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 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.

Zenescope Releases for March 2013

MARCH 2013

Grimm Fairy Tales Robyn Hood vs Red Riding Hood One-Shot

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Written By Pat Shand

You asked for more, and here it is – Robyn Hood returns in this over-sized one shot, which pits her against Red Riding Hood! Red is hunting down rouge High Borns, and Robyn’s activity since returning to Earth has put the hooded archer on her radar. Arrows will fly and lives are at stake as these two Zenescope fan favorites clash in the grudge match of the year! Don’t miss the blowout battle that leads into the next Robyn Hood miniseries.

Wonderland #9

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Written By Raven Gregory

Calie and Violet find themselves face to face with the cannibalistic flower girls from Wonderland who are intent on using them for their own diabolical designs.  It’s up to Calie to find a way to defeat them and save Violet or become just another flower in their garden of madness.  Elsewhere in Wonderland, The Queen of Spades has the Red Queen right where she wants her but is her victory assured or will the Red Queen find a way to overcome the darkness that threatens to consume Wonderland.  The best selling and critically-acclaimed ongoing Wonderland series continues here!

Grimm Fairy Tales #83

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Written By Troy Brownfield

Jack Frost Part 1 –

Looking for a fresh start on earth Sela goes back to the one thing she has always has done well…teaching. Aided by an old friend her slate has been wiped clean and the record of events that led her to jail time in the Shoe are now buried. No sooner has she set up shop at her new job she falls into her old habits…using her powers to protect her students from both the dark powers that surround them and themselves. But seldom has Sela encountered an enemy as cold and deadly as the one she faces now…an evil power known as Jack Frost

Jungle Book: Last of The Species #2

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Written By Mark L. Miller

Tusk and claw collide as the elephants and tigers have an all-out battle in the heart of the jungle, with Dewan of the Apes and Bomani of the Tiger Clan fighting for more personal matters amidst the carnage. Meanwhile, Mowglii discovers that deep beneath the jungle is a whole new world to explore…and fear! More sharp-clawed jungle action from writer Mark L. Miller and artist Riccardo Baghera!

Madness of Wonderland #2

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Written by Dan Wickline

The mind-bending follow-up to Call to Wonderland continues here!

Detective Legrasse’s investigation into the recent brutal murders lead her to discover a similar case in the past.  A case that was covered up by someone with powerful friends.  The case of Johnny Liddle and if her guess is right all signs point toward his murderous return.

Meanwhile, Lovecraft’s journal reveals the return of Jacob Hall and his continued plans to use the power of Wonderland for his own sinister motives.  And Lovecraft is the only person standing in his way.

From the minds of the creators of the original Wonderland trilogy.  Don’t miss the series that ties in directly with the Wonderland ongoing series!

Grimm Universe #4 – The Dark One

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Written By Anthony Spay

The full ORIGIN of The Dark One, is finally revealed here!  Before the war between the council of the realms, and the Dark Horde, before the Dark One set out to conquer the nexus, there was the warlord Malec.  The son of a king captured and forced into slavery until he escaped his captors.  Malec would raise up an army whose brutality would know no match as his path of vengeance and revenge swept across the land of Myst…a path that would end with the creation of the most evil being in the Grimm Universe…The Dark One.  This is the one issue of the year YOU CANNOT MISS!!! Written and drawn by Art Director Anthony Spay.

Grimm Fairy Tales St. Patrick’s Day One-Shot

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Written By Pat Shand

In the darkest corners of the Grimm Universe there are legends told of an ancient race of evil powerful beings who have rarely been seen in any of the realms.  Creatures who vast powers are only dwarfed by their insatiable greed, and cruel natures.  A creature that is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting family with horrific results when they cross paths with…the Leprechaun!  The first ever Grimm Fairy Tales St. Patrick’s Day one shot debuts here from the company that does horror best!

Sleepy Hollow Trade Paperback

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Written By Dan Wickline

In the small town of Tarry Town, New York the story of the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow has become something of Myth and Legend.

A legend that is about to become all too real. When a prank goes deadly wrong those responsible will learn the truth behind the legend as the Headless Horseman returns to exact a horrifying revenge that none will ever forget. From the minds behind Salem’s Daughter and Wonderland comes a tale of horror and terror that will leave you on the edge of your seats. Hold on to your hats…and your head.  This trade paperback collects all four issues of the hit Sleepy Hollow mini-series!

This Week in Releases: March 21

Miss me? I’m sure you haven’t if you’ve been following all the other news coming out of our offices lately. I mean, with the Wonderland on-going series being announced, the Kickstarter  (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/212378023/grimm-fairy-tales-animated-series) project launching and taking some time to run our own Grimm Universe March Madness , we’re busy. Sometimes too busy to blog, but we didn’t want to miss this…

This week marks the release of some awesome issues. Alice #3, Grimm Fairy Tales #69, Jungle Book #1 are now available.! Make sure to head to your store quickly to get your hands on these issues.

Print Releases

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You can find these books in your local comic book stores or on our web store, www.zenescope.com/comics (And through March, use the coupon code MARCHMADNESS for 25% off everything on our web store.)

  • Alice in Wonderland #3
  • Grimm Fairy Tales #69
  • The Jungle Book #1

Digital

We really appreciate everyone who is picking up our comics digitally. I find it to be a great way to have your comic collection on the go. If you haven’t yet, make sure to download the Zenescope App on your iOS devices. If you can’t find Alice #3  in stores, it is very easy to pick her up on the digital storefront.

ComiXology

Available this week:

  • Alice #3 (Same date as print)
  • Jungle Book #1 (Same date as print)
  • Grimm Myths and Legends #9
  • The Dream Eater Saga #12
  • Grimm Fairy Tales #66
Graphicly and iVerse also have some new digital releases this week so check them out as well.

So there you have it. We have quite the year ahead of us and are looking forward to the adventure. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what you think. The blog is just one of the many ways to stay in touch with you and for you to let us know what you think. You can also Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.

 

Zenescoop Previews: Jungle Book #1

Zenescoop Previews returns with a look and the highly anticipated Grimm Fairy Tales presents The Jungle Book #1. The first issue of any series is exciting, but this is also the debut of writer Mark L. Miller to the Zenescope team.  We’re excited to have him on board working on this title. So, let’s see what we got…

This cover is done by the talented Ale Garza, and the full length spread will be available for $9.99, or can be bought by collecting covers A,B,C and D. Pictured above is cover B. It is the profile image on our Facebook page right now (3-14-2012) if you’d like to see it.

And now, on to the interiors…

This is a two page spread on pages 6 and 7.  I used to think I could draw pretty well, but animals were so difficult for me. Seeing these pages makes me certain that Carlos Granda is very talented. I mean, bravo (claps).

Here are pages 17 and 19 as well, which were also handled by the Carlos Granda. The forests look so lush and the animals so exotic. We’re very excited for our fans to get their hands on this book, and it will be out in stores on 3-21-2012. Look for it on our web store and our local comic book shops.

So what do you think? Let us know in the comments below. We always love to get feedback from our fans.

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