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07/23/15 @ 2:06 pm EST
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Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja Vs Jungle Girl is part of Dynamite’s all-female written summer event starring their top female characters. This issue is written by Marguerite Bennett and drawn by Mirka Andolfo. Marguerite did this writer’s commentary on the issue.

PAGE ONE

First page, we just wanted a quick opening to catch up readers who may not be following the whole of the crossover, or those who are and needed a swift reminder of Sonja’s location, tasks, and motivation. She and Dejah Thoris discovered that these portals are engineered, and Sonja takes it upon herself to go find the villain and chop of their head, while Dejah turns back to protect her people in their hour of need—fairly informative of character, too.

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PAGE TWO – PAGE THREE

If you can, always make Page Two a splash. Dirty writer trick. Tighten tension on Page One and unlock it on Page Two.Ohhhh, Sonja, making friends wherever you go.

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PAGE FOUR – PAGE FIVE

Or, regarding splash pages, go overboard.I wanted to write a pulp comic—a visual feast, big fat colorful panels. Here we see the jungle, the ice storm, the dinosaurs, and Sonja—four things that should not collide. We’ve got a gorgeous world, but a world clearly out of balance—maybe more beautiful for the disharmony, but decidedly less stable and more dangerous. I was really looking forward to this spread and Mirka’s fantastic.

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PAGE SIX – PAGE SEVENPoor Sonja. The spirit was willing, but the plot is causing you trouble. Pixar Rules: Coincidence can get your character into trouble, but it cannot get them out.Fortunately, Sonja loves trouble.(Also, I freaking love Mirka’s art. Jeez.)

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PAGE EIGHT – PAGE NINE

Cheesecakey, if your cheesecake could occasionally murder you. I actually rather like good cheesecake when it’s in most pulp comics—context, personhood, and execution are everything, though. You can tell me if I succeeded or not.Jana also only got the drop on Sonja because Sonja just went from zero gravity back to insane humidity and dehydration. Jana is actually not a very capable fighter—she’s more skilled at hunting, tracking, and misdirection.Also, I think I quoted Lion King’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” to Mirka regarding Sonja and Jana’s tumble down that hillside and wiggled my eyebrows at her. God bless Mirka.I also really enjoy wordplay and archaic insults. I took far, far too many Linguistics classes in school and there is an alternate timeline where I became a linguist. Sonja’s “well-traveled barbarian” complements Jana’s cheerful ignorant innocence well, too—personality is everything when you’re baring this much skin.

PAGE TEN

Awwwww, making friends! Friendship is magic, you guys, don’t you watch MY LITTLE PONY?

PAGE ELEVEN

Yup, and there’s Mistress Hel, wishing she were cool like Sonja and Jana, wishing she had moves like Jagger.Also enjoyed having two women running around in chainmail and fur bikinis and becoming friends and teaching each other things and making plans for their future friendship.(My parents aren’t going to read this, are they?)

PAGE TWELVE – PAGE THIRTEEN

Ahhhhh, quite like these pages. Really wanted the wrongness of the storm to come across in a beautiful way. Mirka nailed it.

PAGE FOURTEEN

Some points about Jana and her role in the jungle—she is a hunter. She is a meat-eater and she kills. But she kills to survive or to feed her tribe. This was wanton and cruel. And now she’s gonna murder your punk ass.

PAGE FIFTEEN – PAGE SIXTEEN

Friendship is magic but it is also obnoxious puns. Jamie McKelvie is right; working with Kieron Gillen has ruined me.

PAGE SEVENTEEN – PAGE NINETEEN

Oh, poor Bel’lok. I designed you to be our pretty doe-eyed damsel and you’re so good at it. I like his vulnerability immensely; I like his modesty and his will to press on, even as he is injured, even as he is surrounded by strangers. Black male characters in comics are so often portrayed as the muscle, and I wanted to expand into something gentler, cognitive, and romantic, in terms of race and gender performance. Criticize away—I’m learning, too. Bel’lok is far and away the smartest and cleverest person in the whole arc. He’s done his homework and he knows what’s going on and he might just know how to fix everything.

PAGE TWENTY

“What’s going on” being “Mistress Hel is being a massive jerkface.”
08/22/19 @ 2:35 pm EST
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Dynamite announces the second entry in Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares graphic novel trilogy - Volume 2: Wrath!

Creator Pierce Brown returns for this entry, alongside co-writer Rik Hoskin (Brandon Sanderson's White Sand) and artist Eli Powell (Yakuza Demon Killers). Toby Cypress (Omega Men, The White Suits) contributes another beautiful cover. Rounding out the team are colorist Dee Cunniffe (The Wicked + The Divine, Paper Girls) and letterer Tom Napolitano (Justice League, Aquaman, Red Sonja). Brown's cosmic tapestry expands further in this chapter continuing the prequel to the New York Times bestselling novel series. Fitchner's quest for revenge continues as he and the Sons of Ares seek out the Golds who have wronged his family. Though their actions will come with repercussions and a back and forth will evolve into battles and the seeds of revolution.

The Red Rising saga depicts a future wherein mankind has explored and expanded across the cosmos. The ruling class has established a rigid caste system based on colors to stratify society, with "Golds" at the top. The eponymous first novel follows the tribulations of a Red joining a resistance movement and infiltrating Gold society to dismantle the entire system. The Sons of Ares graphic novels build the foundation for those threads by depicting the beginnings of their titular rebel organization.

"I’m excited to reunite with Rik to further expand the world of Red Rising, and to see Eli render the seething cities and mythical violence of the Society with his savage inks," said creator and writer Pierce Brown. "This is a tale of madmen and romantics. Fortunately, I’ve got two of the best to help me tell it."


"It's been a pleasure to return to the Red Rising world, with Pierce once again steering the ...

08/22/19 @ 2:12 pm EST
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Dynamite announces the next epic chapter in the comic book chronicles of the legendary rock band, KISS: Zombies!

After all, what can possibly happen after "The End" than a full-blown zombie apocalypse? That is the screwed up status quo that writer Ethan Sacks (Old Man Hawkeye, Star Wars) and artist Rodney Buchemi (Death of Hawkman) will tackle in this new limited series. Assisted on colors and letters by Dijjo Lima (Assassin's Creed, Doc Savage) and Troy Peteri (Amazing Spider-Man, Witchblade).

Picking up decades after the fall of civilization, humans are now an endangered species isolated to strongholds such as the central New Detroit. These undead are attracted to sound, so music and all related iconography have been banned. Especially that of the greatest band in history. However, a group of teenagers are not going to live this way and set out on a quest to track down KISS! Who may ultimately be the ultimate weapon to turn the tide against the zombies! Sacks has described the series as a cocktail of Land of the Dead, A Quiet Place, Seven Samurai and even Footloose!

This marks the first comic book work for Sacks outside of Marvel, where he's expanded the "Old Man" franchise to Hawkeye and Star-Lord to much critical and fan acclaim. He's got history with the band though, through his previous career as a journalist.

"In my two and a half decades as an entertainment journalist, one of my most proud achievements was interviewing Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for a 40th anniversary retrospective of KISS," said writer Ethan Sacks. "After all, this was a band that had provided the soundtrack for much of my life, and their eerie black and white makeup aesthetic seared itself in my brain during my childhood when ...

08/16/19 @ 9:35 pm EST
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The Vampirella #1 exclusive cover by Billy Tucci is now funded on Indiegogo! Dynamite thanks all the supporters! You still have time to join the party! CLICK HERE!

Fans of Vampirella and Shi showed up and blasted away the goal in less than 24 hours! This ensures that everyone will get their limited edition covers and prints. In fact, they will be shipped out to backers within 10 days of the campaign ending!

Billy Tucci created his first cover for Vampirella back in 1995, just a year after the first issue of his independent title Shi released. Over the years, he's made more contributions to the Vampirella tapestry, through crossovers with Shi and as recently as beautiful variant covers for Joseph Michael Linsner's Vampirella: Roses for the Dead. For Vampi's 50th anniversary, Tucci knew he had to do something special. Shi is also celebrating her 25th anniversary, so it was natural for the two to appear together again on an original cover!

The exclusive Vampirella/Shi anniversary cover is available in multiple editions. Starting with the "standard" cover in full glorious color by Wes Hartman. Also available are "virgin covers," dressed "black and white," "black and white virgin," and even a premium "pure line art" edition! There are also bundles with all covers included, or signatures from Tucci himself! Also available separately or as an add-on is a high quality lithograph print of this historic crossover cover!

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08/14/19 @ 11:23 pm EST
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Dynamite announces a special creator exclusive cover for Vampirella #1 by Billy Tucci on Indiegogo! Celebrating the dual celebration of Vampi's 50th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of Tucci's Shi!


Live on Indiegogo right now (CLICK HERE!)! The Daughter of Drakulon and Billy Tucci's Shi share a beautiful cover being offered only on Indiegogo for a limited time. This critically acclaimed and explosive debut of the new ongoing series by Christopher Priest and Ergun Gunduz has already sold a Dynamite 130,000 units both through the Direct Market and outside it with retailer and creator exclusives like this one!

"I've had the honor to be associated with Vampirella many times since I first broke into comics 25 years ago," said Billy Tucci. "This cover not only celebrates Vampirella's 50th anniversary, but also the 25th anniversary of my own creation, Shi."

Multiple options are available for those with differing budgets and tastes as well as the ultimate Vampi/Shi collectors out there, but all copies have already been printed and made available to fans in extremely limited quantities on a first-come-first-serve basis. At the base is the original cover by Billy Tucci, with logos and full gorgeous colors by Wes Hartman. Variations include a logo-less "virgin" cover, dressed "black and white," "black and white virgin" and even a premium "Pure Line Art" edition reproducing Tucci's flawless original pencil art. Only 300 copies of this cover have been produced! Fans can also get a combo pack with the four base covers, a pack with all four signed or the signed line art cover.


In addition to the comic, Dynamite and Billy Tucci have also ...

08/13/19 @ 12:13 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment is exceptionally pleased with the success of Vampirella #1! The hard work and enthusiasm of the creative team of Christopher Priest & Ergün Gündüz, Dynamite's staff, fans and most importantly retailers, led to quite the gift for Vampi's 50th birthday bash!

Vampirella #1 landed in the top 10 for dollars and #11 in units! Diamond Comics Distributors has released their public rankings for the best-selling comic books and graphic novels for July 2019. In a competitive month with every publisher releasing heavy hitters, relaunched titles and historical milestone issues, this is a real accomplishment! Just aboveanother famous comic book character that hangs out with bats!

This healthy debut for Vampirella makes it the best selling full priced Dynamite comic book of all time! Which works perfectly with 2019 also as Dynamite's 15th anniversary of publishing. While keeping in mind that many copies of Vampirella #1 were not directly distributed through Diamond, accounting for some retailer and creator exclusives yet to be revealed. All accounting for the whopping 130,000+ print run!

Dynamite has been blown away by the reactions from fans, critics and retailers surrounding the launch. Many fans reported that their Local Comic Shops quickly sold out of the issue or other 50th anniversary Vampirella items such as the replica edition of her first appearance. Stores across the country and even overseas were sharing photos of their life-size Vampi standees stuffed to the brim with comics and graphic novels in anticipation of New Comic Book Day. Many fans were able to chat with Priest at San Diego Comic Con and then signings at historic comic book stores Midtown Comics in New York, Fat Jack's Comicrypt in Philadelphia and Dr. No's Comics & Games in Marietta, Georgia.


While the debut was ...

07/30/19 @ 4:57 pm EST
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07/29/19 @ 5:15 pm EST
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07/26/19 @ 4:09 pm EST
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The classic Dynamite series Queen Sonja will be recollected in a set of two paperback omnibus volumes, with the first out in October 2019.

Queen Sonja Omnibus Volume 1 reprints the first 15 issues of that series. The 396-page paperback volume allows fans new and old to collect these stories affordably and binge them in a great format. In this volume, writers Joshua Ortega (Gears of War), Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi, Warlord of Mars) and current Birth of the She-Devil scribe Luke Lieberman craft arcs depicting the unique challenges that face Sonja at this stage in her life. They're joined by all-star She-Devil with a Sword artist Mel Rubi and Jackson Herbert. As well as a cover gallery, including a dozen paintings from superstar Lucio Parrillo. Pick up this terrific tome to read these tales of a mature battle-hardened Sonja atop the throne, dealing with threats from the outside and within.


“Know also, O prince, that in the selfsame days that the Cimmerian did stalk the Hyborian Kingdoms, one of the few swords worthy to cross with his was that of Red Sonja, warrior-woman out of majestic Hyrkania. Forced to flee her homeland because she spurned the advances of a king and slew him instead, she rode west across the Turanian steppes and into the shadowed mists of legendary.” — The Nemedian Chronicles


Queen Sonja Omnibus Volume 1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October 2019. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies with their local comic book retailers. It will also be ...

07/26/19 @ 4:06 pm EST
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Dynamite announces a fright-filled pair of Halloween themed special one-shots starring Red Sonja and Bettie Page!

In Savage Tales: A Red Sonja Halloween Special, writer Mark Russell brings in artist Jacob Edgar (James Bond: Moneypenny) to tell an extra-length spooky story. Dearbhla Kelly and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou also jump over from the regular series for this essential tale for fans of the She-Devil with a Sword. All underneath a striking cover from Erica D'Urso (Xena, Captain Marvel), drawing inspiration from the original Savage Tales #1.


This one-shot perfectly complements issue 9 of the ongoing series, out the same month. While that issue has Sonja returning to the Sorcerers of Wigur-Nomadene, Savage Tales flashes back to their first encounter. At this point, Sonja is not yet a legend, but a brute full of anger and ambition. Savage. Everyone's favorite fiery heroine tries to convince the sorcerers to bring her family and friends back to life.

"I saved the darkest chapter of the Red Sonja story for this Halloween Special," said writer Mark Russell. "The main series refers to an earlier visit by Sonja to the Sorcerers of Wigur-Nomadene and this tells the story of that visit and the price she paid to try to bring her dead family back to life. Jacob’s style lends itself really well to this story of dark magic and loss and I think it will make a great entry into the canon as well as a self-contained story."

"This new Sonja series has built a world that feels lived in, covered in dirt and sand and... probably some pretty bad smells. Approaching this issue, especially given that it's a dark Halloween tale, I really want to capture that feeling but also turn up the boldness," said artist Jacob Edgar. "Really push the ...

07/25/19 @ 9:37 am EST
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