Media Release — Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the launch of their exciting new Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the first-ever Dynamite Fan Gear promotion – celebrating the signature titles and innovative creator-driven projects that have defined the publisher for twelve years!
Fan Gear – consisting of acclaimed graphic novel projects plus a plethora of never-before-released merchandise (designer graphic t-shirts, art prints, trading cards, buttons, and more) – give Kickstarter supporters the freedom to tailor their fan experience to personal interests. For the first-ever Fan Gear campaign, Dynamite has curated a fine selection of comics reading – their signature heroine Vampirella and the thrill-a-minute crime capers Grand Passion and Control – with collectible add-ons that will appeal to longtime fans and curious newcomers alike.
A brief look at the projects:
Vampirella, the supernatural superheroine, has been a consistent lead character at Dynamite for years. As part of the Fan Gear promotion, Dynamite celebrates her origins with a “vintage-style” t-shirt design. Each Vampirella pack includes the t-shirt, an original vintage Vampirella Fan Club button, and the Vampirella and the Scarlet Legion graphic novel in digital form.
Control – a bloody political crime thriller exploring the seedy underbelly of Washington – is a creator-driven stories from Andy Diggle (Hellblazer, Daredevil, The Losers), Angela Cruickshank, and Andrea Mutti. Multiversity Comics, in their review of the series, described it as “a strong piece of genre fiction that showcases the talents of a creative team in complete ‘control’ of the situation.” Featuring a powerful t-shirt as illustrated by superstar Ben Oliver (The Authority, Ultimate X-Men), the Control pack contains also includes two 6″ x 9″ prints and the Control graphic novel in digital form.
Grand Passion is a hard-boiled crime drama by way of Harlequin romance (featuring a cop and killer who fall deliriously in love), courtesy of writer James Robinson (Squadron Supreme, Nick Fury) and artist Tom Feister. The media site Capeless Crusader applauded the project, stating, “If you’re a fan of movies like True Romance or The Getaway, you’ll have no trouble embracing the heightened passions and hard-boiled action of this (series).” Each Grand Passion pack includes a t-shirt spotlighting the gorgeous artwork of John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), a set of five trading cards, and the Grand Passion graphic novel in digital form.
For those that pledge at the higher tiers of support for the Dynamite Fan Gear promotion, they can qualify to receive such coveted rewards as the Vampirella Art Adams Bust and the 12″ Vampirella statue inspired by J. Scott Campbell.
The Dynamite Fan Gear Kickstarter campaign is currently live, and can be found by visiting:
James Robinson says, “I’m super proud of my series, Grand Passion, and I love seeing the spirit of it captured here in this t-shirt. It was always a thrill seeing each new cover for the series as amazing artist John Cassaday did them. This art, now on a t-shirt, is equally exciting, knowing Grand Passion could be out there on the street for all to see.”
Andy Diggle says, “Control is a story about the exploitation of women and women’s bodies. It’s rare that you get to write a mainstream crime thriller in comics, and I’m grateful to Dynamite for giving us the opportunity. I’m proud of our work and, as ever, knocked sideways by Ben Oliver’s extraordinary cover art.”
Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite, says, “With our first-ever foray into Dynamite Fan Gear, we’re giving comic fans a boutique experience featuring items based on new characters from some of the most respected creators in the industry today – James Robinson and Andy Diggle – as well as one of the most iconic characters in comics today – Vampirella, whom we’ve had the pleasure of publishing for the last few years (and leading to her upcoming 50th Anniversary). We have hand-selected some of the finest stories from the Dynamite vault, building upon their impactful storytelling with the development of very desirable collectible merchandise, and granted the backers an opportunity to customize the Fan Gear package to their liking. Come and get it!”
Remember, the Dynamite Fan Gear Kickstarter is only available as a limited time promotion. To take advantage before time runs out, backers should visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/254273121?ref=432887&token=d05c13e1 today.
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.