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Saturday, December 14, 2002
X-MEN SEQUEL UPDATE
Guy Dyas, production designer of the X-Men sequel, said his approach was to build off the look of the first movie.
"It's a gut feeling, really," Dyas said during a recent press tour in Vancouver, British Columbia. "You strike up a balance. The temptation when you're a new designer on a film is to say, 'OK, I'm going to redo everything.' But there's really no point.
"I think the corridors that were designed in the lower mansion, the blue corridors, and Cerebro - I thought all those designs were wonderful and there was absolutely no reason to change those at all."
Dyas paused and dropped a possible hint about the sequel.
"Except if something happens in Cerebro," he said. "Then there might be a need to do something to it."
In other X² news:
* The film's trailer debuted at Yahoo Movies and then was shown on E! News Live and Entertainment Tonight on Friday.
While incorporating many of the scenes from the original teaser first presented at Comic-Con International in San Diego in August, the trailer included new scenes and special-effects scenes.
Revealed for the first time were Nightcrawler in action at the White House, the X-Jet flying through a series of tornadoes created by Storm, a big fight scene between Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine, Wolverine being taken prisoner by Stryker and possibly the first image of the mysterious Mutant 143 (along with Magneto and Profesor Xavier) on the Dark Cerebro set.
The trailer will be in theaters beginning next week. Click on the thumbnails above for larger images.
* Anna Paquin, who returns as Rogue, will be a guest on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly on Friday.
ONI PRESS' THREE STRIKES
Oni Press has announced an April debut for Three Strikes, a five-issue suspense comic from the creative team of Oni's Skinwalker mini-series.
The series reunites writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir with artist Brian Hurtt and will focus on college student Rey Quintana and bail enforcement agent Noah Conway as they're set on a collision course that will change both their lives forever. Utilizing the split narrative style that turned so many heads on Skinwalker, Three Strikes examines the difference between law and justice and how one choice can alter everything.
"The idea, and title, for Three Strikes emerged out of my frustration with California's ludicrous law of the same name," DeFilippis said. "I was talking to my friend and colleague Greg Rucka about the absurdity and inherent bigotry in the statute and his immediate response was, 'You have to do a story about this. You HAVE TO. If you don't, I will.' Little did Greg know that the cogs in my head were already turning and that the base of the story Christina and I were going to write was already starting to form."
"The passion that Christina and Nunzio have for this book just bleeds off the page," said series editor James Lucas Jones. "And that gusto is matched by Brian Hurtt and on full display in his detailed, evocative artwork. You can tell that the three of them have really gelled as a team. Each one is bringing their best to every panel and you can tell."
Astute readers may notice the absence of one Skinwalker artist.
"Arthur Dela Cruz, who provided digital inks and gray tones on Skinwalker, was already committed to doing his own books for Oni in 2003," Oni editor in chief Jamie S. Rich said. "We knew the book would still look sharp with Brian finishing his own pencils as evidenced by Queen & Country: Declassified, but we wanted to find some way to continue his collaboration with Arthur. The covers of the book provided the perfect opportunity to involve Arthur and bring his unique skills together with Brian's for a combined effort sure to stick out on the comic racks."
Here's how Oni describes Three Strikes:
"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Or at least that's what we're told, but Rey Quintana just learned the truth that Noah Conway already knew. In life, there's often a disproportionate response. A butterfly flaps its wings in Asia and a brutal tropical storm hits the coast of Florida. Some actions are like knocking over the first domino in a line. You have no choice but to watch the rest fall. Rey used to run with the wrong crowd, but he's got his act together. He's making good grades and has a sweet girlfriend. Noah was a boy in blue until he handed in his badge in a failed attempt to save his marriage. Now he's a lonely bail enforcement agent, desperate to make things right with his teenage daughter. Each man is about to have his world come crashing around his head-all because of one little lapse in judgment."
"This book should leave the reader breathless," Jones said. "It should leave the reader mad or sad or horrified. While Skinwalker was about thrilling, Three Strikes is about compelling drama. The twists and turns and action sequences are all there, but in the end it's about the characters-the choices they make and the consequences the world imposes on them."
Three Strikes #1 will arrive in stores on April 23. It will be 32 black-and-white pages and will cost $2.99.
GEMSTONE TO PUBLISH DISNEY COMICS
Gemstone Publishing and Disney Publishing Worldwide plan to bring back a variety of comic books featuring many of the classic Disney characters.
Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and other Disney favorites will be featured in a series of monthly comic books to be introduced by Gemstone in June 2003.
The comic books will include classic series such as Uncle Scrooge Adventures, Donald Duck Adventures and Walt Disney Comics and Stories. Gemstone Publishing will introduce two monthly comics starting in the Summer and will follow-up with two additional monthlies later in the year. The comics will be distributed to the comic book specialty market by Diamond Comic Distributors and to traditional book markets throughout the United States and Canada by Diamond Book Distributors.
"There's a legacy of Disney comics that can now be enjoyed by a whole new generation," said Deborah Dugan, president, Disney Publishing Worldwide. "We are pleased to be working with Gemstone to widen the reach of these timeless stories and to keep them alive for all readers to enjoy."
"With the support from Disney Publishing Worldwide, the old gang that has entertained the world for the past seventy-five years will soon return to their comic book roots," said Steve Geppi, Gemstone Publishing president and CEO. "This means that some of us older folks will get another opportunity to be enchanted by the distinctive artistry and humor of Disney comics."
Gemstone has already assembled a team of Disney comic veterans to preserve the quality of these classic comics. The new series of comic books will contain the recognized work of Disney artists William Van Horn, Don Rosa, Daan Jippes, Daniel Branca, Noel Van Horn, Patrick Block, Shelly Block and the legendary Carl Barks, as well as others.
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