Thursday, December 30, 2004
MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four- to five-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include X-Men: Phoenix -- Endsong #1, New Avengers #2, Incredible Hulk #77, Captain America #2 and Spectacular Spider-Man # 23.
Look for more Marvel First Looks on Friday here in The Continuum.
ELEKTRA MOVIE UPDATE
The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and Maloof Productions will play host to the world premiere of the Elektra movie starring Jennifer Garner. The event will take place at Brenden Theatres at the Palms on Saturday, Jan. 8.
"It's a pleasure to roll out the red carpet for Jennifer Garner and 20th Century Fox," said Palms owner George Maloof. "I hope it symbolizes a greater willingness of Hollywood to look to the thrill of Las Vegas for some of its most exciting premieres, and specifically the Palms Casino Resort, the most exciting destination just off the Strip."
The event starts at 7 p.m. with the red carpet arrival of stars from the film, including Garner and Goran Visnjic. Others attending will include the Maloof family, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and the beautiful Palms Girls. At approximately 8 p.m. Elektra will premiere in Brenden Theatres.
Following the screening, Rain Nightclub will be the site of an Elektra event beginning at 10 p.m. At the event, Clark County Commissioner Lynette Boggs McDonald
and Las Vegas Mayor Goodman will also present the Maloof family
with a Proclamation for "Palms Elektra Day." The Palms will release a
limited edition $10 Elektra Commemorative Casino Chip beginning
Thursday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.
LEGEND OF ISIS MOVIE UPDATE
Legend of Isis comics creator Darren Davis told The Continuum that a script has been written for the film version of the property.
The script is by Ali Russell, 21, who also is writing a Tenth Muse script. The live-action movie is at Paramount-based Grammnet Prods., which is headed by Kelsey Grammer.
"I liked what they did with her," Davis told The Continuum. "The only difference is they made her a bit younger than in the comic. They are moving forward with casting - from what I have heard it is going to be a vehicle for a huge actress."
The film was announced in September.
FIRST LOOK: MARVEL SAGA'S MYSTIQUE AND THE PUNISHER
Licensee/manufacturer Tak Li and Design group HyperChild have provided The Continuum a look at their January releases in their Marvel Saga Collection: Mystique and The Punisher.
The Mystique piece's features include: Limited to 500 pieces and available exclusively to the Hong Kong market; stands about 9 inches tall with base; Mystique's guns are die-cast; comes with full-color Certifcate of Authenticity and hand numbered base; displayed in unique magnetic window-flap box detailing Mystique's origins.
The Punisher piece's features include: Limited to 500 pieces and available exclusively to the Hong Kong market; stands about 9 inches tall with base; The Punisher's rifle and handguns are die-cast; comes with full-color Certifcate of Authenticity and hand numbered base; displayed in unique magnetic window-flap box detailing The Punisher's origins.
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MARK PANICCIA SR. EDITOR AT MARVEL
In what it calls "a move designed to significantly bolster presence and success in the hot teen graphic novel category," Marvel Comics has hired Mark Paniccia as a Senior Editor.
The former Senior Editor of New Development at U.S. based manga publisher Tokyopop, Paniccia joins Marvel in developing new properties and a new generation of comic book writers and artists.
While at Tokyopop, he was a key player in the company's successful original graphic novel program, and served as a talent recruiter. In 2004, he completed a successful talent search that included anime, manga and comic-book conventions, museums and art schools across the country and headed a major national manga competition. Aside from signing new creators, he also brought in established pros to create new manga series.
"The manga category continues to be one of the most explosive growth segments of the comic industry. Having a person the caliber of Mark join Marvel really gives us one of the leading visionaries in the genre," said Dan Buckley, Marvel's publisher. "We feel teaming Mark with the renowned Marvel Universe gives us the opportunity to truly take charge and further innovate the comic-book market."
In addition to Tokyopop, Paniccia has a long record in the comics industry. He started his comics career with Malibu Comics, where he served as an editor for its manga imprint. Paniccia was also the Licensing Line Editor at Malibu Comics, where he oversaw comic lines based on such popular brands as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Terminator II, Bruce Lee and Mortal Kombat.
He originally worked for Marvel in 1995 as a line editor, where he worked on comic books based on Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox licensed properties.
In 2002, he served as a co-producer on the Bulletproof Monk movie.
Popbot Reader, a full-color, 48-page comic, will be released in March from IDW Publishing, featuring a brand-new Popbot story penned by Adam Warren, with art by Popbot creator Ashley Wood.
It also includes a gallery featuring images of Popbot by such artists as Mike Mignola, Kent Williams, Bruce Timm, Duncan Fedgredo, Adam Warren, Jeremy Geddes, Sam Kieth, David Choe, Chris Bachalo and James Daly.
For IDW's complete March solicitations, CLICK HERE.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Thursday, Dec. 23, Marvel Comics' solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Dec. 22, including DC and Image news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Dec. 21, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Dec. 18, including Devil's Due Publishing's solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Dec. 17, including David Goyer writing and directing a Flash movie, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Dec. 16, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Dec. 15, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Dec. 14, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Dec. 13, including DC Comics' solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Dec. 11, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Dec. 10, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Dec. 9, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Dec. 8, including Dark Horse Comics' solicitations for March, CLICK HERE.
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