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CHRISTINA BLANCH TALKS THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD: A DYNAMITE INTERVIEW ON BLEEDING COOL
08/14/14 @ 4:31 pm EST
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Almost a month ago it was announced that the Thrillbent webcomic The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood by Christina Blanch, Chris Carr, Chee 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.

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BYRON BREWER: Christina, how did Damnation of Charlie Wormwood make the jump from Thrillbent to Dynamite?


CHRISTINA BLANCH: 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.Damnation01-Cov-Francavilla

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.wormwood_issue_01Charlie 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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COMIC WRITER ROGER SLIFER PASSES AWAY AT AGE 60
03/30/15 @ 11:19 pm EST
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Co-creator of Lobo and writer for Marvel, DC and many animation and video game projects, Roger Slifer, passed away today. The 60-year old Slifer, who was still recovering from being seriously injured in a hit and run in 2012, died while on his way from the nursing home to the emergency room.

His sister Connie Carlton notified his friends and fans on his Facebook page today.

Slifer worked at Marvel in the mid-70s as a writer and assistant editor but moved to DC as the 80s began. He worked as their first sales manager to the direct market as well as writing Omega Men where he created Lobo with Keith Giffen. He worked on multiple animation projects including Jem and the Holograms, Transformers and GI Joe Extreme.

The hit and run, which took place in Santa Monica, left the writer in critical condition with broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. Slifer was comatose for nearly a month. No arrests have been made involving the case.

Dynamic Forces sends its condolences to his family and fans.



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NANCY A COLLINS TALKS ABOUT SWORDS OF SORROW: VAMPIRELLA & JENNIFER BLOOD
03/30/15 @ 11:13 pm EST
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Dynamite’s new summer event Swords of Sorrow hasn’t even kicked off yet and we have writer Nancy A Collins talking about the second issue of her Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella / Jennifer Blood miniseries. Byron Brewer asked Collins what readers need to know to jump in on the series. Cover by Billy Tan.

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BYRON BREWER: OK, we in June are into the second issue of this great miniseries which is part of Dynamite’s salute of its wonderful female heroes. What do we need to know if we are a new reader just jumping on here? (You know how those #1’s vanish!)

NANCY COLLINS: Vampirella has been taken from her world and is now trapped in that of Jennifer Blood—which bears a close resemblance to our reality, in that the supernatural does not exist. Both Vampirella and Jennifer are in possession of strange swords given to them by a mysterious figure called The Courier on behalf of an even more mysterious figure called The Traveller, but neither of them have any idea as to what the swords can do or why they have been given them.

BB: Whoever thought that a world WITHOUT monsters would be a problem for Vampi, and yet here it is … as well as where her next meal is coming from. Explain.

NC: Vampirella is defined as a monster-fighter/vampire-hunter. But without such creatures to battle, she’s reduced to being a vampire in a world full of humans. All her friends and allies–such as her manservant Coleridge, her lover Tristan, and The Kabal– are back in her world. She is completely on her own for the first time in her life—and in a world that doesn’t believe creatures like her exist. As for where her next meal is coming from–Vampirella usually travels with her own supply of bottled blood, which she uses to keep from preying on humans. However, her private blood bank is literally a world away right now, so figuring out how to feed herself is quickly becoming a real problem.

BB: Who are Los Muertos and what do they have to do with Jennifer Blood? And there are copycats lurking about?

NC: Los Muertos is a narco-gang operating out of Los Angeles. They’re in the business of manufacturing and peddling meth, among other things. Their leaders are a pair of brothers who go by the names Calavera and Pulque. In keeping with the Jennifer Blood universe—which is firmly rooted in a hyper-violent version of “reality”—they and their followers are brutal and hyper-violent thugs who paint their faces to resemble the decorated sugar skulls that are a part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. And, yes, there are always Jennifer Blood copycats. Which is to be expected, seeing how she is the most famous killer in the world.

BB: Speaking of Blood copycats, why does one resemble … Vampirella?

NC: Sorry, you’ll have to read the series to find that out!

BB: Oooo-kay. Moving alone: What does artist Dave Acosta bring to the table here? How does he rank with all the other Vampi artists with whom you have worked?

NC: Dave is great! He draws both Vampi and Jennifer Blood as bad-ass, powerful heroines who happen to be beautiful, and does so without posing them like Escher-woman. He has a clean line and flare for panel design that is elegant yet uncluttered, which I find well suited for a story like this one, which combines both atmosphere and action

BB: Is a Jen/Vampi team-up in the cards for this mini?

NC: Definitely—but it won’t come easy.
HAMILL RESURRECTS THE TRICKSTER FOR
03/30/15 @ 11:06 pm EST
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At last -- Mark Hamill is back in the role he made famous!

Nope, not that one.

In 1991, still less than a decade after completing his tour of duty as wide-eyed-farm-boy-turned-Jedi-Knight Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars," Hamill, himself a longtime, very vocal aficionado of sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, pulp fiction, animation and pop culture, signed on for a guest appearance on the first attempt to bring "The Flash" to television, bringing the enduring, elaborately practical joking con artist known as The Trickster to life -- a turn that proved popular enough to inspire a second appearance a few episodes later.

Not long after, the show was cancelled and that was that, minus a few in-joke stints providing the voice -- and, frankly, the look -- of the character when he appeared on the animated "Justice League Unlimited."

Nearly a quarter-century later, Hamill finds himself once again walking in The Trickster's shoes as the role is re-imagined for The CW's hit series "The Flash." This time, James Jesse is a colorful but deadly prank-centric anarchist who terrorized Central City before being caught and spending the past two decades behind bars -- until a copycat Trickster surfaces and Barry Allen and Joe West are forced to turn to the older but still ingenious villain for insight on the new baddie, Hannibal Lecter-style.

BREAKING: "DOCTOR WHO" ALUM JOINS "FLASH"/"ARROW" SPINOFF AS DC TIME TRAVELER
03/30/15 @ 10:56 pm EST
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Arthur Darvill -- best known as Rory on "Doctor Who" and Paul Coates on "Broadchurch" -- has joined the cast of the in-development "Flash" and "Arrow" spinoff as long-running DC Comicscharacter Rip Hunter, as reported Monday by The Wrap.

Hunter is described as "a roguish time traveler who hides the strains of being responsible for history itself behind a facade of charm and wit."

The as-yet untitled CW series has been said to feature three characters from DC Comics history not previously seen on TV, and Hunter would fit the bill -- he hasn't been depicted in live-action, though did appear in an episode of the animated "Batman: The Brave and the Bold."

This is the second announced addition to the series revealed today, following the earlier news that Ciara Renée has been cast as Hawkgirl. The show is outside of the current pilot cycle, with a possible debut of midseason next year. (Source: CBR)
KIERON GILLEN'S JIM, SWORD, YOUNG AVENGERS RETURN WITH SIEGE FOR SECRET WARS WITH FILIPE ANDRADE AND JAMES STOKOE
03/30/15 @ 7:57 pm EST
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Newsarama is reporting a new Secret Wars series Siege written by Kieron Gillen, with art from Filipe Andrade and James Stokoe.

We've already seen on the Battleworld that a large wall known as the Shield keeps the most dangerous territories away from the more civilised. Such as the Age Of Ultron and Marvel Zombies.

And it looks like manning that wall are Abigail Brand and the characters from alien defense team S.W.O.R.D. as well as characters from his runs on Young Avengers, Journey Into Mystery and Uncanny X-Men. And Gillen describes the series as a thematic sequel to his own run on that book. (Source: Bleeding Cool)
LOVE WILL FIND A WAY…TO KILL YOU!
03/30/15 @ 7:45 pm EST
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Comics master Kim W. Andersson has received Sweden’s most prestigious comics award, and in October, his horror-romance comics will be collected by Dark Horse for the first time in Andersson’s US graphic novel debut, The Complete Love Hurts.

Tennyson wrote, “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Well, Tennyson never met these lovers!

In this massive tome of romance comics with brutal, terrible twists, Swedish comics creator Kim W. Andersson, whose graphic novel Alena is currently being adapted into a movie, delivers a shocking series of short stories about love gone horribly wrong! Featuring lovelorn supervillains, psychopathic online daters, murderous reality TV show stars, and heartbroken cowboys, samurais, and astronauts, Love Hurts shows that no matter who you are or what you do, love can be one deadly bitch!

With a foreword by Peter Snejbjerg (B.P.R.D., Starman, Preacher), The Complete Love Hurts hits stores October 28 at a bargain price of $19.99, and will collect over 200 pages of Andersson’s horror-romance comics with material from Dark Horse Presents, Swedish alternative comics anthology From the Shadow of the Northern Lights, and many more.

The Complete Love HurtsKim W. Andersson (W/A/Cover)$19.99, 978-1-61655-859-8On sale October 28



RETURN TO THE HONORVERSE IN JUNE WITH TALES OF HONOR: BRED TO KILL
03/30/15 @ 7:38 pm EST
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Evergreen Studios reunites bestselling science fiction author, David Weber with comic writer Matt Hawkins (THINK TANK) and artist Linda Sejic for an original Honorverse tale and the return of science fiction heroine, Honor Harrington in TALES OF HONOR: BRED TO KILL releasing in June.

To celebrate, Evergreen Studios and Top Cow Productions are giving readers the chance to create their own original Honorverse tale with a special Facebook and Twitter contest. Using the hashtag #TOHSweeps, fans have the opportunity to tell their own original Honorverse story in six words for a chance to win one of six signed copies of TALES OF HONOR: ON BASILISK STATION, VOL. 1 trade paperbacks.

When Captain Honor Harrington and her alien tree cat Nimitz investigate her uncle’s disappearance, the two are forced to fight for their lives in a Solarian space casino battle arena. Honor may be genetically enhanced, but when she’s up against a super race bent on protecting their profitable slave business all bets are off.

"Where the first Tales of Honor arc was an adaptation of one of the novels, this is an original story by myself and Linda Sejic," said Hawkins. "It's an honor to add something new to the ever evolving Honorverse mythology!"

TALES OF HONOR: BRED TO KILL #1 provides readers with the perfect jumping-on point for one of the most exciting and dynamic science fiction franchises. The new story arc launches on June 17 and is available to pre-order with Diamond Code APR150508. Cover B with art by Rahsan Ekedal can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code APR150509. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 25.

CHRONONAUTS AHEAD OF ITS TIME
03/30/15 @ 7:35 pm EST
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Bestselling writer Mark Millar (WANTED, Kingsman: Secret Service, Kick-Ass) and artist Sean Gordon Murphy (PUNK ROCK JESUS, The Wake) put a high-energy, thrilling new spin on the time-travel adventure story with CHRONONAUTS—a breakneck-paced new series about two adventurers making history with the world’s first steps back in time. Issue #1 is fast-tracked for a second printing to keep up with customer demand.

Following early praise and immediate critical acclaim for CHRONONAUTS, Universal Pictures has optioned the eons-spanning caper from Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy. Chris Morgan (known for such films as Fast & Furious 6 and 47 Ronin) will produce under his Chris Morgan Productions banner. Millar and Murphy will be executive producers on the film.

Comic Book Resources calls CHRONONAUTS “a gorgeous-looking, fast-paced and fun team effort,” while Comic Vine raves, “This is a book you have to read. It's a book you're going to want to read. As soon as I read it, I had to stop everything to write up this review.”

In CHRONONAUTS, Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are two buddies who love to have fun. They’re also scientific geniuses. When their research leads them to a time-traveling adventure, will they use their knowledge for the good of all mankind? Or use the space-time continuum for their own ends? CHRONONAUTS is the story of man’s first, televised steps through the time-stream and and everything going wrong in the process.

CHRONONAUTS #1 remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

CHRONONAUTS #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code FEB158277), arrives in stores on April 22.

CHRONONAUTS #2, Cover A by Murphy (Diamond Code FEB150598) and Cover B (Diamond Code FEB158100) will arrive in stores on April 15.



SUPER-POWERED DETROITERS TAKE ON CORRUPTION IN MARK MILLAR AND DUNCAN FEGREDO’S MPH
03/30/15 @ 7:32 pm EST
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Roscoe, Rosa, and their friends and family know what it’s like for the world to give up on you. They’re from Detroit, a city mired in debt, despair, and crime. But in MPH, the April graphic novel by comics juggernaut Mark Millar (JUPITER’S LEGACY, STARLIGHT, Kick-Ass,Kingsman: The Secret Service) and acclaimed artist Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy), their fate changes, thanks to a mysterious new drug, the eponymous MPH.

Endowed with super-human speed, four young Detroiters zoom across the country, taking back ill-gained funds from banks — and then giving it back to the people (keeping a little for themselves, of course). But the supply of MPH is finite, and the “Runners,” as the media have dubbed them, are finding that power has its downsides. What will happen when their time runs out?

Millar, who hails from Scotland and grew up inspired by American superheroes, was moved to write MPH after visiting Detroit and seeing the city’s plight first-hand. When the first issue of MPH debuted in May 2014, Millar sent a copy to President Barack Obama and every United States Senator. He wrote about this decision in The Spectator.

“Driving through the middle of Brightmoor was like being on the set of I Am Legendor The Walking Dead,” he wrote. “How could the richest country in the world allow so many of its people to live in such abject poverty? Where were all those superheroes now?

“The idea of empowering the powerless is a superhero trope,” Millar continued, “but what if we took the safety catch off and had these guys using their powers to take down the bankers and the corporations and all the crooked politicians who had sold Detroit down the river for three successive generations?”

A superhero story with a social conscience and contemporary edge, MPH will be in comic book stores on April 22 and in bookstores on May 5. It is available for pre-order now.



DYNAMIC DOINGS IN BATMAN AND ROBIN ANNUAL #3
03/30/15 @ 7:25 pm EST
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In BATMAN AND ROBIN ANNUAL #3, after a year that included death, resurrection and battles with the forces of Apokolips, it’s time for Batman and Robin to get back to basics both as father and son and partners in crimefighting.

But have the events of the past year left too great a rift for them to bounce back from?

BATMAN AND ROBIN ANNUAL #3, written by Peter J. Tomasi and illustrated by Juan Jose Ryp, Jordi Tarragona, Juan Albarran, and Sonia Oback, hits shelves this Wednesday.
 
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2. NANCY A COLLINS TALKS ABOUT SWORDS OF SORROW: VAMPIRELLA & JENNIFER BLOOD

3. HAMILL RESURRECTS THE TRICKSTER FOR

4. BREAKING: "DOCTOR WHO" ALUM JOINS "FLASH"/"ARROW" SPINOFF AS DC TIME TRAVELER

5. KIERON GILLEN'S JIM, SWORD, YOUNG AVENGERS RETURN WITH SIEGE FOR SECRET WARS WITH FILIPE ANDRADE AND JAMES STOKOE

 

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1. COMIC WRITER ROGER SLIFER PASSES AWAY AT AGE 60

2. NANCY A COLLINS TALKS ABOUT SWORDS OF SORROW: VAMPIRELLA & JENNIFER BLOOD

3. HAMILL RESURRECTS THE TRICKSTER FOR

4. BREAKING: "DOCTOR WHO" ALUM JOINS "FLASH"/"ARROW" SPINOFF AS DC TIME TRAVELER

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