Dynamite is releasing a new fairy tale series from Leah Moore with covers by J. Scott Campbell for your wanking pleasure!
Comics have been long been lacking a realistic take on fairy tale characters, but with the recent success of the ABC original drama Once Upon a Time in mind, Dynamite plans to rectify that situation. The first of its kind, Damsels will feature popular fairy tale characters such as Snow White, Cinderella and Rapunzel doing stuff, and will be produced by the creative team of Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Aneke.
"Fairy tales are an untapped resource in comics," is something Alex Ross, Dynamite's official Curmudgeon Laureate, might have said if he were willing to communicate with The Outhouse using newfangled technologies like the telephone. "I'm surprised no one has thought of this before."
In order to appeal to a wider demographic than the lonely housewives and gay men that watch Once Upon A Time, Dynamite has brought on noted porn cover artist J. Scott Campbell. "We hope this will appeal to perverts as well," said Ross, in our imaginary conversation with him.
"I wish I would have thought of this," theoretically added Bill Willingham, a little known comic writer with no well known comics about fairy tales to his name.
In order to combat this bold publishing move, and as part of their mission to humiliate anyone related to Alan Moore, DC Comics is reportedly producing a new series called Fables and rushing over 100 issues to print before Damsels hits stores, which, by the way, is happening in September. Here's the press release:
THE FAIRY TALE HEROINES STRIKE BACK IN DAMSELS #1!
WITH AN AMAZING COVER BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL!
June 14th, 2012, Mt. Laurel, NJ - Get ready to see classic fairy tale heroines take action in Damsels #1, hitting stores this upcoming September. Written by the acclaimed writing team of Leah Moore and John Reppion, with beautiful art by Aneke, and dynamic covers by J. Scott Campbell and Sean Chen!
In Damsels #1, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, and Snow White come together with other damsels in a new adventure filled with danger and intrigue. In Damsels, the alluring princesses of classic fairy tales take up arms to save their kingdoms from war. Rediscover the darkness at the heart of fairy tales and why they'll be no happily ever after. Damsels opens with Rapa wishing she had not got out of bed that morning, if she had a bed to get out of that is. The day began badly and has gone rapidly and literally downhill ever since. A series of peculiar and baffling encounters throw obstacle after obstacle into her path, intent it seems on preventing her progress. The thing is, until today she had no idea she was trying to make any progress, toward anything! A collection of hazy memories and bewildering tattoos are all she has to help her figure it all out, and to be honest, she'd just as soon not bother. Around her, we see the mountain city of Caumont thrown into overdrive by the arrival of Queen Talia and King Aurore of Perrault. The streets are thronged with cheering people, does it matter they aren't exactly sure why they are cheering, or for whom?
"We are thoroughly enchanted to be working on such a spellbinding series," says writers Leah Moore and John Reppion. "It's fantastic fun for us as writers to be able to play with characters and concepts that are familiar, but then put our own Moore & Reppion style spin on things. Yes, there are Damsels and yes, there will be plenty of distress, but nothing is how it seems, and there is brutal action and weird surprises at every turn. We have had so much fun writing this, and we are so pleased with the art team Dynamite have set us up with. We can't wait to see it in print."
"We've been talking about Damsels for a long time internally, and trying to figure out who the best writers would be. Leah and John were at the top of the list, but they had taken a break from comics. Debating who to approach, we followed up with Leah and John to see if they would script once time freed up. They said yes. It was the best decision for the comic." states Dynamite Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Get ready for one hell of a ride. Not every fairy tale has a happy ending."
Be sure to pick up Damsels #1 in September!
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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Shadow, The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!
In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Jae Lee, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!
DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's PROJECT SUPERPOWERS - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan's New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). Dynamite recently won the Diamond Gem Award for Best Publisher Under 4% of market share for 2011! The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.
Source: Press Release
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror
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