fury into that kind of pulp milieu just seemed right to me.
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#3, click here
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!
05/29/20 @ 9:33 pm EST
05/28/20 @ 5:02 pm EST
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!