April 25, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite announces an exclusive Vampirella lithograph to benefit artist in need Joyce Chin!
On the way to C2E2 with her fellow superstar artist partner Art Adams, Joyce suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage (stroke), exacerbated by a broken ankle from the resulting fall. Thankfully, Chicago's Presence Resurrection hospital was able to perform surgery and provide care. She reports that she has not experienced any noticeable loss of function, a great blessing for such a well regarded artist! Unfortunately she could use fans' help with the medical costs. Chin has a GoFundMe page up right now for fans to support. Dynamite has worked well with Joyce for years and would like to help out as much as possible. Through Dynamite's website, fans can purchase the Vampirella lithograph or a limited edition signed by Joyce. The money raised will assist Joyce with medical costs.
The piece chosen for this lithograph was Joyce's first work on the Daughter of Drakulon, originally gracing an alternate cover for Vampirella (2001) #20. Beyond the clean, gorgeous central figure, the piece amazes with endless detail in Vampi's hair and the lush background. Such detail will be reproduced in high quality on the 11" by 17" lithograph print.
Joyce Chin is one of the greatest working artists in comic books. Breaking into the industry in the mid-1990s, Chin got major notice for her artwork in Wynonna Earp, written by Beau Smith. From there, Chin moved onto a celebrated run on Xena: Warrior Princess comics at Topps and Dark Horse, today reprinted by Dynamite in the Classic Years Omnibus. In the 2000s she began working with Top Cow and contributed to some of the earliest Dynamite titles such as the Monster War crossover. At this point she cemented her legacy as one of the most treasured Vampirella artists across several crossover specials and variant covers.
Today Joyce is one of the most in demand cover artists, working with every major publisher. Recent work includes variants for Black Panther, Mighty Thor, Doctor Strange and Ms. Marvel. For Dynamite she has continued to contribute to Vampirella and has drawn many covers for the Chaos! line including Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Lady Demon and Alice Cooper vs. Chaos! Fans can find some of her cherished interior artwork in the Spring 2019 issue of Playboy, containing an exclusive Vampirella story written by Gail Simone.
"I’ve been working with Dynamite/Dynamic Forces off and on for around two decades now, on a huge variety of incredible characters," said Joyce Chin. "This lithograph is one of the pieces people have told me is one of their favorites."
"Joyce and Arthur have long been two of my favorite artists and I've had the pleasure of working with them. They both are incredibly talented and have unique styles. I'm fortunate to have been close friends with them for years and was shocked to hear of Joyce's injury," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "We thought the perfect way to boost their fundraising efforts was to give fans the opportunity to help as well as receive one of Joyce's most beautiful pieces as a bonus."
Funds raised in excess of Joyce's needs will go toward the Hero Initiative. The charity is a not-for-profit organization set up to assist comic creators with health, medical and quality-of-life assistance.
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.