February 15, Mt. Laurel, NJ: 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 to the next level to release these cool pins to create more excitement for our dedicated fans," said Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. "And being able to work with Francesco Francavilla to design these, well, words can't express how excited I am!"
The Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica Enamel Pin Set will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ March 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in May 2019. Fans are encouraged to preorder with their local comic book retailers.
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.
About Archie Comics
Archie Comics is the leading mass market comic book publisher in the world and the home to a wide array of the most popular humor, action-adventure and superhero characters in entertainment, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Reggie, Kevin Keller, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Afterlife With Archie, the Dark Circle Comics superhero characters (The Black Hood, The Fox, The Shield, Sam Hill and more), Li’l Jinx and many more. Archie Comics have sold over 2 billion comics worldwide and are published around the world in a number of languages. In addition to comics, the Archie Comics characters are spotlighted weekly on The CW’s Riverdale TV series and the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and have been featured in animation, television, film and music.