10/25/15 @ 4:33 am EST
Writer and event architect Gail Simone has done up a commentary for the final issue of the Swords of Sorrow series:
Before I get into the meat of this issue, I just wanted to give some thanks to artist Sergio Davila, who did such an amazing job on this impossible assignment. He had to draw Mars and Shanghai and Mexican pyramids and Dracula and tanks and dinosaurs and dozens of female heroines and he just killed on it. It was a joy, no matter what I asked for, he threw himself into it. This issue, basically has everything but the kitchen sink, it’s an artist’s nightmare and he did such a beautiful job. Artists like this are what you dream of. Thank you, Sergio!
PAGE ONE: Okay, this is probably a little embarrassing, but Jane Porter’s goodbye letter to her husband, Tarzan, might be my favorite bit of writing in the whole series. When I was a kid, I read whatever fantasy novels came my way, and I managed to find a series of E.R.B. stuff, including Tarzan and John Carter, but also obscure stuff like the Mucker. I was wild for it. And I loved the stories that featured Jane and Korak.So that’s the message, if you make yourself enough of a pest, eventually someone asks you to write your childhood favorites.A big, noisy story like this, it’s difficult to get quiet moments. The interplay between the bombast and Jane’s sincere love for her husband moves me, I feel that in my own life when I’m at cons, sometimes. The crowds can be ferocious, love keeps me tranquil.
PAGE TWO: Pantha is one of the characters I would love to have spotlighted more, she’s a very interesting concept. I made it up to her by making her a key figure at a couple key spots in this finale. There weren’t a lot of characters like her when she was created.
PAGE THREE: I wanted my first big crossover that I was steering to end in one of those huge battles. I don’t think people would have blinked if they had been dudes, but it was a bit off-putting for some for us to end with a war with these characters. I get that, but for me, it was something I think we really wanted to see…that kind of mash-up that had never been attempted before with these characters. I love having Jennifer Blood and Irene Adler fighting on the same page.
PAGE FOUR: I didn’t care much for Purgatori when I first read her stories, they didn’t really speak to me and she should have been right up my alley. But I grew to really like her, and was kind of sad she didn’t have a redemption moment.
PAGE SEVEN: Same with the other Chaos ladies, I wasn’t a big fan, but grew to really like them.
PAGE EIGHT: PANTHA vs. BAD KITTY! See, I know, I’m a child. But I like this stuff, I was waiting for this panel since I took on the project.
PAGE ELEVEN: Of all the relationships in the book, the one I wrote with the most friction was Sonja and Dejah. I figured Sonja would hate Dejah’s guts (she doesn’t like royals). But something about them kept making me write how they learned from each other. Dejah sounds downright Hyrkanian here.
PAGE TWELVE: Another thing I had in mind since the start–Sonja and Dejah riding Nazi motorcycles. Comics, it is a fun business, you guys.Also, fun twist here at the bottom of the page.
PAGE THIRTEEN: The Green Hornet and Kato, that’s another series I want to write someday. When I was a kid, I could never figure out why the sidekicks were so much cooler than the mentors. I loved Robin more than Batman, Tonto more than the Ranger, and Kato…well, Kato was just the coolest of them all. This isn’t the Bruce Lee version, it’s Kevin Smith’s, but she was still a load of fun.
PAGE SEVENTEEN: Look. I just love giant superfast Barsoomian dog lizards, all right?
PAGE EIGHTEEN: And Jungle Girl comes back with friends. I love this page. One of the tricky things in plotting this is that the characters are already badasses, they are already veterans. Having Jungle Girl as more inexperienced allowed her to be a P.O.V. character, which Marguerite Bennett helped flesh out in the RED SONJA VS. JUNGLE GIRL mini.
PAGE NINETEEN: Don’t mess with Vampirella.
PAGE TWENTY: About TIME! Bye, Prince! I have read a few people who thought that was my voice coming out of Vampirella’s mouth. Nope. I like blogs. It’s pure Vampi, she’s got little use for people like the Prince.
PAGE TWENTY-ONE: I always wanted it to end with a cocktail party. This is probably the most clear bit of wish fulfillment for me. Wouldn’t you love to have a table at THAT party? Kato, Vampi, Dejah, Sonja, Miss Fury, Irene Adler, Jane Porter…I’d never want to leave.
PAGE TWENTY-TWO: And that’s that…thank you for reading the series!We got wonderful support from readers, critics and retailers, and a project like this was probably unthinkable even fifteen years ago.
I really am grateful we got to do it, and so grateful to the writers (the She-Vengers!) and artists who worked so hard to make it happen.
And a huge thank you to everyone at Dynamite, they threw themselves into this idea with some real courage.
THANK ALL YOU GUYS!
Cover art by Tula Lotay, Emanuela Lupacchino
02/15/19 @ 7:27 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment has some awesome announcements just in time for Toy Fair 2019!
Dynamite is producing their first ever crossover enamel pins in collaboration with Archie Comics. Due for release in May to coincide with the launch of the bombastic Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica crossover, the four limited edition pins feature the eponymous stars of the comic in iconic headshot form. Each 1.5” diameter pin is designed by award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla, based on his amazing cover artwork from the first issue.
Enamel pins have blown up in popularity the last several years, fueled by unique inspiring artists like Francavilla and collectors sharing their finds on social media. Dynamite has fulfilled rabid fans so far with pins featuring Red Sonja, Vampirella and the Chaos! Universe. The pins will be available as a discounted set as well as separately for super fans of the characters. Dynamite encourages everyone to collect them all!
"I've been working for both Dynamite and Archie Comics for a decade now, so when I was approached with the first crossover between these two favorite publishers of mine, I was ecstatic,” said Francesco Francavilla. “Not only was I asked to do a cover featuring four of the best, strongest female characters in comics, but I also got to do pins for each character. Best. Crossover. Ever!”
"Francesco's vision of Archie is iconic and legendary, so when it came time to bring this crossover to life in pin form, having his take made perfect sense," said Archie Comics Co-President Alex Segura. "Dynamite did a fantastic job putting these together and we're happy to be a part of it.
"I can't express how happy I am to not only have a great crossover with our friends at Archie, but also to take it ...
02/15/19 @ 7:32 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces the most unexpected and exciting crossover of the year...Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica!
Dynamite's first ever crossover with Archie Comics could not be any bigger. The flagship Women of Dynamite come face to face with Riverdale's leading ladies to solve a string of paranormal, unsolved murders. When Drakulon and Hyrkania drop off their famous vampire hunter and sword-wielding barbarian into the small, sleepy town something is surely afoot.
Amy Chu (Red Sonja, KISS: The End, Poison Ivy) returns to the fiery-haired She-Devil to write even more of a fish out of water tale than her fan favorite Worlds Away arc. Joining her on the art side is Maria Laura Sanapo (DC Comics Bombshells, Charmed) who just drew the Vampirella Valentine's Day Special. Together these two women will chronicle the incomparable charm of their four leading ladies.
Both Dynamite and Archie have had great crossovers with the biggest publishers in the industry! Archie Comics has a long history of fun crossovers with pop culture and comic book icons, blending Americana with horror, sci-fi, rock and roll, and more. From Batman, The Punisher, The Ramones, KISS, and even The Predator, Archie and the gang have had countless encounters with strange and deadly forces in the town of Riverdale. Even with so many famous faces having visited, nothing has prepared Betty & Veronica as they meet two of the most legendary women in comics.
Amy Chu remembers having a Josie and the Pussycats lunchbox as ...
02/15/19 @ 3:04 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment has some awesome announcements just in time for Toy Fair 2019!
Dynamite has two stunning statues for collectors and fans of high quality art being solicited for May. Sculptor Steve Kiwus and RVCKVS International created an incredible statue for Joseph Michael Linsner's iconic Dawn. This statue leaps off the comic book page. Amanda Conner and Jason Smith bring the She-Devil with a Sword, Red Sonja, in a rare black and white artist proof edition.
Dawn was created by Joseph Michael Linsner in 1989 for an anthology series. Fans were instantly drawn to her unique captivating design, all thanks to Linsner's one-of-a-kind style. Since then she has starred in five series and several other appearances, skyrocketing her creator's career alongside her. Dynamite has a long history working with Joseph Michael Linsner, collaborating on some of the best comic covers ever. In 2014 Linsner wrote and drew Dawn/Vampirella and right now his Vampirella: Roses for the Dead miniseries written by his wife Kristina Deak-Linsner is publishing.
The Dawn Artist Proof edition is the highest quality version of the statue and produced in limited quantities. Fans should act fast to reserve their copy.
The Red Sonja by Amanda Conner Black & White Artist Proof Edition statue is an unparalleled piece for collectors and fans of the character. Conner has made a name for herself as one of the greatest comic book artists of all time and Dynamite in particular treasures her work on characters like Red Sonja and Vampirella. This statue brings her vision of the She-Devil with a Sword to three dimensions in high ...
02/06/19 @ 8:58 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a Kickstarter for the Cosplay Women of Dynamite Deluxe Ultra-Premium Trading Cards. Adorers of fun cosplay covers and sketch card fanatics can check out the campaign for advance deals on packs and boxes, including one-of-a-kind sketch cards and other bonuses!
The Cosplay Women of Dynamite Sketch Cards Kickstarter is live now, visit here: COSPLAY WOMEN OF DYNAMITE PREMIUM SKETCH CARD COLLECTION
For as long as comic books have been published, there have been super fans. Some of those fans have expressed their love for the medium and characters by spending countless hours and dollars hand crafting intricate replica costumes. Sometimes to only wear them once! Over the years, some comic book publishers have worked with these talented artists to bring their vision to readers.
Dynamite is the leading publisher of cosplay comic book covers and is proud to work with so many talented costume artists, models and photographers. Fans can find characters including Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, Sheena and more portrayed by the most popular and talented cosplayers today. Vera Bambi, Cervena Fox, Karrigan Taylor, Ireland Reid, Joanie Brosas, Ashley Du, Jacqueline Goehner, Tatiana Neva, Tabitha Lyons (Artyfakes) and so many more have graced the covers of Dynamite comics.
The art of cosplay is in fact steeped into the DNA of Dynamite's flagship heroines. In the 1970s signature Red Sonja artist Frank Thorne used his "The Wizard" persona to judge Sonja look-a-like contests at some of the earliest comic conventions. Wendy Pini, writer/artist and creator of the indie classic Elfquest, was among the most acclaimed early Sonja cosplayers. Actress Barbara Leigh made history in 1978 as the first woman to dress up as Vampirella professionally, gracing the cover of Warren's Vampirella ...
01/23/19 @ 3:11 pm EST
Everyone's favorite pin-up queen and icon of femininity, Bettie Page, continues her classified adventures this April with a new series from Dynamite Entertainment and a deluxe set of Bettie cards for collectors!
Welcome to Bettie Page: Unbound aka the Crisis on Infinite Betties! The Lovecraftian Great Old One Yog-Sothoth has established himself as an inter-dimensional archnemesis for everyone's favorite super model/spy (see the fan favorite Bettie Page Halloween Special!). The monstrous being is opening a dimensional gate to kick off an invasion of Earth, collapsing reality itself in the process. Bettie takes the initiative, as always, to run right into the eye of the storm. Suddenly she finds herself a barbarian queen in the ancient past and will stumble into other multiversal freaky Friday situations. Every Bettie Page issue to this point has been leading to this epic climax.
David Avallone (Elvira, Doc Savage: Ring of Fire) brings the whole gang back for this exciting new chapter. Joining their ingenious writer ringleader are artist Julius Ohta (Sherlock Holmes: Vanishing Man), colorist Ellie Wright (Sherlock Holmes: Vanishing Man) and letterer Taylor Esposito (Batman, Aquaman, Elvira). The team cannot wait to continue uncovering Bettie's secret sagas for fans.
On the cover art front, Bettie is "unbound" from the attitudes of her time and free to express herself in a way she would surely enjoy - cosplay! The Queen of Curves dons a certain Dynamite flagship hero's iconic chainmail armor for a main cover by John Royle (Project Superpowers, G.I. Joe). Fans of Bettie and other Dynamite heroines can look out for a Vampirella variant ...
01/21/19 @ 2:08 pm EST
Dynamite announces a new XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS ongoing series for April written by Vita Ayala (Black Panther, Shuri, Wonder Woman, The Wilds), illustrated by newcomer Olympia Sweetman, colored by Rebecca Nalty (WWE, Sparrowhawk) and lettered by Ariana Maher (James Bond 007, Nancy Drew).
Journey back to Ancient Greece with the reformed warlord. Take up your swords and chakrams to follow the newest adventures of the cult classic TV phenomenon and her trusted companion Gabrielle. As they will first have to investigate a mysterious village where children are miraculously strong. Could the infamously petty Greek Gods be involved, and if not how long before they stick their meddlesome hands in?
The first issue features a range of stunning covers from today’s top talents David Mack (Daredevil, Jessica Jones), Emanuela Lupacchino (Wonder Woman, Supergirl), Erica Henderson (Squirrel Girl), Paulina Ganucheau (Black Panther), as well as Raúl Allén and Patricia Martin (Wonder Woman, Livewire).
Editor Nate Cosby pitches the series in a nutshell to fans new and returning, “Bounding adventures! Amazing episodes that build to a huge overall story! Every action sequence motivated by strong characters and deep emotion! Did you dig the Xena television series? You will ADORE what Vita, Olympia, Rebecca and Ariana are cooking up with this series. And if you don’t know what Xena’s about? This is the perfect place to start!”
“I am INCREDIBLY excited to be working on Xena! She is my favorite character of all time, and to be able to work on any project ...
01/16/19 @ 8:50 pm EST
As we prepare for our 15th Anniversary celebrations for 2019, Dynamite Entertainment is partnering with Humble Bundle to offer fans unbeatable deals on great series from our extensive library of characters with some of the best creators in the industry. Dynamite has never offered fans a bigger bundle! That's right, this is our biggest bundle ever!
The bundle will only be available for a limited time, so check it out! - Dynamite Fan Faves & New Hits
Not only are these offerings so incredible to reward existing readers and bring in new fans, but proceeds from the promotion will be contributed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The CBLDF is a non-profit charity with a mission of protecting creators, publishers and more in the comics medium when their rights are threatened.
Humble Bundle's "Pay What You Want" structure allows readers to scale their purchase to their budget or their desired contribution to the charity. Multiple tiers offer the chance for up to 330+ issues - adding up to almost 10,000 pages!! Plus deluxe art books and other goodies. Normally all these goodies could cost readers over $1,270!
Excitingly, the bundle also offers fans previews of the just around the corner releases of RED SONJA #1 from Mark Russell & Mirko Colak and ARMY OF DARKNESS / BUBBA HO-TEP from Scott Duvall & Vincenzo Federici.
Comics included in this bundle feature the absolute greatest writers and artists of this modern era of comic books. The endless list of top tier talents includes Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Kevin Smith, Mark Millar, Robert Kirkman, Alex Ross, Gail Simone, Warren Ellis, Mark Waid, Garth Ennis, J. Michael Straczynski, Greg Pak, Kurt Busiek, Jim Starlin, Kelly Thompson and SO MANY MORE!
01/10/19 @ 10:11 pm EST
Dynamite announces an ongoing set of "Seduction" variants for every issue of the upcoming RED SONJA series from acclaimed artist Bob Q! Each cover will pit Sonja against classic mystical myths...sirens, nymphes, sorceresses, goddesses and more! As illustrated in a deadly yet seductive style, as only an artist as Bob could do it.
"Bob Q is one of the most dynamic and prolific artists in comics," says Red Sonja series editor Nate Cosby. "From THE GREEN HORNET '66 MEETS THE SPIRIT to JAMES BOND ORIGIN to THE LONE RANGER, Bob's unique art and color are a pleasure for the eyes, and his take on Red Sonja covers will be a sight to behold every month!"
Fans should ask their Local Comic Shop whether they ordered copies of Bob's cover for issue #1. Final Order Cutoff for the issue will be Monday, February 14. Fans and retailers can now order RED SONJA #2, by Mark Russell(The Flintstones) and Mirko Colak (Conan), in the March 2019 copy of Diamond's Previews.
The other stunning covers for the first issue include the incomparable works of Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn), Christian Ward (Thor), Frank Cho (Wonder Woman) and a cosplay variant featuring model Jesyka Rose.
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12/20/18 @ 2:02 pm EST
Dynamite announces a new epic comic based on the hotly anticipated upcoming video game Obey Me. Depicting the adventures of Soul Huntress Vanessa Held and her loyal Hellhound companion Monty, stuck between a war of angels, demons and all those used as pawns or caught up in the crossfire. Obey Me #0 will release March 2019.
The never ending back and forth between Heaven and Hell has been chronicled across all media for centuries upon centuries. Though none have ever captured it quite likeObey Me. The comic book will feature an exciting creative team. Including writer Mario Mentasti, who is also the lead writer of the video game, making this comic an authentic companion experience. Joining him on art is comics legend Ben Herrera (X-Men) and Emmanuel Ordaz Torres. Herrera also drew two marvelous covers for this first issue.
Vanessa Held is a low-ranking lesser demon serving the Archduke of Greed, Ammon. She is tasked with serving his plans and collecting the sold souls of mortals. Join Mentasti, Herrera and Torres in following the occult quest of Vanessa and Monty.
The game is a top-down 3D action brawler, playable by one or two players published by Blowfish Studios and developed by Error 404 Game Studios. Obey Me will be available on PC and consoles. It features a variety of weapons and special abilities linked to an in-depth progression system.
Obey Me #0 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ January 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book ...
12/19/18 @ 4:37 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a full offering of Pathfinder items that will appeal to all kinds of fans. Whether they have been tabletop gaming since 1974, just picked up their first set of dice, or just appreciate stunning statues and high quality comic book storytelling – there is something here for everyone!
First and foremost is the first-ever resin statue for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The next step in the years long strong partnership between Dynamite and Paizo Inc. following years of adapting and expanding the game's lore in comic book form. The limited-edition statue depicts Seoni, one of the most popular heroes in the Pathfinder universe. She is a powerful Varisian spellcaster who was a no-brainer for a statue with her intricate tattoos and distinct clothing, hand-painted for collectors.
Seoni stands approximately a foot tall and is available in multiple variants. The "Spellcasting" version depicts Seoni harnessing her unique magic abilities with a plastic effect. A "Battle Ready" edition alternately gives her a staff and an altered pose. Offered for the first time are special "Diamond Eye" variants for both. Adding real diamonds for her pupils to make Seoni really shine and sparkle on the shelf. Only available in limited quantities, the "Diamond Eye" version is a true grail for collectors.
Also releasing are four Pathfinder: Worldscape
one-shots previously exclusive to Kickstarter. These fun crossovers bring Dynamite's flagship characters into the cross-dimensional Pathfinder universe. All with covers by Roberto Castro. Pathfinder: Worldscape - Dejah Thoris
is written by Christopher Paul Carey with art by Roberto Castro. Dejah and Tars Tarkas are investigating a gap in the memory of John Carter when they find themselves hurled across dimensions into a bloody conflict between the Council of Jungle Kings and a Technic League ...
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