08/11/15 @ 6:54 pm EST
Mark Waid, writer of Justice Inc.: The Avenger #3, talks with writer Gail Simone about Swords of Sorrow #4, both on sale August 12th!MARK WAID: You now know more about these legendary comics characters than I do, and that’s saying something. How daunting was the research on this project?GAIL SIMONE
: It was incredibly daunting. We've spoken of this a lot, Mark, but I was raised in the boonies on a farm, and access to the source material of many of these characters was just something I never had. My knowledge of comics is pretty deep, but there are huge gaps, and my knowledge of some of the other media these characters appeared in is a lot more spotty. So that was indeed a daunting task.But the research did turn out to be one of the most fun aspects, in the end. I kept finding out all these amazing things--I had no ideaMiss Fury was such a trailblazing character; an anti-hero, by a female creator, that inspired many characters to follow, that started in the Golden Age, not in comics but in comic strips? I had no knowledge of any of that. It was a joy to include her, I felt a real connection to her creator, Tarpe Mills. I mean, here was a kick-ass woman adventurer, created, written and drawn by a woman, in 1941 ... it's kind of astounding that in 2015 we are still having a conversation about women creating comics and comics featuring women. 1941! And then several of these characters, I had sort of misjudged. I looked at Jungle Girl and just thought, "Ah, a cheesecake Sheena rip-off," but then reading the book, you find these interesting themes and ideas, and the character of Jana herself is really charismatic and charming.So all of this was a lot of discovery. I've said it before, but the most exciting thing for me is how we are bringing in ass-kicking women from all forms of adventure media fiction: comic strips, radio drama, black and white horror magazines, adventure literature, pulp fiction, comic books, and more. I even like that the “bad girl” period of comics is represented in the Chaos characters.We put all the toys in the bag and shook them up, and that was a metric HELLton of work, but it was also very much a dream job, just ridiculously fun. Dejah Thoris getting on Red Sonja's nerves whileJennifer Blood shoots at Kato, it was just all too fun.MW: Have the characters surprised you in any way as you’ve gone along?GS:
Yeah, I ended up really enjoying writing all of them. I thought I would have some favorites, like Red Sonja (of course), but what happened is almost every character showed their voice, even with limited panel space. It was as fun to write Black Sparrow and Lady Zorro as it was to write Dejah Thoris and Vampirella, whom I was a lot more familiar with.Great characters want to be known, I think. And someone poured their heart into each of these characters, I am delighted to give them a chance to shine. I've said this a lot, I've had a lot of assignments, this might be the most pure fun I've had. If I want to put a dinosaur in, or a robot, I can do that, it just has to make sense. Also, I have to say, I had a lot of preconceptions about the Chaos characters, but a couple of them have really started to speak to me.MW: Which of them has been your favorite to write? Which one has a voice that’s been hardest to grasp?GS:
Any chance I get to write Red Sonja, I am delighted, but what's fun in this book is who she is interacting with. Sonja hates royals, so she has an instant dislike of Dejah Thoris. And she has almost a big sister relationship with Jana, the Jungle Girl. All of that's a blast. It took a bit to find a voice for Masquerade, I was sort of faking it with her for a bit, but I think I came around to her.
One of the nicest things about this crossover is, I got to have a bunch of amazing writers writing fun tie-in books. I went and chose some of my favorite writers who were doing new things with female characters. People likeMarguerite Bennett, Nancy Collins, G.Willow Wilson, Mikki Kendall,Mairghread Scott, Emma Beeby, Erica Schultz, and Leah Moore, just all writers whose stuff I love to read. So some of the characters get a little more panel time in those books, as well.MW: What has artist Sergio Davila brought to the book?GS:
Just an inhuman level of dedication and commitment. Here's a guy, and he's being asked to do a book with several main characters and a couple dozen supporting characters, and he just never skimps, he never takes the shortcut. I have asked for pages with all the characters, and he draws it. I asked for him to draw a huge map of the new fantasy world created in the story, and he drew it. I can ask for ninjas or Martians or gorillas, he draws it all, and draws it beautifully. I feel very lucky to have him. Dynamite gave me a long list of potential artists, and for me, it was Sergio, hands down. I adore the guy. He also draws the women with dignity. They're beautiful, but they're fun and flawed and they're not just there to be drooled on. It's lovely.MW: Fill in the blank: “Readers who like ______________ will really dig Swords of Sorrow!”GS
: Funnel cakes!Or, gorgeous and dangerous women, 1940's radio dramas, science fiction, swords and sorcery, high adventure, cheap laughs, lightning-fast Martian dogs, gun-toting pulp crime fighters, snarky vampire queens, jungle adventures, it's all in there. We have been called the “best event book of the summer” by a LOT of critics, I'm very proud of that, but above all, we're having a party and we want you to be invited!
10/01/19 @ 2:44 pm EST
The 50th Anniversary celebration of Vampirella rolls on with another smash hit debut, with Dynamite proud to announce that VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #1 sold in excess of 63,000 copies!
This is a great number following on the record-setting 150,000 for July's VAMPIRELLA #1 - higher than recorded totals for any historical Vampirella comic or magazine issue. This could not be achieved without the passionate fans and retailers who supported the title, and Dynamite could not be more grateful. This Wednesday, everyone will finally get to read it! Dynamite welcomes fans to share their opinions and haul photos on social media and tag @dynamitecomics.
Tom Sniegoski returns to his signature character in comic books and the genesis of his career in the medium, 25 years after he left in 1996. He has the opportunity to do what few creators get the chance to, pick up exactly where he left off. Well, he's also chosen to incorporate that quarter-decade gap into the story as a time skip. In 1996, Tom closed his run on the Daughter of Drakulon with quite a bang, by literally killing his heroine in the epic Death & Destruction miniseries. This followed a nearly four-year run, anchored by the original Vengeance of Vampirella series but strewn across over 50 issues including tie-ins and crossovers.
In that original tenure, Tom shepherded everyone's favorite vampiress through the turbulent 1990s and at the forefront of the "bad girl" craze alongside crossover buddies Lady Death, Witchblade, Shi and others. Joined by artists like Buzz, Lous Small Jr., ...
10/01/19 @ 1:36 pm EST
Bite into this! Dynamite reveals an avalanche of official Vampirella apparel and merchandise available directly to fans - right now!
By partnering with Teespring and Amazon, Dynamite is able to offer a theoretically limitless array of designs for Vampi fans of all eras to apply to over a dozen items of their choosing and have them delivered to their steps in record time!
Fans can check out all the options on Teespring here. And here for Amazon's offerings.
Countless articles of clothing are available, including tee shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, hoodies, socks and even leggings! Shirts are available in multiple variations, down to fit, sleeve length and material. Additional items range from mugs, tote bags, stickers and phone cases.
Dynamite's production and product development teams have assembled eight designs for this initial wave, with more to come later - and even more characters/titles! Vampirella clothing would not be complete without options for Frank Frazetta, Jose Gonzalez, Mike Mayhew and Vampi's signature bat-inspired yellow logo. A couple more fun designs have been added, such as the tongue-in-cheek, teeth-in-neck "Blood Drive." As well as a "Drakulon Athletics" design that one might see in the gyms on her home planet.
10/01/19 @ 1:32 pm EST
In a very Vought-like move, Dynamite Entertainment is inviting fans to join The Boys by sporting some sweet apparel inspired by the classic Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson epic, now enjoyed by many more thanks to the Prime Video series!
Dynamite is offering two shirt designs, and they're actually a matching set. One reproduces the iconic cover of the first issue, with the titular group looking down at the reader and the initial series tagline "This is Going to Hurt." For the seventh issue, and first initially published by Dynamite, Darick Robertson and colorist Tony Aviña depicted the brutal scene The Boys were actually looking down on. This shirt is accompanied by the matching "We Told You This Was Going to Hurt" tag. These gilded-cotton tee shirts are available in sizes US Small through XXL.
It's (finally) getting cooler up in the Northern Hemisphere, and Dynamite has just the item to keep your head warm in the winter months - a The Boys knit beanie cap! This one-size-fits-all hat is made of cotton and goes for a more simplistic style with just the series logo. Still a great way to show off one's fandom and a perfect match for the shirts!
The Boys fans new and old can stay tuned for more exciting clothing options as Dynamite expands the line in coming months to include socks, caps and more! Dynamite also welcomes fans to share their Boys outfits on social media and tag @dynamitecomics!
“I’m delighted to see The Boys doing so well, especially with a whole new audience that now has a chance to see Butcher, Hughie and the rest of the gang in ...
10/01/19 @ 1:33 pm EST
Dynamite is proud to announce that the omnibus reprints of The Boys have sold over 110,000 copies to date in 2019 for Volumes 1 through 4, and with current unfilled orders of these volumes, plus the upcoming Volume 5 release, will ship in excess of 150,000 copies since the first volume's initial release in March! The final volume will be released in January 2020.
Despite continuing to go back to press, and specifically doing so in North America, Dynamite has been fighting to keep up with demand from retailers and fans interested in diving into the "blueprint" after loving the Prime Video adaptation. This overwhelming interest and support is incredibly meaningful to the publisher and creators of the legendary 90-issue series.
"At the moment the BOYS TV show is hitting peak exposure and has emerged as Prime's top show, Dynamite has smartly repackaged our work into these wonderful new Omnibuses, full of extra material and sketches from the creation of the book all the way back to 2006," said Darick Robertson, artist and co-creator. "They are a perfect way to complete your library or experience the comics that inspired the biggest show on streaming television."
Advance solicited for a January 2020 release, the sixth and final omnibus is available in two variations. An art cover by Darick Robertson depicts the full team, after each previous volume spotlighted one member of the five person core team. The special Prime Video photo cover features Frenchie, as brilliantly portrayed in the show by actor Tomer Kapon.
Underneath the covers, this volume recollects the previous final two volumes Volume 11: Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men and Volume 12: The ...
09/30/19 @ 4:30 pm EST
Dynamite is releasing a horde of Vampirella extras and collectibles for fans to stuff their stockings with this December! Everything from reprints, statues, high-quality prints, trading cards and much more!
Dynamite is also continuing the Replica Edition program that ran alongside the debut. Vampirella #2 from 1969 will be reprinted at full size and featuring all of the original editorial content - ads and all! This hard to track down, 60-plus page comics magazine is noteworthy for being the first appearance of Vampi's cousin, Evily the Witch! The iconic cover by Bill Hughes depicts the spellcaster and fans can catch up with her latest escapades in the recently collected Vampirella: Roses for the Dead by Kristina and Joseph Michael Linsner. Not only that, Vampi’s blonde-haired, black-clad twin sister Draculina also makes her first appearance here! Forrest Ackerman writes the second-ever Vampirella story, joined this time by longtime Jack Kirby inker Mike Royer. Other contributors include Don Glut, Billy Graham, Ernie Colon and more.
Dynamite is releasing the Stanley "Artgerm" Lau Vampirella bust and this December is soliciting the Underworld variant. This edition features an alternate paint scheme, draining the color from Vampirella, the intricate base of skulls turned black and piercing eyes for both Vampi herself and all the poor souls beneath her. This nearly 8-inch tall resin piece will be available in limited quantities for the ultimate collectors of Vampirella and Artgerm, one of the most popular artists in the industry today!
To further celebrate the Artgerm Vampirella extravaganza, Dynamite is offering two collectible coins featuring his previous beloved paintings of the Daughter of Drakulon from issues #2 and 4. These coins use US John F. Kennedy Half-Dollars as a base, then ...
09/30/19 @ 4:27 pm EST
Dynamite is proud to announce that a third breathtaking depiction of Vampirella by chart-topper and fan-favorite Artgerm will grace not only VAMPIRELLA #6, but also the front cover of Diamond Comics Distributors' October for December 2019 Previews catalog!
This is the perfect way to wrap up the year, as Dynamite has been celebrating Vampirella's 50th anniversary since July when the smash-hit new series by Christopher Priest and Ergün Gündüz premiered during San Diego Comic Con. Vampi superfans have nothing to worry about either, as the celebration will continue well into 2020! Dynamite can also update that upon final review, the print run on the first issue actually came out to slightly over 150 thousand copies with sales inside and outside of the comics market!!
This issue marks Stanley "Artgerm" Lau's third cover for the series, contributing to every even issue to date. For this piece, he used more traditional techniques than usual with a charcoal layer. Dynamite wanted to highlight this eye-catching cover even more and chose to enhance it with an acetate layer. Typically these covers consist of the logo on the overlay above virgin cover art. Artgerm opted to design the design himself, with a dripping blood effect. Most exciting, Dynamite is keeping the price for this main acetate Artgerm cover at the standard $3.99 so every Vampirella fan can continue their run without worry and new readers can jump right in!
On that note, everyone is welcome to check out the series with this issue! After all, a wise man once said 'every comic book is someone's first,' and Dynamite's creators and editorial team work hard to make every issue as approachable as the first. Priest is in for the long haul, with his run currently planned out past issue #14, with ...
09/30/19 @ 4:20 pm EST
George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice saga returns to comic books with the new GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S A CLASH OF KINGS!
Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed second novel in Martin's magnum opus, Landy Q. Walker (Red Lanterns, The Incredibles) returns to adapt these iconic scenes to the comics medium. He's joined by his own small council of collaborators, including righthand man Mel Rubi (Red Sonja, Doctor Strange) on art. Coloring and letters are handled by Ivan Nunes (A Game of Thrones, Grimm Fairy Tales) and Tom Napolitano (Justice League, Supergirl).
This series opens up about halfway through the 1998 novel, with a certain Baratheon just felled, spurring Catelyn Stark and Brienne of Tarth on the run. While Tyrion Lannister has settled in with his new paramour Shae. Arya Stark is still held in Harrenhal and other key players move around the board. Everything only gets more exciting from here, as Walker explains below.
"As we head into the second half of this adaptation, I believe we will see some of the strongest work on the title to date. We are on the precipice of some of the most pivotal scenes set in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire - Danerys' exploration of the House of the Undying, the Battle of the Blackwater, and much more," said writer Landry Q. Walker. "Breaking this novel down word by word, chapter by chapter, you really get a sense of how meticulously layered the work is, and how the tension between these warring families slowly spirals out of control. Bringing those story beats to their climax, and having the privilege to help guide the visual interpretation of one of the most popular fantasy series, it's an experience beyond description. I can't ...
09/30/19 @ 10:24 am EST
Chaos! comes to Hyboria in December's RED SONJA: AGE OF CHAOS from Dynamite!
This fight and fright-filled new limited series is written by returning Sonja scribe Erik Burnham (Vampirella/Dejah Thoris, Ghostbusters). Joining him on art is the one and only Jonathan Lau (Red Sonja, Green Hornet, Pathfinder: Worldscape).
Burnham is bringing the present into the past, with a Chaos! invasion of the Hyborean Age. A cosmic level spat between Mistress Hel and Lady Demon leaves Sonja and characters like Chastity, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Jade and more stuck in the middle. Alliances will be made to combat this mayhem and great evil, but Sonja may have to resort to something she never would have guessed - enlisting the help of her sworn enemy, Kulan Gath!
"I am INCREDIBLY excited to get a return trip to the Hyborean Age to spend a little more time with Red Sonja. She’s an incredibly fun character to write, and the contrast of her nature up against the magic and mayhem of the Chaos! characters is going to make for a good time at the ol’ keyboard," said writer Erik Burnham. "Even better, Jonathan Lau’s art is gonna blow the doors off (please, have all doors reinforced before opening the book). Hyperbole aside, I’m looking forward to the project and can only hope the readers have as much fun as we do on it. Now let’s go get violent!"
Artist Jonathan Lau sums up why this series is the perfect book for him, "My mission has always been to bring big action back into comics, which is sorely lacking in the "dialogue-heavy" style of comics nowadays. Writers like Erik have given me artistic freedom when ...
09/17/19 @ 4:55 pm EST
Dynamite announces the slate of November 2019 titles available for collaborative variant covers exclusive to comic book retailers and even independent creators. This month includes a fun-filled first issue and early entries in several flagship titles. Dynamite welcomes retailers and creators to make cool comics for their customers and fans! See more info on prominent November releases below, and any other Dynamite titles are available as well.
KISS ZOMBIES #1Writer: Ethan Sacks I Art: Rodney Buchemi - Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99Please note that we would need your confirmation by September 25 and a completed cover by October 3, so if you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!
Contact Patrick O’Connell to order at: email@example.com
VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #2Writer: Tom Sniegoski I Art: Michael Sta. Maria - Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99Please note that we would need your confirmation by September 25 and a completed cover by October 3, so if you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!
Contact Patrick O’Connell to order at: email@example.com
VAMPIRELLA #5Writer: Christopher Priest I Art: Ergün Gündüz - Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99Please note that we would need your confirmation by October 9 and a completed cover by October 17, so if you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!
Contact Patrick O’Connell to order at: email@example.com
VAMPIRELLA/RED SONJA #3Writer: Jordie Bellaire I Art: Drew Moss - Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99Please note that we would need your confirmation by October 2 and a completed cover by October 11, so if you ...
09/14/19 @ 8:35 pm EST
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First, the ultimate inclusion for a Red Sonja bundle is the most recent material! The first five issues of the flagship ongoing series by Mark Russell are included. This series launched in February 2019 and features interior art by Mirko Colak Read More Here