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!
04/24/19 @ 6:57 am EST
Dynamite announces for July 2019 a drop-dead gorgeous statue of Sheena the Jungle Queen, based on the equally impressive cover art by J. Scott Campbell.
Sculpted by Steve Kiwus, the piece stands 10.5 inches tall on a 7.5 inches sturdy base - coming out to 1/6 scale. Sheena is cast in high quality resin with hand painted details including her leopard print tunic and the vine-covered logs. Sheena's historical importance cannot be overstated. Created way back in 1937 by the legends Will Eisner and Jerry Iger, the Queen of the Jungle served as the flagship character of major Golden Age publisher Fiction House. In her stories and across their line, female characters were aplenty and often depicted as capable and heroic rather than damsels. All the while behind the scenes, several early women artists were illustrating these tales like Lily Renée, Ruth Atkinson and Fran Hopper. In addition to good girl art legend Matt Baker. Sheena broke boundaries by being the first female character to have their own self-titled comic book!
Today Dynamite continues Sheena's legacy with books written by Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics Bombshells, Batwoman) and Christina Trujillo alongside artists Moritat (Harley Quinn, The Hellblazer) and Maria Laura Sanapo (Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica) and alongside Tarzan in Lords of the Jungle by Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes) and Roberto Castro (Turok).
"Sheena holds such a special place in comics history, as the flagship hero of a great Golden Age publisher, all the boundaries she broke and as a continued inspiration to artists and fans," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "Dynamite has been lucky to continue that legend - especially with beautiful covers ...
04/24/19 @ 7:05 am EST
This July, Dynamite will once more reunite the acclaimed creative team of Mark Russell and Bob Q for the special one-shot Red Sonja: Lord of Fools.
Lord of Fools features a captivating cover by Christian Ward (Thor, Black Bolt), who has been stunning with his covers on the ongoing series. Spinning directly out of June's Red Sonja #6, the oversized issue includes two special, can't-miss stories.
First, in the eponymous tale, Mark Russell and his The Lone Ranger collaborator Bob Q execute a full length story further developing the swords and sorcery political intrigue that has fans savoring the series. While Dragan the Magnificent is busy warring with Sonja the Red, his son Cyril is back at the capital palace of the Zamoran Empire. The high priest Oracon regales him with the philosophy of the Lord of Fools, and this may yet reveal a deep secret that could unravel Dragan's entire house of cards.
In a second short tale, Russell joins artist Katie O'Meara to tell the lore building story of Cerkus, Sonja the Red's tongue of fire. Both stories are complemented by the unparalleled talent of series regular colorist Dearbhla Kelly and letterer Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou.
Following Lord of Fools, Bob Q will take take over as the primary artist on Red Sonja from Mirko Colak for issues 7-9, then for Colak to return for issue 10. With the seeds planted in Lord of Fools and perhaps even some hints in his prior flashback scenes, fans will not want to miss Bob Q's upcoming arc on the series.
“I'm really happy to be working with ...
04/18/19 @ 1:24 pm EST
Wow! Vampirella and Dynamite fans are the greatest! Back to back, 5 stretch goals have been passed thanks to your help! Dynamite truly cannot thank fans enough. For the final-final cherry on top, we have one last stretch goal to announce before the campaign ends at 10 PM EST (7 PM PST) tonight...
This is also your last call to support the Kickstarter or increase your pledge to secure more rewards! Click Here!
At the 6th and FINAL stretch goal of $22,000, promo card set backers will receive a 6th card! This bonus will feature Joseph Michael Linsner's gorgeous cover for Vampirella: Roses for the Dead #4 and is signed in platinum ink! Thanks to the massive support from backers, the promo card set will potentially increase 50% and have all but one of the cards signed by their popular artists. Terry Dodson, Billy Tucci, Jae Lee and now Greg Hildebrandt will all be signing. The rare black and white Frank Frazetta card rounds it out for the ultimate Vampirella collectors' set.
Joseph Michael Linsner has built a reputation as one of the most popular and independent artists in comics. His iconic trademark character Dawn first appeared right at the dawn of the 1990s and quickly became one of the most celebrated heroines of the era. Dawn's unparalleled success has translated into trading cards, statues, a Gary Numan album cover, cosplay lookalike contests and even a limited edition perfume! Linsner has contributed artwork and stunning covers for every major character and publisher, including Wolverine, Conan the Barbarian, and more. Dynamite has worked with Linsner for years on several covers, including his current contributions to Red Sonja and Elvira: ...
04/17/19 @ 4:44 pm EST
Vampirella's big 50th Gold Anniversary celebration on Kickstarter has been a big success! Fans have preordered and supported the trading cards set, secured their mega bundles of graphic novels and art books and more! To thank fans even more, Dynamite announces another stretch goal!
You can still join the campaign for great values! Click Here!
When the campaign passes $17,500, every fan receiving physical items will also get a 8.5" x 11" print of the stunning Joe Jusko painting used for the pack and box designs. Jusko is a legend in the industry, known for his jaw-dropping covers and perhaps most for his iconic Marvel Masterpieces trading card series. He has a long history with Vampirella, drawing countless covers in the Harris era and contributing gorgeous fully painted interior artwork for 1997's Blood Lust series with James Robinson. Jusko continues to contribute stellar covers for Vampi, such as the recent Vampirella/Dejah Thoris miniseries and the upcoming Vampirella ongoing written by his once Black Panther collaborator Christopher Priest.
For passing our previous stretch goal, every backer receiving the promo card set will now have a surprise fifth card! Even better, Jae Lee will be signing all copies of this striking image. From previous stretch goals, the Terry Dodson and Billy Tucci cards will be signed as well. In addition to the Frank Frazetta and Greg Hildebrandt cards to complete the promo set.
Don't miss the other great values in the Kickstarter for Vampirella fans! One reward tier includes the complete 8 volumeVampirella: Masters Series. That's over 1,200 pages of classic Vampirella stories and art! With contributions from the best ...
04/17/19 @ 4:15 pm EST
For the first time ever, the Angels meet the Bionic in the crazy 80's in Charlie's Angels/Bionic Woman, from Dynamite Entertainment. Bringing together Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Charlie’s Angels and Universal’s Bionic Woman is a first in comics and a winning crossover event in print.
Charlie gives his Angels an assignment to steal back a patent for its mysterious inventor. The biggest hiccup on the mission is their toughest counterspy yet, literally - Jaime Sommers aka the Bionic Woman. Will the cyborg come out on top against a team of highly trained private investigators or will the tides turn toward a team-up against some greater threat?
Audiences sat at home glued to their TVs watching the thrilling adventures of these detectives, even on the same night for a period. This new series is set within the original series continuity for both shows and takes place after their finales, bringing everyone together in the 1980s.
Cameron DeOrdio (Josie & the Pussycats) brings his honed writing abilities and love for both franchises to the table, while artist Soo Lee (Strange Attractors, Fight Like a Girl) draws these women in her one-of-a-kind style. Colorist Addison Duke (Barbarella/Dejah Thoris, Curse Words) and letterer Tom Napolitano (Justice League, Aquaman, Red Sonja) round out the team inside the book. On the outside, a compelling cadre of cover artists include the sensational Cat Staggs (Crosswind, Wonder Woman '77, Star Trek), indie darling Jim Mahfood (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Tank Girl, Grrl Scouts) and paperback cover and movie poster legend Ron Lesser (The Spider).
"Charlie’s Angels/Bionic Woman is a story about good people trying to do good things who end up at cross purposes," said writer Cameron DeOrdio. "We’ve made a spy comic, with sneaking around, exotic ‘80s tech and tense ...
04/11/19 @ 4:00 pm EST
Wow! Dynamite and Vampirella fans continue to impress! The VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE ULTRA-PREMIUM TRADING CARDS KICKSTARTER has surpassed its goal and fans will be getting the trading card set and other reward options they have chosen. Thanks to everyone who has jumped aboard. We have more exciting news!
Click here to check out the campaign!
For the first stretch goal, many backers will have their current rewards upgraded! Once we reach $8,000, every single Billy Tucci promo card will now be signed by the legendary creator of Shi himself! The rest of the promo card set includes the iconic Frank Frazetta, the always slick Terry Dodson and the jaw dropping painting skills of Greg Hildebrandt. The promo set is a great value and barely higher tiers also include multiple graphic novels. Stay tuned to the campaign and Dynamite's social media because there are even more ideas in development...
Each and every foil pack includes 2 full color base Cards, 2 one-of-a-kind sketch cards, 1 black and white line art card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card. Kickstarter backers get their packs early and with sweet extras like the promo set, enamel pin, and unbeatable deals on graphic novels. The cards in the set will bring fans back to all eras of Vampi history. The Warren years with titans of the comic book medium like José González and Neal Adams. The high octane Harris years with Amanda Conner, Joe Jusko, Mark Texeira and more. Also at her current home of Dynamite, Joseph Michael Linsner and Philip Tan are represented in the set. Plus of course the thousands of sketch cards produced by artists. You never know whether one may be ...
04/09/19 @ 7:13 pm EST
Vampirella celebrates her milestone 50th Gold Anniversary in 2019! Dynamite announces a Kickstarter for the VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE ULTRA-PREMIUM TRADING CARDS.
Click here to check out the campaign!
The set will feature full color art, line art, puzzle cards, signed card and thousands of sketch cards from top artists all across the iconic heroine's 50 years of history. Cards will celebrate the original Warren era with pieces from such legends as José González and Neal Adams, the Harris era with artists like Joe Jusko, Mark Texeira, and Joyce Chin, and the Dynamite era with Philip Tan and Joseph Michael Linsner, and last but not least the future with one-of-a-kind original sketches!
Vampirella first appeared on newsstands in July 1969 in her own magazine released by Warren Publishing. From her very first page, Vampi became a fan favorite and soon outgrew her flirty horror anthology host role. With legendary creators Archie Goodwin, José González, Frank Frazetta, Sanjulian and more, Warren boasted the most gorgeous art of the era and boundaries pushing storytelling. Through the 90s and 2000s Harris Comics published Vampi's adventures. This era was marked by the explosions of artists like Amanda Conner and Mike Mayhew, helped by some of the industry's greatest writers such as Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, Kurt Busiek and more! Today Dynamite continues that tradition by working with top talent on critically acclaimed series like Paul Cornell, Jeremy Whitley, Nancy Collins, J. Scott Campbell, Joseph Michael Linsner and more! Plus the just announced new ongoing series by Christopher Priest and Ergün Gündüz, which will launch exactly 50 years after Vampirella's first appearance. Artists from each era are represented in the set.
Each foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 Sketch Cards, 1 line art card, 1 ...
04/08/19 @ 11:45 am EST
Vampirella is back in a new ongoing series by a blockbuster creative team, to celebrate her milestone birthday! Issue #1 will be on sale the same day and date as the iconic first magazine from 1969, and also coinciding with the first day of San Diego Comic Con's 50th convention!
Following a Free Comic Book Day #0 issue shrouded in mystery, Vampirella is celebrating her big banner 50th Gold Anniversary in July 2019! And a new series is exactly what she and her fans need to celebrate this milestone! The one and only fan-favorite and critically acclaimed writer Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deathstroke, Justice League) is bringing his trademark literary and inventive stylings to one of the most influential, beloved female characters in comic books. Don't miss the debut of his run in Vampirella FCBD #0 on Saturday May 4th!
For those who still need the introduction, Priest's own historic 40 years in the comics industry is marked by achievements and milestones both on and off the page. As the first African American editor in mainstream comics, he shepherded the Spider-Man titles through an innovative period which included kickstarting the careers of legends Peter David and Kyle Baker. In the years since, Priest has written a near endless list of classic comics from Deadpool and Captain America, to Green Lantern and Conan the Barbarian, and so many more! A monumental run on Black Panther during the boundaries-pushing Marvel Knights era influenced almost every frame of the Academy Award-winning, $1 billion-grossing film. With a still running 40+ issue run on Deathstroke and other projects, Priest's legacy continues to grow!
Joining Priest on art (and colors!) is Ergün Gündüz. The well renowned Turkish talent is sure to impress fans around the world with his unique ...
04/01/19 @ 2:55 pm EST
Not a hoax, not a dream! The J. Scott Campbell Sheena Kickstarter conclusion is just around the corner. Fans still have time to jump aboard and join the campaign. Dynamite also has some updates for existing backers and those still trying to make a decision.
Click Here for the Kickstarter!
The next stretch goal is the J. Scott Campbell inspired Sheena enamel pin at $25,000 and we are happy to announce that we have expanded the offer so that all backers getting physically shipping rewards will be eligible to receive the bonus Sheena pin when the stretch goal is passed. That includes the graphic novels tiers. If you're interested in the pin, make sure to raise your backing level to a tier that includes it. We're excited to be able to reward the diehard fans for their help and support on this campaign!
Remember that all backers of the statue itself will also be getting the bonus promo trading card. A recently added reward tier also has gorgeous Roberto Castro original art begging to enter your collection! Check out the whole campaign to see all the sweet deals! Fans supporting the Kickstarter will receive their items early, with bonuses and lower numbers in the run.
To support the campaign, visit: J. Scott Campbell's Sheena!
03/21/19 @ 8:31 pm EST
Coinciding with the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2019 (C2E2), Dynamite Entertainment launches a Kickstarter for a stunning Sheena statue based on art by superstar J. Scott Campbell. Supporters can preorder their copies of the limited-edition piece for an advance lower price, choose from a variety of extras and most importantly, help decide which variants will be produced!
Support the Sheena Statue Kickstarter Here!
Sculptor Steve Kiwus has masterfully brought Campbell's gorgeous cover art from Sheena Queen of the Jungle #1 to three dimensions. The high-quality resin piece is at 1/6 scale and stands approximately 10.5 inches tall with a sturdy 7.25 inches wide base. Her intricate leopard print tunic and other details are hand painted.
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle is one of the most historically important characters in comic books. Predating the biggest superheroes in the business, Sheena was created by legends Will Eisner and Jerry Iger in 1937. The heroine became the flagship character of major publisher Fiction House, starring in top selling comics for over a decade with them. Including being the first heroine to have an eponymous series, beating Wonder Woman to the punch! She has continued to be published since, most recently by Dynamite in a critically acclaimed series by writers Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics Bombshells, Batwoman) and Christina Trujillo alongside artists Moritat (Harley Quinn, The Hellblazer) and Maria Laura Sanapo (Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica). Outside of comics, Sheena has starred on the small screen, silver screen and even inspired one of the most influential punk rock songs!
What about variants? Dynamite has a tradition of producing black and white versions of each statue, for collectors who value the way it accentuates the sculpt, want an extra or might even be ...