July 5, 2006, Runnemede, NJ – Dynamite Entertainment announced today that TV Guide is offering another exclusive sneak peak of two all-new comic book series from Dynamite – Highlander #0 and Xena #1!
In cooperation with Universal, Davis Merchandising and TV Guide, Dynamite's Xena #1 and Highlander #0 will be featured in the July 10th cover dated issue (in stores Thursday July 6th). Previewing the two series follows the successful "first look" that Dynamite provided to TV Guide of their all-new Battlestar Galactica #0 series in May.
The exposure of the comics is expected to reach millions of TV Guides weekly readers, and through it give additional exposure to Xena and Highlander.
"We would like to thank our friends at TV Guide for the additional promotion on these two series. After we worked out the details for the Galactica #0 promotion, we started pitching new promotions to TV Guide and we're thrilled they took us up on spotlighting Xena and Highlander. Both had great runs on TV – Highlander and Xena both being modern classics – and both new comic book series honor the past of both, while presenting new visions for today's readers. Though the preview will hit before the comics are in stores, this should help bring attention to direct market retailers, which benefits the comics industry, and is something we can all keep working towards. We ask that comics fans and retailers once again show their support TV Guide by picking up and carrying this issue," explained Dynamite Spokesperson J. Allen. "
Xena #1 (MAY063032) is written by John Layman with art by Fabiano Neves. Cover art is provided by Billy "Uncanny X-Men" Tan, Fabiano Neves, and a special Photo Cover from the Xena television series.
The first story arc is the perfect place to start for fans both old and new as Xena and her familiar friends (along with the appearance of some familiar enemies) are played as pawns in a battle between the Gods!
Highlander #0 (MAY063024) is the specially priced, introductory issue of Dynamite's new Highlander comic book series. Written by Brandon Jerwa and Michael Avon Oeming, along with interior art by Lee Moder and cover art by Gabrielle Dell'Otto, Highlander #0 is the perfect introduction to the Highlander comic book series for new and old fans.
Issue #0, and the opening story arc, take place shortly after the events of the first film, and features a story never before scene that pits Connor against the Kurgan in post-War Berlin!
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. Dynamite's new monthly Battlestar Galactica series is the company's first major launch of '06, debuting with an impressive 175,000 copies in initial orders sold for the introductory #0 issue.
Now, in addition to the ongoing Red Sonja and AOD series, DYNAMITE has released the all-new Battlestar Galactica comic by Greg Pak and Nigel Raynor – launching with a specially priced #0 issue, having sold in excess of 175,000 copies and recently featured in the pages of TV Guide, A classic Battlestar Galactica comic book series, Xena by John Layman and Fabiano Neves, a Darkman vs. the Army of Darkness mini-series and is preparing the Lone Ranger with Brett Matthews and John Cassaday – and 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 and Doug Moench's Six from Sirius, Tim Truman's Scout, Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Risso's Borderline and other titles including Jim Starlin's Dreadstar, in addition to reprint editions of classic Red Sonja material and more.
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About Davis Merchandising Corp
Davis Merchandising Corp, a multi-award winning global turnkey organization, partnered with Davis-Panzer Productions, Inc., provides merchandising, product development, manufacturing and direct marketing of quality licensed entertainment properties sold direct-to-consumer through catalog, Internet, television, print and inbound/outbound telemarketing. They host eCommerce stores and create print catalogs for properties such as: HIGHLANDER® (Film and TV series), Stargate SG-1™ and Atlantis™, Xena: Warrior Princess™, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys™, and Conan®. For additional information, visit www.davismerchandising.com.