Behind the Scenes with Pat Shand: ROBYN HOOD: LEGEND #1

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Featuring Robyn Hood: Legend #1

Hey guys. Pat Shand here. A lot of you have been asking for some behind the scenes looks at what we do at Zenescope, so I figured it’s about time to bring that to you. I work as staff writer and editor for the company, so I get to witness the crazy cool weirdness that is the creation of a comic book.

Since ROBYN HOOD: LEGEND #1 is coming out next month, I figured now would be a great time to give you a teaser for that series, while also showing what goes into the creation of a page.

First, we start with a story outline. What we at Zenescope usually do is write anywhere from a page to a page and a half detailing what happens in any given issue. That is one thing I’m not going to show here, though. Spoilers!

Next step is the script. Personally, I write in the full script method. I know some folks use the “Marvel method” that Stan Lee popularized – I was recently listening to an excellent podcast that Kieron Gillen conducted with Matt Fraction and David Aja, the creative team on Marvel’s Hawkeye. Those two are operating under a somewhat tweaked version of the Marvel method, where a writer will give a loose outline of a page that the artist then breaks down into panels. After that, the writer will add dialogue. For me, though, as a writer and as an editor, I prefer laying out the entire page for the artist.

 

Here’s my scripted page for ROBYN HOOD: LEGEND #1:

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Panel 1. Back in the cab. Robyn tosses the cabbie a fat stack of hundreds.

1 ROBYN:
Take the rest of the night off.

2 CABBIE:
I… This is…

Panel 2. Exterior shot. The cabbie stands outside of his cab, waving to Robyn as she walks AWAY from him, toward her apartment, the same one we saw in the GFT HOLIDAY EDITION 2013.

3 CABBIE:
Thank you, miss! THANK YOU!

4 CAP (ROBYN):
Long day. Ate too much. Helped that guy out. Saved some idiot from getting killed. Shot some lowlifes in the knees, which is always fun.

Panel 3. Robyn throws the briefcase on her couch like it means nothing to her.

6 CAP (ROBYN):
Got a payday in the process.

Panel 4. Robyn pulls on her shorts for bed. She is wearing a ratty old t-shirt.

7 CAP (ROBYN):

I’m doing good. Maybe even making a difference. All in a day’s work.

Panel 5. Robyn climbs into bed, looking disturbed.

8 CAP (ROBYN):
Maybe, someday, it will make me feel better about what happened. Make me feel… something.

9 CAP (ROBYN):
Someday…

Now, here’s the thing about this script. Larry Watts, the artist on Robyn Hood, and I have been collaborating together for years, so I know his style. My panel descriptions are loose, and I tell him as often as I can that he can do with them what he likes. He’s made changes before for pacing, focus, and style, and I always defer to him because I trust his visual storytelling.

 

Here’s Larry’s page.

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Many artists start with a layout phase. Larry does, too, but since he works on pages in bunches, instead of having true layouts, he’ll submit a page of penciled work. He always has pages in various stages of completion, so when he’ll e-mail me work, I’ll see some pages completely inked for the first time, like the page above, while others will be partially inked or just penciled.

After Larry’s work is in and approved, we get the colorist on board. The new ROBYN HOOD series colorist debuted with us on this month’s AGE OF DARKNESS one-shot. His name is Slamet Mujiono, and once we saw his color work over Larry’s lines, we knew they were a match that we’d strive to keep together.

Here’s Slamet’s colors for the page:

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Slamet’s color work here accentuates the realistic, subtle acting that Larry is doing with Robyn, while also adding a very specific tone with his use of blues. A great colorist will tell a story along with the writer and the artist, and that is very much what Slamet does on this book.

Finally, we’ve got the letters. Jim Campbell is our go-to letterer at Zenescope, and that’s because he always does a damn good job. We ask a lot of Jim, and he always delivers, making the scripts better, influencing the voices of the characters, and making sure that the reader’s eye is able to properly follow the flow of the story.

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A lot of times, we’ll tweak the dialogue after seeing the final letters. It’s the first time that the story and the art are truly becoming one, and the words will always appear differently over the art than in the original script. Clunky wording becomes clearer, and new, better ways that writers just can’t see in the drafts they’ve polished over and over again can suddenly burst through the fog when seen in context of a page.

 

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back with some more insight into the various creative processes of Zenescope Entertainment.

 

ROBYN HOOD: LEGEND #1 is written by Pat Shand, drawn by Larry Watts, colored by Slamet Mujiono, and lettered by Jim Campbell. It hits shelves March 19th, 2014.

 

Zenescope VIP Program

New Loyalty Program for 2014! We are happy to announce the Zenecope VIP Rewards Program for our loyal fans and collectors. VIP members are eligible for exclusive items and will have the ability to accumulate points from purchases redeemable for Zenescope merchandise.Print

Where do I start?

To join the VIP Program at the Bronze level, you must pay a $150 yearly membership fee. Ready? Go right HERE. International Members have an additional $10 shipping fee. This fee includes a lot of free merchandise, including a Free Birthday Exclusive drawn by Elias Chatzoudis. This exclusive is only available through the VIP Program and cannot be bought anywhere. GFT94_coverF VIP Birthday ExclusiveThe complete Bronze VIP Program Pack includes:

  • 2014 VIP Personalized Membership Card
  • Grimm Fairy Tales #94 – 2014 Birthday Exclusive by Elias Chatzoudis (only available to VIP members, not available for purchase anywhere!)
  • Bronze VIP Badge with Limited Edition Artwork by Elias Chatzoudis
  • Zenescope Lanyard
  • Discount on select show products

Once you are part of the program, you can start accumulating points for all purchases you make, 1 point for every $1 spent excluding shipping. You will receive points for every purchase made in 2014, even if the purchase was made before joining the VIP Program. The points can be redeemed for Zenescope merchandise – trades, gear, comics, exclusives, the chance to be drawn into a comic, and much more! A catalog will be released only to VIP Members with prizes that can be accumulated with their points.

Fans will be notified through the Zenescope VIP Newsletter what double point items will be available at conventions before the conventions start. We will also be offering double points for VIP members during Zenescope web store sales.

Once members accrue 5,000 points, they will reach Silver Level. Silver Level Members will receive:

  • Silver VIP Badge with Limited Edition Artwork by Elias Chatzoudis
  • Silver VIP Exclusive Art Print
  • Zenescope Draw String Bag

At 8,000 points, members will reach Gold Level. Gold Level Members will receive:

  • Gold VIP Badge with Limited Edition Artwork by Elias Chatzoudis
  • Gold VIP Exclusive Art Print
  • Gold Member VIP T-Shirt

Purchase your VIP Membership today on the Zenescope Web Store! Membership to the Zenescope VIP Program is limited to individuals only and is limited to one account per individual. A valid email address is required to register for the program. Please read the frequently asked questions below if you have questions about this program. If your question is still not answered, please email info@zenescope.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay to join the VIP program every year? Yes, the yearly membership fee is $150. As a VIP, you are eligible for exclusive items and point benefits redeemable for Zenescope merchandise.

What does the $150 membership fee include? You receive a VIP membership card, Zenescope Lanyard, Bronze Level Badge, Bronze Level Art Print, and Birthday Exclusive which is only available to VIP members and cannot be purchased. As a VIP member, you also begin accumulating points with every purchase made on the Zenescope web store and conventions redeemable for merchandise.

Does the art work change every year for the bronze, silver, and gold memberships? Yes, bronze, silver, and gold members will enjoy new, exclusive artwork each year.

What if my birthday already passed? You are still eligible for the exclusive, and will be sent after the membership fee is paid.

What can I redeem my points for? There will be a catalog with a list of items you can receive for points. We will be sending a catalog with available merchandise, when you sign up for membership.

Do purchases made at conventions accumulate VIP points? Yes, purchases made at conventions will count towards VIP points. Special discounts and other member benefits may apply at conventions.

Do purchases made at my local comic shop accumulate VIP points? No, VIP points only accumulate from purchases made on the Zenescope web store and at official Zenescope booths at conventions.

Do I get points for purchases made before joining the VIP program? Yes, any purchase(s) made beginning January 1, 2014 will count towards the VIP program.

Does the $150 spent on the membership fee count as points? Yes! So just by signing up for the VIP program, you already have 150 points!

How do I know how many points I have accumulated? Please email info@zenescope.com to find out your current point total. After your order is processed on the web store, you will receive an email with an updated point amount.

Do my points ever expire? Points expire by February 1st of the following year if you do not renew your membership. If you renew your membership each year, then your points never expire.

Zenescope Announces First Annual Grimmie Awards!

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ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES 1st ANNUAL GRIMMIE AWARDS

Fans choose their favorite Grimm Universe Characters of 2013

Zenescope Entertainment is announcing their first ever Grimmie Awards, an event that gives fans the opportunity to vote on their favorite Zenescope series and characters from 2013. Voting takes place on Zenescope’s Facebook and begins on Thursday, January 23rd and the winners will be announced throughout the week beginning on Monday, February 24th.

Fans will have the opportunity to vote on various categories on Zenescope’s Facebook and if they share the poll, they will be entered to win various prizes that will include: art prints, trades, comics, and other merchandise. Voting will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays with new categories each week. The categories are as follows: Best New Series, Best Breakout Female Character, Best Breakout Male Character, Best Villain, Best Team, Best Sidekick, Best Fight, Best Mad Hatter, and Best Overall Female Character.

And the nominees are:

Best New Series - Oz, Realm Knights, Through the Looking Glass, Hit List, No Tomorrow, and Unleashed

Best Breakout Female Character – Van Helsing (Unleashed), Masumi (Unleashed), Dorothy(Oz), Aisling (Quest), Keres (No Tomorrow), Rian (Hit List)

Best Breakout Male Character – Roman Asher(Unleashed), Elijah Jones (Unleashed), Will Scarlett (Robyn Hood), Patrick Clay(No Tomorrow), Thorn (Oz), Dominic (Hit List)

Best Villain – The Dark Queen (Age of Darkness), Keres (No Tomorrow), Wicked Witch of the West (Oz), Queen of Spades (Wonderland), The Being (Unleashed), Cindy (Grimm Fairy Tales), The Dark One (Grimm Fairy Tales)

Best Team –Realm Knights, Jurassic Strike Force 5, The Dark Horde, Quest Team, Oz Team, Hit List Crew

Best Sidekick – Violet Liddle (Wonderland), Bolder (Quest), Blake (Quest), Toto (Oz), Dark Cheshire (Wonderland), Buggy (Jurassic Strike Force 5)

Best Fight – Robyn Hood vs Red Riding Hood, The Being vs Everyone, Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter vs Callie and Violet, Realm Knights vs Cronus, Sela vs Cindy and the Dark One , Guy Gisbourne vs Robyn Hood

Best Mad Hatter – Johnny Liddle (Escape From Wonderland), Uncle Drake (Return to Wonderland), Madder Hatter AKA Emma Legrasse (Madness of Wonderland), Sammy (Wonderland Volume 1)

Best Overall Female Character – Sela Mathers (Grimm Fairy Tales), Robyn Locksley (Robyn Hood), Calie Liddle (Wonderland), Britney Waters (Code Red), The Dark Queen (Age of Darkness), Cindy (Grimm Fairy Tales)

Here is what some of the nominees had to say about being part of the first Grimmie Awards:

“Ah such lowly creatures, you have given me an award? I shall accept your measly praise. Oh I have not won, only nominated, that’s…oh” – The Being

“The faired haired lad is an excellent sidekick and I wish he the best-a-luck. WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE BEEN NOMINATED TOO!! I AIN’T NO BLEEDIN’ SIDEKICK!!!” – Bolder

“I’m honored to be nominated and I wish all the other nominees the best of luck. I’m not really sure who Jurassic Strike Force 5 is but I’m sure they are good people.” – Sela Mathers

The winners will be accepting their awards over Facebook beginning on February 24th. Fans can see the nominees interact via Facebook on their new profiles.

Follow the fun of the first annual Grimmie Awards on the Zenescope Facebook, www.facebook.com/Zenescope and sign up for the newsletter to find out ahead of time which categories will be released to vote on.

Art of Zenescope Limited Edition Volume 1: Now Available on Amazon

We’re happy to announce that the Art of Zenescope Limited Edition Volume 1 is now available through Amazon. We have been very excited for this release, and we can’t wait for our fans to get their hands on it!

Click the link below and you get get one today!

The Art of Zenescope Limited Edition V1

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Wonder what is inside? Here are a few of the 200 pages of awesome exclusives that are featured in this collection:

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Sela, Alice, Wonderland, Neverland and much more are featured in this art book. Get your copy of this awesome collection through Amazon today!

What Should Be The Next Zenescope Monthly Series?

Written by guest blogger David Goodman

With the conclusion of Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends with issue #25, that currently leaves Zenescope with two regular series (three if you include the bimonthly Grimm Universe) for their fans to look forward to each month. And while the various limited series that they publish are more than enough to keep even the most hardcore of Zenescope fans in a comic book coma month in and month out, there is something very rewarding about following a monthly series, especially if you have the chance to read it from issue #1.

And while Zenescope hasn’t announced any plans to launch a new monthly series anytime soon, I thought that with Unleashed putting a bright spotlight on the Grimm Universe, it might be fun to see what the candidates would be for a new regular series and what you the fans thought. After all, you are the ones that ultimately decide what Zenescope publishes when you vote with your hard earned money so your input counts more than you may think.

So what Grimm Universe characters might make for an outstanding monthly series? Let’s take a look.

Robyn Hood

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This one should be fairly obvious to anyone who is a fan of Zenescope. Robyn Hood has easily been the companies biggest breakout hit since Wonderland and for good reason. In just one short 5 issue miniseries, Pat Shand created a multidimensional, fully realized character in Robyn Locksley, one that could be the subject of stories for years and years to come. Plus it helps that she embodies everything that Zenescope has come to represent in the comic book marketplace; kick ass women who can run with the big boys.

Realm Knights

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If ever there was a concept that was perfect for a regular monthly series, Realm Knights is it. I was blown away by the one-shot that came out a few months back and amazed how well a book like this worked in the Grimm Universe. Realm Knights takes the idea of the Avengers and boils it down to it’s essence, getting rid of all the extra crap and giving the reader the best of Zenescope in one book. Plus we would still get more Robyn Hood, and that’s never a bad thing.

Van Helsing

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Even though she has only just made her first appearance in the pages of Unleashed, Van Helsing has already proven quite popular with the fans (and honestly how could she not the way Jamie Tyndall draws her on those covers). Much like Robyn Hood, she fits the Zenescope mold perfectly, and with most of her backstory still an open book, there are any number of directions a monthly series could go. And if ever someone should be a member of the Realm Knights, it’s Van Helsing.

The Jungle Book

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Through two captivating miniseries, Mark L. Miller has reimagined The Jungle Book for a whole new generation and given it that special twist that makes it uniquely Zenescope. That’s no easy task, and yet when you finish Last of the Species, the second Jungle Book miniseries, you still get the feeling Miller has barely scratched the surface of the story he wants to tell. Some might say that a title like The Jungle Book works best in the miniseries format, but to me, it could be one huge, sprawling epic that could last for years.

Belinda

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Given the fact of her recent resurrection in Unleashed and apparent attempts to make right the wrongs she has committed, Belinda would make for a comic unlike any on the stands. It would be incredibly interesting to follow the character as she tries to redeem herself in the eyes of Sela and follow a new, dangerous path. Of course, we’ll have to wait until the end of Unleashed to see how things turn out for her, but I have my fingers crossed.

Oz

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Like Robyn Hood, this one should jump right out at you. The long talked about fourth realm of power has finally been revealed in Oz #1 and you can’t tell me that the whole story can be wrapped up in six issues. I could imagine a book like Oz lasting at least 200 issues if not more; the idea is that deep and complex. I for one am going to have a really hard time waiting between miniseries so why don’t you do us all a favor and just make it a monthly, huh?

Neverland

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Other than Hook appearing in the pages of Bad Girls and Realm Knights, not much has been heard from Neverland since the Dream Eater Saga and I think it’s time for that to change. Like Oz, Neverland is a rich concept that could sustain a monthly series for years. Hell, at this point I would even take a Hook monthly book; at least then we could see a peek every now and then of Neverland.

 

So what do you think? Any of those sound like something you would be willing to buy each and every month? Or maybe you have another idea? Well let us know. Sound off in the comments below and help Zenescope decide if launching a new monthly series is a good idea. They only way they’ll know is if you tell them.

Zenescope’s San Diego Comic Con Hit List Game

 

Stop by the Zenescope booth 2301 and ask to join the #HitList.

Sign up with just your email address, and you’ll receive a free SDCC exclusive numbered button. You’ll get a picture at our booth and we’ll post a picture with the text: “#____ Just joined the #HitList!”

Then the game begins. #SDCC attendees will be on the lookout for these buttons, and looking to capture you on camera. If they get a picture of you, and share “I just targeted ____ on the #HitList!” You’ve been targeted!

If you’re targeted the most by the end of San Diego Comic Con, you’ll be drawn into the comic as a target in the upcoming #1 issue of Hit List.

But that’s not the only way to win! Zenescope also wants to reward worthy Hitmen. So, anyone who shares a picture of a target can stop by the booth, show us the image, and receive a free comic book at the show!

Have a keen eye? The person who shares the most pictures of targets will also be depicted in the #1 issue of Hit Lit!

But you don’t even need to be at San Diego Comic con to win! Share any post with the #hitlist

No purchase necessary, void where prohibited.

 

The Wait is Nearly Over

We are proud to let you take a peek behind the curtain of what’s been going on with our website.

For the last few months, we have heard many of our fans say that our web store was not taking their orders, or was just too difficult to use. We don’t want that, so we did something to fix it…

We made a whole new web store!

The anticipate the web store will be launching soon , and with the launch, we are making our Black Friday deals available IMMEDIATELY! That means the entire inventory of comics, trade paperbacks, art prints, action figures, board games and exclusives will be  40% OFF! The new store will replace the current web site and is the first step in a multi-step website relaunch. Make sure to keep checking our Facebook (www.facebook.com/zenescope) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/zenescope) for the announcement of the new web store being live!

Finally, on our Ebay store, we do special packages for this time of year, that include EVERY cover of the specific series in the listing. This year we have Call of Wonderland, The original Wonderland trilogy, as well as GRIMM FAIRY TALES!

Check it out: http://stores.ebay.com/ZeneShop-Comics/_i.html?rt=nc&LH_Auction=1&_sid=100941909&_trksid=p4634.c0.m309

 

Black Friday Sale 2012

Hello fans!

We wanted to update you on our current outage on the web store. We are working on fixing the issue, but as of right now, we are unable to take orders or update the web store via zenescope.com/comics.

We are working on not only updating the shop, but improving it as well. Doing that will in fact take time, but the wait will be worth it, we promise :)

Now let’s talk BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!!

Our Black Friday Sale is going to be awesome.

We are going to put everything on sale. EVERYTHING!

Everything on the web store will be 40% OFF! Single issues, trade paperbacks, in-stock exclusives, merchandise, art prints and even new releases!!! The best part of all is that the sale will begin as soon as the web store is launched. The sale may even begin before Thanksgiving! Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for the latest news on the web store and the sale. – www.facebook.com/zenescope

 

Checking in from the Road

 

Hello Zenescope fans!

 

We just wanted to check in and let you know that we have been having tons of fun seeing you all on the road and, though we’re certainly not done traveling for the year, we wanted to make sure we thanked you all for visiting the booth. For those of you that haven’t been able to see us yet, here’s what’s been going on at the shows.

 

PHOENIX

We were very happy to have Jessica Nigri and all the cosplay girls on hand to sign their Grimm Fairy Tales Cosplay One-Shot photo covers. The fans really seemed to enjoy the comic, which was our love letter to all you fantastic cosplayers out there.  We had some other cool exclusives as well.

 

WIZARD WORLD PHILLY

Philadelphia is always an exciting show for us because it’s a home game. We are actually based out of the Philadelphia, so we pull out all the stops for this show. Our friends Montana, Crystal (pictured above) and Sam were dressed up as our Wonderland characters and spreading the word about our comics to the masses. We also debuted the demo of our Grimm Fairy Tales Photohunt game, coming this July!

 

So that’s a taste of just some of the things we have been doing on the road. We are so glad to have met so many of you and we can’t wait for more conventions!

 

Regarding Ms. Doherty’s likeness

Here was Zenescope’s official statement on the question of using Shannon Doherty’s likeness in the Charmed comic.

“Unfortunately Ms. Doherty has declined to be involved in the comic version of Charmed. This includes the use of her likeness. We had hoped that she would allow us to use her image and that we would be able to bring her into the Charmed comic book exactly as she was in the show but at this point that has become impossible. While Ms. Doherty’s likeness will not be used for the character we are still very excited about the direction we are going with Prue and we hope that fans of Charmed will feel the same way.”

-Ralph Tedesco, Editor in Chief