Official Press Release
April 6, 2006, Runnemede, NJ – Dynamite Entertainment is especially pleased to announce today that the company has been awarded a GEM AWARD as the title of "Best New Publisher" by Diamond Comic Distributor's – the world largest comic book distributor – and by the Direct Market Comic Book Retailers who order their product on a monthly basis!
The "Gem Award" nominees are selected by a panel of Diamond product specialists on the basis of their overall impact on the industry, while comics and other related merchandise were chosen on the merits of their quality, creativity and sales performance in 2005. Retailers were able to cast their votes with ballots contained with the February Previews Retailer Order Form.
The award covers the output of Dynamite in 2005 and company spokesperson J. Allen was quoted as being "Very, very proud to be awarded this honor by both Diamond, and all of our retail partners."
Allen went on to add that "We'd like to thank Diamond, and the direct market retailers along with all the fans that are helping to make theirs Dynamite month after month in comic book shops across the country."
Dynamite's Red Sonja #1 was also nominated for Best Comic Book of the Year – Under $3.00, but lost out to the tag-team of Ross, Krueger and Braithwaite and the DC title "Justice": "Thanks to the retailers and those who voted for Sonja. It was stiff competition, and we congratulate Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Doug Braithwaite on Justice #1's win!"
Allen concluded his statements: "2005 was a great year for us, and while we won't be "new" in 2006, we look forward to delivering more Dynamite comics each and every month, and clearing some room on our mantle for more awards!"
ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling titles and properties. Beginning with their Army of Darkness comic book series – launching as the #1 independent comic in July of '04 – and recently ranked the #1 selling Independent Horror comic -- and continuing to their best-selling Red Sonja series – issue #0 alone selling over 240,000 copies and ongoing issues and one-shots recently ranked among the best-selling titles in unit sales and dollar volume – and not only has Dynamite consistently released Red Sonja as THE top selling single comic outside of Marvel and DC Comics, Dynamite successfully places more titles in the Top 100 than most non-Marvel, non-DC publishers.
Now, in addition to the ongoing Red Sonja and AOD series, DYNAMITE is preparing and launching the all-new Painkiller Jane series from creators Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti; the Lone Ranger with Brett Matthews and John Cassaday, Battlestar Galactica with Greg Pak and Nigel Raynor, Classic Battlestar Galactica, the Re-Animator, Highlander ,have launched Red Sonja Vs. Thulsa Doom with Luke Lieberman and Peter David and a Red Sonja Vs. Claw cross-over with DC Comics' Wildstorm imprint, Dynamite has more on the horizon!
In addition to the creators mentioned - Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics, including Alex (Justice) Ross, John (Astonishing X-Men) Cassaday, Michael (Superman/Batman, Aspen Comics) Turner, Jim (All-Star Batman) Lee, Michael (Red Sonja) Avon Oeming, Mike (Red Sonja/X-Men) Carey, Jim (Justice) Kruegar, Greg (The Incredible Hulk) Pak, Brett (Serenity, The Lone Ranger) Matthews - as well as working with up and coming new talent and enhancing strong creators!
The company also produces new and classic material from such creators as Paul Gulacy, Doug Moench's Six from Sirius, Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Risso's Borderline and other titles, Jim Starlin Dreadstar, in addition to reprint editions of classic Red Sonja material and more.
For updated information on Dynamite Entertainment and their titles, please visit the Dynamite website at www.dynamiteentertainment.com