Saturday, August 9, 2003
EDITOR'S NOTE: WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO
Look for more news later Saturday on CrossGen's panel and its event, The War, as well as news throughout the day Saturday and Sunday here in The Continuum. Also look for an exclusive interview regarding The Punisher movie.
WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO: SUPERMAN PANEL
With DC Comics editor-in-chief Dan DiDio claiming "this is the direction we're taking Superman from this point forward," the publisher laid out its plans not only for Superman, but for Metropolis on Friday at Wizard World Chicago.
WildStorm's Jim Lee, who is joining writer Brian Azzarello for a 12-issue stretch of Superman, teamed with DiDio to form what he called "SuperStorm," a new vision for the Superman titles, which include new creators and new spin-off titles.
"We heard the fans," DiDio said. "They felt Superman wasn't working."
For a rundown of the Superman books and their creators, as well as spin-off titles such as Vigilante and The Question, CLICK HERE.
WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO: WITCHBLADE PANEL
The Witchblade Animated comic book and action figures might next be translated into an actual animated series, Top Cow editor-in-chief Jim McLauchlin said.
The comic, which reaches stores on Wednesday, and action figures from Palisades Toys were debuted Friday at Wizard World Chicago, where McLauchlin hosted a panel with Palisades' Mike Horn and two of the comics creators, writer Paul Dini and artist Darwyn Cooke.
"Witchblade is something that has had a very successful run on TNT as a cable show in live-action," McLauchlin said. "I think that there is a lot of cache already in the character, the name and the property."
For more from the panel, including images from the comic and more on its chances of becoming a television series, CLICK HERE.
WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO: VERTIGO PANEL
Phil Jimenez announced Friday at DC Comics' Vertigo panel at Wizard World Chicago that he has signed an exclusive three-year deal with the publisher.
"We couldn't be happier about it," said editor Will Dennis.
Jimenez will be writing and drawing Otherworld, a 12-issue maxi-series targeted to begin next March. The series introduces 18-year-old Sarah McGowan, a college student and singer who's about to discover her true heritage as an Earth-born sorceress --and, perhaps, the salvation of the extra-dimensional continent known only as Otherworld.
For comments from Jimenez, and other Vertigo news from the panel, CLICK HERE.
DIMENSION FILMS OPTIONS WAKE THE DEAD
Bob Weinstein, president of Dimension Films, announced on Friday that the studio has acquired the rights to the IDW Publishing comic book Wake The Dead by Steve Niles, a supernatural thriller.
Ted Adams of IDW Publishing will executive produce the film along with Niles. Under the deal, Dimension also has a first look at Niles' and IDW's upcoming comic book,Remains.
The first issue of Wake the Dead ships next month from IDW.
Niles and IDW currently have Days of Night set up at Sony with Sam Raimi producing along with Dark Horse Entertainment.
Dimenions senior vice-president, development Michael Zoumas and director of development Narges Takesh brought the project to the studio after discovering it at the San Diego ComicCon last month.
Andrew Rona and Brad Weston, co-presidents of Dimension, will oversee the project for the studio.
WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO: ULTIMATE MARVEL PANEL
An Ultimate Fantastic Four title, co-written by Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Adam Kubert, will launch in December, it was announced at Marvel's Ultimate Universe panel at Wizard World Chicago on Friday.
The book's launch will be part of a month Marvel is calling "Ultimate Starts." The month will include The Ultimates starting with a new #1 in a second volume, a new arc starting with a double-sized Ultimate Spider-Man #50 and the appearance of the Ultimate versions of Angel, Dazzler, Havok and Forge in Ultimate X-Men #44.
Marvel also announced that David Mack will be sharing writing duties with Bendis for four issues of Ultimate X-Men and then Mack will take over the book on his own.
For much more news from the Ultimate panel, CLICK HERE.
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