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Once Upon a Time… Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dejah Thoris in Fairy Tales

Once upon a time… every hero has journeys that you wouldn’t expect, in far away lands, facing fearsome monsters, being manipulated by envious queens, or stalked through the woods by hungry wolves. This August Dynamite debuts three special one-shots, as their three biggest characters are put in the shoes of classic fables.

Red Sonja stumbles upon a mysterious giant bean stalk, suddenly sprouted from the Earth via magical beans. Atop the imposing climb resides some captivating treasure – oh, and also a giant craving human flesh and bones. The She-Devil With a Sword has never turned down a battle like this before, so readers shouldn’t expect anything less than thrilling action as she overcomes her latest foe. Writer Jordan Clark spins this yarn.

Mirror, mirror, who is the fairest of them all? On the planet Barsoom, that would be the one and only Dejah Thoris. Which means the envious queen has struck the Princess of Mars out into the wilderness. Only to make countless friends and allies in her exile, unlike any she’d seen before. Her time will come to return to the queen and lay claim to her rightful throne. Ron Marz returns to the Warlord of Mars mythos following his celebrated 2014 take.

Last but certainly not least, Vampirella gets an extra accessory for her iconic costume, as she rocks a famous red hooded cape. With story by Soo Lee, Vampirella is off to deliver wine and cake to her beloved grandmother. A horrid, fanged beast stalks the woods, hunting easy prey. Little do they know their prospective victim has her very own fangs!

To depict these beloved characters in these classic fairy tale scenarios, editor Nate Cosby has called on three spectacular artists for three covers on each special issue, respectively. Soo Lee, also writing Vampirella, brings her signature style. Lesley “Leirix” Li‘s contributions will have fans dropping their jaws. And they’re rounded out with fan-favorite Sebastian Piriz.

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. 

Preview: Fruit Ninja Jet Pack Joyride HC

Fruit Ninja Jet Pack Joyride HC

writer: Nate Cosby
artists: Scott O. Brown, Ruairí Coleman, Sebastian Piriz
cover: Scott O. Brown
FC | 88 pages | $12.99 | All Ages

COLLECTING ISSUES 1-3 + bonus content

Based on the BILLION-times-downloaded game! The FRUIT NINJAS have mastered the art of Juice Jitsu (no, really!) which unlocks hidden powers through the slicing of fruit (seriously) so they can protect their neighbors from time-traveling super-villains! (still with us?)

PLUS: An ANCIENT FRUIT NINJAS tale from a thousand years ago, featuring a PIG and a PEACH!

PLUS PLUS: A JETPACK JOYRIDE tale featuring a dude with a jetpack battling flying hippos with buttercream-based weaponry! HOW did we fit ALL this ridiculously amazingly dumb stuff into ONE volume? PAY MONEY TO FIND OUT!

Preview: Fruit Ninja #3

Fruit Ninja #3

writer: Nate Cosby
artist: Scott Brown, Sebastian Piriz
cover: Scott Brown
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | All Ages

Based on the adorable BILLION-times-downloaded game! In this cram-packed issue:
-The MODERN FRUIT NINJAS fight ice villains with cloudberries!
-The ANCIENT FRUIT NINJAS chase after a nectarine strapped to a crane bird named Cuckoo!
-And in JETPACK JOYRIDE: One thousand hippos. No, for real. You can count them.

Preview: Fruit Ninja #2

Fruit Ninja #2

writer: Nate Cosby
artist: Scott Brown, Ruairi Coleman
covers: Scott Brown (A)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • All Ages

Based on the adorable BILLION-times-downloaded game! In this cram-packed issue:
-MODERN FRUIT NINJAS go out on dates with date-loving cowboys who might be super-villains!
-ANCIENT FRUIT NINJAS get their feelings hurt and decide to throw fruit at each other! (they’re Fruit Ninjas, it’s their thing)
-…and JETPACK JOYRIDE tells the story of a machine that turns ocean water into cat hairballs for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON!

Preview: Fruit Ninja #1

Fruit Ninja #1

writer: Nate Cosby
artists: Scott Brown, Ruairi Coleman
covers: Scott Brown (A)
Game Play Variant (B)
Scott Brown (RI-B/W)
Scott Brown (RI-Virgin)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • All Ages

Based on the BILLION-times-downloaded game! The FRUIT NINJAS have mastered the art of Juice Jitsu (no, really) which unlocks hidden powers through the slicing of fruit (seriously) so they can protect their neighbors from time-traveling super-villains! (still with us?)

PLUS: An ANCIENT FRUIT NINJAS tale from a thousand years ago, featuring a PIG and a PEACH!

PLUS PLUS: A JETPACK JOYRIDE tale featuring a dude with a jetpack battling flying hippos with buttercream-based weaponry! HOW did we fit ALL this ridiculously amazingly dumb stuff into ONE issue? PAY MONEY TO FIND OUT!

Dynamite is Delivering a Fruit Ninja Comic Series

Eisner and Harvey Award nominated writer, Nate Cosby, and artists Scott Brown and Ruairi Coleman have been named as the new creative appointed to helm the latest series from Dynamite Entertainment, Fruit Ninja.  Slated to launch September 6th, the series is based on the popular mobile game developed by Halfbrick, with well-over a billion downloads world-wide, across all gaming platforms!

In this juicy new series, the Fruit Ninjas have mastered the art of Juice Jitsu (no, really) which unlocks hidden powers through the slicing of fruit (seriously), so they can protect their neighbors from time-traveling super-villains! Fruit Ninja #1 will also feature two-bonus stories including an ancient Fruit Ninjas tale from a thousand years ago, as well as a wild and high-flying Jetpack Joyride story!

The debut issue of Fruit Ninja features cover art from interior artist, Scott Brown, as well as a game play option! Limited variant editions in “Black & White” and “Virgin” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.

Fruit Ninja #1 is slated for release in September.

Preview: The King Collection

The King Collection

writers: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Roger Langridge, Paul Tobin, Nate Cosby, Ben McCool, Brian Clevinger, Jeff Parker
artists: Richard Case, Ryan Cody, Felipe Cunha, Lee Ferguson, Tadd Galusha, Scott Godlewski, Sandy Jarrell, Marc Laming, Ivan Rodriguez, Ron Salas, Brent Schoonover, Jeremy Treece
cover: Darwyn Cooke
FC • 496 pages • $49.99 • Teen+

COLLECTS KING: FLASH GORDON #1-4, KING: MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN #1-4, KING: THE PHANTOM #1-4, KING JUNGLE JIM #1-4, AND KING: PRINCE VALIANT #1-4

When Ming the Merciless launched an all-out assault on planet Earth, the colorful band of heroes known as Kings Watch led the resistance… and triumphed! Now, across the cosmos, in the dark corners of our very planet, and even throughout time, Earth’s defenders continue the mission, separate and yet together in spirit! Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, Dr. Zarkov, Mandrake the Magician, Jungle Jim, Lothar (in his identity as the new Phantom), and Prince Valiant join friends new and old to face the combined forces of Ming and the all-new, all-deadly Cobra!

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