NYCC EXCLUSIVE: d'Errico & Dysart Get All-Star Help On "Helmetgirls"

In conjunction with the 2011 New York Comic Con, artist Camilla d'Errico has shared an exclusive first look with CBR News of she and Joshua Dysart's "Helmetgirl: Origins" from its cover to an all-star lineup of art talent taking part in the book. Plus, new word on the artist's "Tanpopo" hardcovers with BOOM! Studios and news of a benefit to aide the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund lie below. Read on!

Official Press Release

Camilla d'Errico and Joshua Dysart Announce 'Helmetgirls: Origins' Guest Artists and CBLDF Benefit

New York, Oct. 16th, 2011 -- At this year's New York Comic Con, graphic novelist and fine artist Camilla d'Errico ("Tanpopo," "Sky Pirates"), along with acclaimed writer Joshua Dysart ("Unknown Soldier," "B.P.R.D."), are announcing the guest artist line-up for their upcoming book "Heltmetgirls: Origins," based on d'Errico's popular series of paintings and art prints.

Confirmed artists for the original graphic novel, set to be released in the spring of 2012, are as follows:

Ashley Wood (Tank Girl, Metal Gear Solid)

Bobby Chui

Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Wormwood)

David Mack (Daredevil, Kabuki)

Terada Katsuya (The Monkey King, Blood: The Last Vampire)

Ray Fawkes (Mnemovore, The Apocalipstix)

Brandi Milne

Kaare Andrews (Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man)

Leonardo Gonzalez

Cameron Stewart (Batman & Robin, Seaguy)

Molly Crabapple (Dr. Sketchy's)

Danni Shinya Luo (X-23)

Travis Louie

Barbara Canepa (Skydoll)

Although more guest artists may be announced in the future, the inclusion of the industry's top talents in the brand-new title will solidify "Helmetgirls: Origins" as a must-have comic for 2012. Details of the story are still under-wraps, however, Dysart's script does center around a crumbling future society and the children who must overcome their desolate environment to survive.

Currently, BOOM! Studios is in the process of hosting a Kickstarter campaign for Camilla's independently published series "Tanpopo" in order to collect the first three volumes into a hardcover edition that is to be release in March of 2012. (For more information about the Kickstarter campaign, please visit: http://kck.st/n5C0FS)

At the time of this press release, the Kickstarter over 70% funded, and because of this tremendous success, d'Errico and Dysart will be crowd-sourcing the funding of "Helmetgirls: Origins" as well, allowing dedicated fans to receive a special limited edition run of the book before it will be release into the public market. 

Demand for "Helmetgirls: Origins" will certainly be high, and to help support other creators and publishers in the comic book industry, d'Errico and Dysart have agreed to contribute a certain percentage of the book's proceeds to the First Amendment organization - Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). The CBLDF has been on the front lines of free speech issues for years, and both creators are committed to helping the non-profit continue fighting censorship around the country.

The platform for the crowd-sourced funding, as well as more details as to how it will help benefit the important work of the CBLDF, will be announced next year during the lead up to Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con.

"Helmetgirls: Origins" will be a one-of-a-kind story, developed in a new and exciting manner that showcases the best and brightest of the industry while engaging fans and helping continue the proud tradition of CBLDF.

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