In anticipation of New York Comic-Con, Dynamite Entertainment has made several exciting announcements before the show.
Artgerm Returns to Vampirella & the Front of Previews!
Dynamite is proud to announce that a third breathtaking depiction of Vampirella by chart-topper and fan-favorite Artgerm will grace not only VAMPIRELLA #6, but also the front cover of Diamond Comics Distributors’ October for December 2019 Previews catalog!
This is the perfect way to wrap up the year, as Dynamite has been celebrating Vampirella’s 50th anniversary since July when the smash-hit new series by Christopher Priest and Ergün Gündüz premiered during San Diego Comic Con. Vampi superfans have nothing to worry about either, as the celebration will continue well into 2020! Dynamite can also update that upon final review, the print run on the first issue actually came out to slightly over 150 thousand copies with sales inside and outside of the comics market!
This issue marks Stanley “Artgerm” Lau’s third cover for the series, contributing to every even issue to date. For this piece, he used more traditional techniques than usual with a charcoal layer. Dynamite wanted to highlight this eye-catching cover even more and chose to enhance it with an acetate layer. Typically these covers consist of the logo on the overlay above virgin cover art. Artgerm opted to design the design himself, with a dripping blood effect. Most exciting, Dynamite is keeping the price for this main acetate Artgerm cover at the standard $3.99 so every Vampirella fan can continue their run without worry and new readers can jump right in!
On that note, everyone is welcome to check out the series with this issue! After all, a wise man once said ‘every comic book is someone’s first,’ and Dynamite’s creators and editorial team work hard to make every issue as approachable as the first. Priest is in for the long haul, with his run currently planned out past issue #14, with countless exciting ideas in the pipeline. Of course, there’s always the back issues too and the Free Comic Book Day issue available digitally at no cost!
“It’s my pleasure to provide another Vampirella cover for Dynamite, whom I’m extremely delighted to work with,” said artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau. “This time I’ve decided to approach the cover with charcoal – a medium that I don’t use often for commercial projects, except those I truly love. Thanks to the fans for the overwhelming response on my previous Vampirella covers and it is my privilege to have this image on the front of the Previews catalog for the comic industry.”
Priest continues to be humble about the success, sharing, “(Laughs) I’m happy to be part of the formula for the successful launch. Whatever magic contributed to Vampi’s 50th launch, most especially with our offbeat and quirky Kelvin Universe take on the character, is most certainly a team effort.”
“Despite the faith we had in Priest and Ergün, any time you plan out and execute a long overarching story—particularly in today’s market—there’s the worry you won’t get to see it through,” said series editor Matt Idelson. “Now that we’re nearing the midway point of this first epic, I’m feeling great about how the book is being received. And even though this is far from the first comics work by either of these guys, I feel like they—and the book—are getting better by the issue, which is really gratifying.”
VAMPIRELLA #6 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in December 2019.
Red Sonja Against the Hordes of Hell in Chaos! Crossover!
Chaos! comes to Hyboria in December’s RED SONJA: AGE OF CHAOS from Dynamite!
This fight and fright-filled new limited series is written by returning Sonja scribe Erik Burnham (Vampirella/Dejah Thoris, Ghostbusters). Joining him on art is the one and only Jonathan Lau (Red Sonja, Green Hornet, Pathfinder: Worldscape).
Burnham is bringing the present into the past, with a Chaos! invasion of the Hyborean Age. A cosmic level spat between Mistress Hel and Lady Demon leaves Sonja and characters like Chastity, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Jade and more stuck in the middle. Alliances will be made to combat this mayhem and great evil, but Sonja may have to resort to something she never would have guessed – enlisting the help of her sworn enemy, Kulan Gath!
“I am INCREDIBLY excited to get a return trip to the Hyborean Age to spend a little more time with Red Sonja. She’s an incredibly fun character to write, and the contrast of her nature up against the magic and mayhem of the Chaos! characters is going to make for a good time at the ol’ keyboard,” said writer Erik Burnham. “Even better, Jonathan Lau’s art is gonna blow the doors off (please, have all doors reinforced before opening the book). Hyperbole aside, I’m looking forward to the project and can only hope the readers have as much fun as we do on it. Now let’s go get violent!”
Artist Jonathan Lau sums up why this series is the perfect book for him, “My mission has always been to bring big action back into comics, which is sorely lacking in the “dialogue-heavy” style of comics nowadays. Writers like Erik have given me artistic freedom when it comes to fight scenes. He says something like ‘Hey Jon, I leave to you these 3-5 pages as long as this certain guy wins but loses an arm at the last panel.'”
Acting as overall hype man for this time-displaced deathmatch is editor Matt Idelson, “It’s kind of amazing mixing two disparate franchises together and discovering just how well they actually fit. Erik’s done a bang-up job finding what makes each of the characters tick, not to mention how they’d tick each other off!”
New readers can come into this series with no prior knowledge. However, fans may recall Erik contributed to the previous ongoing Red Sonja volume helmed by Amy Chu and Carlos Gomez. The series’ central arc, titled Worlds Away, threw the She-Devil with a Sword into the far-flung future of modern-day New York City. That fish out of water premise allowed for fan-favorite scenes of levity and new challenges for the heroine. This time around, Sonja has the home advantage. Burnham has teased that there may be callbacks and Easter eggs in this new series for fans of that previous run. Though as he says, “Anything we mention would just be for flavor, and not really a main ingredient.”
For a series with so many fan-favorite characters, Dynamite is treating fans to a cornucopia of covers blending the sword and sorcery aesthetic of Sonja, the blood-soaked terror of Chaos! and the epic crossover aspect of the series! Leading the pack is painter and Dynamite legend Lucio Parrillo (Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil, Vengeance of Vampirella), depicting Sonja and Purgatori locked in mortal combat and drawing blood. Alan Quah (X-O Manowar, Judge Dredd) captures that crossover chaos with nearly the full roll call on his cover – but there are more surprises in the series of course! Ale Garza (Deadpool, Dejah Thoris) and Cian Tormey (Valkyrie: Jane Foster) add their special touch to covers. While the Hyrkanian Hero is represented in cosplay by Shannon Kingston, following her run on covers for Birth of the She-Devil.
RED SONJA: AGE OF CHAOS #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ November 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in January 2020.
George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones Returns to Comics!
George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice saga returns to comic books with the new GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S A CLASH OF KINGS!
Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed second novel in Martin’s magnum opus, Landy Q. Walker (Red Lanterns, The Incredibles) returns to adapt these iconic scenes to the comics medium. He’s joined by his own small council of collaborators, including righthand man Mel Rubi (Red Sonja, Doctor Strange) on art. Coloring and letters are handled by Ivan Nunes (A Game of Thrones, Grimm Fairy Tales) and Tom Napolitano (Justice League, Supergirl).
This series opens up about halfway through the 1998 novel, with a certain Baratheon just felled, spurring Catelyn Stark and Brienne of Tarth on the run. While Tyrion Lannister has settled in with his new paramour Shae. Arya Stark is still held in Harrenhal and other key players move around the board. Everything only gets more exciting from here, as Walker explains below.
“As we head into the second half of this adaptation, I believe we will see some of the strongest work on the title to date. We are on the precipice of some of the most pivotal scenes set in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire – Danerys’ exploration of the House of the Undying, the Battle of the Blackwater, and much more,” said writer Landry Q. Walker. “Breaking this novel down word by word, chapter by chapter, you really get a sense of how meticulously layered the work is, and how the tension between these warring families slowly spirals out of control. Bringing those story beats to their climax, and having the privilege to help guide the visual interpretation of one of the most popular fantasy series, it’s an experience beyond description. I can’t wait to share that experience with readers.”
Artist Mel Rubi shared, “An amazing story continues in this Clash of Kings volume. I’m thrilled to be back along with my fellow creators as a perfect team. We are at a point where the entire team brings the collective weight of two years experience on this series, and I think that shows in my art and those of my collaborators. This will surely be one astonishing series!”
For the time being, this will be the only major media offering for fans to dive into the A Game of Thrones world, with the smash hit HBO series concluded, Martin working on the next novel and future projects still in development.
Mike S. Miller (Injustice: Gods Among Us) returns as primary cover artist. For those looking for a similar aesthetic to the interior art, Mel Rubi will be contributing covers as well. While Dynamite has also brought on board Stephen Segovia (The Terrifics, Vampirella) and the timeless Butch Guice (Invaders, Aquaman) for covers. Fans of the series can collect them all!
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S A CLASH OF KINGS #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ November 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in January 2020.
Vampirella Collectibles Unleashed by Dynamite For the Holiday Season!
Dynamite is releasing a horde of Vampirella extras and collectibles for fans to stuff their stockings with this December! Everything from reprints, statues, high-quality prints, trading cards and much more!
Dynamite is also continuing the Replica Edition program that ran alongside the debut. Vampirella #2 from 1969 will be reprinted at full size and featuring all of the original editorial content – ads and all! This hard to track down, 60-plus page comics magazine is noteworthy for being the first appearance of Vampi’s cousin, Evily the Witch! The iconic cover by Bill Hughes depicts the spellcaster and fans can catch up with her latest escapades in the recently collected Vampirella: Roses for the Dead by Kristina and Joseph Michael Linsner. Not only that, Vampi’s blonde-haired, black-clad twin sister Draculina also makes her first appearance here! Forrest Ackerman writes the second-ever Vampirella story, joined this time by longtime Jack Kirby inker Mike Royer. Other contributors include Don Glut, Billy Graham, Ernie Colon and more.
Dynamite is releasing the Stanley “Artgerm” Lau Vampirella bust and this December is soliciting the Underworld variant. This edition features an alternate paint scheme, draining the color from Vampirella, the intricate base of skulls turned black and piercing eyes for both Vampi herself and all the poor souls beneath her. This nearly 8-inch tall resin piece will be available in limited quantities for the ultimate collectors of Vampirella and Artgerm, one of the most popular artists in the industry today!
To further celebrate the Artgerm Vampirella extravaganza, Dynamite is offering two collectible coins featuring his previous beloved paintings of the Daughter of Drakulon from issues #2 and 4. These coins use US John F. Kennedy Half-Dollars as a base, then are plated in 24-karat gold and then an innovative colorization technique is applied. These are then packaged in protective acrylic capsules and with a full-color Certificate of Authenticity. The cherry on top – they’re actually legal tender!
The big beaming spotlight for December is on Artgerm’s latest spectacular Vampirella cover for the sixth issue. It’s already gracing the cover of the Previews catalog and the issue will be released with a custom acetate layer for no additional price. For the art lovers out there, why not have that instantly iconic painting at a larger scale? Dynamite is releasing an 11 by 17 inches high-quality lithograph print of the piece. Additionally, legendary painter Lucio Parrillo will also have his cover for Vampirella Vol 1 (2010) #29 released in this format. Parrillo stands alongside Artgerm as one of the most popular artists working today and has built his career with Dynamite across a decade, contributing countless masterpieces across characters and genres.
Continuing the celebration of Artgerm, Parrillo and the other acclaimed artists that have left their mark on everyone’s favorite vampiress, Dynamite is proud to present the Vampirella 50th Anniversary Collectors’ 5-Card Set. For discerning collectors, Dynamite has curated a selection of her most iconic artists. In addition to the two previously mentioned, Joseph Michael Linsner, Inhyuk Lee and Derrick Chew join this elite squad.
All of these Vampirella goodies will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in December 2019.
VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA SELLS OVER 63,000 COPIES!
ISSUE #1 OUT THIS WEDNESDAY!
The 50th Anniversary celebration of Vampirella rolls on with another smash hit debut, with Dynamite proud to announce that VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #1sold in excess of 63,000 copies!
This is a great number following on the record-setting 150,000 for July’s VAMPIRELLA #1 – higher than recorded totals for any historical Vampirella comic or magazine issue. This could not be achieved without the passionate fans and retailers who supported the title, and Dynamite could not be more grateful. This Wednesday, everyone will finally get to read it! Dynamite welcomes fans to share their opinions and haul photos on social media and tag @dynamitecomics.
Tom Sniegoski returns to his signature character in comic books and the genesis of his career in the medium, 25 years after he left in 1996. He has the opportunity to do what few creators get the chance to, pick up exactly where he left off. Well, he’s also chosen to incorporate that quarter-decade gap into the story as a time skip. In 1996, Tom closed his run on the Daughter of Drakulon with quite a bang, by literally killing his heroine in the epic Death & Destruction miniseries. This followed a nearly four-year run, anchored by the original Vengeance of Vampirella series but strewn across over 50 issues including tie-ins and crossovers.
In that original tenure, Tom shepherded everyone’s favorite vampiress through the turbulent 1990s and at the forefront of the “bad girl” craze alongside crossover buddies Lady Death, Witchblade, Shi and others. Joined by artists like Buzz, Lous Small Jr., Caesar, Kirk Wormer and more, Vampirella rose to heights of popularity unheard of – until now! Like other prominent heroes in the decade, Vampi got a leather jacket, a redefined origin and an epic clash with mortality.
This new saga is set to be just as epic, with rising star Michael Sta. Maria stepping in as Tom’s new artistic collaborator. While his Vengeance “forefather” Buzz is contributing breathtaking covers. In addition to a covers crew of superstars Joshua Middleton, Frank Cho, Ben Oliver and Lucio Parrillo. Plus, one of the greatest Vampirella cosplay covers to date from fan-favorite Joanie Brosas.
“I heard about the initial numbers for Vegeance and could not be happier or more appreciative,” said writer Tom Sniegoski. “Cannot wait for new and old Vampirella fans alike to finally get a look at what Michael and I are doing. And if they dig this first one, just wait, the next few are going to blow their minds!”