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Monday, September 8, 2003


Marvel Comics on Monday announced that artist Bryan Hitch, artist of The Ultimates, has renewed his exclusive creator agreement with the publisher, keeping him at Marvel through 2006.

"Working on The Ultimates has been a real career highlight and extremely rewarding," said Hitch. "I'm having a great time and have had such support and generosity from Joe [Quesada], Bill [Jemas] and Ralph [Macchio] that I couldn't even consider an alternative to re-upping with Marvel exclusively. Besides, Ultimates isn't finished and despite the trials of the last twelve months it's very important to me that I complete my work with Mighty Mark Millar on the book.

"Mark and I want to wrap Ultimates up in a pleasantly regular manner and we have a project under discussion to follow that should shake some Marvel foundations ... and boy, are we excited at the prospects! In the meantime Ultimates Volume 2 is on the drawing board and our plan is to surprise anybody who thinks they know what to expect after reading Volume 1."

"There's not much more than can be said about Hitchy (he lets me call him that) that hasn't already been said," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "From awards to accolades he is without question one of the premier artists in the history of comics. I believe his work on Ultimates with Milly (Millar has no idea I call him that) will go down as one of the most historic comic book runs ever.

"Having Bryan sign with us again is just thrilling for me because it's talents like his that make my job easier. As Editor-in-Chief I'm proud that Bryan has extended his commitment and trust and as a friend I'm proud of all the brilliant work he's done for us. He also plays a mean classical piano!"


Dan Taylor and Chris Fason, the creators of Super Hero Happy Hour, present an all-new story exclusive to Digital Webbing Presents #12, due in stores on Nov. 12.

"A Double on the Rocks" features the appearance of Guardian's twin from a parallel universe - but will the doppelganger be an adversary, or just cramp Guardian's style?

The cover is for the issue is penciled by Ryan Bodenheim, inked by Cliff Kurowski, and colored by Hi*Fi.

Also appearing in Digital Webbing Presents #12:

* "Horizon," by CG Kirby and Ryan Bodenheim.

* "Slight of Hand: Cuts Like a Knife," by Ian Ascher and Dan Barlow.

* "Dreah: Queen of Thieves," by Sean Dulaney and Ryan Sargeant.

* "Monsters in Mason County," by Chad Lambert and Michael Gray.

* "Ted Noodleman: Second Delusion" by Jim Keplinger and Ryan Ottley.

Digital Webbing Presents #12 will be 40 black-and-white pages and will cost $2.95.


Moonstone Books has released its solicitation information for December.

For a rundown, with cover and interior images, CLICK HERE.


Sei: Death and Legend will arrive in stores on Nov. 12 from Image Comics. The issue is by Sho Murase.

Here's how Image describes the issue:

"Set in the timeless world of Japanese Mythology, Sei tells the story of the uncertain origin of Sei, the Japanese equivalent of Death ,the female Grim Reaper. Sei, is an epic legend about love and betrayal taking place in a world of Gods, Godesses and Mythical creatures.

"Tsuchi, the fire godess tells the story of how her birth caused the death of her mother, Izanami. Izanagi is so distraught by his wife's death that he goes berserk. His desire to be reunited with Izanami brings him to the farthest reaches of the Netherworlds where no mortal may fear to tread. A battle of epic proportions ensures in which mythical Japan will never be the same…but was Sei formerly Izanami, the primordial goddess and personification of the Earth and darkness...?"

Sei: Death and Legend will be 64 pages and will cost $6.95.



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  • EigoManga has provided The Continuum with the accompanying preview images. EigoManga Rumble Pak, which launches in November, will be a monthly anthology comic book series portraying original manga stories created by American artists and creators. EigoManga Impact is a trade paperback series launching in October and portraying original manga works created by international artist.

  • ADV Manga has announced a Nov. 18 street date for Azumanga Daioh: Volume 2. This manga comedy, telling of the hilarious adventures of a group of Japanese high-school girls (including the precocious young Chiyo, who began high school a few years early), ties in to the forthcoming Azumanga Daioh anime from ADV Films.

    Azumanga Daioh: Volume 2, by Kiyohiko Azuma, will be 172 pages and will cost $9.99.

  • Here's a first look at the covers to The Crew #7 and Exiles #37, both of which ship in November from Marvel Comics.

  • Coming Monday: Buffy news -- and much more!!!

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