Nick Barucci and his team at Dynamite Entertainment have sent one exciting announcement after another, leading the comic book news prior to San Diego Comic Con.
MIKE CAREY TO DEVELOP ALL-NEW BARBARELLA COMIC BOOK SERIES
Dynamite is First American Publisher to Ever Create New Stories for the Iconic Character!
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Barbarella’s first ever comic series, timed this coming Fall to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the legendary heroine, will feature the writing talents of industry legend Mike Carey (Ultimate Fantastic Four, X-Men, Lucifer). Additionally, Jean-Marc Lofficier – longtime custodian of the Barbarella brand – will join Carey as supervisor on the project.
“In the 1960s, Jean-Claude Forest’s Barbarella was a character who helped to define her era – the first emancipated heroine for a decade that questioned all rules and moral codes,” says Mike Carey. “I’m hugely excited to be involved in re-inventing this classic and iconic character for the modern age, and introducing her to many readers who weren’t even alive when she first traveled the spaceways.”
Mike Carey is a British writer whose work spans comics, books, TV and film scripts, and radio plays. His novel The Girl with All the Gifts was an international bestseller, and adapted by Carey for the 2016 Colm McCarthy-directed film. He’s written for DC and Marvel, including acclaimed runs on Ultimate Fantastic Four and X-Men, and with Peter Gross, Lucifer and The Unwritten. His books include Fellside, the Felix Castor series, and The Steel Seraglio (with Linda and Louise Carey).
Created by Jean Claude Forest in 1962, Barbarella was introduced at the heart of the Sexual Revolution, and is forever ingrained in pop culture after Jane Fonda’s unforgettable portrayal in the 1968 film. She was a key figure in the fertile battleground of French comic books and the struggle for sexual freedom in the medium, and has not appeared in a new series since her last appearance in the legendary science fiction publication, Heavy Metal.
Senior Editor Matt Idelson says, “I can’t begin to express my pride in getting to be part of the first new adventures of Barbarella in decades, and I’m excited for all the comics readers who don’t know of her exploits and are going to want to find the original material after reading this book. The bonus of finally getting to work with Mike after years of cyberstalking him is the cherry on the sundae, and if the early going is any indication, this book is going to be amazing!”
Jean-Marc Lofficier says, “Working together with Dynamite on the creative development of a new Barbarella series has been both inspiring and enriching. Julien Forest and I are very happy that Mike has chosen to join our team, and can’t wait to see the new directions in which he’ll take the book.”
“We’ve stayed in touch with Jean-Marc for quite a few years waiting for the time to be right to allow us to publish Barbarella. Matt worked hand in with Jean-Marc to find the right creator who can capture her voice and bring her to a new audience,” states Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. “We are incredibly fortunate to be working with Mike Carey again. We worked with Mike just after launching Dynamite with Red Sonja, and have been looking for the right project to work on again. And Barbarella is that project! Mike will bring new depth to the iconic character.”
Dynamite Entertainment first announced the return of Barbarella to comic books in October of 2016, welcoming the sci-fi icon to their stable of strong female heroines alongside Red Sonja, Vampirella, Sheena, Dejah Thoris (of Warlord of Mars), and more. In addition to original comic book stories, Dynamite can develop Barbarella in categories which include art books and 3D figurines.
Barbarella is slated for release this Fall.
KEVIN SMITH’S HIT SUNDANCE FILM, YOGA HOSERS, GETS A COMIC BOOK PREQUEL
Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Yoga Hosers: A Sundance Super Special, their most recent collaboration with trailblazing filmmaker Kevin Smith. The official prequel to Smith’s hit film, written by Smith himself with art by Jeff and Liam Quigley, was previously a Sundance Film Festival only exclusive, and will now be made widely available to the public when it lands in stores September 6th!
Smodcomics proudly presents the official prequel to Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers, starring Johnny Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, and Lily-Rose Depp! Since the remarkably charismatic duo of Colleen C. and Colleen M. debuted in the horror-comedy film Tusk, fans have been clamoring for more of these 15-year-old yoga nuts – and with Yoga Hosers: A Sundance Super Special, True North Trilogy devotees will finally see the continuation of their story! What is the secret “eh-rigin” of these convenience store clerks destined to face the monsters of Manitoba? How did fate bring two Colleens together to survive all the craziness that Winnipeg could throw at them? And can they harness Moksha, the ultimate goal of yoga, to destroy everything that threatens the things they love, eh?
Writer/Director Kevin Smith said, “Nick and the Dynamite folks have made a home for me at their shop over the years. So when I thought about launching SModComics, he was my first call. I look forward to turning lots of material from my podcasts and movies into 4-color extensions of what we do in other media. And I’m happy to do it with Dynamite – the Jersey-based comics giant!”
“The relationship we have with Kevin is incredibly rewarding,” said CEO and publisher Nick Barrucci. “His talent has continuously sparked imaginations and brought fans to the comic book industry, and when he initially broached the subject of working together on publishing this amazing series, we could not have been more honored!”
Yoga Hosers #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ July 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September.
DYNAMITE SIGNS LICENSE FOR ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK
Plans to Develop Comic Books and Merchandise Featuring the Iconic Horror Hostess
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Elvira, Mistress of the Dark – the beloved horror icon brought to (after)life by actress Cassandra Peterson – will join their line of licensed pop culture properties courtesy of a new licensing agreement with Queen “B” Productions and DevlinAgency. The publisher will develop and manufacture a wide variety of product categories including comic books, trading cards, posters, lithographs, card games, and board games.
With her signature blend of sex appeal, fearlessness, sarcasm, and smarts, Elvira rose to stardom in 1981 as the nationally syndicated hostess of Elvira’s Movie Macabre. Her distinct personality a hit with audiences everywhere, she evolved quickly into a cultural icon and film star (including two motion pictures, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira’s Haunted Hills). Becoming a universally recognized brand, Elvira is a hallmark of Halloween costumes, action figures, pinball machines, Halloween decor, model kits, calendars, perfume, and dolls, and over the course of thirty-plus years, has served as a spokesperson for global brands including Coors and Pepsi.
Cassandra Peterson says, “Where better to find ‘Yours Cruelly’ then with my fellow freaks and fiends of the comic book scene? Nooo….of corpse I’m not talkin’ about you, darling, but the ghouls and goblins in the pages of my very own Dynamite comic book! I can’t wait to light this powderkeg!!”
Scott D. Marcus, President of DevlinAgency says, “We are thrilled to be working with Dynamite on new ELVIRA comic books, and many other exciting consumer products. We took our time to find the right company to carry on the tradition of ELVIRA comic books and ultimately chose Dynamite because of their talent, marketing, and distribution….and they are cool dudes!”
Nick Barrucci, CEO and publisher of Dynamite Entertainment, says, “Elvira is timeless. Who else straddles the line between camp and class like Cassandra Peterson’s adored alter-ego? Her image is blazoned in the mind’s eye of a generation, a fierce and feminine figure as fresh on October 31st, 2017, as she was when she appeared on October 31st, 1981. It’s a delight to bring her fans (and her fiends) a wickedly wide array of brand-new comics, games, and merchandise, as we expand our merchandising categories.”
“I think we’re all pretty excited to bring Elvira back to comics,” says Kevin Ketner, Assistant Editor at Dynamite. “Just taking a look at how people consume media and have embraced horror movies and camp, it’s a perfect time! Plus, she’s absolutely iconic. She’s the horror host that is currently missing from our lives and our comic shops… or digital outlets.”
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT AND EXECUTIVE REPLICAS, ALONG WITH PHICEN LTD., DEBUT FIRST-EVER VAMPIRELLA 1:6 SCALE ACTION FIGURE
First Figure in Stores in Late September!
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce a new licensing partnership with Executive Replicas and Phicen Ltd., adding iconic horror hostess and Dynamite mainstay Vampirella to the manufacturer’s celebrated line of intricately-detailed, sci-fi and horror-related action figures. The first release, the Vampirella Asian Version 1:6 Scale Action Figure, is slated for release in September 2017.
This officially licensed Vampirella Asian Version 1:6 Scale Action Figure, standing twelve inches tall and fit for display with a stable base, is every bit as enchanting as her dedicated fans would come to expect. This vampiric vixen comes to life in three dimensions with a Phicen seamless body featuring stainless steel armature, and includes her trademark one-piece bikini costume, three pairs of interchangeable hands, knee-high boots, a removable cape, and more accessories. The retail price for this exquisite collectible is $149.99.
“For those that love action figure collectibles, there’s never been a greater time than right now – when the craftsmanship and materials of figure development can so realistically capture the likeness of iconic characters,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “We’re proud to work with the team at Executive Replicas, one of the premier designers and manufacturers of high-quality pop culture merchandise, to bring Vampirellato collectors in the very desirable 1:6 scale format.”
“This production capability was absolutely necessary when producing a character like Vampirella,” Martin C. Dunlop, CEO of Executive Replicas, “Outside of a statue, there wasn’t any way to produce a figure this beautiful.”
Winston Dunlop II, President Executive Replicas added, “After years of trying to obtain a license and produce a Vampirella figure…the right way, finally with Phicen’s patented production capability, it was a must to add the beautiful Vampirella to the list of characters using our seamless bodies.”
Vampirella is a raven-haired heroine who remains, even after 48 years of publication, one of the comic industry’s most well-known characters. Since the character’s very healthy resurgence in 2010, Dynamite has published four volumes of a monthly series, several miniseries and one-shot specials, and crossovers with multimedia brands and comic book peers (Army of Darkness, KISS, Aliens, and more). The Vampirella franchise is a haven for writers and artists with a penchant for the macabre. An icon of horror, Vampirella has an appeal that transcends the printed page, becoming a favorite facet of merchandising including apparel, barware, statues, jewelry, tarot cards, and more.
JEEPERS CREEPERS SINKS ITS NEEDLE-LIKE TEETH ,INTO DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
MGM’s Cult-Favorite Horror Franchise Comes to Comics,
with Original Stories of Midwestern Murder and Mayhem
Look – When it comes to out-and-out creepiness in horror films, there’s a reason that Jeepers Creepers has the very word in its title. From one of the scariest opening sequences ever filmed, to the moment of the creature’s full visual reveal, and to the further evolution of The Creeper’s strange physicality and tastes in the sequel, the franchise adds layers and layers of spine-tingling creepiness with every twist and turn. The folks here at Dynamite are going to have so much wicked fun with this project. Hop into The Creeper’s rusty terror-wagon and join us for the ride!
In Jeepers Creepers, two homeward-bound teens are nearly run off a desolate country highway by a maniac in a beat-up truck… and later spot him shoving what appears to be a body down a sewer pipe. But when they stop to investigate, they discover that the grisly reality at the bottom of that pipe is far worse than they could have ever suspected: The Creeper – an ancient, winged monstrosity with needle-like teeth – awakens every 23 years for 23 days, terrorizing victims and using the scent of their fear to identify what replacement body parts he can harvest to maintain his immortal existence. Celebrated by horror maestro Clive Barker as “the most scary, stylish horror movie I’ve seen in years”, Jeepers Creepers – starring the talented actors Justin Long and Gina Philips – had a record-breaking theatrical release and spawned a successful sequel, wherein The Creeper menaced a broken-down bus full of high school athletes.
TIM SEELEY’S HACK/SLASH SET TO MEET DYNAMITE’S VAMPIRELLA IN CROSSOVER
Writer Shawn Aldridge (The Dark and Bloody), and artist Rapha Lobosco (Doctor Who) have been selected as the creative team to helm what is sure to be the biggest hit of this year’s Halloween season, Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella. With the blessing of Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley, the two heroines of horror are set to hit shelves October 4th, 2017!
Created by writer/artist Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli, Hack/Slash harkens back to the classic 80’s slasher flick, as it follows the story of young Cassie Hack, the very epitome of horror movie clichés: the young woman and lone survivor at the end of every horror movie who then channels her emotional trauma into becoming the ultimate “killer of killers” herself! “Along with a burly protector named Vlad, Hack travels across the country hunting slashers in the vein of Halloween‘s Michael Myers, Friday the 13th‘s Jason Voorhees and A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger.”
Now, the Vegas strip heats up as Cassie Hack, accompanied by her protector Vlad, are on the trail of a deadly slasher and meet the lovely, yet lethal Vampirella. The team-up event you’ve been waiting for is a high-stakes game of chance when they have to take on The Queen of Hearts!
Hack/Slash creator Tim Seely said, “Vampirella is the original horror exploitation heroine, and it’s been a goal of mine since I started Hack/Slash back in 2004 to have her team up with Cassie and Vlad! Dynamite has recruited some awesome talent to handle this never-before-seen tale, which will tie back to the new Hack/Slash series from Image.
Writer Shawn Aldridge said, “Ever have one of those days when Tim Seeley unexpectedly emails you saying he really enjoyed your book (The Dark and Bloody) and asks if you want to write a Hack/Slash mini and before you even finish the s in yes, he goes, ‘Oh, yeah, and Vampirella will be in it?’ No? Huh, well, I did. And I’m over the moon (or is that Drakulon?) about the chance to tell a tale about an icon of horror in Vampirella and one of the best duos in horror in Cassie and Vlad. I hope my excitement comes through in this fun tale of the Blood Red Queen of Hearts ripping people’s hearts out in Las Vegas.”
Kentucky-born, Oregon-based writer Shawn Aldridge is best known for the horror mini-series The Dark and Bloody (Vertigo/DC) and his creator-owned series Vic Boone. His work has also appeared in American Vampire Anthology Vol 2 (Vertigo/DC), Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse) and FUBAR (Fubar Press). He has one wife, one kid, three dogs, and a lot of stories to tell.
Artist Rapha Lobosco said, “What got me really excited to work on Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella is the possibilities I’ll have while drawing the pages. As a big fan of horror comics, I always was fascinated by how those stories are told in comics, how the mood is set up using light and shadows, the way you can play with the layout of a page. Also, Vampirella was always one of my favorite characters, she’s been here for a long time and it never gets old – I remember looking at Frazetta’s drawing and being amazed by it. By putting her together with Cassie and Vlad I believe we going to have a series with a lot of action! It’s going to be loads of fun!”
Brazilian comic artist based in Dublin, Rapha Lobosco stood out with his work being published on a few indie comics in Ireland and UK before working as an inker on the 11th Doctor Who for Titan Comics, after that he started to work on the 007 James Bond: Black Box for Dynamite with writer Benjamin Percy and colorist Chris O’Halloran.
Dynamite Editor Kevin Ketner said, “Getting to see Cassie and Vlad team up with Vampirella is kind of a dream come true for a horror nerd like myself. It’s times like these that I’m really glad that I’m not a demon here on earth trying to cause havoc, because I would honestly be afraid to find out they were working together against me. Shawn and Rapha are doing a beautiful job blending these worlds and giving us a scary, but incredibly fun story and I can’t wait for everyone to check it out.”
“Tim Seeley’s Hack/Slash was an instant horror classic, so it was a no-brainer that his now iconic characters should meet-up with the foremost horror heroine of all – Vampirella,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite. “Fans of both series will love as they join forces to confront horrors they themselves could not imagine! Shawn Aldridge and Rapha Lobosco are both incredibly talented, and their work is guaranteed to capture these characters in a way any true fan of horror will enjoy!”
Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October.
RED SONJA 45TH ANNIVERSARY TRADING CARDS SLATED FOR RELEASE IN 2018
Dynamite Entertainment Announces Promo Preview Cards as Convention Giveaways,
– Makes Sets Available for Comic Book Retailers And Fans Worldwide
By popular demand, Red Sonja – Dynamite’s Entertainment longstanding fantasy series featuring one of the most iconic female characters in comic book history – will be featured in its own limited edition trading card line, arriving in 2018. The series will feature autograph cards, hand drawn sketch cards, limited edition hand colored cards, puzzle cards, limited edition oversized box topper coards and more. And to provide a teaser of these great cards, and to satisfy rabid fan demand, Dynamite will be handing out special Promo Preview Cards at select comic book conventions nationwide, announced in advance via the publisher’s social media channels.
Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, is a fictional character, a high-fantasy sword and sorcery heroine created by Robert E. Howard, and adapted for comics by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. She first appeared in Conan the Barbarian #23 (Marvel Comics). Red Sonja has become the archetypical example of the fantasy figure of a fierce and stunningly beautiful female barbarian who typically wears armor resembling a bikini or lingerie. For a decade, Sonja has had many successful series with Dynamite Entertainment, including monthly, miniseries, one-shots, and crossovers.
“Red Sonja was Dynamite’s second published title, and our first to sell over 200,000 copies, over 240,000 to be exact. With millions of comic books sold world-wide in multiple languages, as an inspiration to hundreds of admirers in the cosplay community, and for so many other reasons, Red Sonja has a wide, well-deserved following with diverse passions,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “We’re eager to satisfy customer interests by exploring all possible merchandising avenues. Statues, toys, apparel, barware, trading cards – however you want to show your devotion to Red Sonja, Dynamite is happy to accommodate! And for retailers who are eager to supplement their comic book sales, Dynamite continues to develop new product lines to appeal to every customer in their stores.”
For those diehard collectors unable to attend and acquire the cards in-person, Dynamite will make a select amount available for fans to order through your local retailer. The Red Sonja Trading Cards Preview Set, with a set retail price of $10.00, will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, corresponding to an on-sale date of October 4th. Red Sonja fans are encouraged to reserve the sets with their local comic book retailers.
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT SET TO PUBLISH NEW THE SWORDS OF THE SWASHBUCKLERS SERIES FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
Writer Marc Guggenheim Attached to Make the Classic Series Soar Once More!
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to share the exciting news that thanks to the overwhelming support and effort made by comic book lovers everywhere, The Swords of the Swashbucklers Kickstarter successfully attained its goal after an exciting, month-long campaign. Thanks to the more than 800 backers, Dynamite will now not only restore the beloved series, but also bring the tale back to life with all-new adventures after more than twenty-five years out of print! Legendary screenwriter, producer, comic book writer, and novelist Marc Guggenheim (X-Men Gold, The Flash, The Amazing Spider-Man) has been tapped to write the new ongoing The Swords of the Swashbucklers series, which is slated to land in stores December, 2017.
Following the success of the original Kickstarter campaign, Michael Mantlo, brother of Bill and spokesperson for the Mantlo family stated, “Earlier this year, a Kickstarter campaign was set up to fund the re-release of Bill Mantlo’s & Butch Guice’s The Swords of the Swashbucklers. By ALL accounts it was a tremendous success, and now, after more than a quarter of a century out of print (and out of sight), the epic space opera has returned in a gloriously remastered edition AND in a new series that will continue the adventures of Domino Drake and the crew of the Starshadow! The hope is that this endeavor will introduce the Mantlo/Guice masterpiece to a whole new generation of fans. On behalf of Bill Mantlo, I’d urge everyone to carry this wondrous story far into the future by signing on for the journey through the purchase of these books. Not only will you get to enjoy a magnificent tale, you will also be helping support Bill Mantlo finally being able to improve his quality of life, and having the opportunity to experience the joy of knowing just how loved and respected he is by the comic book community.”
The Swords of the Swashbucklers co-creator Butch Guice says, “I am both humbled by and extremely grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support The Swords of the Swashbucklers Kickstarter launch received earlier this year, and am excited to see these characters being published again for fans old and new. My participation in telling the adventures of Raader, Domino, and the gang hold a very special place in my memory, and it is extremely gratifying to discover they are so fondly remembered by others as well. Thank you to everyone who has hand a hand in putting this launch together, and thank you to the many people who have helped make this revival happen.”
Lawrence Klein, attorney for the Mantlo family added, “I wanted to be Bill Mantlo when I was a kid, a lawyer and comic book writer. I fondly remember meeting Bill and Butch at a small comic shop in NYC way back when. Now grown up, sort of, I am thrilled to work with Bill, Butch and Dynamite to do my small part and bring a great story and many new ones to the published page. It is amazing to see the continued support for these stories and especially the love for Bill. Thank you Bill and Butch for a great legacy in comics.”
Writer Marc Guggenheim said, “Swords of the Swashbucklers has long been a favorite of mine and it remains one of the great high concepts in all of comics, which is unsurprising when you consider that Bill Mantlo and Butch Guice were the creative forces behind it. I’m humbled to continue their work and looking forward to introducing this remarkable comic to a whole new audience.”
Hailing from Long Island, New York, Marc Guggenheim served as a lawyer in Boston while working part-time as a writer, until one of his earliest scripts led him out west and directly into the television and movie industry. His first television project was ABC’s The Practice, before moving on to write several television smash-hits, including Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Eli Stone, Arrow, and most recently Legends of Tomorrow. His feature film credits include 2011’s Green Lantern and 2013’s Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. After the launch of his successful career in television and film, Guggenheim decided to turn his attention to comics, and has since served as writer on many of the top comic book franchises in the industry’s history, including Aquaman, Wolverine, The Punisher, Blade, The Flash, The Amazing Spider-Man, Young X-Men, and Super Zombies. Guggenheim currently serves as executive producer on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series, Trollhunters from Guillermo Del Toro.
“We are so proud that we were able to achieve our goal and bring attention to Bill Mantlo’s heartbreaking story, but we could not have accomplished this incredible feat without the help of our fans, backers, and all of the amazing creators we work with on a daily basis that rallied the support for one of their own,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “By bringing on the always incredible Marc Guggenheim to serve as writer, we can guarantee the new series will show the proper respect for Bill Mantlo’s work, while introducing an entirely new generation to the series that inspired so many of the great creators throughout the comic book industry today!”
Dynamite will begin shopping the film and television rights shortly. Dynamite is repped by Charlie Ferarro at UTA, Ford Gilmore at Illuminati Entertainment, and attorney Howard Abramson. Guggenheim is repped by WME, Ziffren Brittenham, and Cliff Roberts.
The Swords of the Swashbucklers #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October 2017 Previews catalog, and slated for release in December. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of
DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES KEVIN CONRAN’S
ART OF SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
All-New Art Retrospective Unveils Never-Before Seen Illustrations and Design From Groundbreaking 2004 Film
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, the 2004 dieselpunk film written and directed by Kerry Conran and featuring the talented cast of Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie, will be celebrated in a comprehensive art retrospective, personally curated by Sky Captain co-creator Kevin Conran and edited by Shannon Eric Denton.
Kevin Conran’s Art of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow charts the revolutionary artistic contributions to the film by its principle visual architect, Sky Captain‘s co-creator Kevin Conran. The groundbreaking feature film, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, was the first of its kind – it completely embraced the look and feel of the old serials while pushing the boundaries of modern filmmaking technology. The film inspired a whole new generation of filmmakers to adopt their innovative techniques that are now commonplace in every studio feature being made in Hollywood and around the world.
This stunning collection will provide a comprehensive gallery of Kevin Conran’s trailblazing illustrations and designs, including incomplete and unpublished work never-before-seen by the public at large! Kevin Conran’s Art of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is the first official collection of such artwork. Sourced from his private collection, this book spans over 20 years of the movie’s unique illustrations and includes behind-the-scenes details on how the movie was conceived of, illustrated, approved (or rejected), and brought to life. Whether you’re a fan, collector, enthusiast, or new to the world of Sky Captain, this book offers the most complete collection of Sky Captain artwork ever produced!
“I’ve been honored to work with Kevin on several Hollywood projects, but as a huge fan of Sky Captain, I’m beyond thrilled to journey into this world one more time,” says editor Shannon Eric Denton.
“We’re delighted to be working directly with Kevin on this book, and be able to share much of the visual work he did that went into the creation of the movie with his brother Kerry,” says Rich Young, Director of Business Development at Dynamite. “There is a treasure trove of material here, and fans of the movie will really enjoy the behind-the-scenes glimpses and story he’ll be sharing.”
THE HORROR OF PUMPKINHEAD DESCENDS ON DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Leading Publisher Signs Licensing Deal with MGM, Unleashing Cinema’s
Legendary Vengeance Demon in New Comic Books and Graphic Novels
Look – the 1980s was a renaissance for horror films, introducing thrill-seeking audiences to so many iconic murderers and monsters. Pumpkinhead is not only one of the most visually terrifying of the breed, but also one of the most tragic – it’s the very definition of a Revenge Tragedy. There’s a human story to it that affects us so deeply, so profoundly – how grief can unlock an insatiable darkness within even the noblest person. Dynamite’s proud to resurrect this demon of vengeance, to explore the murky depths of the human soul in all-original comics, coming soon!
In Pumpkinhead, a group of teenagers inadvertently kills a young boy in rural Appalachia, and his father Ed Harley seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. Instead, she invokes The Pumpkinhead – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Harley’s bloodlust. As the creature wreaks its slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Harley confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast – and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever. A “vivid, stylish, atmospheric” film as described by The Hollywood Reporter, the Pumpkinhead film features a hypnotic, heart-rending performance by Lance Henriksen and the directorial vision of special effects master Stan Winston, and spawned three sequels.
Stay tuned for further announcements regarding this upcoming title launch.
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
CELEBRATING THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF POP CULTURE ICON GUMBY
WITH NEW RETROSPECTIVE,
GUMBY IMAGINED: THE STORY OF ART CLOKEY AND HIS CREATIONS
Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the launch of their newest Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, which will work to fund the creation of a new deluxe collection retrospective to pay tribute to the art and history of the creations of Art Clokey, the brilliant trailblazer behind pop culture stop-motion icons Gumby and Davey and Goliath. The retrospective, entitled Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations, will offer a treasure trove of more than 60 years’ worth of never before seen images, and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the man that changed the world of animation for generations to come.
The Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations Kickstarter campaign begins July 13th, can be found by clicking HERE:
There are very few properties that elicit as much joy upon watching as Gumby. Anyone looking at the instantly recognizable green icon is certain to feel a smile form and a twinge of nostalgia for the groundbreaking children’s television series. But what many people don’t know is the incredible behind the scenes story of the man whose vision for characters like Gumby, Pokey, Davey, and Goliath would create so many lasting childhood memories for generations of children. Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creatioin is the fascinating pictorial history of Art Clokey and his creations, meticulously chronicled and told by his son Joe and daughter-in-law Joan Clokey. It is a story that crosses decades and illuminates how this visionary storyteller developed some of the most enduring entertainment images of the 20th century.
Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations is currently being worked on by Joe and Joan Cloakey, who have poured hours of loving care into this book to make it the best possible tribute to both Gumby and Art Clokey. While working on the project, the writers stumbled upon archives worth of incredible images that have never been seen before by Gumby fans. Shots that encapsulate the life, vision, and painstaking animation process have now been scanned, cleaned, and inserted into a loving tome that is befitting of the storied history of Gumby. For the first time ever, fans will be able to see these images that reveal a rich and colorful history of not only the development of the pop culture icon, but the footprints of a family upon the stop motion sands of time, and their work to influence and define stop motion animation for generations to come.
“The most fascinating life story I’ve ever known just happens to be about my dad, mom and the world famous characters they created,” said Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator, Art Clokey. “Art Clokey’s journey intersects and influences major touchstones of our American life. The sixty-year, behind-the-scenes story of Gumby and Davey & Goliath, interwoven with a rich tapestry of photos and rare anecdotes, weds perfectly with Art Clokey and his amazing life.”
Clokey continued, “This book will be a fascinating ‘page-turner’ with never-before-told stories about this clay animation pioneer. You’ll see Art’s friendship with East-West philosopher Alan Watts. His love and partnership with his wife Ruth Clokey and later with Gloria Clokey. Explore Art’s fascination with the counter cultural creative winds of the late 60s and 70s, infused with his spiritual learning from Christianity, Zen Buddhism and Eastern Avatars. It’s truly an honor to work with Dynamite Entertainment on this very special book.”
“Art Clokey and Gumby are as important to the history of American animation as the creations of Walt Disney,” says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. “To be able to tell the story of this man and his incredible cast of characters is a high watermark, both as a publisher, and for me as a fan. Looking through these incredible, never seen before photos and reading such rich history is guaranteed to make each and every one of us feel like a kid again.”
With an expected shipping date of November 2017, backers who support the Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations Kickstarter have the opportunity to receive rewards, including a surprise Kickstarter Exclusive hard cover edition, collectible prints, DVDs, toys, and creator signed exclusives! With tiers designed to fit any collector’s budget, backers will have the potential to enjoy a number of great rewards, including:
- A digital copy of the Complete Alice in Wonderland graphic novel,
- PDF copies of Boo, the World’s Cutest Dog and Bettie Boop graphic novels,
- A digital edition of Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations,
- A surprise Kickstarter Exclusive hard cover edition of Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations, signed by both Joe and Joan Clokey!
- Gumbitties and Gumby flexible figures,
- A Gumby 60th anniversary t-shirt
- The full 1950’s Gumby television series on DVD,
- A hard cover copy of both The Art of Atari and The Art of Atari Poster Book,
- Gumby foam top hats, Gumby canvas tote bag, Gumby and Pokey bendable figures, Gumby socks, and much, much more!
The Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations Kickstarter begins July 13th and backers can get on board and gain access to all of these amazing rewards by visiting HERE.