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Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« on: July 19, 2015, 22:23:11 PM »


Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics, Including Reprinting Atari Force

Atari and Dynamite have agreed a publishing deal, after four years of negotiations that will see Dynamite create original comic books based on Atari game products, republish previous series, such as Atari Force, and create non-fiction production products.

Such as the first official Atari Art and Historical Book, based on the hardcover model of Dark Horse's Hyrule Historia volume, telling the stories of the creation of games such as Asteroids, Centipede, Yars Revenge, Missile Command and the production art and details that went into them.

As well as creating new comics, Dynamite will also be reprinting Atari Force, first published by DC in the early-to-mid eighties.

Dynamite is very proud to announce a collaborative publishing agreement with Atari, one of the world's most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment. The deal includes rights for a comprehensive retrospective hardcover book, collecting game production and concept artwork, photos, behind-the-scenes info, marketing art, other details on the company and its games, and interviews with key people involved in Atari's rich history. The deal also includes the right to create original comics and graphic novels in all sizes, as well as reprint existing comic material.
We are excited to be teaming up with Dynamite Entertainment to bring a modern twist to a classic series of comics and table top books that are rich with historic art, said Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari, Inc. Atari's roots in the comic book world and iconic art is a collector and video game enthusiast's dream. Our partnership is a fun way to expose our brand to a new generation and resonate with our long-time fans.

Atari was originally founded in 1972 and was a pioneer in arcade games and home video game consoles. The company's products, such as Pong and the Atari 2600 helped define the electronic entertainment industry from the 1970s to the mid-1980s, and beyond.

Atari is a touchstone for so many people, says Dynamite Director of Business Development Rich Young. Their games and game system exposed a lot of folks to video games for the first time and frankly, got them hooked! I have fond memories of playing games on the 2600 with friends growing up, and am quite happy that we have a chance to work with Atari on this publishing program.

In addition to the hardcover retrospective art book, Dynamite has plans to create new comics based on a select list of Atari properties that help reimagine games with new story and art from some of today's best creators. The list includes Asteroids, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Missile Command,Tempest, Yar's Revenge, and more. Dynamite also plans to reprint existing comics material, such as the Atari Force comics that were originally published from 1982-1986 and featured well known and impressive talent such as Gerry Conway, Roy Thomas, Ross Andru, Gil Kane, Dick Giordano, Mike DeCarlo, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Eduardo Barreto, and Mike Baron.

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Re: Hello There
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2015, 09:47:13 AM »
That is way cool, I loved the originals, I won't ask what made them decide to run with these, but that is ace stuff, I will be picking these up for sure.

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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2015, 01:06:21 AM »
I thought I'd give this a bump.   I haven't seen more about it but I'm looking forward to this.

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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2015, 00:22:09 AM »
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I thought I'd give this a bump.   I haven't seen more about it but I'm looking forward to this.

Ah, my reminder over at that other forum must have livened up those nerve endings in your brain, eh Trek? Gotta' be having those wheels spinning, yes? LOL
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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2015, 00:29:48 AM »
Absolutely!  LOL

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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2015, 00:55:41 AM »
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Absolutely!  LOL

Well, considering it might have already started publication, you should check out Dynamite's website and see if they have any previews or whatnot? All I know is that some of the other stuff they have republished in the past have been of outstanding quality at least. The Battlestar Galactica, Red Sonja, Rocketeer, and Evil Dead reprints were fantastic, so I expect much of the same here for Atari Force and Sword Quest.
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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2015, 01:13:56 AM »
I was hoping to see something about it in Diamond Previews.  Haven't seen anything there but I'll check the Dynamite site.

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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2015, 01:20:29 AM »
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I was hoping to see something about it in Diamond Previews.  Haven't seen anything there but I'll check the Dynamite site.

Keep in mind that Diamond Direct doesn't always carry everything, especially if it's something they don't want to get behind. I remember when Valiant was first back on the scenes and they did the reissues of the original X-O Manowar, Harbinger and Archer and Armstrong issues as hardback Graphic Novels and Diamond refused to carry them in the catalog because they weren't interested in Valiant at that time. I had a Hell of a time finding the Novels, but finally did at Golden Apple in Los Angeles. If not for them though, I don't know what would have happened.
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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2015, 01:25:31 AM »
I just checked the Dynamite site.  Nothing for Atari Force yet.

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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2015, 01:29:36 AM »
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I just checked the Dynamite site.  Nothing for Atari Force yet.

Well, I guess it's only a matter of time. Hopefully they don't wait for the Armageddon to publish them...LOL
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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2015, 01:34:50 AM »
LOL  Let's hope not!

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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2015, 15:09:48 PM »
Interesting, looking to see more on this.
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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2017, 01:00:59 AM »
It's been a while since this has been updated but there is an update finally:

Dynamite has announced as part of their partnership with Atari, they’re launching a new line of comics based on Atari’s library of game titles. Kicking off the first new Atari comic series since the 1980s is Swordquest by Chad Bowers, Chris Sims andScott Kowalchuk.
Swordquest, based on the series of games released in 1982-83, tells the story of Peter Case, a boy on a quest… the quest to win the prizes from Atari’s Swordquestchallenge! He was counting down the days to the release of the final game, AirWorld, only to be shattered when the news surfaced that it would never be released. Now Peter is an adult… and things aren’t going well. The bad news is he has to move back in with his mother. The good news is she still has all of his old Atari stuff. With nothing else to look forward to, his obsession with Swordquest is reignited, in a more daring — and fantastic — way!
Swordquest was unique in that it was a four part games series that offered a contest with prizes up to $150,000 and each game included a comic that provided the clues needed to win. The comics were produced by DC Comics, written by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway and drawn by George Perez and Dick Giordano. The fist two parts, Earthworld and Fireworld came out in wide release, but the third part, Waterworld, was in limited release. Airworld was never released at all. The first two prizes were award, but not the last two or the grand prize. Interesting that this is where the first comic chooses to focus.
Swordquest #0 will be solicited in the March 2017 Previews catalog and slated for release in May.


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Re: Dynamite To Publish Atari Comics
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2017, 03:12:18 AM »
May want to check this out.  I already ordered the Swordquest comics and now there's this:  Arcade Classic Centipede Slithers Into Comic Shops This Summer.  Here is one of the many covers for the comic:



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