All this week I’ll be dropping Baltimore Comic-Con knowledge on you. So let’s get this party started!
Ron Marz and Francesco Francavilla took the time Friday afternoon to chat with folks and answer questions in the Dynamite: The Next Ten Years panel. Moderated by one of the Dynamite staff, it was a cool look into titles like Reanimator, Lord of the Jungle, Red Sonja, Vampirella and more…
- Ron Marz said that introducing characters that haven’t met before is always interesting. “Do we fight? Do we kiss?” Ron, I’d read either, but especially both!
- Licensing issues is the #1 reason why you haven’t seen [Insert Favorite TV/Movie/Book Character Here] as a Dynamite title. And about Highlander? Dynamite no longer has the rights, so add that to the licensing issues thing too.
- Speaking of licensing, the reason why Dynamite’s Lord of the Jungle series isn’t simply called Tarzan? Dark Horse has the rights to call their titles Tarzan. Dynamite has the okay from the Burroughs estate to use the name Tarzan in the comic. Dynamite just can’t use the name in the title. But gotta say those Dynamite covers look…dynamite. (I had to. I HAD TO.)
- Has Battlestar Galactica suffered from licensing issues? Nope! Not an intentional hiatus, but “it turned out that way.” There’s a concept that they’re working on — spoilers, darling — and it’s possible new issues could come as soon as mid-2016. By your command!
- Francavilla’s favorite covers to work on with Dynamite? The Lone Ranger and Dark Shadows are his personal faves. But recently, his work on Reanimator is definitely added to that list.
Speaking of Francavilla, my favorite tidbit from this panel? An upcoming series called Seduction of the Innocent. Yep, just like the book Seduction of the Innocent, which caused all sorts of havoc in the comics community, and led to the Comics Code Authority. This series will be a groovy, “gritty, depraved” look at what freaked out the authors of that book all those years ago. From the official press release:
Set in the San Francisco of 1953, Seduction of the Innocent introduces Thomas Jennings, an FBI agent who has just arrived in the city, fresh-faced and ready to tackle crime in the big city… or so he thinks. In fact, Jennings is not nearly prepared for what he’s about to encounter. The city’s crime lords are being systematically murdered, and the killers waiting to fill the void are the pure stuff of Jennings’ nightmares. Jennings will be forced to question every belief he holds dear to protect his wife and unborn child from the madness.
I can’t wait — especially after I had a peek at Francavilla’s cover for issue #1!
A few more advance tidbits:
- Get ready for new Red Sonja and Vampirella, based on Gail Simone’s ideas! WOOT!
- January 16th will bring Devolution, a “pulp/grindhouse science fiction epic”
- Look for a “MAJOR crossover” from Gold Key, as Dynamite brings back that series Februrary 2016
- Speaking of crossovers, their King titles will have a massive crossover event as well, possibly March or April of 2016.
- Look for a Sheena/Lord of the Jungle team-up soon too!