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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

SPIDER-MAN 2'S AVI ARAD

The Continuum today concludes it series of question-and-answer interviews from the Spider-Man 2 press junket with producer Avi Arad of Marvel Studios.

For an edited transcription of a roundtable interview conducted recently on the Sony lot, CLICK HERE.

For previous interviews:

For director Tobey Maguire, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man, CLICK HERE.

For director Sam Raimi, CLICK HERE.

For Alfred Molina, who plays Doc Ock, CLICK HERE.

For James Franco, who plays Harry Osborn, CLICK HERE.

For Kirsten Dunst, who plays Mary Jane Watson, CLICK HERE.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page preview of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, July 7, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Birds of Prey #69, Firestorm #3, Detective Comics #796, Y: The Last Man #24, Swamp Thing #5, DC Comics Presents: Batman #1, Scratch #2 and Thundercats: Enemy's Pride #2.

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J.H. WILLIAMS III EXCLUSIVE TO DC

Promethea artist J.H. Williams III has signed a two-year exclusive contract with DC Comics, the publishing announced on Tuesday.

"In the 13 years or so I've been working in this business, WildStorm/DC has been the most pleasurable and fulfilling to work with," says Williams. "I feel I'm at my best when I have as few limits and as many possibilities as feasible. I'm confident that this will only be the beginning of my further collaboration with the pioneering DC Comics."

"J.H. Williams doesn't play it safe," says Scott Dunbier, Wildstorm's Executive Editor. "With each page, in any medium, he brings something new and fresh to what he does, and always in service of good storytelling."

Williams' first new project under the contract will be the post-modern detective story Desolation Jones, a WildStorm series written by Warren Ellis. According to Dunbier, Desolation Jones is like "The Prisoner for the 21st century."



NEW EIC AT IDW

Chris Ryall will be the new editor-in-chief at IDW Publishing, replacing Jeff Mariotte, who held the post since January 2003.

Ryall is currently an advertising copywriter and Editor-in-Chief at Movie Poop Shoot.com, Kevin Smith’s pop culture website. Previously, he worked for Dick Clark on projects, including Stan Lee Media. At Movie Poop Shoot.com, Ryall has developed comic strips and comics with a variety of creators.

Mariotte, who joined IDW after a decade at WildStorm Productions, is shifting gears into full-time writing. He is a prolific novelist as well as a comic book writer. His latest book is the first in a 4-book teen horror series called Witch Season.

"I came to IDW a year and a half ago because I had the greatest respect for the entire crew here, and I wanted to help a small publisher grow into a big one, as I had done at WildStorm," Mariotte said. "Having been here a while, my respect for Ted, Kris, Alex and Robbie has only grown, and I feel like I've accomplished that goal. IDW won Diamond's Gem Award for Publisher of the Year last year, they've had one of the top-five bestselling trade paperbacks in the business, they've had remarkable success in everything they've done.

"If I was some small part of that success, I'm honored to have been included. But the fact is, I'm tired of working seven days a week, trying to keep up with my writing commitments and the editing job as well. Looking ahead, I have several books lined up that will demand my attention. Of course, my relationship with IDW will continue -- the company is publishing my Desperadoes series, and I’ll be doing other writing jobs for them."

Said Ryall: "I can't wait to join IDW. I respect what Ted Adams and his staff have done with the company, and welcome the chance to work alongside them, as well as Steve Niles, Ashley Wood and the rest of their creators. I'm also very much looking forward to adding to the great legacy that Jeff Mariotte has built in his tenure there. And if Jeff's departure means I'll now have the chance to read even more books and comics written by him, well, that's another bonus for me! I hope everyone comes by and welcomes the new guy at Comic-Con in San Diego."

"I'm really sorry to see Jeff go,” said Ted Adams, IDW’s Publisher and President. “He's done an amazing job for IDW and has helped build our publishing company over the last year-and-a-half. But he'll still be a part of the IDW family, and I’m anxious to release the new Desperadoes series. Chris was recommended to us by Steve Niles, and I know he's going to be a terrific fit. Jeff and Chris will be working together for several weeks so we will have a seamless transition.”

Both Mariotte and Ryall will be in attendance at the Comic-Con International in San Diego. Mariotte’s last day at IDW Publishing will be July 30, while Ryall joins the company on July 13.

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    COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

    In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

    * For Thursday, June 24, including Justice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, June 23, including Image Comics' solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, June 22, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, June 21, including Dark Horse solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, June 19, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, June 18, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, June 17, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, June 16, including Marvel's solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, June 15, including an inteview with Spider-Man 2's Alfred Molina, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, June 14, including DC Comics' solicitations for September, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, June 12, including Spider-Man movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, June 11, including Spider-Man movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, June 10, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, June 9, including DC first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, June 8, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, June 7, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, June 5, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, June 4, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, June 3, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, June 2, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, June 1, including a preview and interview with Mary Jane writer Sean McKeever, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, May 31, including solicitations and video-game news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, May 29, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, May 28, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, May 27, including Marvel Comics first looks, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, May 26, including an interview with Catwoman producer Denise DiNovi, CLICK HERE.

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