Friday, March 5, 2004
MEGACON THIS WEEKEND
The Continuum is in Orlando, Fla,, covering MegaCon, the year's first big convention. Check here all weekend for coverage.
STATIC SHOCK UP FOR EMMY AWARDS
Kids' WB! series Static Shock has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards.
Static Shock was nominated in the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, where it will compete with Disney's Fillmore, Duck Dodgers, Ozzie & Drix, Rolie, Olie, Polie and Tutenstein.
The series, based on the Milestone Comics character, was also nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction And Composition.
Kids' WB!'s X-Men: Evolution was nominated in Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing - Live Action and Animation.
The Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on NBC on May 21, from New York City's Radio City Music Hall on May 21 from 9-11 p.m.
In other Static Shock news, the series helped Kids' WB! to its 14th consecutive sweeps victory in key demographics. Static Shock was the No. 1 overall program among Tweens 9-14 (4.4/20) and Male Tweens 9-14 (6.6/27) and No. 4 in Boys 6-11 (6.3/24), tying Nickelodeon's Fairly Odd Parents. Among the broadcast competition, the series ranked No. 2 in Kids 6-11 (4.2/19), #3 in Boys 2-11 (4.9/19) and #4 in Kids 2-11 (3.1/14).
SILENT HILL SELLS OUT
The first issue of IDW Publishing's Silent Hill: Dying Inside, the comic book based on the video game from Konami, has sold out from comic stores nationwide, and Diamond Comics Distributors has reported extensive backorder activity. Silent Hill #2 sold out, including IDW's overprinting, before it even shipped to stores.
As a result, IDW Publishing has ordered second printings of both issues, timed to arrive at stores in April with issue #3. These second printings will have the same cover art but will be distinguished by a blood-red eyeball in IDW's logo, as the company has done with other second printings.
IDW's Editor-in-Chief Jeff Mariotte said, "We anticipated a lot of interest in this comic book -- the Silent Hill video game has four million avid fans around the world, and they are devoted to the horrific experience that is Silent Hill."
Silent Hill: Dying Inside is written by Scott Ciencin. The first two issues have art by Ben Templesmith, and the subsequent issues are illustrated by newcomer Aadi Salman.
IMAGE'S SAMMY RETURNS
Image Comics is publishing the follow-up to the Sammy: Tourist Trap mini-series by writer/artist Azad. A Very Sammy Day is a 48-page "origin issue" in stores on May 26 that chronicles a defining day in the life of ne'er-do-well Samuel Little and his feline sidekick, Lucky.
"At its heart, A Very Sammy Day is a good, old-fashioned revenge story," Azad said. "Sammy is trying to put his life back together after turning his back on his old crew, but associates from his past catch up with him and put him through the ringer."
In the Image tradition of adventurous, creator-driven format changes, A
Very Sammy Day will sport a unique look. "Because this comic introduces
the origin of the character, I wanted to give A Very Sammy Day a
somewhat more nostalgic feel, so I went with sepia ink instead of
black," Azad said. "Sepia is that golden brown you see in old
photographs at the turn of the century. It'll definitely have fans
doing a double take."
"Azad's done a really fantastic job with his latest Sammy story," said Image Comics' managing editor, Eric Stephenson. "The first Sammy mini-eries was really an overlooked gem -- it was funny and well-drawn and had a unique sensibility that set it apart from everything else on the rack -- and this one's even better."
In addition to A Very Sammy Day, March will see the launch of the long-rumored online Sammy serial, "Subway Stories," on imagecomics.com, guerrilla-comics.com and a few other select sites.
As for the future of Sammy, Azad said: "I just saw some stills from a two-minute 3D animated Sammy cartoon I have someone working on for broadcast. It's gonna knock yer socks off!"
A Very Sammy Day will cost $5.95.
Here's how Dreamwave describes the issue:
"Within Cybertron, The Fallen's net draws tighter around captives Hotspot, Grimlock and Jetfire. But one final element necessary for the Unbinding remains to be gathered, and he's a prisoner himself, locked away in the heart of Autobase! Meanwhile, Shockwave closes in on his prey... the dark science trio led by Bludgeon."
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Topps Clone Wars will reach stores the week of April 19 to coincide with Cartoon Network's premiere of Star Wars: Clone Wars-Season Two. Each Clone Wars pack will include seven cards will cost $2.
Orders continue to come in and The Astonish Factory is going back to press for a second printing. The Astonish Factory expects the second printing in about 8-10 weeks.
"I'm both pleased and amazed with how well Herobear has been doing," Kunkel said. "Itıs thrilling to think that the sales are a great sign that newer and newer audiences are discovering Tyler and his best friend."
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Saturday, Feb. 28, including first looks, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Feb. 27, including Dreamwave Productions' solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Feb. 26, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Feb. 25, including Marvel's solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Feb. 24, including Angel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Feb. 23, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Feb. 21, including Static Shock news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Feb. 20, including an interview with Kevin Nash from The Punisher movie, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Feb. 19, including Devil's Due solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Feb. 18, including CrossGen solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Feb. 17, including DC solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.
* 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.
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