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Tuesday, October 18, 2004

FANTASTIC FOUR MOVIE UPDATE

The movie doesn't open until next summer, but the media blitz on Fantastic Four has already begun.

The Continuum was part of a group of genre journalists granted access to the FF sets in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday, culminating in a press conference in the afternoon.

Attending the press conference were producers Avi Arad and Ralph Winter, director Tim Story and stars Michael Chiklis (Ben Grimm/Thing), Ioan Gruffudd (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic), Julian McMahon (Victor von Doom), Chris Evans (Johnny Storm/Human Torch) and Jessica Alba (Sue Storm/Invisible Woman).

For an edited transcript from the press conference. CLICK HERE.

And look for reports on Fantastic Four all this week here in The Continuum.



DAVID LAPHAM'S THE DARKNESS

Top Cow Productions has provided The Continuum with the cover and the first four pages from The Darkness #17, which kicks off a four-part story written with pencil breakdowns by David Lapham.

The creative team is rounded out with finishes by Brian Denham, colors by Matt Milla and a cover by Dale Keown. The Darkness #17, titled "Hell House," hits stores on Nov. 17.

"Basically, it's a deadly serious, darkly comic story involving an Atlantic City casino, a desperate woman, a gaggle of demons, the mob, a gun, a knife, a sword, a pair of dice, the beach, a boat, a hacksaw, two hookers, a Russian named Ivan, a yucky meal, and a really, really long ear canal," Lapham said. "The challenge is to make this the darkest, most twisted, and sickest comic you've ever seen--yet still fun for the whole family."

"There is no one, but no one in comics who does real-life horror like David Lapham," said Top Cow editor-in-chief, Jim McLauchlin. "His Stray Bullets is one of the most riveting reads in comics, and just as a fan, I love seeing him apply that same sensibility to The Darkness."

Lapham has finished writing all four issues.



GREEN ARROW SELLS OUT

Two days after Green Arrow #43 arrived in stores on Oct. 13, the issue has sold out at DC Comics.

The story, written by Judd Winick with art by Phil Hester and Andy Parks and a cover by Marcos Martin, reveals that Green Arrow's aspiring partner Mia Dearden is HIV positive.

"[Editor] Bob Schreck, Phil, Ande and the whole Green Arrow crew are thrilled that this story is reaching so many people," Winick said.

"We feel it's an important story as well as a meaningful one. It's very heartening to see it getting out there."

Green Arrow #44 will be in stores on Nov. 10.

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IMAGE'S LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS

Mike Bullock kicks off his new four-issue mini-series, Lions, Tigers and Bears, in January from Image Comics.

Created and written by Runemaster Studios' Bullock, with pencils, inks and colors by studio partner Jack Lawrence, the series has described as "Monsters Inc. meets The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe."

Bullock describes the series' hook: "A child's instinctual need for the comfort of a stuffed animal is rooted in a reality long forgotten by the adult world. The hidden truth is that these companions have been defending children since the dawn of time."

Here's how Image describes the book:

"The series revolves around young Joey Price as he discovers that the noises he hears at night aren't just figments of his imagination. Those noises come from the monstrous Beasties, who spend every night trying to 'get' little children. Luckily for Joey, his stuffed animals are more than he ever thought they were, as they come to life to defend him from the Beastie perils. Follow young Joey on the adventure of a lifetime as he travels through the Stuffed Animal Kingdom, a journey that puts the fate of all the world's children in his hands and brings him face-to-face with his destiny.

"I really wanted to create something timeless with this story, something anyone of any age could enjoy today, a year from today, 10 years from today," says Bullock. "Hopefully, Jack and I have done just that."

Lions, Tigers and Bears was first previewed at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2004. After receiving several offers from various publishers, Bullock met with Image publisher Erik Larsen and asked Larsen to look through the promotional kit. Larsen was quick to jump on the all-ages book.



BRIEFLY

  • Cartoon Network has acquired The Super Milk-Chan Show, an irreverent, politically-incorrect anime series from ADV Films, which it will begin airing in November as part of its Adult Swim block.

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    * For Tuesday, Oct. 13, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.

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    * For Monday, Oct. 11, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 9, Dark Horse Comics' solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 8, Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

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