Scuttlebutt (a slang name for gossip) will be an infrequent column on BC Refugees containing industry news and rumors, usually noteworthy but not worthy of a dedicated column. Most of the notes will be culled from various press releases. In our debut edition, we focus on some upcoming titles from Dynamite Entertainment. . . . .
THE GODFATHER OF SHOCK ROCK FACES EVIL ERNIE AND THE CHAOS! COMICS FIENDS IN THE UPCOMING MINISERIES, ALICE COOPER VS. CHAOS!
June 29, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming September launch of Alice Cooper vs. Chaos!, a five-issue miniseries pitting the world-renowned rock 'n' roll icon against the comic book industry's premiere horror franchise. Tim Seeley ( Hack/Slash, Batman: Eternal) and Jim Terry ( The Crow: Skinning the Wolves) share writing duties for the event series, with Terry performing double-duty as the series artist. Joyce Chin ( Swords of Sorrow) will provide covers for the entirety of the series.
Alice Cooper vs. Chaos! follows upon the success of Dynamite's 2014 Alice Cooper, a miniseries that reimagines the rock legend as the supernatural Lord of Nightmares, responsible for visiting the vilest men and women of the world with nocturnal horrors. In comics, no one is more vile than Evil Ernie, Chastity, and Purgatori... the fiends of the Chaos! Comics universe. Plagued by bizarre nightmares, these terrifying undead monsters put aside their personal differences and join the teen monsters known as The Chosen to hunt down the one-and-only Alice Cooper.
The Chaos! Comics horror line launched in 1991 with Evil Ernie #1, originally published by Eternity Comics and subsequently by Chaos! Comics and later Dynamite Entertainment. Tens of millions of Chaos! comic books have sold into the marketplace, making its distinctive creature characters instantly recognizable to an entire generation of comic fans. Since 2012, Dynamite has reimagined the entire line with series dedicated to Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity, Lady Demon, and more.
Renowned as the Godfather of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper is an icon of rock 'n roll with a career spanning five decades. A Detroit native, Cooper has released 26 albums over the course of his illustrious career, and maintains a reputation as one of the most theatrical live performers in history, often incorporating elaborate horror movie and vaudeville sensibilities into his stage shows. In addition to his musical career, he is an avid golfer, film actor, restaurateur, and radio DJ.
WRITER CULLEN BUNN HEADLINES CREATIVE TEAM FOR ALL-NEW VOLTRON: FROM THE ASHES COMIC BOOK SERIES
June 29, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the return of the Voltron Force in the pages of Voltron: From the Ashes, an all-new six-issue miniseries written by Cullen Bunn ( Deadpool, Captain America) and illustrated by Blacky Shepherd ( 3 Days in Darkness). Set two hundred years after the events of Dynamite's previous Voltron series, the miniseries will introduce a new team to pilot the five lions that form the Defender of the Universe. The debut issue will launch in September 2015 and feature cover artwork from acclaimed Transformers artist Alex Milne.
Voltron: Defender of the Universe launched as a cartoon series in the United States in 1984, quickly rising to become a top-rated animated series. Its premise involves a team of brave space explorers chosen to pilot five robot lions that combine into the mighty metallic hero Voltron, and their fight to protect the planet Arus, ruled by Princess Allura, from the evil King Zarkon on Planet Doom and his monstrous Robeasts. The series celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2014.
DYNAMITE IS DOWN WITH THE HOMIES! ANNOUNCING DEAL FOR HISTORY OF THE HOMIES ART BOOK, COMICS, AND GRAPHIC NOVELS
July 29th, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite is proud to announce an agreement with Surge Licensing, Inc. and Homieshop, LLC to create the first-ever officially licensed Homies publications. The deal includes rights for a " History of the Homies" comprehensive retrospective hardcover art book, which will feature all of the toys ever released, along with behind-the-scenes art, info, and photos on the development of the characters, brand, and merchandise, including interviews with its creator, David Gonzales, and the story of how the Homies blew up! In addition, the deal includes the right to create original comics and graphic novels in all sizes, as well as reprint existing comic material.
The Homies first began as an underground comic strip created by artist David Gonzales that ran in Lowrider Magazine in 1978 and was based on his friends and lifestyle. The merchandising of Homies began in 1994 when trend-savvy retailer Hot Topic offered the shirts for sale, which soon became hot tees in their stores. Following on the heels of a successful T-shirt run, Homies was licensed for figurines in the vending machine toy industry, where all sales records were broken, with over 150 million figurines sold worldwide. The licensing program soon spread to products such as action figures, remote and die-cast cars, notebooks, posters, plush, Halloween masks, video games, music and more, and were carried by specialty and mass retailers, such as Walmart, K-mart, Kay-bee Toys, Spencer Gifts, Walgreens and many others. Today, the Homies are enjoying a comeback with new T-shirts, toys and more in the works.