Thursday, July 22, 2004
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE
The Continuum is in San Diego for Comic-Con International and will have bonus reports throughout the show, including exclusive interviews and artwork.
Coverage runs throughout the weekend, so check back often for the latest news.
CATWOMAN'S JOHN BRANCATO
The Continuum today continues a series of interviews from the recent Catwoman movie press junket in Los Angeles, with screenwriter John Brancato.
For an edited transcript of the interview. CLICK HERE.
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: DARK HORSE ROUNDUP
Dark Horse Comics on Wednesday night at Comic-Con International in San Diego unveiled a poster of Mickey Rourke as Marv from the upcoming Sin City movie.
The poster is at the entrance and larger versions above the Dark Horse booth at the convention.
Dark Horse has also announced the John Landis is on board to direct Gone, a feature film based on Mike Richardson's short story "Gone" from The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings. Landis, who is also writing a comics project for Dark Horse, will be at the convention this weekend.
Other comics projects unveiled by the publisher include:
* Apocalypse Nerd, by Peter Bagge, in January. A Seattle-based computer nerd survives the apocalypse.
* Samurai: Heaven and Hell, by Ron Marz and Luke Ross, in December. A samurai's true love has been kidnapped and he searches the world to find her.
* Shadow Rock, by Jeremy Love, in June. A young boy befriends a ghost and goes in search of the truth behind his death.
* Jingle Belle, By Paul Dini and Jose Garibaldi, in November. Santa's daughter gets into mischief.
* Monkey King, by Katsuya Terada, in March. The baddest ape in ancient China is on an impossible mission to find the sacred scrolls of the Buddha.
* Hipira: The Little Vampire, by Katsuhior Otomo and Shinji Kimura, in April. A vampire tries to find his way to Hell, which is like heaven for vampires.
* Broken Saints, by Brooke Burgess and Andrew West, in 2005. Four strangers come together to face a coming darkness and learn that the greatest love is often the greatest sacrifice.
* Teenage Vampire, written by Landis, in 2005. A young vampire creates chaos in a small town.
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: LADY DEATH MOVIE UPDATE
ADV Films has targeted a Halloween release for Lady Death: The Motion Picture, the full-length animated movie based on Brian Pulido's character.
ADV has two major promotional pieces at its booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego for the film, which was directed and produced by first-time director Andrew Orjuela. The screenplay was written by renowned writer Carl Macek, developer and story editor for Robotech; producer of the English-language version of Miyazaki's classic My Neighbor Totoro; and producer and director of the English language version of Vampire Hunter D.
Composter Bill Brown, whose credits include Any Given Sunday, Ali and Finding Forrester, composed the original musical score.
Click on the thumbnails below for larger images from the movie:
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: TOP COW PRODUCTIONS ROUNDUP
J. Michael Straczynski's Rising Stars resumes production in October, Top Cow's Joel Elad told The Continuum at Comic-Con International on Wednesday.
Rising Stars #22 will ship in October, with #23 in November and #24 in January. Humankind #1, due in sores on Aug. 18, will contain an eight-page preview of Rising Stars #22.
All of the issues will be drawn by Brent Anderson.
In other Top Cow news:
* Humankind #1, from Tony Daniel, has been finished and printed. "It's some of Tony's best art," Top Cow's Matt Hawkins said. Click on the thumbnails above for a preview.
* After a previous solicitation order, Magdalena/Vampirella has been resolicited for a November release.
* Tokyo Knights, a one-shot tied in with a Palisades Toys release, is targeted for a November release. Robert Napton is writing.
* Elad said a new creative team for Tomb Raider has not been determined yet. The title's current run will end with #50, written by Dan Slott, and return next summer with a revamped look for the character. Top Cow is working eith Eidos on Tomb Raider's new look.
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: THE RIDE
The Ride continues at Image Comics with The Ride: Two for the Road, a one-shot scheduled for an October release.
Concept creator Keven Gardner told The Continuum that the book will feature two self-contained stories.
Chuck Dixon is writing one, drawn Doug Gregory, who has worked at LucasFilms. The other story is by Cully Hamner.
Dave Johnson is providing the cover.
For more on The Ride, CLICK HERE.
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: IDW PUBLISHING ROUNDUP
IDW Publishing in October will release 30 Days Of Night: Bloodsucker Tales #1 as a standard 32-page comic book and a special signed edition. As an ongoing series, Bloodsucker Tales will be able to explore the fictional universe created by Steve Niles in greater depth.
Each issue of Bloodsucker Tales contains two stories, one written by Steve Niles, the other illustrated by Ben Templesmith. For Niles's first extended story, "Dead Billy Dead," he is joined by newcomer Kody Chamberlin.
Matt Fraction, known for Last Of The Independents, joins in with "Juarez," introducing Lex Nova, former private detective and free-range madman. "Juarez" will be illustrated by Templesmith.
Said Niles, "Now that we've opened the vein, so to speak, we've realized there are many more stories to tell in world of 30 Days of Night, and Bloodsucker Tales will be the launch pad for those ideas." 30 Days Of Night: Bloodsucker Tales #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99. The special edition signed by Niles sells for $19.99.
In other IDW news:
* IDW's CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations is back in October, with CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations: Rogue State.
Here's how IDW describe the book:
"When a mole inside CVO exposes the whole organization to danger, things look bad for America's first line of supernatural defense against global threats. With fellow agents being killed all around them, the vampire spies of CVO may find themselves out in the cold. CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations: Rogue State is a hyperfast-paced combination of horror and espionage written by comic book writer and novelist Jeff Mariotte with art by Antonio Vazquez."
"I love the characters Alex Garner came up with for CVO," Mariotte said. "With this series I have more space than ever before to explore them, digging a little into their histories to see what makes them tick -- while at the same time telling an exciting story mixing spies and supernatural terror."
The book will be 32 pages and will cost $3.99.
* Also coming in October from IDW are Silent Hill: Among the Damned by Scott Ciencin, Hyde by Niles and Nick Stakal and Meeednight Pulp: Lurkers by Niles and Hector S. Casanova.
Zombie will serve as executive producer on the project as well as write the story. The story will follow the adventures of the crime-fighting secret agent El Superbeasto, a massive over-the-hill masked wrestler who has more interest in strippers than adventure, but still manages to get involved with murdering super-intelligent gorillas, Liverpoolian zombies, and Dr. Satan, a manic depressive mad scientist with a penchant for finding the perfect woman. Joining El Superbeasto on his escapades is his sister, Suzie X, a sexy super-spy adventurer, and her sidekick, a 10-foot tall robot named Marvin, an avid fan of Barry Manilow and Michael Bolton.
"El Superbeasto is Austin Powers meets The Munsters by way of Hard Days Night," said Zombie. "The bizarre stories and insane characters are perfect for animation and DPS Film Roman is the best animation studio to bring the comic to life."
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Friday, July 16, including an interview with Catwoman star Sharon Stone, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 15, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, July 14, including Dark Horse's solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, July 13, including an interview with Catwoman star Benjamin Bratt, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, July 12, including DC Comics' solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, July 10, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, July 9, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 8, including Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, July 7, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, July 6, including Jessica Biel talking about Blade: Trinity, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, July 5, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, July 3, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, July 2, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 1, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, June 30, including an interview with Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, June 29, including an interview with Spider-Man 2 star Tobey Maguire, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, June 28, including Blade Trinity news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, June 26, including UDON/Capcom news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, June 25, including an interview with Spider-Man 2's Kirsten Dunst, CLICK HERE.
* 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.
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