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Friday, November 5, 2004


The Continuum is in Arlington, Texas, to cover this weekend's Wizard World Texas convention.

Look for bonus coverage all this weekend.


John Rogers, executive producer of the Global Frequency television pilot, told The Continuum that The WB has passed on the show, based on Warren Ellis' comic-book characters.

"However, they've also been real gentlemen and released it back to the studio to be taken elsewhere," Rogers said. Many networks hold onto pilots out of spite, fearing that if it succeeds elsewhere, they'll look bad. Luckily the WB folk value the product over politics.

"On a personal note, everyone -- my fellow producer Mark Burnett, the director Nelson McCormick, the actors, the DP and his cameramen, the production design down to the ridiculously hyper-efficient PAs -- worked their asses off and BELIEVED in the project. As executive producer I owe -- no, I have a deep responsibility to those people, to Warren's talent, and to the book's enormous fanbase to run this bastard out down every road I can, to get this show on the air.

"And, frankly, it would be selfish of me to keep to myself the little chill I get when I hear Michelle (Forbes) say the line 'My name is Miranda Zero ... and you are on the Global Frequency.'"

Rogers said that meetings are being scheduled to decide where to take the show.

"Fortunately for us the television landscape has changed," Rogers said. "Midseason and summer launches, 13-episode runs, genre shows are now no longer longshots but viable strategies. DC Comics stands enthusiastically behind both the comic and the show, especially now that they've seen the pilot."


ADV Films has announced a Dec. 7 street date for Mutant X: Season 2, Discs 9-10, a two-disc DVD release of the final five episodes from the second season of the syndicated television series.

Episodes include:

"Inferno" -- The Mutant X team sets out to stop a vengeful mutant arsonist who's been setting deadly fires. When a heroic fireman dies in a blaze, his spirit enters Emma.

"One Step Closer" -- The Mutant X team must save a prominent Senatorıs daughter, who is kidnapped. Their efforts are hampered when Brennanıs powers begin to mutate out of control.

"Reality Check" -- The Mutant X team faces off against a powerful, Cold War-era mutant who can alter a person's reality - shattering their mind in the process.

"Reawakening" -- Aboard an ocean research vessel, the Mutant X team discovers that the Protocanth -- a prehistoric creature believed to be extinct -- is stalking the crew.

"Lest He Become" -- Shalimar reluctantly reconnects with her estranged father when the Mutant X team learns his company is involved in genetic testing and manipulation.

Extras include: behind the scenes -- stunt filming, image gallery, Mutant X TV promos, interview with Forbes March (Jesse Kilmartin), behind the scenes -- props and ADV previews.


IDW Publishing has announced Smoke, a new comic written by Alex de Campi and drawn by Igor Kordey.

The opening act of which will be told in three monthly 48-page installments starting in May.

Here's how IDW describes the book:

"Smoke is the story of a black ops soldier, Rupert Cain, searching for the truth behind his commanding officerıs murder. Along the way, he uncovers a chain of lies and manipulation that reaches deep down into his own past, and all the way up to the most powerful people in the country. Smoke is a violent, blackly comic thriller about how wanting to do the right thing can make everything go wrong..."

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Oni Press has announced the February debut of Little Star, a six-issue drama comic from Andi Watson, the creator of Oni's Love Fights and Breakfast After Noon.

Thie series returns Watson to familiar ground--the interpersonal relationships that drive people and define their lives. But while Breakfast After Noon examined the ups and downs of a romantically involved couple and their changing world, Little Star looks at a different type of bond--one between father and child.

"I really wanted to tell a story from the father's perspective," Watson said. "Simon Adams experiences the dirty diapers and sleepless nights along with the joy, panic, and the occasional cute moment. It seems like whenever fathers are characterized in fiction they're either incompetent or absent. I wanted to present a more accurate picture."

"Little Star is another fine example of Oni's 'real mainstream' sensibility," said Oni Press editor in chief James Lucas Jones. "You won't find anything else like it in comics, but parenthood is a subject constantly tackled by books and movies and television. Andi is mining classic yet fertile territory and the results are both touching and tickling."

Here's how Oni describes the book:

"The first issue sees Simon staggering through a world of pee, poop, and puke as he fills the role of caregiver. The late nights, the early mornings, the exhausting days--other dads don't necessarily understand the work each new dawn holds for poor Simon, and the moms? They know, but they just laugh. Is this what it's like for everyone?"

"Simon is a lot of things, but alone is not one of them," Watson said. "His experience is universal. If I do my job right, readers will know his joys, chuckle at his misfortunes, and empathize with his frustrations. People should recognize the Simons around them and with any luck thatıll make the experience of Little Star that much more enjoyable."

Little Star #1 will be 32 black-and-white pages and will cost $2.99. Future issues will ship on a bimonthly basis.

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Image Comics and writer/creator Keith Arem of PCB Productions have announced a Dec. 8 release date for the graphic novel Ascend.

Ascend is the first graphic novel from writer/creator Arem and co-writer Scott Cuthbertson, and takes the reader into a post-apocalyptic Heaven, where the battle over "harvested" human souls is waged between Angels.

"Ascend originally started as a vision for a motion picture," Arem said. "Teaming with artist Christopher Shy gave us the opportunity to create something more than just storyboards for the film; the characters came alive under his brush and we all knew we had something special on our hands. After a year in development, we're excited to finally bring the finished work to the bookshelves for the fans."

"We were blown away by the artwork in this one," said Image Comics publisher Erik Larsen. "Every panel is cover-worthy, and with Keith's great storyline the property has really opened a new world to fans of this genre and beyond. We expect this novel to capture the attention of the entertainment industry as a whole and look forward to its success."

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Holly Hunter is providing her voice role ever as Helen, aka Elastigirl, in The Incredibles.

"It was a really different and exciting experience for me, learning to be expressive through your voice alone," Hunter said. "From the start, I was pulled into it by Brad (Bird, writer/dirctor) because his imagination is so very alive and he really knows this character."

Bird said Helen's character was created in part as a celebration of the modern-day mother, who, as Bird said, "has to stretch in hundreds of different ways each day."

"What I really liked is that beneath all the superhero adventures," Hunter said. "The Incredibles is basically a story celebrating family -- real families with all their differences and quirks -- and what a family's individuals can do when they come together."

Hunter said she found the voice recording process to be interesting.

"Brad thinks musically. For him, it's about finding a rhythm and an intonation that can be really more related to music more than anything else," she said. "The back-and-forth exchance is very dynamic -- and this was interesting to me as an actress and a lot of fun."

"Holly struck me as a consummate actress who could portray someone sensitive, yet with a very sturdy center," Bird said. "You feel like thre's a part of Holly that would never crack. She has great resiliency in her and that was something that I needed for Helen because she's such a very strong woman."

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  • Patton Oswalt, who appears in Blade: Trinity, will be a guest on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Friday, Nov. 19.

  • Frank Cho has signed a licensing agreement with ReelArt Studios to produce his property, Kings of Skull Island -- Battle Royale, as a pre-painted cold cast resin statue. The statue will feature the great ape astride his nemisis, the T-Rex, locked in a fierce battle royale. The piece will be sculpted by Shawn Nagle and limited to 2,000 pieces.

  • Coming Saturday: Wizard World Texas news -- and much more!!!


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

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 27, including Smallville and IDW news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 26, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 25, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 23, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 22, including Marvel's solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 21, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 20, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 19, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 18, including DC Comics' solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 16, including Image news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 15, including Blade: Trinity news and Image Comics solicitations for January, CLICK HERE. Holiday Gifts

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