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09/19/14 @ 2:27 pm EST
Source: Bleeding Cool | Categories: Evil Ernie


With the success of the Chaos miniseries and the upcoming Evil Ernie #1 from Dynamite, now seemed like a good time to catch up with the man who lead the relaunch, Tim Seeley. Byron Brewer chatted with the Evil Ernie series writer about what he has in store for the demonic fiend.

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BYRON BREWER: Tim, many look upon you as the main architect of this Chaos! Universe revival since you wrote the initial limited series? Do you feel that responsibility?

TS: Yeah, somewhat! But, I also know I have a lot of work from the original material, and I have a bunch of great people to help me out, as well as a host of great writers and artist running with what we set up. Did you read PURGATORI 1? It was awesome.

BB: Of all the Chaos properties, why did you chose to tackle Evil Ernie next after the Chaos LS came to a close?

TS: Ernie was my first. He was my first Chaos! character, and he was my first horror comic really. And you just never forget your first. Plus, my brother Steve had a great idea for an ongoing Ernie series, so I didn’t have to do as much work!

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BB: We are just to issue #2 so tell us about the Ernie in your book. How is he different from the Evil Ernie other readers may be used to from past tales?

TS: Well, hopefully he ISN’T too different as a character. The main adjustment we’ve made is to change his mission form one of MEGADEATH and killing the entire world, to having to fight against Mistress Hel’s followers at the behest of Lucifur. So, though Ernie is still doing some terrible stuff, he’s actually sort of the hero of the tale…

BB: Will we see any Chaos U. guest stars in Evil Ernie?



TS: YES! A lot of them actually! Mistress Hel, Pagan, the Hells Belles, Mary Young and Lucifur all show up right away!

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BB: Servant of Lucifer?? How will Ernie survive these job responsibilities?

TS: Ha, well that undead thing will certainly help. And he’s got Smiley at his side. I think the qiestion will be; “Will everyone ELSE survive Ernie new job responsibilities?”

BB: What is Mary Price’s place in this upcoming arcane war?

TS: Mary Young is tagging along to minimize casualties, and to act as a counter-Smiley…the angel on his shoulder rather than the devil. But she’s also got her own agenda. She wants to understand what made her brother what he is, while also trying to find a way to save him for his own purgatory!

BB: So how is it working with your little brother Steve?



TS: It’s always easier when ya keep it in the gene pool. Plus, Steve knows exactly what I mean when I reference weird shit like “remember that one slasher movie we saw when we were kids?”

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BB: Why is artist Rafael Lanhellas right for a book like Ernie?

TS: Y’know at first, I wasn’t sure he WAS. But then we got the first issue, and I got to see how well he draws gore and mayhem, I was made a believer. So far, Rafael has mangled to make what we describe creepier and gorier, which isn’t easy to do!
03/23/21 @ 2:18 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Vampirella returns to the (in)famous '90s in a meta tale from acclaimed writer Max Bemis (Moon Knight, Savage) that delves into the celebrated and critiqued comics of the era as well as fandom itself!

The 1990s were one of the most exciting yet controversial eras in comic books. A time of bravado, excess, pouches, and cyborg assassins. But also heady and at times pretentious fantasy books usually written by Englishmen. As a reader at the time, Max Bemis was drawn to both types of books at the historic Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles. Including his discovery of Vampirella, who somehow straddled the middle with explosive action stories, bad girl covers, and top tier creators like Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, and others.

Vampirella 1992 is a one-shot special that interweaves and melds those two styles, through the artistic stylings of Roberto Castro (Turok) and Marcos Ramos. For the covers, Castro is joined by fan-favorite Mike Krome and a cosplay variant.

"Vampirella 1992 explores these two sides of 90's comic fandom, goofy and extreme versus heady, trippy and dark," said writer Max Bemis. "It's just as scary as imagining Alan Moore slow-dancing sexily with Rob Liefeld."

Readers will get to know a group of women who work weekends portraying "bad girls" at comic conventions, video store events and other geek gatherings. But when terrorists attack one of these conventions, the unexpected heroines must take their cosplay to the next level Die Hard-style to save the day.

The character at the center of the story is one particular model who has been through the ups and downs navigating the comics industry and events. A second viewpoint will ...

03/23/21 @ 12:13 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite
Red Sonja finds herself deep in the culture of the 1980s in a special one-shot this June by acclaimed scribe Amy Chu.

40 years ago, Red Sonja once found herself mysteriously transported to the then-present, tangling with one red and blue wall-crawler and her immortal enemy Kulan Gath. Writer Amy Chu's beloved ongoing run on Red Sonja kicked off in 2016 with a similar premise, taking the fiery-haired heroine to the constantly-under-construction bustling NYC of today. She also found herself out of time in Amy's fun-filled crossover with Riverdale's finest, Betty and Veronica. In this new special story, Sonja finds herself once again in more modern times in the City of Angels. Red Sonja goes to Hollywood!

"1982 was a special year. I mean it was the year of E.T., TRON, Magnum PI, Hill Street Blues. MTV was brand new and exciting. The Commodore 64 and Apple II ruled. There was no internet," said writer Amy Chu. "If you thought my last run was wild, well... I love the fact that [artist] Eric didn't blink an eye when I explained what was going on. It does get pretty crazy, but there's a method behind the madness. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it."

    
This time she's up against a mysterious killer android tracking her through time. In the midst of the excesses of Los Angeles of the era, Sonja recruits a rag tag team for her mission. A bouncer, a drag queen, and a disco roller skating martial artist will help her slay her enemies all across the city. Could Kulan Gath be involved again this time?

Amy Chu ...
03/23/21 @ 11:55 am EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite



The eternally beloved queen of the pinups, Bettie Page's next declassified secret mission sees her poking around Irish ruins in Curse of the Banshee!

Multitalented writer and artist Stephen Mooney (Black Widow,, James Bond) scripts this exciting new escapade and is ably assisted by artist Jethro "Jet" Morales.

Mooney is set to take elements from all of Dynamite's previous Bettie stories as well as set his own path for the icon. His fan-favorite Half Past Danger independent series is beloved for its similar mix of pulpy flirty flavor, witty patter of dialogue, and seat of your pants action beats. While this latest tale pulls inspiration from both comedy and horror, like a well-mixed cocktail of Scooby-Doo and The X-Files.

"I’m delighted to have another crack at the iconic Miss Page and her exhilarating adventures!," said writer Stephen Mooney. "Bettie and her world lend themselves to so many wonderful facets of comic book storytelling and I’m excited to engage with many of them, accompanied by Jethro’s incredibly evocative artwork. This time, we’re taking her to my home turf! Bettie is someone that 1950s traditional, rural Ireland is not ready for! Throw in an undead Banshee, a slate of grisly murders and an underground, labyrinthian crypt and we have ourselves a party!"

Bettie and her new companion Professor Dakota Smith, an unconventional expert of archaeology, came up short in the jungles of South America in search of the Key Artifact. Clues point them to the heart or rural Ireland and an ancient crypt.

With perils, curses, and maybe a literal banshee - the vengeful spirit of Irish mythology - Bettie must overcome her most harrowing adventure yet!

A legend like Bettie Page known for her timeless beauty and ...

03/23/21 @ 11:51 am EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

The next chapter in Dynamite's apocalyptic, sky-high stakes crossover saga rises from the grave this summer - including one groovy guest!

Zombie maestro writer Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies, Incredible Hercules) reassembles his own crossover dream creative team of artist Vincenzo Carratù, colorist Kike J. Diaz, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. The squad is ready to bring even more on-page buckets of blood and surprises.

Van Lente shared, "The first series had a kind of Night of the Living Dead feel, with small groups of characters in isolated locations, trying to prevent the zombie outbreak. Here, we open the world up a lot more with a World War Z kind of epic scope, as that outbreak begins to sweep the globe and consume it. Battles between armies of living versus armies of the dead, armies of different dead fighting each other. Assuming the artistic team doesn't murder me beforehand, I am excited to see what the fans think!"

Without spoiling things too much, the original DIE!namite series had some jaw-dropping moments that will forever shape this world already contending with a never-ending zombie horde. Picking right up where things left off, Vampirella, Miss Fury, and the survivors of Project Superpowers must turn to the exciting new character addition to this series - Ashley Freaking Williams! But does the legendary Deadite hunter have any interest in lifting a finger to help? And what became of Red Sonja..?

A horror tale of this magnitude necessitates the top names in the cover artist crew, requiring the special skills to depict rotting flesh right alongside Dynamite's top characters. "The Zombie King" himself, Arthur Suydam, of course returns. As does superstars Lucio Parrillo and Joseph Michael Linsner. Following acclaimed horror work on ...

03/15/21 @ 11:08 am EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite


R.L. Stine's classic Goosebumps novels have spooked multiple generations of kids, and now Dynamite Entertainment celebrates the storied history of the tales and specifically its iconic imagery by Tim Jacobus in a new official art book.

"This book is a big 'Thanks!' to the Goosebumps fans for their never ending support for my art," said artist Tim Jacobus. "I’m honored to hold a spot in your collective memories that brings a smile. And of course, thank you Bob Stine, for taking me along on this epic ride. Cheers!”

Since Scholastic first published Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House in 1992, the series has exploded in popularity among intrepid young readers. The series now includes 62 books, and has spawned television shows, feature films, and several spinoff series, including Goosebumps SlappyWorld. Altogether, the celebrated Scholastic franchise boasts over 400 million copies in print.

Just as important as the thrills and scares inside the books, the captivating covers from artist Tim Jacobus caught readers' attention and helped them visualize the stories. The imagery provided by Jacobus established the visual brand for the series, carrying forward to influence all the numerous adaptations and merchandise. Every 90's kid is intimately familiar with these shocking paintings.

Tim Jacobus, R.L. Stine, writer Sarah Rodriguez, and designer Mark McNabb come together for a walkthrough of all the books and covers in the Goosebumps tapestry. Fans new and old can see how initial pencil sketches evolve into the final piece, as well as countless unused versions.

“I remember picking up my first Goosebumps book in the elementary school library. It was Beast from the East and I was captivated by the beautiful cover," shared writer Sarah Rodriguez. ...
03/01/21 @ 4:04 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite and JG Jones are teaming up for a breathtaking new Vampirella comic, with 100% of the limited edition variant cover profits going to Jones as he continues to recover from cancer and a stem cell transplant. Fans can get the exclusive collectible and support JG by securing their copies on Indiegogo right now.

"I’ve loved the Vampirella character since I was a kid, so when Dynamite asked me to paint a special cover for this classic horror icon, I couldn’t wait to get started," said Jones. "Inspired by the Vampirella covers of Sanjulian, this one-of-a-kind cover will depict will depict her in classic style, as she breaks free from the chains that bind her."

The new piece is very evocative of the character-defining covers of the original Warren magazine of the 1970s and '80s. Such artists as Frank Frazetta, Enrich Torres, Ken Kelly, Jose Gonzalez, and Manuel Sanjulian created indelible paintings with touches of horror, fantasy, science fiction, and sensuality. For his take, Jones started with a watercolor "sketch" and then executed the final version in lush oil paint to portray Vampirella in all her glory: powerful, strong, and beautiful.

"JG is one of the most talented creators this industry has ever had. He is also one of the nicest people the industry has ever had. Hands down on both accounts," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "We've been creating these limited edition variant covers to help artists generate extra money during the pandemic, as there are no conventions. With JG's continuing to recover and going two years with sporadic work, we want to help and give him all of the profits of the variant cover. He has given a lot to the industry, and ...
02/19/21 @ 3:54 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite


In addition to the just-announced additions of Jim "Ski" Sokolowski and Nick Pentz to the Dynamite crew, the publisher is proud to announce another new team member with deep, long-lasting ties throughout the industry. Dynamite has signed on Vince Letterio to further strengthen ties to direct market retailers and more.

Vince Letterio, former Director of Publishing Operations at DC Comics, joins Dynamite in his new role as Director of Direct Market Sales. With nearly 40 years as a prominent figure in the business, his experience is unmatched. With a start managing the historic New Jersey based retailer Steve's Comic Relief for a decade, he went on to 28 years at DC, bolstering their connections to retailers and expanding their publishing initiatives.

"I’m thrilled to be joining the talented team and creators at Dynamite and excited to be once again working with the fine Direct Market retailers and Diamond Comic Distributors," said Vince Letterio. "With my experience not only on the publisher side, but with retailers and creators, it will be exciting to reconnect with many old friends and make even more from this new position."

"We're very fortunate to be bringing someone of Vince's caliber to Dynamite," added Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "He is one of the most respected people in the industry, and played a key role in the growth of DC's business for nearly three decades. We've worked hand in hand with Vince on crossovers with DC, and saw the results of his initiatives. His reputation with retailers is second to none. I'm looking forward to his working with our team to increase Dynamite's sales and market share in the industry"
02/18/21 @ 5:25 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce a donation of $10,000 to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) to help support comic industry retailers and their employees continuing to battle the challenges of the past year and the COVID-19 crisis.

Binc has done an incredible job during the pandemic and related shutdowns in assisting the local comic shops around the country that serve as the lifeblood of the entire industry in connecting publishers to fans. Dynamite stands with the direct market and all the hard-working retailers that are the best advocates of the wonderful medium of comic books. In today's world where so much of popular entertainment spawns from these comics, the retail infrastructure is ever more important. With the persistence of challenging conditions, retailers need all the help they can get.

This follows other extensive efforts from Dynamite going back to March of 2020 to bolster the industry's network of partners and fans through regular deep discounts on product and returnable options across the line of periodicals. Retailers have consistently supported Dynamite through its 15 plus year history, and especially the past year with increased orders, and the publisher strives to keep spreading the love at all times.

"Dynamite has continuously been grateful of the support of our retail partners, and we've been proud to reciprocate that support. At the beginning of the pandemic, we were the first comic publisher to offer linewide returns on all of our titles, and were measured in our release schedule to help retailers," said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite. "While going into the new year, we were hoping that the worst was behind us, but we still have a way to go. We decided to make this donation to Binc to help retailers, as they have ...

02/18/21 @ 5:22 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite
Dynamite Entertainment announces a duo of new hires, bulking up the publisher's new business development, ongoing publishing, and production efforts for continued success and growth.

As Dynamite continues its business and creative achievements over its 15 plus year history and increased sales including the recent uptick with the success of The Boys on Prime Video, as well as commercial and critically acclaimed relaunches of flagship titles including Vampirella and Red Sonja, new blood has been brought in to keep up the momentum and kick things up another notch. Two key new hires add both collective decades of experience and fresh outlooks on the industry.

Jim Sokolowski, known to colleagues as "Ski" will be taking on his new role as Dynamite VP and Associate Publisher. With multiple stints at leading comic book publishers including Marvel, DC, Archie, and other great publishers, he brings a wide scope of knowledge and experiences to apply and innovate at Dynamite. At previous companies, he has been significantly involved in expanding sales and business partnerships in many categories. With Dynamite he will be working both with licensors and creative talent to hone and expand the publisher's initiatives.

"Having worked at Marvel and DC as well as other publishers, I'm excited to work with one who has also had an incredible track record and in multiple genres and categories," said Jim Sokolowski. "Looking at the entire publishing library that Dynamite has, from comics to prose, retrospective books, instructional and art books, and so much more, this is a new challenge that I'm looking forward to. I'm psyched at the opportunity to work with the Dynamite team in continuing their momentum as one of the most unique and visionary forces in the industry."
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02/18/21 @ 4:21 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

The She-Devil With a Sword is striking out in a prestige new series by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with May's Invincible Red Sonja!


"I have loved Red Sonja since I was about 12 years old," said Amanda Conner. "I wanted to grow up to be her at one point, but it's just not the Hyborian Age anymore. Which I guess is a good thing."

Jimmy adds, "Red Sonja is one of my favorite sword and sorcery characters ever since I bought her first appearance from the candy store."

The comic book power couple bring their trademark action and wit to every character they tackle, from Power Girl, to Jonah Hex, to Watchmen, and more. The duo took on Harley Quinn, a character who hadn't had a series in years and catapulted her popularity to the "fourth pillar" alongside Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman; and laid the groundwork for multiple media adaptations, including the critically acclaimed show on HBO Max and the character's portrayal in multiple films.

This new journey for the fiery-haired heroine is chock-full of pirates, mermaids, princesses, political intrigue and much more. It's a can't-miss celebration of sword and sorcery action.

Fan-favorite artist Moritat teams again with Amanda and Jimmy to tackle the exhilirating interiors, following his critically acclaimed collaboration with Jimmy on All-Star Western. Letterer Dave Sharpe completes this all-star team.

The series is wrapped in beautiful covers by Amanda, adding to her growing library of iconic takes on the character. She's joined by a top flight crew of fellow cover artists including Joseph Michael Linsner, Carla Cohen, the Dynamite debut of Celina, and a limited edition "outrage" variant by Frank Cho.

"Amanda and Jimmy have built up an incredible fanbase and are two of the best-selling ...

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