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Blackhand Ironhead #5 is here!

The penultimate issue of the new season of Blackhand Ironhead by pencil magician David López and wizard colorist Kike J. Díaz has arrived! It’s just one issue away from the season finale and things are not looking good for the dynamic duo (no not that one, this one).

After last issue’s crushing defeat against Rey Gladiador, our favorite sisters seem doomed to losing all their memories. But true heroines are forged in the fiery throes of ultimate hardship… So will Alexia and Amy be able to find their way out of this one?

Whatever happens, someone’s surely gonna get hurt. Find out who and how now at Panel Syndicate for whatever price you want to pay, including zero!

Exclusive Guest Column: “I make comic books. But my first love is comic strips.” – Nate Cosby

The Daring Double Life of Ace Adams

Last month, The Daring Double Life of Ace Adams (formerly Alter Ego) launched on Kickstarter. The 100-page all-new graphic novel from writer Nate Cosby, artist Jacob Edgar, colorist Kike J. Diaz, and letterer Rus Wooton hit its goal and then some and is in its final 48 hours!

As the campaign winds down, we have an insightful exclusive guest post from Nate Coby about his collaboration with Jacob Edgar to create a one-page script that helped pitch the story!

Find out a bit about the process behind the curtain and support The Daring Double Life of Ace Adams!


Most of my time in high school was spent doodling obvious riffs on Calvin & Hobbes, Foxtrot, Wizard of Id, Mutts, Hagar The Horrible, Peanuts, etc. The challenge of a comic strip is in efficiently expressing yourself. You need to find the fundamental essence of what you want to say and show, do it, then get out. The writer part of me loves that. The editor part of me loves it even more.

When I worked as an editor at Marvel, I’d get bored during meetings and doodle short strips, giving myself the personal challenge of portraying the important aspects of characters in three panels.

There was Iron Man…

Professor X…

The Sentry…

I was just screwing around, passing the time. I encapsulated Spider-Man’s origin with the help of Colleen Coover, which was used as the recap page of Spider-Man Family #4…

When I quit Marvel to start my own company, I got busy, which meant less doodle time. But just for fun, every once in a while I’d tweet out short quotes from the point of view of characters. And my Buddy Cops co-creator Doc Shaner would add art to them, like The Spectre…

…and Captain Marvel…

Chris Eliopoulos and I were asked to do a one-pager for Archaia’s Free Comic Book Day book, which was a flip book. I took the “format” as a challenge, and came up with a story that was both about flipping, and required a flipping of the comic itself…

So when it came time for Jacob and I to start promoting The Daring Double Life of Ace Adams, we had plenty of interior pages to show, that Jacob had drawn, Kike J. Diaz colored, Rus Wooton lettered…but there wasn’t a short sequence that succinctly sold what the book was about as a whole, so I thought, well heck, Jacob’s been doing one-pagers of Superman, Batman & Robin for years…

…let’s do one for Ace Adams!

My original script was a montage of sorts, showing The Black Dog and Whiz-Bang in action at various times of day. But it felt too obtuse in its intentions, too busy…plus it required Jacob to draw a bunch of backgrounds, and that wouldn’t be nice of me to ask for…Jacob’s a comic artist with TRIPLETS, for god’s sake.

So I thought back to the Captain Marvel strip that Doc drew so effectively, which was just a series of middle shots, with incredible attention to facial expressions and body language. I knew Jacob could nail that sort of thing, so I wrote a script that had Ace changing from Dog to Whiz, and speaking to the viewer.

I didn’t ask Jacob to “move his camera” at all…so all the great choices to tilt up, zoom in, focus on boots, those are all his.

The idea was to convey the central reason that Ace chooses to be two different superheroes…one at night, one during the day. Ace explains himself, shares this idea of not being deterred by helping, even when knowing that there’s no way he can actually fix or solve anything. Just because something’s impossible doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. And he does it while changing, to give the reader the sense that Ace is always moving, always changing and adapting to his situation.

Kike did a beautiful job of providing texture on the backgrounds without having it compete for attention with Ace. He pops out quite nicely. And Rus did his requisite masterclass on lettering…I particularly love the way Rus sometimes puts balloons “higher” than the panel borders, so they’re drifting into the gutters. It’s a small thing, but I feel like it subtly “attaches” panels to one another, and creates a cohesion across the page.

And voila! A one-pager that gives you a sense of our main character, and the journey he’ll be on throughout our 100-page graphic novel.

Nate Cosby and Jacob Edgar’s Alter Ego is now on Kickstarter

Hush-hush and on the QT, we present to you, dear reader, the Golden Age of Hollywood. Los Angeles is ripe with beautiful beaches and gorgeous movie stars, and there’s opportunity as far as the eye can wander. There is also, unfortunately, a supervillain problem, with rogues running rampant everywhere. During the day, the city is attacked by atomic robots, robbers that run football formations, and circus acts with a death wish! And by night? There’s an onslaught of gangsters with magic wands, feral beasts out for blood, and seedy criminal organizations conducting cosmic-powered turf wars. Welcome to the world of Alter Ego, an action-packed, 100-page all-new, original graphic novel by Eisner-nominated writer Nate Cosby, artist Jacob Edgar, colorist Kike J. Diaz, and letterer Rus Wooton. A Kickstarter for Alter Ego is now live from Linney Incorporated, featuring variant covers by superstar artists Wilfredo Torres, Phil Hester, Declan Shalvey, Chris Eliopoulos, and SOZOMAIKA, and a main cover from artist and co-creator Jacob Edgar.

In Alter Ego, LA’s scandalous crime wave inspires two strikingly different heroes to spring into action. By day, the streets are protected by Whiz-Bang, a grinning, gregarious defender of goodness. By night, the City of Angels is defended by an entirely different kind of hero: The Black Dog appears in a cloud of smoke, a mysterious vigilante determined to strike fear in cowardly criminals. And unbeknownst to the mayor, the police force, the entire city…these radically different heroes share an incredible secret: They are the same man.

Ace Adams is a cocky stuntman who can throw himself off 20-story buildings, or scrap with a legion of thugs. Ace is the kind of guy that has a motor that won’t quit. He thinks he’s got the world on a string; all he has to do is keep pulling. This superhero thing is a gas, and it allows him to perform, in ways that he’s not able to in movies, now that his acting career is stalled. Who knows…if he saves enough people, maybe they’ll make a movie about him, and maybe he’ll star in it.

The Kickstarter for Alter Ego is live now and will end on April 14. 

Die!namite Lived, Now It Never Dies!

Dynamite‘s galaxy-spanning zombie crossover featuring countless characters returns with a hotly anticipated third arc this March in Die!namite Never Dies! Even more undead mayhem rises from the grave in this new series by returning writer Fred Van Lente, artist Vincenzo Carratù, colorist Kike J. Diaz, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. The creative team infects with loads of flesh-ripping action and even more fun introductions to the world.

Evil (Red) Sonja, Vampirella, Pantha and their crew have beaten back the undead horde from Earth in Die!namite Lives. But what if there is a new army of zombies on Mars that are ready to start a massive invasion? Yet they may need to preemptively invade Mars themselves. But perhaps the heroes will be aided by a new ally…

Deep in a lost valley, one man has his hands full with zombie dinosaurs wreaking havoc in his lands. Hear that cry in the jungle? That’s right, Tarzan, the Lord of the Jungle has joined the fray. But everything gets flipped on its head when Lord Greystoke suddenly finds himself transported to Barsoom. As the beloved creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs come face to face, amid chaos.

The main cover for the first issue is a fun classic film poster inspired piece by superstar creative duo Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner, of Stray Dogs fame. Returning cover artists and zombie experts Lucio Parrillo, Arthur Suydam, and Joseph Michael Linsner also contribute.

Preview: Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #5

Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #5

writer: Jacob Edgar, Oliver Gerlach, Frank Teiri, Lee Ferguson
artist: Giorgio Spalletta, Alex Moore, Lee Ferguson, Kike J. Diaz, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Sway (B), Jae Lee (C), Rachel Hollon Cosplay
Variant (D), Lucio Parrillo (E/RI-Tint),Sway (F/RI-BW),
Rachel Hollon Cosplay Variant (G/RI-Virgin),Lucio Parrillo (H/RI-BW)
FC | 40 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $4.99 | Teen+

The greatest tales, the best creators, brought to you in beautiful black, white and red! RON MARZ and EMILIANA PINNA push Sonja to her limits! ALEX MOORE presents a cascading adventure of the seas most high! And FRANK TIERI and LEE FERGUSON will take you on a journey into darkness seen by none who’ve lived to tell the tale…

All covers printed on Cardstock.

Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #5

Dynamite Celebrates Independence Day with 3 Special Variants

This summer season, Dynamite is bringing the heat with a trio of collectible variant covers celebrating July 4th and American Independence. A diverse international set of creators pay tribute to the American-born medium and characters they love.

Joined by a fun background of apple pies, Bettie Page is herself an American icon of that caliber. Her work in pinup art and as a symbol of beauty and feminity has influenced countless artists within her home nation and around the world. Italian Vincenzo Federici, interior artist for the title, pencils, inks, and colors this fun and flirty cover for the second issue of Karla Pacheco‘s upcoming yarn.

Bettie Page #2 variant

Fellow Italian Alessandro Miracolo portrays the She-Devil With a Sword celebrating the holiday in the shadow of the Washington Monument and dangerously standing atop a stack of fireworks with blade and flag in hand. Don’t try this at home, kids. Irish colorist and series regular Ellie Wright makes sure the red, white and blue pop. It can be argued that the Hyrkanian heroine’s backstory is firmly tied to America, with her creation by Robert E. Howard in stories originally serialized in pulp magazines native to the States. Then expanded by Roy Thomas, who was a student of history and followed in the footsteps of comic and pulp innovators before him. Though always with an international flair, with renowned artists such as Esteban Maroto, Lucio Parrillo, Carlos Gomez, and more.

Red Sonja #18 variant

American artist Justin Mason has Vampirella in an even more dangerous position, straddling a giant explosive with lit sparklers. Though the sweet Uncle Sam style hat makes up for that and we’ll pretend she’s following proper safety precautions. The colors by Kike J. Diaz really bring the background fireworks to life. Similar to Sonja, the Daughter of Drakulon’s creation has a bit of American flavor. James Warren’s black and white magazines were able to dodge the censorship that plagued the comics industry for years. Do you think Drakulon has an independence day?

Vampirella #13 variant
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