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TNTM: Dynamite Comics to publish KISS Zombies

You wanted the best, you got the best!  KISS!  That’s right, the iconic rock band of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss will be making their appearance once again in comic books, this time as the undead.

KISS has appeared in many comic books over the years.  The very first KISS comic book was published in 1977 and had a very special promotional gimmick.

On February 21st, 1977 at Nassau Coliseum a notary public witnessed the members of KISS having their blood extracted.  That blood was delivered to the Borden Ink plant in Depew, New York.

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KISS later flew up to New York to be photographed adding their vials of donated blood to a barrel of red ink. A notary public duly certified the authenticity of the process and the notarized document was made available as the “KISS comic book contract”.

KISS Zombies is written by New York Daily News’ Ethan Sacks and drawn by Rodney Buchemi.  This is the follow on story to Dynamite’s recent Kiss: The End.  It takes place decades after the end of civilization.

There aren’t many humans left.  Most of them live within fortified areas such as New Detroit.  The zombies of course are attracted to sound.  Due to this noise making activities are strictly banned.  This includes listening to or making music.

A group of teenagers decides they don’t like having to live this way.  They go out on a mission to find the greatest band in history, KISS.  They think KISS will be the ultimate weapon in their fight against the undead.  The writer has described the new KISS series as “a cocktail of Land of the Dead, A Quiet Place, Seven Samurai, and even Footloose.”

“In my two and a half decades as an entertainment journalist, one of my most proud achievements was interviewing Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for a 40th anniversary retrospective of KISS,” said writer Ethan Sacks. “After all, this was a band that had provided the soundtrack for much of my life, and their eerie black and white makeup aesthetic seared itself in my brain during my childhood when I first spied those album covers in an older cousin’s record collection. So, all these years later, I jumped at the chance to write a KISS comic. Then my editor, Kevin Ketner, went and threw in zombies too. Allowing a George Romero uber-fan to pen a book about the undead is like waving slivers of brain in front of an actual zombie.”

“With each new KISS series, we try and push the mythology of this iconic band even farther and surprise fans,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “We’ve been thinking over this zombies concept for a long time, but knew a great writer was needed to execute it as well as have the needed passion for both the band and the cultural hallmark of zombies. We literally could not have found a better match than Ethan, and we’re honored to work with him as he expands his career to other publishers.”

KISS Zombies is scheduled to hit the shelves in November.  There will reportedly be variant covers by Arthur Suydam, Stuart Sayger, Rodney Buchemi, as well as photo covers.

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Video+Story: TNTM – Vampirella #1 from Dynamite Comics coming in July

Vampirella is one of those characters you have probably seen, but don’t know anything about her.  Her origin story has been altered a bit over time, but the basics of her background remain the same.

Vampirella was originally from the planet Drakulon.  On this planet there was a vampiric race that lived on blood.  Blood flood in rivers on Drakulon, so it wasn’t a big deal.  Drakulon orbits twin suns and those suns were causing droughts across the planet. The race of which Vampirella was born, the Vampiri, were able to transform themselves into bats at will, possessed superhuman physical attributes, and could sprout wings when required to fly.

The Vampiri were dying off due to the twin suns drying up their blood supply.  When a spaceship from Earth crashes on the planet Vampirella is sent to investigate.  The astronauts attack her out of fear.  Vampirella retaliates and discovers the astronauts have blood in their veins. She pilots the ship back to Earth. Once on earth, Vampirella decides to be a “good” vampire.  She devotes her  energy to ridding our world of evil kind.

Other versions of her history have her as the offspring of Lilith, whom popular medieval Jewish lore depicts as the first wife of Adam. Lilith would not submit to Adam. God cast her out of Eden and she spawned demons.

Lilith later repented and went to Eden to bear children to fight the evil she had created. Her first attempt was Madek and Magdalene, who turned to evil; Vampirella was her second. Madek and Magdalene brainwashed her into believing she was from Drakulon.  There is even a revision of the character where Vampirella works as an agent of the Vatican.

We are not sure which origin they will use in this new relaunch of Vampirella.  They may even create a new history for her.  All we know is Vampirella #1 has already reached 130,000 copies ordered. Crossing my fingers they bring her back to prominence.

Oh, Dynamite made a trailer for the upcoming comic book.

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(W) Christopher Preist (A) Ergun Gunduz (CA) Frank Cho
In July 1969, the world was first introduced to Vampirella. 50 years later, she doesn’t look a day older!!!! Now, to celebrate her gold anniversary, Dynamite is launching a brand-new, ongoing series featuring the talents of Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deathstroke, Quantum & Woody, Justice League) and European star/American star-in-the-making, Ergün Gündüz (Tales of the Great War, Taxi Tales)! You’ll experience the first, mysterious taste of things to come in Vampirella Free Comic Book Day #0, and the story continues here!!! In Shops: Jul 17, 2019 SRP: $3.99

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TNTM Preview – Dynamite Comics “The Boys” coming to Amazon Prime

The Boys is not for the faint of heart.  Garth Ennis, the man who brought us Preacher, is bringing another of his dark creations to TV through Amazon Prime.

The Boys is a Dynamite Comics series that ran for 72 issues.  The story is set in a post 9/11 world where the superheroes are not all good Boy Scout types.  In fact, most of them are down right terrible.

A lot of the superheroes live totally hedonistic lives of depravity.  Murder, drugs, and all other sorts of crimes are the norm for them.  All the while they pretend to be saving the world with the adulation of millions of fans.

The governments of the world realize they are no longer in control.  Superheroes are able to commit any act of debauchery with no repercussions.  They decide to form a secret international task force charged with taking down as many superheroes as they possibly can.

They call this task force “The Boys”.

The people that make up The Boys aren’t really much better than the depraved superheroes.  It would be a stretch to call them the good guys.  They all have very colorful backgrounds and they employ questionable tactics some times, but they get the job done.

Any story penned by Garth Ennis is likely to carry at least an R rating.  If you watched his television adaption of Preacher you know he doesn’t shy away from blood and gore.  If the series follows along the same plot as the comics, we are in for a very bloody ride.

I can almost promise you there will be disembowelments, dismemberments, and impalements.  I can’t wait to see this not-so-rosy picture of superheroes.

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Video: Daily Nerd Brief September 5 2018

The Nerdy News you need to get you through the day.

MOVIES

Steve Guttenberg promises a new Police Academy movie
Henry Cavill cast as Geralt of Rivia in Witcher

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Doctor Who season 11 Oct 7th
WWE Facebook Watch returns September 18th
Law and Order: Hate Crimes in development

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Rat Queens volume 1 #16 won’t be included in collected works
Lando: Double or Nothing reveals why Calrissian is enemy of Empire
Alex Wilder is back in Runaways #12
Dynamite will publish Rainbow Brite comic

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TNTM: Vampirella Returns in All New Number One

Vampirella History: Vampirella was originally presented as an inhabitant of the planet Drakulon.  On this planet blood flows in rivers.  This was good for her since she was part of a vampiric race, The Vampiri, that lives on blood.

Drakulon orbits twin suns that were causing droughts across the planet. The Vampiri are able to transform themselves into bats at will.  They sprout wings when required to fly.  They also possess superhuman physical attributes.

The story begins with the inhabitants of Drakulon dying slowly due to the drying up of its blood. When a spaceship from Earth crashes on the planet Vampirella is sent to investigate.  The astronauts attack her in fear.  Vampirella retaliates in self defense.

It is then she discovers the astronauts have blood in their veins. She manages to pilot the ship back to Earth where her adventures begin. Vampirella becomes a “good” vampire and devotes her energy to ridding our world of the evil kind. Evil vampires owe their existence to Dracula, who came from Drakulon but was corrupted by Chaos.

Vampirella Powers and Abilities

Vampirella has the typical powers of mythological vampires. She has super-strength and can move so fast that she appears as a blur of motion. She also has heightened senses allowing her to tell one’s emotional state through their scent, hear things imperceptible to humans, and see clearly in total darkness.

Her healing factor grants her great resilience and allows her to heal rapidly from her wounds.  It also makes her immune to Earthly illness and toxins. In addition to her supernatural abilities, Vampirella is a formidable hand-to-hand combatant.  She is very skilled with modern-day firearms.

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After a sleep of over a thousand years, Vampirella finds herself back among the land of the living, but in a world far different than the one she remembers, where hope is laced with fear and blood has a far different taste.  And speaking of taste, finding an appropriate outfit for the era leads our fanged fatale to a chance encounter that will garner her not one but two potential allies.

From the Dynamite Press Release:

“Paul’s writing is tremendous, and we have been hoping to work with him on Vampirella for quite some time now,” says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “While Paul’s series is written in the classic style of the character, his take feels every bit as fresh as our 2016 relaunch. This new series is sure to be applauded by new readers and longtime fans alike!”

Paul Cornell is an English writer of novels, comic books and television, perhaps best known for his work on Doctor Who, dating back to 1990. Since that time, Cornell has written over ten Doctor Who novels, as well as multiple series for both DC and Marvel, as well as the widely celebrated Vertigo series, Saucer Country.

“I’m supremely jazzed to have the chance to work on Vampirella, a character with an incredibly rich history and a touchstone still for many readers today,” says Matt Idelson, Senior Editor. “Reuniting with Paul is always a total pleasure, and what he and artist Jimmy Broxton have cooked up speaks very much to all that’s great about the character, yet will come as a totally unexpected, wonderful surprise. I think this is going to greatly appeal to both longtime and new readers alike.”

Vampirella is a raven-haired heroine who remains, even after 45 years of publication, one of the comic industry’s most well known characters, due in no small part to Dynamite Entertainment. Since Vampirella’s very healthy resurgence in 2010, Dynamite has published three volumes of a monthly series, several miniseries and one-shot specials, and crossovers with multimedia brands and comic book peers. The Vampirella franchise is a haven for writers and artists with a penchant for the macabre.

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Look for the newly designed Vampirella in your comic book store in February 2017.

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TNTM: Barbarella in Dynamite comics in 2017

Most of the newer generation are not familiar with Barbarella.  I have to admit, I didn’t know about the character myself until I stumbled across the VHS tape in the Sci-Fi section of a Blockbuster Video Store.

For those aforementioned newer generation folks, a VHS (Video Home System) tape was something movies were recorded to and played back on a VCR (Video Cassette Recorder).  It had a hard plastic shell with a thin ribbon of film inside.  The VCR ran this ribbon of film through it’s innards and displayed the movie on your TV.  The film would spool from one side of the VHS tape to the other.  This required you to rewind the tape to the original spool if you wanted to watch the movie again.

The phrase “Be Kind, Please Rewind” was developed to remind customers to rewind the rented VHS tape before returning it so the next customer could immediately begin watching the movie.  Oh, and Blockbuster was a place us old people would visit to rent a movie to watch at home.  This was before DVR, streaming, and On Demand.

I remember Barbarella being campy, yet entertaining.  The President of Earth sends Barbarella out in space to retrieve Doctor Durand Durand.  Trivia item for you, the rock group “Duran Duran” took their name from this movie.

Wait, if you don’t know about VHS, VCR, and Blockbuster then Duran Duran will be before your time as well.  Just so you know, Duran Duran was the hottest group around when back then.  Their videos were all over MTV back when MTV still showed music videos instead of crappy reality shows.  Anyhoo, I digress.  Barbarella is a good movie to watch if you have caught up on your DVR and Netflix and are looking for something entertaining to watch.

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Dynamite Entertainment has announced they have obtained the license to publish all new comics starring Barbarella, the iconic French sci-fi character. Originally created by Jean-Claude Forest in 1962, Barbarella was made famous by Jane Fonda’s portrayal in the 1968 film of the same name.  The new “Barbarella” comics, the first created by an American publisher, will be supervised by Jean-Marc Lofficier, who previously worked with Forest on a sequel series in the ’90s.  “This is the first step in a multimedia approach designed to herald the return of Barbarella,” said Forest’s son, Julien Forest. “We are particularly happy and proud to take that step together with Dynamite, which has showed great respect for so many other classic characters.”

The new “Barbarella” will arrive from Dynamite in 2017 just in time to mark the character’s 55th anniversary. The new series will mark the character’s first appearance in comics since “Heavy Metal” presented English translations of the French comics in 1978.

Official Press Release

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT TO PRODUCE NEW COMICS STARRING SCIENCE FICTION’S ORIGINAL HEROINE, BARBARELLA!

FIRST AMERICAN PUBLISHER TO CREATE NEW MATERIAL ON ICONIC CHARACTER!

October 4, 2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Barbarella, the sexy science fiction heroine created by Jean Claude Forest in 1962, will return in all new comics and more in 2017 from Dynamite Entertainment in conjunction with her 55th anniversary!

The character was introduced at the heart of the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, and is forever ingrained in pop culture after Jane Fonda’s unforgettable portrayal in the 1968 film. She was a key figure in the fertile battleground of French comic books and the struggle for sexual freedom in the medium, and has not appeared in a new series since her last appearance in the legendary science fiction publication, Heavy Metal.

The new comics will be supervised by Jean-Marc Lofficier, who worked in the mid-90s with Jean-Claude Forest, the character’s creator, on a sequel project.

“This is the first step in a multimedia approach designed to herald the return of Barbarella,” says Jean-Claude’s son, Julien Forest. “We are particularly happy and proud to take that step together with Dynamite, which has showed great respect for so many other classic characters.”

“Barbarella will be right at home here at Dynamite alongside such heroines as Vampirella, Red Sonja, and Dejah Thoris,” says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. “This is a day I have looked forward to since we started publishing! Jean Claude Forest’s creation has influenced pop culture from comics to music, and is long overdue for new adventures!”

“I’ve always been a fan of stories that have a real message hidden within an engaging and entertaining package. Barbarella’s message was about the freedom of self-expression, and while it sadly was missed by the majority of readers at the time, enough people figured it out for the character to endure,” says editor Matt Idelson. “Getting the chance to participate in creating new stories for an all-time (and all-time underappreciated) classic like Barbarella is beyond a dream come true!”

Look for updates on Dynamite’s upcoming Barbarella publishing program in the coming months, with a new series launch planned for 2017.

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