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!
11/24/20 @ 3:29 pm EST
Dynamite announces a duo of romantic special one-shots for February, starring its flagship heroines, Red Sonja and Vampirella. Fans will think Cupid is hiding in their pull list!
The She-Devil With a Sword celebrates the season in a special story by Bill Willingham (Fables, Robin) and Giuessepe Cafaro (Catwoman, Suicide Squad). The creative duo reunites following their collaboration on the Vampirella: Trial of the Soul one-shot that featured the first appearance of Prester John.
Sonja is faced with the ultimate dilemma, as her arch-nemesis, Kulan Gath is suddenly... her greatest admirer? Is there more at play here than her eyes can see? Sonja will face her greatest challenge resisting the urge to kill a love that can not die.
In addition to the perfect fit of Joseph Michael Linsner for a cover, and a cosplay photo from Savannah Polson, Jimmy Broxton joins with a genius cover homaging the classic romance comics of earlier eras.
Over in a terrifying alternate reality and Vampirella's special, the Daughter of Drakulon has married Dracula and the world faces a dark crisis like no other. The king of the vampires has subjected humanity to cattle for his people, and his bride has sworn a sacred oath to him. However, hope survives with a rebellion brewing in the shadows. Who is the mysterious Bloodwing and why does Dracula fear her so much? And will she return in future stories? (Yes!)
Prolific Vampirella writer Tom Sniegoski brings in comics newcomer Jeannine Acheson to co-write this tale ripped from the Book of Prophecy, following successful collaborations in prose. They're joined by rising artist Marco Ramos.
Sniegoski added, “Working on any Vampirella project is something ...
11/24/20 @ 3:24 pm EST
Everyone's favorite She-Devil With a Sword, Red Sonja, is back in the new series Sonjaversal this February - but this time she's joined by many, many Sonja's of all colors and more!
Critically acclaimed writer Christopher Hastings (Unbelievable Gwenpool, Adventure Time), artist Pasquale Qualano (Dejah Thoris), and letterer/designer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou have assembled to depict this cataclysmic crisis threatening the entire multiverse. This self-described "most important comic book to ever come out in the history of the world" cannot be missed by fans of crossovers and mashups that dial it up to eleven.
"My favorite projects are the ones where I ask 'How are they letting me do this?' and in this case, Dynamite isn't just letting me do this, they've explicitly asked me to," said writer Christopher Hastings. "Our mission with Sonjaversal is to go as big as possible, and our only enemy is restraint. That said, I'm just the writer, and I can say things like 'Red Sonja jumps out of Blue Sonja's helicopter to drive her sword through Giant Ape Sonja's gargantuan skull!' all day, but it means nothing without Pasquale to make it look amazing. I can't wait for everyone to see what he does with this comic."
It's roll call time. The classic Red Sonja that everyone knows and loves going back nearly 50 years is front and center of course. This time she's joined by Blue Sonja, ripped right out of a 1980s action blockbuster, with big guns, a big bike, and bigger explosions. How about Green Sonja, aka the She-Devil With a Dinosaur? Or mecha pilot Sonja? Others that fans will meet include Orange Sonja, Saint Sonja, Hell Sonja, and countless others. Only limited by ...
11/23/20 @ 10:36 pm EST
David Finch's official debut drawing a Red Sonja cover is now available exclusively on Indiegogo right now!
Finch's illustrations have graced nearly every major character and title at the biggest publishers, and yet he has never once drawn the She-Devil With a Sword in an official capacity. Dynamite is correcting that for fans today, with a stunning special edition available in a range of versions and with even more extras to complete the collection.
With its stunning colors by frequent collaborator Frank D'Armata, fans can get the cover with all the traditional trade dress, without that as a "virgin" edition, enhanced with a special metal treatment, or as a black and white line art version showcasing David's legendary skills. The Indiegogo campaign also offers reward tiers for combo packs, signatures, CGC grading, a ready to print lithograph, and even a limited number of original sketches.
A special virgin line art cover will only be available to backers in the first 48 hours!
The new cover will be printed on the yet to release Red Sonja: The Price of Blood #1. This new series is an early chapter of the She-Devil's adventures, featuring a less refined and more bloodthirsty Hyrkanian heroine. Experience Sonja scribe Luke Lieberman teams up with fan-favorite artist Walter Geovani for a tale guaranteed to be full of action.
David Finch got his start in comics over 25 years ago in 1994. The young superstar started in the Top Cow stable assisting and then taking over from Marc Silvestri on Cyberforce. While still at Image and debuting on rankings of top tier artist, David took his talents to Aphrodite IX and his creator-owned title Ascension. As the new century dawned, Marvel took notice of the rising star and attached him ...
11/17/20 @ 3:29 pm EST
Dynamite is soon to unveil a stunning new exclusive Red Sonja collectible comic featuring a brand new cover by superstar artist David Finch. Fans can sign up here to get updates for the Indiegogo campaign's upcoming launch.
The new comic will feature a never before seen take on the She-Devil With a Sword (and this time she's got an axe too!), as only the talents of Finch can capture her in all her post-fight ferocity. Finch's almost criminally great depiction of the heroine is aided and abetted by frequent collaborator colorist Frank D'Armata. Fans may or may not believe it, but Finch has never before drawn an official Red Sonja cover! Though one may find some gorgeous one-of-a-kind commissions out there on the web, this is the first opportunity for sword and sorcery fans to add this all-star artist to their collection.
Though David Finch is no stranger to Dynamite and the publisher's library as a whole. In addition to some breathtaking Vampirella covers toward the turn of the century, Dynamite has called on the master for such blockbuster titles as The Shadow/Batman and Charlie's Angels. In addition, he produced some truly heroic covers for his wife and creative partner Meredith Finch's critically acclaimed run on Xena.
This Monday night Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci joined David on his YouTube channel for an hour to chat all things comics and more. With over 70 thousand followers on the platform, David's fans turned out and those who missed it can catch up by clicking here.
11/05/20 @ 11:07 am EST
10/29/20 @ 2:54 pm EST
Dynamite is debuting its first-ever children's book exclusively on Indiegogo, timed to launch on National Cat Day, chronicling the emotional roller coaster journey of an adorable cat named Cozmo, with proceeds Saved Whiskers Rescue Organization, a 501(c)3 registered non-profit animal welfare organization!
In Saved by a Whisker, readers of all ages will learn the incredible true story that graced the headlines of USA Today, the New York Post, Boston Herald, NJ.com, and more. Cozmo was like many other cats, with a loving family. As they were readying to move cross-country, he escaped and was tragically left behind by accident, nearly a thousand miles away from everything he knew and loved.
In this new book, writer Kristen Rybandt and artist Ken Haeser will trace the paw-shaped steps Cozmo took to be reunited with his family, with the help of the Saved Whiskers rescue shelter. Beyond its heartfelt story, the book can help parents explain the need for compassion toward animals, and share a sense of participation and accomplishment with their kids in supporting a great cause. A portion of all proceeds will directly impact the lives of animals in need by providing for food, medicine, grooming, and veterinary expenses.
"It was really fun writing a story from a cat’s perspective," said writer Kristen Rybandt. "It’s really exciting to be part of this Indiegogo campaign and I hope everyone loves it as much as we love cats."
Artist Ken Haeser added, "I was honored to be asked to do the illustrations for Dynamite's first children's book. I've had some cat drawing experience, so I jumped at the chance to do ...
10/27/20 @ 2:08 pm EST
Red Sonja has clashed with swords, sorcery, and all manner of monsters in her Hyborean adventures. But how does she far against, and alongside, spandex and capes? Dynamite kicks off 2021 answering that question with RED SONJA: THE SUPERPOWERS!
Complementing the companion series VAMPIRELLA: THE DARK POWERS, acclaimed writer and event architect Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League Odyssey) puts Dynamite's flagship sword and sandals She-Devil up to the test to of traditional, shiny sci-fi superheroics. Returning Red Sonja artist Jonathan Lau (Red Sonja, Project Superpowers) joins him, along with colorist Andrew Dalhouse and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
"Ever wanted to see what a sword would do to an over-confident superhero..?" said writer Dan Abnett. "You know, now that these projects are both announced, that Sonja and Vampi are going to meet. That’s going to be big. But without getting spoilery, that’s just the start..."
Artist Jonathan Lau added, "I'm very much in the same boat as the readers with regards to the story, I just want to ramp up the action in every issue!"
Sonja's story starts in her world, initially in line with a usual tale of the Hyrkanian hero. She's hunting down a diabolical sorcerer by the name of Skarab Nor, who's been channeling dark forces to turn humans into his mindless thralls. When she encounters strangers with otherworldly appearances, she assumes they are said enemies.
From said strangers' perspective, they are members of The Project led by Captain Future, on a first contact and surveying mission for this version of Earth. Can they find a local metahuman who can be ...
10/22/20 @ 7:56 pm EST
When is there a better time to look for love than in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? You can't help what the heart wants, and Dynamite's heroes want smooches in the new DIE!NAMITE: OUR BLOODY VALENTINE special!
This new special one-shot is directly tied to the smash hit DIE!NAMITE series, which debuted in October with 90,000 copies printed. Writer and certified zombie expert Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies, The Comic Book Story of Basketball) is joined by the kinetic ink slinging of Lee Ferguson (Sympathy for No Devils), the blood-soaked palette of Kike J. Diaz, and terror-filled typography of Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Together this team will chronicle love in the time of flesh-eating.
"I was born on Valentine's Day, so it's a very special time of year for me, and I want to make it as special as I can for the readers, too," said Van Lente. "I will do so with not one, but two touching and excessively gory love stories. Warming your hearts while simultaneously turning your stomachs is why I was put on this Earth, when you get right down to it."
Serial bachelor Peter Cannon has spent his entire life secluded in the Himalayas. This Valentine's Day, his loyal assistant Tabu is dedicated to finding a special someone for Peter Cannon. Which is hard enough any time, as Peter can be a difficult man. But when there's a horde of zombies threatening all of Dynamite's heroes across the galaxy, it may just be impossible.
A special second story features the iconic star-crossed lovers of John Carter and Dejah Thoris. They're used to contending with man-eating beasts on their home planet of Barsoom, but when that deadly habit spreads around and could turn your own loved ones against ...
10/13/20 @ 4:28 pm EST
The Mistress of the Dark is back with a special all-new prestige comic book story ripped straight from the headlines, filled with terror and titillation. Created by the icon herself and long-running Elvira scribe David Avallone, THE OMEGA MA'AM is available exclusively on Kickstarter by clicking here starting October 13th at 10:13 AM EST!
Originating with a cheeky "Quarantine Special" codename, this brand new 48-page story finds Elvira waking up from a short coma (due to a hairspray overdose...) to discover a deserted Los Angeles. Wandering around with her canine companion, it seems she may be the sole survivor. But The Last Sex Symbol on Earth... is not alone! She must contend with a cult of zombie-like survivors who've ingested cleaning products that alter their DNA, as she seeks to find out what happened and where to get a decent cup of coffee. This exclusive comic pulls inspiration from the likes of The Omega Man, The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, Mad Max and more, and is sure to be a delight for fans of horror, camp, and great stories - as only Elvira can! Elvira, the creative team, and the Dynamite crew have been working on this for all of 2020. The spooky season is the perfect time to launch for Elvira's fans, and the book will be shipped out quickly following the finale.
For nearly 35 years, Elvira has had a historic strong connection to comic books, a medium with a controversial and campy legacy just like the cult B movies she'd host on her classic TV series. Across that history, the Queen of the Macabre has never been as closely involved in the creative process ...
10/02/20 @ 10:10 pm EST
This October, Dynamite is bringing a bounty of Halloween haunts to Indiegogo, including limited edition metal covers of Hallow's Eve classics and a stunning statue based on one of the definitive modern images of Vampirella! The campaign is live now!
Spooky season and bringing that fun to comics is deep in the DNA of Dynamite, going back to its first-ever comic book, an Army of Darkness issue featuring a glow-in-the-dark variant, to the horror host origins of flagship character Vampirella. Dynamite is celebrating the season and that legacy with a trio of sparkly metal variant covers for Vampirella, Red Sonja, and Bettie Page. Great deals are also being offered on the Steve Kiwus sculpted statue bust based on Stanley "Artgerm" Lau's legendary cover for Vampirella #2. Fans shouldn't miss out on these centerpieces of the campaign, and can build their own custom reward packages through Indiegogo. Including special packages of 10 comics for just $5 or select graphic novels for $10. This project is being fulfilled right as orders come in, so fans should order early to get their goodies by Halloween!
Each of these exciting Halloween Specials features a pair of stories sure to entertain fans of the characters new and old. Now rare editions will be released with laser-etched metal overlay covers to showcase the magnificent pieces by artist Reilly Brown. A combo package of the complete trio includes a special discount.
In Vampi's main story, Scott Lobdell and Rapha Lobosco chronicle a fun-filled monster brawl and loving tribute to the Warren days, with characters named for Forrest J. Ackerman and Trina Robbins, and cameos from the Drakulonian's fellow horror mag hosts. In a fan-favorite backup story, Lobdell is joined by Blake Northcott ...