Hasslein Publishing Releases New Book Exploring Comic Book Icon Red Sonja

Top Quote Matthew Stephen Sunrich's Drawn Swords: An Unauthorized Exploration of Red Sonja and the Artists Who Brought Her to Life features a special foreword by writer Nancy A. Collins. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 23, 2017 - NEW YORK — Since her debut in Marvel's Conan the Barbarian during the early years of the Bronze Age of Comics, Red Sonja has become the undisputed queen of sword and sorcery. She has hacked and slashed her way through more than 300 comic books to date—a number that continues to grow in the pages of Dynamite Entertainment's series.

    Savage and beautiful, altruistic and deadly, Sonja, the flame-haired "She-Devil with a Sword," is a war-goddess in the tradition of Athena or the Valkyries—but though divinely blessed with supreme battlefield prowess, she is a flesh-and-blood woman. It is this dichotomy that makes Sonja the most redoubtable female of the Hyborian world.

    In Hasslein Books' latest release, Drawn Swords: An Unauthorized Exploration of Red Sonja and the Artists Who Brought Her to Life, author Matthew Stephen Sunrich explores the character's adventures and how they relate to other comics, as well as novels, television programs, and films. Drawn Swords features a special foreword by Red Sonja: Vulture's Circle author Nancy A. Collins, a noted horror fiction writer widely praised for her Sonja Blue vampire novels, as well as her comic book work on Swamp Thing, Vampirella, and other titles.

    This 322-page softcover book explores the character's adventures from Marvel and Dynamite, examining the work of the myriad artists whose pens and pencils gave her the breath of life—such as Neal Adams, Adriano Batista, Dan Brereton, Rich Buckler, John Buscema, Fritz Casas, Howard Chaykin, Frank Cho, Sergio Fernandez Davila, Walter Geovani, Dick Giordano, Homs, Pablo Marcos, Esteban Maroto, Mel Rubi, Barry Smith, Frank Thorne, and many others.

    Drawn Swords: An Unauthorized Exploration of Red Sonja and the Artists Who Brought Her to Life is now available to order from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and CreateSpace. For more information about this book, and to download an excerpt, please visit http://www.hassleinbooks.com/pages/book_drawnSwords.php.

    Media requests: To obtain a review copy of Drawn Swords, or to arrange for an interview with author Matthew Stephen Sunrich, please email info ( @ ) hassleinbooks dot com dot

    About the Author
    Matthew Stephen Sunrich has been a comic book, fantasy, and horror fan for as long as he can remember. After years of attempting to become a fiction writer, he directed his writing toward pop-culture analysis. He has contributed to two essay anthologies from Sequart—A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe and A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics—and blogs about comics, fantasy, anime, and gaming at both Hasslein Books' blog and his own blog, Tomb of the Unknown Geek (http://tomboftheunknowngeek.blogspot.com). Matt lives in Tallapoosa, Georgia, with his wife, two children, five cats, and eight hundred Dungeons & Dragons miniatures.

    About Hasslein Books
    Hasslein Books (hassleinbooks.com) is a New York-based independent publisher of reference guides by geeks, for geeks. In addition to Drawn Swords, the company's line-up of unauthorized genre-based books includes titles about the Watchmen, Planet of the Apes, Back to the Future, Red Dwarf, and Doctor Who franchises, with future volumes slated to feature G.I. Joe, James Bond, and more. To stay informed regarding the company's projects, follow Hasslein Books on Facebook (facebook.com/hassleinbooks) and Twitter (twitter.com/hassleinbooks), and at the Hasslein Blog (hassleinbooks.blogspot.com).

    Red Sonja©™ is the intellectual property of Luke D. Lieberman and Red Sonja LLC. No copyright infringement is intended or implied. Drawn Swords: An Unauthorized Exploration of Red Sonja and the Artists Who Brought Her to Life is a scholarly source-work that has not been licensed or authorized by any person or entity associated with Luke D. Lieberman or Red Sonja LLC.

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