Dynamite is using Kickstarter for something a little bit different: the Dynamite Fan Gear promotion. Instead of a single item, they're putting together fan packs with graphic novel projects and never-before-released merchandise like t-shirts, art prints, trading cards, buttons, and more. And it looks like you can customize the packs to your particular interests. The pack involves three graphic novels: Vampirella, Control, and Grand Passion. Here's a bit on each:
Vampirella, the supernatural superheroine, has been a consistent lead character at Dynamite for years. As part of the Fan Gear promotion, Dynamite celebrates her origins with a "vintage-style" t-shirt design. Each Vampirella pack includes the t-shirt, an original vintage Vampirella Fan Club button, and the Vampirella and the Scarlet Legion graphic novel in digital form.
Control — a bloody political crime thriller exploring the seedy underbelly of Washington — is a creator-driven story from Andy Diggle (Hellblazer, Daredevil, The Losers), Angela Cruickshank, and Andrea Mutti. Multiversity Comics, in their review of the series, described it as "a strong piece of genre fiction that showcases the talents of a creative team in complete 'control' of the situation." Featuring a powerful t-shirt as illustrated by superstar Ben Oliver (The Authority, Ultimate X-Men), the Control pack contains also includes two 6" x 9" prints and the Control graphic novel in digital form.
Andy Diggle says:
"Control is a story about the exploitation of women and women's bodies. It's rare that you get to write a mainstream crime thriller in comics, and I'm grateful to Dynamite for giving us the opportunity. I'm proud of our work and, as ever, knocked sideways by Ben Oliver's extraordinary cover art."
Grand Passion is a hard-boiled crime drama by way of Harlequin romance (featuring a cop and killer who fall deliriously in love), courtesy of writer James Robinson (Squadron Supreme, Nick Fury) and artist Tom Feister. The media site Capeless Crusader applauded the project, stating, "If you're a fan of movies like True Romance or The Getaway, you'll have no trouble embracing the heightened passions and hard-boiled action of this (series)." Each Grand Passion pack includes a t-shirt spotlighting the gorgeous artwork of John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), a set of five trading cards, and the Grand Passion graphic novel in digital form.
James Robinson says:
"I'm super proud of my series, Grand Passion, and I love seeing the spirit of it captured here in this t-shirt. It was always a thrill seeing each new cover for the series as amazing artist John Cassaday did them. This art, now on a t-shirt, is equally exciting, knowing Grand Passion could be out there on the street for all to see."
Some of the higher tiers include the Vampirella Art Adams Bust and the 12" Vampirella statue inspired by J. Scott Campbell.
The Dynamite Fan Gear Kickstarter campaign is currently live, and you can find it right here.