Dynamite is being a little bit of a tease here, pun intended. They’ve announced a Red Sonja limited edition trading card line for 2018… but what they’re really announcing is that they’re going to start giving away some preview cards at “select comic book conventions.” Gee, I wonder why they’re announcing that just before Comicon kicks off? Gosh, that’s a tough one.
Dynamite says to keep an eye on there social media for exact details, so if you want some cards, here’s their Twitter page. If you’re not going to be at any conventions, there’s a $10 preview set that was solicited in the August Previews that’s shipping the first week of October.
Official PR follows:
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 cards 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.
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