JOE BRUSHA SPEAKS ON… Grimm Fairy Tales #100

The cut-off for pre-order dates for July releases is quickly approaching, and Joe Brusha, Zenescope co-founder and writer of GRIMM FAIRY TALES #100, has a message for readers and retailers!

“It’s hard for me to believe we are getting ready to publish our 100th issue of Grimm Fairy Tales. It seems like not that long ago we publishing issue #1 and then trying to figure out how we were going to find enough fairy tales to make it to issue #25. It’s been a blast writing and planning the series and seeing how it has evolved over the last eight years. As excited as I am to be publishing issue #100, I’m even more excited for the direction the series is going to take in #101. It’s going to be a great jumping on point for new readers and I think current fans are going to love it even more. The best way to describe I can describe it is Harry Potter meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

- Joe Brusha, Zenescope co-founder and co-writer of GFT #100

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Grimm Fairy Tales #100 is available for pre-order at your local comic book retailer now!

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GFT #101A cover by ARTGERM!

ZENESCOPE CREATORS SPEAK… on Realm War #1

The cut-off for pre-order dates for July releases is quickly approaching, and the creative team behind Zenescope Entertainment’s climatic REALM WAR #1 has a message for readers and retailers!

“This is a series that fans can’t afford to miss. Not only is it the culmination of the Age of Darkness storyline, but the fate of all the characters in the Grimm Universe is at stake and no one is safe. There will be a lot of twists and turns before the end and not everyone is going to survive the series. It’s going to be an exciting and surprising ride.”

- Joe Brusha, writer and co-creator

 

“Realm War is a must read for fans who’ve been enjoying all of the Age of Darkness releases. Grimm 100 ends on such a great cliffhanger, you’ll definitely want to know where it goes from there and how the Age of Darkness story will end!”

- Ralph Tedesco, co-creator

And now, the first look at preview pages by artist Sami Kivela and colorist Maxflan Araujo!

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Realm War #1 is available for pre-order at your local comic book retailer now!

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AGE OF DARKNESS OFFICIAL RELEASE SCHEDULE

Zenescope Entertainment has announced the official release schedule for the
AGE OF DARKNESS titles.

November 2013
Quest 1 of 5

December 2013
Code Red 1 of 5
Quest 2 of 5

January 2014
Grimm Fairy Tales 93
Code Red 2 of 5
Quest 3 of 5
Dark Queen: Age of Darkness One-shot

February 2014
Grimm Fairy Tales 94
Wonderland Clash of Queens 1 of 5
Code Red 3 of 5
Quest 4 of 5
Robyn Hood: Age of Darkness One-shot

March 2014
Grimm Fairy Tales 95
Neverland: Age of Darkness 1 of 4
Wonderland: Clash of Queens 2 of 5
Code Red 4 of 5
Quest 5 of 5

April 2014
Grimm Fairy Tales 96
Neverland: Age of Darkness 2 of 4
Wonderland: Clash of Queens 3 of 5
Code Red 5 of 5
Inferno: Age of Darkness One-shot

May 2014
Grimm Fairy Tales 97
Grimm Fairy Tales 0: FCBD Edition
Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Annual
Neverland: Age of Darkness 3 of 4
Wonderland: Clash of Queens 4 of 5
Dark One: Age of Darkness One-shot

June 2014
Grimm Fairy Tales 98
Neverland: Age of Darkness 4 of 4
Wonderland: Clash of Queens 5 of 5
Wonderland 24
OZ: Age of Darkness One-shot
Wonderland: Age of Darkness One-shot
Godstorm: Age of Darkness One-shot

July 2014
Grimm Fairy Tales 99
GRIMM FAIRY TALES 100
Grimm Fairy Tales Giant-Sized 2014
Realm War: Age of Darkness 1 of 12
Wonderland 25
Realm Knghts: Age of Darkness One-shot

…to be continued.

Just a few covers… plenty more where these came from, and more to come!

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For more information about the AGE OF DARKNESS titles, follow the updates on the Zenescope Facebook page, or Twitter feed by searching #Zenescope.

 

 

 

Zenescoop Previews: Realm Knights #2

 

Zenescoop Previews is back with a this week’s new release: GFT Realm Knights #2!

Writer Pat Shand has been looking forward to this title as it is a return to many of the characters he knows and loves, especially Robyn Hood and Red Riding Hood. Let’s take a look at the covers:

Cover A is by Pasquale Qualano

 

 

 

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Cover B is by Emilio Laiso

 

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Cover C is by Anthony Spay

 

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In a recent blog post,  we talked about how Realm Knights is an excellent entry point for new readers. It has a lot to do with how many of our Grimm Fairy Tales characters are featured in this book. Check out what’s happening in issue #2 of GFT Realm Knights:

 

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The interior artwork was handled by Butch Mapa, with colors by Rohvel Yumul and lettering by Jim Campbell. Excited to read more? Well, this title, as well as all our new releases are available on our web store: shop.zenescope.com.

We hope you enjoyed this quick look at the book, and until next time, thank you for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Realm Knights: The Perfect Way To Introduce A Friend To Zenescope

 *blog written by guest writer David Goodman

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Over the last few years, Zenescope has gone from publishing a single anthology-style title in Grimm Fairy Tales to an entire universe of books that fall under the Grimm Universe umbrella, including Unleashed, Wonderland, Robyn Hood and now Oz and No Tomorrow.

The result is that it can be quite intimidating for a new reader to jump in and be able to understand who’s who and what’s what in Zenescope’s ever expanding universe of characters and titles. Add on the fact that most of Zenescope’s books feature female leads and don’t fit into the standard superhero mold, and it becomes even more difficult to convince a Marvel or DC fan to give the Grimm Universe a shot.

Enter Pat Shand and Realm Knights.

If ever there has been a book that was designed and written to be a new reader friendly gateway to the world of Zenescope, this is it. Why? Well, let me tell you…

It’s the Best Characters of the Grimm Universe in One Place

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Sela, Hook, Red Riding Hood, Van Helsing and Robyn Hood. If ever there was an all-star cast for a Zenescope comic, this is it. You get all the best and brightest characters of the Grimm Universe in one book and thanks to Shand, a crystal clear picture of who they are and what they are like. It’s like Zenescope’s own version of Grant Morrison’s JLA, just with more women (thankfully).

It’s Fun

When you read most of Zenescope’s titles, they are not what I would call “happy fun-time” kinds of comics. Bad things usually happen to good people and nothing is as simple as black or white, like most superhero fare. It’s part of what makes Zenescope stand apart from the pack and makes their books so appealing.

But sometimes you just want to read a comic that will put a smile on your face and you will have a great time reading. Realm Knights is that book. It’s page after page of high adventure, nonstop ass-kicking and great character interaction. While I wouldn’t call it a kid friendly book, I would call Realm Knights a departure for Zenescope in style and tone, and one that I welcome with open arms.

It’s New Reader Friendly

Don’t know a Highborn from a Falseblood? Don’t really care how many Realms of Power there are? No problem. Realm Knights gives you all the information you need on the first page with the rest explained throughout the story. Shand has done an amazing job simplifying and boiling the Grimm Universe down to it’s essence so that if Realm Knights is your first Zenescope comic, you get all the information you need between it’s two covers to know what the Grimm Universe is like.

It Will Appeal to Fans of Superheroes

Have a friend who loves the Avengers or Justice League? Someone who won’t give Zenescope a chance because he thinks they’re all just scantily clad girls and supernatural elements?

Give them a copy of Realm Knights and watch it change their mind.

Realm Knights is the most superhero-ish comic I’ve ever seen Zenescope publish and it works surprisingly well. A team put together by the US government to deal with threats from evil Highborns and Falsebloods, the premise is like something straight out of an Avengers spinoff title. It’s a book that relies less on the history and plot lines of the Grimm Universe and more on the characters themselves, which is the secret to any decent superhero team-up title.

It Takes Place Post-Unleashed

For those that have been living under a rock for the last few months, Unleashed is Zenescope’s big summer event that brings vampires, zombies and the like back to the Grimm Universe and leaves Earth a very different place. It’s a mammoth event, and one that would intimidate any new reader (unless you read my Unleashed primer, in which case you would be all set) and cause them to steer away.

Realm Knights picks up after Unleashed, so all the information you need to know is on page one and you get a look at what the Grimm Universe is like after the events of the miniseries. No muss, no fuss.

So, do you need yet another reason to check out Realm Knights? How about this: the bottom line is that it’s a great comic that might just be my favorite Zenescope book published to date. An awesome story combined with great art making for one amazing comic.

Buy yourself a copy and get one for a friend. They’ll thank you for it.

Grimm Fairy Tales Flashback: Grimm Fairy Tales #63

Written by guest blogger David Goodman

Fairy Tale Flashback is where we take a look into the truly massive archive of Zenescope Entertainment, pick a back issue from the comic book long boxes and tell you why you should seek it out and read it. Think of us as your own personal highlight reel showing you the best of Zenescope over the years.

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Grimm Fairy Tales #63 was an important book for a number of reasons, some obvious, some less so. First of all, the issue was part 9 in the 12 part Dream Eater Saga, Zenescope’s first ever summer event crossover. The story followed the characters of the Grimm Universe as they worked to defeat the Dream Eater, a nightmare that was out to destroy every Highborn and Falseblood in the Four Realms, including Earth.

It featured a story starring Sela, star of Grimm Fairy Tales and Belinda, a character I guess you could call her arch-nemesis. The two were forced to work together to escape the Sea Witch and continue their quest to find a way to stop the Dream Eater. It’s a stand out issue in the crossover that features some of Raven Gregory’s strongest writing of the event and detailed, dynamic artwork by Randy Valiente.

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selaBut most importantly, GFT #63 puts the relationship between Sela and Belinda at the forefront, which we’re going to see much more of in the recently launched Unleashed, where Belinda has just returned from the dead and has teamed up with Sela once again.

 

GFT #63 shows us a Sela who has had enough of the backstabbing, lying Belinda and a Belinda that has begun to realize that maybe some of her choices in her life weren’t the best. Gregory put a new dynamic on the relationship, a new twist that played out over the course of the issue and The Dream Eater Saga as a whole and culminated in the finale. Now with Belinda back and apparently having a role to play in Unleashed, it should be interesting to see where the two women go from here and if they can build on what started in that pivotal chapter of the Dream Eater Saga.

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Grimm Fairy Tales #63 is available as part of volume 2 of The Dream Eater Saga as well as on Comixology and in the back issue bins of better comic shops everywhere.

Zenescoop Previews: GFT Unleashed #1 !!!

Next week is the kickoff of our exciting comic book event, UNLEASHED!

First off,  is Cover A, done by Ivan Nunes

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And now for the interiors preview, which have pencils by Carlos Paul, Jacob Bear, and Miguel Mendonca and colors by Anvit Renderia, Francesca Zambon, Ulises Grostietta, Stephan Lemineur, and Daniel Morales.

 

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W’re very excited for our fans to get their hands on this issue, and dive deep into the UNLEASHED event !

Zenescoop Previews: Grimm Fairy Tales

One of the things we really want to be focusing on (on the blog) is the books that have been coming out recently. We hope to show you some things about the series that you may not have checked out yet. We thought one good way of doing that would be to present you with some of the interior art and story of our comics. We sure do have a lot of talented artists working on our titles, and we don’t want you to miss out on their great work. So, we will be featuring some of our issues  from our various series in a our new Zenescoop Previews posts.

 

Now, Let’s have a look at Grimm Fairy Tales #66

And that’s only the cover! Let’s take a look under the hood, here is page 6…

 And now, pages 18 and 19…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zenescope has had a great 2011, and we have a lot of talented artists to thank for that. Rick Ross and Eddy Swan were the talents on the interiors and Fan Yang gave us that amazing cover in this issue of Grimm Fairy Tales. If you haven’t yet got yourself a copy of this specific issue, don’t forget that we sell all of our comic books on our website. This issue is available here.

 

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