Thursday, April 8, 2004
MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include X-Treme X-Men #45, Spider-Man #1, Incredible Hulk #70, X-Men Unlimited #2, 4 #4, Emma Frost #10, Spectacular Spider-Man #13, She-Hulk #2, Captain America #25 and New Mutants #11.
DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include JSA #60, Action Comics #814, Aquaman #17, Gotham Central #18, H-E-R-O #15, Teen Titans #10, Bite Club #1 and Touch #1.
IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Witchblade #74, The Darkness Vol. II #9, Common Grounds #4, Age of Bronze #19 and The Black Forest.
THE PUNISHER MOVIE UPDATE
E! will debut Behind The Scenes: The Punisher on Thursday, April 15 at 2:30 p.m. (ET).
Additional airings will include Friday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 17 at 8:30 a.m; Sunday, April 18 at 3 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.; and Monday, April 19 at 3:30 a.m.
In other The Punisher news:
* Star Thomas Jane performed about 90 percent of his own stunts in the film.
"Tom wanted to fully portray his role in the film, and that extended to performing almost all of his own stunts. Generally, as a producer, it's the last thing you want to hear," producer Gale Anne Hurd said. "As a moviegoer, on the other hand, it gives the film incredible authenticity, because even in the stunts you're seeing the man who has created the character of Frank Castle."
* Mark Collie plays Harry Heck, one of the assassins dispatched by Howard Saint to take out Castle.
"He's a great singer, very talented," director Jonathan Hensleigh said. "He did a short film in which he played Johnny Cash, which I liked very much. I started to craft the role and realized it would be perfect for Mark."
TOP COW'S PROXIMITY EFFECT
Top Cow Productions will launch its newest original property, Proximity Effect, on Wednesday, April 21. The first two issues will debut online at no charge at http://www.proximity-effect.com.
Plotted by Top Cow's Scott Tucker and drawn by Wizard Artist Contest Winner David Nakayama, Proximity Effect is the story of Lisa and Caleb. Separated, they are human like everyone else, but together they change the world. This adventure will follow Caleb and Lisa as they try to gain an understanding of the source of this power -- all the while trying not to be killed by the good guys or enslaved by the bad guys.
Readers can check out the first two issues of this series, 25 pages and 22 pages respectively, on Wednesday, April 21 and on Wednesday, May 26. The series will be collected into a trade paperback, filled with additional anthology stories and sporting a new cover by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri, and will hit comic book stores on June, with 96 pages for $9.99.
Top Cow will utilize a new and non-traditional marketing strategy to appeal to its traditional fan base, as well as to reach out to new fans. In addition to the unique online launch, a variety of non-comic book marketing partnerships have been formed. These partnerships will give Proximity Effect marketing and exposure well beyond what a typical new release would receive and expand the marketing reach beyond normal comic book channels.
"Proximity Effect is a whole new way for us to do business and we're excited about the long term possibilities," said Matt Hawkins, Top Cow's president. "The relationships being created with marketing partners outside of the traditional business should introduce new blood to Top Cow product and the comic book industry in general. We will be heavily promoting Diamond's comic book locator service as part of this."
IMAGE COMICS' THE DROWNED
The Drowned, an 80-page original graphic novella by husband and wife team Jim Di Bartolo (art) and Laini Taylor (writing), will be released on July 7 by Image Comics.
Here's how image describes the book:
"Set in France in 1800, The Drowned follows the path of Theophile, who has been locked in an insane asylum for five years when he is compelled by unseen forces to escape. He makes his way home to the haunted Breton coast of western France, where he follows the tatters of his memory back to the ungodly event he witnessed as a child, an event that destroyed his family and cast an unholy pall on his entire town. A pawn in the grip of a loved one he has long believed dead, Theophile becomes entangled in not one story of supernatural vengeance, but two.
"This dark story of madness, horror, and witchcraft unfolds, secret upon secret, twist upon twist, to its surprising conclusion."
The Drowned, a fully painted graphic novel, is the first collaboration between the husband and wife team. The seed of the idea for the story was a dream Taylor had as a girl, about a village at the very edge of the sea that was swallowed at high tide. Together, De Bartolo and Taylor worked out the rest of the details until they'd covered just about every frightening and taboo subject that came to mind.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Friday, April 2, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, April 1, including Devil's Due news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, March 31, including Wonder Woman DVD news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, March 30, including The Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, March 29, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, March 27, including Elektra, Hellboy and Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, March 26, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, March 25, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, March 24, including DC first looks and Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, March 23, including an interview with John Singleton, director of the Cage movie, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, March 22, including coverage of Spider-Man 2 and Punisher panels at Wizard World Los Angeles, CLICK HERE.
* For Sunday, March 21, including Wizard World Los Angeles coverage, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, March 20, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, March 19, including Image Comics' solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, March 18, including Marvel Comics first looks, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, March 17, including DC Comics first looks, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, March 16, including DC solicitations for June, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, March 15, including DC news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, March 13, including Batman news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, March 11, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, March 10, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, March 9, including Image Comics' The Ride, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, March 8, including Dark Horse solicitations for June and an interview with wrtier Tony Bedard, CLICK HERE.
* For Sunday, March 7, including CrossGen news from MegaCon, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, March 6, including Hellboy and Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, March 5, including Static Shock news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, March 4, including Marvel first looks, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, March 3, including Marvel and DC first looks, CLICK HERE.
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