06/22/15 @ 3:02 pm EST
writer of Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris/Irene Adler
#1, talks withByron Brewer
about the book, on sale now. Cover art by Jay Anacleto
and Fabiano Neves
.BYRON BREWER: First, Leah, how does it feel to have a tie-in to this wonderful all-female character/all-female writer event from Dynamite Entertainment?LEAH MOORE:
I am beyond excited about this event. When I was told that Dynamite was going to let us loose with all their female characters, and she [Gail Simone] was going to get female writers, I knew then it would be amazing. When you see the talent we have on the books, you know the characters are all in safe hands, and all we have to do is wait and see how mighty Puppetmaster Gail pulls it all together! I am so honored to be asked into that gang, I think we’re all going to ride Choppers together and rob liquor stores…that’s the San Diego plan anyway.BB: Within the very limited scope of a three-issue miniseries, what were the challenges of bringing two strong-willed characters like Dejah Thoris and Irene Adler together? Beyond that, was there any unexpected fun?LM:
The challenge is giving each of them room to breathe and let the readers get to know them, that way when they clash, it’s not just two mannequins, it’s two people the reader is invested in. The funniest thing ever was the dialogue. Dejah Thoris in London. Does she skulk about all upset and worried? Does she shy away from all the big tough villains? Hell no! She’s totally regal and taking care of business just as she would on Barsoom, it’s London that has to mind its manners. Likewise Irene Adler doesn’t miss a beat when she finds herself on Barsoom. Her mind is just as quick even surrounded by eight legged animals and green men.BB: Give us your take on these two iconic characters. LM:
Irene Adler is the total package. She’s a fixer, a brilliant mind, a markswoman who has no fear whatsoever, and relishes a fresh challenge and the thrill of the chase. Her worst nightmare is being sat still, with nothing to do.Dejah Thoris is a woman with the weight of a world on her shoulders, as she rules Barsoom, and ponders the safe return of her husband. She is short tempered as only a truly regal person can afford to be, and yet she has a powerful sense of social justice. She is not a decorative bride for a powerful man, she’s a woman who inspires equal measures of fear and respect.BB: Can you tell us in a non-spoilery way how what happens to Dejah and Irene in this book figures into the overall Swords of Sorrow storyline?LM:
Okay, well in Swords of Sorrow
#1 we saw a whole lot of swords being delivered and a whole lot of things ending up in worlds where they really shouldn’t be. This story is what happens on Barsoom and in London immediately after Tars Tarkas is whizzed off to another world, and the huge statue of Sonja appears in a Barsoomian canyon. Some Barsoomian wildlife has found a way across time and space, and now stalks very different prey in the Victorian streets of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s London, while on Barsoom, the people of Helium prepare themselves to deal with the mystery invaders that must surely be about to arrive. Is all this connected to John Carter’s disappearance? Who is the man in the desert, and what does he want from them?My miniseries just fleshes out a tiny part of the main story, just two of the many awesome women who find themselves flung together!BB: What was it like working with artist Francesco Manna?LM:
Francesco is a total pro, his pages are a true delight to get in my inbox. He creates a London that I totally believe, and the acting of his characters is just brilliant. To be honest, I took my hat off to him for not quitting when we got to the eight-legged horses. Nobody would have blamed him…BB: Aside from Dejah and Irene, any other female hero you would like to take a crack at in a solo book? And if it were a team-up, who would the two ladies be?LM:
I’m finding it hard to imagine more fun than Irene Adler. For a solo book I would send her off across the world chasing a big shady group through all kinds of exotic Victorian locations. Like a Victorian female James Bond, who wouldn’t get pushed off the Reichenbach Falls, she would totally dive off them, and climb out the other side with a knife in her teeth. I would write the heck out of that, no problem. Pith helmets, sailing ships, hot air balloons and opium dens. Yes please.For a team-up, I would probably cross Irene over with Mina Harker from our Dracula
books. Mina is a happily married woman at the end of Stoker’s book, with a solicitor husband and some inherited real estate, but to be honest, I can’t see that being the happy ever after of her story. She is way too curious and too full of ingenuity to let a world where Vampires exist be something she just accepts and gets on with her embroidery. She would be out there collecting ancient documents, going through news archives, and sending messages to far flung outposts of the empire on her telegraph line. She and Adler would be my dream book. You can sort that out for me, right? That was the deal, wasn’t it? Hey, where are you going?!BB: To check out the eight-legged horses, of course. I’m from Kentucky!
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#1, click here
05/22/19 @ 5:13 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a Kickstarter for upgraded packaging and contents for the Bettie Page Deluxe Ultra-Premium Sketch Card Collection. Adorers of Bettie's timeless beauty and sketch card fanatics can check out the campaign for great value on packs and boxes, including one-of-a-kind sketch cards and other bonuses! Famed wrestler, commentator, artist and Bettie superfan Jerry "The King" Lawler will not only be featured as an additional card premiering via Kickstarter, but will also be contributing signed and exclusive sketch cards to the set with a unique design!
The Bettie Page Sketch Cards Kickstarter is live now, visit here: BETTIE PAGE DELUXE ULTRA-PREMIUM SKETCH CARD COLLECTION
Following successful and fan-favorite comic book series, Dynamite is bringing Bettie to trading cards! Bettie’s timeless All-American sensuality and playfulness is captured expertly by top-of-the-line artists included in this set including Joseph Michael Linsner, David Williams, John Royle, Scott Chantler and more! Also included are some of the most iconic photographs of the beauty legend. Dynamite will also be bringing in the hottest sketch card artists for thousands of one-of-a-kind exclusive pieces.
The special Jerry Lawler promo card is inspired by the iconic work of 1980s painter Patrick Nagel. This uniquely designed chase card as well as signed versions will be included in a limited number of packs. Including ultra rare Gold Elite Signature Series cards! Backers on Kickstarter for one or more packs are guaranteed one of these cards!
"I've been a Bettie Page fan for a long, long time," said Jerry Lawler. "As an artist myself, I've always been a huge fan of pinup art from models and legends like Gil Elvgren and Olivia. Bettie and I are both from the beautiful state of Tennessee. There was a kind of connection. I was ...
05/17/19 @ 1:31 pm EST
Dynamite is making a giant splash in July 2019 with a new Vampirella series by top tier creators like Christopher Priest, as well as reprints and collections of highly sought after recent and classic material, and lots of special items for fans. But in addition to celebrating the 50 years of Vampi, Dynamite looks to the future of Vampirella comics with a blank comic for aspiring creators!
Dynamite is offering the Vampirella Blank Comic Book. This standard length comic book sports sketch-quality blank interior pages and a cover with just logo treatment. Dynamite is embracing the extraordinary talents of their fanbase and the comics community to experiment and produce their own Vampi stories.
People can take on the project solo or collaborate with friends to write, draw, ink, color and letter a full length story. Or split up the pages for an anthology in the vein of the original magazine. Another challenge would be to follow the famous 24-hour comic challenge. An artist drawing in this book could be the next José González, Amanda Conner, Mike Mayhew or Ergün Gündüz, finding themselves professionally drawing the Daughter of Drakulon someday. Or writing, in the footsteps of Archie Goodwin, Kurt Busiek, Mark Millar or Christopher Priest.
05/17/19 @ 1:26 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces its Editorial and Sales team will embark once more on a journey to the Diamond Retailer Summit and that special covers will be available to retailers.
Joseph Rybandt, Executive Editor and Patrick O'Connell, Sales Manager will be at the summit to present to and speak with retailers about all of Dynamite's exciting recent and upcoming releases and initiatives. Including discussion of the upcoming Vampirella #1 written by Christopher Priest, the crossover with Archie Comics and an upcoming series by Gail Simone!
At the Dynamite booth, participating retailers will be able to receive four limited edition covers for Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica. Upcoming Vampirella ongoing artist Ergün Gündüz illustrated a cover with the four fan-favorite heroines taking a selfie together. Dressed and virgin versions of the cover will be available. In addition to high-end premium $50 virgin cover editions of the Fay Dalton and Cat Staggs variants.
"We love our retail partners in the industry. The ones attending the Diamond Seminar are taking time out of being in their stores and investing their time and money to be at the show. Dynamite is honored to be able to present our upcoming publishing schedule and all the exciting projects we have for the rest of this year, going into 2020! We want to thank them for coming by in giving away multiple items to help them recoup some of their expenses," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher.
05/16/19 @ 2:28 pm EST
Fwoosh! What sound effect does a boomerang make? Find out this August when Dynamite releases THE DEATH-DEFYING 'DEVIL #1 by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani! The Master of Courage returns!
The nearly 80-year-old legendary superhero returns in a miniseries from Eisner-nominated writer Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Domino) and her longtime artistic collaborator Walter Geovani (Red Sonja, Clean Room). Colorist Adriano Augusto (Red Sonja/Tarzan, KISS: Blood & Stardust) and prolific letterer Simon Bowland (Red Sonja, The Boys) round out the cast.
In this yarn inspired by Rod Serling, Bronze Age horror/mystery anthologies, and modern street-level heroics, the 'Devil finds himself beaten and bloodied in the backyard of a ramshackle apartment building. The diverse cast of tenants take him in and across each issue they are explored in-depth. Each has their own unique problems, while a strange force also menaces the building as a whole. The 'Devil makes it his mission to solve all of these puzzles, even when he learns that one of his new neighbors is a traitor.
A whole legion of painterly artists are contributing covers to this blockbuster series. Riccardo Federici (Aquaman, Dark Nights Metal: Dark Knights Rising) leads the pack, Tyler Kirkham (Deathstroke, Green Lantern, Teen Titans) has some fun with a spray effect, Ben Oliver (American Carnage) turns in a playing card-inspired cover featuring the villain Deadly Dreaded Dragon, while fan-favorites Lucio Parillo (Vampirella, Red Sonja) and In-Hyuk Lee (Black Order, Spider-Geddon) strike iconic heroic poses. As a throwback for Project Superpowers fans, a special incentive "Carve Out" cover features Alex Ross's history-making depiction.
Read More Here
05/16/19 @ 1:53 pm EST
Tick! Tick! Tick! Tock! The Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue Kickstarter celebrating the iconic heroine's 50th Anniversary ends tonight! You have just hours left to support the campaign or increase your pledge to get even more awesome rewards!
The campaign ends at 11 PM EST! Pledge Now!
Thanks to all who have pledged already and continued to unlock stretch goal after stretch goal! Last night tons of new backers joined in and now every statue box will include a promo trading card depicting how the original Gonzalez/Torres masterpiece has translated to the third dimension!
Don't forget all the amazing options for rewards beyond the central statue! Enamel pins, deluxe art books, graphic novels, the hardcover Vampirella archives! And any combination - message us on Kickstarter and we can arrange add-ons and special personalized reward packages!
05/14/19 @ 10:37 pm EST
We need to express a HUGE thanks to all the passionate Vampirella fans and backers who have supported this Kickstarter! Your continued support has floored us at Dynamite and we've continued to upgrade and expand the campaign for you! We've got a 3rd stretch goal to announce early today! Maybe the last? Never say never!
Once we pass the current - and so close! - stretch goal of $25,000, the new stretch goal will be set at $30,000. For unlocking this level, a special premium promo trading card will be included in every statue box! The card, celebrating Vampi's 50th year, will depict a final photographed statue on one side and the original Jose Gonzalez and Enrich Torres painting on the reverse. Pledge now and don't wait until the last second!
Help Unlock the 3rd (!) Stretch Goal! The campaign ends this Thursday, May 16th at 11 PM EST.
Support the 50th Anniversary Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue Kickstarter to get your rewards early and with added value. Statue collectors are also guaranteed lower numbers in the production run. In addition to the previously unlocked stretch goals of a bonus digital Vampirella: Feary Tales graphic novel and the limited edition Gonzalez Vampi print.
To support the campaign, visit: Jose Gonzalez Vampirella Statue!!
05/14/19 @ 9:52 pm EST
There are just a couple days left on the 50th Anniversary Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue Kickstarter! We have a few updates to share with backers and those still on the fence! Pledge now!
Check out these new photos of the statue! We want to get the final 3D piece as close to Gonzalez's original piece as possible and have been comparing and listening to feedback. With a few tweaks, this is what Vampi looks like right now! The final final version may differ with even more improvements!
05/14/19 @ 2:24 pm EST
We are blown away every day as we watch the Kickstarter campaign rise and rise! We got funded, then blew past the first stretch goal! Now we are sooo close to passing the second stretch goal and we have a way for you to help!
For a chance to win the J. Scott Campbell Women of Dynamite Vampi statue, share a post on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) with your friends and followers using the hashtag #VampiStatueKS, tagging @DynamiteComics and sharing this link http://bit.ly/2JfyxJX to show everyone the current Jose Gonzalez statue Kickstarter! You can send out the message once a day until this Thursday at 10 PM EST.
Here's a suggested sample post: Check out the @DynamiteComics Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue on @kickstarter right now!
Head to their page to see how to enter the #VampiStatueKS contest too!
More rules and details can be found on our website here.
Help make the final push to the stretch goal on Kickstarter now!
We're so close to passing the $25,000 stretch goal - pledge now! The current goal is for a limited edition 8.5" by 11" print of a gorgeous Jose Gonzalez Vampi piece. It is a color version of the frontispiece used in Vampirella #39 from 1975. Add this jaw dropping work of art to your collection!
To support the campaign, visit: Vampirella 50th Anniversary Statue by Jose Gonzalez!
05/10/19 @ 12:45 pm EST
We did it, first stretch goal unlocked! *Sound effect* All backers of the Jose Gonzalez Vampirella Kickstarter will now receive the digital graphic novel Vampirella: Feary Tales. Thanks to support from fans like you! Or you specifically! Thanks, you! Let's keep the fun rolling! It's time for another stretch goal! You ready?
At a not-so-far benchmark of $25,000, every pledge receiving physical items will also get a bonus Jose Gonzalez Vampirella print. This 8.5" by 11" Limited Edition Print on a high quality heavy stock paper is a full color masterpiece done as a recreation of his black and white frontispiece pinup for Vampirella #39. The classic pose captures Vampi's timeless beauty as well as her radiating confidence. Check it out below! Also see the original piece. More details on Pepe's legendary pinups and later Vampirella pieces can be found in the 250-page deluxe hardcover The Art of Jose Gonzalez,which is available in multiple tiers on the Kickstarter. Including the rare model photo used as reference for this print!
Check Out the Campaign to Help Unlock this Special Print! Go go go!