Media Release — As the doors are set to open to this year’s New York Comic-Con, Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces another superstar writer contributing to the impressive legacy of the company’s line of titles based around Edgar Rice Burroughs’ library of characters. Brian Wood (DMZ, The Massive, Briggs Land) will lend his storytelling skill alongside Alex Cox to the Warlord of Mars himself, John Carter.
Brian Wood is one of the most respected writers in modern comics, whose work is widely applauded for its political undertones and dystopian world-building, with multiple Eisner nominations and New York Times Bestselling series. His most recent original series, Briggs Land, is already one of 2016’s most talked-about launches, and is currently in development for television with AMC.
Alex Cox is a comic book industry staple making his writing debut, having lent artistic talents to various projects over the years and serving as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Deputy Director.
“Taking on a classic literary icon like John Carter is no small thing, and working with Alex Cox to find a direction that both honors the past and looks into the future has been a great challenge, one that we both are enjoying immensely,” says Brian Wood.
“The John Carter series is one of the all-time great sci-fi/fantasy epics, and having the opportunity to play in that sandbox is just awesome. Brian’s concept is unlike any John Carter story to date, but with a lot of reverence for the world that Burroughs built,” says co-writer Alex Cox. “Beyond that, we’re drawing on everything from Jodorowsky to Jesse Marsh to John Wayne to make this story as cool as possible. I think people are going to love it — old school superfans, and also people who have no idea what a Rykor is.”
“We have wanted to bring Brian Wood to Dynamite for quite some time now, and he’s even written our very own Vampirella before she found her home here,” says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. “We had been waiting to find the perfect book for him to take on, and when we all landed on John Carter, we knew it was going to be well worth the wait! Brian working with Alex Cox to co-write has helped make the story grander still. Fans are going to love this series!”
“We’re taking John Carter to strange new places, which is no easy feat considering the man teleports himself to Mars to live a swashbuckler’s life, but Brian Wood has amazing things planned for Carter, Dejah, and the rest as we venture far into Carter’s future for a tale unlike any other,” says Joseph Rybandt, Editorial Director for Dynamite Entertainment.
Look for further details on art team and release date for this upcoming series in the coming months, and visit dynamite.com for an extensive collection of previous John Carter stories.
About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
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