Thursday, July 14, 2016


Delcourt, Panini, and Splitter Announced as Initial Publishing Partners

July 14, 2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ: As the publishing world gears up for this month's Comic-Con International, Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the first wave publishing partners and territories for the collection of the widely celebrated James Bond comic book series, VARGR!

"Dynamite continues to grow and celebrate great success with other countries and editions around the world," says Dynamite CEO/Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "We have been very fortunate to work with the right partners to bring our books to comics fans everywhere. With Ian Fleming Publications, we are thrilled to be working with our first three licensees -- Delcourt, Panini, and Splitter, covering multiple territories the world over -- to likely make James Bond one of our greatest international success stories yet. We cannot wait to have Warren and Jason's story shared with fans around the world!"

France's Delcourt will publish 007's first comic book adventures in over 20 years in all French speaking territories.

"Publishing the new James Bond comics from Dynamite is a dream come true," says Delcourt's Thierry Monet. "Warren Ellis has brought back the elements that make this character both classic and exciting. I cannot wait for the French readers to discover this great book, too!"

Italy's Panini Group has been granted rights to:

  • Italy (including Italian speaking Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City)
  • Spain, Andorra
  • Mexico
  • Spanish speaking South and Latin America
  • Russia and Russian speaking countries
  • Turkey
  • Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia

"Panini Comics is the leading publisher of American comics in the world and we are proud to be publishing and representing the new Bond comics in Italy, Spain, and Mexico," says Panini Publishing Director, Marco Lupoi. "Bond is the archetypal hero for the complex times we live in, and Dynamite's new comics capture this aspect to perfection."

Germany's Splitter will be publishing the world's most well known Secret Service agent in all German-speaking territories.

"It´s a great honor to publish the official comic of the special agent with the license to kill from star author Warren Ellis and Dynamite in Germany," says Splitter creative director, Dirk Schulz. "He's the strongest and most authentic 007 ever. Welcome to the new age!"

Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents VARGR, the debut storyline in the all-new James Bond comic book series, as crafted by masterful writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, The Authority) and artist Jason Masters (Batman Incorporated, Guardians of the Galaxy). The English language edition of James Bond Volume 1: VARGR is currently available in fine comic shops and bookstores.

About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

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