With NewYork Comic Con in full force this weekend, Nick Barucci’s Dynamite Entertainment has already made a slew of big announcements with some major talent including Matt Wagner, Greg Pak, Jock
Next up is one of the coolest concepts in recent memory coming from Dynamite and Dark Horse, Matt Wagner’s Grendel Vs. The Shadow!
Days before the doors open on one of the year’s largest events in pop culture, Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite Entertainment announce the first in a series of upcoming crossovers. Matt Wagner will write and draw an all-new Grendel story steeped in the pulp-noir world of The Shadow!The Shadow is one of the most renowned and enduring pop-culture creations of all time, a multi-media character that established the original archetype of the modern super-hero. Grendel, Matt Wagner’s epic saga of dark aggression, has been a trailblazing powerhouse of independent comics for over thirty years and, for many fans, the elegant and deadly Hunter Rose is the quintessential version of the character. Combined, these legendary and iconic characters represent over a century of publishing history!Best-selling author Hunter Rose is secretly the masked assassin and criminal overlord known only as Grendel. When an arcane artifact comes into his possession, Grendel finds himself thrust into a world for which he seems destined, where style and violence intersect to form a dazzling golden age. He will soon discover that this New York also has a fearsome protector—a dark and mysterious avenger whose name is spoken in hushed whispers, The Shadow!“Ever since the smash success of my two previous crossover events (with Batman), I’ve had many offers over the years to see Grendel cross blades with a varied host of other characters,” comments Grendel creator, Matt Wagner. “But none of those opportunities ever excited me as much as this possibility. I’ve been a huge fan of The Shadow for many, many years and my love of the character finally saw fruition when I got the chance to literally re-define his origins by writing The Shadow: Year One for Dynamite. To have the chance to both write and draw The Shadow facing my own creation is something of a dream come true! It’s also adds yet another instant classic to my long legacy of Grendel projects with Dark Horse Comics.”“I’m looking forward to this project for many reasons, not the least of which is Matt Wagner’s return as both writer and artist of Grendel” said Dark Horse president and publisher, Mike Richardson. “The fact that I share Matt’s enthusiasm for one of the greatest fictional characters of all time, The Shadow, makes it all the more exciting. Dark Horse and Dynamite are proud to announce this great comic series from one of comics’ premier creators.”“Matt Wagner truly is a living legend. I’ve personally known and been a fan of Matt’s since Grendel first appeared in the early ‘80’s, and one of the first prestige comics I bought was the Terminator by Matt with James Robinson from Dark Horse. Matt’s an incredible story teller and has written three series for Dynamite, including The Shadow: Year One” said Dynamite publisher, Nick Barucci. “When the idea for a Shadow/Grendel cross-over was suggested, and Matt stated that he would write it AND illustrate the series in a Prestige format, let’s just say that you can’t quantify the excitement in our offices. This is such an incredible series, and the first of more projects that Dynamite and Dark Horse are announcing.”
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming 2014 release of The Art of Jock, a hardcover retrospective celebrating the entire career of talented British illustrator, Jock (Hellblazer: Pandemonium, Savage Wolverine). The latest in Dynamite’s line of bestselling art books honoring such notables as Alex Ross, Sean Phillips, and Howard Chaykin (to name a few), The Art of Jock will include hundreds of gorgeous illustrations from his years as an artist for comic books, film, and more.
“When Nick at Dynamite approached me with the idea of publishing an art book, I felt honoured to be given the chance to put together the first comprehensive look at the work of my career so far,” says Jock. “It will include drawings and paintings from all of my comics projects from over the last ten years, including many sketches and unseen material, plus concept art and extensive promotional images from the various movies and posters I’ve worked on. The quality of the books I’ve seen from Dynamite has been second-to-none, so I’m thrilled to have a home there for this retrospective.”
Jock is the award-winning British artist renowned for his edgy and dynamic style and gritty design aesthetic. He leapt to fame with his work on Judge Dredd for 2000AD, before collaborating with then-editor Andy Diggle on the futuristic crime caper Lenny Zero. This swiftly led to Jock being voted Best Newcomer at the National Comics Awards in 2001. In the decade since then, Jock has provided commercial art and graphic design for numerous internationally renowned clients including Pontiac, Sony, British Airways, Saatchi & Saatchi, Nintendo, Criterion, the NBA and the BBC. He has worked for every major Hollywood studio including Disney, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures, producing key art, concept design, and promotional imagery for Batman Begins, Hancock, Children of Men, Hanna, and Iron Man 3, as well as the big-screen adaptations of Dune, Dredd, and Battleship. He created in-game artwork for Army of Two: The 40th Day for EA Games, as well as cover art for Ubisoft’s popular Driver franchise.
In comics, Jock is best known for co-creating the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series The Losers with Andy Diggle. His character designs were followed closely in the feature film adaptation, and his original art was integrated into on-screen transitions and the animated credits sequence. Jock’s promotional poster for The Losers was voted one of the Top 10 movie posters of 2010 by MTV. Previous work includes the original graphic novel Hellblazer: Pandemonium for DC Comics/Vertigo. His stunning covers for numerous titles including X-Men, Daredevil, and Scalped led to his being nominated as Best Cover Artist at the Eisner Awards. Jock and writer Scott Snyder recently won the Stan Lee Award for Best Series for their work on Batman: The Black Mirror. He is currently working with actor and comedian Peter Serafinowicz on an original comic-book project, continuing to produce officially licensed screen prints for boutique poster company Mondo, and writing and drawing his first miniseries for Marvel Comics, Savage Wolverine. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he now lives and works in Devon.
Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite, says, “Jock is a modern legend, one of the most highly sought-after comic book artists of his — or any — generation. His design sense trembles the very walls of human perception; it challenges us to shake off the societal programming that comic art is mere commercial art, and raises it to a higher level and standard. We are damn proud to welcome Jock as the latest addition to our line of high-end art books.”