Friday, December 26, 2003
HELLBOY MOVIE UPDATE
Dark Horse will release Hellboy: The Art of the Movie, a 200-page book, on March 3, a month before the film's April 2 release.
The book features writer/director Guillermo del Toro's complete screenplay (based on creator Mike Mignola's Hellboy: Seed of Destruction), production art by Mignola, Wayne Barlowe and Ty Ellingson as well as commentary by Mignola and excerpts from del Toro's on-set diary.
"It's not one of those Disney art of books, that has a lot of b.s. paintings that were just hanging around the studio," Mignola said during the recent Wizard World Texas panel devoted to the film. "This has real, nuts-and-bolts making-of stuff. There's a lot of production designers' paintings, a lot of schematics and mechanical stuff.
"There's a lot in there on how the movie really was made, instead of a pretty fluff piece that really doesn't tell you anything."
Del Toro said the book will be reflective of a small-but-efficient art staff that worked in what he said was a "summer camp" atmosphere.
"I listen to all of them," del Toro. "We have lunch together, we go to the movies together, we order pizza and watch Shadow of the Vampire. All the guys know each other and like each other."
"It was a very streamlined way of doing things," Mignola added.
"That's the reason the book will be very lean, but I hope very useful," del Toro said.
Hellboy: The Art of the Movie will cost $24.95.
In other Hellboy news:
* Del Toro said Hellboy has been a fun experience, particularly with the hands-off approach Revolution Studios has had. "It was like the biggest independent movie ever made -- with a red guy," del Toro said.
* Diamond Select will be releasing bean-bag toys from the film, based on Hellboy, Abe Sapien and Sammael.
TEEN TITANS ANIMATED UPDATE
Wil Wheaton is returning to voice Aqualad in the second season of Cartoon Network's Teen Titans animated series.
Aqualad returns in an episode called "Winner Takes All."
"Robin, Cyborg and Beast Boy are transported to an alternate dimension. There, the mysterious Master of Games invited the heroes and five other super-powered teens (Aqualad, Speedy, Gizmo, Joto and Wildebeest) to participate in a friendly competition."
Mike Erwin does the voice of Speedy.
Other guest voices in the second season include Thomas Haden Church as Killer Moth, Keith David as Atlas, Xander Berkely as Warp and Henry Rollins as Johnny Rancid.
Look for more Teen Titans news soon here in The Continuum.
NEW ANGEL EPISODE
"Harm's Way," a new episode of Angel, is scheduled to air on The WB on Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Here's how the network describes the episode:
"Angel (David Boreanaz) arranges an important truce meeting between two warring demon tribes through a Demon Rights Activist (guest star Bryce Mouer) whom both clans trust. Feeling already unappreciated at work, Harmony's (Mercedes McNab, right) life in the office gets worse when she finds the Demon Rights Activist dead in her bed one morning after a night of drinking. She must find out who's framing her for the murder before Angel kills her for causing the summit negotiations to break down."
The episode was written by Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft and directed by Vern Gillum.
The network also announced that the title of the Wednesday, Jan. 21 episode will be "Soul Purpose."
Look for more Angel news soon here in The Continuum.
X-MEN: EVOLUTION UPDATE
Cartoon Network has released its schedule of X-Men: Evolution episodes airing in February. The show airs Mondays-Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. (ET).
Following is a rundown:
"Fun and Games" on Monday, Feb. 2; "The Beast of Bayville" on Tuesday, Feb. 3; "Adrift" on Wednesday, Feb. 4; "On Angel's Wings" on Thursday, Feb. 5.
"African Storm" on Monday, Feb. 9; "Joyride" on Tuesday, Feb. 10; "Walk on the Wild Side" on Wednesday, Feb. 11; "Operation: Rebirth" on Thursday, Feb. 12.
"Mindbender" on Monday, Feb. 16; "Shadow Dance" on Tuesday, Feb. 17; "Retreat" on Wednesday, Feb. 18; "The Hex Factor" on Thursday, Feb. 19.
"Day of Reckoning, Pt. 1" on Monday, Feb. 23; "Day of Reckoning, Pt. 2" on Tuesday, Feb. 24; "Day of Recovery" on Wednesday, Feb. 25; "The Stuff of Heroes" on Thursday, Feb. 26.
BONGO COMICS FOR APRIL
Following are Bongo Comics' solicitations for April, with information coming from the company.
BART SIMPSON COMICS #17
By Templeton and Smith.
Bartman is back in a full-issue story written and drawn by Ty Templeton. Not only is Bartman back, but this time he's brought the whole Bartman Family with him. Witness the derring-do of three generations of Simpson superheroics as the secret pasts and secret identities of Abraham Simpson and Homer Simpson are finally revealed. Cringe as their exploits ever so briefly tarnish the Golden and Silver ages of comicdon. Thrill to a comic-book company apologizing in advance for destroying the illusions of thousands of comic-book fans.
32 pages, $2.99.
SIMPSONS COMICS #93
By Boothby and Ortiz.
Lisa goes to the fair and beats the carnies at their own game, or, better yet, out of their whole carnival. And Homer forms a volunteer firefighting force with questionable and combustible methods of promoting fire prevention. It's not long before Lisa and Homer find themselves in a sizzling situation that's too hot to handle.
32 pages, $2.99.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Saturday, Dec. 20, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Dec. 19, including CrossGen solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Dec. 18, including New X-Men news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Dec. 17, including Image Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Dec. 16, including DC Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Dec. 15, including Spider-Man movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Dec. 13, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Dec. 12, including movie news, CLICK HERE.
* 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.
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