July 2, Mt. Laurel, NJ: To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the CHAOS! franchise, Dynamite Entertainment announces a Chaos! deluxe ultra-premium trading card set featuring fan-favorite comic book art and one-of-a-kind stunning hand-painted sketch cards!
The CHAOS! universe goes back all the way to the first appearance of Evil Ernie in 1991, as created by Brian Pulido and Steven Hughes and published by Eternity Comics. However, its genesis as a true franchise that survives to this day goes back to 1994 when CHAOS! Comics was formed. Through the 1990s, CHAOS! was one of the most popular upstart publishers with their fan-favorite characters of Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity, Lady Demon and others. Chaos! stood out as a shared universe not too dissimilar to mainstream superhero companies, but filled with horrific monsters and psychopaths instead of bright red and blue tights. They also featured spine-tingling innovative artwork. The daring attitude of these comics had fans screaming for more and hiding them under their beds.
Some of those fans would one day contribute to the universe like writer and artist Tim Seeley, who relaunched CHAOS! at Dynamite in 2014. Dynamite has added to the mythos with new creations like Mistress Hel and proudly published series starring Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity, Lady Demon and even wrapped up the CHAOS! crew in crossovers with Seeley's Hack/Slash and the wider Dynamite library, including Vampirella and Red Sonja in Swords of Sorrow. Also celebrating the big anniversary in 2019 and releasing in September is the new Chastity series by rising star writer Leah Williams (Gwenpool, Barbarella/Dejah Thoris) and artist Daniel Maine!
The CHAOS! 25th Anniversary Deluxe Ultra-Premium Trading Card Set is available to purchase to fans and retailers as boxes and individual foil packs. Each pack includes 7 cards total, made up of 2 base cards, 2 sketch cards, 1 black and white line art card, 1 puzzle card and 1 signed card. Featuring art by legends Greg Capullo, Joe Quesada, J. Scott Campbell, Michael Turner, Jae Lee, Joyce Chin, Kyle Hotz and more!
Dynamite works closely with a veritable legion of chaotic sketch artists. Included in this set are Roy Cover, Norvien Basio, Ken Haeser, Mitch Ballard, Rich Molinelli, Marcia Dye, Arwenn Necker, Jeffrey C. Benitez, Mikey Chiume Jr., Shartist, Tone Rodriguez, Zachary Woolsey, Joe DelBeato and many, many more talented artists!
"CHAOS! made an incredible impact on the industry as soon as it started! Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity and others had such a distinct electrifying style, with stories and art that pushed boundaries. Dynamite continues that tradition 25 years later with comic books and collectibles featuring the horror and gore in all their glory!," said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher. "We wanted to immortalize that legacy for fans by creating this beautiful set of collectible cards!"
The CHAOS! Deluxe Ultra-Premium Trading Card Set will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ July 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September 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.