CHRISTINA BLANCH TALKS THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD: A DYNAMITE INTERVIEW ON BLEEDING COOL08/14/14 @ 4:31 pm EST
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BLAST OFF WITH YOUR NEW LOOK AT NOVA #110/06/15 @ 4:07 pm EST
Almost a month ago it was announced that the Thrillbent
webcomic The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood
by Christina Blanch
, Chris Carr
and Troy Peteri
was being collected byDynamite
. Now Byron Brewer
caught up with Blanch and asked about the transition from digital to print and how it might change things.BYRON BREWER: Christina, how did Damnation of Charlie Wormwood make the jump from Thrillbent to Dynamite?
It’s all thanks to Nick Barrucci of Dynamite. We were chatting at a con and we started talking about the book and he asked when it was coming out in print. I told him we were printing one issue of it just so I would have something to sign at conventions and he was surprised that I hadn’t taken it somewhere. He and I then talked the next and it all just happened. It was amazing, and Dynamite has been wonderful to work with – we couldn’t ask for anything better.BB: What is it like producing a book for Thrillbent vs. a more mainstream company like Dynamite? Can you explain the process difference to the reader?CB:
The biggiest thing is that now we know that it will be in print so we well keep that in mind when writing and when Chee is drawing. However, we still want to give readers the digital comic experience on the screen so we aren’t really changing too much. The big difference is in the production – taking the pages or the screens as we call them at Thrillbent and turning them into print pages. Our editor Mark Waid has been great in helping to do that and we are learning as we go. I’m sure we will get better at the transformation every issue.BB: You and Chris Carr have written the property for Thrillbent. Will you both be on the miniseries, and if so how do you share those responsibilities of collaboration?CB:
Nothing will change. The whole creative team that we have on Charlie is so integral to the book that we don’t want to change things. Our creative process is pretty simple but has changed over time. The first few issues we wrote together, in the same room, working through all of it. As time went by and schedules got busier and busier, it was harder to be in the same workspace. We have worked out an outline for each issue and one of us will write the book, the other will approve it, and then we send it to our editor Mark, ho then send it to our incredible artist Chee.For the uninitiated, tell us the concept of the book.
Charlie Wormwood is a teacher in the correctional education system aka prison. He isn’t thrilled about it but job in education are not easy to get. He also happens to have a son who has been in and out of the hospital and they really can’t figure out what is wrong with him. With bills piling up, Charlie is offered help from an unexpected source. This is the story of how far someone will go to help their child and how that journey changes that person. I don’t want to give too much away. People have said it has a Breaking Bad vibe which I have to take their word on because I have internationally stayed away from that show so I don’t subconsciously put in a similar storyline. When the book is done and that makes me sad, it will be nice to have Breaking Bad to watch as a treat.BB: The book is very dark, from what I understand. How do you keep the emphasis on what sacrifices Charlie is making for his sick son?CB:
I’ve heard the book is dark. Some of our readers send me notes asking why I hate Charlie. I don’t hate him. He does have some bad luck. But, the book is called the Damnation of Charlie Wormwood.
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MIPCOM: NEW 'X-FILES' WOWS AT WORLD PREMIERE10/06/15 @ 3:57 pm EST
What’s that? TWO NOVAS?! Your eyes do not deceive you, True Believer. It’s a double dose of Human Rocket this November in the all-new NOVA #1
– the explosive new ongoing series from writer Sean Ryan and artist Cory Smith! Sam Alexander is still an Avenger and the Human Rocket, but these days he’s got his old man, Jesse, by his side! For the first time in years, there’s more than one Nova in the galaxy and things are finally starting to go Sam’s way! But what really happened to Jesse while he was stranded out in space? The answers begin here! Don’t miss a fresh start for the whole Alexander family as they blast headlong into All-New, All-Different Marvel in NOVA #1
– on sale in November!
NOVA #1 (SEP150662)Written by SEAN RYAN
Art by CORY SMITHCover by HUMBERTO RAMOSVariant Cover by CHRIS SAMNEE (SEP150665)Hip-Hop Variant Cover by ERIC CANETTE (SEP150663)Cosplay Variant by CAP SANTIAGO (SEP150664)FOC – 10/12/15, On-Sale – 11/04/15
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JOE ROBERT COLE IN TALKS TO WRITE "BLACK PANTHER"10/06/15 @ 3:50 pm EST
Cynical industry journalists turned gawking fanboys at the Mipcom television trade fair on Tuesday night when Fox screened – in its world premiere – the first episode of the hotly-anticipated return of The X-Files
creator Chris Carter
attended the launch in Cannes, saying returning to the show, which went off the air in 2002, felt “surreal” but that it was “a dream come true” to bring back FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, played by original stars David Duchovny
and Gillian Anderson
“I've been doing this for a little over a third of my life. So its obviously very important for me so I jumped at the chance to do it,” Carter said.
The audience packed into Cannes' Grand Auditorium broke out in spontaneous applause multiple times - including when Duchovny and Anderson first appeared and the crowd whooped and cheered as the closing credits rolled. But perhaps the biggest applause came earlier, when the opening credits – with the X-Files
trademark intro music – hit the screen.
In a treat for X-Files
' traditionalists, Carter has kept the series' original opening credits exactly as they were when the show first aired back in 1993.
“We thought about doing some changes to the original credits but then it seemed like like sacrilege,” Carter said. “Those credits were on 202 episodes. They belong on these next six.”
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EXCLUSIVE: FLASH TANGLES WITH ATOM SMASHER IN NEW "THE FLASH" PREMIERE CLIP10/06/15 @ 3:46 pm EST
Joe Robert Cole is currently in negotiations to write the screenplay for "Black Panther," as reported by The Wrap. Cole comes from the same in-house writer's program that Nicole Perlman was part of when she wrote the first draft of "Guardians of the Galaxy." The announcement mentions that Cole was rumored to have written a script for"Inhumans," and a Collider report from last year indicates that the rumor may be true. The Wrap has heard that Cole's "Inhumans" script is not expected to be used.
So far the only sure thing about "Black Panther" is its lead, Chadwick Boseman. No other actors have been cast for the film, although Andy Serkis is expected to reprise his "Avengers: Age of Ultron" role of Ulysses Klaue, a character known for being a Black Panther foe in the comics.
The search for a director for "Black Panther" has also not resulted in a contract; "Selma" director Ava DuVernay passed on the picture and, according to the Wrap's report, F. Gary Gray ("Straight Outta Compton") is apparently also out of the running, possibly due to hispotential involvement in the "Fast and Furious" franchise.
"Black Panther" opens on July 6, 2018.
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GOTHAM'S BRUNO HELLER: WE’VE ABSOLUTELY CONSIDERED THE POSSIBILITY OF A FEMALE JOKER10/06/15 @ 3:41 pm EST
Ahead of tonight's Season 2 premiere of "The Flash" on The CW, CBR presented an exclusive
clip from the episode that sees Barry Allen's costumed alter ego (Grant Gustin) tangling with Atom Smasher (Adam Copeland, a.k.a. former WWE Champion Edge) as Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), Martin Stein (Victor Garber), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) and Iris West (Candice Patton) look on.
The Fastest Man Alive gives his all to the new villain but quickly learns turnabout is fair play. Luckily, Flash's allies have his back and he might just make it out of this skirmish in time to enjoy the rest of his second season.
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TRICIA HELFER JOINS "POWERS" AS FBI SPECIAL AGENT LANGE10/06/15 @ 3:32 pm EST
Yes, despite his expert protrayal at the hands of Cameron Monaghan, who seemed to take the best of multiple Jokers and put them into the character of Jerome, the young man with the sadistic laugh died last night on Gotham
. The character, then, serves to inspire the next attempt - or two or five or ten attempts - at becoming the ultimate villain.
When discussing the death of Jerome with Gotham
showrunner Bruno Heller, though, we had to ask about the ComicBook.com theory that Barbara Kean could, in fact, become The Joker on the series. After all, Heller has said in the past that The Joker would be inspired by other people, and Barbara worked very closely with Jerome these last few episodes. She even commented to mastermind Theo Galavan, "I don’t know, the kid had a way about him" when he mentioned Jerome's whole modus operandi.
At the end of a phone interview with Heller, I asked about the theory. The writer and producer known for his candid nature gave a still-somehow-surprisingly-candid response: It's completely feasible. Aside from the evidence already on Gotham
, and the last three weeks of additional support for the theory about Barbara, there is some comic book support as well. If you think of Gotham
as an alternate reality to the main DC Comics world, in another alternate reality, Flashpoint
, there was already a female Joker. In that world, Bruce Wayne was killed in the alley, driving his father Thomas to become Batman and his mother Martha to become The Joker. Also, Barbara Kean has historically had some mental instability in the comics, and the son of her and Jim Gordon has gone on to be a sadistic killer in his own right.
Here is Bruno Heller's response to the theory - and even the possibilty of a female Joker - in full:We talked about theories earlier, and I posted one to the site recently that became pretty popular; the theory is that Barbara could become the Joker of this world.Bruno Heller:
(laughs loudly)Rather than asking you for a flat out yes or no that you can't give me, I’d rather ask you, how open are you to a larger twist like that, where it’s a female version of a major character or a major character that we know from the comics that becomes someone else here?BH:
100% possible. One of the central themes of the DC world is transformation and revelation. Absolutely, those kinds of – I wouldn’t want to call it playing with people’s expectations or gender expectations – but we’ve absolutely considered the possibility of a female Joker, and we haven’t… well I’ll stop myself from saying more because I won’t be able to stop revealing things. (laughs)
No possibility – it is incumbent on us, when we’re telling such a rich, and psychedelic and surreal and infinitely expandable story, it’s both one of the joys of it and one of the scary things about it: you can plausibly go anywhere with this story. So nothing is too strange or too bizarre or too shocking for us to consider. And some of those shocking and surprising things will inevitably end up on screen to either the delight of fans or to their horror. As long as people respond and are engaged, we’ve done our job.
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JESSICA JONES SHOWS OFF VERTICAL LEAP IN NEW SERIES TEASER10/06/15 @ 3:25 pm EST
Sony's Playstation Network continues to ramp up the cast of "Powers," announcing today that former "BSG" star Tricia Helfer will join the super-powered cop show show for its second season.
Helfer will bring FBI Special Agent Lange to life on the series. In the comic, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Lange shares a past -- both professional and romantic -- with Detective Walker, played on the series by Sharlto Copley. According to the release announcing Helfer's casting, "Lange walks a fine line between the Powers world and the government, and can be both ally and enemy when it suits her agenda."
Helfer joins fellow "Powers" newcomers Enrico Colantoni and Michael Madsen as the series continues production on its sophomore season.
Helfer, best known as "Battlestar Galactica's" undercover Cylon Number Six, most recently appeared as The Queen on TNT's "Falling Skies" and Viondra Denniger on Syfy's "Ascension" miniseries.
"Powers" returns in 2016 on the Playstation Network.
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DAVID WALKER THE 2015 GLYPH COMICS AWARD WINNING AUTHOR RETURNS TO SHAFT10/06/15 @ 3:21 pm EST
Netflix has released the third teaser for their upcoming "Jessica Jones" series, the second in the streaming service's lineup of Marvel Comics television series. After watching Jessica wake up in the afternoon and strut through the aftermath of a bar brawl, you can now see Jessica (Krysten Ritter) return back to her base of operations -- and no, she doesn't need to use the fire escape to get up to the fifth floor.
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DYNAMITE TEAMS WITH SWYFT MEDIA,TO UNLEASH BRANDED EMOJI KEYBOARD10/06/15 @ 3:18 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment, a leading publisher of comic books and graphic novels, is proud to announce that critically acclaimed author David F. Walker will continue the legacy of Ernest Tidyman's iconic private detective John Shaft in an all-new comic book series, Shaft: Imitation of Life
, illustrated by Dietrich Smith. The first issue will debut in February 2016 alongside Shaft's Revenge
, the first Shaft
prose novel in 40 years (also written by Walker), coinciding with the nationwide celebration of Black History Month.Imitation of Life
takes place following the events of Walker's 2015 comic book miniseries,Shaft: A Complicated Man
- a six-part storyline nominated for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. After a high-profile case puts him in the headlines, private detective John Shaft searches for something low-profile to keep him out of the spotlight and out of danger… and takes a missing person case that proves to be more difficult than he thought. At the same time, he is hired to be a consultant on a low budget film that may or may not be based on his life, and proves to be as dangerous as any job he's ever had. But when there's danger about, John Shaft won't cop out - even if it means squaring off against sadistic gangsters that want him dead.
"The idea for the new miniseries, Shaft: Imitation of Life
, is one that's been in my head for a long time, and is something that I'm really excited about," says Walker. "This has been a really fun story to develop."
David F. Walker is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of the Young Adult series The Adventures of Darius Logan
. His publication BadAzz MoFo
became internationally known as the indispensable resource guide to black films of the 1970s. His work in comics includes the series Shaft: A Complicated Man
(Dynamite Entertainment), Cyborg
(DC Comics), Number 13
(Dark Horse Comics), and The Army of Dr. Moreau
New series artist Dietrich Smith, whose work previously graced the pages of Dynamite'sArmy of Darkness
, says, "Of all the great action heroes I watched and imitated as a youngster, Shaft was at the top - a private eye with a chip on his shoulder, an attitude that dared anyone to try him. Having the opportunity to draw the smoothest man alive is something I'm very excited about."
"David's first shaft mini-series was fantastic, and he earned the Glyph Comics Award for Story Of The Year. We're excited that he's returning for Shaft: Imitation of Life
series, as he's taking the character to the next level." states Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.Shaft: Imitation of Life
#1 is slated to release in February alongside Shaft's Revenge
, the first official prose novel written by anyone other than the character's creator. David F. Walker says, "Writing the first Shaft
book in forty years has been not only an honor and a privilege, it has been a dream come true. Ernest Tidyman created one of the most iconic and enduring pop culture characters in John Shaft, a legacy that has reached across multiple mediums, and sparked the imagination of millions of people, myself included."
The premise of Shaft's Revenge
: When the Godfather of crime in Harlem reaches out to Shaft for a favor, the hardboiled detective finds himself caught in a web of violence and murder. No one is safe as the bullets start to fly and the bodies start to drop, leaving Shaft with only two options: kill or be killed. It's a two-fisted tale of retribution as Shaft cuts a bloody path through city, settling old scores and faces the demons of his past.
"My goal in writing Shaft's Revenge
was to craft a hard-boiled work of pulp fiction that would honor the character created by Ernest Tidyman, as well as introduce him to new fans," says Walker. "For those that are already familiar with the exploits of John Shaft, I hope this new book is like a reunion with an old friend."
Dynamite advance-solicited the Shaft's Revenge
prose novel in Diamond Comic Distributors' October Previews
catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market. Shaft: Imitation of Life
#1 will be solicited in the upcoming December catalog; both the prose novel and #1 comic book issue correspond to release dates in February 2016. Fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Shaft
with their local comic book retailers. Shaft
will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital. Please follow Dynamite Entertainment's official social media channels for the latest updates regarding project development and release dates.
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Dynamite Entertainment announced today that it has teamed up with Swyft Media, the company driving the "emojification" of brands, to develop select Dynamite characters and help fans further express themselves via branded digital stickers, photo filters, and phone themes. The branded units will be available across various apps and marketplaces, including BBM and the branded emoji keyboards which are compatible with popular messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, Viber, Line and WhatsApp, among others, will be available for download on the Apple iTunes and Google Play.MARVEL ANNOUNCES "POWER MAN & IRON FIST" BY WALKER & GREENE10/06/15 @ 9:43 am EST
"Dynamite is excited to be working with Swyft, who are helping deliver our characters through another avenue for people to enjoy," says Director of Business Development Rich Young. "Being able to express yourself with some of these stickers and graphics adds way more flavor than your standard emojis, and is just flat out fun!"
The first Dynamite Entertainment property to be emojified will be Smiley the Psychotic Button. Ripped from the pages of the Chaos! Comics' universe, Smiley is the constant companion of Evil Ernie, and always has an over-the-top opinion to share. Future releases will include Vampirella and other well-known characters from Dynamite's expansive library of publications.
"Brand loyalists love being able to show their passion and excitement for their favorite characters or products with their friends, and branded units like emoji, photo filters, and phone themes are a great way to empower them to do that," said Evan Wray, co-founder and vice president at Swyft Media. "Dynamite Entertainment has created a highly engaging and effective way for its fans to not only share their passion for its comics and characters, but to simultaneously amplify the Dynamite brand to potentially millions of other consumers by allowing its fans to personalize their social posts, chats, and photos with branded content. At a time when other brands are paying millions of dollars hoping for clicks, Dynamite has upleveled its game by allowing consumers to voluntarily put their brand at the center of social conversation. That's pretty powerful."
Fans can look for the first Dynamite pack, featuring Smiley the Psychotic Buttonemojis, for the price of just $1.99. The digital sticker pack can be downloaded in the iOS App and Google Play stores. Fans are encouraged to follow Dynamite Entertainment's official social media channels for the latest updates regarding emoji pack themes and release dates.
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Marvel has announced via Fast Company that Luke Cage and Daniel Rand are teaming up again. The pair will star in a new volume of "Power Man and Iron Fist,"written by David Walker with art from Sanford Greene. Walker is currently writing "Cyborg" for DC Comics while Greene handled art duties on Marvel's "Secret Wars" tie-in series "Runaways."
"About a year ago or so, [Marvel editor] Axel Alonsoasked me to list all the characters that I wanted to work with the most," said Walker in the Fast Companyannouncement. "He said, ‘Don’t be limited -- go as big as you want.’ At the very top of that list were Luke Cage and Danny Rand, and I put in parentheses after their names: ‘as a team.’ Because this was something that I’d wanted to see for years and years. That particular duo, they’re so iconic. As a writer, you love interesting characters, and those two characters are so fun to delve into. They are the ultimate bromantic couple."
Artist Greene is also proud to be working on the new "Power Man and Iron Fist" series. "Growing up as an African-American kid, you identify with these characters," said Greene. "Luke was one of those characters that impacted me. And it was always a dream project to get to work on him. It was the cherry on top to find out it would be Iron Fist as well."While specific details about the book's contents were kept under wraps, the creative team did mention that they are working on portraying this partnership -- the first time they've co-lead a book since the late '90s "Heroes for Hire" series -- in a way that acknowledges how much they've both grown. After all, Luke Cage is married (to Jessica Jones) and has a daughter now."
David and Sanford are both extremely well versed in the background of these characters, the world they’re from," said editor Jake Thomas. "But they're also bringing their own style to this. Expect some solid, old-school Marvel characters -- both enemies and allies like, say, Tombstone and Black Mariah—to show up."