Thursday, December 18, 2003
MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Uncanny X-Men #436, X-Treme X-Men #38, Venom #9, Avengers #76, Punisher #37 and Silver Surfer #4.
IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Witchblade #72, Invincible #7 and Batttle of the Planets: Manga #3.
NEW X-MEN PREVIEW
Marvel Comics has provided The Continuum with preview images of New X-Men #152, part of the "Here Comes Tomorrow" arc by Grant Morrison and Marc Silvestri running in New X-Men #151-154.
Here's how Marvel describes the story: "Society has crumbled, the human race is all but decimated, and mutants have evolved far beyond their imagined potential. But throughout the years, the dream of one man long dead still remains true - that of Professor Charles Xavier ... that of the X-Men!"
New X-Men #151 arrive in stores on Jan. 7, with New X-Men #152 due on Jan. 21.
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ONI PRESS' HYSTERIA
Oni Press is publishing Hysteria, Volume 1, a "one-man anthology" by Mike Hawthorne in February.
"It's been such a pleasure to watch Mike over the last couple years," said editor James Lucas Jones. "He's grown so much both in popularity and in his skills as a storyteller -- it's just been a joy. Hešs been working hard for years and it's extremely gratifying for me to see him attain new levels of success."
Here's how Oni describes the book:
"Forget New York. Push Rio De Janeiro out of your head. Cross Amsterdam off the map. Port Asteria is officially the craziest place on Earth. Malicious madmen, courageous cops, and charming chupa cabrasthey all call this peculiar place home and they all spring from the gregarious grey matter of manic Mike Hawthorne!"
"Hysteria is my baby," Hawthorne said. "Well, after my real babies, of course. This town, these characters have been bouncing around the industry for as long as I have. I'm absolutely thrilled that their getting a profile boost along with me."
Mike Oeming, J. Bone, Steve Rolston, Jon Morris, Rick Remender, Mike Norton and Scott Morse are all drawing a different inhabitant of Port Asteria along with a little write-up from Hawthorne explaining who the character is and what they're doing in his comic.
"While Hysteria isn't a one story it is one vision," Jones said. "Mike's ability to seamlessly weave action, humor, and touching character moments through a variety of stories and situations is impressive. It's a complete package, even if itšs not a single narrative."
Hysteria, Volume 1 will be 104 black-and-white pages. It will arrive in stores on Feb. 18 and will cost $9.95.
MARVEL ACQUIRES COVER CONCEPTS
Reflecting its goal "to further expand the reach of its publishing operations within younger demographics," Marvel Enterprises announced Thursday that it has recently acquired the business and certain assets of New York City-based Cover Concepts, a small company specializing in the distribution of free, sponsored materials to public schools across the U.S. Cover Concepts sells advertising space on those materials.
Major advertising customers have included Gatorade, McDonalds and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cover Concepts (www.coverconcepts.com) distributes materials such as textbook covers, coloring books, posters, bookmarks and other educational materials, free of charge, to a BPA International-audited network of over 43,000 public schools, reaching a universe of more than 30 million children in grades K-12. Cover Concepts' database enables it to target specific demographic or age groups with branded products and samples. Cover Concepts recently extended its distribution network to include daycare centers, public libraries and summer camps.
Free products distributed within the Cover Concepts network include book covers, bookmarks, locker posters, teaching guides, healty and beauty samples, calendars, stickers, notepads, folders, coloring sheets, incentive programs and growth charts.
Cover Concepts anticipates advertising revenue of approximately $4 million and a modest operating profit in 2003 from a team of 12 sales representatives and administrative personnel. Marvel purchased Cover Concepts from Hearst Communications, Inc.
Gui Karyo, Marvel's president -- publishing, said, "Though small in size, this acquisition represents an exciting new growth initiative for the publishing division and is one of several steps Marvel is taking to expand its reach to children. Cover Concepts will provide the distribution to schools for various new products targeting the valuable 'tween' demographic (ages 8 to 12) that could begin as early as fall 2004. These products could include lesson plans, periodicals, and other areas of publishing that are traditionally targeted to this demographic. From a financial perspective, we believe this accretive acquisition should provide an exceptional return on investment and more importantly, provide us with a means for expanding the demographic reach of Marvel publishing as well as provide relationships with advertisers that were not previously Marvel Comics customers."
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"Robert Jordan is, without question, one of the biggest names in fantasy today," said Ernst Dabel, president and editor-in-chief for DB Production. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to bring his work to life, and we know this will probably be one of the biggest series of 2004."
"I'm not gonna bore you with lists of my favorite foods, bands or tv shows," Geraci said. "I may touch on those subjects to underscore a point, but that's about it. The purpose of the site is to be, hopefully, a fun visit for comics fans who are enthusiastic about the artistic process plus the highs and lows of working in this strange, but wonderful industry".
Geraci will be giving away a 7 1/4" Sojourn Arwyn & Kreeg resin statue. "Find the first fan letter I wrote to a comic. I'll eventually reprint my original letter on my site," Geraci said. Additional contest details are in the Blog section of the site.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Thursday, Dec. 11, including movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Dec. 10, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Dec. 9, including Snake Plissken news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Dec. 8, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Dec. 6, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Dec. 5, including Daredevil movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Dec. 4, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Dec. 3, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Dec. 2, including Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Dec. 1, including X2 movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 29, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 28, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 27, including Transformers news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 26, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 25, including X2 movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Nov. 24, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Sunday, Nov. 23, including Hellboy movie news from Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 22, including the DC Comics and Devil's Due panels at Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 21, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 20, including Image Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 19, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 18, including DC Comics' solicitations for February, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Nov. 17, including Astro Boy news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 15, including Wonder Woman news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 14, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 13, including Image Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Nov. 12, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 11, including Tomb Raider news, CLICK HERE.
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