July 2, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite announces a fun-tastic contest for aspiring artists to get their work published in a Vampirella comic!
Vampirella is spreading her wings once again and entering Local Comic Shops for the launch of her new 50th anniversary ongoing series. Featuring writing by the fan-favorite and critically acclaimed Christopher Priest and the first mainstream American work by Turkish comics legend Ergün Gündüz. Plus jaw dropping cover work from Stanley "Artgerm" Lau, Frank Cho, Alex Ross, J. Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes, Joe Jusko, Guillem March and more across just the first couple issues! All this follows a 50 year history of Vampirella featuring cream of the crop writing and art, as well as building careers along the way! Dynamite has decided to bring fans and aspiring professionals into that tapestry!
Artists are encouraged to create illustrations (or other visual media!) of Vampirella over the next 10 days to show off their art. They can then post them to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #VampiFanArt and tagging Dynamite. Pieces will be reposted to Dynamite's Instagram for the whole community to enjoy. At the deadline of XXX, the Dynamite post with the most likes will be published in Vampirella #2 releasing in August. Artists are also welcome to depict other characters and elements of Vampirella's world, including Pantha, Adam Van Helsing, Pendragon, Evily, Draculina, Lilith and others.
From her very genesis, Vampirella has been portrayed by unique and talented artists. The original Vampirella #1 from 50 years ago featured the truly iconic Frank Frazetta cover, with Vampi's costume designed beforehand by cartoonist Trina Robbins. Inside the magazine, Tom Sutton's clean line depicted everyone's favorite heroine in a flirty short story debut. Through the Warren years, many other artists made their mark on the character such as San Julian, Enric Torres, Gonzalo Mayo and others, but none more prominently than Jose "Pepe" Gonzalez. Across countless stories, pinups and covers Gonzalez defined Vampirella for an entire generation.
During the Harris era, many artists added their names to the Vampirella roll call. The list is endless: Mike Mayhew, Joe Quesada, Adam Hughes, Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Jusko, Michael Kaluta, Dave Stevens, Ed McGuinness, Buzz and countless more! While Mark Texeira established himself as the definitive Pantha artist through most of her solo stories in the era. One superstar artist whose career was redefined and skyrocketed on Vampirella is Amanda Conner, whose cartoonish and flirty style is beloved to this day.
Dynamite has brought even more great artists into the fold, including Lucio Parrillo, Terry Dodson, Jenny Frison, Joseph Michael Linsner, Fabiano Neves and more. For her big anniversary year, Vampirella will be appearing in comics drawn by such unique artists as Ergün Gündüz, Drew Moss, Maria Sanapo and others.
Looking now to the future, Dynamite beckons the potential future artists of Vampirella...
Check the Dynamite website for more contest details.
VAMPIRELLA #2 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ June 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in August 2019. Fans are encouraged to preorder with their local comic book retailers and can also see more by going to http://www.dynamite.com/cards for more information for this and other card series!
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.