Saturday, February 21, 2004
STATIC SHOCK UPDATE
Kids' WB! has released a new image from "Hoop Squad," the episode of Static Shock airing next Saturday.
The episode features National Basketball Association players Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets, Karl Malone of the Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash of the Dallas Mavericks and Tracy McGrady of the Orlando Magic.
"Hoop Squad" will also air on Friday, March 5.
For complete Kids' WB! listings for the week of March 1, CLICK HERE.
ERIK LARSEN IMAGE'S NEW PUBLISHER
Erik Larsen, the new publisher of Image Comics, said he hopes to take the company into a new direction.
Image Comics on Friday night announced that Larsen is replacing Jim Valentino, who stepped down this week.
"When we formed Image, the group of us had all come fresh off of superhero comics, so doing more of what we loved was a natural progression," said Larsen. "Over the years, things have gradually shifted and the emphasis has been more on doing cutting-edge, alternative comics. Jim's roots were there, after all, so it was only natural that he would help Image expand in that direction during his tenure as publisher. I've aided him in that regard over the years, having brought in A Distant Soil, Age of Bronze, Liberty Meadows and Kabuki, among others, but my roots are in the more mainstream camp. We'll continue to do these types of books, but I'd like to see us broaden our scope a bit.
"Image Comics has always been a creator-friendly place. It's the only company I'm aware of where the publishers don't grab a piece of the rights for themselves. All Image titles are 100% creator-owned and keeping that is important to me. We're the premier publisher for top-flight creators to come to in that regard. Reaching out to the creative community and bringing in more creators who want to build something for themselves is job number one."
In addition to redefining the company's creative profile, Larsen also has plans to tighten Image's schedule, ensuring that the publisher's books hit retailers' shelves in a more timely fashion.
"Retailers and fans are the true backbone of the industry and providing them with more on-time, high-quality books is a huge priority. I've had extensive talks already with Todd McFarlane about Spawn and together we've cooked up some ideas that will please fans, retailers and Todd alike. I'll be talking to others as well. Getting the trains to run on time is important -- and we'll all sleep easier once that Image Comics Anniversary Hardcover goes on sale."
Larsen will continue work on the long-running Savage Dragon, the only original Image book written and drawn by its creator. Larsen will oversee Image from his drawing desk in Northern California, while day-to-day operations of the Southern California office will be handled by new managing editor Eric Stephenson, formerly Image's director of marketing.
"I've known Eric Stephenson for years and have worked with him professionally on several occasions," Larsen said. "He was Jim's right-hand man and he'll be my right-hand man. I can think of no one better for the job."
Valentino remains an Image partner. and may play a more creative
"I'm hoping Jim can do some more creative stuff instead of being the
guy sitting behind the desk. I hope we'll see some good stuff out of
him," Larsen said.
DARK HORSE COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Dark Horse Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Conan #1, Lone #4 and Usagi Yojimbo #73.
CITY OF HEROES COMIC
NCsoft Corporation, a developer and publisher of online computer games, and Blue King Studios announced plans to publish a monthly comic book based on NCsoft's online computer game, City of Heroes.
City of Heroes is the creation of San Jose-based game developer, Cryptic Studios. The full-color, monthly comic book features the triumphs and tragedies of a trio of super-powered heroes as they fight to find their way in Paragon City, the setting for the game.
"I'm incredibly excited about City of Heroes," said Rick Dakan, writer of the comic book series. "I was one of the original designers on City of Heroes and have worked for more than four years creating the background, setting and characters featured in the game. This comic book is a terrific opportunity for me to bring that world to life in a different medium -- adding yet another level of richness and depth to the City of Heroes experience."
City of Heroes is the first massively multiplayer online game featuring a modern, comic book-inspired setting. The game takes place in a virtual world where players create their own super-powered heroes and fight crime in the sprawling, villain-filled metropolis of Paragon City.
Michael Lewis, CEO of Cryptic Studios said, "The City of Heroes comic is something totally unprecedented in both computer gaming and comic book publishing. Events in the game world and the gamešs storyline will be reflected in the comic book, while characters from the pages of City of Heroes will make appearances in the online game. The comic book really is part of the game."
Everyone who plays City of Heroes online automatically receives a free subscription to the comic book. Every issue features a 22-page story detailing the adventures of three young heroesWar Witch, Apex, and Horus. In addition, each issue includes an eight-page City of Heroes online supplemental section, featuring special bonus material for and about the gamešs players.
The City of Heroes comic features art by Brandon McKinney and colors by Moose Bauman. The first issue ships in May.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Monday, Feb. 16, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Feb. 14, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Feb. 13, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Feb. 12, including Superman news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Feb. 11, including news on The Batman, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Feb. 10, including an interview with Smallville executive producer Al Gough, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Feb. 9, including Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Feb. 7, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Feb. 6, including Simpsons news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Feb. 5, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Feb. 4, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Feb. 3, including Daredevil news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Feb. 2, including CrossGen news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 31, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 30, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 29, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 28, including Marvel solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 27, including Kevin Nash talking about The Punisher movie, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 26, including movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 24, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 23, including Blade: Trinity and Hulk movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 22, including Daredevil movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 21, including CrossGen Entertainment and Devil's Due solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 20, including DC Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 19, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 17, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
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