It has been a big week in news from Dynamite and here’s a big old round-up with lots of art!
§ A new original series by Ben Fisher and Adam Markiewicz, The Great Divide
In The Great Divide, humanity awakens in the near future to the horrifying reality that the faintest touch from another’s skin results in agonizing death. The survivors isolate themselves, many driven mad by fragments of memories absorbed from the dead. But when a pair of thieves stumbles upon the means to save their species, they learn not everyone is eager to see the old world order restored…
“The Great Divide is set in a desperate, dangerous world. But at the heart of the book are two people struggling with the same basic question we all have: how do we find real connection with each other?” says author Ben Fisher. “That blend of high concept action and deeply personal motivation is fertile ground for storytelling, and Dynamite is the perfect platform for this series.”
§ Acclaimed dark fantasy author Caitlin Kittredge will write a Grimm comic for Dynamite, which will be set during the show’s fourth season. The artist is Maria Sanapo (DC Comics Bombshells). They’ll also release all their previous Grimm material in a 496 page Omnibus.
Grimm #1, by Caitlin Kittredge & Maria Sanapo
Set within the official continuity of Grimm’s fourth season, the upcoming Grimm comic book series explores the lives of the show’s fan-favorite females! What do Juliette, Adalind, Truble, and Rosalee have in common? They’re the women in the life of Portland’s own Grimm, Nick Burkhardt, and they’re about to cross paths in a way they’d never expect!
To celebrate the launch of the new Grimm series, Dynamite is offering a variety of cover options. Two covers are available for individual order by retailers and fans: Cover A by series artist Maria Sanapo featuring the female cast, plus Cover B by Kyle Strahm (Spread), designed to look like a monster mask. Eligible readers can also acquire rare Black & White and Virgin Art cover variants as incentives for reaching specific preorder thresholds.
Grimm Omnibus, by Marc Gaffen, Kyle McVey, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Jai Nitz, and More
Just in time for the return of the hit television series to comics, Dynamite Entertainment offers fans the opportunity to own all of the previously published comics in an all-new value-priced Grimm Omnibus edition! Written by show creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, plus show writers Marc Gaffen and Kyle McVey, the entire 2013-2014 Grimm comic book series (issues #0-12) is collected in this massive tome, assembled for the first time alongside the Portland, Wu one-shot special and never-before-collected The Warlock miniseries (by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jai Nitz)!
§ Flush from the success of their Grumpy Cat comic, Dynamite gives canine lovers a chance with a comic based on Boo, The World’s Cutest Dog™ will get his own comic. This too-cute Pomeranian has more than 17.5 million Facebook fans and 600,000 Instagram followers. Creative teams weren’t announced.
To celebrate the launch of this new series, Dynamite will release four different orderable covers: Covers A, B, and C are illustrated by My Little Pony artists Katie Cook, Agnes Garbowska, and Tony Fleecs respectively; Cover D is illustrated by Grumpy Cat artist Steve Uy; and a special Subscription-Only Cover E features a photo of the World’s Cutest Dog himself! Also, a Blank Authentix Edition will be available, featuring the same great story and a blank cover that professional and aspiring artists can illustrate.
In the debut issue, Boo and his canine companions Buddy and Bluebeary Pie create kitchen chaos when they can’t control their tummy rumblings; our favorite doggie becomes a “Boo-vie star” when he lucks into a Hollywood audition; and finally, Boo celebrates the birthday of adorable eight-year-old Audrey… but the party gets out of hand! Comic readers of all ages will love the whimsical, fun-filled escapades of Boo, the World’s Cutest Dog!
§ A The Best of Vampirella Magazine Art Edition, with oversized renditions of these stories by artists including Jeffrey Jones, Auraleon, Jose Ortiz, and Luis Bermejo. Cover price is $150. Here’s the complete line-up:
• Vampirella Magazine #9: “Vampi’s Feary Tales: Lilith” by Nicola Cuti (w) and Jeffrey Jones (a)• Vampirella Magazine #17: “Lover of the Bayou” by Jan Strnad (w) and Luis Roca (a)• Vampirella Magazine #20: “Love is No Game” by Steve Skeates (w) and Luis Garcia (a)• Vampirella Magazine #20: “Vengeance, Brother, Vengeance” by Greg Potter (w) and Luis Dominguez (a)• Vampirella Magazine #21: “The Vampiress Stalks the Castle This Night” by Don McGregor (w) and Felix Mas (a)• Vampirella Magazine #24: “Middle-Am” by Steve Skeates (w) and Esteban Maroto (a)• Vampirella Magazine #25: “The Dead Howl at Midnight” by W. Eaton (w) and Jose Bea (a)• Vampirella Magazine #39: “The French Coagulation” by Carl Wessler (w), Gerry Boudreau (w), and Luis Bermejo (a)• Vampirella Magazine #39: “The Head-Hunter of London” by John Michael Butterworth (w) and Leopoldo Sanchez (a)• Vampirella Magazine #39: “Sultan of 42nd Street” by Carl Wessler (w), Gerry Boudreau (w), and Felix Mas (a)• Vampirella Magazine #41: “The Wickford Witches” by Gerry Boudreau (w) and Jose Ortiz (a)• Vampirella Magazine #45: “The Winter of Their Discontent” by Gerry Boudreau (w) and Isidro Mones (a)• Vampirella Magazine #47: “Gamal and the Cockatrice” by Bruce Bezaire (w) and Auraleon (a)• Vampirella Magazine #53: “The Last Man Syndrome” by Roger McKenzie (w) and Ramon Torrents (a)• Vampirella Magazine #82: “Prey for the Wolf” by Cary Bates (w) and Brian Lewis (a)
§ The Art of Atari book is getting a limited Deluxe Edition. The book comes out in September. SE features include:
• A sturdy Deluxe Edition slipcase, perfectly capturing the design of vintage game packaging!
• A unique, leather-bound Deluxe Edition “Game Cartridge” cover design!
• An Atari Vault Steam Key, allowing fans to relive the Golden Age of Gaming with 100 of the most popular iconic games (including Asteroids®, Centipede®,Missile Command®, and many more), now with online multiplayer capability!• A frameable Limited Edition Print featuring brand-new artwork by original Atari artist Cliff Spohn!
§ Dynamite is also releasing some merch, including a bottle opener in the fashion of Smiley, the Chaos Comics character, and a pair of Red Sonja pint glasses to enjoy adult beverages with a pal at your Hyborian lair. The pint glasses are adorned with classic Frank Thorne art.
They are also offering statues based on The Women of Dynamite with a Purgatori “Black & White” Statue based on Michael Turner art and sculpted by Jason Smith, and a Jungle Girl “Diamond Eye” Statue based on Frank Cho and also sculpted by Smith. Both are very limited edition, with 49 of the Purgatori statue and 99 of the Jungle Girl statue made.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.