February 20, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite announces an exciting collaboration with beloved YouTuber ComicTropes on an exclusive crowdfunded comic book variant cover. This cover is stuffed full of famous tropes that followers of his channel and comics history should recognize, and is his mainstream artistic debut! It's available to pledge for right now on Indiegogo!
“I’m grateful to Nick [Barrucci] and his team at Dynamite for this fun opportunity," said Chris Piers, aka ComicTropes. "I love drawing and have a lot of affection for many Dynamite characters so this was a no-brainer. I’m positive my viewers will enjoy this mashup of Vampirella and the things we always seem to see popping up on comic covers.”
ComicTropes - secret identity Chris Piers - has been making hit videos for his dedicated ever-growing audience as well as those who chance upon them from virality for several years now. His namesake comes from his fascination with documenting and examining "tropes" in the medium, commonly used and often quirky elements of storytelling and art. He also spotlights and reviews iconic titles, stories, creators, and more from throughout comics. He has become one of the go-to voices in the community for learning more about comics, as well as enjoying the community he has fostered.
In addition to his YouTube efforts, Chris is a talented artist in his own right. For this collaboration, he's drawn up a cover featuring Vampirella, himself, and a crop of tropes. We've got guest stars! A shocking death - even homaging the one and only Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 by the dearly departed George Perez. Plus an ape, a classic from the Golden and Silver Age of comics that editors and publishers believed drove young fans crazy!
The piece is colored by Mark Englert, an artist specializing in pop culture prints, having worked with Disney, Universal, Paramount, Marvel and many more. He’s colored comics for Robert Kirkman, Kyle Higgins, and Jack Kirby’s Lord of Light pages for Heavy Metal.
On top of his YouTube, drawing, and more, Chris Piers has also worked as a proofreader for Robert Kirkman on The Walking Dead, Invincible, and more. He's also taught a "Writing for Comics" class at The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and illustrated a story in the Eisner-nominated anthology Trickster.
This limited edition variant cover comic is available to order right now on Indiegogo, with expected delivery in June. There are several different options for fans to choose between to customize their haul. Signed options are available, black and white and "virgin" variants without trade dress, and more.
Fans can reserve their copy here on Indiegogo!
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 Gail Simone, Christopher Priest, Andy Mangels, Leah Moore, Kevin Smith, David Walker, Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Brandon Thomas, Amy Chu, Peach Momoko, Reginald Hudlin, Nancy Collins, David Walker, Mirka Andolfo, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jenny Frison, Matt Wagner, 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.