Thursday, August 14, 2003
DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Wonder Woman #195, Birds of Prey #58, Human Target #1, Arrowsmith #2, Smax #1, The Possessed #2, Cinnamon: El Ciclo #1, Lucifer #41 and Tom Strong #21.
MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Daredevil #50, Exiles #31, Captain Mrvel #31, Human Torch #5, The Crew #4, Spider-Man & Wolverine #3, Agent X #13, Namor #5 and Startling Stories: The Thing #1.
KIDS' WB! FALL LINEUP
X-Men: Evolution will be part of the lineup with new episodes when Kids' WB! kicks off its new season on Saturday, Sept. 13.
X-Men: Evolution will occupy the 11:30 a.m. time period.
The rest of the Saturday lineup also includes, with all times ET: What's New Scooby-Doo? At 8 a.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh! at 8:30 a.m.; Jackie Chan Adventures at 9 a.m.; Ozzy & Drix at 9:30 a.m.; Pokemon Advanced at 10 a.m.; Mucha Lucha at 10:30 a.m.; and Yu-Gi-Oh! at 11 a.m.
The weekday lineup includes, with all times ET: Scooby-Doo at 3 p.m.; Jackie Chan Adventures at 3:30 p.m.; Pokemon at 4 p.m.; and Yu-Gi-Oh! at 4:30 p.m.
The network also announced that Static Shock, Teen Titans and Astro Boy will join the lineup later this season. Static Shock will be entering its fourth season.
G.I. JOE, MICRONAUTS UPDATE
Image Comics has announced major changes in the publication of G.I. Joe and Micronauts.
Joshua Blaylock has announced his replacement as writer of G.I. Joe beginning with #26 will be Brandon Jerwa. Jerwa, whose work debuts in G.I. Joe: Frontline #11-14, is working closely with Blaylock, to ensure a smooth transition into #26.
Additionally, Image has announced a pause in publication of the ongoing Micronauts series after issue #11 of the "Invasion" story arc. The Micronauts comic book property will be transitioned to a new publisher, to be announced a in few weeks. Look for more details in the announcement, such as the return of one of the original artists from the Marvel series of the 1980s.
Getting back to G.I. Joe, Blaylock said finding his successor wan't easy.
"Not only do you have to be a great writer, but you have to understand the vast library of G.I. Joe characters, vehicles, and settings," Blaylock said. "As his weekly G.I. Joe: Frontline arc proves, I've found the perfect man for the job."
Jerwa said he is excited to bring a fresh perspective to G.I. Joe.
"I couldn't be more thrilled by this opportunity," he said. "For a long-time G.I. JOE fan like myself, this is really a dream come true! I've had a lot of time to think about these characters and what I want to do with them, and I've got some real surprises in store for everyone!"
Brandon Badeaux will continue in his role as lead penciller.
"I really can't wait to work with Brandon," Badeaux said. "I think that his style of writing thus far is as similar to Josh's as I could imagine, and he really seems to have a grasp on the enormous library of characters in the G.I. Joe universe, which is always great to feed off and gives me the ability to play more with the acting and personalities of even the minor characters."
G.I. Joe #26 will reach stores in January.
JINGLE BELLE: DASH AWAY ALL
Paul Dini continues his Christmas tradition with Jingle Belle: Dash Away All, the third graphic novel in the series that reaches stores on Nov. 5 from Oni Press.
The 136-page book will cost $11.95. It is illustrated by Jose Garibaldi and has a painted cover by Lynne Naylor.
Here's how Oni describes the book:
"Dash Away All sees our heroine once more running afoul of her father's arch nemesis, the Blizzard Wizard. Only this time the Wiz has brought his nefarious niece, Heidi Hoarfrost, and their plot to wipe out Yuletide cheer by putting Santa Claus and his reindeer in their sickbeds nearly succeeds-but nobody figured that Jing could get her own crew together in time to scurry across the globe. Can she deliver the gifts on time?"
"This is the big Jingle Belle story I've been wanting to tell for some time." Dini said. "The one that takes the whole concept of what it means to be Santa's teen-aged daughter back to its roots and shows how that can be a mixed blessing at best.
"For the first time Jing has to take on Santa's job herself, a task she's never been thrilled about to begin with, and she's got to rely on her own 'dirty almost dozen' of oddball Arctic animals to help her. While she has her loyal musk ox and blue fox pets along for support, Jing also has to deal with such personalities as a motor-mouthed hare, a narcissistic narwhal and a wiseguy wolverine on her team. And making matters worse, one of the critters is a traitor sent by the villain to make sure Jing doesn't finish the mission. There's a lot of action, comedy and even a bit of heart in this one. It is, in many ways, the definitive Jingle Belle story."
"The Jingle Belle books are always a blast to put together," said Oni Press editor-in-chief Jamie S. Rich. "Having the name Paul Dini above the title pretty much assures our choice of a gajillion spectacular artists who want to collaborate with one of the finest comic book storytellers of our time. Following folks like J. Bone and Stephen DeStefano, Jose Garibaldi has some pretty big inkwells to fill. Yet, he's such a mad genius in his own right, I can't imagine doing Dash Away All any other way."
"James and Jamie at Oni sent me Jose's samples, and I was immediately blown away," Dini said. "He had done some of his own comic strip, Teen Heaven for the Oni website, and the character designs were inventive and fun. He was also knee-deep in Maria's Wedding, which was a completely different style entirely. He's a writer's dream, because he seems able to tackle anything I toss at him."
As a bonus, Jingle Belle: Dash Away All will feature an extra story co-written by Dini and David Mandel, a writer who has worked on Seinfeld and the animated Clerks series.
"David had a hysterical idea and we've been threatening to do it for a while," Dini said. "Basically, he asked what Jing might think of Chanukah, given that it's the 'other' December holiday. The story, set some years in the past, shows what happened when Jing met the Festival of Lights for the first time. Dave and I collaborated on the script, and I think everyone who celebrates Christmas or Chanukah or both will be suitably amused and offended."
WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO UPDATE
Wizard Conventions. announced on Thursday that Wizard World Chicago 2003 was the most successful convention in the company's history with a crowd of 48,000.
"We're ecstatic to announce record-breaking numbers of attendees and exhibitors at this year's Wizard World Chicago," said Gareb Shamus, CEO and chairman, Wizard Conventions. "I attribute the growth to higher awareness of pop culture characters in the media, increased consumer excitement about the products they buy, the incredible list of exhibitors, guests, workshops and seminars. This show has an excitement level that is unmatched."
In case you missed The Continuum's coverage of Wizard World Chicago, here are some links:
For DC's Superman panel, CLICK HERE.
For Top Cow's Witchblade panel, CLICK HERE.
For DC's Vertigo panel, CLICK HERE.
For Marvel's Ultimate panel, CLICK HERE.
For Marvel's X-Men panel, CLICK HERE.
For DC's DC Universe panel, CLICK HERE.
For the Aspen panel, CLICK HERE.
For the Marvel panel, CLICK HERE.
For the WildStorm panel, CLICK HERE.
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