Quentin Tarantino To Promote Django/Zorro At San Diego Comic-Con
Dynamite Entertainment plans to make a big splash at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to mark its 10th year in the business, and part of its plans involves a celebratory panel bringing together several of its star creators — including one of the talents behind their new Django/Zorro comic, one Quentin Tarantino.
Tarantino is what one might call an “emerging” talent in the world of comics, but he’s enjoyed some success in the field of film-making with pictures like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and the prequel to the Django/Zorro commic, Django Unchained. Tarantino will be joined on the panel by two of his collaborators on the project, Matt Wagner and Reginald Hudlin.
The Dynamite 10th Anniversary Panel is scheduled for the tail end of the show, Sunday July 27th at 2:15pm, in Room 6BCF — right about when the worst hangover of the weekend has just about faded away, if you’ve been hydrating properly. Room 6BCF is a big room, but it will doubtless be filled to capacity for a director of Tarantino’s caliber.
Django/Zorro unites Tarantino’s retribution-fuelled slave-turned-bounty hunter with pulp writer Johnston McCulley’s flamboyant sword-wielding avenger. Tarantino and Wagner are credited as co-plotters on the book, with final script by Wagner, while Hudlin serves as editor. They’ll be joined on stage by Dynamite CEO Nick Barrucci and senior editor Joseph Rybandt. Series artist Esteve Polls will apparently not be in attendance.
Speaking exclusively to whoever put together Dynamite’s press release, Tarantino said, “I’m very, very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt. It was reading his Zorro stories that convinced me what a good idea it was to join these two icons together. The story idea we came up with is thrilling, and I think it will be an exciting new chapter for both characters.”
Tarantino is described as “headlining” the Dynamite 10th Anniversary Panel, and he’s certainly a good draw. Presumably Dynamite will use that spotlight to put some attention on some of its other books and creators, but additional panelists have not yet been announced.
Django/Zorro is billed by Dynamite as the official comic book sequel to Django Unchained, and is produced in partnership with DC Comics, which published the comic book adaptation of the movie under its Vertigo imprint. The first issue is expected to go on sale in November, but you never know with these high-falutin’ movie types. They don’t always stay on target.