Raynor Handles "Battlestar Galactica" art chores; Turner, McNiven on Covers

Fri, March 24th, 2006 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

[Note: For more on this series, don't miss last month's interview with series writer Greg Pak here on CBR.]

Official Press Release

Runnemede, NJ, March 24, 2005 - Dynamite Entertainment announced today that artist Nigel Raynor will be joining writer Greg Pak (SOLD OUT Planet Hulk AND Phoenix Endsong) on the all-new Battlestar Galactica comic book series, a license of Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, as well as cover artists Steve Mc Niven (Civil War, New Avengers) and Michael Turner (Wolverine: Origin and Civil War cover artist), with more to be announced!

"After an exhaustive search for the right artist to work alongside Greg, we're please to announce that Nigel Raynor is the newest member of Dynamite's Galactica Crew," explained Dynamite Entertainment Spokesperson J. Allen. "Nigel's a relatively new name to comics, but fans will get a taste of his exceptional art, and Pak's awesome script, in the introductory priced Battlestar Galactica #0 planned for release in May. And remember fans, this issue will be at the incredible introductory price of twenty-five cents (that's right, just a slim quarter!) featuring a photo cover of Six and a brand new cover by Steve (Civil War, New Avengers) McNiven!"

The aforementioned issue #0 of Battlestar Galactica #0 is currently available for pre-order in the pages of the upcoming Previews Magazine. Look for interior of Raynor's interior art to be released next week.

And Comic Shop Retailers are already excited about Battlestar Galactica's huge launch by Dynamite Entertainment!

" The New Battlestar Galactica Television show has been a hit since its first episode of the mini-series, and the regular series has grown by leaps and bounds. Diving into multiple layers of military, political and personal effects of a demolished society. Greg Pak's writing is a perfect match to the intensity that this show delivers week- to –week, and thank God it's at Dynamite! They know how to handle licensed comics, and their track record with Army of Darkness and Red Sonja proves it!"

Mike Malve of Atomic Comics in Arizona!

"Battlestar Galactica is the one show I currently watch every week. It's my favorite show on TV. The quarter comic is the perfect launch, as we plan on giving these away at both of our stores in May (and with a little bit of luck these will ship in time for Free Comic Book Day!) I'm confident in Dynamite's ability to market this book. We'll be promoting this through as many media outlets as possible to bring in the Sci Fi crowd as well. And the timing is working out well, with Greg Pak not only having sold out of every issue of Marvel's Phoenix: Endsong, but now selling out of Planet Hulk! I can't wait to read this myself.

Mike Ferarro of Fat Jack's Comicrypt in Philadelphia!

"Wow! When Dynamite mentioned they were doing Battlestar Galactica, I had to do a double take. I couldn't believe it. The best show on TV finally having a comic. It's, well, DYNAMITE! Last year, we (Stormwatch) gave away Red Sonja #0's for Free Comic Book Day, and at all the shows we appeared at, with flyers for our stores. This was a nice traffic builder, and has allowed Red Sonja to consistently sell above all other publishers (except Marvel and DC), including Conan. Now, we expect that this will do even better, as the cross-over of Battlestar Galactica and comics is a natural fit, and Dynamite is THE company to bring this to comics, as they will treat it right. This is also a great opportunity for comic retailers, as the opportunity to bring Battlestar Galactica to a bigger audience is a dream come true, especially from a company such as Dynamite who will deliver the goods! Again, WOW! I can't wait to see the comic. This is a dream come true! And this time, we'll make sure we order enough, as we didn't' order enough of the Red Sonja #0 book, but on this, we'll order lots more! Like I said, it's like a dream come true!"

Bob Hoskins of Stormwatch Comics in Berlin New Jersey!

ABOUT GREG PAK:


Greg Pak is an award-winning writer and director whose first feature film, Robot Stories, starring Tamlyn Tomita and Sab Shimono, played in 75 festivals, won 35 awards, screened theatrically across the country, and is now available on DVD from Kino International. Greg's feature screenplay Rio Chino won the Pipedream Screenwriting Award at the 2002 IFP Market and a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship in 2003. Greg wrote the screenplay for the feature film MVP, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Greg is now writing Famous Long Ago for Antidote Films and several projects for Marvel, including the X-Men: Phoenix - Endsong mini-series.

Greg edits FilmHelp.com and AsianAmericanFilm.com. He was the cinematographer of The Personals, an Academy Award winning short documentary, and was recently named one of 25 Filmmakers to Watch by Filmmaker Magazine. Greg studied political science at Yale University, history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and film production at the NYU graduate film program. He is represented by Kara Baker of the Gersh Agency, New York, Sandra Lucchesi of the Gersh Agency, Los Angeles, and David Hale Smith of DHS Literary.

About Battlestar Galactica

Originally produced by Universal Television and Glen A. Larson, the hit TV series, Battlestar Galactica, was first broadcast on ABC in September 1978. Starring Lorne Green, Richard Hatch, and Dirk Benedict, this epic space saga went on to become a veritable sci-fi classic. With just thirty-six episodes created, Battlestar Galactica has enjoyed syndication over the last two decades, most recently on the SCI FI Channel.

With its compelling storyline, memorable characters and exciting visual effects, millions of fans tuned in every week to join Commander Adama, Apollo, Starbuck and the crew of the Galactica on their journey through the galaxy. Hunted by the diabolical Cylons, a mechanical race set out to destroy all humans, the crew of the Galactica and its ragtag fleet of survivors' only hope was to find legendary planet Earth-believed to be the home of the missing Thirteenth Colony of Man.

Inspired by the classic series, this extraordinary story was re-imagined by the SCI FI Channel and NBC Universal Television Studio in December of 2003 in the form of a 4-hour miniseries event. Capturing a new generation of fans, Battlestar Galactica became the most-watched cable miniseries of the year and led SCI FI to continue the saga through a one-hour weekly series. Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, the new Galactica, executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, has distinguished itself by the intensity and present day relevance of its stories and the command performances of its ensemble cast. Now one of television's most critically-lauded shows, Battlestar Galactica is currently in its second original season, airing on SCI FI Channel every Friday night at 10pm ET/PT.

ABOUT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CONSUMER PRODUCTS GROUP:


Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

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 Dynamite Entertainment is a subsidiary of Dynamic Forces, Inc.

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