Friday, May 23, 2003
MARVEL COMICS FOR AUGUST
Marvel Comics has released its solicitation information for August.
For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.
DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores next Thursday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include JLA #81, JLA: Scary Monsters #3, The Flash #198, Green Lantern #165, Global Frequency #8, Hellblazer #184, The Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day #2, Thundercats/Battle of the Planets and Sweatshop #2.
MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores next Thursday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include X-Treme X-Men #26, Avengers #67, Fantastic Four #69, Mystique #2, Peter Parker: Spider-Man #56, The Punisher #27, Namor #2 and Inhumans #1.
MARVEL MOVIE UPDATE
Tobey Maguire, who is returning in the lead role of the Spider-Man sequel, appeared on MTV's Movie House on Thursday night, answering questions from fans, including one about the new Spider-film.
"The next one is coming out in a little over a year," Maguire said. "I can't really tell you what it's about, but I can tell you that I'm really excited about it and we're having fun making it.
"We have a great script and the same team of people making the film, so I feel really good about going in and making this sequel. I think we're raising the bar and we're bettering ourselves in every way. I'm about a quarter of the way into shooting and I can't wait to see it myself."
In other Marvel movie news:
* Movie House also featured The Hulk in a short segment, with new clips and comments from stars Eric Bana (Bruce Banner) and Jennifer Connelly.
"He on the surface is a scientist. He's a somewhat confused individual," Bana said. "Underneath, there's a dark past."
"It's sort of fantastical and larger than life," Connelly said.
The new clip showed Josh Lucas' Glen Talbot being thrown out of Banner's house by the Hulk.
* Look for another casting announcement soon on The Punisher, perhaps before the end of the month.
TOP COW, SPACEDOG TEAM UP
Spacedog announced it has joined forces with Top Cow Productions and will be responsible for the development of new business opportunities, corporate partnerships, interactive products and leveraging the Top Cow brand across a variety of platforms both on and offline.
Spacedog will also serve as Top Cow's interactive agency of record.
One of the first initiatives Spacedog will undertake is the re-launch of the Top Cow website, www.topcow.com. The site is being created specifically for fans of Top Cow properties, including Lara Croft Tomb Raider and Witchblade. According to Spacedog, the site "will set new industry standards with tremendous interactivity and an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the process behind the making of comic books at Top Cow."
"Top Cow is more than just a comic book publisher - it is a franchise creator that develops hip, cool and edgy characters with worldwide brand awareness," said Roger Mincheff, CEO and founder of Spacedog. "We are excited about the opportunity to further solidify and grow the Top Cow brand across a variety of platforms."
"Top Cow has sold over 100 million books in 21 languages and 55 different countries. We've launched 21 original franchises in the industry's Top 10 best seller list, 11 of those at the #1 ranking," said Matt Hawkins, president and COO of Top Cow. "Our ability to create comic-book franchises, married with Spacedog's ability to capitalize on emerging mediums, positions Top Cow to be on the cutting edge and take comics to the next level."
SNAKE PLISSKEN #1 SHIPS EARLY
John Carpenter's Snake Plissken Chronicles #1, originally scheduled for a June 25 release, will now reach comics shops on May 29.
"Once again, Snake is surprising everyone," said Hurricane CEO Jan Utstein-O'Neill. "Striking suddenly, the anti-hero is now making his debut nearly a full month early. And that means that we'll be able to sign copies at the WizardWorld: East comic convention in Philadelphia on May 30. We will also be premiering a special Convention Exclusive cover that will only be available during the 2003 con season."
While on the East Coast, the creative team will participate in a tour of local comics shops. Appearances to date include Zap Comics in Freehold, NJ on May 29; WizardWorld: East at the Philadelphia Convention Center from May 30 - June 1; and Jester's Playhouse in Northfield, N.J., on June 4. Jester's is located just outside Atlantic City, where the first Snake story begins.
On June 5, the Hurricane crew will be at Midtown Comics in New York City.
The first issue of John Carpenter's Snake Plissken Chronicles will also contain extras, such as a bonus sketchbook that includes the first artwork Rodriguez drew of Snake Plissken that landed the partnership with John Carpenter, Debra Hill and Kurt Russell. As another bonus, issue #1 also includes a four-page sneak preview of Hurricane's newest project The Diplomats, written and drawn by O'Neill.
Below are the first five pages from Snake Plissken #1. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
The bust stands close to 16 inches tall from top to bottom (including base) and a foot wide front-to-back and side-to-side. It will cost $350.
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