August 3, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite is proud to collaborate with fan-favorite cosplayer, model, actress, and host Ani-Mia on a limited edition Vampirella cosplay comic available only on Indiegogo!
Ani-Mia shared, "Cosplaying has always been seen as a homage to a character or fandom that you're passionate about. For me Vampirella, as a character, has always fully embodied the idea of a smart, sexy, and strong superhero with the extra "cool factor" of being a vampire. Her story, starting from the Warren years is so rich and has evolved in so many different fashions creating this very determined and powerful modern woman in the series today."
This special edition release will be presented at magazine size, featuring of course a stunning shot of Ani-Mia in her Vampirella cosplay. Ani-Mia is renowned as an independent cosplayer, as well as a multi-talented host for programming like Diamond Comics Distributors' PreviewsWorld content. She also writes for publications like Otaku USA magazine and Cosplay Central. She's been featured previously on Dynamite cosplay covers.
Underneath the spotlight cover, Dynamite is celebrating the legacy of cosplay of this iconic character by presenting the contents and cover of Vampirella #67. This memorable 1977 issue historically featured the first official cosplay cover for the character, starring Barbara Leigh and photographed by Hank Londoner. An actress, Leigh is known for starring in the film Junior Bonner alongside Steve McQueen, among others. This cover and those that followed on issues #69, 71, 74, 76, 77, and 78 were all in anticipation of a feature film to be produced by Hammer Films, that unfortunately never saw the light of day.
The contents of Vampirella #67, being presented in this limited edition, include over 50 pages across six stunning stories. The lead piece stars Vampirella, as presented by definitive artist Jose Gonzalez and longtime writer and editor Bill DuBay. Other stories feature art from legends like Alex Niño, Esteban Maroto, Russ Heath, and Paul Neary.
Since the era of Barbara Leigh, cosplay has become a core part of Vampirella fandom and collecting. From convention appearances and photo covers, both male and female fans of the character always love seeing strong women portraying the Daughter of Drakulon in their own ways. Now Ani-Mia follows in those footsteps, while celebrating the legacy.
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.