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Thursday, May 5, 2005

GEORGE PEREZ EXCLUSIVE TO DC COMICS

Veteran artist George Pérez has signed a five-year exclusive agreement with DC Comics, the publisher announced on Thursday.

"So many of my landmark successess have been with DC Comics, and I've developed so many long-lasting relationships with people there -- it really feels to me like a family atmosphere," Pérez said. "I have great regard for what Dan DiDio's doing for the company as well. They made me a great offer, and it just seems like the place to be. I couldn't be more thrilled!"

"George is an incredible talent whose voice and vision helped define our world and his work will continue to shape the DC Universe for years to come," said Dan DiDio, VP -- Executive Editor, DCU.

Perez's upcoming projects include cover inks for DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy and a Teen Titans graphic novel with Marv Wolfman.

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BLADE MOVES TO TELEVISION

Spike TV will adapt the theatrical franchise Blade, based on the Marvel Comics vampire hunter, as a two-hour, television pilot movie in early 2006.

The announcement was made by Spike TV President Doug Herzog. Blade is Herzog's first original scripted programming announcement since he took over the network earlier this year.

"The action-adventure genre is largely ignored in today's television landscape, and we know it is something that our male viewers really want," said Herzog. "Blade is a great movie franchise with an established brand that men already recognize and identify with."

Here's how Spike TV describes the television Blade:

"Blade is the unforgettable legend of an immortal warrior who battles a thriving underworld of vampires seeking to decimate the human race. Half man and half vampire, Blade uses his fierce powers and skills to fearlessly battle the demonic creatures of the night and carry on a blood-drenched crusade to prevent the ascendance of vampires over mankind."

Blade is Marvel's oldest and most prolific film franchise to date. The three Blade films starring Wesley Snipes -- Blade, Blade II and Blade: Trinity -- have earned more than $400 million worldwide.

Snipes recently sued New Line over disputes with his role in Blade: Trinity, and it is unclear if he will be involved in the television series.

Blade will be produced by New Line Television and Marvel Studios. David Goyer, who wrote all three Blade films and produced and directed Blade: Trinity, will be executive producer of the television series.

Attempts to reach Marvel Studios executives for comment were unreturned.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include X-Men: The End -- Heroes and Martyrs #3, District X #13, Marvel Nemesis: The Imperfects #1, Fantastic Four #526, Excalibur #13, Mary Jane: Homecoming #3, Arana #4 and Captain America & The Falcon #14 and Marvel Team-Up #8.



RED SONJA #2 FEATURES

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Red Sonja #2 in July will be extra-sized at no extra cost.

"We've got so many great Sonja stories to tell that we just couldn't wait to get going with them," said Dynamite's J. Allen. "So, Red Sonja #2 will feature a special bonus prelude back-up to the upcoming Red Sonja Vs. Thulsa Doom! Yes, THAT Thulsa Doom, the character portrayed on the big screen by James Earl Jones in the very first Conan movie! We wanted to make this bigger and better for the fans and retailers, so we're adding this original story, leading in to the crossover, at no extra cost!²

The 7 page back-up "Red Sonja Vs. Thulsa Doom" story will be written by filmmaker Luke Lieberman and Peter David and will serve only as a pre-cursor to Sonja's first appearance in Conan #23 and also serve as an "in-between" story of when Thulsa destroyed Conan's family and village, and a pre-cursor to Conan's own battle with Thulsa Doom at the end of the movie.

The lead story of Red Sonja #2 will be the regular creative team of writers Michael Avon Oeming and Mike Carey, artist Mel Rubi and colorists Ceasar Rodriguez with Richard Isanove. Covers in equal increments will be by Rubi (a wraparound), J.G. Jones, Art Adams and Frank Brunner (colored by Jose Villarrubia).

Chase covers will include new art by Billy Tan (1-in-25 copies) and Esteban Maroto colored by Jose Villarrubia (1-in-65 copies).

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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA COMICS

Dynamic Forces, the parent company of Dynamite Entertainment, announced on Thursday an agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Product Group to release comics based on the modern version of Battlestar Galactica.

The comic series will launch this fall. No creators were announced.

"We are confident in Dynamite Entertainment¹s ability to develop and distribute high-quality comics that will build off of the strength and staying power of this great property," said Cynthia Modders, senior vice president of sales and retail development at Universal Studios Consumer Products Group.

Battlestar Galactica was re-imagined by Sci Fi Channel and NBC Universal Television Studio in December 2003 in the form of a four-hour mini-series event. Battlestar Galactica became the most-watched cable miniseries of the year and led Sci Fi to continue with a one-hour weekly series.

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ALIAS COMICS LAUNCHING

Alias Comics announced that its first wave of launch titles -- originally scheduled for April -- will reach stores on Wednesday.

"The books are printed, and they're in the process of distribution,"said Brett Burner, Alias' president and publishing. "We are getting into our production groove, thanks in no small part to our new Production Manager, Everett Fitzgerald, and we will have an easier time spreading our shipping schedule across the weeks each month, rather than loading up one week as we have for our initial launch. But the positive side to that is that we'll be awfully hard to miss this coming Wednesday with nine books on the rack at once!"

The nine titles include:

75-CENT TITLES

* Deal with the Devil #1, by Mike S. Miller and Sherwin Schwartzrock.

* Elsinore #1, by Kenneth Lillie-Paetz and Brian Denham.

* Killer Stunts, Inc. #1 by Scott Alan Kinney, Scott Kohn and Mike Manley.

MONTHLY TITLES

* Tenth Muse Vol. II #1, by Darren G. Davis, Alex Amexcua, Costas Panourgias and Todd Swain.

* Jude Girl #1, by Terrence Griep, Nadir Balan and Nick Schleyl.

* Pakkins' Land #1 by Gary Shipman.

GRAPHIC NOVELS

* Tenth Muse Vol. I.

* Soulcatcher.

* Legacy Pocket Manga.



BRIEFLY

* To the right is a first look at the 1602 Trade Paperback cover. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* New Millennium Theatre Company in Chicago will be staging a new play, Hack/Slash: Stagefright, based on the Devil's Due comic book by Tim Seeley and Stefana Caselli. Dates of the show¹s run have not yet been scheduled.

"We've seen what New Millennium has done with other pop-culture works, adapting them to the stage," said Devil's Due [resident Josh Blaylock, "And we couldn't be happier they've decided to take a swing at Hack/Slash."

Said Seeley, "When we talked to New Millennium, we just knew we had to let them do this. It's going to be a lot of fun. I can¹t wait to see Cassie and Vlad up there battling it out on stage against the slashers!"

* Two of the three covers originally scheduled to ship as part of the G.R.A.V.E. Grrrls #2 solicitation from Midnight Show have been cancelled, and the painting by Justiniano will now be the official cover instead of a variant. The Ken Wolak painted cover will run inside the book as a bonus, while the Kill Bill tribute cover will be a limited edition website and convention exclusive.

* Coming Friday: Marvel news and much more!!!

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

* For Friday, April 29, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, April 28, including Aspen news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, April 27, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, April 26, including The Batman DVD news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, April 25, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, April 23, including Painkiller Jane television news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, April 22, including Superman Returns movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, April 21, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, April 20, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, April 19, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, April 18, including Marvel and Image solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, April 15, including Devil's Due solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, April 14, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, April 15, including Cindy Margolis promoting the Tenth Muse, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, April 12, including Batman Begins and Fantastic Four movie updates, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, April 11, including DC Comics' solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, April 8, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for August, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, April 7, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, April 6, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, April 5, including Sin City movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, April 4, including Dark Horse's solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.




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