ZENESCOPE ANNOUNCES WORLD ST. LOUIS 2014

Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans for Wizard World St. Louis 2014 at the Americas Center in St. Louis, MO from April 4th to April 6th. The company will be exhibiting at the show at Booth #309.
This limited edition exclusive will be available at the show:

Wonderland #21 – Cover D – Artwork by Chris Ehnot – limited to 500 copies

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Inside these exclusives is a coupon for the chance to win a print of the cover of this exclusive.

Artist Benjamin Sawyer will be available for signings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-2pm.

The company will also be holding the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated panel on Saturday April 5th at 5:30-6:15pm in panel room 144. The panel will be hosted by Zenescope Editor and Writer, Pat Shand. The screening will feature the 20 minute Grimm Fairy Tales animated pilot (mature audiences only) as well as behind the scenes footage with actors Lena Headey and Chris Hardwick. Fans who attend will be invited back to Zenescope’s booth for a free signed comic from Pat.

Zenescope Entertainment will also continue the countdown to the landmark 100th issue of the company’s flagship hit title, GRIMM FAIRY TALES.

For more information about the exclusives, signing schedule, or even anything else regarding Zenescope’s plans at Wizard World St. Louis, be sure to follow the updates on the Zenescope Facebook page, or Twitter feed by searching #ZeneWWStL2014.

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 Reveals Plans/Exclusives For Wizard World Philadelphia

 

May, 2013 – Zenescope Entertainment is proud to announce its plans for Wizard World Philadelphia 2013. The company will be exhibiting at the convention at Booth #417 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center all weekend long as well as sponsoring the after-party at the Fieldhouse on Saturday June 1st.

Zenescope will have several limited edition exclusives available for sale at its booth, including covers by artists Eric “EBAS” Basaldua, Elias Chatzoudis, Tyler Kirkham and Anthony Spay. Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco, Zenescope co-founders and writers/creators will be signing at booth #417 throughout the weekend along with Raven Gregory, Anthony Spay, Pat Shand and Tyler Kirkham.  Director Jon Schnepp and artist Mike Capprotti will also be stopping by the booth for appearances.

The highlight of the convention will be the Philadelphia premiere of the pilot episode of Grimm Fairy Tales Animated. The screening has been packing the house since its debut at C2E2 in April and will be shown FREE (on a first come basis) at the “Grimm Fairy Tales Animated” screening held on Saturday, June 1st from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in Room 108 of the convention center. The screening will be hosted by Zenescope co-founders and producers Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco and director/ producer Jon Schnepp. The pilot features the voices of Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2, The Devil’s Carnival, Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and character designs by top artists such as Alex Pardee, Eric Powell and Bill Sienkiewicz. The panel will also feature never seen before behind the scenes footage of the making of the pilot!

Zenescope Entertainment will also be bringing their creators together for the “Hollywood and Comics” panel, which will be held in room 108 on Friday, May 31st from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Jon Schnepp will be on hand to talk about what studios are looking for as well as share the news on what titles of theirs are being developed as TV and film properties.

As mentioned,  Zenescope will also be sponsoring the Wizard World party Saturday, June 1st at the Field House at 1150 Filbert St  Philadelphia, PA 19107 . Be sure to stop be the party to chat with members of Zenescope’s creative team.

Here are the exclusives we will have available at the booth (Booth #417):

Grimm Fairy Tales Realm Knights One-Shot Cover D (Cover by Anthony Spay – Limited to 750 – $14.99)

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Screwed #1 Cover C (Cover by Tyler Kirkham – Limited to 500 – $14.99)

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Grimm Fairy Tales #84 Cover C (Cover by Chatzoudis – Limited to 500 – $14.99)

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Grimm Fairy Tales #84 Cover D (Cover by Chatzoudis – Limited to 250 – $24.99)

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GFT Unleashed #1 Cover D (Cover by Eric “Ebas” Basaldua – Limited to 500 – $14.99)

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GFT Unleashed #1 Cover E (Cover by Eric “Ebas” Basaldua – Limited to 150)

;)-You’ll have to see it at the show – Booth 417!

 For more information about our attendance at Wizard World Philly, and all of the Zenescope titles, visit www.zenescope.com or follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Zenescoop Previews: GFT Vampires The Eternal #2

 

Wow, can you believe it? It’s more Unleashed! GFT Vampires The Eternal #2 to be exact!

Here is the Zenescoop Preview of this bloody bit of comic book goodness.

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Written by Pat Shand, with covers by Stjepan Sejic and Sean Chen, pencils by Vittorio Garofoli and colors by Slamet Nujiono. This is an exciting mini series, and it’s only 3 parts, so be sure to get this issue, and be ready for the final issue in about a month!

“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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Zenescoop Previews: Godstorm #4

Another week, another exciting finally to a popular mini-series. Godstorm #4 is on store shelves today and we are giving our fans a peek at the panels. Written by Pat Shand, art by Jason Johnson, and colors by Ben Sawyer, this book introduces The Being and give you a glimpse of just how powerful he really is.

We hope you pick up your copy of this book at your local comic book shop or on our official web store: http://zenescope.pinnaclecart.com/new-this-week/

 

Let us know in the comments below what you think of this issue, and what previews you want to see next!

 

PAT SHAND TO WRITE EXCLUSIVELY FOR ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

Zenescope Entertainment, the company known for re-inventing classic tales as horror and thrillers, has announced that freelance writer Pat Shand will be writing exclusively for Zenescope Entertainment.

Pat Shand has handled a number of recent titles, including the Grimm Fairy Tales 2011 Holiday Edition, and the Grimm Fairy Tales 2012 Annual. Ralph Tedesco, editor in chief of Zenescope Entertainment, spoke about adding Pat to the writing team: “Pat’s going to be a great addition to the Zenescope writing team. His instincts as a writer continue to impress me as does his ability to take direction while adding his own unique voice to our characters. We’re excited to have him on board.”

Zenescope can also announce that Pat Shand will be the lead writer on the upcoming Robyn Hood series, as well as the bi-monthly Grimm Universe series. Go to Zenescope’s website at www.zenescope.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/Zenescope for more information.

About Zenescope Entertainment

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 Escape From Wonderland, Neverland and The Piper, 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’s licensed titles include the on-going, critically acclaimed Charmed series, based off of the long-running popular television series, as well as Se7en and Final Destination, based off of New Line Cinema’s successful film franchises.