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Monday, June 7, 2004

DC COMICS' THE WITCHING

The Witching, a new series from DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, will launch on June 23.

The book is written by Jonthan Vankin, who is also an editor in the Vertigo office. At the recent Wizard World Philadelphia, he described the series.

"You've seen three witches before a few times before, but you haven't see these three witches," Vankin said. "One's (Sook) a Korean immigrant teenager from Dallas, Texas. One's (Kara) sort of a cyber-goth rock star and the other is the ageless daughter of a famous rocket scientist, who also dabbled in the occult and worked a strange ritual to produce a moonchild. That's Elsa, who's the leader of the trinity.

"At the beginning of the series, she has been around for a long time. She doesn't age very much, really not at all, since the age of 25. She's really about 60 or 70 years old and she's been through a lot in her life. She's had a very tough upbringing. Society in general is not particularly accepting towards people with strange abilities and strange qualities. So she decides she's going to quit. She's going to retire.

"And she's going to go back where she thinks her soul came from, which is the moon. So through an elaborate piece of magic, she gets herself back there, but when she's there, she finds that she has a visitor. And this is a very powerful individual, whom she had a connection with in the past and who essentially orders her back to Earth to pretty much destroy everything her father ever built in her life.

"That's essentially what she's trying to do, to wipe out this large organization that was created, in part, by her dad. There's some pyschological issues going on there, but also just a good-vs.-evil battle ultimately."

Elsa goes on a quest to put together the ultimate trinity.

"First she has to do is assemble this team of three witches, because she doesn't even know these other two young ladies to start off with," Vankin said. "She figures out how she's going to find them, and her magic can help in that way, and she has to recruit them to get them with the program. And that's the first thing she has to do to fulfill this missions that she's been given on the moon."

Vankin has written a couple of books about conpiracy theories and he incorporates some of that into The Witching.

"There's a very mysterious organization that she had to infilitrate and ultimately destroy," Vankin said. "So a lot of conspiracy theory stuff comes into, and a lot of occult stuff, which is pretty similar to conspiracy things in a lot of ways."

The art for The Witching is by art by Leigh Gallagher and Ron Randall and covers are by Tara McPherson. Both Gallagher and McPherson are discoveries of Vertigo editor Shelly Bond.

Vankin said the art also helps give this book a unique flavor in the Vertigo line.

"It's been a real fun thing to write and hopefully it will be a fun thing to read," he said. "It's got humor, it's got mystery and it's got a lot of sex."

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IDW PUBLISHING FIRST LOOKS

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Titles include 24 One-Shot, Olympus Heights #1 and Singularity 7 #1.

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MTV MOVIE AWARDS

Shawn Ashmore, who starred as Bobby Drake/Iceman in X2, won the Breakthrough Male award at the MTV Movie Awards on Saturday night in Culver City, Calif.

X2 was nominated in three other categories but did not win.

Presenters included Spider-Man 2's Kirst Dunst and Tobey Maguire, Catwoman's Halle Berry and Sharon Stone and Constantine's Shia LaBeouf.

Dunst and Maguire presented Best Movie and were joined by Ellen DeGeneres, who appeared in a Spider-Man outfit.

The taped ceremones will air on Thursday at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on MTV.



DIGITAL WEBBING GOES MONTHLY

Image Comics creators Jason Henderson (Sword of Dracula) and Ryan Ottley (Invincible) are among the contributors to Digital Webbing Presents #15, the first monthly issue of the anthology series that goes on sale on Wednesday.

Ottley illustrates "Carnival Law," a Twilight Zone-esque tale written by Jon Hook.

"It's about a rotten little kid who taunts the sideshow freaks in a traveling carnival. And as you know, carnie freaks can only take so much before they snap and justice must be served," Hook said.

Hook wrote the story with Ottley in mind.

"I created this story after seeing the sketches Ryan has posted on his website," Hook said. "Some of his characters are so wild and crazy and fun looking that I knew I had to create a story that would play to Ryanıs artistic strengths. It was then that I thought to write a story about carnival freaks, and the rest of the story just flowed from that."

Henderson and artist Lou Manna give readers a peek into the world of Soulcatcher in a new story written especially for this issue of DWP. Soulcatcher, currently published by Moonstone Books, is the story of a young widow who comes to New Orleans in search of the ghost of her dead husband. Instead, she discovers that she has the power to absorb the abilities of the recently dead - and uncovers a mystery that the spirit world would kill to protect.

Also featured in the issue:

* "Gladiatrix" by Kel Nuttall and Ryan Sergeant tells the classic tale of David and Goliath with a new spin.

* "Deeper Blue" by A. David Lewis, Jason Copland and Jason Narvaez follows in the tradition of "man-versus-machine" action tales.

*"The Revisionist" is back in a new tale by Chad Lambert, Steve Powell and Jeremy Freeman.

* "Spook'd" by Jeffery Stevenson and Seth Damoose.

*"Just Another Wednesday" by Ev Jameson and Justin Peterson.

Nar provides the cover, echoing the "Carnival Law" story.



BRIEFLY

  • Hugh Jackman, who starred as Wolverine in the two X-Men movies, won the Tony Award for Outstanding Actor on Sunday night. Jackman also played host for the show.

  • Cinemax will air X2 once in August, on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Coming Monday: Movie news -- and much more!!!

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