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Dynamite Brings the Pathfinder Palooza This March

 Seoni
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This March Dynamite Entertainment is offering Pathfinder items that will appeal to all kinds of fans. Whether they have been tabletop gaming since 1974, just picked up their first set of dice, or just appreciate stunning statues and high quality comic book storytelling – there is something here for everyone!

First and foremost is the first-ever resin statue for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The next step in the years long strong partnership between Dynamite and Paizo Inc. following years of adapting and expanding the game’s lore in comic book form. The limited-edition statue depicts Seoni, one of the most popular heroes in the Pathfinder universe. She is a powerful Varisian spellcaster who was a no-brainer for a statue with her intricate tattoos and distinct clothing, hand-painted for collectors. 

Seoni stands approximately a foot tall and is available in multiple variants. The “Spellcasting” version depicts Seoni harnessing her unique magic abilities with a plastic effect. A “Battle Ready” edition alternately gives her a staff and an altered pose. Offered for the first time are special “Diamond Eye” variants for both. Adding real diamonds for her pupils to make Seoni really shine and sparkle on the shelf. Only available in limited quantities, the “Diamond Eye” version is a true grail for collectors.

Also releasing are four Pathfinder: Worldscape one-shots previously exclusive to Kickstarter. These fun crossovers bring Dynamite’s flagship characters into the cross-dimensional Pathfinder universe. All with covers by Roberto CastroPathfinder: Worldscape – Dejah Thoris is written by Christopher Paul Carey with art by Roberto Castro. Dejah and Tars Tarkas are investigating a gap in the memory of John Carter when they find themselves hurled across dimensions into a bloody conflict between the Council of Jungle Kings and a Technic League captain from Golarion. Dejah Thoris must use her intelligence and skills as a warrior to survive.

 Pathfinder: Worldscape - Dejah Thoris

The Pathfinder: Worldscape – Reanimator issue is written by Erik Mona and drawn by Matt Gaudio. Herbert West suddenly finds himself surrounded by corpses of a White Martian army in Shareen’s arena. A true treat for H.P. Lovecraft’s evil genius obsessed with life and death.

Pathfinder: Worldscape - Reanimator

Vampirella and her classic companion Pendragon are in the middle of a stage show reunion when they realize they have ended up on a fragment of the destroyed planet Drakulon in Pathfinder: Worldscape – Vampirella. Written by Erik Mona with art by Chris Campana and Kendal Gates. Then they come face to face with Pathfinders Seoni and Seltyiel!

Pathfinder: Worldscape - Vampirella

The immortal witch known as the Traveller gazes across the multiverse, witnessing Dejah Thoris and Vampirella drawn into the dimensional prison of the Worldscape. In Pathfinder: Worldscape – Swords of Sorrow by Erik Mona and Diego Galindo, Red Sonja comes in swords-a-swinging!

Pathfinder: Worldscape - Swords of Sorrow

Preview: John Wick #4

John Wick #4

writer: Greg Pak
artist: Matt Gaudio
covers: Giovanni Valletta (A), Ben Garriga (B), Photo Variant (C)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

In the penultimate chapter of the tale of John Wick’s first vendetta, the final war begins! But can an injured John Wick prevail without giving up his marker against the full fury of Calamity unleashed?

Preview: Bettie Page Vol. 2: Model Agent TP

Bettie Page Vol. 2: Model Agent TP

writer: David Avallone
artist: Bane Wade, Esau Figueroa, Matt Gaudio
cover: Joseph Michael Linsner
FC | 104 pages | $17.99 | Teen+

You know that thing where your flight back to NYC is interrupted so you can be debriefed at a secret government base, only to find that base under attack by giant radioactive monsters? And you can’t get another flight back home until you defeat the giant radioactive monsters? Sucks, right? But our Bettie can handle it.

Preview: Bettie Page #8

Bettie Page #8

writer: David Avallone
artist: Esau Figueroa, Matt Gaudio
covers: Joseph Michael Linsner (A), Scott Chantler (B), Photo Variant (C)
Scott Chantler (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-Virgin), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Bettie hunts an alien artifact and Soviet spies at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival! Will she manage to get Gene Kelly’s autograph and save the world? Only David Avallone and Esau Figueroa have been authorized to tell you the classified story, in this thrilling climax to Bettie’s French Riviera adventures.

Preview: Vampirella Vol. 4 #10

Vampirella Vol. 4 #10

writer: Jeremy Whitley
artist: Andy Belanger, Matt Gaudio, Alex Sanchez
covers: Philip Tan (A), Gisele Lagace (B), Cosplay Photo Variant (C), Jimmy Broxton (D-Sub), Cosplay (RI Virg), Philip Tan (RI B/W), Jimmy Broxton (RI B/W), Philip Tan (RI Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

A thousand years in the future is a really weird place to run into someone you know. Especially when that person is now hell bent on destroying you. Which is exactly what happens when Vampirella and Vicki came face to face with their antagonist—PANTHA!

Preview: Bettie Page #7

Bettie Page #7

writer: David Avallone
artist: Esau Figueroa, Matt Gaudio
covers: Joseph Michael Linsner (A), Scott Chantler (B), Photo Variant (C)
Scott Chantler (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-Virgin), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Bettie’s trip to the Cannes Film Festival turns the Cold War hot…as the KGB tries to put the “red” in “red carpet.” Bettie has to save the glitterati from the obliteratti, (not really a word), in the latest Deluxe Space Age Mid Century Modern Entertainment from David Avallone and Esau Figueroa.

Preview: Pathfinder Worldscape One-Shot: Red Sonja

Pathfinder Worldscape One-Shot: Red Sonja

writer: Roberto Castro | artist: Erik Mona
cover: Tom Mandrake, Moritat, Matt Gaudio
FC | 24 pages | $19.99 | Teen+

“Dungeon Queen of Mars!” The unrivaled warrior Red Sonja m work with Cave Girl and King Rex to escape a dungeon with a religious icon of Issus, Goddess of Death and Life Eternal, to use as a bargaining chip in the grim political war of the Worldscape!

NOTE: Limited quantities. Allocations may occur.

Preview: Bettie Page #6

Bettie Page #6

writer: David Avallone
artist: Esau Figueroa, Matt Gaudio
covers: Joseph Michael Linsner (A), Scott Chantler (B), Scott Chantler (C)
Scott Chantler (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-Virgin), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Bettie goes to the Cannes Film Festival! Invasion of the Space Commies isn’t up for the Grand Prix, but that won’t keep our plucky heroine from chasing spies on the French Riviera! David Avallone and Esau Figueroa take you back to 1952, in the next installment of the Secret Diary of Bettie Page.

Preview: Pathfinder: Worldscape Vol. 2 HC

Pathfinder: Worldscape Vol. 2 HC

writers: Erik Mona, James L. Sutter, Christopher Paul Carey
artists: Roberto Castro, Andrea Mutti, Tom Mandrake,
Moritat, Matt Gaudio, Giovanni Valletta
cover: Roberto Castro
FC | 104 pages | $19.99 | Teen+

Four new tales as part of Paizo’s groundbreaking “Worldscape” saga, drawing the greatest fantasy heroes of literature and comics into the mythos of their award-winning fantasy world and tabletop RPG!

Red Sonja must escape a dungeon with a religious icon of Issus, Goddess of Death and Life Eternal, to use as a bargaining chip in the grim political war of the Worldscape! A battle against a vicious red dragon maroons John Carter and the Martian Tars Tarkas in a dangerous jungle filled with monsters and the greatest soldiers of three worlds! Tarzan clashes head-on with the original feral heroes of mythology: the demigods Romulus and Remus! The iconic antihero and half-elf Seltyiel finds himself in the gladiatorial Worldscape, facing off against two of Earth’s most sinister figures!

Written by Erik Mona (Paizo Publisher and Chief Creative Officer), James L. Sutter (Paizo Senior Editor) and more, the Worldscape saga draws the greatest fantasy heroes of literature and comics into the mythos of Paizo’s award-winning fantasy world, fiction line, and tabletop RPG.

Kickstarter Spotlight: The Atomic Thunderbolt #1 and #2

atcoverby Kevin Powers

It’s widely accepted that Action Comics #1 in June 1938 marked the beginning of superheroes as we know them. Following the debut of Superman, comic book publishers created hundreds of superheroes from the patriotic to the downright bizarre. This wave gave us many of our favorites including Batman and Captain America, but it also gave us a wide variety of characters that didn’t quite stand the test of time. Long story short, many characters ended up in the public domain.

While some of these characters have seen revivals and still enjoy a cult status – Dynamite’s Project Superpowers for example – many didn’t make it out of the 1940s. The superheroes of the Golden Age were popular because they could do amazing things, they fought gangsters and Nazis and they generally provided an escape from the still-recovering economy following The Great Depression.

Superheroes eventually fell out of favor after the war and into the 1950s, before DC’s Silver Age revival.

A few years ago, I was starting to put together my superhero comic, ExtraOrdinary. The idea was simple; I wanted to have original heroes immersed in a world alongside legacy revivals of golden age heroes. When researching the Golden Age heroes, I came across The Atomic Thunderbolt.

I was fascinated by the character. The back-story, the power-set – all of it was right there in the 15 pages in which he appeared. That was it. After his initial origin story and his cameo appearance in a humorous short story, The Atomic Thunderbolt was gone.

What really struck me the most about the character though was the year he was created. A lot of the more popular Golden Age characters – The American Crusader, Black Terror, even Superman – were created right before or during World War II. There was an enemy to be fought. In the comics, before the atom bomb, the superheroes were America’s most powerful weapon against the Nazis and Japanese.

The Atomic Thunderbolt was created after the war and the atom bomb – the dawn of The Atomic Age. His powers were fueled by atomic science and his goal was to save mankind from itself and nuclear annihilation. This was and is fascinating to me, as the war had just ended and the Cold War had yet to really begin. Here was this character, powered by the atom – everything seemingly working for him – but he appeared and disappeared in 15 pages. Additionally, the character suffered from PTSD in a time before it was diagnosed.

atomicthunderbolt_mesa2I love pulpy and comic stories that take place in the late-1930s through World War II like The Rocketeer, Captain America and Indiana Jones. When I discovered The Atomic Thunderbolt, telling his story was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I spent a few days familiarizing myself with the intricacies of the public domain and shortly thereafter I was scripting.

That brings me to today. I run TJ Comics, a small-press comic publisher. Under that banner I’ve won an Independent Book Publisher Award for my graphic novel Patriot-1, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2014. My current project is indeed telling the story of what ever happened to The Atomic Thunderbolt.

The story picks up where the original left off, but I’ve added a bit of a twist. The heroes of World War II have all disappeared, and The Atomic Thunderbolt’s emergence has drawn the attention of the newly-minted CIA. He’s recruited to combat a secret war with remnants of the Axis powers that only a person with his abilities can fight. It’s during his new mission that he begins to discover what happened to the other heroes and the CIA’s true agenda. There are plenty of twists along the way – after all, the story will be able to stand on its own and does serve as a prequel to ExtraOrdinary – but I also wanted to make sure the first issue was a true homage and sequel to the original.

After much debate, I decided to take the project to Kickstarter on an issue-by-issue basis. Making comics, especially at the independent and small press level, is an expensive task. There’s no way to sugarcoat it. So after covering the production costs for the 30-page first issue, I turned to the crowd-funding platform to seek funds for the production (essentially all the art) for the second issue.

The campaign is currently running and aiming to raise $4,000 to cover full production of the second issue, as well as printing of the first and second issues. All of the funds raised will go directly into covering rewards, printing the issues and the brilliant artists working on the book. If the campaign hits goal, we immediately begin production on the second issue and a campaign for the third issue will be prepped.

atpage01cmykMatt Gaudio is the line artist. He’s an insanely talented Kubert School grad that I met at Special Edition: NYC 2015. I’m lucky to be working with him now because I really, truly believe he’s got huge things ahead.

Donna Gregory is the colorist. She was my colorist on Patriot-1 and she’s all-around fantastic. Really top-notch at what she does and super-great to work with.

One thing I wanted to do for this campaign was keep the rewards fairly simple. In addition to the first two issues, we’re offering a set of variant covers for the first issue. One is a standard blank sketch cover (an additional reward is available for Matt to draw a custom cover).

The original Atomic Thunderbolt is a hard book to track down, but one of the variants is a re-mastering of the original cover. I also commissioned a cover from Golden Age aficionado Jay Piscopo.

In addition, there’s a variant cover by Lord Mesa, a fantastic artist who is well known to fans of The CW’s Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. I’ve been itching to work with Lord for a long time, and I figured a variant cover for The Atomic Thunderbolt #1 couldn’t be passed up.

Each cover is also available as a 6 x 9 in print. There are also other rewards such as a sketch cover, full commission, become a background character and actually become a speaking character in the book.

I’m fully focused on reaching our current goal, but I do have some stretch goals in the pipeline including variants for the second issue among some other cool stuff.

I do hope you’ll check out the project, it’s a great revival and a great story showcasing some really talented artists. We hope you’ll give us a chance with the first two issues!

 

 

 

 

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