The Zenescope Unleashed Primer

 

 

 

 

 

*This article was written by a guest blogger

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So you walked into your local comic shop and saw that Zenescope had launched their latest event, Unleashed. The art looked pretty sweet, so you picked up the first couple issues, read them and was blown away. “This Unleashed book is awesome!” you think to yourself. “I’m gonna pick up more of these Grimm Universe books.”

And then you see shelf after shelf of trade paperbacks on the shelf. Thirteen volumes (and counting) of Grimm Fairy Tales. More book with Wonderland in the title than you can count. Neverland. Sinbad. Myths & Legends. It’s too much and you feel a trickle of blood run down your nose. Minutes later you end up on the floor, mumbling to yourself that you just didn’t know where to start and you end up eating lime jell-o for the rest of your life.

Now, no one wants that, especially the fine folks here at Zenescope.

Which is why I have put together this little primer, a cheat sheet if you will, to help you navigate through this new universe you have discovered. Once we’re through, you will have a solid foundation on where to start in the Grimm Universe, a reading order you can follow to help you get caught up, and you will be all set for what is to come in Unleashed. Because, believe me, you do not want to miss it.

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The Dream Eater Saga volume 1 & 2

By Raven Gregory

A horror called The Dream Eater has been unleashed on the Grimm Universe and it will take the combined might of all it’s heroes to stop the terror before it’s too late. But can Sela, Belinda, Baba Yaga and the rest put aside their differences long enough to stop him? Or will this be the end for Grimm Universe as we know it?

The Dream Eater Saga was the first Zenescope crossover and it was a big one. Not only did it gather together all the various characters of the Grimm Universe in one book, but it also shook that universe to it’s foundations. The effects can still be felt today and there is no better way to learn all about the Grimm Universe than reading these two amazing volumes.

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Godstorm

By Pat Shand and Jason Johnson

The Gods of old have been living among us, biding their time, waiting for the right moment to reveal themselves and make their return. The God of Beauty has decided that she has waited long enough and has begun to recruit other Gods to her side, putting a plan in motion to enslave mankind. Can she be stopped? And what role will Zeus and his son play in the drama?

If you have read Unleashed, than you already know that the Greek Gods are going to play a big role in the events that are to come. But it all started in Godstorm, a miniseries that flew under the radar when it came out, but ended up having HUGE consequences for the Grimm Universe. And it includes the first appearance of The Being (the main bad guy from Unleashed), so what more do you need to know?

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Myths & Legends volume 5

By various

Baba Yaga has finally assembled all the pieces of the Sunstone so she cal unleash Helios, the mad Highborn, upon the world. Sela has gathered a group of false-bloods together, including Red Riding Hood, Samantha and more, to try and stop her. But even if they do, can anyone stop Helios, who is bent on watching the world burn?

Myths & Legends volume 5 collects the final issues of the Grimm Fairy Tales spin-off and it went out with a real bang. This is epic level story-telling and wall to wall action starring all the important players in the Grimm Universe. Once you finish it you will have a great feeling for the tone and style of the books Zenescope publishes.

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Bad Girls

By Joey Esposito

Baba Yaga. The Goblin Queen. Venus. The Queen of Spades. Alicia, the Mistress of Limbo.

Five of the most powerful, evil women in the Grimm Universe have joined forces to gain control of the Nexus with a plan to use an ancient artifact to unleash the Flesh Reavers and destroy all of humanity. Sela, Samantha, Hook and Red Riding Hood are hopelessly outmatched, out numbered and outgunned.

Sometimes it pays to be a Bad Girl.

Another of Zenescope’s “everything and the kitchen sink” event comics, Bad Girls is a great, action packed read that could have been an event all on it’s own. Both it and Myths & Legends vol. 5 did a lot to show the different relationships between the characters and foreshadow events that are happening right now. Plus, it’s just a really great comic.

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Grimm Fairy Tales vol. 13

By various

After the events of Grimm Fairy Tales #75, Sela is lost, alone, and without hope. So when the authorities throw her in jail, she does nothing to stop them thinking that it’s what she deserves. But when inmates start dying horribly at the hands of a mysterious entity, she is forced to try and stop them and maybe, begin the long road to redemption in the process.

Sela is the undisputed star of the Grimm Universe and has been since day one, of that there is no question. So if this is all new to you, there is no better place to go if you want to learn all about Sela and what motivates her. It’s been said that Sela kicks more ass in one comic than Wonder Woman and Batgirl combined. This is the book to read if you want to find out why.

And there you have it; five books that are the perfect place to start if you are new to the Grimm Universe. So once you finish the opening chapters of Unleashed, head back to your local comic shop for another does of Grimm Fairy Tales.

Because no one wants to see you eating lime jell-o when there are so many other things you could be doing.

Zenescoop Previews: Robyn Hood WANTED #1 Preview

Zenescoop Previews is BACK! This week  we preview the biggest debut of the week: Robyn Hood Wanted #1!

We start off with the awesome cover by Artgerm!

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And now for the guts…

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We have gained a lot of new readers thanks to the Robyn Hood series, and Robyn Hood Wanted is gearing up to be one hell of a title. Written by Pat Shand, and will interior pencils by Larry Watts, this book is one you don’t want to miss!

Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and  follow us on Twitter to share your thoughts on our comics. Until next time!

“UNLEASHED” WRITERS UNLEASHED!

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Greetings, Zenescope faithful!  As UNLEASHED gets rolling, the writers of the big horror event of 2013 have gotten together to talk about it.  In the near future, you’ll see Raven Gregory, Mark L. Miller, Troy Brownfield and Pat Shand interviewing AND being interviewed by each other.  You can read the pieces here on the Zenescope Blog, then hop over to the Z-Facebook page to post your own questions which the guys can drop by and answer.  Remember: the Grimm Universe isn’t just our universe; it’s YOUR universe.  You are the readers, and we want you to be as much as a part of this event as we are.

First up, Newsarama alum and writer of Zombies: The Cursed Troy Brownfield dusts off his interview hat to talk to Pat Shand, writer of Vampires, Demons, and Unleashed in general.

TROY BROWNFIELD: Pat, I think that everyone understands the basic premise of Unleashed at this point, but they might not know where the whole idea originated.  Could you give us some insight into how the ball got rolling, and were some of the new characters like Helsing and Samira came in?

PAT SHAND: The gist of it is that a mysterious being has opened a portal to a hell dimension known as the Shadowland, unleashing hordes of vampires, werewolves, zombies, demons, and other nasties onto Earth. So essentially we’ve got the Grimm Fairy Tales characters vs. classic monsters, which I think is just so much fun… but then you’ve got the added element of mystery. Who is the Being? What does he want? We’re building something very different from your normal summer blockbuster event, and I think fans of our books and new readers alike will be shocked.

Helsing has already had a great reaction. She’s the daughter of Abraham Van Helsing, the original, and she’s one of four timelost monster hunters who had been banished to the Shadowlands. When the monsters come out, so does she… so the Being has her to reckon with. Samira is the antithesis of Helsing – she’s the Being’s right hand man, and the Queen of all Vampires. Both of them are the stars of my tie-in series, VAMPIRES: THE ETERNAL.

TROY: You and Raven are arguably the architects of this particular event.  Can you talk about what it’s like working with Raven, and do the two of you have a particular style in which you collaborate?

PAT: Raven will call me up, rattle off a 2Pac quote, I’ll sing the next line, and then we’ll talk shit for a little while. Before you know it, we have a plot. We’re just natural collaborators and we feed off each other’s ideas. Also, we pretty instantly know if an idea isn’t work based on the other’s reaction. Plotting with Raven is so natural that half the time it feels like we’re just fucking around and talking about friendly bullshit, so it’s surprising that the plot for Unleashed came out so tight. I guess it’s not really a surprise, though, because the collaboration is just so natural.

TROY: I will now ask the most predictable of comics interview questions: Pat, how did you break into comics?

PAT: I was running a review site for IDW’s Angel comics. I loved what they were doing, so I made it a point to get in touch with all of the folks working on those books. Not because I was trying to break in then, but because I loved the work they were doing. I befriended a lot of the writers and editors and started pitching, but it wasn’t until the last Angel book they published that they gave me a shot and put one of my stories in. Dream come true. I used that as a stepping stone and started working with other companies. Zenescope really pushed me as a writer, so when they asked me to go exclusive, it was a no-brainer.

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TROY: Hypothetical Question: Joe and Ralph decide that you have to let someone else write the next Robyn Hood mini after Wanted, but you get to pick a different Grimm Universe character for your own new mini to run at the same time.  Which writer would you pick to write the Robyn Hood mini and why, and which other character would you put into your mini and why?

PAT: Man, this answer is going to make me seem like such a dick. But I just couldn’t. I love writing Robyn more than any other character. I could sooner give someone my arms than pass Robyn Hood off in the middle of the story I’m telling. Her voice is my voice, you know? She is a bigger part of me than any other character, and losing that would be to lose some of myself. As far as working on another character in a miniseries, I’ve been asking about doing a Red Riding Hood or Van Helsing title a lot this year. We’ll see which of those happen first.

TROY: Dude, seriously; what’s your problem with GFT/GFTM&L character Marcus Jenkins?

PAT: Who?

You can follow Troy and Pat on Twitter at @troybrownfield and @patshand

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Zenescope Heads to Comic Shops for Free Comic Book Day

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Zenescope Entertainment Heads to Local Comic Shops for Free Comic Book Day

Zenescope Entertainment and members of their creative team are proud to be making appearances at several local comic book shops this Saturday for Free Comic Book Day. Fan can meet and interact with members of the company’s staff and creative talent, while getting their hands on some of Zenescope’s most popular titles. For many millions, Free Comic Book Day is a celebration of the entertainment and excitement that reading and collecting comics bring.

“We’re excited to be a part of Free Comic Book Day and to be a part of an industry that celebrates their fan base,” states Zenescope’s Marketing Manager Stephen Haberman. “We do the conventions primarily to connect with our fans across the country. Now, during Free Comic Book Day, we can thank the fans and the local comic shops in our neighborhoods for supporting our titles.”

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Here is where you can find a member of the Zenescope team this Saturday:

Captain Blue Hen Comics (Newark, Delaware)

Wade’s Comic Madness (Levittown, Pennsylvania)

Comics and More (King of Prussia, Pennsylvania)

Jesse James Comics (Glendale, Arizona)

Collectors Kingdom (Huntington Station, New York)

AlleyCat Comics (Chicago, Illinois)

Corner Store Comics (Anaheim, California)

If you would like to read more about these appearances, or Zenescope in general, be sure to Follow Zenescope of Twitter, LIKE them on Facebook, or read the official Zenescope blog.

Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005, and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world. Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Wonderland, Neverland and Robyn Hood, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest-running original independent comic books on shelves today. Zenescope publishes and develops both original and licensed material and has worked with dozens of clients that include Discovery Channel, History Channel, CBS, Lionsgate TV, Mandalay Vision, New Line Cinema, Titmouse Studios and many others.

Zenescope Entertainment Announces OZ

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 Zenescope Entertainment Announces OZ

Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans to publish its newest Grimm Fairy Tales comic book spin-off entitled OZ. Fans of Zenescope’s comics have been looking forward to the company’s re-imagining of this classic story for quite a while as it’s been hinted at in numerous issues over the past two years. Oz will finally make its much-anticipated debut at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con and hit retailer shelves in late July.

Zenescope’s President and co-founder, Joe Brusha, will be handling the writing for the new Oz series. “We’re very excited to finally reveal the fourth realm of the Grimm Fairy Tales Universe.” said Brusha “We’ve already introduced alternate versions of Neverland and Wonderland and have been planning Oz for such a long time and now we finally get to deliver something epic to our fans. I hope they enjoy reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it.”

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This modern take on the Oz story retells the classic mythology with a fascinating blend of dark fantasy and action-packed adventure. It begins as the witches of Oz search for a lost weapon of power known as the Veridian Scepter. Their quest ultimately leads them to the unlikeliest of places – the farmlands of Kansas – and specifically to the home of a young woman named Dorothy Gale.

The first issue features interior artwork by newcomer Rolando Neto and covers by superstar artists J Scott Campbell, Artgerm, Eric Basaldua and Ale Garza and is available now for pre-order in Diamond’s May edition of PREVIEWS for a July 2013 release. For more information on Oz or any other Zenescope title, visit www.zenescope.com or follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005, and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world. Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Wonderland, Neverland and Robyn Hood, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest-running original independent comic books on shelves today. Zenescope publishes and develops both original and licensed material and has worked with dozens of clients that include Discovery Channel, History Channel, CBS, Lionsgate TV, Mandalay Vision, New Line Cinema, Titmouse Studios and many others.

ZENESCOPE SHOWING OFF GRIMM ANIMATED/EXCLUSIVES AT C2E2

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April, 2013 – Zenescope Entertainment has announced its plans for C2E2 2013.  The company will be exhibiting at booth #729 at the popular comic and pop culture convention running April 26th-28th at McCormick Place in Chicago. Zenescope will be offering several limited edition exclusive comics during the show that features cover art by industry favorites Mike DeBalfo, Jamie Tyndall and Paulo Siqueira.

 

Appearing at booth 729 will be Zenescope’s Editor-in-Chief, co-founder and writer, Ralph Tedesco (Grimm Fairy Tales, Salem’s Daughter) who will be signing Friday and Saturday. Also appearing will be writer Mark L. Miller (Jungle Book) and artists Nei Ruffino (Grimm Fairy Tales, Wonderland), Franchesco (Grimm Fairy Tales, Wonderland), Larry Watts (Robyn Hood) and others TBA.

 

One of the main highlights of the show for Zenescope fans will be the premiere of the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated pilot episode directed by Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) and created by Zenescope Entertainment, Titmouse Animation, and Schneppzone, Inc. The pilot features the voices of Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2, The Devil’s Carnival), Robert Forster (Olympus Has Fallen, Jackie Brown) and Chris Hardwick (Nerdist) and character designs by artists Alex Pardee, Eric Powell, Bill Sienkiewicz and other top industry talent.

 

The “Grimm Fairy Tales Animated” Panel will be hosted by Zenescope’s Ralph Tedesco who also served as one of the producers and writers of the pilot. The panel will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 11:00am to 12:00pm in Room W476.

 

Here is the list of exclusives Zenescope will have available at Booth #729:

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GFT Robyn Hood vs Red Riding Hood cover E (Limited to 500 copies)

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GFT Wonderland #9 Cover C and D (C Limited to 500 copies and D Limited to 100 copies)

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For more information about Zenescope’s attendance at C2E2, including appearance and signing times, visit www.zenescope.com or follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005, and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world. Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Wonderland, Neverland and Robyn Hood, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest-running original independent comic books on shelves today. Zenescope publishes and develops both original and licensed material and has worked with dozens of clients that include Discovery Channel, History Channel, CBS, Lionsgate TV, Mandalay Vision, New Line Cinema, Titmouse Studios and many others.

Zenescoop Previews: GFT Vampires The Eternal #1

Congratulations to all our awesome Facebook Fans!

15,000 Likes is not an easy feat and you have done it. Thank you very much and keep the LIKES coming!

As promised, here are the preview pages you’ve earned for GFT Vampires: The Eternal #1

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Here are the credits for this issue:

GFT Vampires: The Eternal Main story
Written by Pat Shand
Art by Vittorio Garofoli
Colors by Slamet Mujiono
Letters by Jim Campbell
Edited by Hannah Gorfinkel

Van Helsing Short story
Written by Pat Shand
Artwork by Vince Evans
Colors by Beezzz Studio
Letters by Jim Campbell
Edited my Hannah Gorfinkel

ZENESCOPE ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR WONDERCON 2013

ZENESCOPE ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR WONDERCON 2013

March, 2013 – Zenescope Entertainment is proud to announce its plans for WonderCon 2013.  The company will be exhibiting at the show at Booth #605.  There will be several limited edition exclusives available at the show, including covers by artists Elias Chatzoudis and Jamie Tyndall. Ralph Tedesco, Zenescope Editor-in-Chief and writer (Grimm Fairy Tales & Salem’s Daughter), will be signing at the Zenescope booth #605 throughout the weekend.

The company will also be having a panel on Grimm Fairy Tales Animated, which will be hosted by director Jon Schnepp. The panel will be held in room 208 on Friday, March 29th from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. This will be an opportunity for fans to watch never-before-seen footage from the making of the pilot.

“The support we receive from our fan base is amazing” states Stephen Haberman, marketing manager for Zenescope. “WonderCon is great opportunity for us to connect with our fans.  With our Grimm Fairy Tales Animated panel, some great exclusives, signings and especially giveaways, we’re sure our fans will love what we’re bringing to the show.”

Here are the exclusives we will have available at the booth (Booth #605):

GFT Jungle Book: Last of the Species #1 cover E (Limited to 500 copies)

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Grimm Fairy Tales #83 cover C (Limited to 500 copies)

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Grimm Fairy Tales #83 cover D (Limited to 100 copies)

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For more information about our attendance at WonderCon, and all of the Zenescope titles, visit our booth #605 at the show, go to www.zenescope.com or follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005, and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world. Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Wonderland, Neverland and Robyn Hood, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest-running original independent comic books on shelves today. Zenescope publishes and develops both original and licensed material and has worked with dozens of clients that include Discovery Channel, History Channel, CBS, Lionsgate TV, Mandalay Vision, New Line Cinema, Titmouse Studios and many others.

Zenescoop Previews: Unleashed #0 !!!

The time has come for a new Zenescoop preview and boy do we have an awesome one for you. We are so excited for our upcoming event, UNLEASHED, and you should be too!

We have none other than Nei Ruffino doing the interior pencils and colors for Unleashed #0, and her pages came out amazing! Check out this amazing book, and make sure to pick up a copy in your local comic book store or on our web store April 3rd: http://zenescope.pinnaclecart.com/

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We hope you enjoy the preview, and we look forward to hearing your impressions.

 

 

Zenescoop Previews: Grimm Universe #4 and Mega Con

Welcome back everyone!

 

It’s been a month or so since we’ve had a preview, and we wanted to feast your eyes on this: Grimm Universe #4!

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The books is art director Anthony Spay’s writing debut. He did this awesome cover as well. The interiors were done by Matias Bergara and colors by Francesca Zambon. Here are pages 10, 11, 15, 20, and 35.

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We’ll keep bringing you more previews and hope you enjoy them. As a reminder, Grimm Universe #4 is on stores shelves now, so make sure to pick up your copy today. It is also available on our web store: http://zenescope.pinnaclecart.com/grimm-universe/grimm-universe-4-the-dark-one-cover-a/

Don’t forget, you can come see us at Mega Con this weekend! We will be at booth #568/469. Come by to meet President/writer Joe Brusha, and grab the exclusives we’ll have available at the booth.

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