Comic-Con 2014: Vanesa R. Del Rey and HIT: PEN & INK


Vanesa R. Del Rey is an artist with quite an intriguing sensibility. She loves what she does and leaves us in awe with her dangerous women being all bad and mysterious. BOOM! Studios is showcasing that bewitching talent in the debut issue of an exciting new series, focusing on bright new talent. In “Hit: Pen & Ink,” you’ll get your Del Rey fix and then some.

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Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce the October debut of the newest comic to join the PEN & INK program, HIT: PEN & INK. Following the first two PEN & INK books that focused on the art of Brian Stelfreeze and Humberto Ramos, this oversized book collects issues #1-2 of the HIT miniseries, presenting Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award-nominated Vanesa R. Del Rey’s original linework at the true artboard dimensions of 11” x 17”, complete with creative, behind-the-scenes commentary from both Del Rey and creator and writer Bryce Carlson. This edition takes a closer look at her timeless, haunting artwork on HIT, her comics debut.

“BOOM! is based in Los Angeles, so HIT is a personal look into the complicated history of our city,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon.“Vanesa was such an amazing find. She’s incredibly talented and she garnered a lot of attention for her work, and deservedly so. We just had to strip HIT’s art down to the bare inks and show off her craft in-depth. She and Bryce have included some fascinating commentary that’s going to be a real treat for all you process-piece fans out there.”

Gain a whole new appreciation of HIT, our critically acclaimed detective noir series set in 1955 Los Angeles, in HIT: PEN & INK. While infamous gangster Mickey Cohen rots in a prison cell, clandestine groups of LAPD detectives moonlight as sanctioned hitmen known as “Hit Squads.” HIT: PEN & INK will give you a deeper understanding of the creative decisions that went into this series with insightful commentary by writer Bryce Carlson and artist Vanesa R. Del Rey (THE EMPTY MAN, Zero).

HIT: PEN & INK #1 arrives in comic book shops on October 29th with a cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey for the price of $14.99. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use or to find one!


Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment ( Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

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