08/30/16 @ 8:15 pm EST
A Writer’s Commentary: Corinna Bechko
talks Miss Fury
#5, the grand finale, on sale now from Dynamite
. Cover by Tula Lotay
and interiors by Jonathan Lau
Since this is the fifth and final issue of this miniseries, I wanted to pull back a little and show that these events weren’t happening in a vacuum. I always wanted this story to be grounded in the time period, and that means WWII. So here’s a little reminder of this, as well as something that will be important to the plot later.Page 2:
And now we are back in the action with our hero. Things aren’t going so well just now.Page 3:
I absolutely loved working with Jonathan Lau. Every time I saw the art for this book I wanted to write my editor and thank him for pairing us up. This was a demanding script (being married to an artist and hearing his perspective gives me a pretty good sense of that) so all respect to Jonathan for making it so much more than what I envisioned.Page 4 & 5:
Because this is the finale, there’s a lot of action, and a lot of Miss Fury really mixing it up. I didn’t want to shy away from that, so she gets hit pretty hard sometimes. I think if you take it upon yourself to fight crime (or, you know, interdimensional demons) you’re probably going to end up pretty bruised.Page 6 & 7:
And it’s not like Marla can’t hit back. She can, and she does. And Jonathan makes it all feel really visceral, which is fantastic.Page 8:
I like to change scenes on a page turn, when possible, and even though this issue is pretty jam-packed, it did happen here. I thought it was important to have a quiet, desperate moment in the middle of all that action. Without pauses action can become a wall that doesn’t admit much thinking, and I try to write in a way that invites participation on the part of the reader.Page 9:
Now we’re back with the action. I personally find drowning and giant waves pretty scary, so sometimes that translates into what happens on the page. From the start I knew we’d end up on the sea – that was the whole point of the mystery about the ship building plans, of course – and that, to me, means a scary, angry ocean.Page 10:
Jonathan did an absolutely beautiful job with this splash. All my inner ocean demons made manifest!Page 11:
Finally, Marla asks the most important question. The cult members are still rapturous, but I love that Jonathan has rendered them so that you can tell that at least a couple are starting to have doubts even though they’re wearing masks.Page 12:
I’m really happy with how this page turned out. The action is completely clear, and we get a sense of what Marla’s up against by seeing her against just a small part of the creature. To me, this illustrates the size and weight of what’s going on much better than if we had seen the whole thing with Marla tiny in frame.Page 13:
The return of the cat! This is the scene I was leading up to the whole time. From the beginning I liked the notion that Marla was the cat… And yet, maybe she isn’t really. The only important thing is what she believes – and that is left just a little bit open so that the reader can make their own decisions.Page 14:
Did Marla make this leap herself? Or did the cat do it? Either way, she’s a woman of action, so she’s going to act instead of worrying about it. To me, that attitude is what makes her a great action hero, and a big part of what made her so much fun to write.Page 15:
She’s got to be careful now, so this is a silent page as she creeps back on board, newly emboldened. That last silhouetted panel is one of my favorites.Page 16 & 17:
Of course, things can’t be too easy. She’s got one final fight on her hands, and she’s got to win. But even in her Miss Fury guise, she can’t forget that she’s also Marla, a woman with friends and a life outside of fighting evil.Page 18 & 19:
Giant action! Everything is coming apart, and it’s a violent mess. The colors really help tell the story here, moving from the cool, spooky pallet we’ve been seeing to some really sharp, warm colors. Nicely done, Vinicius Andrade!Page 20 & 21:
The aftermath. Marla won, with some help from her friends, but no one emerged unscathed. So there’s a lot of grief mixed into the victory here. And I should take a moment and point out what a great job Simon Bowland did with the lettering on this whole series. I’ve worked with Simon a lot lately, and he always brings something extra to the feel of a work. It’s easy for lettering to be sterile, or distracting, but here it all works with the mood and tone of the story.Page 22:
The end… And a heroic pose from our hero! She’s battered, but not broken, a bit wiser, but no less ready to face whatever’s coming next. In case it wasn’t already clear, I have a great affection for Miss Fury, and I’m thrilled I had the chance to write this story for Dynamite!
06/02/20 @ 4:43 pm EST
The creeps and the crawlies of the Chaos! crew comes to Kickstarter today for a limited time sketch card celebration of their 25th anniversary!
Live right now, and with Early Bird Special discounts for the first 24 hours, fans can get truly one-of-a-kind sketch cards featuring their favorite characters from the Chaos! universe. All manner of psychos, vamps, and demons are depicted by a diverse range of fan-favorite artists from the community. The likes of Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity, Lady Demon, Mistress Hel, Jade, The Chosen, and countless other classic characters have been drawn in all kinds of styles and will be packed in special red and stamped Kickstarter-exclusive protective envelopes.
This limited-time offer will only last one week and then the cards and rewards will be shipped immediately after, to reward Chaos! and sketch cards fans for their tremendous support of the franchise and Dynamite through the years.
Sketch card artists who have contributed to this set include Roy Cover, April Reyna, Dan Curto, Daniel Gorman, Edward Santia, Huy Truong, Jeffrey C. Benitez, Joe DelBeato, Karl Jones, Ken Haeser, Kevin B. Cleveland, Lee Hunt, Mai Irving, Marcia Dye, Mitch Ballard, Norvien Basio, Rich Molinelli, Scott Harrell, Tone Rodriguez, Zachary Woolsey, Mikey Chiume Jr, and many more!
The campaign features many special reward options for collectors. Including glow-in-the-dark cards! As well as ways to focus on a favorite character such as Evil Ernie, Chastity or Purgatori - or all three. Rare puzzle card sets are available as well. For the comic fans and as an affordable add-on, Dynamite is also offering two critically acclaimed Chaos! graphic novels as well as surprise boxes of single issues mixed with other Dynamite ...
05/29/20 @ 9:36 pm EST
Chaos! Evil Ernie. Smiley. Purgatori. Chastity. Lady Demon. Jade. Cremator. Bad Kitty. The Chosen. Their names strike fear in all. But for comics fans, we feel excitement for these boundary-pushing classic characters. The Chaos! universe is going on 25 years strong and we're celebrating with awesome offerings on Kickstarter for the fans. One-of-a-kind sketch cards will be available featuring all your favorite characters, from the top artists in the field. Each card will be shipped protected in a custom, high-quality red envelope with the Chaos 25th anniversary logo. For the first 24 hours of the campaign, fans can take advantage of the Early Bird Special to get a great discount on their sketch cards!
A selection of the artists contributing includes Roy Cover, April Reyna, Dan Curto, Daniel Gorman, Edward Santia, Huy Truong, Jeffrey C. Benitez, Joe DelBeato, Karl Jones, Ken Haeser, Kevin B. Cleveland, Lee Hunt, Mai Irving, Marcia Dye, Mitch Ballard, Norvien Basio, Rich Molinelli, Scott Harrell, Tone Rodriguez, Zachary Woolsey, Mikey Chiume Jr, and many more!Get Notified As Soon As We Launch!
05/29/20 @ 9:33 pm EST
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05/28/20 @ 4:34 pm EST
Tomorrow (Friday), master painter Lucio Parrillo will be joining creator and self-publisher Billy Tucci on the PopXP Youtube channel
. Lucio will be discussing his career as a comic book cover artist, the decade of beautiful contributions to Dynamite titles, and most of all his current and first-ever crowdfunding campaign for his exclusive Vampirella variant.Click here at Noon EST Friday to watch the discussion. (9 AM PST, 5 PM BST).
Billy himself is no stranger to Vampirella and crowdfunding, as his independent creation Shi crossed over with the Daughter of Drakulon back in 1997 and then again last year for a special dual anniversary celebration cover. He's successfully crowdfunded a big comeback for Shi with the upcoming Return of the Warrior.
And through PopXP (formerly known as Crowdfunding Comics) with Nile Scala, he's made waves talking to comic book pros from all corners. Guests have included Marc Silvestri, Humberto Ramos, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Brian Pulido, Erik Larsen, Chuck Dixon and countless more.Click here to check out Lucio Parrillo's exclusive Vampirella cover on Indiegogo
05/28/20 @ 4:32 pm EST
Dynamite and Fanatical announce a goodies-stuffed digital comics bundle - available right now!
The clock is already counting down, so check out the deals! - Dynamite & Fanatical Bundle
This promotion launches as part of Fanatical's BundleFest, coinciding with several additional deals for all kinds of fans, across comics, video games and more. Featuring over 70 individual issues and a dozen graphic novels, the Dynamite bundle touts a whopping 95% savings on over $300 worth of great comics.
Across three tiers starting at just one dollar, fans can fit their haul to their budget. Particular highlights include the timeless cartooning of upcoming Green Hornet artist Anthony Marques in the Savage Tales of Vampirella one-shot. Or the 380-page tome of Vampirella's earliest stories. And the beautiful and badass portrayal of Red Sonja by artist Carlos Gomez with the whipsmart writing of Amy Chu. As well as Van Jensen and Dennis Calero's pitch-perfect adaptation of Ian Fleming's original James Bond novel to the graphic novel form.
Other creators who contributed to books in the bundle include Mike Carey, Steve Niles, Nancy A. Collins, Greg Pak, Vita Ayala, Joseph Michael Linsner, Jim Zub, Max Bemis, Roy Thomas, Leah Williams, Ethan Sacks, Michael Moreci, David Avallone and countless more!
Check out the offerings available in each tier below, with each successive one also including previous items.
Army of Darkness Furious Road #1 – 6
Barbarella #1 – 6
Centipede #1 – 5
Savage Tales of Vampirella
Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time #1 – 6
The Bionic Man vs The Bionic Woman #1 – 5
For just a single buck, that's $60 worth of top tier comics!
Read More Here
05/26/20 @ 8:16 pm EST
Yep, it's streeeeetch goal time! The campaign has been such a success so far that we're bringing in some extra goodies for everyone who's already joined the party, and those yet to come on in. Over the holiday weekend, we passed $26,000 and 200 backers. And one very lucky collector locked themselves in for Lucio's one-of-a-kind original painting! A huge congrats to that fan!
To show our gratitude for all this support, we are setting a stretch goal of $30,000 which will give every physical backer a promo trading card of Lucio's breathtaking masterpiece. This card will feature a minimalist design to emphasize the artwork itself, and as with the comics will be incredibly limited based on the number of backers of the campaign.Check out the campaign now and help unlock the stretch goal!
05/22/20 @ 7:39 pm EST
Two fantastically talented creators. One badass and historically crucial character. A groundbreaking story. Gorgeous artwork. Available directly for the fans through crowdfunding.
Billy Tucci and Maria Laura Sanapo have a classified project they're cooking up. If you poke around social media, you may figure it out... Or just click below for the partial reveal and to sign up for updates. We'll show you some more teases as the launch approaches, and will let you know ASAP when it's live.Click Here To Get The Latest Teases & Updates!
05/21/20 @ 5:47 pm EST
Super sales are ending and continuing, and ComiXology is full of energy with the industry getting back to full steam!
First of all, check out the first new release from Dynamite in a while, with RED SONJA #15 available now! Critically acclaimed writer Mark Russell continues to weave this witty grounded yet action packed tale of Sonja the Red, now dealing with being Queen of Hyrkania in "peacetime" in Year Two. The art by Bob Q balances impressive action and cartooning for a classic, timeless style. Reviews have been great, so check it out!
Our Sci-Fi sale ends tonight! 13 thrilling graphic novels are deep discounted, as well as all their respective single issues. Below are some of the standouts included, but click here to browse the full sale!
It's still running for a couple more days, but don't gloss over the Dynamite Select Sale either! With a huge selection of 50 books, there's something for everyone!
And for a recommendation from us, we advise straddling both sales and piecing together a binge reading collection of work from the master Howard Chaykin! You'll find all the below books across these two spectacular sales. All of these are whipsmart tales that pushed against the boundaries of comics and continue to inspire readers and creators today. Though we warn that they do employ mature subject matter.
05/19/20 @ 7:37 pm EST
Yep, we heard you! Many fans were asking for a graded option on this crowdfunded variant cover, and we made it happen. Now every version of the cover is available graded, and as a bundle. In addition to all the awesome existing options and add-ons. We're guaranteeing a 9.8 grade too! Keep the great ideas coming and maybe we could have another fan-inspired update!
Get yours now on Indiegogo!