06/20/17 @ 11:19 am EST
Award-winning writer Greg Pak (Planet Hulk
, Code Monkey Save World
), and artist Giovanni Valletta (Dark Horse Presents
) have been tapped as the creative team to bring the world of the hit-film franchise John Wick
to the pages of comics, thanks to a new partnership between Dynamite Entertainment and Lionsgate Films. Slated to launch on September 6th, the new series will offer fans of the massively popular character the opportunity to discover his thrilling origin story for the very first time!
When a young John Wick
emerges from prison and embarks upon his first epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guides their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And who was John Wick
before he became the Baba Yaga?
Writer Greg Pak says, "I was on board pretty much as soon as I got the call and heard ‘John Wick
.' I'm a huge Keanu Reeves fan and loved the John Wick
movies, which had the kind of kinetic action and intriguing mythology that seemed like a perfect fit for comics. I'm also always happy to work with my friends at Dynamite, who are always a pleasure to make comics with. And the art I saw from Giovanni Valletta blew my mind -- he's totally nailing Keanu Reeves' likeness while creating emotional, dynamic, exciting action. This book is going be BEAUTIFUL. But what really sealed the deal was when Dynamite Editor Anthony Marques said we had the greenlight to tell a John Wick origin story. That was astounding to me -- we're not just telling another fun adventure with the character; we're actually going to be able to add to this character's and world's tremendous mythology by telling an origin story! What could be cooler than that?"
Greg Pak is a Korean-American filmmaker and comic book writer best known for his award-winning feature film Robot Stories
, his blockbuster comic book series like Planet Hulk
and World War Hulk
, and his record-breaking Kickstarter publishing projects with Jonathan Coulton, including Code Monkey Save World
, Kickstarter's highest grossing original graphic novel of all time. Pak's recent comics projects include the creator-owned series Kingsway West
, Big Trouble in Little China
, Escape from New York
, and The Totally Awesome Hulk
and Weapon X
for Marvel. Pak's feature film Robot Stories
played in 75 festivals, won 35 awards, screened theatrically across the country, and is now available on DVD from Kino. Pak's feature screenplay Rio Chino
won the Pipedream Screenwriting Award at the IFP Market and a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. Pak also wrote the screenplay for the feature film MVP
, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Artist Giovanni Valletta says, "When Dynamite Editor Anthony Marques asked me if I would like to do some tryouts for this project, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. I loved the John Wick
film so much, and have been a fan of Keanu Reeves and his work for as long as I can remember. I couldn't be happier to have been picked to work on this project, and I hope the love I have for this movie shines through in my work."
Giovanni Valletta was raised in Caracas, Venezuela and studied Illustration at the Caracas Institute of Design before continuing his studies with Jesus Pastore at the Art Center School of Design. Once Valletta decided to turn his career towards the comic book industry, he attend the Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art, from which he graduated in 2010. Shortly after graduation, Valletta began working for Tell A Graphics alongside owner Joe Kubert, and became a member of the teaching staff at the Kubert School in 2012. His artwork has been featured by a number of top-tier publishers, and is best known for his work on Dark Horse Presents
and Pathfinder: Worldscape
is an incredible character - he and the world he inhabits are mysterious, thrilling, sexy, and contagious," says Anthony Marques, Editor for Dynamite Entertainment. "The series that we are doing develops that world even further by delving into his official origin story for the first time. We couldn't have been more fortunate than to have Greg Pak come on board to craft this tale. He has such a great understanding of the characters, their world, and their voices. The artwork Giovanni Valletta is creating is going to leave people breathless. He's found a way to truly immerse the readers into the world of John Wick
in a way that I don't think any other artist would have been able to. The thrills, speed, and action are all there on the page!
Marques continued, "This whole process has been an amazing ride - almost as thrilling at the films! We've received the blessings from all of the creators involved with the films, every step of the way. That includes the writer/creator of John Wick
Derek Kolstad, as well as Thunder Road, Lionsgate, and even Keanu Reeves. This book is the real deal and people are not going to be disappointed."
"I have been a huge fan of the John Wick
franchise since it was first released in 2014," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "When I broached the idea in our editorial meeting, it was unanimously agreed upon! The entire Dynamite team is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on such a great property, and we're excited to work with the amazing team at Lionsgate Films to make this new hit comic book series happen!"
The action-adventure film franchise John Wick
launched in 2014 and follows the titular hero, a deadly hitman, as he seeks vengeance for the death of a loved one. Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, and written by Derek Kolstad, the critically-acclaimed first installment starred Keanu Reeves and grossed close to $90 million worldwide. Based on the box office success of the first film, the series was greenlit for a sequel, and John Wick 2
opened in February 2017, grossing $165 million worldwide to date. The new partnership between Dynamite Entertainment and Lionsgate Films marks the first time the series will be published in comic book form.John Wick
will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July 2017 Previews
catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of John Wick #1
with their local comic book retailers. John Wick #1
will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.
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!