Official Press Release
June 27, 2006, Runnemede, NJ – Dynamite Entertainment announced today that a full art team – artist and colorist -- have joined the previously announced creative team of writer Brett Matthews and cover artist (designer and series consultant and all around nice guy) John Cassaday for Dynamite's launch of the Lone Ranger comic book series.
After an exhaustive search, artist Sergio Cariello with colorist Dean White have signed on to illustrate Matthews powerful script and the writer couldn't be happier with the choices: "John and I looked at a lot of artists for this project. When we saw Sergio, and then Dean - we knew the search was over. Sergio's work is distinct and has a point of view that lines up with where we're taking The Lone Ranger, a character we all love and have a great deal of respect for. Working with Sergio has been a pleasure. He's a real pro."
John Cassaday added: "Sergio has a healthy blend of the modern American comic influences mixed with a confident European brush stroke. We felt it was important to find an artist who inked himself as well as an artist who understood we wanted to see true West, not Hollywood West. He's working hard as hell on this book and it shows. Prepare to be impressed."
Cassaday also had nothing but praise for his creative partner, writer Brett Matthews: "Brett is a perfect choice on this book. He understands what a Western needs in terms of the traditional as well as in terms of the reality that the sophisticated audience of today calls for. These are going to be real characters, not grainy cliches on TV."
The opportunity to work on the Lone Ranger, in a "year one/origin" opening arc has proven to be just what Cariello has been looking for: "I love westerns: the guns, the cowboy gear, the horses, the landscape and the Indians. The Lone Ranger is an iconic hero of the Western World."
As far as working from Matthews script, again, the artist has found a perfect collaboration: "I already could envision how I'd tell the story, graphically, after reading Brett's script: So fitting to the western I know. The pacing, the straight forward storytelling, non- dialog heavy and just the right amount of panels. "
"As for John Cassaday as cover artist: How can you go wrong with a guys who's been nominated -- and won -- best artist in the comic book community twice? His work is powerful. His initial sketch of the Lone Ranger was really appealing to me. John has a good sense of spotting blacks, texture and attention to details necessary to make an image stand out."
"Sergio and Dean were the final pieces and we now have our fully-formed world," commented Dynamite Spokesperson J. Allen. "Brett has written incredible scripts, Sergio's turning in incredible pages, Dean's coloring them and doing a fantastic job as he's done in such Marvel titles as Black Panther and Cassaday has wrapped it up all nice and neat with a series of incredible covers. This will be THE most talked about comic of 2006, believe it."
The series is planned to launch in September and follow monthly thereafter. Look for more art and information on the Lone Ranger in the weeks to come.
THE LONE RANGER and associated character names, images and other indicia are trademarks of and copyrighted by Classic Media, Inc. All rights reserved.
ABOUT SERIGO CARIELLO
Sergio Cariello has drawn since early childhood. He created the detective 'Frederico' when he was only 11 years old, and this strip was published in his local newspaper. Later on, he went on to do political caricatures for the same newspaper. He went to study at the Joe Kubert
ABOUT BRETT MATTHEWS
A member of "Mutant Enemy" -- the production company set up by Joss Whedon to produce the television shows he makes: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly -- Matthews wrote the Firefly episode 'Heart of Gold' and was a co-writer with Joss on the Serenity comic book mini-series among his numerous creative credits.
2002: Firefly: "Heart of Gold"; Twentieth Century Fox,
2004: The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury; Universal Home Video,
2004 Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows; Miramax, 2005
2004: Bionicle: The Feature; Miramax,
2005: Invasion; Universal
2001: Angel: "Long Nights Journey"; with Joss Whedon, Dark Horse Comics
2002: Spider-Man/Daredevil: "Neighbors"; Marvel Knights
2002: Star Wars Tales: "Free Memory"; Dark Horse Comics
2002: Star Wars Tales: "A Day in the Life"; Dark Horse Comics
2002: Spider-Man/Wolverine: "Stuff of Legends"; Marvel Knights
2003: Tales of the Vampire: "Dames"; Dark Horse Comics
2003: Tales of the Vampire: "Jack"; Dark Horse Comics
2004: Tales of the Vampire: "Numb"; Dark Horse Comics
2005: Serenity: "Those Left Behind"; with Joss Whedon, Dark Horse Comics
ABOUT JOHN CASSADAY
Throughout his career, John Cassaday has worked on such critically acclaimed series as Planetary (with Warren Ellis) and X-Men world with the #1 selling comic - Astonishing X-Men.
At the beginning, a few convention trips to San Diego and New York led to a series of Ghost (1996-1997) covers and a penciling job on Ghost #27 for Dark Horse and the 1997's Teen Titans Annual #1 for DC.
His first high profile work was the 1997's Ka-Zar: Sibling Rivalry #-1 for Marvel. Writer Mark Waid who helped him secure this assignment, also showed samples of Cassaday's pencils to Homage, which resulted in doing the Desperadoes (1997-1998) mini-series.
After that, Cassaday penciled and co-wrote the two-issue X-Men/Alpha Flight (1998) mini-series and the three-issue Union Jack (1998-1999) mini-series with writer Ben Raab for Marvel.
At the moment Cassaday is the artist on the highly acclaimed Planetary (1998-now) series with writer Warren Ellis for DC/Wildstorm.
In 2002, John Cassaday, together with writer John Ney Rieber, was responsible for the relaunch of the Captain America series, under the Marvel Knights imprint.
In 2004, Cassaday's popularity exploded when he, together with Buffy: The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, collaborated on the new Astonishing X-Men series for Marvel.
Astonishing X-Men was the #1 book almost every month it was released, with only 2 exceptions, which is unprecedented in this market.
The only accomplishment more "astonishing" is John's winning the prestigious Eisner Award for best artist two years in a row.
ABOUT CLASSIC MEDIA
Classic Media manages some of the world's most recognizable family properties across all media including feature film, television, home video, and consumer products. The company's extensive library features a diverse collection of popular animated and live-action characters such as: Casper the Friendly Ghost, Hot Stuff, Mr. Magoo, Richie Rich, Peter Cottontail, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, The Lone Ranger, Lassie, Underdog, Little Lulu, pat the bunny, Lamb Chop and Rocky & Bullwinkle. For more information on Classic Media, visit us online at www.classicmedia.tv.
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 has launched the all-new Painkiller Jane series from creators Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti; is preparing to launch the Lone Ranger with Brett Matthews and John Cassaday, Battlestar Galactica with Greg Pak and Nigel Raynor, Classic Battlestar Galactica, the Re-Animator, Highlander as well as numerous Red Sonja mini-series and one-shots, including 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