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Wednesday, July 24, 2002
MARVEL COMICS FOR OCTOBER
Marvel Comics has released its solicitation information for October.
For a complete rundown, CLICK HERE.
WITCHBLADE TV UPDATE
With the added mainstream exposure and Top Cow's "aggressive promotional efforts," the publisher said that the publishing and licensing sales for Witchblade have also increased across the board over the last 12 months.
"Witchblade continues to be a global force in all media," said Top Cow president Matt Hawkins. "The comic book is currently published in 21 languages in over 55 countries and is our best seller internationally. Domestically, sales on the ongoing Witchblade title have been increasing each month with the new creative team. Our book store sales of Witchblade trades are up 25 percent of last year's numbers and we're starting to receive more spill-over sales from the TV series every day."
"With the three million weekly viewers for the Witchblade TV show, we're aggressively ramping up some promotions and marketing to get these viewers to buy and read the Witchblade comic books or novels," said marketing director Frank Mastromauro. "TNT has been great to work with and have promoted us on the show and on most of their other marketing efforts for Witchblade. Our strongest growth area has been with the book stores."
In other Witchblade news:
* TNT will rebroadcast the second-season premiere on Monday.
* Eric Roberts will be a guest-star this season.
IMAGE/AVATAR FIRST LOOKS
For covers and previews of upcoming Image Comics and Avatar Press titles,CLICK HERE
Titles include Tomb Raider #23, Witchblade #57, 10th Muse #1 and The Odyssey #1.
THE SIMPSONS' 14TH SEASON
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, multi-talented artist Lenny Kravitz, classic rocker Tom Petty, acclaimed singer/songwriter Elvis Costello and swing revivalist Brian Setzer are among the guest voices on the upcoming season.
In the season premiere "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation", Nov. 10, Homer is secretly videotaped complaining about his family while in cab (a la Taxi Cab Confessions). In an effort to help him regroup, Marge, Bart, Lisa and little Maggie send him to Mick Jagger's (playing himself) Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy camp. Once there, Homer lives the life of a rock star, taught to him by the likes of Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and Brian Setzer all of whom guest star as themselves.
In "Large Marge" Sunday, Nov. 24, Marge mistakenly thinks Homer is eyeing other women. In an effort to uplift her appeal, she decides to get plastic surgery to look younger. But the surgery goes awry when Marge receives breast implants that were meant for a younger patient. Meanwhile, Bart and Millhouse catch an episode of Batman and Robin (guest stars Adam West and Burt Ward), where they battle Clown Man -- who coincidentally looks a lot like a younger version of Krusty.
Additional guest voices this season include rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard as himself, David Lander (Squiggy from Laverne & Shirley) and actor Elliot Gould. Pro-skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and alternative rock band Blink 182 will lend their voices to the show's 300th episode, "Barting Over," Sunday, Feb. 16.
The Simpsons' own executive producer, James L. Brooks, guest stars as himself alongside actress Marisa Tomei, who plays a once famous starlet, in the episode "A Star Is Re-Born Again" Sunday, Feb. 23.
Pictured are: From top row left -- James Marsters (Spike), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) and Nicholas Brendon (Xander). From bottom row left -- Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy), Alyson Hannigan (Willow) and Emma Caulfield (Anya).
Buffy's second season on UPN starts Tuesday, Sept. 17. Click the thumbnail for a fuller, larger image.
Here's how the episode is described:
"A group of young people who grew up in a world without adults are struggling to survive. Jeremiah meets Kurdy, and they find a reference to 'the End of the World.' Is it what they are seeking?"
The episode was written by: J. Michael Straczynski and directed by: Russell Mulcahy.
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